Documentaries, sitcoms and more this summer

  • Fri Jun 15th, 2012 6:29pm
  • Life

By Emily Yahr The Washington Post

Planning your summer? Here’s what to expect from the new TV lineup:


“One Nation Under Dog” (HBO at 9): Documentary looks at America’s increasing obsession with pooches.

“The Glass House” (ABC at 10): Reality show in which 14 contestants live in a house and the audience votes on who should be sent home.

“Miss Advised” (Bravo at 10): Three single relationship experts try to listen to their own dating advice.


“Baby Daddy” (ABC Family at 8:30): A guy gets a surprise when his ex-girlfriend leaves a baby girl on his doorstep.

June 26

“Craft Wars” (TLC at 10): Tori Spelling hosts this competition between crafting experts.

June 28

“Brand X With Russell Brand” (FX at 11): Late-night talk show with Russell Brand gets a six-week tryout.

July 2

“Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present” (HBO at 9): Documentary profile of “the grandmother of performance art” as she gets ready for a Museum of Modern Art exhibit.

July 6

“Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World” (PBS at 10): Looks at historical Islamic art across nine countries.

July 8

“RV Kings” (Travel at 10): Families transform RVs into their dream vacation vehicles.

July 9

“Opening Act” (E! at 10): “American Idol” exec producer Nigel Lythgoe, singer Mary J. Blige and music producer Antonina Armato scour the Internet for amateur musicians and give them 24 hours to get ready for an audition to open for a major performer.

July 10

“Trust Us With Your Life” (ABC at 9): Improv show that features such performers as Ricky Gervais, Jerry Springer, Florence Henderson and David Hasselhoff.

“NY Med” (ABC at 10): Docu-series following the doctors at New York-Presbyterian Hospital in New York.

July 11

“Beverly Hills Nannies” (ABC Family at 9): Self-explanatory reality show about nannies who work for rich people in the country’s most famous ZIP code.

July 15

“Small Town Security” (AMC at 11): Reality show chronicles a small, family-owned security company in rural Georgia.

July 22

“3” (CBS at 9): Dating show follows three single ladies as they search for love, narrowing down a field of 100 men.

July 23

“Vito” (HBO at 9): Documentary about Vito Russo, one of the founding figures of the gay liberation movement who played a pivotal role in the beginning of GLAAD.

Aug. 9

“Totally Biased With W. Kamau Bell” (FX at 11): Another late-night show tryout, starring comedian W. Kamau Bell and executive produced by Chris Rock.

Aug. 19

“Cedar Cove” (Hallmark at 8): Original movie about a judge who denies a young couple’s divorce petition and demands that they try to make their relationship work; also a backdoor pilot to the network’s first original series premiering next year.

“Married to Jonas” (E! at 10): Reality show about Kevin Jonas and his wife, Dani, as they settle down in New Jersey and deal with the fact that Kevin is a Jonas Brother.