Tuned In: Networks want to reel you in this summer

Thought you'd finally have time to catch up on all the TV series languishing on your DVR now that the 2013-14 TV season is over?

Think again.

Cable networks long ago made summer their original programming playground and the broadcast networks have ditched the "gone fishin'" sign in favor of their most aggressive summer programming slate ever.

Here's what viewers can expect in prime time through August:


"Sing Your Face Off" (9 p.m. Saturday): John Barrowman ("Torchwood") hosts a talent variety competition that features celebrities trained to perform as music icons.

"Rising Star" (9 p.m. June 22): Viewers get to vote in real time (via an app) on competitors in a singing competition hosted by Josh Groban with judges Brad Paisley, Kesha and Ludacris.

"The Quest" (8 p.m. July 31): Producers of "The Lord of the Rings" movies join with producers of "The Amazing Race" for a fantasy-themed (ogres, dragons, castles) reality competition series.

"Bachelor in Paradise" (8 p.m. Aug. 4): Former contestants from "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette" get a second chance at producer-orchestrated "love." Chris Harrison returns as host.

Returning series: "Motive" (10 p.m. Wednesday, already premiered), "The Bachelorette" (8 p.m. Monday), "Extreme Weight Loss" (8 p.m. Tuesday), "Bet on Your Baby" (8 p.m. Saturday), "Mistresses" (10 p.m. June 2), "Rookie Blue" (9 p.m. June 19), "NY Med" (10 p.m. June 24), "Wipeout" (7 p.m. June 22).


"Reckless" (9 p.m. June 29): A soap set in Charleston, S.C., about a Yankee lawyer and a Southern attorney involved in a police sex scandal. Anna Wood ("Chronicle"), Cam Gigandet ("The O.C."), Shawn Hatosy ("Southland"), Adam Rodriguez ("CSI: Miami"), Gregory Harrison ("Trapper John, M.D.") and Michael Gladis ("Mad Men") star.

"Extant" (9 p.m. July 9): Halle Berry stars as an astronaut who returns from a solo year in space -- pregnant! Also, a trailer suggests she may have a robot son. Goran Visnjic ("ER") and Camryn Manheim ("The Practice") also star.

Returning: "Big Brother" (8 p.m. June 25), "Unforgettable" (10 p.m. June 29), "Under the Dome" (10 p.m. June 30).

The CW

"Famous in 12" (8 p.m. June 3): Docuseries about efforts to make one family famous in 12 weeks.

"Backpackers" (8:30 p.m. July 14): Comedy about two friends who travel across Europe.

"Seed" (9:30 p.m. July 14): A sperm donor gets in touch with his recipient families.

"Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (8 p.m. July 30): Aspiring magicians are invited to perform their best trick and attempt to fool the show's hosts.

"Masters of Illusion" (8 p.m. Aug. 1): Dean Cain hosts this showcase of magic by assorted illusionists and escape artists.

Returning: "Whose Line is it Anyway?" (8 p.m. June 2), "Beauty and the Beast" (9 p.m. June 2).


Fox already relaunched "24" and premiered "Riot" and last week debuted newcomers "I Wanna Marry 'Harry'" and "Gang Related." From here on out, Fox's summer is devoted to returning series: "Masterchef" (8 p.m. Monday), "So You Think You Can Dance" (8 p.m. Wednesday), "Hotel Hell" (9 p.m. July 21).


"The Night Shift" (10 p.m. Tuesday): An Afghan vet (Eoin Macken, "Merlin") leads an overnight shift of doctors at San Antonio Memorial Hospital. Brendan Fehr ("Roswell") and Freddy Rodriguez ("Six Feet Under") also star.

"Undateable" (9 p.m. Thursday): Danny (Chris D'Elia, "Whitney") helps his bar owner roommate get a date in this sitcom from the creator of "Scrubs"

"Crossbones" (10 p.m. Friday): In 1715 Blackbeard (John Malkovich) rules a Bahamian island but an assassin is out to end his reign of tyranny.

"Taxi Brooklyn" (10 p.m. June 25): Chyler Leigh ("Grey's Anatomy") and Jennifer Esposito ("Blue Bloods") star in an action-comedy police procedural about the friendship between a New York taxi driver and a police detective.

"Welcome to Sweden" (9 p.m. July 10): Amy Poehler's brother, Greg, stars in this comedy as the boyfriend of a woman (Josephine Bornebusch) who moves back to her native Sweden and he joins her, becoming a fish out of water in this comedy.

