Our sci-fi guide to 27 hot summer TV shows you won't want to miss

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Dec 14, 2012, 4:51 PM EST

Thank God for cable. With ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox and The CW taking the next few months off from sci-fi and fantasy originals, it'd be one long summer filled with little else but reality TV. Luckily for us, cable TV has stepped up bigtime.

With 27 new series, movies and specials, we can have our fill of genre television. And we've got some leftovers, as several spring shows—Starz's Camelot, BBC America's Doctor Who, HBO's Game of Thrones and Syfy's Sanctuary—continuing into the summer.

Here's our mega guide to what's coming up this summer for sci-fi, fantasy, paranormal and spy-fi TV, organized by premiere date. And we've included trailers if they are available.

June Premieres

Ghost Hunters: Pearl Harbor Phantoms (Syfy) - Wednesday, June 1, at 8 p.m.

The TAPS team travels to Hawaii in this special episode, with Destination Truth's Josh Gates, for the first paranormal investigation of Pearl Harbor. They investigate the paranormal claims at the Pacific Aviation Museum in Pearl Harbor, where visitors and employees have reported startling experiences. No word on whether we'll see more Ghost Hunters this summer beyond this one episode, but Ghost Hunters International will premiere on July 13.

Haunted Collector (Syfy) - Wednesday, June 1, at 9 p.m.

On Syfy's newest hourlong reality series, a family of paranormal investigators hunts down haunted objects that are terrorizing the people who own them. In the first episode, "Haunted Bayou/Library Ghost," the team goes digging under a house to locate the source of a family's troubles.

Hollywood Treasure (Syfy) - Wednesday, June 1, at 10 and 10:30 p.m.

This addictive little show is back for a new season, and Joe Maddalena, who owns an auction business that specializes in original movie, television and pop culture memorabilia, is on the hunt for everything from Robby the Robot to Back to the Future collectibles. The summer episodes kick off with a two-episode premiere.

Red Faction: Origins (Syfy) - Saturday, June 4, at 9 p.m.

This Syfy original movie bridges the gap between the THQ's 2009 Red Faction: Guerrilla game and its upcoming game Red Faction: Armageddon. The film follows the Mason family, who are Martian colonists battling for survival and freedom. Jake Mason (Brian J. Smith) goes after those who killed his mother and kidnapped his sister. The series also stars Robert Patrick and Kate Vernon.

Teen Wolf (MTV) - Sunday, June 5, at 11 p.m., and then it moves into its regular timeslot on Monday, June 6, at 10 p.m.

Forget vampires. MTV's gone with a sexy supernatural tale about a teenage boy who gets bitten by a werewolf and has to deal with high school AND being a werewolf. Add into the mix that he's fallen for the local werewolf hunter's daughter and you have something a lot more like Vampire Diaries than Michael J. Fox's 1985 comic movie.

Here's a promo:

Finding Bigfoot (Animal Planet) - Sunday, June 5, at 10 p.m.

In this new six-part series, a team of Bigfoot researchers travels cross-country in a quest to find the elusive beast.

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Covert Affairs (USA) - Tuesday, June 7, at 10 p.m.

As season two of USA's saucy spy series picks up, we find out whether Ben survived being shot. This season, expect Annie's career as a spy to continue to intrude on her personal life. Peter Gallagher has been upgraded from recurring as CIA director Arthur Campbell to series regular.

Here's a look:

Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman (Science) - Wednesday, June 8, at 10 p.m.

Morgan Freeman is back for a second season to host this series, each episode of which poses a new question that spans space, science and the unknown. First up: "Is There Life After Death?" Ten episodes have been ordered.

Here's a promo:

Ice Road Terror (Syfy) - Saturday, June 11, at 9 p.m.

In this Syfy movie, when diamond mine blasting wakes up a mythological prehistoric creature, it's up to ice road truckers to take on the beast before it can reach civilization. The flick stars Michael Hogan, Brea Grant and Ty Olsson.

Here's a sneak peek:

The Nine Lives of Chloe King (ABC Family) - Tuesday, June 14, at 9 p.m.

Chloe King is a smart, pretty, offbeat teen who just wants to look forward to celebrating her 16th birthday. Well, that is until she dies in a fall and comes back to life. Suddenly she's developing heightened abilities, and she discovers she's part of an ancient race called the Mai, who have been hunted by assassins for millennia. And it turns out Chloe may be the only hope if the Mai are going to survive.

