Remember when summer meant there was nothing new on TV? Back then, three networks broadcast reruns of their fall offerings and that was it. No new comedy, no new drama, no reality at all. Well, no more. Now there are dozens of shows to steal you away from a sultry summer night. We've picked 12 you shouldn't miss.
See also: Summer movie reviews.
1. Falling Skies, TNT, Sunday: Even if you are not a sci-fi fan, this series, led by ER veteran Noah Wyle, comes with executive producer Steven Spielberg's trademark and the promise of real human drama amid the creatures and explosions. It's six months after aliens have taken over the earth, and resistance fighters outside Boston, including Wyle's history professor character, are forming bonds, contending with grief and rising to the occasion — or not. It starts June 19.