During the summer of 2013, LA TV Insider Examiner will be looking at the week ahead for our primetime programming recommendations, rather than day-by-day. The summer season is notoriously lighter with originals, especially scripted originals. But we will work tirelessly to find worthy options!
For August 4 – Aug 8 2013, LA TV Insider Examiner recommends:
- Sunday, August 4:
The Killing (AMC, 9 p.m.) – “From Up Here/The Road to Hamelin” – On the third season finale, Linden (Mireille Enos) seeks peace in the case’s aftermath but ends up risking her life when someone close to her goes missing. The other detectives pick up new disturbing case.
Dexter (SHO, 9 p.m.) – “A Little Reflection” – Dexter (Michael C. Hall) monitors a young psychopath (Sam Underwood) to see if he is suited for his table. Dexter and Debra (Jennifer Carpenter) finally get back to normal, but are surprised by his ex, Hannah (Yvonne Strahovski).
Ray Donovan (SHO, 10 p.m.) – “Housewarming” – Ray (Liev Schreiber) tries to shut down Van Miller’s investigation by creating an incriminating video. Ezra is prepped for surgery, but he wanders off. Bunchy moves into his new house, but the housewarming party gets out control. Ray finds out that Mickey put his kids in danger at the party and goes after him.
Falling Skies (TNT, 10 p.m.) – “Brazil” – On the third season finale, an all-important base is destroyed and the remaining survivors begin to doubt survival because of an interstellar arrival.
- Monday, August 5:
Switched at Birth (ABC Family, 8 p.m.) – “What Goes Up Must Come Down” – Daphne’s frustration with Jace (Matt Kane) comes to a head when Parker shares some upsetting news. Nikki (Cassi Thompson) confronts her mom (guest star Joey Lauren Adams) about her dad’s history. Meanwhile, John (D.W. Moffett) continues to find ways to pay back Regina (Constance Marie) for saving his life, and Ty (Blair Redford) and Bay (Vanessa Marano) go camping.
The Fosters (ABC Family, 9 p.m.) – “I Do” – On the summer finale, Stef (Teri Polo) and Lena (Sherri Saum) try to maintain calm when their parents descend on the Foster house for a very special celebration. Lena’s dad, Stewart (guest star Stephen Collins), has agreed to officiate the ceremony while her mother Dana (guest star Lorraine Toussaint) and Stef’s colorful, talkative mom Sharon (guest star Annie Potts), attempt to keep things civil while disagreeing on floral arrangements. Sharon tries to strong-arm Frank (guest star Sam McMurray) into attending. Stef avoids telling Lena she plans to return to work as soon as she is cleared. Meanwhile, when Callie’s case against Liam (Brandon Jones) boils down to her word against his, she must decide whether or not to lie in order to get some justice out of the situation. Callie (Maia Mitchell) and Jude (Hayden Byerly) get some news they’ve been hoping for, but Callie makes an emotional slip that could destroy any chance they finally have at happiness.
Under The Dome (CBS, 10 p.m.) – “Imperfect Circles” – Big Jim (Dean Norris) takes matters into his own hands when he feels his authority slipping away, and the dome displays its power when a life is taken just as a newborn arrives.
- Tuesday, August 6:
Pretty Little Liars (ABC Family, 8 p.m.) – “Into The Deep” – Paige (Lindsey Shaw) throws Emily (Shay Mitchell) a surprise birthday party with even more surprising guests– Jenna (Tammin Sursok) and Shana (Aerial Miranda). But it’s “A’s” actions at the party that lead to the biggest shock of all. Mona’s (Janel Parrish) selfless act provides Hanna (Ashle Benson) and her mother with their first bit of good news, but sends Mona down a familiar path. And Ezra (Ian Harding) gets some distressing news from Maggie (Larisa Oleynik) regarding her and Malcolm (Teo Briones). Meanwhile, Aria (Lucy Hale) and Jake (Ryan Guzman) continue trying to define their confusing relationship. And Emily meets with a world class coach in a last ditch effort to salvage her swimming career.
Twisted (ABC Family, 9 p.m.) – “The Truth Will Out” – When a major development in the murder investigation threatens to send Danny (Avan Jogia) away from Green Grove for good, Danny and Kyle (Sam Robards) find a reason to work together, and Jo (Maddie Hasson) and Lacey (Kyle Burnbury) contemplate whether to reveal a major piece of evidence. Lacey’s aloof and disapproving father, Samuel (Allan Louis), arrives in town for Lacey’s sister’s birthday party hiding a major secret. Meanwhile, Danny is keeping his own secret from his best friends and realizes it may be time to come clean. And Rico (Ashton Moio) is alerted to a shocking video that has the potential to destroy friendships and reputations
Web Therapy (SHO, 11 p.m.) – “Believe It Or Not” – Fiona’s (Lisa Kudrow) musical compositions backfire when Franny (Megan Mullally) signs a huge recording contract and quits the show. Thinking the musical is dead, Fiona is shocked to discover her Laguna lover Jackson (Steve Carell) is the head of the self-help cult Quorum, and is now investing in Whistlin’ to further his brand. And Fiona reaches out to her old nemesis, documentarian Robin (Julie Claire), to see if her footage exonerates Fiona from campaign shenanigans.
- Wednesday, August 7:
Masterchef (FOX, 9 p.m.) – “Top 6 Compete” – Former season contenders who were already sent home get to compete one more time for a chance to reclaim their spot in the kitchen.
Franklin & Bash (TNT, 9 p.m.) – “Shoot To Thrill” – Jared (Breckin Meyer) and Peter (Mark-Paul Gosselaar) defend a bounty hunter who is charged with using excessive force, but their courtroom plan backfires. Let’s hope their double date in this episode goes better!
Necessary Roughness (USA, 10 p.m.) – “The Game’s Afoot” – Dr. Dani (Callie Thorne) treats two track stars with a bad case of sibling rivalry. TK’s (Mehcad Brooks) quest for his first championship ring is put in jeopardy. Nico (Scott Cohen) searches for a washed-out athlete, who just might be the missing piece to the V3 puzzle.
- Thursday, August 8:
Wilfred (FX, 10 p.m.) – “Confrontation” – Wilfred (Jason Gann) pits Ryan (Elijah Wood) against his family at Christmastime.
Graceland (USA, 10 p.m.) – “Bag Man” – The newly formed Briggs-Bello alliance is tested when members of the Caza Cartel head north with a deadly ultimatum. During the aftermath, Mike (Aaron Tveit) is forced to push his own limits for the good of the case.
Which will you watch??
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