Secrets, Lies & What To Watch: July 6-12

Season/series premieres: 

True Crime Canada starts its second season and if you don’t remember there being a first season, you’re probably not alone as it only had three episodes. True Crime Canada is essentially a magazine-style show looking at a famous Canadian murder case. It seems like the perfect program to satisfy the morbid fascination people have with murder and a way to fill airtime without much of a cost: Use old CBC News footage, have Ian Hanomansing walk around aimlessly and narrate for an hour, and there, you have yourself a show.

     Also helping to fill the huge gaping holes in CBC’s primetime schedule (pretty much anything that isn’t the World Cup and The National) is Secrets & Lies. The ABC series? No, that’s arriving next season. This is the original Australian Network Ten version, the one the ABC series is based on…so that’s something. 

     Elsewhere this week, NBC is finally debuting Working the Engles. While I loved the pilot, (it’s probably one of the best I’ve seen) the series completely fell flat and I abandoned it halfway through its run. Even though I liked the pilot, I doubt American audiences will take to it especially since it’s up against Big Brother on CBS and another rather popular Canadian import Rookie Blue on ABC (although it hit a series low recently in the US). Since the NBC airing of Working the Engles is up against Big Brother, Global is reairing the pilot at 8 p.m. on Thursday just an hour before the NBC premiere. So Americans who live near the border can watch it on Global and they can sink NBC’s numbers even further. Way to kill NBC’s interest in the series, Global. 

     Also of note this week is MTV’s Finding Carter, which premieres Tuesday at 10 p.m., but also airs Friday at 9 p.m. on CTV. It looks like Bell has a lot of faith in that series, but you probably couldn’t say the same about Welcome to Sweden. It’s airing in simulcast on Bell’s cable network Comedy with NBC, while CTV airs Gang Related and CTV Two airs a rerun of The Big Bang Theory that isn’t even in simulcast with CBS. It looks like they think Welcome to Sweden won’t be here for long.

Show Episode Title Day and Time Networks
True Crime Canada Inside the Luka Magnotta Case Sunday 9 p.m. CBC
Witches of East End A Moveable Beast Sunday 9 p.m. Lifetime
Secrets & Lies Monday 9 p.m. CBC
The Amazing Race Canada What’s It Take To Get a Cup of Tea? Tuesday 8 p.m. CTV
Finding Carter Pilot; The Birds Tuesday 10 p.m. MTV
Exant Re-Entry Wednesday 8 p.m. Global/CBS
Welcome to Sweeden Pilot—Day One/Valkomen Thursday 9 p.m. Comedy/NBC
Working the Engles Pilot Thursday 9:30 p.m. NBC
Leah Remini: It’s All Relative Welcome to the Family Thursday 10 p.m. TLC
Ex on the Beach Friday 10 p.m.  MTV

Others:

Miley Cyrus: Bangerz Tour
Sunday 9 p.m.
NBC

Remember Bangerz? You know that Miley Cyrus album in the midsts of her epic twerking, getting naked for no good reason, desperate cry for attention. Well somewhere along the line, there was a tour, and now NBC has decided to air some of that footage to fill a two-hour hole in their schedule. Oh boy.

Heroes of Cosplay
Tuesday 9 p.m.
Space

As you may have noticed the season finales have dwindled, so I popped the few I found down here (and upped the number of premieres on the chart above). Sorry to relegate you to Bangerz Tour land whatever you are Heroes of Cosplay. 

Red Planet
Wednesday 9 p.m.
CHCH

Who likes to watch slow-moving train wrecks? Apparently a lot of people if I Didn’t Do It, Some Assembly Required, Spun Out and Big Brother Canada got renewed. So why not watch one of the biggest cinematic disasters of all time?

Catfish: The TV Show
Wednesday 10 p.m.
MTV

Catfish: The TV Show is one of the few season finales this weeksomeday we’re probably going to look back at catfishing the way we do today at “having a cow.” 

Rocky IV
Thursday 8 p.m.
TSN

Part V on TSN2, Part VI on TSN3, Part VII on TSN4 and Part VII on TSN5 or something.

(Featured image via CBC Media Centre)

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