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Posted: Thursday, May 24, 2012 2:00 pm

The summer TV season has begun.

NBC launched "America's Got Talent" with new judge Howard Stern and ABC debuted another edition of "The Bachelorette." And both Fox and ABC are rolling out summer shows.

Here's an overview of some of the summer-TV options in the weeks and months ahead:

May

"Mrs. Eastwood & Company" (10 p.m. EDT Sunday, E!): Clint Eastwood's wife and extended family star in a reality show.

"Duets" (8 p.m. Thursday, ABC): Another singing-competition series, this one features star performers (including Kelly Clarkson and Robin Thicke) searching for proteges.

"Men at Work" (10 p.m. Thursday, TBS): Danny Masterson ("That '70s Show"), Michael Cassidy ("The O.C."), Adam Busch ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer") and James Lesure ("Las Vegas") star in this comedy as co-workers/friends.

"The Catalina" (8 p.m. May 29, The CW): Docu-series on the young staff at a Miami hotel.

"Dogs in the City" (8 p.m. May 30, CBS): New York City dog guru Justin Silver tries to unseat Cesar Milan ("The Dog Whisperer") as TV's most famous dog trainer.

"Breaking Pointe" (8 p.m. May 31, The CW): "Dance Moms" meets "Make It or Break It" in this docu-series set in a Salt Lake City ballet studio.

"L.A. Hair" (10 p.m. May 31, WEtv): Docu-series about celebrity hair stylist Kim Kimble, who has worked on the 'dos of Beyonce, Mary J. Blige, Kelly Rowland and Shakira.

Returning series: "American Ninja Warrior" (9 p.m. Sunday, G4; 9 p.m. Monday, NBC), "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" (9 p.m. Sunday, E!), "Hollywood Treasure" (10 p.m. Tuesday, Syfy), "So You Think You Can Dance" (8 p.m. Thursday, Fox), "Rookie Blue" (10 p.m. Thursday, ABC), "Monster In-Laws" (10 and 10:30 p.m. May 28, A&E).

"Melissa & Joey" (8 and 8:30 p.m. May 30, ABC Family).

June

"Are You Normal, America?" (10 p.m. June 3, OWN): Kim Coles ("Living Single") and Barry Poznick host a trivia show about American norms.

"Fast Food Mania" (10 and 10:30 p.m. June 3, Destination America, which replaces Planet Green on Memorial Day): Jon Hein, the guy who popularized the term "Jump the Shark," searches America for unusual fast-food joints.

"Chicagolicious" (9 p.m. June 3, Style): A reality spinoff of "Jerseylicious" set in a Chicago hair salon.

"Longmire" (10 p.m. June 3, A&E): A Wyoming-set crime thriller about a widowed lawman (Robert Taylor) and his new deputy (Katee Sackhoff, "Battlestar Galactica").

"Push Girls" (10 p.m. June 5, Sundance Channel): A nonfiction series about paralyzed women confined to wheelchairs who don't let medical situations prevent them from making good on their life's ambitions.

"Adam Richman's Best Sandwiches in America" (9 p.m. June 6, Travel Channel): One guy samples three sandwiches per episode and crowns one the best.

"Cajun Justice" (10 p.m. June 7, A&E): Reality show about the sheriff's department that reigns over eerie Louisiana swampland.

"Take Me Out" (8 p.m. June 7, Fox): A twist on speed dating comes to prime time with George Lopez as the show's host.

"Saving Hope" (10 p.m. June 7, NBC): Erica Durance ("Smallville") stars in this Canadian import, a medical drama about a surgeon whose fiance, the hospital's chief of surgery, lands in a coma.

"Lives on Fire" (9 p.m. June 8, OWN): Docu-series about four women in a California emergency response team.

"Comedy Bang! Bang!" (10 p.m. June 8, IFC): Based on a podcast of the same name, host Scott Aukerman attempts to reinvent the celebrity-interview show.

"Bunk" (10:30 p.m. June 8, IFC): Comedians compete in strange challenges to win even stranger prizes.

"Untamed Americas" (9 p.m. June 10-11, National Geographic Channel): Josh Brolin narrates this four-hour natural-history series that devotes one hour each to mountains, deserts, forests and coasts.

"Bunheads" (9 p.m. June 11, ABC Family): "Gilmore Girls" creator Amy Sherman-Palladino returns to prime time with this drama about a Las Vegas showgirl (Sutton Foster) who gets married and ends up teaching dance in a small town.

"The Next Big Thing: NY" (11 p.m. June 12, Oxygen): A New York performance coach mentors performers and vies with stage moms.

"Dallas" (9 p.m. June 13, TNT): The biggest prime-time soap of the 1980s gets reactivated in this continuation that follows the further adventures of J.R. (Larry Hagman), Bobby (Patrick Duffy), Sue Ellen (Linda Gray) and a new generation of Ewings.

