Archive for June, 2014


BET Awards 14, live awards show from 8 to 10pm on BET

– Chris Rock hosts, while smoothies like Usher and Lionel Richie perform.

Reckless, series premiere at 9pm on CBS

Reckless is a sultry legal drama set in Charleston, S.C., where a gorgeous Yankee litigator and a charming southern attorney must hide their intense mutual attraction as a police sex scandal threatens to tear the city apart. Jamie Sawyer is enviously cool, confident and armed with south side of Chicago street-smarts as she takes on the good ol’ boys in the South. Her handsome courtroom rival is Roy Rayder, a divorced father of two, embodies the Old South and is the newly minted City Attorney, thanks to his influential former father-in-law, Dec Fortnum. When disgraced cop Lee Anne Marcus hires Jamie to represent her in a lawsuit against the police department, Jamie and Roy discover that Lee Anne is at the epicenter of a sinister case with dire implications for the members of the Charleston PD. Heading that department is Deputy Chief Holland Knox, a family man who radiates integrity. Working under him are Terry McCandless, a cocky and corrupt detective, and Preston Cruz, Jamie’s well-respected boyfriend who might not be all that he appears. Helping Jamie is her confidante and paralegal, Vi Briggs, an expert at digging up case-winning information. As Jamie and Roy spar in and out of the courtroom, dark secrets simmer behind every door and threaten to tarnish the genteel facade of seductive Charleston.

The Leftovers, series premiere at 10pm on HBO

– Two percent of the global population mysteriously vanishing feels like not enough, because let’s be honest: You’d need at least 20 percent to get shorter bathroom lines. Still, on HBO’s big new gambit, enough people disappear to demonstrate the existence of a higher power. As a result, the town of Mapleton is existentially bummed — particularly a police chief (Justin Theroux) who’s left to deal with a rebellious daughter and a creepy cult. ”There’s this level of surreal where these people don’t really live in the world that I live in,” says showrunner Damon Lindelof, who guarantees real drama with sci-fi sprinkles sure to have fans of his last show, Lost, debating questions like, What’s up with the dogs?

Vicious, series premiere at 10:30pm on PBS

– Vicious tells the story of partners Freddie (Ian McKellen) and Stuart (Derek Jacobi), who have lived together in a small central London flat for nearly 50 years. Constantly picking each other apart and holding on to petty slights for decades, Freddie and Stuart are always at each other’s throats, cracking snide remarks aimed at the other’s age, appearance and flaws. However, underneath their vicious, co-dependent fighting, they have a deep love for one another. Freddie and Stuart are often joined by feisty best friend Violet (Frances de la Tour, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows”) and Ash (Iwan Rheon, Game of Thrones), their young, upstairs neighbor.

Monday, June 30th

Under the Dome, season premiere at 10pm on CBS

– The only reason to watch this small-town snow-globe anti-thriller is Dean Norris (Breaking Bad). But it’s a good reason: His character, local tyrant Big Jim, is the lone character with any meat. You live for the moments when he gets to yell at an irksome ghost, more peevish than scared: ”Shut up and be dead! I’m busy.” Beyond him, Dome remains bland and opaque, running on lo-fi sci-fi. (Why does anything happen? Because the Dome.) Let’s hope for more Big Jim and less everything else.

Tuesday, July 1st

30 for 30: Soccer Stories –White, Blue and White, sports documentary premiere at 8pm on ESPN

– Even those not gripped by World Cup influenza (you should be ashamed of yourselves!) will still be sucked into this absorbing doc, which lets Argentinean footballers Ossie Ardiles and Ricky Villa tell their touching story. Against their will, the tight-knit teammates’ careers were repeatedly interrupted by politics: They won the ’78 World Cup for — and, controversially, in — dictator-ruled Argentina. Then they played for England’s Tottenham…just as the U.K. and Argentina were about to fight over the Falkland Islands. ”The country I was born in was at war with the country that had adopted me,” says Ardiles. Internationally, they became symbols, but Ossie and Ricky just wanted to play soccer. Seeing how they found support in each other, and from fans in both countries, reminds us why it’s a beautiful game on and off the pitch.

Drunk History, season premiere at 10pm on Comedy Central

– Based on the award-winning and wildly popular web series, Drunk History is the liquored-up narration of our nation’s history. Host Derek Waters, along with an ever-changing cast of inebriated storytellers and top actors and comedians, travels across the country to reenact the rich tales that every city in this land has to offer. Booze helps bring out the truth. It’s just that sometimes the truth is a little incoherent.

