Summer Preview: Lots of new offerings to keep you entertained
May 26, 2013 4:00 AM
By Rob Owen Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
If you thought there would be little original programming this summer, think again.
Cable always shines in the summer but this year even the broadcast networks are debuting more scripted series than usual.
Please note: this is not an exhaustive list and at press time on May 3, some networks had not yet announced some of their summer programs.
"Motive" (9 p.m. Thursdays, already premiered): Detectives search for a killer but viewers already know whodunit in this imported Canadian drama.
"Mistresses" (10 p.m. June 3): Based on British series of the same name, this soap stars Alyssa Milano and Yunjin Kim in the story of four girlfriends.
"Whodunit?" (9 p.m. June 23): 13 contestants seek to solve a mystery in this reality competition.
Returning shows: "The Bachelorette" (8 p.m. Monday), "Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition" (8 p.m. Tuesday), "What Would You Do?" (10 p.m. Wednesday), "Wipeout" (8 p.m. Thursdays, already premiered), "Rookie Blue" (10 p.m. Thursdays, already premiered), "Celebrity Wife Swap" (8 p.m. June 23).
"Brooklyn D.A." (10 p.m. Tuesday): The producers of "48 Hours" follow the prosecutors who work in the Kings County district attorney's office.
"The American Baking Competition" (8 p.m. Wednesday): 10 contestants, including former Elwood City resident Carlo Fuda, compete in baking challenges hosted by Jeff Foxworthy.
"Under the Dome" (10 p.m. June 24): Based on a Stephen King novel, this scripted drama is set in a small town cut off from the rest of the world when a massive transparent dome descends upon it.
Returning series: "Big Brother" (9 p.m. June 26), "Unforgettable" (9 p.m. July 28).
"The Goodwin Games" (8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, already premiered): Scott Foley ("Scandal"), Becki Newton ("Ugly Betty") and T.J. Miller ("She's Out Of My League") star as estranged siblings who could inherit their father's $20 million if they play by his rules.
"Toxic Office: Does Someone Have to Go?" (9 p.m. Thursdays, already premiered): Reality show where bosses let their subordinates make decisions, even firing co-workers.
"Animation Domination High-Def" (11 p.m. July 27): Fox launches an alternative late-night animation block on Saturdays with several series in rotation, including "Axe Cop" and "High School USA!"
Returning series: "So You Think You Can Dance" (8 p.m. Tuesdays, already premiered), "Masterchef" (8 p.m. Wednesdays, already premiered),
"Save Me" (8 and 8:30 p.m. Thursdays, already premiered): Anne Heche stars in this comedy as a Midwestern mom who undergoes a spiritual awakening after a near-death experience.
"Crossing Lines" (9 p.m. June 23): William Fichtner and Donald Sutherland star in a drama about cross-border crimes adjudicated in International Criminal Court.
"Get Out Alive with Bear Grylls" (9 p.m. July 8): Mr. Grylls leads 10 teams of two on wilderness survival challenges in a reality competition.
"Camp" (10 p.m. July 10): Rachel Griffiths ("Six Feet Under") stars as a divorced camp director.
"The Winner Is..." (9 p.m. July 11): A singing competition that involves game show strategy.
"Hollywood Game Night" (10 p.m. July 11): Jane Lynch ("Glee") hosts this game show that features celebrities playing games in a cocktail party atmosphere.
Returning series: "America's Got Talent" (9 p.m. June 4), "American Ninja Warrior" (8 p.m. July 1).
"Annie: It's the Hard-Knock Life, from Script to Stage" (9 p.m. June 28): A one-time, one-hour special behind the scenes of the restaging of a Broadway classic.
"Nazi Mega Weapons" (10 p.m. Wednesday July 17-31): Six-part series on Nazi engineering secrets.
"The Life of Muhammad" (8-11 p.m. Aug. 20): Three-hour, one-night documentary on the prophet.
