Summer TV Preview and Premiere Calendar

  • Publish Date: May 7, 2013
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Premiere dates for all new and returning shows

All shows with announced premiere dates are listed below. First-year series and new specials are marked with a NEW symbol. All times ET/PT unless otherwise noted.
Calendar last updated June 6, 2013.

May premieres

Show Network Type Time
SUN / May 12
Breaking Amish: Brave New World NEW TLC Reality 10p
Family Tree NEW Watch trailer HBO Comedy 10:30p
Not as easy to summarize in a single sentence as previous mockumentary projects from writer-director Christopher Guest (Best in Show, Waiting for Guffman), this new comedy series stars Chris O'Dowd (Bridesmaids) as a recently unemployed man who uses his new free time to investigate his family roots in both England and the U.S. after receiving a mysterious package from an aunt he didn't know he had. Family Tree does feature many of Guest's usual collaborators in supporting roles, including Michael McKean, Bob Balaban, Ed Begley Jr., Jim Piddock (who also writes), and Fred Willard, plus Guest himself.
Long Island Medium TLC Reality 9p
Pete Holmes: Nice Try, the Devil NEW Comedy Comedy 11p
Resale Royalty NEW Style Reality 9p
Ultimate Survival Alaska NEW Nat Geo Reality competition 10p
XOX Betsey Johnson NEW Style Reality 8p
MON / May 13
Going Ape NEW Nat Geo Miniseries/Documentary 10p
TUE / May 14
Constitution USA with Peter Sagal NEW PBS Miniseries/Documentary 8p
Four-hour series will air back-to-back episodes tonight and on May 21st on most PBS stations.
So You Think You Can Dance Fox Reality competition 8p
The Untold Story: Jason Derulo NEW E! Special 10p
WED / May 15
Broken Kingdom NEW Showtime Movie 8:30p
South Beach Tow truTV Reality 9:30p
SAT / May 18
28th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony HBO Special 9p
Inductees/performers include Heart, Randy Newman, Public Enemy, and Rush.
SUN / May 19
2013 Billboard Music Awards ABC Special 8p
Alaska: The Last Frontier Discovery Reality 8p
Life Below Zero NEW Nat Geo Reality 10p
North America NEW Discovery Miniseries/Documentary 9p
Seven-part series explores the diverse natural world of the entire continent.
MON / May 20
American Masters: Mel Brooks: Make a Noise NEW PBS Special/Documentary 9p
The Goodwin Games NEW Watch trailer Fox Comedy 8:30p
This comedy about feuding siblings who compete (literally) to win their late father's inheritance comes from the producers of How I Met Your Mother and stars Scott Foley, Becki Newton, T.J. Miller, and Kat Foster. Fox seems to have little confidence in the series, slashing its order from 13 episodes to 7 and delaying it to summer.
Inside Out: The People's Art Project NEW HBO Movie/Documentary 9p
Motive NEW ABC Drama 10p
The killer and the victim are revealed at the beginning of each episode of this crime drama (so much for suspense), which shifts to Thursdays at 9p beginning 5/23.
TUE / May 21
Bad Girls All Star Battle Oxygen Reality competition 9p
WED / May 22
MasterChef Fox Reality competition 8p
THU / May 23
Does Someone Have to Go? NEW Fox Reality 9p
This new reality series asks employees of struggling companies whether their coworkers should be fired ... you know, for fun. Special sneak preview tonight; series begins in its normal Thursday 8p timeslot on May 23
Rookie Blue ABC Drama 10p
Save Me NEW Watch trailer NBC Comedy 8p
Call her crazy? Anne Heche stars as an ordinary suburban housewife who nearly chokes to death on a sandwich and recovers to find out that she can talk to god. At least, that's what she says, and while her husband (Michael Landes) and friends are skeptical, events start to suggest that she might be telling the truth. Critics didn't quite know what to make of the pilot when they first saw it a year ago, but most were pretty sure that they didn't enjoy it, and NBC hasn't exactly demonstrated confidence in the series by delaying it until the summer month(s).
Showville NEW Watch trailer AMC Reality competition 9p
