Here's our Summer TV Mega Preview of 40 sci-fi shows and movies

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Dec 14, 2012, 4:31 PM EST

Yes, we know your brain is still spinning from TV Finale Overwhelm Syndrome (and yes, Lost, we're talking about you!), but summer's here and so are 40 genre TV series, movies, minis and specials hoping to vie for your adoration and love. And there's plenty to choose from as vampires, werewolves, spies and even James Callis hit the schedule.

Here's our complete summer sci-fi, fantasy and spy TV preview of continuing, returning and new series. Check out some of the new show trailers here. The dates and times below are subject to change based on the whims of the various networks.

CONTINUING SHOWS: Ashes to Ashes (BBC America) Tuesdays at 10 p.m.

Season-two finale scheduled June 29

Alex continues her search for answers as her behavior becomes increasingly bizarre. Meanwhile, the team investigates the murder of a Polish workman and the brutal murder of a police informant. A third season has already been produced, so expect more Ashes to Ashes at some point.

Doctor Who (BBC America) Saturdays at 9 p.m.

Season-five finale scheduled July 24

With the show in the middle of its season, there's still plenty of Doctor Who in your future. Coming up, Amy has to make a heartbreaking choice, the Doctor and his companions face the most important day in the history of Earth, and Vincent van Gogh battles a deadly alien.

Ghost Hunters Academy (Syfy) Wednesdays at 9 p.m.

Season-one finale scheduled July 7

Steve Gonsalves and Dave Tango are back to mentor and train another group of ghost-hunter hopefuls. But this time there are no second chances. One cadet will be eliminated each week by Ghost Hunters' lead investigator Jason Hawes as the class investigates Trans Allegheny Lunatic Asylum (Weston, W.Va.), Mark Twain House (Hartford, Conn.), Fort Delaware (Delaware City, Del.), Mansfield Reformatory (aka the "Shawshank Prison") (Mansfield, Ohio) and the infamous Stanley Hotel (Estes Park, Colo.). After six investigations, the winning cadet will join either Ghost Hunters or Ghost Hunters International.

Happy Town (ABC) Wednesdays at 10 p.m.

Series finale scheduled July 7

If you're disturbed that ABC canceled this series after only three episodes, take heart. At least you'll get to see all eight episodes. While we don't like Big Dave's chances of surviving the season, considering ... well, he's a murderer and all, we will get a resolution to the Magic Man mystery and there will be more of Henley and that goat head hammer. And exactly what does Rachel remember ... and what secret does Peggy Haplin have with the former sheriff?

Merlin (Syfy) Fridays at 10 p.m.

Season-two finale scheduled July 2

There's plenty of Merlin left this summer as the young warlock falls in love, Morgause returns and she's hell-bent on ending Uthur's reign, and Camelot learns what happens when the Great Dragon gets free and gets mad. Merlin has a third season in the works.

Past Life (Fox) Fridays at 8 p.m.

Series finale scheduled June 18

Fox still has a handful of episodes to burn off of the canceled series as the team explores more reincarnation mysteries and an out-of-body experience.

Saving Grace (TNT) Mondays at 10 p.m.

Two-hour series finale scheduled June 21

It's been four seasons and Grace is finally coming to the end of her journey. Meanwhile, Captain Perry makes an announcement that could change everything, and Neely's drug problem spirals out of control.

Stargate Universe (Syfy) Fridays at 9 p.m.

Season-one finale scheduled June 11

With only two episodes left to air in its first season, the crew takes on the Lucian Alliance and the hot and scary Commander Kiva in the two-part finale, "Incursion." Stargate Universe has been renewed for a second season, which is set to premiere in the fall.

RETURNING AND PREMIERING SHOWS: Being Human (BBC America) Saturday, July 24, at 10 p.m.

Season-two premiere

Before Syfy can have its way with the subject matter, you can catch a second season of the BBC original with the supernatural roomies—vampire Mitchell, werewolf George and ghost Annie. In the second season, George has to deal with relationship troubles, Mitchell tries to create order within the vampire community, and Annie takes on motherhood with a baby ghost. The series moves to its regular timeslot at 9 p.m. on July 31. BBC's announced that a third season is in the works.

Burn Notice (USA) Thursday, June 3, at 9 p.m.