Here's a promo:

Paranormal Challenge (Travel Channel) - Friday, June 17, at 9 p.m.

Ghost Adventures' star Zak Bagans hosts this new paranormal competition between two ghost hunting groups who face off at some of the most haunted locations around the world to see which can find the most paranormal evidence. They use some "awesome new hi-tech gear" in hopes of getting bragging rights that their team is the best.

Celebrity Ghost Stories (Bio) - Saturday, June 18, at 9 p.m.

Back for its third season, the series once again interviews celebrities about their ghostly encounters and then re-creates those experiences for the camera. In the first episode, the celebrities include Regis Philbin, actor Harry Hamlin, actress Ana Gasteyer and model Jaime King.

Outcasts (BBC America) - Saturday, June 18, at 9 p.m.

Battlestar Galactica's Jamie Bamber stars in this series, from creator Ben Richards, that delves into what happens to the human race when they must leave the Earth to survive. In Outcasts, a group of pioneers travel to a planet called Carpathia to start a new life. Unfortunately, they haven't left any of their human faults behind as they struggle for survival on the planet amid the sex, politics and battles for power that drive them. There are eight episodes in the season. The series also stars Eric Mabius, Liam Cunningham and Hermione Norris.

Falling Skies (TNT) - Sunday, June 19, at 9 p.m., and it then moves to its regular timeslot at 10 p.m.

Kicking off with a two-hour premiere, this alien invasion series from Steven Spielberg explores what happens after aliens level a devastating attack on Earth and the survivors are forced to run for their lives. Six months after the invasion, humans have regrouped into a rebel force, but each day is a test of survival as the aliens, or skidders, hunt them down and take the children to use as slave labor. Now it's up to the few real soldiers who've survived and the civilians, like former history professor Tom Mason (Noah Wyle), to fight in the ultimate battle to save Earth.

Here's a look:

Drop Dead Diva (Lifetime) - Sunday, June 19, at 9 p.m.

In the third season, there's a cliffhanger to resolve after Grayson finally recognized Jane as Deb following a car accident that then put him into a coma. As the plus-sized lawyer with the soul of a diva waits for Grayson to wake, Jane finds herself struggling with her desire to reveal who she really is. The series continues with a celebrity-packed season, with the premiere guest-starring Paula Adbul, LeAnn Rimes, Wendy Williams and Mario Lopez. Thirteen episodes are in the works.

Here's a preview:

Burn Notice (USA) - Thursday, June 23, at 9 p.m.

Returning for a fifth season of spy-fi fun, we'll find out whether Michael is really back in the CIA and what that means for his friends and mom. Lauren Stamile (Grey's Anatomy) joins the cast for a multi-episode arc as Kim Pearce, an unpredictable CIA operative, who's investigating the murder of "one of their own."

Here's a promo:

Futurama (Comedy Central) - Thursday, June 23, at 10 p.m.

Get ready for Season 6-B, which means 13 more episodes featuring the gang from the Planet Express. In the two-episode premiere the crew meets a creature that isn't familiar with gender, which leads to some interesting problems, and then Bender begins replicating himself into increasingly smaller copies, but in greater numbers. This half-season, Dan Castellaneta, the voice of Homer Simpson, guest-stars as the robot devil and comedian Patton Oswalt guests as Unattractive Giant Monster. Futurama has already been renewed for a seventh season with 26 episodes.

Here's a sneak peek:

Wilfred (FX) - Thursday, June 23, at 10 p.m.

Based on the acclaimed Australian series, the series stars Elijah Wood (Lord of the Rings) as Ryan, an introvert struggling through life until he meets Wilfred (Jason Gann), his neighbor's pet dog. Ryan's problem is that while everyone sees Wilfred as a dog, he sees him as a man in a dog suit. Thirteen episodes of the half-hour comedy have been ordered.

Here's a preview:

Swamp Shark (Syfy) - Saturday, June 25, at 9 p.m.

This Syfy Saturday night movie features one mother of a shark that's been released into a river near a remote Louisiana town and starts chowing down on the local residents. The movie stars D.B. Sweeney, Kristy Swanson and Robert Davi.

Here's a sneak peek:

True Blood (HBO) - Sunday, June 26, at 9 p.m.

