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 28 – Aug 1 2013, LA TV Insider Examiner recommends:
- Sunday, July 28:
Unforgettable (CBS, 9 p.m.) – “Bigtime” – On the second season premiere, Carrie (Poppy Montgomery) and Al’s (Dylan Walsh) reputation for closing cases results in an offer to join the Major Crimes Section of the NYPD. But when their first case – a high-profile child kidnapping – hits close to home for Carrie, it leaves her wondering if a move from Queens to Manhattan is what’s best for her. You can read our full advance review here.
The Killing (AMC, 9 p.m.) – “Six Minutes” – Linden (Mireille Enos) must deal with her past mistakes, while Holder (Joel Kinnaman) wrestles with his own demons, and Seward (Peter Sarsgaard) finally decides to tell the truth.
Dexter (SHO, 9 p.m.) – “This Little Piggy” – Dr. Vogel (Charlotte Rampling) gets abducted by the Brain Surgeon, while Dexter (Michael C. Hall) and Debra (Jennifer Carpenter) try and rescue her. Masuka (C.S. Lee) deals with suspicions about his daughter.
Ray Donovan (SHO, 10 p.m.) – “The Golem” – Ezra (Elliott Gould) has an accident and needs emergency medical attention. Terry (Eddie Marsan) & Frances (Brooke Smith) grow closer but things may not be what they seem. Bunchy (Dash Mihok) receives his settlement check and starts house hunting; Mickey (Jon Voight) unexpectedly visits Ezra to hash out the past. Later, Ray (Liev Schreiber) and Avi (Steven Bauer) learn some very unsettling news.
Falling Skies (TNT, 10 p.m.) – “Journey to Xibalba” – When an epic explosion rocks Charleston, plans must be put on hold and differences pushed aside to rescue those trapped underground. In doing so, Tom (Noah Wyle) figures out who the mole is.
- Monday, July 29:
Switched at Birth (ABC Family, 8 p.m.) – “As The Shadows Deepen” – When business at Maui, Kansas starts to slow, Bay (Vanessa Marano) coordinates a Deaf Day and works with Emmett (Sean Berdy) to organize a special screening of “Deafenstein.” Daphne (Katie Leclerc) is shocked at what she discovers when she runs into Chef Jeff (guest star Justin Bruening), and John (D.W. Moffett) brings some business to Regina (Constance Marie). Meanwhile, Toby (Lucas Grabeel) tries to help Nikki (guest star Cassi Thomson) cope with a family tragedy from her past.
The Fosters (ABC Family, 9 p.m.) – “Vigil” – While Lena (Sherri Saum) tries to process the extent of Mariana (Cierra Ramirez) and Jesus’ (Jake T. Austin) lies, Stef (Teri Polo) and Mike (Danny Nucci) head to Ana’s to try and find Jesus. What they encounter lands someone in the hospital and changes the Foster family forever. While the family waits anxiously for news, tensions rise over the secrets the kids kept from Stef and Lena and even Brandon (David Lambert) realizes he’s to blame for covering for the twins. Callie (Maia Mitchell) has a heart-to-heart with Brandon to help him understand the perspective of a foster child and Brandon learns how Callie’s mother died. Wyatt (Alex Saxon) calls Callie on her growing bond with Brandon, but Callie is all too familiar with the damage that could result from this kind of relationship.
Under The Dome (CBS, 10 p.m.) – “The Endless Thirst” – When the town begins to run low on water, the residents of Chester’s Mill begin to fight for the remaining resources. Meanwhile, Julia (Rachelle Lefevre) discovers a strange connection that two of the town’s residents have with the Dome.
- Tuesday, July 30:
Pretty Little Liars (ABC Family, 8 p.m.) – “The Guilty Girl’s Handbook” – Hanna (Ashley Benson) comes up with a desperate plan to save her mother from a conviction and turns to the only person she thinks can help– Mona (Janel Parrish). Caleb (Tyler Blackburn) tries to convince her Mona can’t be trusted, causing Mona to prove her loyalty in the most unexpected way. And Spencer (Troian Bellisario) returns to an old haunt to investigate new evidence relating to Wilden and his surprising ties to another mysterious death. Meanwhile, “A’s” recent machinations take their toll on Emily (Shay Mitchell) and her mom, driving Emily to reconnect with her old boss Zoe (Rumer Willis) to look for an escape. And Aria (Lucy Hale) relies on Jake (Ryan Guzman) to help her understand Mike’s (Cody Christian) new attitude, leaving them both confused about the nature of their relationship.
Twisted (ABC Family, 9 p.m.) – “Docu-Trauma” – Danny (Avan Jogia) finds himself besieged by a group of masked pranksters and feels increasingly alone as the town of Green Grove continues to vilify him. Tyler (Chris Zylka) asks to interview Danny for his new documentary about the town’s reaction to Danny’s return. In an effort to fit in, Danny decides to throw a party with Tyler’s help, in exchange for the interview, but things do not go smoothly. Meanwhile, Jo (Maddie Hasson) goes on a date with Tyler, while Rico (Ashton Moio) struggles with his feelings for his best friend. Kyle (Sam Robards)steps up the pressure on Karen (Denise Richards) to causing her to make a stunning revelation.
Web Therapy (SHO, 11 p.m.) – “Who Doesn’t Love Musicals?” – Fiona (Lisa Kudrow) tries her hand at songwriting, then attempts to use Franny’s (Megan Mullally) blackouts against her; Fiona’s husband Kip (Victor Garber) calls from New Mexico with a request of his new boyfriend Ben (Michael McDonald), who reveals that Fiona’s under investigation for campaign finance improprieties. Having killed “Net Therapy,” Fiona welcomes Jerome (Dan Bucatinsky) back to her practice, but discovers neither he nor campaign accountant Richard (Tim Bagley) has any knowledge of the bank login info that would exonerate her.
- Wednesday, July 31:
Franklin & Bash (TNT, 9 p.m.) – “Out of the Blue” – The guys defend someone whose business was hit by a meteorite, while another member of their firm goes on trial for murder.
The Bridge (FX, 10 p.m.) – “Maria of the Desert” – A powerful source in Juarez makes the cross of the border.
Necessary Roughness (USA, 10 p.m.) – “Bringing The Heat” – Connor (John Stamos) asks Dr. Dani (Callie Thorne) to resume a course of therapy with her very first V3 client. TK (Mehcad Brooks) struggles to shake Sheera (Kate Miner) after their break-up. Nico (Scott Cohen) continues to work behind the scenes for the FBI to investigate the scandal at V3.
- Thursday, August 1:
Wilfred (FX, 10 p.m.) – “Perspective” – Ryan (Elijah Wood) undergoes psychotherapy to get a better handle on his past trauma.
Which will you watch??
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