A small town talent show is organized in just four days, in a different town each week.
SUN / May 26
Arrested Development Netflix Comedy n/a
Debuting at 12:01am on the Sunday of Memorial Day Weekend (so you really have no excuse not to binge-watch), Netflix's one-off revival of the critically acclaimed cult comedy Arrested Development will feature 15 new episodes, all available for immediate streaming. Each episode will focus on a single character (only Jason Bateman appears in every episode), and they set up a story for an eventual Arrested Development movie, though that hasn't been greenlit yet. The entire cast returns (with Michael Cera pulling double duty as a member of the writing staff), along with returning guests like Martin Mull, Judy Greer, Liza Minnelli, Ben Stiller, Carl Weathers, Ron Howard, and Andy Richter and newcomers such as John Slattery, Kristen Wiig, John Krasinski, and Seth Rogen. For fans not signed up with the streaming service, a DVD release is likely later in the year, though a release date hasn't been announced.
Behind the Candelabra NEW Watch trailer HBO Movie 9p
Director Steven Soderbergh's final film before his alleged retirement/hiatus is headed to the small screen rather than cineplexes, though it will debut in competition at Cannes prior to airing on HBO. Based on the book of the same name by Scott Thorson (adapted here by screenwriter Richard LaGravenese), the film depicts the five-year secret relationship between Thorson (Matt Damon) and famed (and famously flamboyant) pianist/entertainer Liberace (Michael Douglas, a lock for an Emmy nomination). At first glance, the sequins and styling scream satire—aside from the leads, you'll also see actors such as Dan Aykroyd, Rob Lowe, and Scott Bakula looking ridiculous—but Soderbergh has a serious story to tell here, and he's gone to great lengths to research and recreate the period. The film also features the final score composed by the late Marvin Hamlisch.
Rock My RV NEW Travel Reality 9p
Rocker Bret Michaels pimps your ride, provided that your ride is a Winnebago.
MON / May 27
American Pickers History Reality 9p
The Bachelorette ABC Reality competition 8p
Cake Boss TLC Reality 9p
Cake Boss!
The Glades A&E Drama 9p
Hit the Floor NEW VH1 Drama 9p
The network's second scripted drama series stars Dean Cain, Kimberly Elise, and Charlotte Ross and focuses on the dance squad for a professional basketball team.
Longmire A&E Drama 10p
Pawn Stars History Reality 10p
Ring of Fire NEW Lifetime Movie 8p
Biopic about June Carter Cash stars Jewel, Frances Conroy, John Doe and Matt Ross.
TUE / May 28
Brooklyn DA NEW CBS Documentary/News 10p
Extreme Weight Loss ABC Reality 8p
Formerly known as Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition.
Family SOS with Jo Frost NEW TLC Reality 9p
The Haves and the Have Nots NEW OWN Drama 9p
New Tyler Perry-created soap.
Never Ever Do This at Home NEW Spike Reality 11p
Tattoo Nightmares Spike Reality 10p
WED / May 29
The American Baking Competition NEW CBS Reality competition 8p
Jeff Foxworthy hosts this adaptation of the UK series The Great British Bake Off.
Baby Daddy ABC Fam. Comedy 8:30p
Dancing Fools NEW ABC Fam. Reality 9p
Healing in the Heartland: Relief Benefit Concert NBC Special 9p
Live concert (to benefit Oklahoma City tornado relief efforts) features Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, and Vince Gill.
Love Thy Neighbor NEW OWN Comedy 9p
New Tyler Perry-created comedy.
Melissa and Joey ABC Fam. Comedy 8p
Renovation Raiders NEW HGTV Reality 9p
Top Shot: All Stars History Reality competition 10p
What Would You Do? ABC Reality 10p
FRI / May 31
Bridezillas WE Reality 10p
Marriage Boot Camp: Bridezillas NEW WE Reality 9p
Randy to the Rescue TLC Reality 9p
Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic NEW Showtime Special/Documentary 9p
Sommore: Chandelier Status NEW Showtime Special 10:30p
Stevie TV VH1 Comedy 10p
Treehouse Masters NEW Animal Planet Reality 10p

