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Hot Summer TV: 14 sizzling new shows to see this season

May 28, 2013


May 28--Sure, the fall TV season gets all the big buzz, but that doesn't mean you should skip the boob tube this summer. Here are some new series that deserve your attention.

'The Fosters'

Another ABC Family series, another melodrama starring attractive young people. This series, which is executive produced by Jennifer Lopez, follows a lesbian couple (Teri Polo and Sherri Saum) as they raise their family of biological and adopted children. (June 3, 9 p.m., ABC Family)

'The Hero'

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson hosts this new reality series in which nine regular people face off in all sorts of tests -- physical, mental and moral -- in order to land the title of "The Hero." And, you know, a grand prize of lots of money. (June 6, 8 p.m., TNT)


Go undercover with USA's new series, which follows an FBI newbie (Aaron Tveit, "Les Miserables") as he's taken under the wing of a fellow FBI agent (Paul Briggs, "Rescue Me"). Graceland refers to a haven for undercover agents from all sorts of agencies. (June 8, 10 p.m., USA)

'King & Maxwell'

Jon Tenney ("The Closer") and Rebecca Romijn ("X-Men") star in TNT's latest procedural -- based on a book series from David Baldacci -- in which they play private investigators who use their unique backgrounds (one was a top athlete, one was a Secret Service agent) to solve crimes. This series comes from the creator of "NCIS: Los Angeles." (June 10, 10 p.m., TNT)

'Crossing Lines'

A special task force goes across the globe taking down international criminals with the help of a lauded former NYPD detective who specialized in crime scene investigation. Starring William Fichtner and Donald Sutherland. (June 23, 9 p.m., NBC)


Consider this reality series a murder mystery dinner party turned into a competition show. Thirteen contestants use their CSI techniques to figure out whodunnit each week at the Rue Manor estate. The winner lands $250,000. The series, appropriately enough, comes from Anthony E. Zulker, creator of the "CSI" franchise. (June 23, 9 p.m., ABC)

'Devious Maids'

"Desperate Housewives" creator Marc Cherry turns his attention to a new set of ladies and a new adjective. "Devious Maids" -- which features Ana Ortiz ("Ugly Betty"), Dania Ramirez ("Entourage"), Roselyn Sanchez ("Without a Trace"), Edy Ganem ("Livin' Loud") and Judy Reyes ("Scrubs") -- follows a quintet of maids who work for some of the Beverly Hills elite. (June 23, 10 p.m., Lifetime)

'Under the Dome'

Stephen King's novel comes to life in this drama about a town which suddenly has a gigantic transparent dome covering it up, cutting it off from the rest of the world. (June 24, 10 p.m., CBS)

'Ray Donovan'

Liev Schreiber stars as a Los Angeles "fixer," who solves problems for famous folks in the City of Angels. But he's got a problem of his own, specifically his father (played by Jon Voight), who just got out of jail. (June 30, 10 p.m., Showtime)

'The Bridge'

Detectives from each side of the U.S.-Mexico border (Damian Bichir and Diane Kruger) join together to catch a serial killer doing business on both sides of the line. (July 10, 10 p.m., FX)


Rachel Griffiths stars in this drama as a recently single woman who owns a summer family camp. She's looking to find her own summer paradise in light of her husband ditching her for a younger model. (July 10, 10 p.m., NBC)

'Animation Domination High-Def'

Fox does its best Adult Swim impersonation with this late-night block of animated series. Some of the shows that will air include "High School USA," "Golan The Insatiable" and "Lucas Bros. Moving Co.," but the one we're most excited for is "Axe Cop." That toon is based on a popular comic book about an axe-wielding cop that was created in 2009 by artist Ethan Nicolle and his then-5-year-old brother Malachai. (July 27, 11 p.m., Fox)

'The White Queen'

Starz continues to mine history with a new drama, set in England circa 1464, where Edward IV is crowned king. Problems arise within the royal house, however, when Edward falls for a commoner, Elizabeth Woodville. (Aug. 10, 9 p.m., Starz)

'Low Winter Sun'

A Detroit cop who murders another detective is drawn deep into the criminal underworld. This series is based on a British miniseries of the same name, and it stars the great Mark Strong ("Zero Dark Thirty," "Green Lantern"). (Aug. 11, 10 p.m., AMC)


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