July TV Calendar
The following list provides the dates of the returning cable and major network dramas as well as new cable and major network dramas, made-for-TV movies and mini-series that will air during July:
July 6 – The Witches of East End will be back for its second season on Lifetime at 9 PM
July 7 – The season finale of Beauty And the Beast will air at 9 PM on The CW
July 8 – The new MTV drama Finding Carter will debut at 10 PM (Note: Two episodes are supposed to air – check your local listings)
Show Synopsis: The series centers on Carter, a teenage girl who thinks she has the perfect life until one night after a police bust at a high school party she is told that the woman who she believes to be her biological mother actually abducted her as a toddler. The cast includes Kathryn Prescott (Skins and Reign), Milena Govich (Rescue Me), Cynthia Watros (Lost) and Alexis Denisof (Angel and Grimm).
July 9 – The Bridge returns for its second season on FX at 10 PM
July 9 – The new CBS drama Extant will debut at 9 PM
Show Synopsis: Halle Berry will play an astronaut who returns home from a year-long solo mission in space and tries to reconnect with her husband and son in their everyday life. Her experiences in space and home lead to events that ultimately will change the course of human history. The cast includes Goran Visnjic (ER), Camryn Manehim (Ghost Whisperer and Person of Interest) and Tyler Hilton (One Tree Hill).
July 11 – The New Zealand series The Almighty Johnsons will debut on Syfy at 10 PM
Show Synopsis: The show follows a student named Axl Johnson, who on his 21st birthday discovers his family members are reincarnated Norse gods. The problem is, they do not have full control of their powers and it is up to Axl (the reincarnation of Odin) to restore them and ensure the family’s survival by finding the reincarnation of Odin’s wife, Frigg.
July 11 – The second season of the Netflix original series Hemlock Grove will release all 10 episodes online
July 12 – The UP Channel movie Comeback Dad will debut at 8 PM
MOVIE SYNOPSIS: Nima Babineaux (Tatyana Ali) looks like a woman who has it all – she is an accomplished pianist who runs her own music school and is engaged to Spence (Brad James), a successful engineer who adores her. But, in truth, she has never recovered from her alcoholic father, Othell (Charles S. Dutton), walking out on their family and it has made it hard for her to truly trust anyone. When Othell decides it is time to make amends and tries to reenter her life, Nima begins an emotional and eye-opening journey she could have never expected. The film also stars Loretta Devine.
July 13 – Ray Donovan and Masters of Sex will return to Showtime for their second seasons at 9 and 10 PM respectively
July 13 – The new vampire drama The Strain will debut on FX at 10 PM
Show Synopsis: A plane lands at JFK International Airport with the lights off and doors sealed. Epidemiologist Dr. Ephraim Goodweather (Corey Stoll from House of Cards) and his team are sent to investigate. On board they find two hundred corpses and four survivors. The situation deteriorates when the bodies begin disappearing from morgues. Goodweather and a small group of helpers find themselves battling to protect not only their own loved ones, but the entire city, from an ancient threat to humanity. The cast includes Mia Maestro (Alias), Sean Astin (The Lord of the Rings franchise), Kevin Durand (Lost and Dark Angel), David Bradley (Harry Potter franchise) and Jonathan Hyde (MI-5 and Titanic).
July 13 – The season finale of Devious Maids will air on Lifetime at 10 PM
July 14 – 24: Live Another Day will air its season finale on FOX at 9 PM
July 15 – The El Rey Network drama Matador will debut at 9 PM
Show Synopsis: This new series chronicles the unlikely rise of Antonio “Matador” Bravo (Gabriel Luna from Prison Break), a popular soccer star, who comes to be known as much for his playboy antics off the field as his dynamic moves on it. But what his fans and family don’t realize is that it’s all a cover–in truth, he is a skilled covert operative executing missions for a little known branch of the CIA. “Matador” has the kind of fame and notoriety that affords him access to powerful circles of corruption and villainy. But, in balancing the dueling roles in which he’s been cast, he will be forced to confront the question of his true identity and it is this mission which will prove to be his most dangerous. The cast includes Nicky Whelan (Left Behind), Alfred Molina (Spider-Man 2), Neil Hopkins (Bones and Lost) and Peter Gadiot (Once Upon a Time in Wonderland).
July 15 – The season finale of The Night Shift will air at 10 PM on NBC
July 16 – The new 8-episode drama The Divide will have a two-hour debut on WE TV at 9 PM
Show Synopsis: Eleven years ago, the Butler family was attacked in their Philadelphia home and all but the youngest daughter were brutally murdered. The senseless deaths of this affluent African American family, seemingly at the hands of two white construction workers, Terry Kucik (Joe Anderson from Across the Universe) and Jared Bankowski (Chris Bauer from True Blood), threatened to ignite a racial firestorm. Adam Page (Damon Gupton from The Wire and Treme), himself an affluent black man and the city’s District Attorney as well as a political rising star, made a name for himself by securing convictions for both men, leading to the death penalty ruling for Bankowski. Now, Christine Rosa (Marin Ireland from Homeland and Boss), a caseworker with the Innocence Initiative, believes Bankowski was wrongly convicted of the heinous murders and struggles to stop his impending execution, while tirelessly working to exonerate Kucik. The cast includes Nia Long, Clark Peters (The Wire) and Paul Schneider (Water for Elephants).
NOTE: The Divide will then move to its regular 10 PM timeslot on Wednesday, July 23.
