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A look at summer TV programming

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Posted: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 9:58 pm

The summer TV season kicks off in earnest this week, and this year the broadcast networks seem less inclined to put out a "Gone Fishin' " sign for the next three months.

In addition to the usual reality-TV filler, broadcasters are also investing in new scripted series for summer. At press time, CBS had not announced much in the way of originals -- it seems likely that "Flashpoint" will return sometime this summer -- but ABC, Fox and NBC all have original scripted programming planned.


"True Beauty" returns to ABC Monday at 10 p.m. EDT, kicking off a week of returning series: "Cake Boss" (9 p.m. Monday, TLC), "Hell's Kitchen" (8 p.m. Tuesday, Fox), "America's Got Talent" (8 p.m. Tuesday, NBC), "The Little Couple" (10 p.m. Tuesday, TLC), "Royal Pains" (9 p.m. Thursday, USA) and "Burn Notice" (10 p.m. Thursday, USA) begin new seasons.

New series debuting this week include:

"Jersey Couture" (10 p.m. Tuesday, Oxygen): Glomming onto the popularity of "Jersey Shore," this docu-series follows a New Jersey family and its dress-shop business.

"Losing It With Jillian" (10 p.m. Tuesday, NBC): "Biggest Loser" fixture Jillian Michaels helps American families get healthier.

"Are We There Yet?" (9 p.m. Wednesday, TBS): Based on the movie, this comedy stars Terry Crews ("Everybody Hates Chris") as patriarch of a newly blended family.

The rest of June is just as packed with premieres of returning shows:

"Drop Dead Diva" (9 p.m. June 6, Lifetime), "Ice Road Truckers" (9 p.m. June 6, History), "Kate Plus 8" (9 p.m. June 6, TLC), "Lie to Me" (8 p.m. June 7, Fox), "Last Comic Standing" (8 p.m. June 7, NBC), "Secret Life of the American Teenager" (8 p.m. June 7, ABC Family), "Penn & Teller: Bull..." (10 p.m. June 10, Showtime), "Whitest Kids U'Know" (10 p.m. June 11, IFC), "Beautiful People" (10 p.m. June 12, Logo), "True Blood" (9 p.m. June 13, HBO), "Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List" (9 p.m. June 15, Bravo), "Top Chef: Washington, D.C." (9 p.m. June 16, Bravo), "JONAS LA" (8:30 p.m. June 20, Disney Channel), "Leverage" (9 p.m. June 20, TNT), "History Detectives" (9 p.m. June 21, PBS), "Wipeout" (8 p.m. June 22, ABC), "Hawthorne" (9 p.m. June 22, TNT), "Futurama" (10 p.m. June 24, Comedy Central), "Hung" (10 p.m. June 27, HBO), "Entourage" (10:30 p.m. June 27, HBO), "Make It or Break It" (9 p.m. June 28, ABC Family) and "Rescue Me" (10 p.m. June 29, FX).

Additional new series debuting in June include:

"The Hard Times of RJ Berger" (11 p.m. June 6, MTV): A 15-year-old nerd (Paul Iacono) gains infamy when his anatomical gift is revealed at school.

"Neighbors From Hell" (10 p.m. June 7, TBS): Animated comedy about residents of hell sent to Earth to do the devil's work.

"Persons Unknown" (10 p.m. June 7, NBC): Drama about seven strangers brought together to solve a mystery.

"Pretty Little Liars" (8 p.m. June 8, ABC Family): Mystery-drama about teen girls and their missing friend.

"Work of Art: The Next Great Artist" (11 p.m. June 9, Bravo): 14 artists compete for a solo show and cash prize.

"The Green Room With Paul Provenza" (10:30 p.m. June 10, Showtime): Comedians have a weekly roundtable chat.

"Late Night Liars" (11 p.m. June 10, GSN): Humans compete against puppets in this game show hosted by Larry Miller.

