Tele-Tuesday – New to Summer: Better Late Than Never

Summer is coming to an end, and we have some new programs to sink our teeth into before the fall television series return.  These new shows bring drama galore – police drama, dating drama, and teen drama.  What will you watch?

The new police drama:

Against the Wall – Lifetime

Wanting to advance her career in the Chicago Police Department, Abby Kowalski (Rachael Carpani most recognizable for her recurring roles on Cane and The Glades) is faced with a tough decision.  Does she wait for the necessary promotions as a female detective, or speed things up and join the Internal Affairs division?  Abby chooses IA, and her decision causes a divide within her family; a family with a long line of Chicago police officers.

Everyone knows that cops and IA officers do not get along – but what happens when a decision affects your entire family dynamic?

Against the Wall also stars Treat Williams (Everwood), as Abby’s father, and Kathy Baker (Picket Fences, Medium), as her mother.

Following the Internal Affairs division instead of detectives adds a nice twist to the ever popular television police drama.   Find out this Sunday if it’s worth a watch– Against the Wall premieres July 31st.

The new comedy – dating drama:

Friends with Benefits – NBC

Hot on the tails of the major motion picture success of No Strings Attached and Friends with Benefits, NBC brings us this new thirty-minute comedy following a group of twentysomethings as they battle the dating world.

In Friends with Benefits, everyone is single and looking – Ben Lewis (Ryan Hansen, Veronica Mars) wants the perfect woman.  Sarah Maxwell (Danneel Harris Ackles, One Tree Hill; yes ladies – she’s married to Supernatural’s Jensen Ackles), just wants someone to settle down with and perhaps start a family.  There’s also the figurative “lady-killer” (Fitz played by Andre Holland), the “free-spirit” (Riley played by Jessica Lucas, who also played Riley on the new Melrose Place), and the “techie-genius” (Aaron played by Zach Cregger).

Oh, and Ben and Sarah are apparently the “friends with benefits.”  Who wants to bet they eventually decide they are soul-mates?

Produced by the great Brian Grazer (Parenthood and Arrested Development), Friends with Benefits might just make the grade.  Find out when the show premieres August 5th.

The new YA inspired drama:


The Lying Game – ABC Family

From the creators of Pretty Little Liars, and based on the novel by Sara Shepard, ABC Family brings the young adult audience another teen mystery this August.

Emma Becker learns that she was separated at birth from her identical twin sister, Sutton Mercer (both roles played by Alexandra Chando, As the World Turns).  Emma, a foster-child, agrees to switch places with her twin and live Sutton’s life with her wealthy adopted family while Sutton searches for their birth mother.

Not long into the switch, Emma learns that Sutton has disappeared and she’s faced with the dilemma of telling the Mercer family and all of Sutton’s friends the truth.  Is Sutton in trouble? Why were they separated in the first place?

Like most other ABC Family dramas, The Lying Game has cast a well-known group of actors: Andy Buckley as Ted Mercer (The Office), Helen Slater as Kristin Mercer (Supergirl, The Legend of Billy Jean), Tyler Christopher (General Hospital), Blair Redford (the new 90210), Alice Greczyn (Privileged), and Adrian Pasdar (Heroes).

If the mystery is anywhere near as decent as its predecessor, Pretty Little Liars, TLG is definitely worth a watch.  The Lying Game premieres August 15th.

What do you think? Do any of these shows interest you enough to watch?  Do you think starting in August will help or hurt these shows? Do you know of any other late summer starts?  I’d love to hear from you!

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13 Replies to “Tele-Tuesday – New to Summer: Better Late Than Never”

  1. First off, I can’t believe summer is coming to an end. Seems like just yesterday it was spring!

    I think Friends with Benefits could have some potential. Never enough good comedies to watch. The Lying Game sounds interesting, too. I might have to give it a try.

    Thanks for the post!

    1. Hey Stacy! A part of me thinks the timing is bad for the Friends with Benefits on television – I mean, two motion pictures have just been released under the exact same premise. I hope it’s funny, but I feel like it may be overkill. I’m really looking forward to The Lying Game. If the writing/mystery is half as good as Pretty Little Liars, ABC Family will have yet another hit! Thanks for stopping by!

  2. I’ve seen the previews for Against the Wall and I think it looks pretty good. I’ll wait for an update from your blog to see whether or not I want to start watching it. 😉

    PS: You should totally rock that jibjab hairdo in real life.

  3. Man, we have some sweet moves.

    You already know that I plan on watching Against the Wall. The others…not so much. I think you are dead-on about the sitcom being overkill.

    Can I tell you what I AM excited about? NBC’s Grimm. Not a summer premiere, but still.

    1. We have sweet moves, and I think we look adorable doing it! Who wouldn’t want to tune in to the Tambernies after watching that?

      Against the Wall is all yours…I’m gonna watch it, but you get to review!

      I’ll see your Grimm, and raise you Ringer! I’m excited about that one….it’s fall too.

  4. Tiff,

    Your gift is that you could describe a show about cardboard and I’d be intrigued enough to watch it. But the TV moratorium is still in place. I ease the line up for movies here and there but an hour watching TV is one away from writing. Maybe they’ll do so well I can watch then next year. 🙂

  5. Granted I haven’t seen the show Friends With Benefits, but I do worry a bit about that being so mainstream. I’m not very conservative at all, but you know even though they may aim for a high school+ audience, it’ll be middle schoolers watching it, and I just think that age group today is way too advanced in the topic of “benefits” than they should be. It’d be one thing if schools were actively teaching sexual education, but with abstinence only policies, I kinda think it’s the same as shooting yourself in the foot. You know it’s wrong, but you’ll try it anyway just to see what happens.

    1. Jessica, I agree with your comment about the television audience. I guess this is where parenting has to step in. There are not many primetime shows that I feel are appropriate for children – except for ABC Family, and even some of those I think need to re-watch 7th Heaven as a reminder as to what’s appropriate.

  6. I am going to watch Against the Wall and the one about the twins. They sound interesting. There is no more “appropriate” for prime-time. The language is atrocious. I don’t know what parents let their kids watch.

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