Nathan for You, season premiere at 10:30pm on Comedy Central

– Nathan Fielder is a business advisor who implements strategies that no traditional consultant would dare attempt. Whether it’s creating a coffee shop called Dumb Starbucks, inventing a poo-flavored yogurt or staging an elaborate video where a pig saves a goat, no idea is too daring. And while Nathan’s efforts may not always succeed, they always have big results. This is Nathan For You.

Biker Battleground Phoenix, series premiere at 10pm on History

– Phoenix, Arizona—where the country’s top motorcycle builders compete day and night. It’s a dog-eat-dog world, where buyers are willing to pay upwards of $150,000 for a fully-customized, one-of-a-kind ride. Biker Battleground Phoenix follows the temperamental and talented bad boys of the bike business. In their world, showcases are for pride and bragging rights, competition is cutthroat and money talks. When egos and passion collide, the aftershocks echo across town. They don’t follow trends–they set them. No tactic is off limits and no move is too corrupt. From stealing ideas and poaching employees to public bashing on social media, these guys will do whatever it takes to give themselves and their shops the ultimate edge over the rest.

Wednesday, July 2nd

American Grilled, series premiere at 10pm on Travel Channel

– We’re traveling across America to discover the best and boldest flavors competitors can fire up on their grills in this ultimate, outdoor cooking challenge. From the Virginia countryside where whole hogs are a classic, to Maryland’s Eastern Shore where blue crabs are legendary, host David Guas visits a different city each week where he serves up amazing local ingredients to test the epic backyard skills of America’s hardcore grillers. Competitors come from all walks of life, including a patent attorney, a professional chef, an electrician and a suburban mom. Despite their differences, all contestants have a passion for high-heat, big meat and cooking over an open flame. Each episode starts with 4 competitors, but in the end only 1 walks away with the $10,000 cash prize and the bragging rights of being the killer griller.

Friday, July 4th

Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular, live music special from 8 to 10pm on NBC

– Let’s face it: You’ve got options this evening. You could go out to see the local fireworks. Or attend Awkward Carol From Accounting’s BBQ. Or light sparklers in your backyard. So why stay inside for Macy’s annual spectacle, taking place over the Brooklyn Bridge? Host Nick Cannon will tell you: ”Because Nick Cannon is hosting!” And if that isn’t enticement enough, check out the list of performers, which includes Lionel Richie, Miranda Lambert, Enrique Iglesias, Ariana Grande, and Hunter Hayes — and no Awkward Carols.

Philly 4th of July Jam, music special from 8 to 11pm on VH1

– Even more phireworks phun! Questlove and the Roots will preside, while friends like Nicki Minaj and Ed Sheeran join on stage.

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Sunday, June 15th

Rev., season premiere streaming on Hulu

– Britain has a rich ­tradition of producing funny shows about vicars, and Rev.now starting its third season—is a pretty good (if not great) addition. The premiere finds Reverend Smallbone (Tom Hollander) teaming up with the local mosque’s imam to raise funds for the neighborhood playground, offering ample opportunity to gently poke fun at both religions (among other things).

The Escape Artist, miniseries premiere from 9 to 10:30pm on PBS

– David Tennant (Doctor Who) stars as brilliant defense lawyer Will Burton, who has a storybook family and a potent nickname, The Escape Artist, for his ability to spring the obviously guilty. “Everybody deserves a defense,” Burton boasts, but Liam Foyle (Toby Kebbell), a reclusive bird lover, is about to strain that assertion. Foyle has been charged with a gruesome killing, leaving Will to search for a weak link in the seemingly ironclad evidence against Liam. In the ensuing legal battle, the wheels of justice turn much as Will anticipates. But then strange and disturbing things begin to happen. The tables are turned—and then turned again. Will finds himself fighting fervently for a new cause that may end his career or worse. Written by David Wolstencroft (Spooks), this gripping legal thriller costars Sophie Okonedo (Hotel Rwanda) as the hero’s rival, along with a courtroom full of ambitious attorneys and one very unnerving defendant.

Superjail!, season premiere at 11:45pm on Adult Swim

– In a surreal world, a large maximum security prison, which houses thousands of dangerous inmates is run by an eccentric warden and his equally odd staff.