"The Jacquie Brown Diaries" (10:30 p.m. June 12, Logo): A self-absorbed TV news reporter tries to claw her way to a larger market.

"Warren the Ape" (10:30 p.m. June 14, MTV): Warren the Ape Demontague ("Greg the Bunny") is a patient of Dr. Drew Pinsky in this comedy.

"Double Exposure" (10 p.m. June 15, Bravo): Docu-series that follows celebrity photographers Markus Klinko and Indrani.

"Hot in Cleveland" (10 p.m. June 16, TV Land): Three Los Angeles women of a certain age discover that men appreciate them more in the Midwest. Betty White also stars in this sitcom.

"The Fabulous Beekman Boys" (9 p.m. June 16, Planet Green): Gay "Green Acres" as partnered city boys move to a farm for a new reality show.

"Scoundrels" (9 p.m. June 20, ABC): Comedy/drama about a family of criminals who try to go straight after their father is sent to prison.

"The Gates" (10 p.m. June 20, ABC): Soap set inside a gated private community.

"The Real L Word" (10 p.m. June 20, Showtime): A reality series about Los Angeles lesbians from the creator of "The L Word."

"Downfall" (9 p.m. June 22, ABC): Game show played atop a skyscraper.

"Memphis Beat" (10 p.m. June 22, TNT): Jason Lee ("My Name Is Earl") stars as a Memphis police detective.

"Rookie Blue" (9 p.m. June 24, ABC): Young-cops show starring Missy Peregrym ("Heroes") and Gregory Smith ("Everwood").

"Boston Med" (10 p.m. June 24, ABC): ABC News docu-series shot at a Massachusetts hospital.

"Huge" (10 p.m. June 28, ABC Family): Teen drama set at a fat camp from the writer of "My So-Called Life."

"Louie" (11 p.m. June 29, FX): Standup comic Louis C.K. plays a version of himself, a divorced dad.


Returning: "Warehouse 13" (9 p.m. July 6, Syfy), "Jeffrey & Cole Casserole" (midnight July 9, Logo), "Eureka" (9 p.m. July 9, Syfy), "The Closer" (9 p.m. July 12, TNT), "White Collar" (9 p.m. July 13), "Psych" (late July, USA), "Being Human" (July 24, BBC America), "Mad Men" (10 p.m. July 25, AMC).

New series:

"The Choir" (10 p.m. July 7, BBC America): A docu-reality version of "Glee."

"Rizzoli & Isles" (10 p.m. July 12, TNT): Angie Harmon ("Law & Order") and Sasha Alexander ("NCIS") star in a crime drama based on Tess Gerritsen's mystery novels.

"Covert Affairs" (10 p.m. July 13, USA): A young CIA trainee (Piper Perabo) is paired with a blind agent (Christopher Gorham).

"Glades" (10 p.m. July 13, A&E): A police procedural starring Kiele Sanchez ("Lost") set in a sleepy Florida town.

"The Jensen Project" (8 p.m. July 16, NBC): A family of geniuses battles evil. Kellie Martin ("ER") stars.

"Masterchef" (9 p.m. July 27, Fox): Gordon Ramsay is among the judges who hope to turn amateur chefs into culinary masters in this reality competition.


Returning: "Shaq Vs." (9 p.m. Aug. 3, ABC), "Dark Blue" (Aug. 4, TNT), "Dating in the Dark" (10 p.m. Aug. 9, ABC), "The I.T. Crowd" (10:30 p.m. Aug. 10, IFC) and "Weeds" (10 p.m. Aug. 16, Showtime).

New series:

"Rubicon" (8 p.m. Aug. 1, AMC): A conspiracy thriller set in a government intelligence agency starring James Badge Dale ("The Pacific").

"Bachelor Pad" (8 p.m. Aug. 9, ABC): 20 former "Bachelor" contestants live under the same roof.

"The Big C" (10:30 p.m. Aug. 16, Showtime): Laura Linney plays a woman diagnosed with terminal cancer in this dark comedy.

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