Summer of Television 2009

By Lila Holland

May 20, 2009

MONDAYS

On Mondays this summer: Weeds, The Bachelorette, The Closer, and more. We'll be updating this feature as more shows are announced, so keep coming back!

8:00 p.m.

The Bachelorette
ABC, premieres May 18 at 9 p.m.; moves to 8 on May 25

Jillian Harris, who almost won the heart of Bachelor Jason Mesnick, is ready to find true love of her own. Is her future husband among this season's contestants? Catch the premiere May 18 at 9 p.m., and tune in at 8 the following week!

Weeds
Showtime, premieres June 8 at 8 p.m.

This season on Weeds: Nancy is pregnant; Doug and Silas open a pot club; and guest stars Alanis Morissette and Jennifer Jason Leigh join the cast.

The Secret Life of the American Teenager
ABC Family, premieres June 22 at 8 p.m.

ABC Family's teen-pregnancy drama is back for a second season this summer. Now that Amy's baby is here, how will her life--and the lives of her loved ones--be changed?

Teen Choice Awards 2009
Fox, airs August 10 at 8 p.m.

Squeaky-clean superstars The Jonas Brothers are set to host this year's Teen Choice Awards, which will pay homage to everything that's awesome in entertainment today!

9 p.m.

The Bachelorette
ABC, premieres May 18 at 9 p.m.; moves to 8 on May 25

Jillian Harris, who almost won the heart of Bachelor Jason Mesnick, is ready to find true love of her own. Is her future husband among this season's contestants? Catch the premiere at a special time tonight, and tune in at 8 p.m. next week!

Intervention
A&E;, premieres May 25 at 9 p.m.

This hard-hitting documentary series is back for a seventh season and ready to help more desperate individuals find their paths out of addiction and into happiness.

Jon & Kate Plus 8
TLC, premieres May 25 at 9 p.m.

The oh-so-public drama plaguing Jon and Kate's relationship is sure to make for an interesting season. How will the Gosselins and their eight children navigate this new bump in the road?

The Closer
TNT, premieres May 25 at 9 p.m.

Brenda and Fritz are finally married, but will their continued devotion to their careers cause trouble in paradise?

Make It or Break It
ABC Family, premieres June 22 at 9 p.m.

This new drama brings viewers into the cutthroat world of competitive gymnastics. Can one ambitious group of teens balance their Olympic dreams with the demands and passions of real life?

10:00 p.m.

Obsessed
A&E;, premieres May 25 at 10 p.m.

In the spirit of Intervention, this new unscripted series chronicles the therapy process of people suffering from extreme anxiety disorders.

Here Come the Newlyweds
ABC, premieres May 25 at 10 p.m.

Nine more pairs of newlyweds compete for a huge cash prize - but can their fledgling marriages withstand the pressure?

Raising the Bar
TNT, premieres June 8 at 10 p.m.

Raising the Bar is back for another season of killer legal drama--both inside and outside of court.

Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List
Bravo, premieres June 8 at 10 p.m.

Kathy Griffin may have two Emmys and four hit seasons under her belt, but she's still planted firmly on the D-List.

Dating in the Dark
ABC, premieres July 20 at 10 p.m.

Is it possible to fall in love with someone whose face you've never seen? Watch as three men and three women attempt to answer that very question.

10:30 p.m.

Nurse Jackie
Showtime, premieres June 8 at 10:30 p.m.

Edie Falco of The Sopranos flexes her comedic muscle as a pill-popping New York emergency room nurse.

TUESDAYS

On Tuesdays this summer: Hell's Kitchen, Mental, Real Housewives, and more. We'll be updating this feature as more shows are announced, so keep coming back!

8:00 p.m.

Wedding Day
TNT, premieres June 16 at 8 p.m.

Every episode of this feel-good series will make a deserving new bride's wedding dreams come true.

The Superstars
ABC, premieres June 23 at 8 p.m.

Two-person teams comprised of celebrities and professional athletes compete against one another in a series of athletic challenges.

The Great American Road Trip
ABC, premieres July 7 at 8 p.m.

Seven families travel through the United States, visiting iconic landmarks and competing in a series of challenges. Which family will win it all?

10 Things I Hate About You
ABC Family, premieres July 7 at 8 p.m.

Inspired by the 1999 hit movie of the same name, this new comedy follows two sisters whose opposing personalities constantly clash as they try to find their places in a new high school.

Hell's Kitchen
Fox, premieres July 21 at 8 p.m.

Gordon Ramsay kicks off another season of high-pressure cookery tonight! Don't miss a moment of the special two-hour premiere.

8:30 p.m.

Ruby & the Rockits
ABC Family, premieres July 21 at 8:30 p.m.

David Cassidy of The Partridge Family stars in this new comedy about a former teen idol whose now-placid life is shaken by the return of a onetime bandmate desperate for help raising his teenage daughter.

9 p.m.

Hitched or Ditched
CW, premieres May 26 at 9 p.m.

Each episode gives a long-term couple one week to confront their relationship issues, plan a wedding, and decide one and for all whether to marry or split.

