Summer TV 2013 Premiere Dates

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true blood hboSince we’re barreling toward a murderers’ row of season finales, filled to the brim with events that will have major impact heading into September and October, it’s time to start thinking about summer TV. It’s not long now until our lives will be filled by meth kings, horny vampires, and one last go-around with America’s favorite serial killer, but what else is coming on this summer? And what will be competing against what in time slot battles sure to cause our DVRs to blow a fuse?

Listed below are the premiere dates for 2013 summer TV. Not every single show premiering this summer (in this case, May – August) is below, but every major network and many, many notable programs are included. Also noted below are the politics of time slot hopping (i.e. extended premieres, special dates, etc.), which can often confuse viewers rather than giving a series a chance to be sampled adequately. Not every network has completed their summer announcements yet, nor is there mention of in-season programs that won’t finish airing their episode orders before the end of sweeps. This space will be updated accordingly.

Which shows are you most looking forward to this summer? What’s the heaviest night for you, in terms of program distribution? How does the summer of 2013 compare to previous years in terms of number (and quality) of television shows?

Wednesday, May 1st
9:00 Mythbusters (Discovery)
10:00 The Big Brain Theory (Discovery)
10:00 R&B Divas: Atlanta (TV One)

Thursday, May 2nd
8:00 Big Time Rush (Nickelodeon)
10:00 Karma’s a B*tch! (ID)
10:00 The Show with Vinny (MTV)
10:30 Zach Stone Is Gonna Be Famous (MTV)

Friday, May 3rd
10:00 Maron (IFC)

Monday, May 6th
9:00 Pizza Cuz (Cooking)
10:00 Felt (Logo)
10:00 Newlyweds: The First Year (Bravo) (90-minute Premiere)

Wednesday, May 8th
10:00 Million Dollar Listing: New York (Bravo)

Thursday, May 9th
8:00 Wipeout (ABC)
10:00 Small Town Security (AMC)
11:00 Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell (FX)

Sunday, May 12th
9:00 Long Island Medium (TLC)
10:00 Breaking Amish (TLC)
10:00 Ultimate Survival Alaska (Nat Geo) (Special Time)
10:30 Family Tree (HBO)

Tuesday, May 14th
8:00 So You Think You Can Dance (FOX) (One-Hour Premiere)

Wednesday, May 15th
9:00 So You Think You Can Dance (FOX) (Special Episode)
9:30 South Beach Tow (TruTV)

Sunday, May 19th
8:00 Alaska: The Last Frontier (Discovery)
9:00 Ultimate Survival Alaska (Nat Geo) (Time Period Premiere)
10:00 Life Below Zero (Nat Geo)

Monday, May 20th
10:00 Motive (ABC) (Special Preview)

Tuesday, May 21st
8:00 – 10:00 So You Think You Can Dance (FOX)
9:00 Bad Girls Club All Star Battle (Oxygen) (90-minute Premiere)

Wednesday, May 22nd
8:00 Masterchef (FOX) (Two-Hour Premiere)

Thursday, May 23rd
8:00/8:30 Save Me (NBC) (Back-to-Back New Episodes)
9:00 Toxic Office: Does Someone Have to Go? (FOX)
9:00 Showville (AMC)
9:00 Motive (ABC) (Time Period Premiere)
10:00 Rookie Blue (ABC)

Sunday, May 26th
9:00 Rock My RV (Travel)

Monday, May 27th
8:00 The Bachelorette (ABC)
9:00 American Pickers (History)
9:00 Hit the Floor (VH1)
9:00 The Glades (A&E)
10:00 Longmire (A&E)
10:00 Pawn Stars (History)

Tuesday, May 28th
8:00 Bad Girls Club All Star Battle (Oxygen) (Time Slot Premiere)
8:00 Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition (ABC)
9:00 The Haves and the Have Nots (OWN)
10:00 Brooklyn DA (CBS)
10:00 Tattoo Nightmares (Spike)
11:00 Never Ever Do This at Home (Spike)

Wednesday, May 29th
8:00 The American Baking Competition (CBS)
8:00 Melissa & Joey (ABC Family)
8:30 Baby Daddy (ABC Family)
9:00 Dancing Fools (ABC Family)
9:00 Love Thy Neighbor (OWN)
10:00 Nightline: Two Truths and a Lie (ABC)
10:00 Top Shot (History)