Monday, June 16th

The Fosters, season premiere at 9pm on ABC Family

– The sophomore drama series is about a multi-ethnic family mix of foster and biological kids being raised by two moms. Stef and her partner Lena have built a close-knit, loving family with Stef’s biological son from a previous marriage, Brandon, and their adopted twins, Mariana and Jesus. But how will things change when they meet troubled teen Callie and her little brother Jude?

Tuesday, June 17th

I Love the 2000s, 2-hour season premiere at 8pm on VH1

– VH1 is back to celebrate the decade that kicked off the 21st century with I Love the 2000s. As entertaining as Jersey Shore, as sexy as Paris Hilton through night vision goggles and almost as long as all the Harry Potter movies combined, VH1’s I Love the 2000s is more fun than a game of Grand Theft Auto. Viewers will get a major dose of the essential music, movies, TV shows, products, fashions, fads, trends, scandals and major events that defined pop culture in the ’00s. From Angry Birds to Snakes on a Plane, “Poker Face” to Facebook, from hipsters to Twihards, we will revisit it all from the inspirational to the preposterous and everything else in between. Helping us remember all the great moments will be an eclectic group of comics, rock stars, actors, and other celebs from the present and not too distant past who will reflect on the ’00s experience. They’ll address all the major questions of the decade: How did Sully land that plane in the Hudson? When did everyone start caring so much about poker? Are you a Mac or a PC? And most important of all: Who Wants to be a Millionaire?!!!! Viewers will revel taking a trip down memory lane to the simpler times of Avatar, “Alias” and of course, Bennifer! We’re not just talking music, TV and movies either. We mean everything: toys, scandals, fashion, cars and anything else that helped make the ’00s the best decade yet. Will it be great? Well, in the words of the lady who put Wasilla, Alaska on the map, “You betcha!”

Rizzoli & Isles, season premiere at 9pm on TNT

– Crime procedural Rizzoli & Isles follows Boston detective Jane Rizzoli (Angie Harmon) and medical examiner Maura Isles (Sasha Alexander), complete opposites and good friends who solve crimes and bust some of Boston’s most notorious criminals.

Perception, season premiere at 10pm on TNT

– Eric McCormack (Will & Grace) plays Dr. Daniel Pierce, a neuroscientist and professor recruited by former student Kate Moretti (Rachel Leigh Cook) to help the FBI crack difficult cases. His intimate knowledge of human behavior and masterful understanding of the mind give him an extraordinary ability to read people, but his eccentric view of the world and less-than-stellar social skills can often interfere with his work.

Thursday, June 19th

4th Annual Critics’ Choice Television Awards, live awards show from 8 to 10pm on The CW

– Cedric the Entertainer ­presides over the Bevery Hills ceremony, where nominees include Orange Is the New Black, The Big Bang Theory, and, um, no CW shows. Awkward!

Defiance, season premiere at 8pm on Syfy

– In the year 2046, it’s a new Earth – with new rules. Over thirty years after various alien races arrived on Earth, the landscape is completely altered, terraformed nearly beyond recognition. A fragile peace has been struck between humans and the aliens that invaded Earth decades earlier. To the town of Defiance, on what used to be St. Louis, comes the mysterious Nolan (Grant Bowler) and his charge, Irisa (Stephanie Leonidas). As they settle into town – overseen by the mayor, Amanda Rosewater (Julie Benz) and filled with residents like the powerful Rafe McCawley (Graham Greene), enterprising lounge owner Kenya (Mia Kirshner) and the ambitious, alien Tarrs (Tony Curran and Jaime Murray) – events begin to unfold that threaten the fragile peace this border town has fought for.

Dominion, series premiere at 9pm on Syfy

– Dominion is an epic supernatural drama set in the near future. Specifically, 25 years after “The Extinction War,” when an army of lower angels, assembled by the archangel Gabriel, waged war against mankind. The archangel Michael, turning against his own kind, chose to side with humanity. Rising out of the ashes of this long battle are newly fortified cities which protect human survivors. At the center of the series is the city of Vega, a glistening empire that has formed from the ruins of what was once Las Vegas.

Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, season premiere at 9pm on TLC

– America redneckognized pint-sized Alana Thompson and her self-proclaimed crazy family with Here Comes Honey Boo Boo. The pop culture phenomenon follows Alana and her family: stay-at-home mom June, chalk-mining dad Sugar Bear, and sisters 12-year-old Lauryn “Pumpkin”, 15-year-old Jessica “Chubbs”, and 17-year-old Anna “Chickadee.” From family outings to loud and crazy family get-togethers, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo takes us off the pageant stage and into the outrageous family life of the Honey Boo Boo clan.

Rectify, season premiere at 9pm on Sundance TV

– A somber, soulful mystery-cum-character study of a damaged, possibly damnable man and the small Southern town that loves and loathes him, this cable gem returns for 10 episodes, bent on affirming the promise of its sublime first season. The premiere artfully restates the show’s premise and thematic scope by toggling between dreamtime metaphor and deep-feeling grit. Comatose Daniel Holden (Aden Young, a mesmerizing mix of angst and ambiguity)—recently freed from death row for a rape and murder he may or may not have committed; mentally sketchy after 17 years of institutionalization; last seen beaten pulpy by vigilantes—wanders in limbo and ­wonders whether to resume living. Meanwhile, bitter step-bro Ted (Clayne Crawford) pines for the problematic prodigal’s death, while Ted’s religious wife Tawney (Adelaide Clemons) struggles to see God in the murk. It’s an engrossing meditation on the complexities of redemption.

Rookie Blue, 2-hour season premiere at 9pm on ABC

– Season four begins six months after Andy and Nick leave for their undercover operation. We return to 15 Division with them—and quickly realize that everything seems to have changed. But that’s what being a cop is, right? Adapting to new situations, rolling with the punches…. Change is constant, and if you don’t adapt, you’re left behind. So when Andy McNally returns to find that Sam Swarek is now a Detective and that he’s moved on, both professionally and personally, she’s going to have to figure out how to adapt.

Friday, June 20th

Cold Justice, midseason premiere at 9pm on TNT

Funniest Wins, series premiere at 10pm on TBS

– Each week, competitors – both professionals and amateurs – will learn a different comedy style, guided by Marlon Wayans and guests such as Wayans’ comedian friends or family members. The aspiring comedians will test what they’ve been show in front of an audience with one person being eliminated until only one remains.

Saturday, June 21st

Almost Royal, series premiere at 10pm on BBC America

– BBC America’s first original comedy-reality series is a tale of two young British aristocrats on their first trip around the United States, interacting with real-life Americans. Georgie (Ed Gamble) and Poppy Carlton (Amy Hoggart) are heirs to Caunty Manor, a large country estate in Norfolk, England, where they have enjoyed privileged lives as distant descendants of the British Royal Family. They have agreed to have a camera crew follow them on an unofficial royal tour of the USA. While also commemorating their late father, Lord Carlton, the road trip will provide the sheltered siblings with an opportunity to spread their wings and experience life across the pond. Georgie and Poppy have never worked a day in their lives, driven themselves anywhere or solved any problem more complex than telling their butler to tell their cook what they want for lunch. Georgie Carlton is the most affable man one could meet. He’s using the trip around America as a way to become more “manly” in order to take on the responsibilities of Caunty Manor and live up to his Father’s legacy. Poppy Carlton is looking forward to raising her profile on the trip around America. She has high hopes of finding fame as a pop star/actor/author/lifestyle guru/cookery presenter. Poppy has all of the self-delusion required to find fame without having a scrap of talent.

The Pool Master, series premiere at 9pm on Animal Planet

– Hosted by the irresistibly charming British swimming-pool designer Anthony Archer-Wills, The Pool Master brings alive the natural wonders of our backyards with jaw-dropping, unique pools that emulate the beauty of nature. Anthony and his two right-hand men, lead contractor Dave Duensing and excavator Ed Kading, envision extraordinary swimming holes that look nature made. In each episode, they determine just how to design and execute a pool that reflects the personalities of the clients who will swim in it. And no matter where they build – on a rocky slope, in an arid desert or on the edge of a cliff – the trio creates a spectacular, lush oasis where nothing existed before.

Sunday, June 8th

The 68th Annual Tony Awards, live awards show from 8 to 11pm on CBS

– Broadway stars have been biting the nails off their jazz hands all season long in anticipation of the race at this year’s Tonys, hosted by Hugh Jackman for a fourth time. Many theater insiders have deemed this the most exciting and unpredictable contest in years: The big showdown for Best Musical includes a Carole King jukebox tuner and Disney’s magical behometh Aladdin, while in the acting categories TV megastars and first-time nominees Neil Patrick Harris (donning drag in Hedwig and the Angry Inch) and Bryan Cranston (playing LBJ in the presidential All the Way) are among the contenders, in addition to stage veterans Idina Menzel and Sutton Foster. And as always, it’s the one night of the year when viewers get to sample the Great White Way’s best theatrical offerings live from Radio City Music Hall—and from the comfort of their living rooms.

