Heating it up: 10 new summer TV shows that will keep your remote working overtime

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More summer premieres Save Me, 7 p.m. Thursday, NBC Does Someone Have to Go?, 8 p.m. Thursday, Fox Showville, 8 p.m. Thursday, AMC Brooklyn DA, 9 p.m. Tuesday, May 28. The American Baking Competition, 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 29 Dancing Fools, 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 29, ABC Family Marriage Boot Camp: Bridezillas, 8 p.m. Friday, May 31, WE TV Pregnant & Dating, 8 p.m. Friday, May 31, WE TV Princesses: Long Island, 8 p.m. Sunday, June 2 The Wanted Life, 9 p.m. Sunday, June 2 The Fosters, 8 p.m. Monday, June 3, ABC Family Mistresses, 9 p.m. Monday, June 3, ABC Pretty Wicked Moms, 9 p.m. Tuesday, June 4, Lifetime The Hero, 7 p.m. Thursday, June 6, TNT 72 Hours, 8 p.m. Thursday, June 6, TNT In the Flesh, 9 p.m. Thursday, June 6, BBC America Sinbad, 8 p.m., Saturday, June 8, Syfy Twisted, 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 11, ABC Family Crossing Lines, 8 p.m. Sunday, June 23, NBC Whodunnit?, 8 p.m. Sunday, June 23, ABC Ray Donovan, 9 p.m. Sunday, June 30, Showtime Below Deck, 9 p.m. Monday, July 1, Bravo Bikinis & Boardwalks, 6 p.m. Sunday, July 7, Travel Channel Get Out Alive With Bear Grylls, 8 p.m. Monday, July 8, NBC Camp, 9 p.m. Wednesday, July 10, NBC Hollywood Game Night, 9 p.m. Thursday, July 11, NBC Adam Richman’s Fandemonium, 9 p.m. Sunday, July 14, Travel Joe Rogan Questions Everything, 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 16, Syfy Perfect Score, 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 16, The CW Deal With It, 9 p.m. Tuesday, July 16, TBS Notorious Hauntings, 9 p.m. Tuesday, July 16, Syfy The Vineyard, 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 23, ABC Family The Hunt, 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 31, The CW Low Winter Sun, 9 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 11, AMC Owner’s Manual, 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15, AMC
Returning favorites Hell’s Kitchen, 7 p.m. Thursday, Fox Rookie Blue, 9 p.m. Thursday, ABC The Bachelorette, 7 p.m. Monday, ABC Cake Boss, 8 p.m. Monday, TLC The Glades, 8 p.m. Monday, A&E Longmire, 9 p.m. Monday, A&E Melissa & Joey, 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 29, ABC Family Baby Daddy, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 29, ABC Family Top Shot, 9 p.m. Wednesday, May 29, History Pawn Stars, 8 p.m. Thursday, May 30, History Bridezillas, 7 p.m. Friday, May 31, WE TV The United States of Bacon, 9 p.m. Friday, May 31, Destination America The Killing, 7 p.m. Sunday, June 2, AMC The Real Housewives of New Jersey, 7 p.m. Sunday, June 2, Bravo Food Network Star, 8 p.m. Sunday, June 2, Food Network Keeping Up With the Kardashians, 8 p.m. Sunday, June 2, E! Push Girls, 9 p.m. Monday, June 3, Sundance Teen Wolf, 9 p.m. Monday, June 3, MTV America’s Got Talent, 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 4, NBC Total Blackout, 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 4, Syfy Toddlers & Tiaras, 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 5, TLC Paranormal Witness, 9 p.m. Wednesday, June 5, Syfy Burn Notice, 8 p.m. Thursday, June 6, USA LA Hair, 9 p.m. Thursday, June 6, WE TV Continuum, 9 p.m. Friday, June 7, Syfy HGTV Star, 7 p.m. Sunday, June 9, HGTV Falling Skies, 8 p.m. Sunday, June 9, TNT Mountain Men, 8 p.m. Sunday, June 9, History Ice Road Truckers, 9 p.m. Sunday, June 9, History Switched at Birth, 7 p.m. Monday, June 10, ABC Family Major Crimes, 8 p.m. Monday, June 10, TNT Pretty Little Liars, 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 11, ABC Family Ghost Hunters, 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 12, Syfy Royal Pains, 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 12, USA Necessary Roughness, 9 p.m. Wednesday, June 12, USA Sullivan & Son, 9 p.m. Thursday, June 13, TBS Magic City, 8 p.m. Friday, June 14, Starz True Blood, 8 p.m. Sunday, June 16, HBO Franklin & Bash, 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 19, TNT Futurama, 9 p.m. Wednesday, June 19, Comedy Central Hot in Cleveland, 9 p.m. Wednesday, June 19, TV Land The Exes, 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 19, TV Land The Soul Man, 10 p.m. Wednesday, June 19, TV Land Wilfrid, 9 p.m. Thursday, June 20, FX Wife Swap, 7 p.m. Sunday, June 23, ABC Drop Dead Diva, 8 p.m. Sunday, June 23, Lifetime Copper, 9 p.m. Sunday, June 23, BBC America Rizzoli & Isles, 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 25, TNT Perception, 9 p.m. Tuesday, June 25, TNT Big Brother, 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 26, CBS Dexter, 8 p.m. Sunday, June 30, Showtime Life’s Too Short, 8 p.m. Friday, July 5, HBO Being Human, 9 p.m. Saturday, July 13, BBC America The Newsroom, 9 p.m. Sunday, July 14, HBO Covert Affairs, 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 16, USA Suits, 9 p.m. Tuesday, July 16, USA Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 17, TLC Web Therapy, 10 p.m. Monday, July 22, Showtime Unforgettable, 8 p.m. Sunday, July 28, CBS Hell on Wheels, 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, AMC Breaking Bad, 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 11, AMC Mysteries at the Museum, 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15, Travel

