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

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Dec 14, 2012

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.

Here's a preview: