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Summer TV preview: ‘True Blood,’ ‘Doctor Who,’ ‘Orange Is the New Black’ and more

From left, Danielle Brooks, Lin Tucci, Natasha Lyonne, Yael Stone, Jackie Cruz, Emma Myles and Laverne Cox keep it professional in "Orange Is the New Black' (Netflix) From left, Danielle Brooks, Lin Tucci, Natasha Lyonne, Yael Stone, Jackie Cruz, Emma Myles and Laverne Cox keep it professional in “Orange Is the New Black’ (Netflix)

June 6

Last season of “Orange is the New Black” left off with Piper (Taylor Schilling) punching the poop out of Pennsatucky in a storm of alliteration. The runaway hit returns for its second season — released, like the first, in its entirety — to make you stay up too late and repeatedly vow to never be a drug trafficker. K.P.K
June 6, Netflix.

June 8

Host Hugh Jackman isn’t the only big name at this year’s Tony Awards; nominees include Bryan Cranston, Chris O’Dowd, Neil Patrick Harris and Audra McDonald. Those who don’t follow the goings-on on Broadway are sure to have plenty of questions, such as “there’s a ‘Rocky’ musical?” (yes, the lead actor is up for a statue, and we really hope his date is named Adrian); “there’s an ‘Aladdin’ musical?” (yes; it’s up for Best Musical); and “there’s a ‘The Bridges of Madison County’ musical?” (yes, but it bombed). K.P.K.
June 8, CBS, 8 p.m.

June 21

Can’t wait until August to watch Peter Capaldi, the new Doctor on “Doctor Who,” in action? He’s the baddie in “The Musketeers,” which follows the famous trio as they’re all for one and one for all and all that good stuff. For 10 weeks, at least. K.P.K.
June 22, BBC America, 9 p.m.

June 22

In a media landscape awash with supernatural dramas, HBO’s “True Blood” has always managed to be bloodier, snarkier and sexier than its competitors. Season five was panned; the next was praised as a return to form. So the seventh and final season should at least be interesting, especially given the sixth-season finale’s cliffhangers: Sookie (Anna Paquin) was [REDACTED], Eric was [REDACTED] and Hep V vampires [REDACTED]. And that, world, is how you handle spoilers. L.M.
June 22, HBO, 9 p.m.

June 25

Get ready “Big Brother” fanatics (we know you’re out there): BB16 premieres early again this year, meaning there’s more backstabbing, alliances, claustrophobia and secret romances to love. Cancel all your plans for three nights a week to watch the drama unfold. L.M.
June 25, CBS, 8 p.m.

July 30

The king of the water, air and now the subtitle, “Sharknado 2: The Second One” is ready to whirl and bite its way back to the small screen. Last year’s bizarrely popular TV movie is back with its B-list cast (Ian Ziering and Tara Reid are both returning; Vivica A. Fox and Mark McGrath are among the sharknado newbies) and a simple-to-understand plot: There are sharks. In a tornado. But this time they’re in New York. It’s important for any sequel to further its characters’ development. K.P.K.
July 30, SyFy, 9 p.m.


The British are an inscrutable people. Which is why the premiere date for the eighth season of “Doctor Who,” featuring Scottish fox Peter Capaldi, is currently only listed as “August.” We’ll wait. In front of our TVs. For all of August. K.P.K.
August, BBC America.

Aug. 1

“The Killing” just refuses to die. The murder-mystery was canceled by AMC twice — once in 2012 and again last year — but Netflix helped revive it both times. This installment, in which Detective Linden (Mirielle Enos) and her partner Holder (Joel Kinnaman) investigate a death at a military academy, is said to be its last — although we’ve certainly heard that before. L.M.
Aug. 1, Netflix.

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Lori McCue is the entertainment editor at Express, writing about movies, music, TV, arts and events in D.C. Say hi at
Kristen Page-Kirby covers film, arts and events for Express.



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