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What to Watch on TV This Summer

Stay entertained and out of the heat with these new and returning grownup-worthy shows

'Arrested Development'

After seven long years, the Bluths are back, banana stands, blue men, blunders and all. Popularity on DVD and streaming services prompted the series' return via Netflix. All 15 episodes of the new season become available on May 26.


'Family Tree'

Irish actor Chris O'Dowd (far left, with Michael McKean) stars as an Englishman tracing his ancestry through the U.K. and America. It's the first TV series written and directed by Christopher Guest, the actor-filmmaker behind the comedies Best in Show and A Mighty Wind).

HBO, Sundays, starts May 12

'Under the Dome'

An invisible shield descends over a small Maine town, trapping everyone and everything within. Series is based on the novel by Stephen King. Dean Norris (Breaking Bad) is among the stars.

CBS, Mondays, starts June 24


Thirteen "investigators" try to solve a new murder mystery each week in the reality/game show hybrid, with one eliminated at each episode's end. Top prize is $250,000. British actor Gildart Jackson presides as the butler.


ABC, Sundays, starts June 23. Photo: Craig Sjodin

'The Goodwin Games'

The bickering Goodwin siblings (T.J. Miller, Becki Newton, Scott Foley) are forced to reconnect after the death of their father (Beau Bridges), a devious sort whose will includes challenges and contests to determine how to divide up the trio's inheritance.

Fox, Mondays, starts May 20. Photo: Jill Greenberg

'The American Baking Competition'

Ten amateur bakers put their best dessert forward to compete for a $250,000 grand prize and a cookbook deal. Jeff Foxworthy presides and gets to sample all the goodies.

CBS, Wed., starts May 29. Photo: Quantrell Colbert


A crime procedural with a twist: The killer is revealed at the start of each episode. Cast includes Kristin Lehman (center) and Lauren Holly (far left).

ABC, Thursdays, starts May 23. Photo: Kharen Hill

'King & Maxwell'

A drama based on two of crime novelist David Baldacci's most popular characters, Sean King and Michelle Maxwell. Jon Tenney and Rebecca Romijn star as the private eyes.

TNT, Mondays, starts June 10

'Ray Donovan'

Liev Schreiber (near left) stars as an L.A.-based "fixer" who helps celebrities get out of sticky situations. Jon Voight (far left) is his dad, newly released from prison and ready to cause trouble. 

Showtime, Sundays, starts June 30. Photo: Suzanne Tenner

'Devious Maids'

The new soap from Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry follows the lives of five Beverly Hills maids with ambitions far beyond housecleaning. All My Children legend Susan Lucci (pictured) is the boss of one of the maids.

Lifetime, Sundays, starts June 23. Photo: Angeline Herron

'The Bridge'

Demian Bichir and Diane Kruger play cops on either side of the U.S.-Mexico border forced to work together on a serial killer case.

FX, Wednesdays, starts July 10


The Malibu beachfront mansion from which the show takes its title isn’t what it seems: Slackers and surfers who share the home are undercover DEA, FBI and customs agents. Based on a true story.

USA Network, Thursdays, starts June 6

'Whose Line Is It Anyway?'

The improv show from the late '90s and early 2000s gets a reboot, with Aisha Tyler (pictured) as host. Original cast members Ryan Stiles, Wayne Brady and Colin Mochrie are back, but Drew Carey is not.

The CW, Tuesdays, starts July 16

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