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 July 14 – July 18 2013, LA TV Insider Examiner recommends:
- Sunday, July 14:
The Killing (AMC, 9 p.m.) – “Try” – The investigation reaches a fever pitch when Linden (Mireille Enos) goes missing. Meanwhile Bullet (Bex Taylor-Klaus) makes a big decision and learns a biger secret.
Dexter (SHO, 9 p.m.) – “What’s Eating Dexter Morgan?” – Dexter (Michael C. Hall) continues his manhunt for the Brain Surgeon. Dr. Vogel (Charlotte Rampling) tries to prove to Dexter that he’s perfect as a psychopath. Debra’s (Jennifer Carpenter) PTSD kicks in and she makes a desperate plea to confess to LaGuerta’s murder.
Ray Donovan (SHO, 10 p.m.) – “Twerk” – Mickey (Jon Voight) spends time with Bunchy (Dash Mihok) and Terry (Eddie Marsan), insinuating himself back into their lives. Ray (Liev Schreiber) “buys” a talented hip-hop artist for his rapper neighbor. Ray’s mentor, Ezra Goldman (Elliott Gould), holds a fundraiser in honor of his late wife, but he’s haunted by the sins of his past. Meanwhile, Mickey is approached by an FBI agent with a Hollywood obsession.
Falling Skies (TNT, 10 p.m.) – “The Pickett Line“ – The Masons go on a “road trip” but face new danger when a family of outlaws capture them. Meanwhile, the investigation to catch a killer gets jeopardized, the alien weapon build reveals new issues, and the mole is revealed (at least to the audience)!
- Monday, July 15:
Switched at Birth (ABC Family, 8 p.m.) – “The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living” – Daphne (Katie Leclerc) is torn between her obligation to her family and her desire to spend time with Jace (Matt Kane). John (D.W. Moffett) must face the reality of his situation. Angelo (Gilles Marini) offers to help Regina (Constance Marie) bring in business. Meanwhile, Bay (Vanessa Marano) is intimidated when she meets a cool, confident Army medic (guest star Allison Scagliotti) who served with Ty (Blair Redford) in Afghanistan.
The Fosters (ABC Family, 9 p.m.) – “The Fallout” – Feeling betrayed and angry, Jesus (Jake T. Austin) and Mariana (Cierra Ramirez) get into a major fight. When Lexi’s parents take measures to keep her away from Jesus, Lexi makes a desperate decision, which could have serious and lasting consequences for her and her family. Meanwhile, Lena (Sherri Saum) urges Callie (Maia Mitchell) to participate during her weekly group therapy sessions. Callie is conflicted but she opens up to Brandon (David Lambert), who supports her as she confronts a painful memory from her past. Jude hopes to impress his new friend Connor, who comes over to work on a school project.
Under The Dome (CBS, 10 p.m.) – “Outbreak” – The people of Chester’s Mill fall into a state of panic as an outbreak of meningitis strikes their community, threatening their already depleted medical supplies. Meanwhile, Julia (Rachelle Lefevre) continues to search for answers into her husband’s disappearance.
- Tuesday, July 16:
Whose Line is it Anyway? (The CW, 8 p.m.) – “Lauren Cohan” / “Kevin McHale” – In back to back episodes of this series return on a new network, special celebrity guests Lauren Cohan and Kevin McHale join the comedians for unscripted and unrehearsed games and sketches improved off of suggestions from the audience or host Aisha Tyler.
Pretty Little Liars (ABC Family, 8 p.m.) – “Under The Gun” – Hanna has some explaining to do to her parents and the police after she’s found with something she shouldn’t have. Mona spills a secret of Spencer’s to the other Liars – leading to hurt feelings amongst the group. Emily tries to help Hanna, only to have “A” turn the tables. And Aria helps out a friend of Mike’s, who gets the wrong impression of her. Meanwhile, Shana keeps popping up in the most unusual places. And Spencer’s investigation into who was on the other end of Ali’s mysterious phone number leads her and Toby to Ravenswood – which is unlike any place they’ve ever seen.
Twisted (ABC Family, 9 p.m.) – “Three for the Road” – When new evidence in Regina’s murder mystery points to Connecticut, Danny (Avan Jogia), Jo (Maddie Hasson), and Lacey (Kylie Bunbury) decide to hit the road, without telling their parents. The trip could well end in disaster: Jo and Lacey are at odds, with Danny struggling to play peacemaker, and Danny is blatantly violating his parole by crossing state lines. Meanwhile, Kyle (Sam Robards) is determined to track Jo down, and Karen (Denise Richards) and Tess (Kimberly Quinn) bond over an impromptu pottery lesson.
- Wednesday, July 17:
Franklin & Bash (TNT, 9 p.m.) – “Freck” – The guys defend a friend who is accused of killing his practical joke rival, while Damien (Reed Diamond) works on a case for Infeld’s (Malcolm McDowell) foundation, and Peter (Mark-Paul Gosselaar) meets Charlie’s (Nicky Whelan) daughter.
Camp (NBC, 10 p.m.) – “Capture The Flag” – Mack (Rachel Griffiths) announces it’s time for the annual “Capture the Flag” competition at Camp Little Otter and nobody is safe! Mack’s ex-husband Steve (guest star Jonathan LaPaglia) arrives unexpectedly at camp looking for a place to crash after a fight with his girlfriend. Mack reluctantly agrees to let him stay and participate in the competition. Sarah (Dena Kaplan) and Cole (Nikolai Nikolaeff) tackle the game with ferocity and are determined to beat the others. Kip (Thom Green) chafes at Marina’s (Lily Sullivan) flirtations with another camper but is surprised to find he has attracted the attention of fellow CIT and “mean girl,” Chloe (Natasha Bassett), who takes Kip prisoner during the competition. Meanwhile, Robbie (Tim Pocock) comes to his mother’s aid when her gambling gets her into trouble once again.
The Bridge (FX, 10 p.m.) – “Calaca” – Charlotte (Annabeth Gish) makes a surprising discovery on her property, tying her more deeply to the case between jurisdictions than one might have assumed. Meanwhile, the case carries on for the unlikely duo.
Necessary Roughness (USA, 10 p.m.) – “V3 For Vendetta” – An unwelcome surprise has Connor (John Stamos) hunting a mole at V3. Dani (Callie Thorne) counsels an accountant (Sam Page) with a big secret. TK’s (Mehcad Brooks) new relationship heats up.
- Thursday, July 18:
Hell’s Kitchen (FOX, 9 p.m.) – “4 Chefs Compete” – The final four must identify ingredients in one of Chef Ramsay’s signature dishes and then recreate it to his approval. And after dinner service only two chefs will stay in the kitchen to compete for the grand prize.
Wilfred (FX, 10 p.m.) – “Delusion” – Wilfred (Jason Gann) and Ryan (Elijah Wood) get Jenna (Fiona Gubelmann) a birthday present.
Graceland (USA, 10 p.m.) – “Hair of the Dog” – Mike (Aaron Tveit) convinces Bello to steal from the most powerful drug cartel in Southern California and calls on Johnny’s (Manny Montana) unique underwater skills to help. Briggs (Daniel Sunjata) helps Charlie (Vanessa Ferlito) go to extreme measures to cover-up her bad decisions in the aftermath of a bust that went very wrong.
Money From Strangers (MTV, 11 p.m.) – This new hidden camera show hosted by comedian Jeff Dye sees how far people will go for $1,000. Dye snares unwitting contestants off the street to perform interactive impromptu pranks on a variety of unsuspecting victims. If contestants can successfully complete the prank they win a $1,000 prize and maybe lose some dignity. Jeff, along with a rotating pair of comedians, uses a secret earpiece to communicate to contestants while watching all the action.
Which will you watch??
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