Sookie's back for a fourth season of adventure, and this time she's not only dealing with vampires, were-animals, shape shifters and fairies, but she's also got witches to contend with. At the end of season three, Sookie vanished, Bill and Sophie Ann were going at it, Russell was buried in concrete, Tara had left town and Sam appeared to shoot his brother. As season four begins, we'll see all those cliffhangers resolved and more as a battle between witches and vampires rises up.

Here's a promo:

Ugly Americans (Comedy Central) - Premieres Thursday, June 30, at 10:30 p.m.

Social worker Mark Lilly is back for a second season, and he has a lot on his plate this year. He spends time hanging out with his zombie roommate Randall and dealing with his hot demonic girlfriend, Callie, and his wizard office mate Leonard and demon boss Twayne don't make his life easy. And, of course, he has to try to avoid his evil clone when he can, and also participate in an End of Days "Pre-Enactment." It's not easy being surrounded by Ugly Americans.

July Premieres

Torchwood: Miracle Day (Starz) - Friday, July 8, at 10 p.m.

Jack's back! And so is Torchwood, but by way of Starz and America. The premise is that one day people, all over the Earth, stop dying. They can get injured and sick, but they just don't die anymore. At first it's considered a miracle, but then the reality sets in as to what will happen if no one dies. Drawn back into this strange mystery is Torchwood's former leader, Captain Jack Harkness—who knows something about not dying, since he's immortal—and Gwen Cooper, who had gone into hiding with her husband and baby after the last adventure, Children of Earth. Joining the cast for the 10-episode season are Bill Pullman, as a convicted child murderer; Mekhi Phifer, a CIA agent investigating the mystery; and Alexa Havins, a deskbound CIA employee who ends up working with Jack.

Here's a look:

Alphas (Syfy) - Monday, July 11, at 10 p.m.

Syfy's newest scripted series follows a super-secret government team made up of ordinary people with extraordinary abilities. Led by Dr. Lee Rosen (David Strathairn), he oversees the dysfunctional group, including a woman who can make anyone do anything she tells them to, a FBI agent with super strength, a human computer, a man with uncanny physical abilities and a woman who can enhance her senses to become a human forensics lab. The Alphas find themselves called in to solve cases the CIA, FBI and Pentagon can't, especially when they involve other Alphas.

Here's a preview:

Eureka (Syfy) - Monday, July 11, at 8 p.m.

It's the second half of season four (or season 4.5), and the gang will continue to feel the fallout of the timeline changes after their trip to 1947. As their secrets being to surface, they continue to face baffling mysteries and science gone wrong. Dr. Horrible's Felicia Day and Stargate Universe's Ming Na join the cast in recurring roles, and Wil Wheaton returns as a guest star. But the coolest guest star of all, comic-book legend Stan Lee, also puts in an appearance this season.

Here's a promo:

Warehouse 13 (Syfy) - Monday, July 11, at 9 p.m.

In last season's cliffhanger, Myka quit, which left Pete without a partner. As season three begins, Pete is unwilling paired up with an ATF agent named Steve Jinks as his new partner (Smallville's Aaron Ashmore). Steve has the ability to tell when people are lying. This year we'll learn more about Warehouse mythology, the Regents and Mrs. Frederick. Star Trek: Voyager's Jeri Ryan guest-stars, and Lindsay Wagner returns to raise Artie's temperature.

Here's a look:

Ghost Hunters International (Syfy) - Wednesday, July 13, at 9 p.m.

As season three kicks off, the GHI team travels to the Trinidad's Lopinot Cocoa Plantation, to Argentina's Frigorifico Gualeguaychu Meat Packing Plant and to Roe Valley Hospital in Limavady, Northern Ireland, in the hunt for ghosts.

Legend Quest (Syfy) - Wednesday, July 13, at 10 p.m.

Take Indiana Jones and throw in a dash of the Da Vinci Code and you've got Legend Quest. Archeology explorer and ancient symbol expert Ashley Cowie is on a quest to find history's greatest and most mysterious artifacts.

Haven (Syfy) - Friday, July 15, at 10 p.m.

The mysterious series about people who are afflicted with abilities they often can't control is back for a second season, and so is Audrey Parker. And considering a second Audrey Parker popped up for one surprising cliffhanger, expect to find out more about that mystery, as well as more about Duke and Nathan. This season Vinessa Antoine joins the cast as Evi Ryan, a woman who has a history with Duke, and Jason Priestley will appear in a four episode arc as an afflicted antisocial marine biologist. He'll also direct an episode.

What shows make your must-see TV list?