Season-four premiere

Michael returns to the spy business after meeting with the man who burned him. While he may be an operative again, we don't expect his life to get any easier. Coby Bell joins the cast as Jesse Garcia, a counterintelligence expert, and Burt Reynolds will guest-star.

Celebrity Ghost Stories (Bio) Saturday, July 17, at 9 p.m.

Season-two premiere

Believe it or not, this is Bio's number-one series, and what's not to love when it comes to seeing celebrities recount what scares them? Season two includes stories by Billy Baldwin, Joan Collins, Alice Cooper, Michael Imperioli, Shirley Jones, Jermaine Jackson, Marilyn Manson, Laura Prepon, Matthew Settle, Karina Smirnoff, Michael Urie and Marissa Jaret Winokour.

Covert Affairs (USA) Tuesday, July 13, at 10 p.m.

75-minute series premiere

Considering the success of Burn Notice, you can't blame USA for going back to the spy well. This series follows a young CIA trainee who is suddenly thrust into the field as an operative and stars Piper Perabo, Christopher Gorham, Kari Matchett and Peter Gallagher. It's too early to tell whether Covert Affairs will be another MacGyverish Burn Notice or a tamer spy series, but until we know for sure, we figured you'd want to at least check out the first episode.

Dinocroc vs. Supergator (Syfy) Saturday, June 26, at 9 p.m.

Syfy original movie

Yep, it's a Dinocroc vs. Supergator smackdown a la Roger Corman! The two massive critters escape an experimental facility (which happens to be on a lush tropical island) and begin rampaging toward populated beaches filled with tourists. While the creatures work up an appetite battling each other, there are plenty of tourists around to snack on to keep them going.

Drop Dead Diva (Lifetime) Sunday, June 6, at 9 p.m.

Season-two premiere

Back for a second season, Jane dreams of doing a musical number with Paula Abdul, at least until she comes back to the real world to face disbarment after reporting her own client for fraud. Expect more of guardian angel Fred this season and guest stars aplenty, including Abdul, Liza Minnelli, Rosie O'Donnell, Tim Gunn, Delta Burke, Nia Vardalos, Kathy Najimy, Jorja Fox, Elliott Gould and Gregory Harrison.

Eureka (Syfy) Friday, July 9, at 9 p.m.

Season-four premiere

Something big is coming that will be a major game-changer for Eureka, and it isn't just James Callis joining the cast this season. Expect an Allison/Jack/Dr. Grant (Callis) love triangle, a race to the moon, people turning into stone, and even zombies! Guest stars include Jamie Kennedy, Wil Wheaton and the return of Jaime Ray Newman and Matt Frewer.

Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files (Syfy) Thursday, July 15, at 10 p.m.

Series premiere

As part of a new reality block, the series casts a critical eye toward supernatural phenomenon portrayed in images and video online and around the world. Former FBI special agent Ben Hansen and his six-person team head into the field to carry out experiments and search for clues and evidence. Then, using CGI and investigative techniques, they ask, "Is it real?"

Futurama (Comedy Central) Thursday, June 24, at 10 p.m.

Series revival, season-six premiere

Thank you, Comedy Central! The ultimate animated space ride, Futurama, is returning for 12 glorious new episodes with Fry, Bender, Leela and all the gang from the Planet Express.

The Gates (ABC) Sunday, June 20, at 10 p.m.

Series premiere

Mix Desperate Housewives with Twilight, add a drop of True Blood, and you've got The Gates. In the series, when an ex-Chicago cop becomes the new police chief of an exclusive gated community, he and his family slowly come to learn exactly how exclusive that community is. Apparently humans aren't the only creatures that want to feel safe. This community has vampires, werewolves, witches and other creatures, and they don't always play nice.

Ghost Hunters International (Syfy) Wednesday, July 14, at 9 p.m.

New episodes

The GHI team is off to Nottingham, England, in the hunt for the Sherriff of Nottingham's ghost at the Galleries of Justice. Other countries they'll explore during their global adventures include Wales, Norway, Poland, Ukraine and Estonia. The team is joined by new member Scott Tepperman, as well as Ghost Hunter Academy winners Susan Slaughter and Karl Pfeiffer.

Goblin (Syfy) Saturday, July 17, at 9 p.m.