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Summer television used to be a wasteland, nothing but reruns and a handful of originals that weren’t worthy of airing during the fall, winter or spring. But thanks largely to the ambitious and inventive offerings on cable, the TV landscape has transformed into a bountiful programming paradise. This year, not only do we have originals available to us every night of the week, but we also have viewing options: If you don’t like the reality show on Bravo, there’s probably a first-run drama playing on TNT or USA. Here are 10 promising new series and a couple of original movies that will help make this a standout summer.

Under the Dome

This 13-episode miniseries is based on Stephen King’s 2009 bestseller, in which the small Maine town of Chester’s Mill is suddenly and inexplicably sealed off from the rest of the world by an enormous invisible barrier of unknown origin. The town’s inhabitants first must deal with surviving the initial panic situation that costs lives. Then begins a search for answers about the dome: where it came from and when/if it will go away. Cast includes Mike Vogel ( Bates Motel), Rachelle Lefevre ( Twilight) and Dean Norris ( Breaking Bad). Produced by Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television. Premieres 9 p.m. Monday, June 24, on CBS.


FBI rookie Mike Warren graduates at the top of his class, anticipating a routine D.C. desk job, but winds up doing undercover work in sunny Southern California. Headquarters is a beachfront mansion known as Graceland (so named because authorities confiscated it from a drug lord obsessed with Elvis). Undercover agents from the FBI, DEA and U.S. Customs live together here under one roof. It’s a stylishly filmed series in which gritty crime occurs against an idyllic backdrop. Cast includes Daniel Sunjata ( Rescue Me), Aaron Tveit ( Les Misérables) and Vanessa Ferlito ( CSI: NY). Premieres 9 p.m. Thursday, June 6, on USA.

Arrested Development

This oddball comedy was a ratings-challenged cult favorite that ran for three seasons on Fox (2003-06). Ever since, devoted fans have been begging creator Michael Hurwitz for more misadventures of the delusionally dysfunctional Bluth family. Now they’ve got their wish in the form of 15 episodes. The original cast (Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, Jeffrey Tambor, Jessica Walter, Will Arnett, Tony Hale, David Cross, Portia de Rossi and Alia Shawkat) is intact for a fourth season on the Netflix streaming-video service. All 15 episodes available beginning Sunday, May 26, on Netflix.

