Newspaper article The Canadian Press

School May Be out, but TV's Still on with a Bevy of Summer Offerings

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

School May Be out, but TV's Still on with a Bevy of Summer Offerings

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School's out, but TV's still on

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School's out, but is TV in? With television now a 52-weeks a year business, plenty of new offerings are available this summer. Some are the usual mindless distractions -- witness Nik Wallenda's tightrope stunt across the Grand Canyon last weekend -- plus all those dumb guilty pleasures like "Big Brother" and "America's Got Talent."

Yet summer has also been the time of year when two of TV's most intense dramas -- "Breaking Bad" and "Dexter" -- return, this year for the last time.

So something for everyone, just like the rest of the year. A look at what might lure you back indoors -- or keep you close to your tablet:

NEW CANADIAN ORIGINALS

"The Amazing Race Canada" (CTV, July 15). Olympic hero Jon Montgomery will get to gulp beer from coast to coast as he hosts this all-Canadian version of the popular reality series. "Body Break" fitness couple Hal Johnson and Joanne McLeod are among the competitors. The entire series stays within our borders, eliminating hundreds of hours of delays going through customs. Talk about a road block!

"Satisfaction" (CTV, Mondays). This made-in-Toronto comedy stars Luke Macfarlane ("Brothers & Sisters"), Leah Renee ("The Playboy Club") and Ryan Belleville ("Almost Heroes") as a couple and their buddy all crammed into the same downtown apartment. Hilarity ensues. Several guest stars are scheduled, including Jerry O'Connell, Jessica Pare ("Mad Men") and Andy Kindler.

NEW SCRIPTED IMPORTS

"Ray Donovan" (The Movie Network/Movie Central, premieres Sunday). Liev Schreiber stars as Donovan, L.A.'s best professional fixer, the kind of guy who could get even Rob Ford or Paula Deen out of a jam. There are several big names among the cast, including Jon Voight as Donovan's bad news dad and Elliott Gould as his mentor and partner. There is something 'seen it before,' however, to this slick antihero who helps others but can't straighten out his own messed up family.

"The Bridge" (FX Canada, July 10). Two detectives, one American, one Mexican (Diane Kruger, Demian Bichir), team up to hunt down a cross-border serial killer. Based on a Danish/Swedish drama

"Camp" (NBC, premieres July 10). Rachel Griffiths ("Brothers & Sisters") stars as a camp counsellor in this bit of summer fluff shot in Australia.

Starting Aug. 4, Showcase has the Brit hit "Broadchurch," an 8-part murder mystery starring David Tennant ("Doctor Who").

ALREADY STARTED

"Under The Dome" (CBS/Global, Mondays). Millions caught the series premiere last Monday and may now be trapped under this dome, which inexplicably landed with a thud over a small U.S. town. Canadian Rachelle Lefevre plays a newspaper editor and Dean Norris from "Breaking Bad" is suspicious sheriff "Big Jim" Rennie. From master of suspense Stephen King.

"Saving Hope" (CTV, Tuesdays). …

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