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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…