Summer TV: Drama Galore on ABC Family

July 25, 2012

Listen up, Gossip Girl fans. The season premiere of your favorite drama may be months away, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy ABC Family’s lineup of original shows to tide you over. How about a mystery-thriller? Or some lighthearted dramedies? They’ll make you want to swap that $230 headband for a free bun. At least for a little while.

Pretty Little Liars
The popular teen mystery-thriller is back for its third season. Four best friends Aria Montgomery (Lucy Hale), Spencer Hastings (Troian Bellisario), Hanna Marin (Ashley Benson), and Emily Fields (Shay Mitchell) are pulled apart by the disappearance of their queen bee, Alison Dilaurentis (Sasha Peieterse). In the last two seasons, the girls were tormented by a mysterious figure by the name of “A,” who threatened to expose their secrets. The new season picks up after the discovery of A’s identity and explores whether Garrett Reynolds (Yani Gellman) was responsible for Alison’s disappearance. Tuesdays at 8 p.m.

Broadway darling Sutton Foster plays Michelle Simms in this comedy-drama by the Gilmore Girls’ creator Amy Sherman-Palladino, It tells the tale of a ballerina-turned-Las Vegas-showgirl. Reaching a dead end in her career, Simms impulsively accepts a marriage proposal and moves to a small town, where she teaches at a ballet school run by her mother-in-law. Mondays at 9 p.m.

Jane By Design
In this comedy-drama reminiscent of The Devil Wears Prada, Jane Quimby (Erica Dasher) plays a teenager who lands a dream job at a fashion house and must juggle her secret double life as a high school student and fashion assistant to a high powered executive (Andie MacDowell). Tuesdays at 9 p.m.

Beverly Hills Nannies
Expect none of the vitriol of the Housewives in this reality show, which takes you inside some of Hollywood’s glitziest homes through the eyes of its highest-paid nannies. Find out what really goes into taking care of the kids of Beverly Hills’ elite. Wednesdays at 9 p.m.