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 the first week of June, the 2nd through the 6th, LA TV Insider Examiner recommends:
- Sunday, June 2nd:
The Killing (AMC, 8 p.m.) – “The Jungle” / “That You Fear The Most” – On the third season premiere, a disturbing case assigned to Holder (Joel Kinnaman) leads Sarah (Mireille Enos) to a grim discovery about a case from her past. Meanwhile, death-row inmate Ray Seward (Peter Sarsgaard) reveals his true colors. You can read our full advance review here.
Nurse Jackie (SHO, 9 p.m.) – “Forget It” – What clearly is going to be “the night” for Jackie (Edie Falco) and Frank (Adam Ferrara) is interrupted by Kevin (Dominic Fumusa), figuring she was at work. Kevin is apologetic, but Jackie is angry, lying about how hard it was to get this one night with Frank. “The night” is postponed and Frank leaves. Akalitus’s (Anna Deavere Smith) blood results are in and her memory loss is a result of a new medication she’s been taking. Akalitus is so relieved to know but wishes she didn’t choose to take this burden on herself. Zoey (Merritt Wever) helps Prentiss (Morris Chestnut) organize his disaster of an office. Jackie and Grace (Ruby Jerins) get into a fight after Jackie discovers Grace left campus for lunch. Jackie is convinced that Grace is sneaking behind her back to see her new boyfriend, but Grace assures her they broke up. Frank tells Jackie that after witnessing hers and Kevin’s argument, he’s worried that’s going to be him down the line. He urges her to work on her issues. And so, Jackie attends an AA meeting. In a moment of panic, Carrie (Betty Gilpin) makes the right diagnosis on a patient who cannot breathe. Jackie calls Grace to apologize for her behavior earlier. When they hang up, Grace and Danny snort a line together. Jackie makes amends to Kevin her way.
Veep (HBO, 10 p.m.) – “Shutdown” – A government shutdown forces Selina (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) to furlough some of her staff but accidentally creates an opportunity for someone she doesn’t really like instead. No, thankfully it’s not Jonah (Timothy Simons). Meanwhile, a damaging story about her ex leaks, and Gary (Tony Hale) and Jonah have to get their hands dirty to retrieve some vital information.
- Monday, June 3rd:
The Fosters (ABC Family, 9 p.m.) – “Pilot” – Stef Foster (Teri Polo), a dedicated police officer, and her partner Lena Adams (Sherri Saum), a school Vice Principal, have built a close-knit, loving family with Stef’s biological son from a previous marriage, Brandon (David Lambert), and their adopted twins Mariana (Cierra Ramirez) and Jesus (Jake T. Austin). Their lives are disrupted in unexpected ways when Lena meets Callie (Maia Mitchell), a hardened teen with an abusive past who has spent her life in and out of foster homes. Lena and Stef warily welcome Callie into their home thinking it’s just for a few weeks, until a more permanent placement can be found. Callie is quick to observe that the Fosters are an atypical family, and her blunt commentary hits a nerve with Jesus and Mariana who are struggling with their own identities. The twins have the opportunity to meet their birth mother, but they aren’t sure if they are emotionally ready, or if they want to share the experience with their adoptive moms. Callie also discovers that Mariana is harboring a secret that could land her in serious trouble. Brandon, a talented musician with a kind soul, lends Callie a hand in navigating the classrooms and social scene at the Fosters’ high school, Anchor Beach Community Charter School. He’s faced with a tough decision when Callie decides to ditch school to reconnect with someone from her past. What happens next will determine if Stef and Lena made the right choice in taking a chance on Callie, and whether they have room in their home– and their hearts– for one more. You can read our full advance review here.