June premieres

Show Network Type Time
SAT / June 1
Fish Tank Kings Nat Geo Wild Reality 9p
Golden Sisters NEW OWN Reality 10p
Pregnant & Dating NEW WE Reality 9p
That Metal Show VH1 Classic Music 11p
SUN / June 2
Call of the Wildman Animal Planet Reality 9p
Keeping Up with the Kardashians E! Reality 9p
The Killing Watch trailer AMC Drama 8p
Rosie Larsen isn't back from the dead, but somehow The Killing is—against all odds, the gloomy crime drama returns for a third season despite being canceled a year ago. Mercifully, the new season will focus on a completely new case: a string of murders that take place over a year after the events of season 2. Only Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman return from past seasons; joining them will be Elias Koteas, Peter Sarsgaard, and Amy Seimetz. And, for what it's worth, producer Veena Sud has promised to wrap up the new story in a single season. Note that two episodes air back-to-back tonight; subsequent weeks will see the series shift to 9p.
The Next Food Network Star Food Reality competition 9p
Princesses: Long Island NEW Bravo Reality 9p
The Real Housewives of New Jersey Bravo Reality 8p
Top Hooker NEW Animal Planet Reality competition 10p
It's not what you're thinking.
The Venture Bros. Adult Swim Animation/Comedy Midnight
Guests this season include Aziz Ansari, John Hodgman, Gillian Jacobs, Paget Brewster, Wyatt Cenac, and more.
The Wanted Life NEW E! Reality 10:30p
The Wild West NEW Nat Geo Wild Special 8p
Three-hour wildlife documentary is narrated by Timothy Olyphant.
The Women's Concert for Change: Live from London NEW NBC Special 9p
MON / June 3
East Los High NEW Watch trailer Hulu Drama n/a
The Fosters NEW ABC Fam. Drama 9p
Mistresses NEW ABC Drama 10p
This primetime soap is based on the British series of the same name (adapted for the U.S. by Gossip Girl's K.J. Steinberg) and revolves around the personal and professional lives of four female friends played by Alyssa Milano (Charmed), Yunjin Kim (Lost), Rochelle Aytes (Detroit 1-8-7, The Forgotten), and relative newcomer Jes Macallan.
Push Girls Sundance Reality 10p
Teen Wolf Watch trailer MTV Drama 10p
TUE / June 4
America's Got Talent NBC Reality competition 9p
Judges this season (which will take place at New York's Radio City Music Hall) include returnees Howard Stern and Howie Mandel and newcomers Heidi Klum and Mel B.
Bang Goes the Theory BBC America Science 9p
Exit NEW Syfy Game show 10p
Kathy Griffin: Calm Down Gurrl NEW Bravo Special 10:30p
Pretty Wicked Moms NEW Lifetime Reality 10p
Total Blackout Syfy Game show 9p
Twisted NEW ABC Fam. Drama 9p
WED / June 5
2013 CMT Music Awards CMT Special 8p
Beverly Hills Pawn NEW Reelz Reality 9p ET / 8p PT
Chef Roble & Co. Bravo Reality 10p
Paranormal Witness Syfy Reality 10p
Redneck Island CMT Reality competition 10:30p
Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman Science Documentary 10p
Toddlers & Tiaras TLC Reality 9p
THU / June 6
72 Hours NEW TNT Reality competition 10p
Competing teams must survive for three days in the wilderness while trying to locate a briefcase filled with cash.
Burn Notice USA Drama 9p
Adrian Pasdar joins the cast for the show's seventh and final season.
Graceland NEW Watch trailer USA Drama 10p
A bit darker and more realistic than typical USA dramatic fare—despite its coastal setting—Graceland (from White Collar creator Jeff Eastin) revolves around a group of undercover agents from various agencies (FBI, DEA, customs) who share a beachfront house in Southern California. The pilot can be watched in advance via your cable provider's VOD service through May 11th.
The Greatest Event in Television History Adult Swim Comedy Midnight
Adam Scott and Amy Poehler re-create the opening credits from Hart to Hart.
The Hero NEW TNT Reality competition 8p
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson hosts a battle of wits and brawn.
In the Flesh NEW BBC America Miniseries 10p
A suicidal teen turned zombie is reintegrated (along with his fellow zombie sufferers) into regular society in this three-night supernatural drama series also airing on June 7 and 8.
LA Hair WE Reality 9p
Race to the Scene NEW Reelz Reality 9p
Dolph Lundgren hosts a competition asking ordinary people to re-create famous movie stunts.
Style Pop NEW Style Talk 8p
FRI / June 7
Continuum Syfy Drama/Sci-fi 10p
SAT / June 8
Primeval: New World NEW Syfy Drama/Sci-fi 10p
Sinbad NEW Syfy Drama 9p
Newcomer Elliot Knight stars alongside Lost's Naveen Andrews in this 12-episode British production that recounts the legend of the Middle Eastern sailor hero.
SUN / June 9
67th Annual Tony Awards CBS Special 8p
Neil Patrick Harris returns as host; the show airs live on the East Coast.
Falling Skies TNT Drama/Sci-fi 10p
