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Summer TV Preview: The 30 Most Anticipated New and Returning Series

The summer heat is already here, and with it come a slew of new TV projects that aren't a bad reason to stay indoors.

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“The Fosters” Limited Series / Finale (Freeform, June 4)

THE FOSTERS - "Many Roads" - In the spring finale, it’s graduation day for Callie and Brandon, but after some shocking news, the family wonders whether they will make it to the ceremony. This episode of "The Fosters" airs Tuesday, March 13 (9:01 - 10:02 p.m. EDT) on Freeform. (Freeform/Eric McCandless)CIERRA RAMIREZ, AMANDA LEIGHTON, NOAH CENTINEO

The groundbreaking, GLAAD-award-winning series wraps up its run with a three-night finale event, which concludes with a super-sized episode. This will bring to a close the story of the Fosters family, led by dual matriarchs Stef and Lena (Teri Polo, Sherri Staum), who brought together a multi-ethnic, blended family that includes one biological child and several adopted kids. But even though this is the end of the road at large for the Fosters, this will also double as the backdoor pilot of the spinoff that follows Callie (Mitchell) and Mariana (Cierra Ramirez), who move to Los Angeles.

“Humans” Season 3 (AMC, June 5)

Gemma Chan as Anita/Mia, Ivanno Jeremiah as Max; group - Humans _ Season 3, Episode 1 - Photo Credit: Colin Hutton/Kudos/CH4/AMC

As we grapple with the question of artificial intelligence and how the world might handle the moment when technology develops its own consciousness, shows like HBO’s “Westworld” and AMC’s “Humans” are exploring many of those consequences. In “Humans,” the show continues to explore what happens, a year after events of the Season 2 finale — when A.I. beings around the world were given consciousness. Now these beings — the “synths” — struggle to survive, as humans struggle to understand what has happened. Now, both humans and synths are in danger once again, and more secrets are about to unfold. Back are synth family Mia (Gemma Chan), Niska (Emily Berrington), and Max (Ivanno Jeremiah), struggling for survival, while humans Joe (Tom Goodman-Hill) Laura (Katherine Parkinson) and their children, Mattie (Lucy Carless), Toby (Theo Stevenson) and Sophie (Pixie Davies), also contend with their new reality.

“Condor” (Audience Network, June 6)

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Max Irons in “Condor”

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Fun fact: “Trust” isn’t the only new 2018 TV show to feature Brendan Fraser playing a fixer. Hell, it’s not even the only new series to see the “Mummy” star sporting cowboy duds. In “Condor” — the adaptation of 1975’s “Three Days of the Condor,” which was itself an adaptation of James Grady’s 1974 novel, “Six Days of the Condor” — Fraser plays Nathan Fowler, a secretive employee of big business who may or may not be trying to release a deadly virus into the D.C. metropolitan area. Who’s going to stop him? Joe Turner, played by Max Irons in the latest edition. Turner is mainly an analyst who works with computer programs, but when his agency is compromised, he’s got to think on his feet — see above for more details.

“American Woman” (Paramount Network, June 7)

Mena Suvari, Alicia Silverstone, Jennifer Bartels 2018 Winter TCA - 'American Woman' Portrait Session, Pasadena, USA - 15 Jan 2018

File under improbable auspices: Kyle Richards, a former child actress (“Little House on the Prairie”) probably now best known for “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,” is the inspiration for “American Woman.” Set in 1970s Los Angeles, the show is loosely inspired by Richards’ upbringing and stars Alicia Silverstone as a single mother raising her two daughters in Beverly Hills after leaving her husband. Mena Suvari and Jennifer Bartels play her best friends, while Cheyenne Jackson and James Tupper also star. While there are several projects out there set in 1970s Los Angeles, only one can boast a remake of the classic song “American Woman” by “American Idol” victor Kelly Clarkson.

“Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger” (Freeform, June 7)

MARVEL'S CLOAK & DAGGER - “Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger” is the story of Tandy Bowen (Olivia Holt) and Tyrone Johnson (Aubrey Joseph) - two teenagers from very different backgrounds, who find themselves burdened and awakened to newly acquired superpowers which are mysteriously linked to one another. Tandy can emit light daggers and Tyrone has the ability to engulf others in darkness. They quickly learn they are better together than apart, but their feelings for each other make their already complicated world even more challenging.  “Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger” stars Olivia Holt, Aubrey Joseph, Andrea Roth, Gloria Reuben, Miles Mussenden, Carl Lundstedt, Emma Lahana, Jaime Zevallos, and J.D. Evermore. The series will premiere on Thursday, June 7 (8:00 - 10:00 p.m. EDT/PDT) and is co-produced by Marvel Television and ABC Signature Studios. (Freeform/Alfonso Bresciani)AUBREY JOSEPH, OLIVIA HOLT

Marvel properties continue to spread across the media landscape, with Freeform proving to be their newest stomping ground. It’s a good fit for the young adult-skewing “Cloak and Dagger,” which may not end up having the same level of grit we’ve come to expect from Netflix’s “Defenders” universe, but should still be a treat for comic book fans who will likely appreciate the odd couple pairing of Tandy (Olivia Holt) and Tyrone (Aubrey Joseph), whose emerging superpowers reveal a deeper bond than they could ever know. Based on the trailers, it’s not just super-powered fun we should expect, as issues of race, class, and police brutality get brought into the mix. The pilot was directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood (“Love and Basketball,” “Shots Fired”) so there’s legitimate pedigree behind the scenes, and this one could end up being a summer treat with some real substance.