Returning series/specials: "The National Memorial Day Concert" (8 tonight), "Masterpiece: Mystery!" (9 p.m. Sunday) returns with "Inspector Lewis" (June 16-30), "Endeavour" (July 7-28) and "Silk" (Aug. 25-Sept. 8); "A Capitol Fourth" (8 p.m. July 4), "Secrets of the Dead" (9 p.m. Wednesdays), "P.O.V." (10 p.m. Monday, June 24-Aug. 26).
"Perfect Score" (9 p.m. July 16): Arielle Kebbel ("The Vampire Diaries") hosts a dating show where players can also win cash.
"The Hunt" (9 p.m. July 31): 12 teams of two enter an enclosure in the middle of the woods where they must live for one month and compete against one another for resources. Winner gets $250,000.
Returning series: "Whose Line is it Anyway?" (8 p.m. July 16), "Breaking Pointe" (9 p.m. July 29).
"Rock My RV with Bret Michaels" (9 tonight, Travel Channel): The rock icon leads a team that rehabs outdated RVs.
"Hit the Floor" (9 p.m. Monday, VH1): Scripted drama about a basketball team's dance team that stars Dean Cain, Kimberly Elise and Charlotte Ross.
"Dancing Fools" (9 p.m. Wednesday, ABC Family): A clip show of web videos featuring dancers.
"The Haves and the Have Nots" (9 p.m. Tuesday, OWN): A Tyler Perry drama about a wealthy family and the hired help who work in their mansion.
"Love Thy Neighbor" (9 and 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, OWN): A Tyler Perry comedy set in a family-run diner.
"The Brokaw Files" (10 p.m. Thursday, Military Channel): Tom Brokaw revisits iconic moments from his broadcast career, beginning with a trip back to an aircraft carrier used in the war against al-Qaeda.
"Marriage Boot Camp: Bridezillas" (9 p.m. Friday, WEtv): Past stars of "Bridezillas" attend marriage boot camp.
"Pregnant & Dating" (10 p.m. Friday, WEtv): Five pregnant women search for a partner.
"Wizards vs. Aliens" (7 p.m. June 1, The Hub): A wizard and his best friend defend Earth from aliens in this live-action British import from producer Russell T. Davies ("Doctor Who," "Torchwood").
"Princesses: Long Island" (9 p.m. June 2, Bravo): Reality series that follows six wealthy, college-educated women from "Longuyland."
"Top Hooker" (10 p.m. June 2, Animal Planet): Get your mind out of the gutter -- this isn't a show about prostitutes; it's a competition series about fishing.
"The Wanted Life" (10:30 p.m. June 2, E!): Docuseries follows the UK boy band The Wanted.
"Fatal Attraction" (9 p.m. June 3, TV One): Actress Lynn Whitfield narrates this docuseries about criminal acts committed in the name of love.
"The Fosters" (9 p.m. June 3, ABC Family): Two moms (Teri Polo, Sherri Saum) raise a multiethnic family mix of foster and biological kids.
"Exit" (10 p.m. June 4, Syfy): Each week four teams of two battle to escape diabolical rooms; based on a Japanese format.
"Pretty Wicked Moms" (10 p.m. June 4, Lifetime): Show follows six competitive Atlanta moms -- so, it's "Dance Moms" without the dance.
"Beverly Hills Pawn" (9 p.m. June 5, ReelzChannel): Docuseries follows the owner of a pawn shop in a tony L.A. neighborhood.
"The Hero" (8 p.m. June 6, TNT): Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson hosts a reality competition featuring nine contestants on missions that test their brains, brawn and morality.
"Race to the Scene" (8 p.m. June 6, ReelzChannel): Dolph Lundgren hosts this competition series featuring contestants racing to locations where blockbuster movies were filmed.
"72 Hours" (9 p.m. June 6, TNT): Each week three competing teams of strangers get dropped in the wilderness with one bottle of water and a GPS tracking device. They have three days to find a hidden briefcase full of $100,000.