Thursday, May 30th
9:00 Renovation Raiders (HGTV)

Friday, May 31st
8:00 The A.N.T. Farm (Disney)
9:00 Marriage Boot Camp: Bridezillas (WE)
9:00 Randy to the Rescue (TLC)
10:00 Bridezillas (WE)
10:00 Treehouse Masters (Animal Planet)
10:00 Stevie TV (VH1)

Saturday, June 1st
9:00 Fish Tank Kings (Nat Geo WILD)
9:00 Celebrity Ghost Stories (Bio)
9:00 Pregnant & Dating (WE)
9:00 Golden Sisters (Oxygen)
10:00 The Haunting Of… (Bio)
11:00 That Metal Show (VH1 Classic)

Sunday, June 2nd
8:00 The Killing (AMC) (Two-Hour Premiere)
8:00 The Real Housewives of New Jersey (Bravo)
9:00 Keeping Up with the Kardashians (E!)
9:00 Call of the Wildman (Animal Planet)
10:00 Top Hooker (Animal Planet)
10:30 The Wanted Life (E!)

Monday, June 3rd
9:00 The Fosters (ABC Family)
10:00 Teen Wolf (MTV)
10:00 Mistresses (ABC)
10:00 Push Girls (Sundance)

Tuesday, June 4th
8:00 America’s Got Talent (NBC)
9:30 Total Blackout (Syfy)
10:00 Exit (Syfy)
10:00 Pretty Wicked Moms (Lifetime)
10:00 Swamp Murders (ID)

Wednesday, June 5th
9:00 Toddlers & Tiaras (TLC)
9:00 Beverly Hills Pawn (Reelz)
10:00 Paranormal Witness (Syfy)
10:00 Southern Fried Homicide (ID)
10:00 Chef Roble & Co. (Bravo)
10:30 Redneck Island (CMT)

Thursday, June 6th
8:00 Style Pop (Style)
8:00 The Hero (TNT)
9:00 72 Hours (TNT)
9:00 Race to the Scene (Reelz)
9:00 LA Hair (Oxygen)
9:00 Burn Notice (USA)
10:00 Graceland (USA)
10:00 In the Flesh (BBC America)

Friday, June 7th
10:00 Continuum (Syfy)

Saturday, June 8th
9:00 Redneck Island (CMT) (Time Period Premiere)
9:00 Sinbad (Syfy)
10:00 Primeval: New World (Syfy)

Sunday, June 9th
8:00 HGTV Star (HGTV)
8:00 Xtreme Waterparks (Travel)
8:30 Insane Coaster Wars (Travel)
9:00 Mountain Men (History)
9:00 The Killing (AMC) (Time Period Premiere)
9:00 Falling Skies (TNT) (Two-Hour Premiere)
10:00 The Wanted Life (E!) (Time Period Premiere)
10:00 Storage Hunters (TruTV)
10:00 Ice Road Truckers (History)

Monday, June 10th
8:00 Switched at Birth (ABC Family)
9:00 Major Crimes (TNT)
9:00 The Winner Is… (NBC)
10:00 King & Maxwell (TNT)
10:00 Last Call Food Brawl (Destination America)
10:00 Street Outlaws (Discovery)
10:00 Deon Cole’s Black Box (TBS)
10:30 The Freshman Class (Cooking)

Tuesday, June 11th
8:00 Pretty Little Liars (ABC Family)
9:00 Twisted (ABC Family)
10:00 Shipping Wars (A&E)
11:00 Renovate to Rent (HGTV)

Wednesday, June 12th
9:00 Ghost Hunters (Syfy)
9:00 Royal Pains (USA)
10:00 Necessary Roughness (USA)
10:00 Dig Wars (Travel)
10:00 I’m Having Their Baby (Oxygen)

Thursday, June 13th
9:00 Intervention (A&E)
10:00 Sullivan & Son (TBS)
10:00 House of Curves (WE)

