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What to Expect on TV in July

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We are already half-way through the year and there is still plenty of new programming on TV – both in the form of new shows and made-for-TV movies – to look forward to on both the major and cable network throughout July.

With that thought in mind, let’s take a look at the new programming that TV viewers can expect on the major and cable networks starting next month:

On July 5, the Canadian series King, which ran for two seasons across the border, will make its U.S. debut on Reelz Channel at 10 PM. The series is about Homicide Detective Jessica King (Amy Price-Francis from The Cleaner), who is the lead investigator of Toronto’s Major Crimes Task Force.

Also that night, two of the final four episodes of the defunct CW series Cult will air back-to-back from 8 PM to 10 PM.

The PBS Masterpiece Mystery made-for-TV mini-series Endeavour will debut on July 7 at 9 PM. In the episode called “Girls”, Detective Constable Endeavour Morse (Shaun Evans) and DI Thursday (Roger Allam) investigate burgled gas meters, the sudden death of a young secretarial student and a string of post office robberies, confounding the solution to a pair of violent murders.

Then on July 10, the new FX drama The Bridge will debut at 10 PM. Loosely based on the Danish/Swedish series of the same name, the series follows two police detectives – one Mexican, one American – as they and their joint effort stop a serial killer menacing both nations along the Texas-Mexico border. The series stars Diane Kruger (National Treasure) and Demian Bichir (A Better Life).

Also that same night, the new NBC drama Camp will debut at 10 PM. Rachel Griffiths (Brothers & Sisters) stars as a divorced camp director looking for a fresh start, exploring the campers and counselors at Little Otter Family Camp, where summer memories are made.

The latest original series from Netflix called Orange is the New Black will launch on July 11 with all 13 episodes online. The series follows engaged Brooklynite Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling from The Lucky One), whose decade-old relationship with drug-runner Alex (Laura Prepon from That 70’s Show) results in her arrest and year-long detention in a federal penitentiary. To pay her debt to society, Piper must trade her comfortable New York life with fiancé Larry (Jason Biggs from American Pie) for an orange prison jumpsuit and a baffling prison culture where she is forced to question everything she believes and form unexpected new alliances with a group of eccentric and outspoken inmates. The series will also star Kate Mulgrew, Natasha Lyonne, Pablo Schreiber and Taryn Manning.

On July 12, the final two episodes of the defunct CW series Cult will air back-to-back from 8 PM to 10 PM.

The finale season of the UK original Being Human will premiere on BBC America on July 13 at 10 PM.

On July 14, the HBO drama The Newsroom will return with its season premiere at 10 PM.

That same night over on PBS, the Masterpiece Mystery made-for-TV mini-series Endeavour will air another episode at 9 PM. In this episode called “Fugue”, Morse and Thursday are confronted with a new breed of murderer, as a string of Oxford homicides continues with no end in sight. The entire police department is working round the clock and a special expert comes on to assist, but Morse’s love of opera may be the key to stopping the killing.

On July 16, both Covert Affairs and Suits will be back with new season on the USA Network at 9 and 10 PM respectively.

The Disney Channel movie Teen Beach Movie will on July 19 debut at 8 PM. Brady and McKenzie are both high school sweethearts, who enjoy surfing and watching their favorite beach musical film, “Wet Side Story”, set in the 1960’s era of rock ‘n roll, bikers, beach and surfing. They’ve talked so much about how they would love to be in their favorite movie to live that era; and eventually, they somehow end up transported inside the movie, deciding to play along with the plot and try to fit in. The cast includes Grace Phipps (The Vampire Diaries) and Garrett Clayton (Holiday Spin).

On July 20, the first original scripted drama from Hallmark Channel called Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove will debut at 8 PM. Andie MacDowell (Jane By Design) plays Judge Olivia Lockhart whose Cedar Cove Municipal Court is the professional milieu and social microcosm of issues the judge will face in her own day-to-day life with family and friends. The cast includes Dylan Neal (Blood Ties).

The PBS Masterpiece Mystery made-for-TV mini-series Endeavour will air another episode on July 21 at 9 PM. In this episode called “Rocket”, a royal visit to a family-owned munitions factory begins as a proud occasion for the people of Oxford, but the joyous day ends with murder. Morse delves into the family’s murky past, as well as his own, as he attempts to uncover the culprit before more lives are lost.

On July 27, the Hallmark Channel made-for-TV movie Second Chances will debut at 9 PM. Jenny McLean (Allison Sweeney) is a single mom working at a 911-call center struggling to make ends meet and raise her two kids. Although still reeling from her divorce, Jenny can’t help but flirt when she gets emergency calls from Jeff (Greg Vaughan), a local firefighter she nicknames “Cowboy” for his handsome voice. But when she gets a call that Jeff has been hurt in a fire, she is determined to finally meet him face-to-face.

The PBS Masterpiece Mystery made-for-TV mini-series Endeavour will air another episode on July 28 at 9 PM. In this episode called “Home”, while studying for his upcoming sergeant’s exam, Morse investigates the hit-and-run death of an eminent Oxford professor. The pressure mounts with his father’s illness and the appearance of an enemy threatening to reveal aspects of Inspector Thursday’s past. In the end, Morse must choose between the responsibilities of his job and loyalty to his mentor.

Lastly, that same night, the CBS series Unforgettable, which was rescued by its own network after being unceremoniously dumped, will be back for a new season at 9 PM.

Mark your calendars!

Using her favorite online handle, Rueben is an East Coast-bred gal who is now a permanent Californian and a lifelong tv-oholic. She watches at least 25 TV shows a week, goes to the movies as often as possible, listens to music every waking moment, reads every day and “plays” on the internet every chance she can. Some of her current favorite TV shows are Outlander, Arrow, Grimm, The Blacklist, Teen Wolf, Killjoys, Dark Matter, The Shannara Chronicles, Good Witch, When Calls the Heart, The 100, Switched at Birth, Jane the Virgin, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Flash and The Fosters (among others). Follow her at @ruebenrambling or contact her at