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Your Complete Guide to Summer Drama in 2013

By on May 28, 2013

Featured Shows: USA's Graceland, ABC's Mistresses and ABCFamily's Twisted

Summer is officially here and that means a whole slew of new and returning summer dramas are headed our way over the coming weeks. Check out our handy summer guide for all new and returning dramas airing from May to August 2013.

Along with air dates for all your returning favorites, we’ve also got some first look reviews of new shows premiering soon such as Graceland, Mistresses, Twisted and more.

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Motive (From May 23 on ABC)

Motive skews the crime solving procedural with a ‘whydunnit’ twist, identifying both the killer and victim to the audience at the outset, and following detectives Flynn and Vega as they play catch up. We don’t want to know who killed the victim. We want to know why. Currently airing its freshman season on ABC, the series has already been renewed for a second season in Canada. Catch up with our latest Motive coverage including episode reviews through the link.

Mistresses (From June 3 on ABC)

Mistresses, adapted from the successful British series of the same name, follows the lives of four female friends as they navigate the often choppy waters of love, marriage and career. Read our thoughts on Mistresses’ pilot episode and beyond through the link.


The Fosters (from June 3 on ABC Family)

The Fosters enters on a multi-ethnic family mix of foster and biological kids being raised by two moms whose lives are disrupted when Callie (Maia Mitchell), a hardened teen with an abusive past comes to live with them. The Fosters warily welcome Callie into their home thinking it’s just for a few weeks, until a more permanent placement can be found, but things soon take a different turn.


Graceland (From June 6 on USA)

A group of undercover agents from the FBI, DEA and Customs live and work together under one roof in Sunny Southern California. Based on a true story, Graceland is a stylish and occasionally  gritty new drama from USA. Read our thoughts on the pilot episode and beyond through the link.


King and Maxwell (From June 10 on TNT)

Sean King and Michelle Maxwell aren’t your typical pair of private investigators. As discredited Secret Service agents, their unique skills often give them a leg up on suspects and conventional law enforcement. He’s charming and always one step ahead of the game; she’s a fearless force to be reckoned with. As a team, they’re unstoppable. Get up to date with our King and Maxwell coverage through the link.


Twisted (From June 11 on ABC Family)

Formerly called Socio, the series follows the life of Danny Desai (Avan Jogia) a charismatic but troubled 16 year old who recently reconnects with his two female best friends from childhood, having spent the last five years in juvie. Branded an outcast, and struggling to reconnect with his mother (Denise Richards) who herself has suffered a loss of social status following the mysterious disappearance of her husband, Danny finds his social scene changed utterly since he has been away. Read our thoughts on the Twisted pilot episode through the link.


Crossing Lines

This new “global crime drama” from NBC sports an international cast and a collection of exotic locations.  NBC’s logline for the show reads as follows “The series taps into a unit mandated by the International Criminal Court (ICC) to investigate cross-border crimes and ultimately bring global criminals to justice. Crossing Lines is set in the world’s most exotic locales, while the elite team of eager cops work to solve the most notorious international crimes. The series stars William Fichtner (“Prison Break”) as Carl Hickman, a wounded New York cop, pulled from the edge by a group of unlikely saviors, Emmy and Golden Globe winner Donald Sutherland (“The Hunger Games”) as Michel Dorn, an Inspector in the International Criminal court, and Marc Lavoine (“The Good Thief”) as Louis Daniel, the head of an elite cross border police unit who hunts down the world’s most brutal criminals.  Also starring in the series are Gabriella Pession (“Wilfred”) as Europol Sergeant Eva Vittoria, Moon Dailly (“Black Heaven”) as French detective and criminal analyst Anne-Marie San, Richard Flood (“Titanic-Blood and Steel”) as Irish detective Tommy McConnel, and Tom Wlaschiha (“Game of Thrones”) as Berlin police officer Sebastian Berger.”

Check back soon for our review of the season premiere.


Under the Dome (from June 24 10 pm on CBS)

Under the Dome centers on the small town of Chester’s Mill, Maine. When the town suddenly finds itself cut off from the rest of the world by a mysterious impenetrable dome that completely envelops the town, the townsfolk begin to panic. A small group of brave residents band together in an attempt to maintain order and uncover the truth about the barrier and how to escape it. Catch our ongoing Under the Dome coverage through the link.

The Bridge (From Wednesday July 10 on FX)

The Bridge stars Diane Kruger (Inglorious Basterds, The Host) and Demián Bichir (A Better Life, Weeds) as two detectives, one Mexican, the other American, who team up to stop a serial killer menacing the Texas/Mexico border. However their efforts are hampered by rampant corruption and a sense of apathy from the Mexican authorities coupled with the constant threat from powerful borderland drug cartels. See first look images from the pilot episode through the link.


Rookie Blue Thursday May 23 10 pm on ABC

The Killing Sunday June 2 8 pm on AMC

Teen Wolf Monday June 3 10 pm on MTV

Burn Notice Thursday June 6 9 pm on USA

Falling Skies Sunday June 9 9 pm on TNT

Major Crimes Monday June 10 10 pm on TNT

Pretty Little Liars Tuesday June 11 8 pm on ABC Family

Necessary Roughness Wednesday June 12 10 pm on USA

True Blood Sunday June 16 9 pm on HBO

Franklin and Bash Wednesday June 19 on TNT

Drop Dead Diva Sunday June 23 on Lifetime

Rizzoli and Isles Tuesday June 25 9 pm on TNT

Perception Tuesday June 25 10 pm on TNT

Dexter Sunday June 30 9 pm on Showtime

The Newsroom Sunday July 14 10 pm on HBO

Covert Affairs Sunday July 14 9 pm on USA

Suits Tuesday July 16 10 pm on USA

Breaking Bad Sunday August 11 9 pm on AMC


One Comment

  1. Blair

    May 28, 2013 at 7:25 pm

    its just not going to be summer without White Collar. I can’t believe they pushed it to the fall.. *sob*

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