Robert Sean Leonard (House), Gloria Reuben (ER), and Doug Jones (Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer) have been added to the cast for the show's third season.
HGTV Star HGTV Reality competition 8p
Slightly retooled and retitled version of long-running competition series Design Star.
Ice Road Truckers History Reality 10p
Insane Coaster Wars Travel Reality 8:30p
Mountain Men History Reality 9p
Storage Hunters truTV Reality 10p
Xtreme Waterparks Travel Reality 8p
MON / June 10
The Daily Show Comedy News/Talk 11p
John Oliver takes over as host—temporarily—of Comedy Central's late-night institution while Jon Stewart takes a 2-3 month break to direct a feature film.
King & Maxwell NEW TNT Drama 10p
Private eye series based on David Baldacci's books stars Jon Tenney and Rebecca Romijn.
Major Crimes TNT Drama 9p
The Closer spinoff returns for an expanded second season.
Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer NEW HBO Documentary/Movie tbd
Beginning with this film about the jailed Russian band, HBO will air a new documentary every Monday night through August 12.
Street Outlaws NEW Discovery Reality 10p
Switched at Birth ABC Fam. Drama 8p
The Winner Is... NEW NBC Game show 9p
Part singing competition, part game show, this Nick Lachey-hosted hour features amateur vocalists squaring off in head-to-head duels. Special preview episodes air June 10 and 17 at 10p before the official premiere in its normal Thursday 9p time slot on July 11.
TUE / June 11
Pretty Little Liars ABC Fam. Drama 8p
Shipping Wars A&E Reality 10p
WED / June 12
Deon Cole's Black Box NEW TBS Comedy 10p
Six-episode sketch comedy series is hosted by the Conan writer.
Dig Wars NEW Travel Reality 10p
Ghost Hunters Syfy Reality 9p
Guys Choice 2013 Spike Special 9p
I'm Having Their Baby Oxygen Reality 10p
Necessary Roughness USA Drama 10p
Autumn Reeser (Last Resort), David Anders (Once Upon a Time), and Garcelle Beauvais (Franklin and Bash) join the cast for the show's third season, which will also see John Stamos in a recurring guest role.
Royal Pains USA Drama 9p
Season 5 adds Frances Conroy (American Horror Story) in a multi-episode guest role.
THU / June 13
House of Curves NEW WE Reality 10p
Intervention A&E Reality 9p
The series returns for a final, five-episode season.
Sullivan & Son TBS Comedy 10p
FRI / June 14
Magic City Watch trailer Starz Drama 9p
The Miami-set period drama broadens its storylines to encompass both Chicago and Cuba in its second season, which sees James Caan (playing a Chicago mobster), Esai Morales (playing a Cuban rebel who fought alongside Castro), and rapper Rick Ross (playing the proprietor of a Miami gambling den) joining the cast.
SAT / June 15
Zero Hour ABC Drama 8p
Remaining episodes of canceled series will be burned off on Saturdays through 8/3.
SUN / June 16
2013 Miss USA Competition NBC Special 9p
Inspector Lewis (on Masterpiece Mystery) PBS Drama 9p
Off the Hook: Extreme Catches Animal Planet Reality 8p
True Blood Watch trailer HBO Drama 9p
The short (just 10 episodes) sixth season—and the first without series creator Alan Ball at the helm (as well as his replacement Mark Hudis, who departed midway through production of these episodes)—features a number of new faces, including Rutger Hauer, Jurnee Smollett (Friday Night Lights), Luke Grimes (Brothers & Sisters), Rob Kazinsky (EastEnders), and Karolina Wydra (House), while Anna Camp also returns as Sarah.
MON / June 17
Love, Marilyn NEW HBO Movie/Documentary 9p
TUE / June 18
Blood and Oil NEW Discovery Reality 10p
Sex: How It Works NEW Nat Geo Special 8p
WED / June 19
The Exes TV Land Comedy 10:30p
Franklin & Bash Watch trailer TNT Drama 9p
Heather Locklear joins the cast for the show's third season.
Futurama Watch trailer Comedy Animation/Comedy 10p
Canceled for a third time, the animated series will conclude (maybe) with a final batch of 13 new episodes, culminating in a series finale airing September 4th. Guests this season include Sarah Silverman, George Takei, Adam West, Larry Bird, Dan Castellaneta, and Burt Ward.
Hot in Cleveland TV Land Comedy 10p
Carol Burnett and Tim Conway will guest (together) in one of the new season's August episodes, while the season premiere (featuring William Shatner and Danny Pudi) will be performed and broadcast live on the East Coast..
The Soul Man TV Land Comedy 11p
The Soup Investigates NEW E! Comedy 10:30p
Spin-off from The Soup will also be hosted by Joel McHale.
VH1 Couples Therapy NEW VH1 Reality 10p
THU / June 20
Wilfred FX Comedy 10p
The third season will feature returning guests Chris Klein, Mary Steenburgen, and Dwight Yoakam and newcomers Gina Gershon, Angela Kinsey, Jenny Mollen, and Lance Reddick. Two new episodes air tonight and June 27th.
