You Should Watch It
Thursday, June 20 (FX)
One-Hour Season Premiere: Sure, taking a year off from making Louie might have been good for your mental health, Louis C.K., but what about Wilfred? Now the poor pooch has to spend Thursday nights alone this summer! At the end of last season, Ryan (Elijah Wood) figured out that dog-suited friend/figment Wilfred (Jason Gann) has been in his head since childhood; now, he's come to the comforting(?) conclusion that he's always been crazy. Wilfred has a different theory: "I'm a magical being" (a rabid hatred of Ben Affleck is also somehow involved). A trip to Wilfred's puppyhood home just raises more questions, like "Dog-cloning is a thing?" and "Who woulda thought Angela Kinsey would be the first ex-Office star to find work?" In the second—and funnier—new episode tonight, Ryan dares to make friends with Wilfred's mortal enemy ... the mailman!
Under the Dome
Monday, June 24 (CBS)
Series Debut: More like a miniseries, which is exactly the way non-cable networks should approach summer scripted shows: Don't dangle a multiple-seasons promise you'll never keep, just tell one great story and get the hell out. The 13-episode Under the Dome, as has been beaten into your media consciousness by now, is an adaptation of a Stephen King novel about a small town suddenly trapped under a mysterious, impenetrable dome—no way out, no way in, let the manic-panicking commence. King already laid out the great story, and pilot director Niels Arden Oplev (the original Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) delivers in the retelling with tense pacing and above-TV-average F/X. Even Twilight refugee Rachel Lefevre, as the local newspaper editor(!), can't ruin this. Just forget The Simpsons Movie and roll with it.
You Should DVR It
Jodi Arias: Dirty Little Secret
Saturday, June 22 (Lifetime)
Movie: As a loyal Tania Raymonde (Lost, Death Valley) fan, of course The Only TV Column That Matters™ is all over Jodi Arias: Dirty Little Secret, the "true" story of the convicted boyfriend killer who captured 'Merica's ... hearts? ... via daily televised courtroom proceedings (related: Do none of you people have jobs?). There's also the Mormon angle, the Arias trial being an LDS media embarrassment third only to Glenn Beck and whatever polygamy-reality show is debuting this week. Raymonde's take on Arias isn't entirely painless, and dead ex-lover Travis Alexander (played by The Mob Doctor's Jesse Lee Soffer) doesn't get off clean, either—no implied anal-sex jokes here, filth-mongers!
Sunday, June 23 (Lifetime)
Series Debut: A drama headlined by five Latinas (Ana Ortiz, Dania Ramirez, Roselyn Sanchez, Judy Reyes and Edy Ganem, all of whom you've seen in supporting roles elsewhere) outside of Spanish TV is a first—and they're playing maids. One step forward, etc. Devious Maids—yes, they're all devious to some extent—is produced by Marc Cherry and Eva Longoria of Desperate Housewives fame, and Lifetime is on a roll with sexy-soapy, quasi-empowerment fluff like The Client List; there's no reason this shouldn't be a hit, especially with the "We've got the dirt on our rich bosses" angle. Sure, it could be smarter, but Devious Maids is still nowhere near as stoopid as ABC's "female-bonding" trainwreck Mistresses.
You Should Read A Book
Sunday, June 23 (NBC)
Series Debut: Hey, another procedural cop drama ... great. And from the guy behind spectacularly failed Criminal Minds spin-off Suspect Behavior? Anyway: Crossing Lines is about the International Criminal Court and cross-border crimes ... bored already? But wait! There's a serial killer! And Donald Sutherland! All adding up to ... another procedural cop drama.
When a big-haired LAPD 911 operator (big-haired Halle Berry) receives a call—The Call, as you might suspect—from an abducted teen (Abigail Breslin), she takes on the kidnapper/killer herself because she's Halle damned Berry. (WWE/Sony)
The U.S. military is deployed to a compromised top-secret Australian bunker to extract scientists, only to encounter crazed patients and a mysterious girl with no memory in the sci-fi action-horror thriller that has critics raving, "Huh?" (IFC Films)
Hansel & Gretel Get Baked
A new strain of weed called "Black Forest" is taking Los Angeles by storm, and the dealer (Lara Flynn Boyle—yes, that Lara Flynn Boyle) is eating her customers! Spotting a terrible business model, Hansel & Gretel are out to take her down! (Tribeca)
The Incredible Burt Wonderstone
Superstar magician duo Burt Wonderstone (Steve Carell) and Anton Marvelton (Steve Buscemi) hate each other, but now face an even bigger threat: Renegade illusionist Steve Grey (Jim Carrey). Will Valuable Life Lessons be learned? (Warner Bros.)
The Wizards Return: Alex vs. Alex
In Italy, wizard Alex (Selena Gomez) accidentally conjures Good and Evil versions of herself. Naturally, this leads to an epic battle atop the Tower of Pisa as the world hangs in the balance. This would never happen to Burt and Anton. (Disney)
More New DVD Releases (June 25)
Beauty & the Least, The Big C: Season 3, Blood of 1,000 Virgins, Brian Posehn: The Fartist, Dead Souls, The Glades: Season 3, Honest, Jane's Addiction: Live in NYC, Mad TV: Season 3, No, Pusher, The Rambler, Todd & the Book of Pure Evil: Season 2, Upside Down, Venus & Vegas