New to TV this Summer (2013) – Part 2

I can remember back when the summer months meant we couldn’t find anything new to watch on television… maybe a reality program here, or a two-hour made-for-TV-special there, but no new series.

But not anymore.

As the hot winds blow into our neighborhoods, so does a new television season.

This summer, the networks have a lineup of new programs to entertain us during the primetime hours.  Some of the series have promise, while others may flop—but, regardless, we’ll tune in to check them out!

Continuing with the Part One introduction, here are a few more premieres we can look forward to this summer…

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Whodunnit?

Ever want to attend one of those murder mystery dinner parties?  I have!

Whodunnit? is kind of like reality television’s version of these parties…

Thirteen “investigators” will gather and live inside a mansion, attempting to solve a “murder.”  The “investigators” will use real CSI technology and work up a “murder dossier” of sorts.  Each week, the contestants will describe what they think happened in detail and those furthest from the truth will be eliminated.

This setup reminds me of the older reality show, The Mole, that aired from 2001-2008.  Remember that one?

Needless to say, I will be tuning in and playing along…

Whodunnit? premieres June 23rd on ABC.

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Crossing Lines

Get ready for summer’s new police procedural…

Crossing Lines follows a group of International Criminal Court (ICC) officers as they investigate cross-border criminals and their crimes.  Working to solve some of the “most notorious international crimes,” this series promises to be action packed.

And just look at the headliner… Donald Sutherland.  He doesn’t need any introductions, does he?  The new series also stars: William Fichtner (Prison Break), Tom Wlaschiha (Game of Thrones), Marc Lavoine, Richard Flood, Gabriella Pession, and Moon Daily.

Crossing Lines premieres June 23rd on NBC.

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Under the Dome

What would happen if we were cut off from the world?  If we couldn’t leave our city or county lines?  If we were imprisoned by an impenetrable barrier?

Based on the science fiction novel by Stephen King, Under the Dome follows the residents of Chester’s Mill after they are cut off from the world by an impenetrable barrier—a dome of sorts.  As one can imagine, some panic, while some keep calmer heads and attempt an escape.  Will they uncover the truth in time to save their small town?

The new horror/mystery series stars: Mike Vogel (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre circa 2003), Rachelle Lefevre (the Twilight saga), Colin Ford (Supernatural), Natalie Martinez (Detroit 1-8-7 and CSI: NY), Dean Norris (Breaking Bad), Britt Robertson (The Secret Circle), Aisha Hinds (Detroit 1-8-7, True Blood, and Cult), and many other familiar faces in recurring roles (like Jeff Fahey from Lost).

Under the Dome premieres June 24th on CBS. 

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Ray Donovan

ABC has Olivia Pope; Showtime now has Ray Donovan…

Ray Donovan (played by the adorable Liev Schreiber, from the Scream films, Salt, and other major motion pictures) “fixes” Hollywood’s problems.  He does the dirty work for the city’s celebrities and life seems great for Ray… until his father (Mickey Donovan, played by the great Jon Voight—no introduction necessary, right?) is released from prison.

The new drama series also stars: Paula Malcomson (Deadwood) as Abby Donovan, Ray’s wife and L.A. social climber; Steven Bauer (Scarface) as Avi, Ray’s right-hand man; Katherine Moenning (The L Word) as Lena, Ray’s assistant; Pooch Hall (Jumping the Broom) as Daryll, Ray’s half brother; Dash Mihok (Romeo + Juliet) as Bunchy Donovan, Ray’s troubled brother; Eddie Marsan (Mission: Impossible III) as Terry Donovan, Ray’s other brother; and Elliot Gould (Friends and the Ocean’s movies) as Ezra, a frequent client of Ray’s.

Ray Donovan premieres June 30th on Showtime.

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The BridgeThe Bridge

If FX’s other original programs are any indicator, The Bridge should be very good…

The Bridge follows Detective Sonya Cross (Diane Kruger, from the National Treasure movies and Inglorious Basterds) from El Paso and Detective Marco Ruiz (Demian Bichir, A Better Life and Savages) from Chihuahua, Mexico as they investigate a serial killer operating both sides of the Texas/Mexico border.

