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.