Brother Vs. Brother, season premiere at 9pm on HGTV

– The brothers are back for another round of Brother Vs. Brother action. Team Drew took the first season, but it’s anyone’s game this time around. Watch as HGTV’s Property Brothers lead two teams of experts to add value to two homes in the ultimate renovation showdown. On the season two premiere, we meet the 10 new contestants competing for the $50,000 prize.  Are you Team Jonathan or Team Drew?

Monday, June 9th

Remembering the Artist Robert De Niro, Sr., documentary premiere at 9pm on HBO

– Robert De Niro is not one of life’s natural interviewees, as my gray hairs can attest. But he offers evocative testimony in this doc, which makes the case that the actor’s late father—the troubled, gay, and obscure painter Robert De Niro Sr.should be better known. Maybe we’ve just been asking Bob the wrong questions.

Major Crimes, season premiere at 9pm on TNT

The Closer spin-off starring Mary McDonnell (Battlestar Galactica) explores how the American justice system approaches the art of the deals as law enforcement officers and prosecutors work together to score a conviction. In the series, McDonnell stars as Los Angeles Police Captain Sharon Raydor, who heads up a special squad within the LAPD that deals with high-profile or particularly sensitive crimes.

Murder in the First, series premiere at 10pm on TNT

– Cable doesn’t need another murder investigation, but if network execs insist on assigning detectives to track dangerous sociopaths, they should bring this level of pedigree: Murder was created by cop-show legend Steven Bochco, produced by West Wing veteran Thomas Schlamme, and it stars Taye Diggs and Harry Potter’s Tom Felton. Murder in the First follows homicide detectives Terry English (Diggs) and Hildy Mulligan (Kathleen Robertson) as they investigate two seemingly unrelated murders. The mystery deepens, however, when they find both murders have a common denominator in a Silicon Valley wunderkind (Felton). With a season-long focus on a single case, the story has plenty of breathing room, and the San Francisco setting feels particularly natural. As unnecessary things go, Murder is exquisite.

Tuesday, June 10th

Pretty Little Liars, season premiere at 8pm on ABC Family

– Fans can prepare for the return to Rosewood in an all-day marathon starting at 11:00 AM (ET/PT) and running up to the one-hour season premiere at 8:00 PM (ET/PT). The Liars deal with the aftermath of Alison’s revelations and Ezra’s shooting, and realize “A” is closer than ever in the season five premiere of ABC Family’s hit original series. Moments after where the season four finale left off, Aria and the Liars are reeling from Ezra’s shooting at the hands of “A.” The five girls quickly realize that as the one person who truly knows A’s identity, Ezra is in grave danger. While Aria stands watch over Ezra at the hospital, Alison and the PLLs lay a trap to finally flush out “A,” but are shocked by who is ensnared. Meanwhile, Holbrook steps up his efforts to find the girls and puts the Hastings family on alert.  And as news of Alison’s resurrection spreads, Mona is not pleased.

Chasing Life, series premiere at 9pm on ABC Family

– This new series follows twenty-something April (Italia Ricci), a smart and quick-witted aspiring journalist, who is trying to work her way up the ladder at a Boston newspaper by trying to impress her hard-nosed editor. When not pursuing the latest scoop, April tries to balance her ambitious career with her family – her widowed mom Sara, rebellious little sister Brenna and her grandmother. Just as things start to look up at work, home, and on the romance front with co-worker Dominic, April gets the devastating news from an estranged uncle that she has cancer.

Royal Pains, season premiere at 9pm on USA

– Dr. Hank Lawson (Mark Feuerstein) is the talented and respected doctor behind HankMed, the Hamptons’ favorite concierge medical practice. With a reputation as a “Medical MacGyver,” putting his patients first, and solving even the most baffling cases, Hank is always in high demand. After a few busy summers attending to the Hamptons elite, as well as others less fortunate, Hank has established HankMed as the go-to medical provider for this bustling beachside community. Although Hank was initially hesitant to leave New York City, he quickly fell for the Hamptons and established a new, happier life for himself.  But after last year’s long, tumultuous summer – from Symphony Health coming to town, to Hank’s neurosurgery, to his fall-out with Jeremiah – Hank decided he needed a break.  So he spent the off-season traveling the world with Boris, overseeing his participation in a cutting-edge clinical trial. But as summer approaches, Hank realizes he wants to be back amongst those he loves, and serving the Hamptons community. But coming back home is not always easy.

