What to Watch Sunday: True Blood's New Brew, a Shark Circles Diva, Family Tree Finale and More

True BloodOn TV this Sunday: True Blood stirs up something new, Drop Dead Diva swims with a shark, PBS Endeavours to tell Inspector Morse’s backstory and Family Tree drops its final leaf. As a supplement to TVLine’s original features (linked within), here are 10 programs to keep on your radar.

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8 pm Cupcake Wars (Food Network) | Former bakers’ assistants battle for a chance to supply sweet treats for a Blue Man Group party. Blue velvet cupcakes, anyone?

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9 pm Endeavour (PBS) | Series premiere: This Inspector Morse prequel follows the rookie Constable Morse (played by Shaun Evans) as he develops his legendary powers of deduction. Tonight, Morse and Thursday investigate burgled gas meters, the sudden death of a student and a string of post office robberies.

9 pm True Blood (HBO) | Sookie confronts her growing attention to Ben, Eric deals Burrell a brutal blow and Bill tasks Takahashi to synthesize a new kind of blood.

9 pm The Killing (AMC) | As Linden and Holder get a break in the case, Seward fights his own mortality.

9 pm Dexter (Showtime) | The network previews this episode, directed by star Michael C. hall, thusly: “While on a case, Debra has to take matters into her own hands.” Because that worked so well last week.

9 pm Drop Dead Diva (Lifetime) | Jane helps a bride sue her groom, and Shark Tank‘s Barbara Corcoran has some tough advice for Stacy and the pakery.

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10 pm Ray Donovan (Showtime) | Ray deals with two movie-star clients’ crises; Abby defies Ray.

10 pm Falling Skies (TNT) | Hal takes aggressive action in the name of securing intel on the Volm device, Pope literally wagers on people’s lives and Charleston’s government undergoes a massive shift when a group breaks away on a search mission. (Psst, did you hear the news?)

10 pm Copper (BBC America) | A conflicted Corcoran closes in on the murderer; Morehouse and Elizabeth exchange vows.

10 pm Family Tree (HBO) | Season finale: A farewell party for Tom leads to the revelation of more dark secrets and provides a turning point in his and Ally’s relationship. (Not yet renewed; get its current status.)

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  1. kirads09 says:

    Crossing Lines (never mentioned here?)
    Falling Skies

  2. Richard says:

    I will watch Dexter and Ray Donovan.

  3. Frankieboy says:

    True Blood
    The Killing
    Devious Maids

  4. Danielle H. says:

    Well so far True Blood isn’t terrible this season. It feels a bit simpler which is nice. I just want Eric and Sookie to have moments.. it’s not fair that they’ve just stripped her from all the people she was with.
    Checking out Devious Maids as well, but it’s not as good as I thought it was going to be.

    • Paul says:

      Love True Blood this season. It finally got fun again. I missed the funny parts of season 1 & 2 and the storylines are fresh. I can’t help but miss the Bill/Sookie, relationship, but maybe there might be something with Eric/Sookie that starts up again. Who knows? It’s really fun so far. The last few seasons have been so…so for me, so this season is finally getting entertaining again. So far, I am very happy with the writing, so we’ll see what the rest of the season holds. The acting is never an issue, as these guys are fabulous!

  5. JCK says:

    Endeavour and Crossing Lines.

  6. ryan says:


  7. Brandy says:

    Drop Dead Diva

  8. liz says:

    Devious Maids, Continuum, Drop Dead Diva, and Food Network Star.

  9. The Beach says:

    Why do all the networks put their best shows on Sunday night, especially when so much of the rest of the week is filled with summer fluff and re-runs?

  10. Dude says:

    Big Brother Dexter True Blood

  11. EJ says:

    Big Brother, only to see how they’ll once again ignore the raging bigotry going on in the house.

  12. Steve says:

    Dexter, Ray Donovan, The Killing, True Blood, Falling Skies, Crossing Lines and Devious Maids.

  13. Steve says:

    How could I leave out Copper?

  14. Sam says:

    Top Gear

  15. tega says:

    Please mangement y no mention of ‘Crossing Lines’,its d best new show on sundays.

  16. Robin Cohen says:

    4 great programs on Sunday-PBS Mystery, Crossing Lines, Copper and Ray Donovan.
    Gotta love my DVR!

  17. A says:

    Devious Maids
    True Blood
    Big Brother

  18. Rob Olivier says:

    Okay everyone, here’s how you work your DVRs’ for tonight: Big Brother at 8pm, Dexter and True Blood at 9pm, Ray Donovan and Crossing Lines at 10pm, The Killing and WWHL at 11pm, Copper and DDD at 1am, then Devious Maids at 2am ending with HGTV Star at 3am and don’t forget to call out from work during the free midnight hour. Happy watching!

  19. Rob Olivier says:

    So sorry Falling Skies, I just never got into you. By the way, Mondays are a tough DVR scheduling nightmare with Under the Dome, Major Crimes, Longmire, Teen Wolf, The Glades, American Ninja Warrior, Mistresses, Warehouse 13 and a few others.

    • Shaun says:

      Missed Defiance….think there’s 1 ep left?

      • Rob Olivier says:

        I left off Defiance on purpose because I know that Syfy will saturate their schedule with Defiance repeats in order to get as many viewers as possible. Plus, it is the only way to compensate for the amount of money they spent on the show and to justify why a developing good show like Alphas had to leave the line-up. I still do not support that decision.

  20. Maryann says:

    True Blood (HBO; 9PM, repeats 11 PM)
    Endeavor (PBS; 9 to 10:30 PM)
    Crossing Lines (NBC; 10 PM)
    Falling Skies (TNT; 10 PM, repeats 11PM)
    Copper (BBC America; 10PM, repeats 1AM)

    No idea what I will watch live and what I will see on demand or on line, but I will get around to everything within the next couple of days.

  21. Vivian says:

    Gave up on True Blood, moving on with Dexter. The Killing is next on my shows to start watching list.

  22. Maryann says:

    It seems that everything is on Sunday and Monday, with 2-3 times as much good programming as one can possibly watch live, with lesser amounts of good programming on Saturday and Sunday. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday I simply watch what I need to get caught up on from the other days.

  23. Roni says:

    The Killing and Family Tree.

  24. Matilda says:

    True Blood and Dexter

  25. Steve F. says:

    Falling Skies for me!

  26. jonathon says:

    slow night for me. Just True Blood.

  27. bobbie says:

    The Killing, True Blood, Dexter

  28. Dedberg says:

    The Killing, Falling Skies, Copper. Might have to give Endeavour a try.

  29. DanielleZ says:

    The Killing, Under the Dome, DVR Ray Donovan