The Bridge

This edgy crime drama follows two police detectives, one American, one Mexican, as they pursue a serial killer working on both sides of the El Paso-Juarez border. Their fragile partnership is complicated by the rampant corruption and apathy of Mexican authorities and the violence of powerful borderland drug cartels. The series is based on a Danish-Swedish drama of the same name. Cast includes Diane Kruger ( National Treasure), Demian Bichir ( The Heat), Annabeth Gish ( The X-Files), Ted Levine ( Monk) and Matthew Lillard ( The Descendants). Premieres Wednesday, July 10, on FX (time TBA).

Devious Maids

This darkly comic drama, the first new TV project from writer-producer Marc Cherry since he wrapped Desperate Housewives, focuses on a close-knit group of five Beverly Hills maids who aspire to more than toiling away for rich and famous families. The murder of a fellow maid launches an investigation that yields sordid secrets by the score. Cast includes Ana Ortiz ( Ugly Betty), Dania Ramirez ( Entourage), Judy Reyes ( Scrubs), Roselyn Sanchez ( Without a Trace), Edy Ganem ( Livin’ Loud) and Susan Lucci ( All My Children). Eva Longoria is also an executive producer. Premieres 9 p.m. Sunday, June 23, on Lifetime.

The Haves and the Have Nots and Love Thy Neighbor

Tyler Perry, the most prolific writer-director-producer in show business, brings not one series but two to the Oprah Winfrey Network. The Haves and the Have Nots is an Upstairs, Downstairs-style soap set in Savannah, Ga., with a politically powerful family leading a scandalous life. Cast includes John Schneider ( The Dukes of Hazzard) and Renee Lawless ( Wicked). Love Thy Neighbor is a sitcom set in a family restaurant that serves good food, big laughs and life lessons. The Haves and the Have Nots premieres at 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 28, and Love Thy Neighbor premieres at 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 29, on OWN.

Primeval: New World

This 13-episode adventure series is a spinoff of the dinosaurs-among-us show that was a hit in the U.K. (and in the States on BBC America). Evan Cross is a billionaire techno genius, haunted by personal tragedy, who has dedicated his life to investigating space-time anomalies and protecting the public from the dangerous prehistoric and futuristic beasties swept into our world. He has assembled a team of experts to help. Very important detail: The dinosaur effects are top-notch. Cast includes Niall Matter ( Eureka), Sara Canning ( The Vampire Diaries) and Danny Rahim ( EastEnders). Premieres 9 p.m. Saturday, June 8, on Syfy.

Cedar Cove

This series, starring Andie MacDowell, is TV’s version of a warm blanket and fuzzy slippers. It’s built for comfort. MacDowell plays Olivia Lockhart, a beloved bicycling judge in a small town where everyone knows each other, and the problems that people face are never beyond repair. Olivia has a handsome suitor in the form of Jack Griffith (Dylan Neal), the new editor at the Cedar Cove Chronicle. It’s based on a bestselling book by Debbie Macomber, whose previous collaborations with Hallmark Channel yielded three hit Christmas movies. Premieres 7 p.m. Saturday, July 20, on Hallmark Channel.

King & Maxwell

This private-eye drama teams Jon Tenney with Rebecca Romijn as author David Baldacci’s mismatched Sean King and Michelle Maxwell. They aren’t your typical private investigators. They’re former Secret Service agents whose skills and connections give them a leg up on conventional law enforcement. They clash over everything, from her garbage-filled car to his preference for wine over beer, but they make a fine team. Michael O’Keefe ( Michael Clayton) and Chris Butler ( The Good Wife) co-star as FBI Agents Rigby and Carter, rivals who dislike King and Maxwell’s style. Premieres 9 p.m. Monday, June 10, on TNT.

Ring of Fire and Behind the Candelabra

These two original movies focus on famous music icons of yesteryear. Ring of Fire stars Jewel as legendary country artist June Carter Cash, spanning her rise to childhood fame as a member of The Carter Family, the first family of country music, to her oft-turbulent yet enduring marriage to Johnny Cash. Behind the Candelabra, starring Michael Douglas and Matt Damon, chronicles the behind-the-scenes relationship between Liberace and his live-in lover, Scott Thorson. Ring of Fire premieres at 7 p.m. Monday, May 27, on Lifetime. Behind the Candelabra premieres at 8 p.m. Sunday, May 26, on HBO.

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