Nine Days and Nights of Ed Sheeran, docu-series premiere at 11pm on MTV

– MTV’s kicking off a new music documentary series Nine Days and Nights with British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran, one of the fastest rising stars in pop music today. Over the course of the hour-long documentary, fans will have intimate access to Sheeran at a critical turning point in his life and career. This not-to-be missed look at his world features appearances by Taylor Swift and Pharrell.

Wednesday, June 11th

Guys Choice 2014, live awards show from 9 to 11pm on Spike TV

– Oscars, Schmoscars: ­Matthew McConaughey will finally recieve the prize he was born to win, the Guy of the Year award.

Suits, season premiere at 9pm on USA

– The critically acclaimed and award-nominated legal drama returns for its fourth season after a major shift in the dynamics at The Firm.  It’s a new world order as Mike Ross (SAG Award nominee Patrick J Adams, Rosemary’s Baby) leaves Pearson Specter and heads to Wall Street as an investment banker, quickly finding himself at odds with his mentor Harvey (Gabriel Macht, “Love and Other Drugs”).

Duck Dynasty, season premiere at 10pm on A&E

– When the Governor of Louisiana announces that he will be coming to Duck Commander to present Willie with a commerce award, John Luke volunteers to give the introduction speech. But Willie can’t help but give John Luke some public speaking pointers, along with Si’s unwanted help. Meanwhile, Miss Kay enlists Korie and Sadie’s help to pick out a nice outfit for the visit, trying to convince a reluctant Phil to give his opinion on her outfit options.

Graceland, season premiere at 10pm on USA

– The sophomore season of Graceland follows the high-stakes investigative lives of six undercover federal agents who live together in a government-seized Southern California beachfront house.  These FBI, DEA and ICE agents, whose lies are their lives, struggle to maintain a sense of normalcy.  This is especially challenging when the former FBI rookie, Mike Warren (Aaron Tveit, “Les Miserables”) returns to Graceland to run point on a dangerous mission against the cartel.  Meanwhile, Briggs (Daniel Sunjata, Rescue Me), still concerned about the missing recording that implicates him in a murder, attempts to clean up his life and repair his relationships.

Friday, June 13th

Dennis Miller: America 180°, comedy special at 8pm on Epix

– In his first comedy special for EPIX, Emmy award-winning comedian Dennis Miller examines the current state of our Union. From the antics of those running Washington, to the blunders of President Obama’s healthcare initiative, to our wild efforts to save the planet one light bulb at a time, his take on today’s America is both hysterical and painfully right on target. Dennis Miller: America 180°was taped at the Barclay Theatre in Irvine, California.

Monumental Mysteries, season premiere at 9pm on Travel

– Hosted by Don Wildman, this series visits the statues, memorials, national parks, sculptures and gravestones that commemorate our nation’s most intriguing events, notorious crimes, scandals, disasters and triumphs. Monumental Mysteries scours the country for America’s most extraordinary monuments and reveals the amazing mysteries hidden within. Just some of the tales include New York’s Ellis Island, which served as a beacon of hope for the world-famous Von Trapp family of singers; a huge clock on the island of Hawaii where the hands are forever frozen in time due to the Hilo Tsunami; the Falling Star Sculpture in Alabama that commemorates the only known American to be hit by a meteorite; and Arizona’s breathtaking Grand Canyon, where a newlywed couple inexplicably vanished.

Sunday, June 1st

Return to Amish, 2-hour series premiere at 9pm on TLC

Return to Amish finds ex-Amish rebels Abe, Jeremiah, Kate, Rebecca and Sabrina back in the Amish world to face marriage, pregnancy, birth and the lingering consequences of shunning. Abe’s parents, the rule-bending Amish matron Mary and the strictly religious Chester, serve as their hosts. Mary and Chester have struggles of their own that put them in a precarious situation. Their daughter Katie Ann has a big decision to make, and their son Andrew, just out of jail, adds fuel to the fire by bringing his opinionated English girlfriend, Chapel, back home with him. Sabrina and Rebecca are both expecting babies, Kate is anxiously awaiting the career opportunity of a lifetime, Abe and Andrew’s sibling rivalry is reignited through new clashes, and Jeremiah must put it all on the line to find happiness.

