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Top TV week of June 23: 'The Leftovers', 'Buying Naked', 'Tyrant'


Under the Dome: Inside Chester's Mill, 10 p.m. CBS

The Stephen King-inspired series is back for a second season next week, so this special featuring cast members and producers discussing the show has a preview of season 2 (King wrote the first episode) and a recap of events so far. Here, let us save you some time: Everyone's trapped in a dome. They'd rather not be.


SERIES PREMIERE Tyrant, 10 p.m., FX

This new series has an ambitious premise — pediatrician Dr. Bassam al-Fayeed, the youngest son of a Middle Eastern dictator, gets pulled back into the family drama after living in California for 20 years — but it's in the right hands. Tyrant is being developed by Howard Gordon (who developed Showtime's Homeland) and Israeli writer Gideon Raff (creator of Israeli drama series Prisoners of War, which Homeland is based on), two guys who know their way around dramatizing fraught international dynamics. Add to that FX's track record of producing quality shows (especially this year, with Fargo, Louie and The Americans), and we have high hopes.


SERIES PREMIERE Taxi Brooklyn, 10 p.m., NBC

This new show is inspired by Taken filmmaker Luc Besson's Taxi movies, so expect the New York police detective played by Grey's Anatomy alum Chyler Leigh to have a very special set of skills.



Manhattan's New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Newark's University Hospital are the settings for this reality (emphasis on the REAL, am I right?) series starting its second season. Celebrity doc Mehmet Oz is featured, along with other doctors who handle cases ranging from gunshot wounds to a mother's heart tumor. And if you, like us, shuddered at that last sentence, watch with caution.

Last Comic Standing, 10 p.m., NBC

Actor Cheryl Hines (Curb Your Enthusiasm, Suburgatory) mentors the contestants as they try their hands at sketch comedy in this new episode. Fun facts! Did you know Hines was born in Florida and went to the University of Central Florida? We knew there was a reason we always liked her.


SERIES PREMIERE Buying Naked, 10 p.m., TLC

In this new series, nudists flock to Pasco County, which boasts the largest concentration of clothing-optional communities in the country. Because of course it does. See, they need help finding places to live that don't clash with their lifestyle, so real estate agent Jackie Youngblood tries to match them with houses, keeping in mind potential hazards like counter height, sharp corners and carpeting. You're welcome for that image.


SERIES PREMIERE The Leftovers, 10 p.m., HBO

Based on author Tom Perrotta's 2011 book, this new drama from writer/executive producer Damon Lindelof and Perrotta picks up three years after the disappearance of 2 percent of the world's population. Everything about this show oozes an eerie vibe, especially the unsettling way people just ... vanish. Where'd they go? Are they coming back? It doesn't seem like this show is providing any easy answers. Fittingly, Lindelof, whose last TV gig was as a showrunner on Lost, knows a thing or two about presiding over a show with an extended, unsolved mystery.

Top TV week of June 23: 'The Leftovers', 'Buying Naked', 'Tyrant' 06/20/14 [Last modified: Friday, June 20, 2014 1:27pm]
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