July TV: Summertime Specials And Premieres

July 8, 2015

[Written by Shavonne Jeffries, Bermuda CableVision]

The heat is on, but the cool new shows keep on coming. No summer doldrums here, with plenty of new programming to explore. Here’s a sneak peek at some of this month’s upcoming premieres and specials.

“Shark Week” – July 5 – 12 on Discovery [check listings at Discovery.com for the full schedule]

It’s been called the Super Bowl of the ocean, with more than 40 million viewers tuning in last year. Shark Week is back, and with a whole new attitude, this time focusing more on research and science than in prior years.

Among the episodes you can watch this week: “Glow-in-the Dark Sharks,” featuring the bioluminescent lanternshark; “Return of the Great White Serial Killer”; “Alien Sharks”; “Sharks After Dark”; “Island of the Megashark,” focusiong on the search for the largest great white; “Tiburones: Sharks of Cuba”; “Monster Mako,” the fastest shark in the ocean, and lots more.

Learn about these magnificent predators and their importance to the world’s ecosystems while you marvel at some of the most spectacular underwater photography ever seen.

‘Shark Week’ trailer:

“Dates” – new series premieres Thursday, July 9 at 10.00pm on CW

This new British comedy series from Bryan Elsley, creator of “Skins,” explores what can happen on a first date between two people who have met via an online dating service. Each episode features a different couple going out for the first time, with the cameras rolling as the weird, wonderful and awkward moments unfold.

The show’s cast includes Gemma Chan, Oona Chaplin, Ben Chaplin, Amanda Hale, Katie McGrath, and Andrew Scott, with different cast members appearing each week.

‘Dates’ trailer:

“Living with the Enemy” – new series premieres Thursday, July 9 at 11.00pm on Lifetime

This new reality series tests the idea that opposites attract, and finds it failing. Following in the footsteps of reality shows like “Wife Swap,” the six-part docuseries looks at two women each week who spend eight days living together in spite of their diametrically opposed ideas about life and the world.

Viewers can expect plenty of tears, drama and tension as the two attempt to survive the week.

The series kicks off by pairing “big beautiful woman” Kristy Love with health-and-fitness expert Michel Marley, who find it difficult to be in the same room together without a shouting match.

Other clashes will unfold as the series pairs an overly-attentive ‘helicopter mom’ with a free-spirted parent, a strict vegan with a game hunter, and a same-sex wife with a “traditional marriage” advocate.

‘Living with the Enemy’ trailer:

“Dr. Jeff, Rocky Mountain Vet” – new series premieres Saturday, July 11 at 11.00pm on Animal Planet

In this new ten-part series, we follow the extraordinary work being done at The Planned Pethood Plus veterinary clinic in Denver, Colorado, run by maverick vet Dr. Jeff Young. The clinic treats more than 80,000 clients and their pets, and for many, Dr. Jeff is the last hope.

The show reveals the lengths to which one man is willing to go, in the emergency room and beyond, as he applies his surgical expertise and animal-centric philosophy to real-life situations that require, speed, compassion and level-headedness.

Dr. Jeff, considered a mircle worker by his clients, is one of the busiest and most respected veterinarians in the US. He is a rock-solid, calming force in the midst of tension and chaos as he and his 30-plus veterinary experts juggle routine pet visits with dozens of daily critical surgeries and emergencies.

As a leading advocate for spaying and neutering, Dr. Jeff has performed more than 165,000 such procedures. He is committed to providing low-cost animal care to all, putting the welfare of the pets before profit.

‘Dr. Jeff, Rocky Mountain Vet’ trailer:

“Humanity from Space” – special premieres Tuesday, July 21, at 9.00pm on PBS

This epic PBS production traces humankind’s long journey from hunter-gatherer to globally dominant species. The two-hour special takes the perspective from high above in space and uses surprising data and computer graphics to expose the full extent of humanity’s impact on the planet, exploring how we’ve transformed the very face of the earth and created a complex, highly interconnected world.

‘Humanity from Space’ preview:

“White People” – special documentary premieres Wednesday, July 22, at 9.00pm on MTV

This new documentary is part of MTV’s “Look Different” anti-bias campaign. The network teamed up with filmmaker Jose Antonio Vargas to produce a film that takes a close look at how young white people perceive their racial identity in an increasingly multiracial United States.

Says Stephen Friedman, President of MTV, “Whiteness often remains unexamined in conversations about race in this country, even as it acts as the implicit norm against which other racial identities are judged.

“By shining a spotlight on whiteness, we hope “White People” will serve as a powerful conversation starter that encourages our audience to address racial bias through honest, judgment-free dialogue.”

‘White People’ trailer:

“Life on the Reef” – special miniseries premieres Wednesday, July 22 at 9.00pm on PBS

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is one of the richest and most complex ecosystems on the planet. Covering an an area larger than the United Kingdom, Switzerland and the Netherlands combined, the reef is home to a vast array of animal life that includes the tiniest of microscopic organisms to giant, 100-tonne whales.

See what is being done by Queensland Parks and Wildlife Rangers working with traditional owners, police, border protection agents and scientists to protect and preserve the fragile reef and its aquatic inhabitants.

“Life on the Reef” combines natural history and scientific expertise with authentic stories of this great natural wonder viewed through the eyes and actions of the people who live there.
Enjoy the new summer shows!

‘Life on the Reef’ official trailer:

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