Syfy original movie

A family vacation at a quiet mountain town turns to terror when their newborn is kidnapped by a goblin. Then it's up to the infant's older half-sister to come to the rescue . Battlestar Galactica's Donnelly Rhodes stars.

Haven (Syfy) Friday, July 9, at 10 p.m.

Series premiere

Based on the Stephen King novella The Colorado Kid, the series centers on FBI agent Audrey Parker, played by Jericho's Emily Rose, as she arrives in the small town of Haven, Maine, to look into the murder of a local ex-con. What seems like a routine case lands her in the middle of events in the town, which is a refuge for people with a range of supernatural abilities. Haven also stars Lucas Bryant and Eric Balfour.

Inside Secret Government Warehouses: Shocking Revelations (Syfy) Sunday, July 11, at 9 p.m.

Two-hour special

Inspired by Syfy's hit series Warehouse 13, award-winning NBC News journalist Lester Holt goes on a global expedition, traveling from Area 51 in Nevada to the Vatican's secret archives to unlock the secrets of some of the world's most mysterious warehouses.

Jack Hunter and the Lost Treasure of Ugarit (Syfy) Saturday, July 31 at 9 p.m.

Syfy original movie

Warehouse 13's Joanne Kelly stars in this adventure flick about a fortune hunter named Jack Hunter who's looking in Syria for ancient treasure that may be cursed.

The Jensen Project (NBC) Friday, July 16, at 8 p.m.

Two-hour movie

A young couple who were once part of a secret community of geniuses who did cutting-edge research and shared it anonymously with the world, find themselves up against a former colleague gone bad, Edwin Jensen (David Andrews). In this roller coaster ride of an adventure, the couple and their teenage son race the clock to thwart Jensen's evil schemes. Brady Smith and Kellie Martin star with Star Trek: The Next Generation's LeVar Burton, Patricia Richardson, and Alyssa Diaz.

Lake Placid 3 (Syfy) Premieres in August

Syfy original movie

The crocs are back! Eureka's Colin Ferguson directs and stars in the sequel to Lake Placid 2, Syfy's most-watched original movie ever. When a game warden, his wife and their young son move to Lake Placid, things are nice and placid for about three years. That is, until the baby crocs the son has been feeding as pets grow up and decide the family looks mighty tasty.

The Making of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter (NBC) - Sunday, June 6, at 7 p.m.

NBC half-hour special

Universal Orlando Resort is about to unveil the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park attraction, and here's your first look behind the scenes in this half-hour special. "Viewers will tour the immersive new land, explore the majestic corridors inside Hogwarts castle and wander the cobbled streets of Hogsmeade." The special will also give us a taste of "the ground-breaking technology that will forever change the theme-park attraction experience." All that and exclusive cast commentary too!

Mandrake (Syfy) Premieres in August

Syfy original movie

When a group of adventurers go looking for a Spanish conquistador artifact, what they find is that the jungle around them is a single living being, and it doesn't want them there.

Mary Knows Best (Syfy) Thursday, July 15, at 9 p.m.

Series premiere

Kicking off Syfy's Thursday night reality block, Mary Knows Best follows Mary Occhino, a successful radio host, psychic intuitive and mother of three. The docu-soap explores life with Mary and the oddball cast of characters that make up her family.

My Ghost Story (Bio) Saturday, July 17, at 10 p.m.

Series premiere

Ordinary people tell their own ghost stories with backup from their own video evidence, which includes moving furniture, dark apparitions and violent poltergeists. Eight episodes have been ordered.

Neighbors From Hell (TBS) Monday, June 7, at 10 p.m.

Series premiere

This animated series digs into Satan and hell on Earth ... well, kind of. When Satan gets wind that a shady energy company is plotting to drill a hole straight through to the middle of Earth (which might destroy the planet and put him out of a job), he sends one of his torturers off with his family to go undercover to sabotage the project. From South Park's Pam Brady. Characters are voiced by Will Sasso, Molly Shannon and Patton Oswalt.

Persons Unknown (NBC) Monday, June 7, at 10 p.m.

Series premiere

From the Oscar-winning writer Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects), this new NBC series explores what happens when seven strangers are kidnapped and trapped in a deserted town. The group must come together to puzzle out their mysterious circumstances or suffer the consequences, all the while being watched. The series stars Alan Ruck and Jason Wiles.

