TV news and notes:
– Leading up to the Season 2 premieres of “Ray Donovan” and “Masters of Sex,” viewers can get caught up via Showtime’s Fourth of July marathons. The first season of “Masters of Sex” will air July 4-5, followed by a “Ray Donovan” marathon on July 6. A complete list of replay dates and times is available at Showtime’s site. The dramas return Sunday, July 13 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Showtime.
– “Breaking Bad” binge-watching isn’t just for Netflix. AMC will re-air the show from the beginning on Sundays starting at 5 p.m. ET/PT Aug. 10. Multiple episodes will air each week, with previously unaired interviews and commentary from the cast and crew airing before each episode. The stunt will conclude Oct. 5 with the series finale, “Felina.”
– Oh look, another impossibly attractive person is headed to Bluebell,
Alabama! Ian Anthony Dale (“Hawaii Five-0”) is set to recur in Season 4 of The CW’s “Hart of Dixie” as a rich, handsome, connected, practically perfect doctor named Henry Dalton. [TVLine]
– “The Real World” is heading back to the Windy City. The show will shot its upcoming 30th season in Chicago beginning in August, making it the second season set in the city. The show filmed its 11th season there in 2001. [Chicago Tribune]
– Chris D’Elia will play Jaime Pressly’s deadbeat baby daddy in several upcoming episodes of TV Land’s “Jennifer Falls.” He’ll play Adam, the musician who split after getting Jennifer pregnant and returns with designs on being a responsible father. He’ll recur starting in the eighth episode of the season. [TVLine]
– FOX has announced the seventh installment of the annual FOX-NYTVF Comedy Script Contest. In honor of the tenth year of the New York Television Festival, the comedy script contest is inviting only alumni of the previous years of the competition to submit scripts this year. A screening committee of festival officials will review the entrants, and narrow the pool down to five script packages, with these finalists then presented to FOX development executives. The winning selection will be selected by FOX, and then developed with the NYTVF as a five- to seven-minute pilot presentation. Additionally, all five finalists will be invited to the 2014 New York Television Festival in October as Official Artists.
– HBO is expanding its Monday documentary block from summer to year-round. The channel has decided to make Monday nights the permanent home for new documentaries and “timely” encore presentations. Upcoming films on the slate include “The Newburgh Sting” (July 21), “Love Child” (July 28), “Nixon by Nixon: In His Own Words” (Aug. 4), “Captivated: The Trials of Pamela Smart” (Aug. 18) and “Hunted: The War Against Gays in Russia” (fall, date TBD).
– New “Voice” mentor Pharrell Williams will perform his hit “Happy” for Nickelodeon’s first-ever Kids’ Choice Sports 2014, airing live Thursday, July 17 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. The multi-Grammy award-winning artist will be joining previously announced country sensation Florida Georgia Line, hosted by Michael Strahan. Kids can cast their votes in 14 categories at Nick.com/sports.
– Amazon Studios has added an hour-long dramatic thriller titled “Hysteria” to its third pilot season, which will debut later in 2014 on Amazon Instant Video. It stars Mena Survari as Dr. Logan Harlen, who returns to her hometown of Austin, Texas to investigate an epidemic that appears to be spreading via social media. It also stars James McDaniel, Josh Stewart, Adan Canto, Laura San Giacomo and T.R. Knight.