Summer 2013 TV

Summer is here and the regular television season is over but have no fear! If heading to the beach or going on a vacation isn’t your thing at some point over the next few months (there’s bound to be rainy days, of course), there are plenty of options for you to entertain yourself with on television as well as the Internet.

I consider myself an expert when it comes to finding great TV programming. *flips hair* So without further ado, here are my recommendations on TV shows you should definitely check out during the summer months!


  • The Fall (BBC2, Netflix, BBC America?)

    • Detective Stella Gibson (Gillian Anderson, The X-Files) goes to Belfast, Ireland to track a serial killer, Paul Spector (Jamie Dornan, Once Upon a Time). The writing, plot twists, and parallels in this cat-and-mouse game is nothing short of brilliant. The Fall has definitely captured my interest in its execution. The first season aired on the BBC2 across the pond to critical acclaim and the series has been renewed for a second season. There’s only five episodes so you have no excuse to miss it! It is available now on Netflix and may air on BBC America [TBA].The-Fall-BBC-2-poster

  • Catfish (MTV)

    • The reality show phenomenon is back for a second season as Nev and Max travel around the country hoping to unite young people with their online loves. Judging from the teaser, there is going to be more surprises this time around, including a relationship involving shared bank accounts and another with a potential engagement! The series returns to MTV on Tuesday June 25 at 10 PM.mtv_catfish_h_2012


  • Whose Line Is It Anyway? (The CW)

    • Wayne Brady, Colin Mochrie, and Ryan Stiles are back for all-new improvised hijinks with the amazing Aisha Tyler hosting this time around. Although the original series ended its run on ABC six years ago, it’s sure to be a hit all over again! It will air on Tuesday July 16 at 8 PM.WhoseLine-ABC


  • Rizzoli & Isles (TNT)

    • I’m honestly not sure about including this series in this list but I’m willing to give it another shot. Last season, Detective Jane Rizzoli (Angie Harmon, Law & Order) and medical examiner Dr. Maura Isles (Sasha Alexander, NCIS) patched up their friendship. This year they are facing a kidney transplant for Maura’s half-sister and Jane awaits the results of Casey’s spinal surgery. And of course, taking down Boston baddies with total badassery. For the record, if you’ve read the Rizzoli & Isles novels as I have, you will be sorely disappointed in this series. It’s still a decent procedural though! The show returns on Tuesday June 25 at 9 PM.Rizzoli-Isles-TNT-season-4-2013-poster

  • Devious Maids (Lifetime)

    • This series comes from Marc Cherry, one of the executive producers of Desperate Housewives, and Eva Longoria. It is an American adaptation of the telenovela Ellas son la Alegría del Hogar and stars Ana Ortiz, Dania Ramirez, Roselyn Sanchez, Judy Reyes, and Susan Lucci. The talent in this cast alone is mind-blowing and I am interested in seeing if this telenovela adaptation catches on for a mainstream American audience. The pilot episode is already available via Lifetime’s website and mobile app. The series will make its television debut on Sunday June 23 at 10 PM.o-DEVIOUS-MAIDS-570

  • Being Mary Jane (BET)

    • Be careful on how you set your DVR for this one! The pilot episode is a made-for-TV movie and will air on Tuesday July 2 but the rest of the series isn’t airing until next year. Gabrielle Union plays Mary Jane Paul, a talk show host trying to balance her work and home life in addition to getting back into the dating world. It comes from Salim Akil and Mara Brock Akil, executive producers of The Game. beingmaryjane

  • Do No Harm (NBC)

    • This series was embarrassingly cancelled after two episodes in the spring. Steven Pasquale plays Dr. Jason Cole and his evil counterpart Ian Price in this modern take on The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. The show is set in Philadelphia and was the last scripted series to be shot in the city before the film/TV production benefits went away, the only highlight of the show as far as I am concerned. It will be burned out on Saturdays at 10 PM starting on June 29. Do-No-Harm

What will you be tuning into this summer? Any suggestions on what should be added to this list?