The new police drama also stars: Annabeth Gish ( from some of my ‘80s favorites, like Shag, Mystic Pizza, Hiding Out, and most recently Pretty Little Liars), Ted Levine (Monk and The Silence of the Lambs), and Matthew Lillard (Scream).

The Bridge premieres July 10th on FX.

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If I had to rank these in order of which one I’m most looking forward to, I’d put Whodunnit? at number one.  After all, I love trying to figure out murder mysteries!!  Ray Donovan and The Bridge probably tie for second, mainly because I absolutely love Showtime’s and FX’s original programs.  Because of Nip/Tuck and Justified, I have really high hopes for The Bridge; but Ray Donovan’s trailers have piqued my interest since the first time I saw them air months ago—so it’s a tie.  That leaves Under the Dome and Crossing Lines I think I’ll put Stephen King’s new TV series at number four with Crossing Lines in last place.  No offense, but I’ll blame this one on advertising.  I’ve seen ads for Under the Dome for months and only recently caught a quick ad for Crossing Lines.

Which of these new programs are you most looking forward to and why?  I’d love to hear from you!   

And for all the Zero Hour and 666 Park Avenue fans, ABC is currently airing the remaining episodes for both series on Saturday nights…

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11 Responses to New to TV this Summer (2013) – Part 2

  1. Oh, this is a no-brainer. Being an avid Stephen King fan, and having read The Dome, I’ve been waiting for this show. Also, I think Whodunnit will be awesome. I don’t usually like reality shows, but this one sounds like fun. I’ve always wanted to go to one of these murder mystery dinner theaters. We have one fairly close by, but I’ve never been.

    I don’t have time for the rest of the shows. LOL

    • Living in the DFW area, you’d think we’d have murder mystery dinner theaters all around. But I’ve never found one. I’d love to go to one! And don’t worry, I’ll watch the other shows for you and let you know if they’re any good or not. 🙂

  2. Catie Rhodes says:

    So UNDER THE DOME is going to be an outright series, not a mini-series? Hmmmm. Interesting. We’ll watch just because I’ve been a Stephen King fan since I was in 7th grade. So that’s more than 2/3 of my life. I had not heard of RAY DONOVAN, but it looks interesting. I wondered what Showtime was going to come up with since this is the last season of Dexter. We’re going to try THE BRIDGE. After how disappointed we were in THE AMERICANS, I am not sure what to expect. But I am going to give it a try.

    • Under the Dome is probably a miniseries… most King adaptations are. But you know TV, if it’s a huge it, they’ll do whatever they can to milk it for all it’s worth.

      You didn’t like The Americans? We didn’t watch it… I lost all of the episodes when my DVR crashed. The network renewed it for a second season so early on that I figured it was another good one to watch and planned to catch up somehow.

      • Catie Rhodes says:

        Y’all may like THE AMERICANS. The Cold War was going on until I was 18 years old. My dislike probably stems from ideas ingrained at an early age. My husband was equally offended by the premise but insisted we watch anyway just to see what ideology was behind the series. He ended up enjoying it. I, on the other hand, used my iPhone to play on Facebook. 😉

  3. It’s Crossing Lines and WhoDunnit?? for me and Under the Dome looks likes something nerdy sci-fi me would like. Thanks for the wrap-up!

  4. I hope I remember to try The Bridge.

  5. Jess Witkins says:

    I’m curious about Under the Dome since it has Brit Peterson from The Secret Circle in it. I don’t know if I’ll actively seek it out though. The Bridge looks good and creepy and I’m just a fan of the fact that you referenced Annabeth Gish in Mystic Pizza and Shag. Awesome movies!

  6. Emma says:

    I’ll be checking out Under the Dome. I enjoyed the book – even if the ending sucked!

  7. Sadly the only one I’ve heard of is Under The Dome.

  8. Jeff says:

    I’m intrigued by the teasers for “The Bridge,” I’m slightly afraid to watch “Under the Dome,” because of what they will probably mess up, but I probably will anyway, and I have no interest in watching a live murder mystery party. I’m very weary of allegedly “non-scripted” TV. I’m even starting to doubt the “reality” of Masterchef. I haven’t heard anything about “Crossing Lines” or “Ray Donovan.”

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