Summer is as big as fall these days when it comes to sci-fi and fantasy (though one summer series, Haven, has been shifted to Syfy's fall line-up). Below is more information on what's coming up on the broadcast and cable networks.
Alphas (Season 2)
Airs: Premieres Monday, July 23 at 10 p.m.
Number of episodes: 13.
What to expect: Season 2 picks up eight months after last year’s finale. Dr. Lee Rosen, having exposed the existence of Alphas to the unsuspecting public, finds himself discredited and imprisoned by a government desperate to cover up his revelation. The rest of the core team has disbanded and some, without Rosen’s guidance and care, have regressed to their old, destructive ways. They must now battle their individual demons in order to reunite and try to save their own.
New cast member: Erin Way.
Airs: Monday, July 16 at 9 p.m.
What to expect: As the town continues to cope with the personal changes caused by the Astraeus ordeal, they uncover the truth about the forces behind the crew's bizarre disappearance -- with shocking results.
Falling Skies (Season 2)
Airs: Starts Tuesday, July 17 with a double episode premiere.
Number of episodes: 10.
What to expect: Changes in character for several key players, including Tom Mason, who'll come out of his experience being captured on a spaceship feeling "used and manipulated."
New cast member: Brandon Jay McLaren joined the cast as Sunil Chutani, a mechanic.
Season guest stars include: Terry O'Quinn will play Tom Mason's mentor in the two-part season finale.
Futurama (Season 7)
Airs: Stars Wednesday, June 20 with a double-header premiere.
Network: Comedy Central.
Number of episodes: 13 (part two of season 7 airs in 2013).
What to expect: The premiere story involves an ancient prophecy that the world will end in 3012, and later episodes explore our heroic team via parents, kids, and other connections. And, of course, Richard Nixon.
Teen Wolf (Season 2)
Airs: Part 1 of the premiere airs on Sunday, June 3, after the MTV Movie Awards, and then part 2 the next night in its regular Monday night position.
Number of episodes: 12.
What to expect: Having taken over as Alpha, Derek recruits new members to his pack. Without Derek to help Scott, Stiles becomes even more embroiled in the problems of the werewolf, while Allison trains to become more involved in the family business of hunting them. The fates of Lydia and Jackson will be revealed, and Scott continues to search for a cure.
New cast members: Michael Hogan has been cast as Allison's grandfather; Stephen Lunsford as Matt, a rival for Allison's affection; Daniel Sharman has been cast as Isaac, a troubled student; Gage Golightly will be the first (living) female werewolf.
True Blood (Season 5)
Airs: Sunday, June 10.
Number of episodes: 12.
What to expect: Season 5 will be very loosely based on the fifth book in the series, Dead as a Doornail, with harbingers of future books.
New cast members: Lucy Griffiths; Scott Foley; Chris Meloni.
Warehouse 13 (Season 4)
Airs: Premieres Monday, July 23 at 9 p.m.
Number of episodes: 20.
What to expect: Season 4 kicks off with the Warehouse Team still reeling from the shocking events of the climactic season three finale--the losses of Agent Steve Jinks, Mrs. Frederic, H.G. Wells, and in fact most of the Warehouse itself. Their only hope lies in racing to the other side of the Earth to hunt down an obscure artifact, which may or may not even exist--and if it does exist, what consequences will they face for using it?
Season guest stars include: Sam Huntington.