FRI / June 21
Dave Foley: Relatively Well NEW Showtime Special 11p
SAT / June 22
666 Park Avenue ABC Drama 9p
Remaining four unaired episodes of canceled drama will air on consecutive Saturday nights.
Jodi Arias: Dirty Little Secret NEW Lifetime Movie 8p
SUN / June 23
Copper Watch trailer BBC America Drama 10p
The second season of the 19th century cop drama adds Alfre Woodard, Donal Logue (Terriers), William Baldwin, Eamonn Walker (Oz), Lee Tergesen (The Big C), and guest star William Baldwin to the cast.
Crimes of the Century NEW CNN Documentary 9p
Ridley Scott-produced series examines notorious crimes, from the murder of John Lennon to the Washington DC sniper attacks.
Crossing Lines NEW NBC Drama 9p
William Fichtner and Donald Sutherland head the cast of this 10-episode series about global criminals targeted by the International Criminal Court. After tonight's 2-hour premiere, the series shifts to 10p beginning June 30th.
Devious Maids NEW Lifetime Drama 10p
Soapy drama from Marc Cherry (Desperate Housewives) stars Ana Ortiz, Judy Reyes, and Susan Lucci.
Drop Dead Diva Lifetime Drama 9p
Naked and Afraid NEW DIscovery Reality 10:20p
Shifts to 10p the following week.
Whodunnit? NEW ABC Reality competition 9p
Amateur sleuths compete to solve staged "murders" using cutting-edge crime scene investigation techniques in this reality competition from CSI creator Anthony E. Zuiker.
MON / June 24
Under the Dome NEW Watch trailer CBS Drama 10p
An atypically ambitious bit of summer programming from CBS, this 13-episode serialized drama is an adaptation of Stephen King's best-selling novel by noted comic book author and former Lost writer Brian K. Vaughan. If you've seen The Simpsons Movie, you know the basic storyline—a small town is sealed off from the rest of the world by a mysterious, transparent dome—though here it serves as fodder for a post-apocalyptic sci-fi mystery that explores themes of faith, fear, and fascism. Mike Vogel (Pan Am) and Dean Norris (Breaking Bad) head the ensemble cast, while Niels Arden Oplev, responsible for the original film version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, directs the pilot, with Lost's Jack Bender also a director and producer on subsequent episodes. (Given the shared off- and on-screen talent—including co-star Jeff Fahey—do expect a lot of Lost comparisons, but if any recent show deserves them, this looks to be it.) Producers have suggested that the story could continue for multiple seasons if this summer's episodes are successful; they have also noted that King's 1,000-page book is just a jumping-off point for the stories they wish to tell, and that they have a specific ending (whenever it comes) in mind that differs from the novel's.
TUE / June 25
Catfish: The TV Show Watch trailer MTV Reality 10p
Perception TNT Drama 10p
The Eric McCormack drama's second season adds Scott Wolf (Party of Five) to the cast in a recurring role.
Rizzoli & Isles TNT Drama 9p
WED / June 26
Big Brother CBS Reality competition 9p
Show will air Tuesdays at 9p, Wednesdays at 9p (live, shifting to 8p beginning 7/17), and Sundays at 8p.
THU / June 27
Independence Day-Saster NEW Syfy Movie 9p
FRI / June 28
Cult The CW Drama 8p / 9p
Unaired episodes of canceled first-year drama will air (two per night) on three consecutive Fridays.
Owen Benjamin: High Five Til It Hurts NEW Comedy Special Midnight
SAT / June 29
Anna Nicole NEW Lifetime Movie 8p
Lifetime original movie stars Agnes Bruckner, Martin Landau, Virginia Madsen, Adam Goldberg, and Cary Elwes.
Do No Harm NBC Drama 10p
Remaining episodes of quickly canceled series will be burned off on Saturdays.
SUN / June 30
Dexter Watch trailer Showtime Drama 9p
Showtime's hit serial killer drama shifts to the summer for its eighth and final (yes, that's confirmed) season. Rhys Coiro, Charlotte Rampling, Kenny Johnson (The Shield), and Sean Patrick Flanery are among the new faces this season, while Yvonne Strahovski will return from the season 7 cast.
Ray Donovan NEW Watch trailer Showtime Drama 10p
One of the reasons that Dexter was moved up to summer was to serve as a lead-in to Showtime's latest drama series, this one set among the rich and famous of Los Angeles, where professional fixer Ray Donovan (Liev Schreiber) can make any problem go away. Any problem, that is, except for the one in his own home, where his recently freed convict father (Jon Voight) is proving to be most unwelcome. The strong cast for series creator Ann Biderman (Southland) and director/producer Allen Coulter (The Sopranos) also includes Paula Malcomson, James Woods, Eddie Marsan, Steven Bauer, and Frank Whaley, while Elliott Gould, Rosanna Arquette, and Peter Jacobson guest star.
Secrets of Henry VIII's Palace NEW PBS Special 8p

