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Summer no longer a slow season in TV land

By Amy Robinson, A&E/Teen Editor
KAREN BALLARD | TNT
Eric Dane stars in TNT’s new action drama “The Last Ship,” premiering at 9 p.m. Sunday.

Last week was a relatively quiet week in TV land, but this week is far from it. There’s a combined total of 34 premieres as well as 10 finales.

Seven of the premieres are scripted shows, and one is an ABC singing competition featuring Brad Paisley. Here’s the rundown in chronological order:

* “Dominion”: 9 p.m. today, Syfy.

This supernatural action drama, based on the 2010 film “Legion,” takes place 25 years after a war between angels and humans that has transformed the world. The premiere runs 90 minutes.

* “The Last Ship”: 9 p.m. Sunday, TNT.

This action drama centers on the inhabitants of a naval ship who try to save humanity after they discover a pandemic has killed most of the world’s population while they’ve been at sea. It stars Eric Dane (“Grey’s Anatomy”), Rhona Mitra (“Underworld: Rise of the Lycans”) and Adam Baldwin (“Chuck”).

* “Rising Star”: 9 p.m. Sunday, ABC.

In this live singing competition, home viewers dictate the results by voting in real-time via a free app. If singers get enough votes, they move on — and they can see which way the results are going as they perform. Josh Groban hosts with Brad Paisley, Kesha and Ludacris on the experts panel.

* “The Musketeers”: 9 p.m. Sunday, BBC America.

This adaptation of Alexander Dumas’ classic tale is just now premiering in the U.S. but has already been renewed for season two in the U.K. The new “Doctor Who,” Peter Capaldi, plays the villainous Cardinal Richelieu.

* “Tyrant”: 10 p.m. Tuesday, FX.

This Middle Eastern-set political thriller centers on the son of an Arab dictator living in the U.S. for the past 20 years. He and his family return home for a wedding, and he ends up drawn back into the familial and national politics he escaped.

* “Young & Hungry”: 8 p.m. Wednesday, ABC Family.

In this sitcom, Emily Osment (“Hannah Montana”) is a feisty food blogger who becomes the personal chef for a young tech entrepreneur (Jonathan Sadowski, $#*! My Dad Says”). Rex Lee (“Suburgatory”) also stars.

* “Mystery Girls”: 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, ABC Family.

“Beverly Hills, 90210” co-stars Jennie Garth and Tori Spelling reunite in this sitcom about two former TV detectives who re-team to solve a real-life mystery.

* “Taxi Brooklyn”: 10 p.m. Wednesday, NBC.

This police action comedy stars Chyler Leigh (“Grey’s Anatomy”) as a tough detective who is sentenced to foot patrol for reckless driving and joins forces with a streetwise cabdriver (Jacky Ido, “Inglourious Basterds”) to solve crimes and investigate her father’s murder.

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Reality series premieres: “The Pool Master,” 9 p.m. Friday, Animal Planet (a designer crafts homeowners’ dream swimming pools); “Funniest Wins,” 10 p.m. Friday, TBS (aspiring comedians learn different comedic styles and compete against each other); “Almost Royal,” 10 p.m. Saturday, BBC America (two British aristocrats visit the U.S. for the first time); “Frankenfood,” 10 p.m. Sunday, Spike (amateur chefs compete to get their unusual food concoctions on a local restaurant’s menu); “Fat N’ Furious: Rolling Thunder,” 10 p.m. Monday, Discovery (restoring cars into racing shape); “Operation Change,” 10 p.m. Monday, OWN (celebrity philanthropists partner with local charities around the world); “CeeLo Green’s The Good Life,” 10:30 p.m. Monday, TBS (the musician’s outrageous life); “Abby’s Studio Rescue,” 9 p.m. Tuesday, Lifetime (“Dance Moms” spin-off helping struggling dance studios); “Motor City Masters,” 10 p.m. Tuesday, TruTV (car building competition); “Botched,” 9 p.m. Tuesday, E! (fixing plastic surgery disasters); “Best Bars in America,” 10 p.m. Wednesday, Esquire (exploring bars featured in Esquire magazine’s annual list of the same name).

Season premieres: “Defiance,” 8 p.m. today, Syfy; “Rookie Blue,” 9 p.m. today, ABC (two hours); “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo,” 9 p.m. today, TLC; “Southern Fried Homicide,” 10 p.m. today, ID; “Wipeout,” 8 p.m. Sunday, ABC; “Falling Skies,” 10 p.m. Sunday, TNT; “Street Outlaws,” 9 p.m. Monday, Discovery; “Teen Wolf,” 10 p.m. Monday, MTV; “Next Great Baker,” 9 p.m. Tuesday, TLC; “Covert Affairs,” 10 p.m. Tuesday, USA; “Sullivan & Sons,” 10 p.m. Tuesday, TBS (one hour); “Big Brother,” 8 p.m. Wednesday, CBS; “Brew Dogs,” 9 p.m. Wednesday, Esquire; “Wilfred,” 10 p.m. Wednesday, FXX (final season, one hour).

Returning: “Black Box,” 8 p.m. today, ABC; “Cold Justice,” 9 p.m. Friday, TNT; “The Assets,” 9 p.m. Saturday, ABC (canceled in January, the CIA spy drama is back to burn off its last six episodes; view the first two at hulu.com or video on demand).

New timeslot: Syfy’s “The Wil Wheaton Project” has moved up an hour to 9 p.m. Tuesdays.

Series finales: “Crisis,” 8 p.m. Saturday, NBC (two hours; note the different day); “I Love the 2000s,” 9 p.m. Saturday, VH1 (two hours); “Enlisted,” 7 p.m. Sunday, Fox; “Drop Dead Diva,” 9 p.m. Sunday, Lifetime; “The Boondocks,” 10:30 p.m. Monday, Cartoon Network.

Season finales: “Orphan Black,” 9 p.m. Saturday, BBC America; “Signed, Sealed, Delivered,” 8 p.m. Sunday, Hallmark; “Heroes of Cosplay,” 10 p.m. Tuesday, Syfy (part one of two); “Freakshow,” midnight (one hour) and “Small Town Security,” 1 a.m. Tuesday, AMC (possible series finales given the shows’ bump to such late night timeslots).

Ended: Despite originally being scheduled for 13 episodes, “Believe” only produced 12, making its series finale last Sunday, June 15.

Canceled: Last Thursday, Fox yanked its Tuesday night shows “Riot” and “I Wanna Marry Harry” from its schedule effective immediately, replacing them with reruns of “Family Guy,” “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” “New Girl” and “The Mindy Project.” “Riot” is done, but the remaining “Harry” episodes are on Fox’s website, Huluand video on demand.

Specials: “Critic’s Choice Television Awards,” 8 p.m. today, CW; “The Escape Artist,” 8 p.m. Sunday, PBS (two hour “Masterpiece Mystery!” thriller starring David Tennant); “Naked and Afraid” season sneak peek, 10 p.m. Sunday, Discovery; “Under the Dome” season one recap and season two sneak peek, 10 p.m. Monday, CBS.

Reach Amy Robinson at flipside@wvgazette.com.


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