July TV Calendar

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The following list provides the dates of the season premieres for the major and cable network dramas, the burn-off episodes of a failed fall show, the debut of a new online series as well as the mini-series and made-for-TV movies that will air during July:

July 5 – The Canadian series King, which ran for two seasons, will make its U.S. debut on Reelz Channel at 10 PM

SHOW SYNOPSIS: Homicide Detective Jessica King (Amy Price-Francis from The Cleaner) is a charismatic but unconventional cop whose unique eye for detail turns cases around. She is the lead investigator of Toronto’s Major Crimes Task Force, the unit that handles the most volatile and challenging cases on the streets. Colleagues may resent her but King’s fierce intelligence, passion for her job, disarming honesty and wicked sense of humor overrides their doubts. The cast includes Alan Van Sprang (Immortals), Gabriel Hogan (Heartland), Rossif Sutherland (ER) and Karen Robinson (Lars and the Real Girl).

July 5 – Two of the final four episodes of the defunct CW series Cult will air back-to-back from 8 PM to 10 PM

July 7 – The PBS Masterpiece Mystery made-for-TV mini-series Endeavour will debut at 9 PM

Mini-Series Synopsis: 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.

July 8 – The finale episode of both Defiance and Warehouse 13 will air on Syfy at 9 and 10 PM respectively

July 10 – The Bridge will debut on FX at 10 PM

SHOW SYNOPSIS: 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).

July 10 – The new NBC drama Camp will debut at 10 PM

SHOW SYNOPSIS: 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.

July 11 – The latest original series from Netflix called Orange is the New Black will launch today with all 13 episodes online

SHOW SYNOPSIS: 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.

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

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

July 13 – The final episode of 666 Park Avenue will air on ABC at 9 PM

July 14 – The HBO drama The Newsroom will return with its season premiere at 10 PM

July 14 – The PBS Masterpiece Mystery made-for-TV mini-series Endeavour will air another episode at 9 PM

Mini-Series Synopsis: 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.

July 16 – Both Covert Affairs and Suits will be back with new seasons on the USA Network at 9 and 10 PM respectively

July 19 – The Disney Channel movie Teen Beach Movie will debut at 8 PM

Movie Synopsis:  Brady and McKenzie are both high school sweethearts. They both 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. After the death of her mother, McKenzie promised her aunt she would focus on her future, including college, and has to move away with her, putting her relationship with Brady in trouble. After Brady insists on McKenzie having one last wave with him, they both fall off their boards. As they wake up, they realize they have been transported into “Wet Side Story” and decide to play along with the plot and try to fit in. The cast includes Grace Phipps (The Vampire Diaries) and Garrett Clayton (Holiday Spin).

July 20 – The first original scripted drama from Hallmark Channel called Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove will debut at 8 PM

SHOW SYNOPSIS: 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).

July 21 – The PBS Masterpiece Mystery made-for-TV mini-series Endeavour will air another episode at 9 PM

Mini-Series Synopsis: 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.

July 27 – The Lifetime movie Hidden Away will debut at 8 PM

Movie Synopsis: A woman and young daughter escape her abusive husband by faking their deaths. Eight years later she is happily living in the upscale Palm Springs with her now-17-year-old daughter. When her husband discovers they are still alive, he tracks them down and spies on them to learn all about the new life they’ve created until he can exact his revenge. The cast includes Emmanuelle Vaugier (Lost Girl), Ivan Sergei (Crossing Jordan), Allie Gonino (The Lying Game), Elisabeth Rohm (Law & Order), Thomas Calabro (Melrose Place) and Sean Patrick Flanery (Dexter).

July 27 – The Hallmark Channel made-for-TV movie Second Chances will debut at 9 PM

Movie Synopsis: 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. With a broken leg and strict doctor’s orders not to walk on it or climb any stairs, Jeff needs a first-floor apartment where he can recover and Jenny is looking to rent out her guest room to earn extra income. Brought together by the unusual circumstances, Jeff soon moves in and becomes part of the family and Jenny is reluctantly falling for him. After learning from Jeff’s firefighter friend Buddy (Edward Asner) how Jeff’s father died as a fireman in the line of duty and after Jenny receives a 911 call from a police officer in a car chase who ends up dying, Jenny is reminded of how dangerous his job is and has to decide if her family can take a risk to let love in again.

July 28 – The PBS Masterpiece Mystery made-for-TV mini-series Endeavour will air its final episode at 9 PM

Mini-Series Synopsis: 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.

July 28 – 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, Blindspot, The Blacklist, Killjoys, The Brave, The Shannara Chronicles, Good Witch, When Calls the Heart, The 100, Jane the Virgin, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and The Fosters. Follow her at @ruebenrambling or contact her at