July premieres

Show Network Type Time
MON / July 1
American Ninja Warrior NBC Reality competition 8p
Below Deck NEW Bravo Reality 10p
Bizarre Foods America Travel Reality 9p
Carson on TCM NEW TCM Talk 8p
Conan O'Brien hosts this collection of Johnny Carson's best Tonight Show interviews.
Siberia NEW NBC Drama 10p
Sixteen contestants on a reality show find survival in remote Siberia complicated by mysterious occurrences that are not part of the show in this new thriller, a very late pick-up by NBC.
FRI / July 5
Life's Too Short HBO Comedy/Special tbd
This single-episode special will wrap up the story of the Ricky Gervais-created comedy series starring Warwick Davis.
SUN / July 7
Bikinis & Boardwalks NEW Travel Reality 7p
Endeavour (on Masterpiece Mystery) NEW PBS Drama 9p
Food Court Wars NEW Food Reality competition 10p
MON / July 8
Dangerman: The Incredible Mr. Goodwin NEW BBC America Reality 10p
Get Out Alive With Bear Grylls NEW NBC Reality competition 9p
Ten teams of two try to stay alive (metaphorically, we think) in this "extreme-survival" competition.
God, Guns & Automobiles NEW History Reality 10p
TUE / July 9
Drunk History NEW Comedy Comedy 10p
Interior Therapy with Jeff Lewis Bravo Reality 9p
The Jeselnik Offensive Comedy Comedy/Talk 10:30p
Property Envy NEW Bravo Reality 10p
WED / July 10
The Bridge NEW Watch trailer FX Drama 10p
FX's latest original drama series comes from Homeland and Cold Case producer Meredith Stiehm and writer Elwood Reid, who are adapting the Scandinavian crime drama Bron. Set on the U.S.-Mexico border (rather than the original's Denmark/Sweden setting), the series stars Demián Bichir as a homicide detective in Juarez, and Diane Kruger as his American counterpart in El Paso, who are forced to work together when a killer starts leaving victims on both sides of the border. Ted Levine, Annabeth Gish, and Thomas M. Wright also star.
Camp NEW Watch trailer NBC Drama 10p
Rachel Griffiths runs a raucous summer camp in this 10-episode comedic drama series.
Moone Boy NEW Hulu Comedy n/a
The acclaimed British comedy series created by and starring Chris O'Dowd (Bridesmaids) comes to the U.S. for the first time via Hulu. There is just a single, six-episode season to watch so far, but two additional seasons are on the way.
THU / July 11
Hollywood Game Night NEW NBC Game show 10p
Jane Lynch hosts a series of pop-culture-related competitions featuring both celebrity and non-celebrity contestants (presumably, you'll be able to tell which is which).
Orange Is the New Black NEW Watch trailer Netflix Drama n/a
Yes, it's another Netflix original series for all you binge-watchers out there; this one comes from Weeds creator Jenji Kohan. Based on the book by Piper Kerman, the dramedy is set in a women's prison, where an engaged Brooklynite played by Taylor Schilling (The Lucky One) begins serving a one-year sentence thanks to her long-ago college girlfriend, a drug-runner played by Laura Prepon (That '70s Show). Jason Biggs, Kate Mulgrew, Natasha Lyonne, and Taryn Manning also star. All 13 one-hour episodes will be available for streaming immediately.
Summer Camp NEW USA Reality competition 8p
Former American Idol contestant Matt Rogers hosts this newcomer featuring adults competing in camp-inspired challenges.
FRI / July 12
Comedy Bang! Bang! IFC Comedy 10p
Scott Aukerman's surreal sketch/talk show (an adaptation of his long-running podcast of the same name) returns for a second season, with 10 episodes to air this summer and another 10 due in late 2013 (beginning in October). Guests this season will include Aziz Ansari, David Cross, Bob Odenkirk, Sarah Silverman, Bill Hader, Gillian Jacobs, Pee-Wee Herman, Jason Schwartzman, Andy Richter, Jason Mantzoukas, and Paul F. Tompkins (that's just a small fraction of the full roster, by the way), while Reggie Watts returns as Aukerman's sidekick/one-man band.
SAT / July 13
Being Human BBC America Drama/Sci-fi 10p
The final season of the original British version of the supernatural drama runs for six episodes, with the start recently delayed one month from June until July.
SUN / July 14
Adam Richman's Fandemonium NEW Travel Reality 10p