"Baby Daddy" (8:30 p.m. June 20, ABC Family): Comedy about a twentysomething guy (Jean-Luc Bilodeau, "Kyle XY") who becomes a dad when a baby girl is left on his doorstep.

"Snooki and JWOWW" (10 p.m. June 21, MTV): The "Jersey Shore" stars get their own spinoff.

"The Great Escape" (10 p.m. June 24, TNT): The producers of "The Amazing Race" are involved in making this competition series with teams trying to extricate themselves from impossible situations out of an action movie.

"The Newsroom" (10 p.m. June 24, HBO): Writer Aaron Sorkin ("The West Wing," "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip") returns to his "Sports Night" roots with a drama series set behind the scenes at a cable news network. Jeff Daniels stars as a Keith Olbermann-type news anchor.

"Anger Management" (9 and 9:30 p.m. June 28, FX): He's baaack. Charlie Sheen ("Two and a Half Men") stars in this comedy as a therapist.

"Strangely Uplifting" (11 p.m. June 28, FX): Russell Brand offers a weekly take on current events, politics and pop culture.

Returning series: "Drop Dead Diva" (9 p.m. June 3, Lifetime), "Secret Millionaire" (8 p.m. June 3, ABC), "Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition" (9 p.m. June 3, ABC), "Glades" (9 p.m. June 3, A&E), "Teen Wolf" (11 p.m. June 3, MTV), "Hell's Kitchen" (8 p.m. June 4, Fox), "Masterchef" (9 p.m. June 5, Fox), "The Real Housewives of New York City" (9 p.m. June 4, Bravo), "Pretty Little Liars" (8 p.m. June 5, ABC Family), "Jane by Design" (9 p.m. June 5, ABC Family), "Rizzoli & Isles" (9 p.m. June 5, TNT), "Franklin & Bash" (10 p.m. June 5, TNT), "The Glee Project" (10 p.m. June 5, Oxygen), "Royal Pains" (9 p.m. June 6, USA), "Necessary Roughness" (10 p.m. June 6, USA), "Love in the Wild" (8 p.m. June 7, NBC), "True Blood" (9 p.m. June 10, HBO), "Our America with Lisa Ling" (10 p.m. June 10, OWN), "Burn Notice" (9 p.m. June 14, USA), "Suits" (10 p.m. June 14, USA), "Falling Skies" (9 p.m. June 17, TNT), "Wipeout" (9 p.m. June 28, ABC), "Wilfred" (10 p.m. June 28, FX), "Awkward" (10:30 p.m. June 28, MTV), "Louie" (10:30 p.m. June 28, FX).

July

"Perception" (10 p.m. July 9, TNT): Eric McCormack ("Will & Grace") plays a neuroscience professor who helps the FBI solve crimes.

"Trust Us with Your Life" (9 p.m. July 10, ABC): Fred Willard ("Best in Show") hosts this new comedy that features celebrities reminiscing about moments in their lives that are then acted out by a cast of improv performers.

"Final Witness" (10 p.m. July 10, ABC): A documentary-drama hybrid, this hourlong show takes viewers inside true-crime stories from the victim's point of view.

"Beverly Hills Nannies" (9 p.m. July 11, ABC Family): A docu-series about nannies from the producers of "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills."

"Sullivan & Son" (10 p.m. July 19, TBS): Sitcom about a Pittsburgh native (Steve Byrne) who returns home to run a neighborhood bar when his father (Dan Lauria, "The Wonder Years") decides to retire.

"Rove L.A." (10 p.m. July 21, TV Guide Channel): Australian talk-show host Rove McManus brings his celebrity interviews to America.

"3" (9 p.m. July 22, CBS): A reality show about three single women of different ages who try to find love.

Returning series: "Breaking Bad" (premiere date to be determined, AMC), "Weeds" (10 p.m. July 1, Showtime), "Episodes" (10:30 p.m. July 1, Showtime), "Web Therapy" (11 p.m. July 2, Showtime), "The Closer" (9 p.m. July 9, TNT), "Bizarre Foods America" (9 p.m. July 9, Travel Channel), "White Collar" (9 p.m. July 10, USA), "Covert Affairs" (10 p.m. July 10, USA), "Big Brother" (9 p.m. July 12, CBS), "The Real L Word" (10 p.m. July 13), "Leverage" (8 p.m. July 15, TNT), "Bachelor Pad" (8 p.m. July 23, ABC).

August

"Major Crimes" (10 p.m. Aug. 13, TNT): Mary McDonnell's Capt. Raydor takes over as the lead on this spinoff from "The Closer."

"Copper" (9 p.m. Aug. 19, BBC America): Tom Fontana ("Oz," "Homicide: Life on the Street") oversees this drama series set in 1860s New York about an Irish-American cop.

Returning series: "Boss" (10 p.m. Aug. 17, Starz).

(Distributed by Scripps Howard News Service, www.scrippsnews.com.)

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