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Poppy Montgomery Headlines ABC's New Summer Series Reef Break

ALSO: Holey Moley, Real Housewives of NYC, Spin the Wheel, Day Drinking with Rihanna, and more
  • Poppy Montgomery stars in the summer series Reef Break. (ABC)
    Poppy Montgomery stars in the summer series Reef Break. (ABC)
    Primetimer's managing editor Joe Reid breaks down what's new and noteworthy on television in his daily TV Today column.

    Among the broadcast networks, ABC has historically done the best job delivering scripted summer programming that feels appropriate to the season. They ran Mistresses for four consecutive summers of sexy, soapy fun. They ran six seasons of the cop drama Rookie Blue. And this summer, Poppy Montgomery stars as a criminal turned professional fixer in Reef Break. Like the very best summer series, it finds an excuse to set the show in a beachside community, where the characters can indulge in sun and surf while also attending to more professional matters.

    SERIES PREMIERE: Cat Chambers returns to her hometown after a lifetime of thieving, only to find herself at the center of a kidnapping case. Reef Break gives Poppy Montgomery (Without a Trace) ample room to create a fun, charismatic character in an enviable setting. The series also stars Desmond Chiam (Now Apocalypse), and Ray Stevenson (Thor). 10:00 PM ET on ABC

    SERIES PREMIERE: NBA star Steph Curry executive produces Holey Moley: Putt Up or Shut Up, a high-octane mini-golf competition hosted by Joe Tessitore and Rob Riggle. 8:00 PM ET on ABC

    NEW NIGHT AND TIME: Last week's Real Housewives of New York City showcased such dramatic fireworks between Bethenny and LuAnn that the show was blasted over to Thursday nights, where the bad blood should carry the show through to the end of the season. 9:00 PM ET on Bravo

    SERIES PREMIERE: Justin Timberlake executive produces Spin the Wheel, hosted by Dax Shepard (who once brought Timberlake to tears on Punk'd). The wheel is unpredictable, but the prizes are life changing. 9:00 PM ET on FOX

    ALSO TONIGHT

    • Late Night with Seth Meyers welcomes guests Aubrey Plaza and Louie Anderson, and if you wondered why last night's show was a repeat, it was so that Seth Meyers could go day-drinking with Rihanna(!). The results air tonight. 12:35 AM on NBC
    • Riviera jumps from AMC to sister streaming sevice Sundance Now for a second season of crime drama with stars Julia Stiles, Lena Olin, and new addition Will Arnett. Streaming on Sundance Now
    • Baskets weaves an episode around Chip picking up some... Pedialyte? 10:00 PM ET on FX
    • Klepper airs its Season 1 finale with an episode on the changing war on weed. 11:30 PM ET on Comedy Central

    TOPICS: Reef Break, ABC, Holey Moley, Real Housewives of New York City, Spin the Wheel