The Newsroom HBO Drama 10p
Last year's debut season of Aaron Sorkin's latest talk-heavy TV drama didn't exactly recapture his old West Wing magic; the show received decidedly mixed reviews and seemed to draw as many hate-watchers as actual fans. But big changes are in store for season 2, including behind the scenes, where Sorkin has retooled his writing staff. On screen, the action jumps ahead to the long-ago year of 2012, with storylines revolving around the presidential election and other items in the news that year as well as a more fictitious wrongful termination lawsuit that threatens the careers of Will (Jeff Daniels) and Charlie (Sam Waterston). New faces this season include Patton Oswalt, Grace Gummer (aka Meryl Streep's daughter), and Marcia Gay Harden (a late replacement for Rosemarie DeWitt).
MON / July 15
iHeartRadio Ultimate Pool Party NEW The CW Special 8p
TUE / July 16
Covert Affairs USA Drama 9p
Deal With It NEW TBS Comedy 10p
Hidden-camera prank show is produced by Howie Mandel and hosted by Theo Von.
Ink Master Spike Reality competition 10p
Joe Rogan Questions Everything NEW Syfy Reality 9p
Killer Contact NEW Syfy Reality 10p
Perfect Score NEW The CW Reality competition 9p
Dating show hosted by Arielle Kebbel offers a cash prize in addition to a date.
Suits USA Drama 10p
Whose Line Is It Anyway? NEW The CW Comedy 8p
This revival of the improvised sketch comedy show features returning cast members Ryan Stiles, Wayne Brady and Colin Mochrie, paired with various guest stars and new host Aisha Tyler.
WED / July 17
2013 ESPYS ESPN Special/Live event 9p ET / 6p PT
Jon Hamm hosts this year's installment of the annual sports awards show.
Here Comes Honey Boo Boo TLC Reality 9p
SAT / July 20
Cedar Cove NEW Hallmark Drama 10p
After a series of delays, the Hallmark Channel's first-ever primetime drama series (adapted from Debbie Macomber's books) finally kicks off this July. Andie MacDowell and Dylan Neal star.
Kumail Nanjiani: Beta Male NEW Comedy Special Midnight
SUN / July 21
Brother vs. Brother NEW HGTV Reality competition 10p
MON / July 22
Breaking Pointe The CW Reality 9p
TUE / July 23
Power Broker NEW HGTV Reality 10p
Web Therapy Showtime Comedy 11p
Season 3 of Lisa Kudrow's comedy will feature guest stars such as Steve Carell, Chelsea Handler, Billy Crystal, Meg Ryan, Matt LeBlanc, Megan Mullally, Sara Gilbert, and Jesse Tyler Ferguson.
Who Do You Think You Are? TLC Reality tbd
Canceled NBC reality show about celebrities investigating their ancestry moves to TLC with new episodes.
WED / July 24
Haunted Highway Syfy Reality 10p
Top Chef Masters Bravo Reality competition 10p
The Vineyard NEW ABC Fam. Reality 9p
THU / July 25
Glam & Gold NEW WE Reality 10p
FRI / July 26
John Oliver's New York Stand-Up Show Comedy Comedy 11p
SAT / July 27
Animation Domination High-Def NEW Fox Animation/Comedy 11p
A new weekly late-night block of Adult Swim-style animated comedies, Fox's Animation Domination HD will include a rotating group of 15-minute programs including Axe Cop (an adaptation of the webcomic co-created by 5-year-old Malachai Nicolle, starring Patton Oswalt, Megan Mullally, Ken Marino, and Peter Serafinowicz), High School USA! (from former Community writer Dino Stamatopoulos), and a project from New York comedians The Lucas Brothers. The network is also expected to launch a similar short-format live-action comedy block sometime this summer.
SUN / July 28
Total Divas NEW E! Reality 10p
Unforgettable CBS Drama 9p
Surprisingly uncanceled and returned to life as a summer series, this Poppy Montgomery-starring procedural adds Dallas Roberts (The Walking Dead, The Good Wife) to its cast for season 2.
MON / July 29
The Writers' Room NEW Sundance Talk 10p
Jim Rash (Community) hosts a weekly roundtable talk show featuring the writing staffs from some of TV's best series (Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, Parks and Recreation, and more).
WED / July 31
Capture NEW The CW Reality competition 9p
Wilderness competition asks players to live in the wild for a month and compete against each other for scarce resources (and a cash prize).

