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This Week in TV: A Guide to New and Returning Series
In a landscape littered with more than 500 scripted originals and another 700 reality and docuseries, figuring out what to watch is no easy task.
Here, in a bid to navigate the Peak TV waters, The Hollywood Reporter picks the most anticipated new and returning shows on broadcast, cable and streaming. Bookmark THR's handy guide for key premiere — and series finale — dates.) That said, here's what to watch for the week of July 23-29.
On broadcast …
As the summer doldrums on broadcast lingers on, The CW brings fan-favorite Kristin Kreuk back to U.S. audiences with her Canadian legal drama Burden of Truth. The 10-episode drama, which premiered in January on the CBC, stars Kreuk as a big-city lawyer who returns to her hometown to take on what she thinks is a simple case, only to find herself in a fight for justice for a group of sick girls. Peter Mooney and Alex Carter co-star on the series that brings Kreuk back to her longtime home at The CW after Smallville and Beauty and the Beast.
Airs: Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET/PT
On cable …
CMT exits the scripted originals space with the series finale of country music soap Nashville. The former ABC drama wraps its six-season run (and second overall on the niche Viacom cable network) as leading man Deacon (Charles Esten) has the opportunity to fulfill a lifelong dream and Juliette (Hayden Panettiere) makes a decision about her future. CMT will now be without an original scripted drama for the first time in years after making a concerted push in the space only two years ago by acquiring Nashville.
Airs: Thursday at 9 p.m. ET/PT
On streaming …
Rival streamers Netflix and Hulu both have big premieres this week. Fresh off its world premiere at San Diego Comic-Con, Hulu unspools J.J. Abrams' Stephen King anthology Castle Rock on Wednesday. Netflix will find its lovable Orange Is the New Black inmates sent to max in its first season outside of Litchfield. Expect some surprising new faces and timely storylines when all 13 episodes of season six debut Friday.
And in case you missed it …
Did we mention that there's a lot of television out there? Case in point: Check out all the trailers from San Diego Comic-Con with THR's roundup.