July 17 – The new USA Network dramas Rush and Satisfaction will debut at 9 and 10 PM respectively
Show Synopsis Rush: Rush examines the world of renegade physician Dr. William Rush (Tom Ellis from EastEnders and The Secrets of Crickley Hall), a “medical fixer” who privately caters to Los Angeles’ elite. The cast includes Odette Annable (House and Brothers & Sisters).
Show Synopsis Satisfaction: The series stars Matt Passmore (The Glades) as investment banker Neil Truman who confronts his relationship (and his life) with his wife Grace, facing issues by making unconventional choices. The cast includes Katerine LaNasa (Longmire) and Blair Redford (The Lying Game and Switched at Birth).
July 19 – Cedar Cove will be back for its second season on the Hallmark Channel at 8 PM
July 19 – The Hallmark Channel original movie For Better or Worse will debut at 9 PM
MOVIE SYNOPSIS: Wendy Hartline is finally starting to settle into the single life after struggling with the death of her husband. After a difficult season of grief, she’s taken over the family business of coordinating the town’s most beautiful and memorable weddings with the help of her friend and co-worker Roseanne. However, when the charming and incredibly irritating Marco opens a legal practice that specializes in divorces right next to her wedding chapel, Wendy is going to make sure that she stops at nothing to promote her business and the sanctity of marriage. Along the way, Wendy learns that self-discovery and moving on are the ways to finding true happiness. The cast includes Lisa Whelchel and Kim Fields (both from Facts of Life) and Antonio Cupo (Bomb Girls).
July 20 – The new Lifetime drama The Lottery will debut at 10 PM
Show Synopsis: Set within a dystopian future driven by a global fertility crisis, the series reveals a world staring down the barrel of impending extinction as women have mysteriously stopped bearing children. After years of research, Dr. Alison Lennon (Marley Shelton from Eleventh Hour) and her team remarkably fertilize 100 embryos. However, her victory is short-lived when the Director of the U.S. Fertility Commission, Darius Hayes (Martin Donovan from Homeland), takes government control of the lab and informs the President (Yul Vasquez from Magic City) of the monumental scientific breakthrough. To determine which women will carry the prized embryos to term, Chief of Staff Vanessa Keller (Athena Karkanis from Low Winter Sun) convinces the President to hold a national lottery and a battle over the control of the 100 embryos begins. The cast also include Michael Graziadei (American Horror Story), David Alpay (The Vampire Diaries) and Shelly Conn (Terra Nova).
July 20 – The UP Channel original movie Rocky Road will debut at 8 PM
MOVIE SYNOPSIS: Harrison Castle (Mark Salling from Glee) has the corporate apartment, expense account and big office at his prestigious Wall Street firm. Harrison is a wheeler-dealer with the world at his feet. But it all comes crashing down in an instant. His firm suffers catastrophic losses and is forced to downsize and Harrison is one of the casualties. Shell-shocked, having lived on the margin the same way he trades, Harrison is suddenly broke. In fact, he’s in debt. He has fallen from Wall Street to Main Street in one bus ride. The bus pulls into a quaint New Hampshire township and Harrison’s parents are surprised and thrilled to see him. Harrison pretends that he is taking a long overdue vacation, when, in fact, he is living his worst nightmare — moving back with his parents and working his old route in his father’s ice cream truck business. The cast includes Steve Byers (Falcon Beach and Alphas), Rebecca Dalton (The L.A. Complex) and Nicholas Campbell (Haven).
July 20 – Endeavor, the PBS Masterpiece Mystery mini-series, will air its season finale at 9 PM
July 24 – The final two episodes of Black Box will air on ABC at 8 and 9 PM
July 26 – The final episode of the ABC drama The Assets will air at 9 PM
July 26 – The Hallmark Movie Channel original movie The Memory Book will debut at 9 PM
MOVIE SYNOPSIS: Chloe Davenport, a budding photographer in San Francisco, discovers a personal book of pictures showcasing the romance of a young couple from the early seventies. Although the pictures show a couple who is very happy, Chloe is skeptical and believes true love is a falsehood. Wanting to find out more, Chloe sets out on an emotional journey to find the couple, Sarah and Jonathan, who she knows only through their old photos. With the help of a new friend, handsome but impulsive bartender Gabe, she follows leads all around the city, attempting to discover love and find the willingness to accept it in her own life. The film stars Meghan Ory (Intelligence and Once Upon a Time) and Luke Macfarlane (Brothers & Sisters).
July 27 – The PBS Masterpiece Mystery 2-part Poirot, Season 12 will premiere at 9 PM, running for 90 minutes
NOTE: The second part will air on August 3.
July 27 – Manhattan, the second original scripted series at WGN America, will debut at 10 PM
Show Synopsis: The series is set in the 1940s in a town whose very existence is classified. Frank Winter (John Benjamin Hickey from The Big C) and his team of brilliant but flawed scientists have been recruited to work on a project even they could know nothing about until their arrival. The cast includes Olivia Williams (Dollhouse) and Daniel Stern (Home Alone).
July 31 – The Sundance TV original 8-part mini-series The Honorable Woman will debut at 10 PM
Show Synopsis: The film follows Nessa Stein (Maggie Gyllenhaal), whose father was a Zionist arms procurer; as children, she and her brother witness his assassination. Years later, after inheriting her father’s company, she dramatically inverts its purpose from supplying arms to laying high-spec data cabling networks between Israel and the West Bank. Now in her thirties, her sudden appointment to the House of Lords, apparently due to her tireless promotion of projects for reconciliation between the Israelis and Palestinians, creates an international political maelstrom. The cast includes Janet McTeer (Damages).
Mark your calendars!