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Summer is not, traditionally, television’s strongest season. Most shows run on a fall to spring schedule, leaving us without our favorite characters on the warmest nights. But this summer there were some interesting trends, especially on cable and Netflix which shy away from the traditional fall-to-spring model.

The Legitimization of Netflix

Orange is the New Black was something of a surprise hit this summer. It was certainly not the first Netflix-original show. Both House of Cards and Arrested Development made big splashes before it, but OITNB makes three and three, my friends, makes a trend. Netflix doesn’t release any metrics so there’s no way of knowing just how many people watched Jenji Kohan‘s based-on-a-true-story prison dramedy, but using less scientific measurements like Twitter mentions suggests that that number was somewhere between a lot and everyone.

A New Kind of (ABC) Family

Summer television typically means shows about rich people yelling at each other about wedding planning or home selling or wine (or whatever the hell it is the Real Housewives are always fighting about). But in the words of Katy Perry, I know a place / where the grass is really greener. That place is called ABC Family. The official network of teens behaving badly provides the perfect kind of soapy, summery shows to watch while you wait for Leslie Knope to return to television. Pretty Little Liars continues its reign as ABC Family’s flagship show. There’s also The Fosters, a new show about the Foster family, who are a foster family – ABC Family is clever like that. These shows have gay characters, they talk about contraception and undocumented immigrants and they remain damn entertaining. They’re fun to watch and when it’s 100 degrees outside, what else can you ask for?

Our Summer Without Jon Stewart

Jon Stewart has become as steady a late night fixture as David Letterman. But this summer, he left us to go film a movie. And in his place, we had John Oliver. Oliver proved himself to be a worthy temporary host, going especially hard on Anthony Weiner, who usually gets a pass from Stewart thanks to their friendship. The show’s been on hiatus for the past two weeks, but when it returns tomorrow, Stewart will be back in the anchor’s chair.

TV on Twitter

People have been tweeting about their favorite television shows for years, but this summer the Twitter chatter was louder than a Real Housewives vacation. Peggy wore a little black dress on Mad Men and everyone went crazy. Alexander Skarsgard showed off his Swedish Fish on True Blood and everyone erupted into 140-character outbursts. Don’t even get me started on the whole Red Wedding Game of Thrones madness. This summer, if you weren’t tweeting about television, were you really watching television at all?

It’s Hard to Say Goodbye

This summer brought us the final seasons of both Breaking Bad and Dexter. Granted, Dexter has lost some of its steam in recent years, but there is a certain sadness to it ending. Tony Soprano may be the original TV anti-hero, but both Walter White and Dexter Morgan are enduring members of the league of bad men we like to watch do bad things.

Movie Stars on TV

Okay, so it was HBO. And, yes, it was initially intended to be released as a feature film. But Matt Damon, Michael Douglas and Steven Soderbergh made a Liberace TV movie! After being deemed “too gay” by major studios, HBO picked up Behind the Candelabra. The movie was excellent and picked up 15 Emmy nominations. But it also served as a reminder that the major studios aren’t as progressive as they claim to be and that television continues to be the medium willing to push the boundaries and to tell different and exciting stories.

Under the Influence of Under the Dome

Summer 2013 will always be remembered as the summer we got trapped Under the Dome. The CBS miniseries sort of snuck up on us and became a big hit. So big, in fact, that CBS decided to renew it for a second season. The show is based on a Steven King novel and marks his first on-screen adaptation success in a few years. Without any big stars, or really very much promotion at all, Under the Dome caught on and sparked a million memes.

Want to learn how to live a lie?

Yes? Well, so does Hanna (Ashley Benson) on Tuesday’s episode of ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars. By now, you’d probably think Hanna and the other Liars would be old pros at fibbing, but think again. There is much to be taught and who better to teach her than her former BFF and “A” team member, Mona (Janel Parrish)?

Note: Spoilers ahead if you haven’t seen Tuesday night’s episode of PLL, “The Guilty Girl’s Handbook.”

Guilty girls need plans so when Hanna developed a plan to confess to Wilden’s (Bryce Johnson) murder to save her mom from the depths of state prison, she turned to the only ally she knew would be able to help her pull it off – Mona.

That scary genius put on her best detective face and grilled Hanna all episode to prep her for her big scene, only to take one for the team and confess to the murder herself.

Yes, Mona CONFESSED to killing Wilden.

As for if she did it, that’s doubtful. But whether it was an act of friendship or insanity, I’m pretty sure the duplicitous girl has something spectacular up her sleeve as a result of it.

Presumably, she’ll use the details she had coached Hanna on – it was self defense; he was threatening her because she was telling people he got Allison pregnant and may have killed her; she threw the shoes away and Hanna’s mom had touched the bullets because her Dad has had the gun for a while. Only time will tell what tall tale she conjures up.

Meanwhile, Caleb (Tyler Blackburn) played the protective boyfriend card and visited Ashley (Laura Leighton) in jail out of concern for Hanna. He also informed Spencer (Troian Bellisario) that the phone number they got from Nigel, aka Jenna’s funeral date, is connected to three people and three different addresses, sending Toby (Keegan Allen) on a hunt to New York.

Spencer also found out some more information about the mystery surrounding Toby’s mother’s death and Wilden’s possible involvement.

As for the other Liars – Aria (Lucy Hale) spent the episode worrying about her shady brother, Mike (Cody Christian) and watching promos for Insidious 2 with Jake (Ryan Guzman) while Emily (Shay Mitchell) and her mom dealt with the fact a car just drove through their house.

Buzz Moments

OMG: This one is obvious – MONA’S CONFESSION.

Thank you, TV gods.: For Janel Parrish’s great acting. She plays devious so wonderfully.

Awk-ward: The awkward but awesome product placement for Insidious 2. I mean really, I get it, but was it just me or did it look like they threw a commercial into the middle of the episode?

Hotness: Jake is back and that is all that matters. For Aria, I mean.

Fab-u-lous: Guest star, Rumer Willis was rocking a very cute green button down during her character’s meeting with Emily. Lucky for us, it’s from Urban Outfitters and inexpensive. Get more info on PLL fashion from

Can. Not. Wait.: To see what Mona’s next step is. As the girl who was “A” for multiple seasons, I’m sure it’s going to be a good one.

Celebuzz (1-10): 7. It seems PLL is always packing the punch in at the last second, e. g. the car crash on the last episode, Mona’s confession on this episode. I want more action throughout.

Do you think Mona killed Wilden? Who do you think the real culprit is? Is the beginning of the end for Hanna and Caleb? Sound off in the comments below!

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