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  • "Childrens Hospital" returns July 25, with Zandi Hartig (from left), Henry Winkler, Megan Mullally and Rob Corddry.
"Childrens Hospital" returns July 25, with Zandi Hartig (from… (Darren Michaels/SMPSP )
June 27, 2013|By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol | RedEye

Looks like comedy will rule TV during July.

NBC's "Camp" (July 10) stars the always fab Rachel Griffiths as the owner/director of a struggling summer camp for kids. Netflix's "Orange is the New Black" (July 11) is a dark comedy set in a women's prison from "Weeds' creator Jenji Kohan. Comedy Central is firing away with the series premiere of  "Drunk History" and the return of "The Jeselnik Offensive" (both July 9).

IFC brings back "Comedy Bang! Bang!" on July 12, while Adult Swim sees the returns of "Childrens Hospital" and "NTSF:SD:SUV::" on July 25. Therapist Fiona Wallace (Lisa Kudrow) offers more victims--er, clients--her special brand of "Web Therapy" on Showtime (July 13). Even OWN is getting some funny, with "Wanda Sykes Presents Herlarious" specials (July 13 and 20).

And I can't forget Syfy's hilarious creature features, including "Sharknado" (July 11).

There's a whole lot more than comedy, too. Check out the list of premieres, movies, finales and specials below, and come back often to see my weekly listings of what to watch and avoid.

Monday, July 1
11 a.m. | "Ducks Unlimited TV," Outdoor Channel (season premiere; airs Mondays, 7 p.m. Saturdays & 9 a.m. Tuesdays)
7 | "15th Annual Young Hollywood Awards," CW (special)
7 | "American Ninja Warrior," NBC (season premiere)
7 | "Carson on TCM," TCM (series premiere; memorable Johnny Carson interviews)
8 | "Gideon's Army," HBO (doc premiere)
8 | "Battleground Afghanistan," Nat Geo (series premiere; latest chapter of Afghan conflict)
8 | "Bizarre Foods America with Andrew Zimmern," Travel (season premiere)
8 | "Jim Shockey's The Professionals," Outdoor Channel (series premiere)
9 | "Siberia," NBC (series premiere; reality show contestants stranded in spooky Siberia)
9 | "Top Chef Masters," Bravo (season 5 premiere)
9 | "Below Deck," Bravo (reality premiere; crewmembers aboard "Honor," a 164-foot mega-yacht)
9 | "Eyewitness War," Nat Geo (series premiere; following Army, Navy, DEA, Coast Guard)
10 | "Under Armour Presents Ridge Reaper," Outdoor Channel (series premiere)

Tuesday, July 2
7 | "Nine for IX: Venus vs.," ESPN (doc series; opener about Venus Williams’ fight for equal prize money)
7 | "The Statue of Liberty," PBS (special; check local listings)
9 | "The Game," BET (season premiere)
9:30 | "Being Mary Jane," BET (movie; single woman's woes)

Wednesday, July 3
10:30 a.m. | "Grateful Nation," Outdoor Channel (season premiere; behind-the-scenes stories of disabled veterans who hunt)
7 p.m. | "Macys 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular," NBC (special)
7 | "Philly 4th of July Jam," VH1 (special)
7 | "A Capitol Fourth," PBS (special; check local listings)
7 | "BBQ Crawl," Travel (series premiere; Canada's BBQ Champ Danielle Dimovski on BBQ competition circuit)
7 | "MidwayUSA's Gun Stories with Joe Mantegna," Outdoor Channel (series premiere)
7 | "Kelsey's Essentials," Cooking Channel (season premiere)
9 | "Donut Showdown," Cooking Channel (reality premiere; donut makers compete)

Friday, July 5
6:30 | "Sasquatch," Outdoor Channel (series premiere)
7 | "The Perfect Boyfriend," Lifetime Movie Network (movie)
8 | "Warlocks Rising," Discovery (reality premiere; Florida biker club)
9 | "Life's Too Short," HBO (series finale)
9 | "King," Reelz (series premiere; Detective Jessica King is on the case.)
9 | "Monster Fish," Nat Geo Wild (season premiere)

Saturday, July 6
9 | "Bizarre ER," Discovery Fit & Health (season premiere)

Sunday, July 7
10 a.m. | "Marvel's Avengers Assemble," Disney XD (series premiere)
6 p.m. | "Rihanna 777 Tour," Style (doc premiere)
6 | "Bikinis & Boardwalks," Travel (series premiere; beach and boardwalk vacations)
7 | "Secrets of Althorp--The Spencers," PBS (special; check local listings)
8 | "Endeavour, Series 1," PBS ("Masterpiece Mystery!" premiere; four new mysteries)
8 | "Oprah's Lifeclass," OWN (summer premiere)
9 | "Breaking Amish: Brave New World: The Shunning Truth," TLC (2-part special premiere)
9 | "Food Court Wars," Food Network (competition series premiere)
10 | "Craig Morgan: All Access Outdoors," Outdoor Channel (season 4 premiere)

Monday, July 8
1 | "Amor Real," Univision's tlnovelas channel (classic telenovela)
7:30 | "Top Gear," BBC America (season 20 premiere)
8 | "Get Out Alive with Bear Grylls," NBC (series premiere)
8 | "Gasland Part III," HBO (doc premiere)
9 | "Dangerman: The Incredible Mr. Goodwin," BBC America (series premiere; escapologist does his thing)
9 | "Gods, Guns & Automobiles," History (reality premiere; Mark Muller and Eric "Mancow" Muller run auto dealership)
9 | "When Sharks Attack," Nat Geo Wild (three-part series premiere; also July 15 and 22)
9 | "Lizard Lick Towing," truTV (midseason premiere)
9:30 | "Kentucky Bidders," truTV (reality premiere; auction house antics)

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