Sunday, June 16th
8:00 Off the Hook: Extreme Catches (Animal Planet)
9:00 True Blood (HBO)
9:00 Inspector Lewis (on Masterpiece Mystery) (PBS)
10:00 Falling Skies (TNT) (Time Period Premiere)

Tuesday, June 18th
10:00 Blood and Oil (Discovery)

Wednesday, June 19th
9:00 Franklin & Bash (TNT) (Two-Hour Premiere)
10:00 Futurama (Comedy Central)
10:00 Couples Therapy (VH1)
10:00 Hot in Cleveland (TVLand)
10:30 The Exes (TVLand)
10:30 The Soup Investigates (E!)
11:00 The Soul Man (TVLand)

Thursday, June 20th
10:00 Wilfred (FX) (One-Hour Premiere)
11:00 The Big Picture (Reelz)

Saturday, June 22nd
10:00 Mountain Monsters (Destination America)

Sunday, June 23rd
8:00 Celebrity Wife Swap (ABC)
9:00 Whodunnit? (ABC)
9:00 Crossing Lines (NBC)
9:00 Drop Dead Diva (Lifetime)
10:00 Devious Maids (Lifetime)
10:00 Copper (BBC America)

Tuesday, June 25th
9:00 Rizzoli & Isles (TNT)
10:00 Perception (TNT)
10:00 Catfish: The TV Show (MTV)
10:00 What’s in the Barn? (Velocity)

Wednesday, June 26th
8:00 Big Brother (CBS)
12:00 a.m. Big Brother: After Dark (TVGN)

Sunday, June 30th
8:00 Big Brother (CBS) (Time Period Premiere)
8:00 The Real Story (Smithsonian)
9:00 Dexter (Showtime)
10:00 Ray Donovan (Showtime)

Monday, July 1st
8:00 AwesomenessTV (Nickelodeon)
8:00 – 10:00 American Ninja Warrior (NBC) (Two-Hour Premiere)
9:00 Bizarre Foods America (Travel)
9:00 Battleground Afghanistan (National Geographic)
10:00 Siberia (NBC)
10:00 Eyewitness War (National Geographic)
10:00 Below Deck (Bravo)

Tuesday, July 2nd
8:00 Big Brother (CBS) (Time Period Premiere)

Friday, July 5th
9:00 Warlocks Rising (Discovery)
10:00 Philly Throttle (Discovery)
10:00 Monster Fish (Nat Geo Wild)
10:00 King (Reelz)

Saturday, July 6th
10:00 Bizarre ER (Discovery Fit & Health)

Sunday, July 7th
9:00 Endeavour (on Masterpiece Mystery) (PBS)
9:00 Bar Rescue (Spike TV)
10:00 Food Court Wars (Food Network)

Monday, July 8th
8:00 American Ninja Warrior (NBC) (Regular Time Period)
9:00 Get Out Alive with Bear Grylls (NBC)
10:00 Hollywood Exes (VH1)
10:00 Dangerman (BBC America)
10:00 God, Guns, & Automobiles (History)

Tuesday, July 9th
9:00 Storage Wars: New York (A&E)
9:00 Interior Therapy with Jeff Lewis (Bravo)
10:00 Property Envy (Bravo)
10:00 Drunk History (Comedy Central)
10:30 The Jeselnik Offensive (Comedy Central)

Wednesday, July 10th
9:00 America’s Got Talent (NBC) (Time Period Premiere)
10:00 Camp (NBC)
10:00 The Bridge (FX)

Thursday, July 11th
8:00 Summer Camp (USA)
10:00 Hollywood Game Night (NBC)
Orange is the New Black (Netflix) (All episodes released at once)

Friday, July 12th
10:00 Comedy Bang! Bang! (IFC)

Saturday, July 13th
10:00 Being Human (BBC America)
10:00 Bounty Wars (CMT)

Sunday, July 14th
8:00 Tia & Tamera (Style)
9:00 Hillbillies for Hire (CMT)
9:00 Hollywood Exes (VH1) (Time Period Premiere)
10:00 LaLa’s Full Court Life (VH1)
10:00 The Newsroom (HBO)
10:00 Adam Richman’s Fandemonium (Travel)