Mistresses (ABC, 10 p.m.) – “Pilot” – Savannah (Alyssa Milano) is a successful career woman working toward the next phase in her life– both professionally and personally– bucking for partner at the law firm where she works while also trying to start a family with her husband. But when their fertility issues begin to take center stage, Savi finds herself attracted to her flirtatious colleague, Dominic (Jason George). Savi’s free-spirited and capricious baby sister, Josslyn (Jes Macallan), couldn’t be more different, living single, serial dating and partying. A real estate agent, Josslyn has no interest in a committed, long-term relationship. Their common best friend, April (Rochelle Aytes), is a recent widow and mother of a ten-year-old daughter. After she receives her late husband’s lucrative life insurance check, she begins getting prank phone calls and tells her closest girlfriends that she’s convinced her husband is still alive. Another long-time friend, Karen (Yunjin Kim), is a therapist with her own thriving practice, reconnecting with the girls after her involvement in a complicated relationship with a wealthy, married patient goes too far: She was having an affair with a terminally ill client to whom she had prescribed morphine. These four friends find support and guidance with each other as they brave their turbulent journeys and life’s storms of excitement, secrecy and betrayal, all the while bound by the complex relationships they’ve created.
Revolution (NBC, 10 p.m.) – “The Dark Tower” – On the season finale, life-threatening dangers abound on all sides as the Rebels infiltrate the Tower. Miles’ (Billy Burke) leadership abilities and character are sorely tested as well as his feelings for Rachel (Elizabeth Mitchell) and Nora (Danielle Alonso). Aaron’s (Zak Orth) genius comes in handy while Tom Neville (Giancarlo Esposito) and Randall Flynn (Colm Feore) bring new meaning to the dark side.
Teen Wolf (MTV, 10 p.m.) – “Tattoo” – On the third season premiere, a new Alpha pack has infiltrated Beacon Hills, and Scott (Tyler Posey) must save Isaac (Daniel Sharman) from their clutches without even realizing the extent of the danger.
- Tuesday, June 4th:
Pretty Little Liars: A LiArs Guide to Rosewood (ABC Family, 8 p.m.) – This recap special looks at the first three seasons of murder mystery drama in order for fans to catch up before the new episodes and new spin-off.
Awkward (MTV, 10 p.m.) – “Reality Check” – After a night having coffee with Collin (Nolan Funk), Jenna (Ashley Rickards) finds she can’t stop thinking about what it would be like if he was her boyfriend.
- Wednesday, June 5th:
The American Baking Competition (CBS, 8 p.m.) – The remaining nation’s top bakers continue their quest to win the title of America’s Best Amateur Baker. Comedian Jeff Foxworthy hosts, while chef and best-selling cookbook author Marcella Valladolid and master baker and current judge on the UK format Paul Hollywood judge.
How to Live with Your Parents (for the Rest of Your Life) (ABC, 9:30 p.m.) – “How To Have A Playdate” – Polly’s (Sarah Chalke) desire for Natalie (Rachel Eggleston) to fit in with the kids and moms at her new school causes tension when she arranges a playdate and Elaine (Elizabeth Perkins) tries to steal the show.
- Thursday, June 6th:
Hannibal (NBC, 10 p.m.) – “Roti” – When Dr.Gideon (Eddie Izzard) escapes from police custody, he seeks to kill psychiatrists who have profiled him. Will (Hugh Dancy) and the BAU team try to track him down by following Freddie Lounds’ (Lara Jean Chorostecki) blog before Gideon can get to Alana (Caroline Dhavernas). Hannibal (Mads Mikkelsen) misleads the BAU team in order to put Will in the same room as Gideon, and Jack (Laurence Fishburne) questions Dr. Chilton (Raul Esparza) regarding Gideon’s escape.
Graceland (USA, 10 p.m.) – “Pilot” – Diving into the lives of an elusive group of undercover agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and U.S. Customs, worlds collide at a repossessed Southern California beachfront mansion called Graceland (the house got its name when the authorities seized the house from a drug lord known to be an obsessed Elvis Presley fan). With three agencies living under one roof, ordinary roommate issues are amplified, as secrets are a matter of life or death. Graduating at the top of his class, FBI rookie Mike Warren (Aaron Tveit) anticipates a traditional D.C. desk job when he’s unexpectedly shipped to Graceland. Immediately thrown into his first undercover assignment, he relies heavily on the guidance of legendary FBI agent and mentor Paul Briggs (Daniel Sunjata). Briggs is an unusually Zen-like senior agent who notoriously hates the rule book and will go to any length to protect Graceland from the outside world.
Which will you watch??
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