The following events all have something in common: ‘New Girl’ “It” couple Jess and Nick driving off bickering into the night, Ryan’s ex-lover and homicidal healthcare worker Molly ( Jennifer Ferrin) stabs Ryan and Claire, Elena chooses to spend eternity with Damon, and the fate of Dr. Richard Webber -- fans will have to wait months to find out what happens next. Luckily, there are a respectable number of new and returning shows that coupled with days at the beach or lounging by the pool have the potential to provide some steamy distractions. Feel free to develop a crush or two; there’s nothing wrong with a summer romance. Here are a few of the faces that you are bound to see splashed across your television screen over the next few months.
Alyssa Milano – Milano (‘Charmed,’ ‘Who’s the Boss’) plays Savannah “Savi,” one of four women whose personal and romantic lives are anything but pedestrian on the show ‘Mistresses.’ Savi, a married attorney dealing with infertility issues feels a lack of intimacy between herself and husband Harry. Savi’s also half-heartedly discourages the aggressively flirtatious behavior of a handsome work colleague. No real spoilers here, the show’s title pretty much says it all. Poised to upstage Milano is Jess Macallan who plays Savi’s free-spirited and promiscuous sister. 'Mistresses' airs Mondays at 10 p.m. on ABC.
Susan Lucci – It is only fitting that the undisputed queen of daytime drama should star in Lifetime’s new summer soap ‘Devious Maids.’ Created by Marc Cherry, this dramedy looks similar to Desperate Housewives, except that the primary players come from drastically different socio-economic backgrounds than their Beverly Hills employers. Lucci plays Genevieve Delatour, and it’s a safe bet she doesn’t do windows. Who knows, this could be Lucci’s big chance to get snubbed by the Primetime Emmys as well. ‘Devious Maids’ premieres June 23 at 10 p.m. on Lifetime.
Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson – She’s back ya’ll. And the whole family will continue to be the standard by which every other southern family is judged. The new season should chronicle Mama June’s weight loss and her and Sugar Bear’s wedding/recommitment ceremony. It also appears that Alana might be padding her resume by adding tap dancing to her list of talents. ‘Here Comes Honey Boo Boo’ premieres July 17 at 9 p.m. on TLC.
Dallas Roberts – Roberts, who played “The Governor’s” lackey Milton on ‘The Walking Dead,’ may not have survived the leader of Woodbury’s mental breakdown, but he’s back among the living as a new cast member of the previously cancelled crime procedural ‘Unforgettable.’ There’s a certain symmetry to this dual reincarnation. Roberts will play Eliot, Carrie Wells’ (Poppy Montgomery) new boss and head of the NYPD's Major Cases Division. ‘Unforgettable’ premieres July 28 at 9 p.m. on CBS.
Neil Patrick Harris – Watch your back Seacrest, there’s a taller, more likable alternative available to host TV gigs, nipping at your heels. He sings, dances, tells jokes and stars in a hit sitcom. Harris will be hosting this year’s Tony Awards which happen to be airing opposite the season finale of ‘Game of Thrones.’ It shouldn’t matter since I doubt Broadway and HBO’s epic fantasy series have many overlapping fans. The Tony Awards will air June 9 at 8 p.m. on CBS.
Julie Chen – What would summer at CBS be without the “Chenbot.” Jules must be battery operated because in addition to her job as one of the co-hosts of ‘The Talk,’ she has made guest appearances on ‘CBS This Morning,’ ‘The O’Reilly Factor’ and ‘The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.’ Chen not only hosts ‘Big Brother’ every summer, but she also manages to keeps calm and on point no matter what the stir crazy houseguests throw at her. ‘Big Brother’ premieres June 26 at p.m. on CBS.
Jurnee Smollet/Rutger Hauer/Amelia Rose Blair – ‘True Blood’ is getting some new blood. Rutger Hauer (‘Blade Runner,’ ‘Batman Begins’) will play a character with a connection to Sookie and Jason. Smollet (‘The Mob Doctor,’ ‘Friday Night Lights’) will play Nicole Jannsen, a rumored staunch liberal who, given her character description, will be fighting for the rights of fanged Americans everywhere. Blaire (‘Perception,’ ‘Grimm’) has been cast as the governor of Louisiana’s daughter. ‘True Blood’ premieres June 16 at 9 p.m. on HBO.
Avan Jogia – In the new show ‘Twisted,’ Jogia plays Danny Desai, a 16-year-old boy who returns home after spending five years in juvie for murdering his aunt with a jump rope. When a classmate of Danny’s is murdered, it’s no big surprise that he is a prime suspect. Danny claims to be innocent and is determined to clear his name. And you thought Pretty Little Liars was dark. Denise Richards (‘Wild Things’) plays Danny’s mom Karen, the ultimate MILF. It’s a safe bet that Danny isn’t a homicidal maniac given the show is on ABC Family, but Danny’s almost assuredly not your typical boy next door either. ‘Twisted’ premieres June 11 at 9 p.m. on ABC Family.
John Oliver – There aren’t many fake news anchors who can fill Jon Stewart’s shoes. Luckily, ‘The Daily Show’ already employs the witty and more than capable British import John Oliver. As Stewart takes an eight-week hiatus to direct his first film, Oliver will undoubtedly revel in the opportunity to take a few pot shot at us Yanks. Not that we don’t deserve it. ‘The Daily Show airs Mon-Thurs at 11 p.m., on Comedy Central.
Dean Norris – This will be Norris’ last season playing DEA agent Hank Schrader on hit AMC drama 'Breaking Bad'. Both brilliant and clueless, there's no telling whether he will finally apprehend his brother-in-law Walt, a gifted crystal meth kingpin. If not, maybe he’ll have better luck figuring out why his town of Chester Hills, Maine has been enveloped by a force field in ‘Under the Dome.’ Norris plays James “Big Jim” Rennie, the owner of a car dealership and local politician who decides to make the best of a bad situation by using the dome to his advantage. ‘Under the Dome’ premieres on June 24 at 10 p.m. on CBS.
Taylor Schilling – So ‘Arrested Development’ didn’t live up to all the hype. Don’t give up on Netflix just yet. Their next attempt at original programming is a show created by Jenji Kohan (‘Weeds’), the queen of female empowerment. ‘Orange Is the New Black’ is based on the memoir of the same name written by Piper Kerman, who was forced to serve time in federal prison when some youthful “indiscretions” caught up with her. Taylor Schilling (‘Argo,’ ‘The Lucky One’) stars as Piper Chapman, a woman struggling to hold her life on the outside together while trying to survive on the inside. All 13 episodes of ‘Orange is the New Black’ premiere on Netflix on July 11.