August premieres

Show Network Type Time
THU / August 1
The Awesomes NEW Hulu Animation/Comedy n/a
Also getting into the alternative animation comedy business this summer is the streaming service Hulu. The 10-episode original series The Awesomes comes from current Saturday Night Live head writer Seth Meyers and former SNL writer (and Late Night producer) Michael Shoemaker, and revolves around a team of superheroes—or what's left of them, after all the best ones leave the group. Voices come from the likes of Meyers, Bill Hader, Kenan Thompson, and Rashida Jones.
15th Annual Young Hollywood Awards NEW The CW Special 8p
FRI / August 2
America's Next Top Model The CW Reality competition 8p
SAT / August 3
Hell on Wheels AMC Drama 9p
The third season of AMC's 19th century drama features a new showrunner (John Wirth, previously of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and V) and a new night: Saturdays. The action will move ahead to the year 1867, and while Anson Mount's Cullen Bohannon will be at the center of the show, the third season will de-emphasize his revenge storyline and focus on the work of building the transcontinental railroad and the growth of big business in America.
SUN / August 4
RIDE-iculous NEW Travel Reality 8:30p
WED / August 7
Broadchurch NEW BBC America Drama 10p
Hit British crime drama about a murder investigation in a small town, starring David Tennant and Olivia Colman, makes its U.S. debut.
FRI / August 9
Obsessed with the Dress NEW WE Reality 9p
SAT / August 10
Clear History NEW HBO Movie 9p
It could be a while before Curb Your Enthusiasm returns with new episodes (if it does at all; the decision rests with Larry David), but here's something to tide you over: a semi-improvised HBO comedy movie starring and co-written by David. He plays an executive at a start-up who gives up his interest in the company after a petty argument with his boss (out of character, we know), only to see the company hit the big time without him. Greg Mottola (Superbad) directs, and the terrific cast features Jon Hamm, Bill Hader, Kate Hudson, J.B. Smoove, Amy Ryan, Michael Keaton, Danny McBride, Philip Baker Hall, and Eva Mendes.
The White Queen NEW Starz Drama 9p
Max Irons and Janet McTeer head the cast of this 10-episode historical drama set during England's War of the Roses and based on Philippa Gregory's novels.
SUN / August 11
Breaking Bad AMC Drama 9p
You'll have to wait longer than normal to see the next batch of new Breaking Bad episodes, which premiere in August rather than the expected July, but maybe that's a good thing; after these eight final hours, one of TV's finest dramas will be off the air for good. Plot details, of course, have not been revealed, but creator Vince Gilligan has already suggested that the series finale will be "polarizing" though "victorious." And both he and star Bryan Cranston have also stated that the storylines will come to a definite ending—so don't worry about any Sopranos-style ambiguousness at the end.
Eat, Drink, Love NEW Bravo Reality 9p
Low Winter Sun NEW Watch trailer AMC Drama 10p
Set and filmed in Detroit, AMC's latest gritty drama series is based on the acclaimed British miniseries of the same name. Beginning with a cop-on-cop murder, this tale of vengeance, corruption, and organized crime blurs the lines between police and criminals, good and bad. English actor Mark Strong stars as the revenge-seeking partner of the murdered cop (reprising his role from the original miniseries), joined here by Lennie James (The Walking Dead), David Costabile (Breaking Bad), and James Ransone (The Wire).
Talking Bad NEW AMC Talk 11p
Weekly half-hour show (modeled after the similar Talking Dead) will discuss the evening's Breaking Bad episode.
Teen Choice 2013 Fox Special 8p
MON / August 12
Hotel Impossible Travel Reality 10p
THU / August 15
Mysteries at the Museum Travel Reality 9p
Owner's Manual NEW AMC Reality competition 9p
The Pitch AMC Reality competition 10p
SUN / August 25
2013 Video Music Awards MTV Special 8p
TUE / August 27
Cosworld NEW Syfy Reality 10p
Face Off Syfy Reality competition 9p


Show Network Type Time
Childrens' Hospital Adult Swim Comedy tbd summer
NTSF:SD:SUV:: Adult Swim Comedy tbd summer
Strike Back Cinemax Drama tbd summer


Comments (5)

  • jerrycurlan  

    Hey AMC: how the hell does a crap-fest like "Small Town Security" get a second season, when the consistntly brilliant "Rubicon" didn't?? Is someone tuning in to your own slate? I second cristane and the others this is a great reference sheet. Thanks for it!

  • BobbyPeru  

    Really looking forward to Family Tree, Arrested Development, Candelabra, and of course Breaking Bad. Thanks for clarifying what Top Hooker isn't, and I'm glad to see my guilty pleasure Royal Pains coming back but can't believe The Killing is continuing. Maybe it gets a spark by starting fresh but I won't be checking it out. Time to mark my calendar.

  • cristane  

    Agree with Raymond this is mandatory bookmarking every single time. Thanks for compiling this list.

  • FleshWorld  

    The Bridge looks bad-ass. FX is taking over inheriting the crown from AMC as the best basic cable network for original programming. I mean, SAMCRO, Justified, Sunny.... the best shows in TV. BTW: J.D. Salinger's son is in Revenge of the Nerds but he's not Ogre, as is widely reported. He's Danny Burke another one of the frat dickheads. And that's one to grow on!

  • LamontRaymond  

    First, I love this article it's something I bookmark every time you do another one. Second, I'm so excited for the return of Longmire and The Glades such high quality acting on both, yet I'm afraid that many don't tune into A&E to find them.

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