"Working the Engels" (9:30 p.m. July 10): Andrea Martin heads this sitcom cast about the death of a family patriarch and how his survivors pitch in to run his storefront law firm.

"Food Fighters" (8 p.m. July 22): Adam Richman ("Man. Vs. Food") hosts this competition series that pits amateur chefs against pros.

Returning: "America's Got Talent" (8 p.m. Tuesday), "America Ninja Warrior" (9 p.m. Monday), "Last Comic Standing" (already premiered, 10 p.m. Thursday).


"Vicious" (10:30 p.m. June 29): PBS's first comedy series in decades, Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi play a couple who have been together for 50 years and are always bickering.

"Masterpiece Mystery! The Escape Artist" (9 p.m. June 15): David Tennant ("Doctor Who") stars as a brilliant defense attorney.

"Time Scanners" (8 p.m. July 1): Physical and forensic history about buildings (pyramids, cathedrals) uncovered using new technology.

"My Wild Affair" (8 p.m. July 16): Stories of bonds between humans and their animals.

"Sex in the Wild" (10 p.m. July 16): A comparative anatomist and a vet explore animal reproductivity.

"Masterpiece: Breathless" (9 p.m. Aug. 24): Jack Davenport ("Smash") stars in this medical drama set in 1961 London.

"Time Team America" (8 p.m. Aug. 19): Docuseries that follows archeologists.

Returning: "Last Tango in Halifax" (8 p.m. June 29), "History Detectives" (9 p.m. July 1), "Endeavour" (9 p.m. June 29) and "Poirot" (9 p.m. July 27) on "Masterpiece Mystery!"


"The World Wars" (9 p.m. Monday, History): A three-night, six-hour documentary series with dramatic recreations narrated by Jeremy Renner and covering World War I and World War II.

"World's Strangest" (8 p.m. Tuesday, Science Channel): Odd global events and the science behind them.

"The Wil Wheaton Project" (10 p.m. Tuesday, Syfy): Geek culture round-up hosted by the "Star Trek: The Next Generation" star.

"The Next Step" (Wednesday, Hulu): Teen drama about dancers.

"Big Ballet" (10 p.m. Wednesday, Ovation): Docuseries about untraditionally sized ballet dancers.

"The Sixties" (9 p.m. Thursday, CNN): A 10-part documentary series about the turbulent decade executive produced by Tom Hanks.

"Little Women: LA" (10 p.m. Thursday, Lifetime): Reality series about a group of little people in Los Angeles.

"Marriage Boot Camp" (9 p.m. Friday, WEtv): Relationship therapy for reality stars, including Trista and Ryan Sutter.

"Mystery Millionaire" (10 p.m. Friday, WEtv): Millionaires go undercover as average joes and janes in a dating show.

"Last Seen Alive" (9 p.m. June 1, Investigation Discovery): Families with missing loved ones track leads hoping they will lead to a recovery.

"Return to Amish" (9 p.m. June 1, TLC): The stars of "Breaking Amish" star in this spinoff.

"Halt & Catch Fire" (10 p.m. June 1, AMC): A drama about the rise of personal computing in the 1980s.

"Making Money with Charles Payne" (6 p.m. June 2, Fox Business Network): The broker/analyst explores investment options based on the day's news. Mr. Payne's father is from Arlington Heights (Monroe County) and Mr. Payne lived in Pittsburgh as a child in the 1960s.

"Copycat" (6:30 p.m. June 2, MTV): Jonathan Bennett hosts a singing competition where amateurs try to sounds like their music idols.

"Buying the Beach" (9 and 9:30 p.m. June 2, Destination America): Real estate show about seaside properties.

"Ladies of London" (10 p.m. June 2, Bravo): AKA "The Real Housewives of London."

"Cry Wolfe" (10 p.m. June 3, Investigation Discovery): Private investigator Brian Wolfe looks into cheating spouses, dishonest employees and con artists.

"Siberian Cut" (10 p.m. June 3, Discovery Channel): Americans go logging in Siberia.

"Big Smo" (10:30 p.m. June 3): Reality show following country rapper Big Smo from Unionville, Tenn.

"Untying the Knot" (10 p.m. June 4, Bravo): Divorcing couples struggle to divvy up their belongings with the help of a "divorce diva."

