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TV's summer is no rerun bummer

May 25, 2013


May 25--Remember when summer television consisted of nothing but reruns (and, um, when we actually used to watch it on these things called "television sets" and not tablets and smartphones)?

It was a simpler time, but infinitely more boring. There are more than 20 new series premiering this summer, and that's not counting reality and game shows (we've included those -- from the major networks only; there are far too many on cable to list here -- in an accompanying box). Add to that almost four dozen returning shows and original series from streaming providers Netflix and Hulu (also broken out in a box) and, well, you might take a vacation this summer, but your DVR sure won't.

Here's a list of many new and returning programs listed by date, with highlights at the beginning of each month (new series are indicated with an asterisk--). As always, dates and times are subject to change -- please consult your provider's program guides.

May highlights:

OWN offers two new series from Tyler Perry, VH1's new drama delivers intrigue in the world of pro basketball dancers and "Longmire" returns to A&E.

May 27

"The Glades," 8 p.m., A&E; "Hit the Floor," 8 p.m., VH1--; "Longmire," 9 p.m., A&E

May 28

"The Haves and the Have Nots," 8 p.m., OWN--

May 29

"Baby Daddy," 7:30 p.m., ABC Family; "Love Thy Neighbor," 8 p.m., OWN--; "Melissa and Joey," 7 p.m., ABC Family

June highlights:

In USA's drama "Graceland," undercover operatives from different agencies spar in a clandestine SoCal beach house hideaway. "The Daily Show" correspondent John Oliver temporarily takes over that show's hosting duties beginning June 10 as Jon Stewart takes a filmmaking hiatus. "True Blood" returns with a new show-runner (and new cast members).

"Futurama" and "Dexter" kick off their final seasons, while canceled shows including "Do No Harm" and "666 Park Avenue" burn off remaining episodes. "Under the Dome," a new Stephen King-inspired series, may finally bring relief to grieving "Lost"-ies, while a great cast including Liev Schreiber, John Voight, Elliott Gould, James Woods and Rosanna Arquette star in Showtime's dirty lives of the rich and famous drama, "Ray Donovan."

June 2

"The Killing," 7 p.m., AMC; "The Venture Bros.," 11 p.m., Adult Swim

June 3

"The Fosters," 8 p.m., ABC Family--; "Mistresses," 9 p.m., ABC--; "Teen Wolf," 9 p.m., MTV

June 4

"Bang Goes the Theory," 8 p.m., BBC America

June 5

"Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman," 9 p.m., Science

June 6

"Burn Notice," 8 p.m., USA; "Graceland," 9 p.m., USA--; "In the Flesh," 9 p.m., BBC America--

June 7

"Continuum," 9 p.m., Syfy

June 8

"Primeval: New World," 9 p.m., Syfy--; "Sinbad," 8 p.m., Syfy--

June 9

"Falling Skies," 8 p.m., TNT

June 10

"Deon Cole's Black Box," 9 p.m., TBS--; "King & Maxwell," 9 p.m., TNT--; "Major Crimes," 8 p.m., TNT; "Switched at Birth," 7 p.m., ABC Family

June 11

"Pretty Little Liars," 7 p.m., ABC Family; "Twisted" 8 p.m., ABC Family

June 12

"Necessary Roughness," 9 p.m., USA; "Royal Pains," 8 p.m., USA

June 13

"Sullivan & Son," 9 p.m., TBS

June 14

"Magic City," 8 p.m., Starz

June 15

"Zero Hour," 7 p.m., ABC

June 16

"Masterpiece Mystery: Inspector Lewis," 8 p.m., PBS; "True Blood," 8 p.m., HBO

June 19

"The Exes," 9:30 p.m., TV Land; "Franklin & Bash," 8 p.m., TNT; "Futurama," 9 p.m., Comedy Central; "Hot in Cleveland," 9 p.m., TV Land; "The Soul Man," 10 p.m., TV Land

June 20

"Wilfred," 9 p.m., FX

June 22

"666 Park Avenue," 8 p.m., ABC

June 23

"Copper," 9 p.m., BBC America; "Crossing Lines," 8 p.m., NBC--; "Devious Maids," 9 p.m., Lifetime--; "Drop Dead Diva," 8 p.m., Lifetime

June 24

"Under the Dome," 9 p.m., CBS--

June 25

"Perception," 9 p.m., TNT; "Rizzoli & Isles," 8 p.m., TNT

June 29

"Do No Harm," 9 p.m., NBC

June 30

"Dexter," 8 p.m., Showtime; "Ray Donovan," 9 p.m., Showtime--

July highlights:

FX's "The Bridge" brings cop drama to both sides of the U.S.-Mexican border; "The Newsroom" returns to HBO; "Whose Line Is It Anyway" is resurrected by the CW; and the Poppy Montgomery procedural "Unforgettable" is revived as a CBS summer drama.

July 7

"Masterpiece Mystery: Endeavour," 8 p.m., PBS--

July 10

"Camp," 9 p.m., NBC--; "The Bridge," 9 p.m., FX--

July 12

"Comedy Bang! Bang!" 9 p.m., IFC

July 13

"Being Human," 9 p.m., BBC America

July 14

"The Newsroom," 9 p.m., HBO

July 16

"Covert Affairs," 8 p.m., USA; "Deal With It," 9 p.m., TBS--; "Suits," 9 p.m., USA; "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" 7 p.m., CW--

July 20

"Cedar Cove," 7 p.m., Hallmark--

July 22

"Web Therapy," 10 p.m., Showtime

July 28

"Unforgettable," 8 p.m., CBS

August highlights:

"Breaking Bad" kicks off its final season on AMC, followed by "Talking Bad," an analysis show (think "Walking Dead/"Talking Dead"). AMC also premieres "Low Winter Sun," a cop drama set in the Detroit underworld; PBS debuts Peter Moffat's legal drama, "Silk."

August 3

"Hell on Wheels," 8 p.m., AMC

August 11

"Breaking Bad," 8 p.m., AMC; "Low Winter Sun," 9 p.m., AMC--; "Talking Bad," 10 p.m., AMC--

August 25

"Silk," 8 p.m., PBS--


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