Summer Pop-Culture Calendar: What's Hot When
Halt and Catch Fire (June 1)
The 1980s race to bring computers to the mainstream is nothing less than a life-or-death pressure cooker in AMC's new tech drama starring a devious Lee Pace, Scoot McNairy, and newcomer Mackenzie Davis.
Summer House with a Swimming Pool (June 3)
You'll need a refreshing dip after reading Herman Koch's explosive novel that follows a doctor to the stars in the wake of fatally botching a medical procedure for one of his celebrity clients. Thanks to a series of enlightening flashbacks from a sultry Mediterranean vacation the summer before, the heat suddenly turns up on the good doctor.
Pretty Little Liars (June 10)
After Ezra (Ian Harding) took a bullet to the gut in March's season 4 finale, are we in for some hospital-set smoldering? Either way, the Liars' ears are sure to be burning and their phones blowing up with ''A'' still on the loose.
Ed Sheeran (album June 23; tour Aug. 22)
The flame-haired ''I See Fire'' singer serenades burning balls of gas on The Fault in Our Stars soundtrack's lead single ''All of the Stars'' (out now), strums about an ''Afire Love'' on his new album X (out June 23), then kicks off a North American tour — thankfully, in soothingly rainy Seattle — on Aug. 22.
Graceland (June 11)
Smokin'-hot California FBI frenemies Mike Warren and Paul Briggs (played by Aaron Tveit and Daniel Sunjata) wrapped season 1 with communication via burner phone, an exchange of not-so-friendly fire, and a potentially incendiary secret that has yet to be exposed. Are you stoked?
How to Train Your Dragon 2 (June 13)
An army of fire-breathers? No, we're not talking about the aftermath of a five-alarm chili contest. It's the goal of a rogue gang of dragon trappers that peace-loving lank Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) has to squelch in the sequel to DreamWorks' 2010 megahit.
Game of Thrones (June 15)
Putting the ''Ice'' in George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series, can a tundrous battle temper the flaring factions of Westeros as season 4 wraps? Unlikely.
Firefly Music Festival (June 19-22)
Among the acts to grace the Delaware fest? Imagine Dragons (shown), the Lumineers, Pretty Lights, and — for when you need to cool your heels — Arctic Monkeys.
True Blood (June 22)
It's sure to be a scorcher as the supernatural series takes its final lap and Bon Temps is ransacked by vamps with Hep-V. It burns! It burns!
The Arsonist (June 24)
In Sue Miller's novel, a series of conflagrations are set after an unfaithful woman escapes to her New England summer home. Coincidence or conspiracy?
Beyoncé & Jay Z's On the Run Tour (June 25-Aug. 6)
Mr. & Mrs. Carter have amassed an arsenal of hits with names including ''Blow,'' ''Fever,'' ''Ring the Alarm,'' ''D'evils,'' and ''Lucifer,'' so the dress code of their stadium tour is strictly BYOB — ''Bring Your Own Umbrella.'' Fans are sure to need one after the combined sizzle coming off the super-couple triggers the sprinklers.
La Bare (June 27)
If you're not fanning yourself while watching this Joe Manganiello-directed documentary about the titular male strip club in Dallas that inspired Manganiello's Magic Mike character Big Dick Richie, you should probably check your pulse.
The Actress (July 1)
Take a rising starlet, mix her up with a possibly closeted A-lister, add in a few helping of graphic sex scenes, and Amy Sohn has put all the ingredients in the pot — it just needs a little stirring to boil over.
Masters of Sex (July 13)
Real-life science-of-sexuality trailblazers Virginia Johnson (Lizzy Caplan) and Bill Masters (Michael Sheen) arrange hotel rendezvous as season 2 picks up. Considering Masters just became a first-time father and Virginia has yet to answer a marriage proposal from boyfriend and former colleague Ethan (Nicholas D'Agosto), the ''research'' partners have basically lit a match near a powder keg.
Hotwives of Orlando (July 15)
In the unfortunate fashion of countless Real Housewives before them, the six Orlando ''society'' ''ladies'' of this Hulu parody series carry on the grand tradition of flare-ups and blowouts (both emotional and hairstyled).
Attack of the Blonde Bombshells! (July 25)
One day, two red-hot flicks: Cameron Diaz gets hot under the collar after her Sex Tape disappears, while Scarlett Johansson brings the firepower as an assassin with a supercharged brain in Lucy.
Arcade Fire tour (July 30-Aug. 27)
These cool Canadians may hail from the wintry North, but their Reflektor Tour (possibly featuring pyromaniac love theme ''Joan of Arc'') proves that Win Butler & Co. are ready to torch the stage with their tunes.
Guardians of the Galaxy (Aug. 1)
It's clear plenty of sweat went into Chris Pratt's physical prep to play Star-Lord Peter Quill in the Marvel action-adventure. Good thing his abs double as a washboard to clean up those gym shorts.
Get On Up (Aug. 1)
The Expendables 3 (Aug. 15)
With guns locked and loaded, new middle-age rager Antonio Banderas is packing all kinds of heat.