"Jennifer Falls" (10:30 p.m. June 4, TV Land): TV Land airs its first single-camera original comedy starring Jaime Pressly ("My Name is Earl") as a former high-powered executive who moves back in with her mother (Jessica Walter, "Arrested Development") and takes a job at a bar run by her brother (Ethan Suplee, "My Name is Earl").

"It Takes a Church" (9 p.m. June 5, GSN): Each week members of a Christian church play matchmaker for an unattached fellow parishioner.

"Power" (9 p.m. June 7, Starz): Crime drama that's set in the New York club scene and the brutal drug trade.

"Escape Club" (10 p.m. June 8, E!): Twelve sexy singles aim for a fresh start in this reality competition at a Dominican Republic beach club.

"Frankenfood" (10 p.m. June 8, Spike TV): Amateur chefs try to mix unexpected ingredients for culinary creations.

"The Hunt" (10 p.m. June 8, History): Metallica's James Hetfield narrates this docuseries about an Alaskan hunt for the Kodiak brown bear.

"Rev Run's Sunday Suppers" (10 p.m. June 8, Cooking Channel): Hip-hop star makes dinner.

"Murder in the First" (10 p.m. June 9, TNT): Taye Diggs ("Private Practice") and Kathleen Robertson ("Boss") play homicide detectives investigating a murder in this Steven Bochco series reminiscent of "Murder One."

"Chasing Life" (9 p.m. June 10, ABC Family): An aspiring 20-something journalist (Italia Ricci) cares for her widowed mom (Mary Page Keller), romances a co-worker and learns she has cancer.

"Abby's Studio Rescue" (9 p.m. June 17, Lifetime): Pittsburgher Abby Lee Miller ("Dance Moms") pulls a Gordon Ramsay with her version of "Kitchen Nightmares" in which she hits the road to give makeovers to dance studios on the brink of disaster.

"I Love the 2000s" (8 p.m. June 17, VH1): Celebration of the first decade of the 21st century.

"Dominion" (9 p.m. June 19): Based on the 2010 film "Legion," "Dominion" is set 25 years later after a war between an army of angels and humankind.

"Almost Royal" (10 p.m. June 21, BBC America): A seven-episode comedy series about two fictional, young British aristocrats on their first trip to the United States.

"The Last Ship" (9 p.m. June 22, TNT): Eric Dane ("Grey's Anatomy") stars as captain of a U.S. Navy destroyer in the aftermath of a global catastrophe in this Michael Bay-produced drama. Shades of "Last Resort."

"The Musketeers" (9 p.m. June 22, BBC America): A new take on the Alexandre Dumas characters that stars Luke Pasqualino ("Skins," "Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome").

"Operation Change" (10 p.m. June 23, OWN): Docuseries about philanthropists trying to improve the world.

"Tyrant" (10 p.m. June 24, FX): The son of a Middle East dictator who's raising his family in America returns home for his nephew's wedding and gets dragged back into familial and national politics.

"Motor City Masters" (10 p.m. June 24, truTV): Melissa Joan Hart, Pete Wentz and Jesse Metcalf are among the celebrity guest judges on this reality competition, produced in collaboration with Chevrolet, where contestants makeover vehicles.

"Young & Hungry" (8 p.m. June 25, ABC Family): Comedy about a tech entrepreneur (Jonathan Sadowski) who auditions a food blogger (Emily Osment, "Hannah Montana") to be his personal chef.

"Mystery Girls" (8:30 p.m. June 25, ABC Family): Former "Beverly Hills, 90210" co-stars Tori Spelling and Jennie Garth play former TV detectives brought back together by a real-life mystery.

"Million Dollar Listing Miami" (9 p.m. June 25, Bravo): Real estate show spinoff in a new city.

"Girl Meets World" (9:45 p.m. June 27, Disney Channel): Next-generation follow-up sitcom to 1990s stalwart "Boy Meets World."

"The Leftovers" (10 p.m. June 29, HBO): "Lost" producer Damon Lindelof adapts the Tom Perrotta novel about a possible rapture starring Justin Theroux, Amy Brenneman, Liv Tyler and Chris Zylka.

"Biker Battleground Phoenix" (10 p.m. July 1, History): Docuseries follows five custom motorcycle builders.

"Man Finds Food" (9 and 9:30 p.m. July 2, Travel Channel): Adam Richman searches the country for odd food.

"American Grilled" (10 p.m. July 2, Travel Channel): Grill masters compete in outdoor cooking challenges.