Halt and Catch Fire, series premiere at 10pm on AMC

– Halt and Catch Fire is set roughly one year after IBM all but corners the market with the release of its first major product – the IBM PC. In this fictional drama, a former IBM executive, Joe MacMillan (Lee Pace) plans to reverse engineer the flagship product of his former employer and forces his current company, Cardiff Electric, into the personal computer race. MacMillan enlists the help of Gordon Clark (Scoot McNairy), a great engineer whose unrealized dreams of creating a revolutionary product have created tension in his marriage to Donna (Kerry Bishé), and Cameron Howe (Mackenzie Davis), a volatile prodigy who puts her future in jeopardy to join MacMillan’s rogue PC project.  Halt and Catch Fire thrives on the spirit of innovation and explores what it’s like to stand at the forefront of something world-changing and work towards it, no matter the risk.

Monday, June 2nd

Mistresses, season premiere at 10pm on ABC

– Based on the hit UK television series of the same name, Mistresses is a provocative and thrilling drama about the scandalous lives of a sexy and sassy group of four girlfriends, each on her own path to self-discovery. If you’ve been looking for answers to last year’s harrowing cliff-hangers—which man will Savi (Alyssa Milano) choose? Will Karen (Yunjin Kim) survive her father/son murderous-mother love triangle? Will Joss (Jes Macallan) stay a lesbian? Can April (Rochelle Aytes) ever find love again?—you’re in luck. The series picks up eight months after the finale’s events, continuing that sudsy trajectory with steamy make-outs, illicit hookups, and an intriguing twist that brings two unlikely characters together—plus a Punky Brewster (Soleil Moon Frye) sighting. Even better, Mistresses still passes the Bechdel Test; its strongest moments are when the women lean on each other.

Tuesday, June 3rd

Famous in 12, series premiere at 8pm on The CW

Famous in 12 is an unscripted series/social experiment that will film one fame-seeking family around the clock for 12 weeks straight. The family will be guided by the TMZ machine, which will create a series of opportunities for them. TMZ and Harvey Levin will help, and additional experts will be brought in throughout the course of the series to provide input and guidance on the path to fame, but it is up to the family to pull it off. Throughout their 12-week quest, the family will circulate through some of Los Angeles’ most populated – and popular – venues in order to seize opportunities that might come calling.

Wednesday, June 4th

2014 CMT Music Awards, live awards show from 8 to 10:30pm on CMT

– The adorable Kristen Bell of “Frozen” princessdom hosts, while nominated artists such as Luke Bryan and Miranda Lambert sing their achy breaky hearts out.

Jennifer Falls, series premiere at 10:30pm on TV Land

– TV Land’s new comedy series revolves around a career woman and mother, Jennifer Doyle (Jaime Pressly) who must move back in with her own mom (Jessica Walter, a.k.a. the only person allowed to play disapproving TV moms anymore) after being let go from her high-powered, six-figure salary job. With her teenage daughter in tow, Jennifer has to face her new life and figure out what the next steps are to rebuild.

Friday, June 6th

Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta, season premiere at 9pm on TLC

– The two-episode debut includes a bride haunted by her blingy past, a woman who prefers gym clothes to gowns (that’s my kind of woman), and one crazy lady who just really likes talking to dresses.

Saturday, June 7th

Power, series premiere at 9pm on Starz

– From Executive Producer Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson and show creator Courtney Kemp Agboh (The Good Wife) comes Power, a visionary crime drama set in two different worlds—the glamorous New York club scene and the brutal drug trade. James “Ghost” St. Patrick has it all: a beautiful wife, a gorgeous Manhattan penthouse, and the hottest, up-and-coming new nightclub in New York. His club, Truth, caters to the elite: the famous and infamous boldface names that run the city that never sleeps. As its success grows, so do Ghost’s plans to build an empire. However, Truth hides an ugly reality. It’s a front for Ghost’s criminal underworld; a lucrative drug network, serving only the wealthy and powerful. As Ghost is seduced by the prospect of a legitimate life, everything precious to him becomes unknowingly threatened. Once you’re in, can you ever get out?