"In the Flesh" (10 p.m. June 6, BBC America): A zombie teenager gets reintegrated back into his family and community.
"Graceland" (10 p.m. June 6, USA): Undercover FBI, DEA and U.S. Customs agents live in a beach house. Daniel Sunjata ("Rescue Me") and Aaron Tveit ("Les Miserables") star.
"Family Addition with Leigh Anne Tuohy" (9 p.m. June 7, UP -- formerly GMC TV): In each episode Ms. Tuohy, who inspired the movie "The Blind Side," follows a family who has been fostering children and are on the verge of adoption.
"Sinbad" (9 p.m. June 8, Syfy): British drama import that follows Sinbad (Elliot Knight) as he sails on a quest to eliminate a curse.
"Primeval: New World" (10 p.m. June 8, Syfy): A Canadian-made spinoff of the British dino-series "Primeval."
"Deon Cole's Black Box" (10 p.m. June 10, TBS): The "Conan" player hosts this clip show of web videos.
"King & Maxwell" (10 p.m. June 10, TNT): Author David Baldacci's characters Sean King (Jon Tenney, "The Closer") and Michelle Maxwell (Rebecca Romijn), former secret service agents, come to TV as private investigators.
"Twisted" (9 p.m. June 11, ABC Family): A 16-year-old with a troubled past is the prime suspect in the murder of a fellow high school student.
"House of Curves" (10 p.m. June 13, WEtv): Docuseries that follows plus-size designer Kenyatta Jones.
"Devious Maids" (10 p.m. June 23, Lifetime): "Desperate Housewives" creator Marc Cherry returns to TV with this drama about five maids who work for the rich and famous in Beverly Hills.
"Ray Donovan" (10 p.m. June 30, Showtime): Liev Schreiber stars as the title character, Los Angeles' best professional fixer.
"Bikinis & Boardwalks" (7 p.m. July 7, Travel Channel): Docuseries set at assorted seaside towns.
"Joe Rogan Questions Everything" (9 p.m. July 16, Syfy): The paranormal-mystery addict travels the country in a search for answers.
"Notorious Hauntings" (10 p.m. July 16, Syfy): Investigators go charging after reports of dangerous supernatural activity.
"Debbie Macomber's Cedar Grove" (8 p.m. July 20, Hallmark): Hallmark Channel finally gets into the scripted series game with this drama starring Andie MacDowell as a small-town judge with Dylan Neal ("Hyperion Bay") as her love interest, the local newspaper editor.
"Glam & Gold" (10 p.m. July 25, WEtv): Reality show follows Olympic gold medalist Sanya Richards-Ross and her football player husband Aaron Ross.
"The Vineyard" (9 p.m. July 24, ABC Family): A docusoap about 20-somethings living and working on Martha's Vineyard.
"Low Winter Sun" (10 p.m. Aug. 11, AMC): The line between cops and criminals is blurred in this Detroit-set scripted drama.
"Talking Bad" (11 p.m. Aug. 11, AMC): Talk show that analyzes AMC's "Breaking Bad."
"Owner's Manual" (9 p.m. Aug. 15, AMC): Competition series pitting guys who read owner's manuals against those who do not.
"Cold Justice" (10 p.m. Aug. 27, TNT): Unscripted series follows two investigators as they dig into small-town cold case murder files.
"Cosworld" (10 p.m. Aug. 27, Syfy): Docuseries that follows cosplay competitors.
Returning cable series:
"The Venture Bros." (midnight today, Adult Swim).
"Home for Dinner with Jamie Deen" (10 a.m. today, Food Network).
Rob Owen writes this Sunday TV column for Scripps Howard News Service. Contact him at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-263-2582. Read the Tuned In Journal blog at post-gazette.com/tv. Follow RobOwenTV on Twitter or Facebook.