"The '90s: The Last Great Decade" (9 p.m. July 6, National Geographic Channel): Rob Lowe narrates another nostalgia-fest.

"The 7D" (10 a.m. July 7, Disney XD): An animated, contemporary, comedic take on the Seven Dwarfs,

"Finding Carter" (10 p.m. July 8, MTV): Drama about a teen girl who learns the woman she believes to be her mother abducted her as a toddler.

"Mansion Hunters" (10 p.m. July 9, Reelz): Docuseries about a man whose company finds locations for film shoots and celebrity weddings.

"Celebrity Damage Control" (10 p.m. July 10, Reelz): Celebrity scandals rehashed.

"Snack-Off" (10:30 p.m. July 10, MTV): Amateur chefs battle in snack-inspired challenges hosted by chef/restaurateur Eddie Huang, who attended the University of Pittsburgh.

"The Strain" (10 p.m. July 13, FX): Executive produced by Carlton Cuse ("Lost," "Bates Motel") and Guillermo del Toro and based on Mr. del Toro's vampire novels, the limited series presents vampirism as a viral outbreak.

"The Hotwives of Orlando" (July 15, Hulu): Online series parody of "The Real Housewives" franchise starring Casey Wilson ("Happy Endings"), Angela Kinsey ("The Office") and Kristen Schaal ("Flight of the Conchords").

"Matador" (9 p.m. July 15, El Rey): Covert operative poses as soccer star in this scripted drama series.

"Underground BBQ Challenge" (9 p.m. July 15, Travel Channel): Neighborhoods compete in BBQ cooking contest.

"The Divide" (9 p.m. July 16, WEtv): Drama from "Scandal" star Tony Goldwyn about a lawyer for an Innocence Project-type organization and a rising district attorney.

"Make or Break: The Linda Perry Project" (10 p.m. July 16, VH1): Reality series about a songwriter/music producer.

"Dating Naked" (9 p.m. July 17, VH1): People date in an exotic location without wearing clothes.

"Rush" (9 p.m. July 17, USA): A doctor (Tom Ellis) caters to Los Angeles' elite in this drama.

"#CandidlyNicole" (10 p.m. July 17, VH1): Based on an online series about the daily life of Nicole Richie.

"Married" (10 p.m. July 17, FX): Nat Faxon and Judy Greer star in this half-hour comedy as a couple who are miserably in love.

"Satisfaction" (10 p.m. July 17, USA): Dramatic exploration of modern marriage starring Matt Passmore ("The Glades").

"You're the Worst" (10:30 p.m. July 17, FX): Comedy about two self-destructive people who fall in love.

"LeAnn & Eddie" (10:30 p.m. July 17, VH1): Reality series about the married singer and actor.

"Flipping the Block" (10 p.m. July 20, HGTV): Josh Temple hosts this renovation competition where teams rebuild identical living spaces from the ground up.

"Big Time RV" (8 and 8:30 p.m. July 27, Travel Channel): Docuseries about a Tampa, Fla., RV dealership.

"Manhattan" (10 p.m. July 27, WGNAmerica): Scripted drama set in the 1940s in a town full of geniuses who usher in the dawn of the nuclear age.

"Celebrity Legacies" (10 p.m. Aug. 5, Reelz): How much money did celebrities have when they died? This show will say.

"The Knick" (10 p.m. Aug. 8, Cinemax): Steven Soderbergh directs actor Clive Owen in this medical drama set at New York's Knickerbocker Hospital in 1900.

"Human Resources" (10:30 p.m. Aug. 8, Pivot): Docu-comedy about a New Jersey start-up company.

"Outlander" (9 p.m. Aug. 9, Starz): Based on the novels by Diana Gabaldon, this drama follows a married combat nurse from 1945 who gets swept back in time to 1743 where she is forced to marry a Scottish warrior.

"Legends" (9 p.m. Aug. 13, TNT): Sean Bean ("Game of Thrones") plays a deep cover operative for the FBI.

"Atlanta Exes" (9:30 p.m. Aug. 18, VH1): Spinoff of "Hollywood Exes."

Returning cable/streaming series:

Monday: "Bizarre Foods America" (9 p.m., Travel Channel), "Hit the Floor" (9 p.m., VH1).

Tuesday: "The Haves and the Have Nots" (9 p.m., OWN), "Heroes of Cosplay" (9 p.m., Syfy), "Alien Encounters" (10 p.m., Science Channel), "Boundless" (10 p.m., Esquire Network).

