http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/01/a...or-summer-finales-imports-and-new-series.html (click for full article) Summer Series That Come and Go By MIKE HALE Published: May 31, 2012 The list of new television shows arriving this summer is a long one - that's true of every part of the calendar nowadays - but the season feels quieter than it has in recent years. Cable networks like USA, TNT and Syfy that have aggressively introduced high-profile series seem to be in a consolidation mode, with the season's biggest news - outside of "The Newsroom" on HBO - involving award-winning shows embarking on their final go-rounds: "The Closer," "Damages," "Breaking Bad." In the wake of "Downton Abbey" many of the summer's more interesting-sounding shows are British imports on channels like Encore, Ovation and DirecTV's Audience Network. There's a lot of cultural mixing and matching: "Hit and Miss," a British mini-series being shown by DirecTV, stars the American actress Chloë Sevigny (as a hit woman who used to be a man); "Copper," set in post-Civil War New York, is the first original drama for BBC America. But it isn't all Emmy winners and foreign accents; the summer also brings new shows starring Charlie Sheen, Bristol Palin and Snooki, as well as the return of "Dallas." Here's a chronological guide to some season highlights.