The Phantom (Syfy) Sunday, June 20, at 7 p.m.

Four-hour miniseries to air on one night

This modern-day re-imagining of the comic book follows Kit Walker (Ryan Carnes), the son of the Phantom, who ends up with his father's iconic ring. In the tale, Kit is targeted by the deadly Singh crime syndicate, who hope to stop the ascension of the next Phantom. Add in Isabella Rossellini as Lithia, the head of an experimental mind-control program, and you have one interesting miniseries. This mini was directed by The Last Templar's Paolo Barzman and stars Sandrine Holt and Cameron Goodman.

Princess of Mars (Syfy) Saturday, June 5, at 9 p.m.

Syfy original movie

How about a little Edgar Rice Burroughs? This Syfy original flick adapts the Burroughs novel and takes Antonio Sabato Jr. and Traci Lords on an adventure about a U.S. soldier who is mysteriously transported to Mars in the midst of a war between two alien races.

Rubicon (AMC) Sunday, Aug. 1, at 8 p.m.

Two-hour series premiere

James Badge Dale and Miranda Richardson star in this thriller about a 9/11 widower and intelligence analyst who discovers a pattern that makes him believe a massive conspiracy is hiding a fourth branch of the government. Rubicon moves to its regular timeslot on Aug. 8 at 9 p.m.

Scream Queens (VH1) Monday, Aug. 9, at 10 p.m.

Season-two premiere

In the reality show's second season, a new group of aspiring screen queens battle for a chance to star in Saw 3D. Break out the fake blood and the screams.

Stonehenge Apocalypse (Syfy) Saturday, June 12, at 9 p.m.

Syfy original movie

When the ancient sandstone pillars of Stonehenge start to move, the earth begins to shake, rattle and roll. It's up to a fringe radio talk show host played by Supernatural's Misha Collins—who happens to be an expert in UFOlogy—to realize that the ancient monument is actually alien technology, perhaps even an alien terraforming machine. And then, of course, he has to save the world. CSI NY's Hill Harper also stars.

Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman (Science Channel) Wednesday, June 9, at 10 p.m.

Series premiere

Morgan Freeman joins up with the Science Channel to explore "mind-blowing new ideas about who we are, where we come from and what lies beyond Earth." Based on the latest work at NASA, new theories from academics and researchers push the boundaries of how we explore the universe through astrobiology, string theory, quantum mechanics and astrophysics.

True Blood (HBO) Sunday, June 13, at 9 p.m.

Season-three premiere

There's more sex, blood and supernatural action as the red-hot series picks up where it left off. Sookie's man is missing, and so she's searching for Bill with a little help from vampire Eric and werewolf Alcide (Joe Manganiello). Meanwhile, Tara gets mixed up with a vampire who takes her to the dark side, and we meet Russell Edgington (Denis O'Hare), the vampire king of Mississippi. Elsewhere, Sam hunts for his birth parents and Jason finds romance with a local woman who has a secret. Look for tons of new regular, recurring and guest characters.

Unnatural History (Cartoon Network) Sunday, June 13, at 8 p.m.

Series premiere

The network's first live-action mystery series follows Henry Griffin (Kevin G. Schmidt), a teenager who has acquired exceptional skills by traveling with his globetrotting anthropologist parents. However, when the parents send him off to live a normal life with his uncle, Henry discovers that his high school is located on the grounds of the National Museum Complex. Suddenly life is anything but normal for the teen, who, with the help of his cousin Jasper (Jordan Gavaris) and their friend Maggie (Italia Ricci), attempts to uncover the mysteries within the museum.

Warehouse 13 (Syfy) Tuesday, July 6, at 9 p.m.

Season-two premiere

Syfy's highest-rated series returns and Artie, who appeared to have died in an explosion at the end of last season, will return in an unusual way. With the season-one finale leaving just about everyone in a tough situation, look for lots of surprises to get them back in the supernatural artifact-hunting business. This season, love will bloom and there will be a Eureka crossover with Douglas Fargo (Neil Grayston) when he installs a new Global Dynamics computer system at the warehouse. Nolan Gerard Funk joins the cast as a romantic interest for Claudia, while Lindsay Wagner and Tia Carrere guest-star.