Tuesday, July 16th
8:00 Giuliana & Bill (Style)
8:00 Weird or What (Syfy)
8:00/8:30 Whose Line is it Anyway? (The CW) (Back-to-Back New Episodes)
9:00/9:30 Perfect Score (The CW) (Back-to-Back New Episodes)
9:00 Covert Affairs (USA)
10:00 Suits (USA)
10:00 Deal with It (TBS)
10:00 Ink Master (Spike)

Wednesday, July 17th 
8:00 Big Brother (CBS) (New Time)
9:00 Here Comes Honey Boo Boo (TLC)

Thursday, July 18th
9:00 Project Runway (Lifetime)
10:00 Ridiculousness (MTV)
11:00 Money From Strangers (MTV)

Friday, July 19th
10:00 Miss U Much (VH1)

Saturday, July 20th
8:00 Cedar Cove (Hallmark) (Two-Hour Series Premiere)

Sunday, July 21st
9:00 City Girl Diaries (Style)
10:00 Brother vs. Brother (HGTV)
10:00 Breaking Amish: LA (TLC)

Monday, July 22nd
9:00 Breaking Pointe (The CW)
10:00 Supermarket Superstar (Lifetime)

Tuesday, July 23rd
8:00 Whose Line is it Anyway? (The CW) (Regular Time Slot)
8:30 Dallas Car Sharks (Velocity)
9:00 Perfect Score (The CW) (Regular Time Slot)
9:00 Power Broker (HGTV)
10:00 The Profit (CNBC)
10:00 The Vineyard (ABC Family)
11:00 Web Therapy (Showtime)

Wednesday, July 24th
9:00 Spell-Mageddon (ABC Family)
10:00 Joe Rogan Questions Everything (Syfy)
10:00 Top Chef Masters (Bravo)

Thursday, July 25th
10:00 Glam & Gold (WE)
12:00 a.m. Childrens Hospital (Adult Swim)
12:15 a.m. NTSF: SD: SUV:: (Adult Swim)

Friday, July 26th
9:00 Would You Fall for That? (ABC)

Sunday, July 28th
9:00 Unforgettable (CBS)
10:00 Total Divas (E!)

Monday, July 29th
10:00 The Writers’ Room (Sundance)

Tuesday, July 30th
9:00 Capture (The CW)
11:00 Nikki & Sara LIVE (MTV)

Wednesday, July 31st
10:00 Surviving the In-Laws (TLC)

Thursday, August 1st
10:00 Impractical Jokers (truTV)

Friday, August 2nd
8:00 America’s Next Top Model (The CW) (Two-Hour Premiere)

Saturday, August 3rd
9:00 Too Cute (Animal Planet)
10:00 Psychic Tia (A&E)
10:00 Deadly Affairs (ID)

Sunday, August 4th
9:00 RIDE-iculous (Travel)

Tuesday, August 6th
8:00 Minute to Win It (GSN)
9:00 The Chase (GSN)
9:00 The Legend of Shelby the Swamp Man (History)

Wednesday, August 7th
9:00 Million Dollar Listings Los Angeles (Bravo)
10:00 Broadchurch (BBC America)

Friday, August 9th
9:00 Obsessed with the Dress (WE)
10:00 What Not to Wear (TLC)

Saturday, August 10th
9:00 The White Queen (Starz)
9:00 Hell on Wheels (AMC) (Two-Hour Premiere)

Sunday, August 11th
9:00 Eat, Drink, Love (Bravo)
9:00 Breaking Bad (AMC)
10:00 Low Winter Sun (AMC)
11:00 Talking Bad (AMC)

Monday, August 12th
10:00 Hotel Impossible (Travel)

Tuesday, August 13th
8:00 Bad Girls Club: Miami (Oxygen)
9:00 Amish Mafia (Discovery)
9:00 Doomsday Preppers (Nat Geo)
9:00 Face Off (Syfy)
10:30 Heroes of Cosplay (Syfy)

Wednesday, August 14th
9:00 Let It Ride (Nat Geo)
10:00 Duck Dynasty (A&E)

Thursday, August 15th
9:00 Mysteries at the Museum (Travel)
9:00 Owner’s Manual (AMC)
10:00 The Pitch (AMC)

Friday, August 16th
9:00 Say Yes to the Dress (TLC)