“Sense8” Finale Special (Netflix, June 8)

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It’s the series finale fans never thought they’d see, following the sci-fi show’s abrupt cancelation after its second season ended on a dramatic cliffhanger. But miracles seem to happen a lot when the Wachowskis are involved, as a month after ending “Sense8,” Netflix officially agreed to greenlight a two-hour episode to wrap up the dangling plot threads. Over two seasons, “Sense8” chronicled eight interconnected strangers whose psychic bonds put them in extreme peril, but also make them stronger together than alone. Hopefully the finale won’t just give fans closure, but provide a few of these characters the happy ending they deserve. Between Riley (Tuppence Middleton) and Will’s (Brian J. Smith) blossoming connection and Amanita (Freema Agyeman) and Nomi’s (Jamie Clayton) pending nuptials, the potential for love to win the day is there.

“The Bold Type” Season 2 (Freeform, June 12)

THE BOLD TYPE - "Carry The Weight" - Jane gets an eye opening experience when she is tasked with writing a piece about a performance artist/activist who is speaking out about sexual assault. Kat is distracted by thoughts of Adena while trying to throw a memorable NY Fashion Week party for Scarlet. And Sutton gets into an awkward situation with Richard. This episode of "The Bold Type" airs Tuesday, September 5 (9:01 - 10:02 p.m. EDT) on Freeform. (Freeform/Phillippe Bosse)ANA KAYNE, KATIE STEVENS, AISHA DEE

Freeform’s buzziest show returns for its sophomore season after making a surprise splash last summer. When last we left the trio of rising stars at Scarlet magazine, Sutton (Meghann Fahy) was still torn about breaking it off with the much older Richard (Sam Page), Kat (Aisha Dee) had left to join her girlfriend Adena (Nikohl Boosheri) in Peru, and Jane (Katie Stevens) left the magazine to join Incite, where she’ll supposedly get the opportunity to write about stories more meaningful to her than fashion and vagina facials. Funny, insightful, and daring, “The Bold Type” will continue into its new season under new showrunner Amanda Lasher (“Togetherness,” “Gossip Girl”), taking over for series creator Sarah Watson, who had left due to creative differences with the network.

“Strange Angel” (CBS All Access, June 14)

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Fans of CBS All Access’ “Star Trek: Discovery” will presumably like this one too. Based on the Groege Pendle book, “Strange Angel” centers on Jack Parsons, a janitor in 1930s Los Angeles whose dreams led to American rocketry. But Jack, played by Jack Reynor, wound up following the teachings of occultist Aleister Crowley and exploring sex magick rituals. From Ridley Scott’s Scott Free Prods., the series also stars Bella Heathcote, Rupert Friend, Peter Mark Kendall, Michael Gaston, Greg Wise, Rade Šerbedžija, Zack Pearlman and Keye Chen. Mark Heyman (“Black Swan”) adapted the show and created it based on the book. According to CBS All Access, the 10-episode series “explores the dramatic intersection between genius and madness, science and science fiction.”

“Goliath” Season 2 (Amazon, June 15)

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TV has been good to Billy Bob Thornton, and Billy Bob Thornton has been good to TV. Following up his Golden Globe win for “Fargo” with another trophy from the HFPA for Season 1 of this Amazon legal drama, Thornton returns almost 18 months later for his second trip behind the bench as Billy McBride, and guess what? He’s got another pro bono case that’s about to become a personal vendetta. After a double murder in Venice puts a 16-year-old kid in cuffs, Billy and his team face a dirty cop, tight-lipped gangbusters, and a prosecutor with a chip on his shoulder while trying to prove the young man’s innocence. But as easy as that sounds, there’s more: Politics soon come into play, and you better believe the hard-drinking, down-to-earth defense attorney has zero time for that nonsense. Expect conflict to erupt, as Mark Duplass (“Togetherness”) and Morris Chestnut (“The Best Man”) join the cast. 

“The Affair” Season 4 (Showtime, June 17)

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It’s been almost 18 months since we last checked in with Noah (Dominic West), Alison (Ruth Wilson), Helen (Maura Tienery), Cole (Joshua Jackson) and their assorted dalliances and partners, but the core quartet of Showtime’s Golden Globe-winning drama look likely to continue pushing the boundaries of monogamy (or lack thereof) in modern relationships. The show is taking a big swing in Season 4 by shifting locations — it’s moving to Los Angeles after three years on the fog-drenched beaches of Long Island — but based on the trailers, those same issues that haunted them in Montauk will prove inescapable on the West Coast. Some characters try to move on with new loves, while others remain trapped in the past. One thing we hope we see less of: Noah’s ongoing dance with self-destruction. “The Affair” works best when it’s a true ensemble, and not the story of a middle-aged white guy who can’t help but ruin his own life (mostly because we’ve seen it all too often before).

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