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Summer crime dramas (part 2)

Ray Donavan is back on Showtime for a second season and the L.A. fixer can't wait to get things done for his clients,
Ray Donavan is back on Showtime for a second season and the L.A. fixer can't wait to get things done for his clients,

As summer television programs continue, check out what’s at your disposal in the world of crime, horror and violence which Americans enjoy and are now accustomed to. Here is what can be seen (if you haven’t already) in the summer session.

Banshee (CINEMAX, Returning). The series began in January however episodes are still being shown. For the distant follower it can be confusing but check it out anyway as Hood and Job continue their criminal plots. The program has been renewed again to premiere in January 2015. Watch episodes Fridays at 10 p.m.

Cold Justice (TNT) (Returning). Executive producer Dick Wolf (Miami Vice, Law and Order segments, Chicago Fire and PD) has done it again in the second season hit that added six more episodes beginning in January. The series will end on August 25. The plot continues with a former prosecutor and former crime investigator as they tackle small town cold cases. Watch the series Friday nights at 9/8c.

Graceland (USA) (Returning). Described as “Somewhere in Southern California, in a drug raid run by the US government, a beachfront property was seized and turned into a residence for undercover cops.” Graceland airs Wednesdays at 10:02 p.m. EST.

Hemlock Grove (NETFLIX) (Returning). From –

All 10 episodes of the sophomore season of “Hemlock Grove,” from exec producer Eli Roth, will premiere on Friday, July 11, at 12:01 a.m. Pacific in all territories where Netflix is available. Series is based on Brian McGreevy’s novel of the same name and is produced by Gaumont International Television.

Season two picks up with the residents of Hemlock Grove coming to grips with the shocking massacre inflicted by one of its deadliest creatures.

Said Roth, “Netflix has been an incredible partner, and whenever we wanted to take the story in a dangerous direction, they encouraged us to go even further — into a scarier, darker, and sexier place. We guarantee you won’t see anything like this anywhere else on television.”

History Detectives Special Investigations (PBS) (Returning). The popular series is beginning its 11th season with a different twist – instead of three to four discoveries solved in the History Detectives segments, the special investigations concentrate on an individual or event the entire hour.

The specials already shown are “The Civil War Sabotage” and “The Disappearance of Glenn Miller.” Others will follow; check your local times on PBS stations.

Legends (TNT) (New). Would you like to be a different person each time you did your job? Watch the series premiering Wednesday night Aug. 13 at 9/8c to find out. Actor Sean Bean plays the character Martin Odum, the master spy. Other actors in the series are Ali Larter and Steve Harris.

Longmire (A&E) (Returning). Wyoming Sheriff Walt Longmire (played by actor Robert Taylor) returned for a third season on June 2. There’s plenty of cases to solve including his best friend Henry Standing Bear (played by actor Lou Diamond Phillips) being convicted of murder. The series airs Mondays at 10 p.m./9c.

Major Crimes (TNT) (Returning). The third season of The Closer spinoff continues with Captain Sharon Raydor and her spinoff colleagues of the Major Crimes Division. The program began June 9 and airs Monday nights at 9/8c.

Masterpiece (PBS) (Returning). Ah, aren’t British mysteries the best? Capture more of the mysteries from Masterpiece with the second season of Endeavor (which began June 29). A caption of The Escape Artist can be read below.

Mystery Girls (ABC Family) (New). The sitcom began in late June and airs Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m./7:30c. It’s about two former female TV detectives (played by Tori Spelling and Jennie Garth) who become partners in real crime.

Penny Dreadful (Showtime) (Returning). According to “Explorer Sir Malcolm Murray, American gunslinger Ethan Chandler, and others unite to combat supernatural threats in Victorian London.” This combined with horror classics may keep your head spinning. Check various times for a dreadful good time.

Perception (TNT) (Returning). What would the FBI do without the eccentric schizoid Dr. Pierce (played by actor Eric McCormack) in solving crimes? Find out when the program airs in its third season Tuesday nights at 10/9c. Actor LeVar Burton also stars in the whodunit.

Pretty Little Liars (ABC Family) (Returning). Now in its fifth season which started in June, have the teenage foursome forgotten about “A” and moved on with their relationships? Continue to watch Tuesday nights at 8/7c.

Ray Donavan (Showtime) (Returning). The second season was off with a bang this past week with Ray’s son in trouble at school, his daughter stopped by the police, therapy sessions with wife, and his father still acting like a jerk. The L.A. fixer concludes with taking off his shirt in a parking lot at a Mexican bar where his father is and carrying a baseball bat. It’s a good show to watch, new episodes Sunday nights at 9 EST/PT.

Rectify (Sundance TV) (Returning). Being released from prison, Daniel Holden is still living in the past and haunted by former girlfriend Hanna in Season 2; while trying to get his life back together. Another good one to watch Tuesdays at 9 p.m./8c.

Rizzoli and Isles (TNT) (Returning). Boston remains strong as the detective (played by actress Angie Harmon) and medical examiner (played by actress Sasha Alexander) still fight crime into the fifth season which began in June. The duo airs Tuesday nights at 9/8c.

The Bridge (FX) (Returning). Another good one to watch. The second season started last Wednesday night (10/9c) continuing with crime on the U.S./Mexican border with two detectives working from both sides.

The Killing (NETFLIX) (Returning). This is one show I followed – unfortunately it’s on NETFLIX (which I don’t have) instead of AMC. But I’m glad the crime thriller is given another chance. NETFLIX on its website states the show is in its fourth and final season. Continue to watch beginning Aug. 1.

The Leftovers (HBO) (New). Read the article below from the Washington Post and then decide for yourself.

The Strain (FX) (New). Yuk! Just how icky can TV get? The Los Angeles Times gives this description of this yucky show about vampires that premiered Sunday at 10 p.m./9c –

They have slimy, retractable stingers in their mouths that latch onto their victims’ necks, making surgical-grade incisions for blood sucking, and their copious poop smells like ammonia.

The website page is just as gross. Recommended for mature audiences only.

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