Wednesday: "Rogue" (10 p.m., DirecTV's Audience Network).

Friday: "Derek" (Netflix streaming), "Treehouse Masters" (10 p.m., Animal Planet).

Saturday: "BBQ Pittmasters" (9 p.m., Destination America).

June 1: "Fugget About It" (Hulu), "Food Network Star" (9 p.m., Food Network), "Mountain Men" (9 p.m., History).

June 2: "American Restoration" (10 p.m., History), "Longmire" (10 p.m., A&E).

June 3: "Man Fire Food" (8 p.m., Cooking Channel), "Shipping Wars" (10 and 10:30 p.m., A&E).

June 4: "Through the Wormhole" (10 p.m., Science Channel).

June 5: "The Amazing World of Gumball" (6:30 p.m. Cartoon Network), "Party Down South" (10 p.m., CMT).

June 6: "Orange is the New Black" (Netflix streaming), "Say Yes to the Dress Atlanta" (9 p.m., TLC).

June 7: "Life with LaToya" (10 and 10:30 p.m., OWN).

June 9: "Major Crimes" (9 p.m., TNT).

June 10: "Pretty Little Liars" (8 p.m. ABC Family), "Royal Pains" (9 p.m., USA).

June 11: "Suits" (9 p.m., USA), "Duck Dynasty" (10 p.m., A&E), "Graceland" (10 p.m, USA).

June 14: "Dog and Beth: On the Hunt" (9 p.m. CMT): Another reality show starring Dog the Bounty Hunter.

June 16: "Switched at Birth" (8 p.m., ABC Family), "The Fosters" (9 p.m., ABC Family)..

June 17: "Rizzoli & Isles" (9 p.m., TNT), "Perception" (10 p.m., TNT).

June 19: "Defiance" (8 p.m., Syfy), "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" (9 p.m., TLC), "Rectify" (9 p.m., Sundance TV).

June 20: "Cold Justice" (8 p.m., TNT).

June 22: "True Blood" (9 p.m., HBO), "Falling Skies" (10 p.m., TNT).

June 23: "Teen Wolf" (10 p.m., MTV).

June 24: "Next Great Baker" (9 p.m., TLC), "Covert Affairs" (10 p.m., USA), "Sullivan & Son" (10 p.m., TBS).

June 15: "Rev" (Hulu), "Wilfred" (10 p.m., FXX).

June 29: "Insane Coaster Wars: World Domination" (7 and 7:30 p.m., Travel Channel), "Xtreme Waterparks" (8 p.m., Travel Channel).

July 6: "The Witches of East End" (9 p.m., Lifetime).

July 9: "East Los High" (Hulu), "Beverly Hills Pawn" (9 p.m., Reelz), "The Bridge" (10 p.m., FX)

July 10: "Hollywood Scandals" (9 p.m., Reelz), "Ridiculousness" (10 p.m., MTV).

July 11: "Hemlock Grove" (Netflix streaming).

July 13: "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" (8 p.m., Bravo), "Ray Donovan" (9 p.m., Showtime), "Masters of Sex" (10 p.m., Showtime).

July 22: "Food Paradise" (10 p.m., Travel Channel).

July 27: "Bikinis & Boardwalks" (7 and 7:30 p.m., Travel Channel).

Aug. 1: "The Killing" (Netflix streaming).

Aug. 4: "The Awesomes" (Hulu).

Aug. 5: "Hollywood Hillbillies" (9 p.m., Reelz).

Aug. 7: "Quick Draw" (Hulu).

Aug. 8: "Please Like Me" (10 p.m., Pivot).

Aug. 18: "Dallas" (9 p.m., TNT), "T.I. & Tiny" the Family Hustle" (9 p.m., VH1).

Aug. 20: "Franklin & Bash" (TNT).

Aug. 31: "BBQ Crawl" (7:30 p.m., Travel Channel).

Channel surfing

Disney Channel renewed sitcom "Jessie" for a fourth season to air in early 2015. ... WQED will air "Heroin: A Commonwealth Crisis" (8 p.m. Thursday), a panel discussion airing live on public TV stations statewide. ... "Today's Girls," a segment airing in Wednesday episodes of WPCB's "Real "Life," features segments that use five Pittsburgh teens to portray real-life scenarios and how to cope with them.

TV writer Rob Owen: rowen@post-gazette.com or 412-263-2582. Follow RobOwenTV on Twitter or Facebook for breaking TV news.

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