The TV networks really wish we'd spend a little more time indoors during the summer.
Ever since cable discovered that people would watch fresh programming in the formerly fallow summer months, all the networks have been dipping their toes a little more aggressively into the water.
That's why we've got new shows this summer starring the likes of David Duchovny, Jennifer Beals, Edward Burns, Matt Dillon and James Wolk.
CBS, undaunted by the relatively modest ratings last summer for the second season of 'Under the Dome' and the opening season of "Extant," brings them both back and adds a third new mystery drama, 'Zoo,' based on the James Patterson novel.
A few summer shows don't have dates yet, including a new Seth MacFarlane comedy called 'Blunt Talk' on Starz and AMC's Brit drama 'Humans' in June.
AMC plans a late-summer launch for perhaps the summer's most-anticipated new show, a Los Angeles-based prequel to 'The Walking Dead.' It comes from the same creative team that did the original.
So even though we're more than a month away from the unofficial launch of the summer season, here's some of what viewers can look forward to.
May 14: 'Wayward Pines,' Fox.
This spooky M. Night Shyamalan series is Fox's big summer splash. It stars Matt Dillon, Terrence Howard (yes, same guy who also stars on Fox's 'Empire') as two of the folks in a town where very very strange things happen.
May 20: '500 Questions,' ABC.
Some of the world's smartest people will be asked up to 500 very difficult general-knowledge questions. If they get three wrong in a row, they're gone. The show will air over nine consecutive nights, finishing May 28.
May 25: 'Texas Rising,' History.
Miniseries on the founding of the Texas Republic, with a big, bold look and some historical background you might not know.
May 26: 'America's Got Talent,' NBC.
This one has become a summer perennial. The judges are back and we can assume they'll find a mix of skilled and zany contestants.
May 28: 'Louis C.K.: Live From the Comedy Store,' FX.
A standup special, immediately following the season finale of his 'Louie' sitcom.
A new scripted drama with David Duchovny as an L.A. cop who, in the summer of 1967, catches a seemingly routine missing persons case that leads him to one Charles Manson. This 13-episode 'limited series' is NBC's marquee production for the summer.
May 31: 'Halt and Catch Fire,' AMC.
The dawn of the modern computer age was not without its human dramas. Second season premiere.
June 1: 'The Whispers,' ABC.
A creepy drama about a mysterious something-or-other called Drill who makes very bad suggestions to impressionable youngsters. Lily Rabe plays the psychologist who must sort this out.
June 4: 'Hannibal,' NBC.
The network serves up a third season of the drama that's gotten critical praise and a cult following despite modest ratings.
June 12: 'Orange Is the New Black,' Netflix.
Season three of this much-awaited drama.
June 15: 'Making of the Mob: New York,' AMC.
Ray Liotta narrates this limited-run drama on some of the city's earlier bad guys.
June 16: 'Proof,' TNT.
A new series kicks off the same night, starring Jennifer Beals as a surgeon who wants to find out if there's life after death. Trouble is, how do you frame that experiment? Also stars Matthew Modine and Joe Morton.
June 18: 'Mistresses,' ABC.
The third season for this unapologetically lurid, trashy and over-the-top Brit series.
A new drama from the creator of 'Burn Notice,' this thriller stars Jason O'Mara and Jessica Szohr.
June 21: 'Celebrity Family Feud,' ABC.
Just what we'd all been clamoring for: a prime-time version of the popular daytime game show, only this time with celebrity families.
A six-episode series in which robots do all the violent stuff we love, only no one gets hurt.
June 24: 'Mr. Robot,' USA.
Rami Malek and Christian Slater star in a new drama about hackers.
The fifth season premiere finds the usual legal and romantic crises. Donna and Harvey have split, while Mike and Rachel are engaged. Don't bet any of this won't change.
'Big Brother,' CBS.
If there were any doubt that networks still think we want light fun in the summer, this perennial favorite will air Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday.
June 25: 'Under the Dome,' CBS.
The first season was a ratings phenomenon, the second season a decent success. For the third season, CBS moves it to Thursday nights and adds Marg Helgenberger, who will have what's called an 'extensive arc' starting at the beginning of the season.
'Rookie Blue,' ABC.
One of those low-cost cop show imports, it has picked up enough of a following so ABC is giving it another go-round.
This is a quiz show where the idea is to answer questions correctly and quickly enough to keep a 'bomb' from going off. Yes, you read that correctly.
June 28: 'Falling Skies,' TNT.
The fifth and final season for this lively and entertaining drama about Earthlings fighting back against an alien invasion.
June 30: 'Zoo,' CBS.
This new adaptation of a Patterson thriller arrives with less fanfare than 'Dome' or 'Extant.' It stars James Wolk as Jackson Oz, a scientist who is convinced humans are under increasing attack from other mammals and can't get anyone to listen.
July 1: 'Extant,' CBS.
CBS had frankly hoped for better ratings once it convinced Halle Berry to star in a TV series. So for the second season there will be a major overhaul, including a mostly new cast. Jeffrey Dean Morgan will have a prominent role and Berry's character, astronaut Molly Woods, will discover a major new threat to the survival of the human race. 'We're changing the mythology of the show,' says CBS Chairman Nina Tassler. 'Molly will be more proactive.' Just in time, apparently.
July 9: 'Dates,' CW.
A British series about first dates between people who met online. It features guest stars like Oona Chaplin.
July 15: 'Twinning,' VH1
Twelve sets of twins compete for $222,222.22, by trying to prove what they say about twins is true.
'Dating Naked,' VH1.
It's back. Of course it's back. This year there will be two primary daters, and four contestants will arrive every week to compete for their favor.
July 16: 'Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll,' FX.
Denis Leary returns as a has-been rock star who is still paying the price for his rock 'n' lifestyle and attitude. Then he finds out he has a daughter who wants to be, um, a rock star.
July 31: 'Cold Justice: Sex Crimes,' TNT.
Another unscripted show, a spinoff from last summer's successful 'Cold Justice' — which also returns the same night.
Aug. 5: 'A Wicked Offer,' CW.
A one-hour reality show in which contestants are offered money to do something that could offend their partners, family and friends. How far will they go? Will money outweigh loyalty?
Aug. 17: 'Public Morals,' TNT.
Edward Burns stars in a show about the seedy side of 1960s New York. Executive producers include Steven Spielberg.