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August 2013 TV premieres, finales, movies and specials

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  • "Duck Dynasty" returns Aug. 14 with new cast member Alan Robertson officiating as his parents, Phil Robertson and Miss Kay, renew their wedding vows.
"Duck Dynasty" returns Aug. 14 with new cast member Alan Robertson… (A&E )
July 25, 2013|By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol | RedEye

The cable networks are launching a slew of dramas in August, but for many viewers the big TV news for the month is the return of A&E's reality hit "Duck Dynasty." The show, which follows duck-call tycoon Phil Robertson, his bushy bearded sons and his extended family, returns Aug. 14.

The fourth season begins with Phil and his wife of 49 years, Miss Kay, renewing their wedding vows. Officiating the ceremony is their eldest son, Alan, a minister who is--gasp!--clean shaven. This season Alan joins the show, which has become a huge hit for A&E with 9.6 million viewers watching the Season 3 finale in April.

Other cable networks are getting a jump on the fall TV season by premiering strong dramas this month. AMC, Cinemax, BBC America and Starz bring the heat within the same week, Aug. 7-11, with premieres of "Breaking Bad," "Strike Back," "Hell on Wheels" and the new "Broadchurch, "Low Winter Sun" and "The White Queen." August 1, however, is comedy night, with the premieres of the animated "The Awesomes" on Hulu and the Aussi comedy "Please Like Me" on the new millennials-favoring network Pivot.

PBS will premiere good new dramas as well, with a new take on "The Lady Vanishes" and the courtroom tale "Silk." Here's a continually growing list of August premieres, finales, movies and specials.

AUGUST

Thursday, Aug. 1
midnight (11 p.m. july 31 CT) | "The Awesomes," Hulu (animation premiere; greatest superhero team in history)
7 | "2013 Young Hollywood Awards," CW (special)
7 | "Please Like Me," Pivot (series premiere; coming-of-age comedy)
9 | "Impractical Jokers," truTV (summer premiere)
8 | "Our Nixon," CNN (special; profiling the nation's 37th president)
9 | "Hatfields and McCoys: White Lightning," History (series premiere; they still don't get along)
9 | "Chef Wanted with Anne Burrell," Food (season premiere)
9 | "Chuck's Eat the Street," Cooking (season premiere)
11 | "Take Part Live," Pivot (series premiere; live talk show)

Friday, Aug. 2
7 | "America's Next Top Models: Boys and Girls," CW (season 20 premiere)
8 | "Gold Rush South--America," Discovery (limited series premiere)
8 | "Great Performances: Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert 2013," PBS (premiere; check local listings)
9 | "Saint Hoods," Discovery (series premiere; Boston's battling street crews)

Saturday, Aug. 3
8 | "Too Cute," Animal Planet (season premiere)
9 & 9:30 | "Buying Alaska," Destination America (season premiere)
9 & 9:30 | "Psychic Tia," A&E (series premiere; New Jersey clairvoyant Tia Belle)

Sunday, Aug. 4
9 a.m. | "Torchwood: Miracle Day," Encore (marathon of 2011 Starz season)
7 p.m. | "Secret Millionaire," ABC (season premiere)
7:30 | "RIDE-iculous," Travel (series premiere; thrill rides, adrenaline addictions)
8 | "The Killing," AMC (season 3 finale)
8 | "Unique Eats," Cooking (season premiere)
8 & 9 | "Air Aces," Military Channel (series premiere; profiles of heroic pilots)
9 | "Falling Skies," TNT (season 3 finale)
10 | "Shark After Dark," Discovery (series premiere; live Shark Week talk show)
11 | "Quickdraw," Hulu (comedy series premiere; Harvard-educated sheriff introduces forensics to Wild West)

Monday, Aug. 5
7 | "Homes Makes It Right," DIY Network (series premiere)
8 | "Casting By," HBO (doc premiere)
8 | "Celebrity Crime Files," TV One (season premiere)
9 | "The Shed," Food Network (series premiere; Orrison family founders of Mississippi BBQ joint)
9 | "Deep Fried Masters," Destination America (series premiere; fry cooks show off)

Tuesday, Aug. 6
7 | "Bad Girls Club," Oxygen (season 11 casting special)
8 | "Hot Listings Miami," Style (series premiere; sounds like "Million Dollar Listings")
8 | "The Chase," GSN (quiz show premiere)
9 | "The Legend of Shelby the Swamp Man," History (series premiere; focus on Shelby "Swamp Man" Stanga from "Ax Men")
9 | "Barter Kings," A&E (season 3 premiere)
9 | "Double Divas," Lifetime (season premiere)

Wednesday, Aug. 7
7 | "Diggers," Nat Geo (summer premiere; 4 weeks of 2 Wed. night eps)
8 | "Law & Order: UK," BBC America (season premiere)
8 | "#TwitterRevolution," CNBC (special; what has Twitter done to us?)
8 | "Million Dollar Listing: Los Angeles," Bravo (season premiere)
8:30 | "Raising Fame," TLC (special; three mother-daughter duos attempt to make it in Hollywood)
9 | "Broadchurch," BBC America (8-part miniseries premiere; crime thriller)

Friday, Aug. 9
8 | "Magic City," Starz (season 2 finale)
8 | "Say Yes to the Dress: The Big Day," TLC (special; brides return to tell stories)
9 | "Strike Back," Cinemax (season 3 premiere)
9 | "What Not to Wear," TLC (season 10 premiere)

Saturday, Aug. 10
8 | "The White Queen," Starz (10-episode miniseries; England's War of the Roses)
8 | "Hell on Wheels," AMC (2-hour season premiere)
8 | "Clear History," HBO (movie)
8 | "Reading, Writing, Romance," Hallmark (movie; actor takes teaching job, falls for coworker)
11 | "Aqua TV Show Show," Adult Swim (season premiere)
11:15 | "Squidbillies," Adult Swim (season premiere)

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