Mental
Fox, premieres May 26 at 9 p.m.; moves to Fridays on July 3

Meet Jack Gallagher, a psychiatrist working at a Los Angeles hospital. Drama is sure to be stirred by his unorthodox methods and his ex-girlfriend/new boss.

Hawthorne
TNT, premieres June 16 at 9 p.m.

As a single mother and the director of nursing at Charlotte Mercy Hospital in North Carolina, Nancy Hawthorne makes caretaking her life's work.

America's Got Talent
NBC, Tuesday show premieres June 23 at 9 p.m.

Once again, Simon Cowell and NBC are scouring the country for the most talented person in America. Who'll win big this year? Wednesday results show premieres on June 24.

Warehouse 13
Sci Fi, premieres July 7 at 9 p.m.

After saving the life of the President, two FBI agents are appointed to a secret South Dakota storage facility--and thus begins the creepiest time of their lives.

Blonde Charity Mafia
CW, premieres July 7 at 9 p.m. (moves to 9:30 on July 14)

Follow D.C. socialites Katherine Kennedy, Krista Johnson, and Sophie Pyle as they climb to the top of their professional and social circles. Premieres at a special time; tune in at 9:30 next week.

More to Love
Fox, premieres July 28 at 9 p.m.

This Bachelor-style dating show features a handsome husky guy in search of a woman with some meat on her bones.

Lincoln Heights
ABC Family, premieres August 4 at 9 p.m.

In last season's finale, Lincoln Heights was rocked by an earthquake. How will Eddie, his family, and the neighborhood recover from this disaster?

9:30 p.m.

Blonde Charity Mafia
CW, moves to 9:30 on July 14

Follow D.C. socialites Katherine Kennedy, Krista Johnson, and Sophie Pyle as they climb to the top of their professional and social circles. Premieres July 7 at 9; moves to 9:30 tonight.

10 p.m.

Real Housewives of New Jersey
Bravo, new episodes continue at 10 p.m.

The latest--and possibly greatest--installment of Real Housewives continues all summer long.

Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood
Oxygen, premieres on May 26 at 10 p.m.

With the addition of a second child and several new business ventures, Hollywood's hottest family just got a whole lot busier!

Saving Grace
TNT, premieres on June 16 at 10 p.m.

Holly Hunter returns as Grace Hanadarko, a gutsy detective whose professional and personal lives are guided by a divine stranger.

NYC Prep
Bravo, moves to 10 p.m. on June 23

Love Gossip Girl? Find out how real Manhattan teens cope with their wealthy, privileged lives. Catch the premiere at 11 on June 16; tune in at 10 the following week.

11 p.m.

NYC Prep
Bravo, premieres on June 16 at 11 p.m.

Love Gossip Girl? Find out how real Manhattan teens cope with their wealthy, privileged lives. Catch the premiere at 11 on June 16; tune in at 10 the following week.

WEDNESDAYS

On Wednesdays this summer: Wipeout, Ghost Hunters, The Philanthropist, and more. We'll be updating this feature as more shows are announced, so keep coming back!

8 p.m.

So You Think You Can Dance
Fox, premieres on May 27 at 8 p.m.

There's nothing like a summertime dancing competition! Watch as a new season's worth of talented hopefuls dance their hearts out for the big prize. Thursday episodes premiere May 21.

Wipeout
ABC, premieres on May 27 at 8 p.m.

Wipeout was a smash hit last summer, and it's back for more extreme obstacle-course action. Sweet!

9 p.m.

I Survived a Japanese Game Show
ABC, premieres on June 17 at 9 p.m.

12 Americans head to Japan to be contestants on the ultimate Japanese game show. What could be more awesome?

America's Got Talent
NBC, Wednesday show premieres June 24 at 9 p.m.

Once again, Simon Cowell and NBC are scouring the country for the most talented person in America. Who'll win big this year? Tuesday performance show premieres on June 23.

Ghost Hunters International
Sci Fi, premieres on July 8 at 9 p.m.

It's just like Ghost Hunters, but it's international! Watch as the GSI team hunts ghosts in Austria, Ireland, Italy, and more.

Leverage
TNT, premieres on July 15 at 9 p.m.

Get ready to get even…again! Nate Ford and his team of moral vigilantes are back, and they're about to spend the summer exacting revenge upon the wicked of the world.

The Moment of Truth
Fox, premieres on July 29 at 9 p.m.

Another season's worth of contestants are hooked up to a lie detector and forced to answer personal questions in front of their loved ones--all for a chance at a cool $500,000.

Ghost Hunters
Sci Fi, premieres on August 19 at 9 p.m.

Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson dive into another season of ghost-busting adventures. What will the find this time around?

10 p.m.

Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns
TBS, premieres on May 27 at 10 p.m.

This House of Payne spin-off follows Larry Brown as he transforms his ramshackle mansion into a home for senior citizens.

Tattoo Highway
A&E;, premieres on May 27 at 10 p.m.

Thomas Pendelton, master tattoo artist and former star of Inked, takes his show on the road by converting a 1970s tour bus into a traveling tattoo parlor.

Top Chef Masters
Bravo, premieres on June 10 at 10 p.m.

What happens when 24 world-renowned chefs put their talents to the test in a Top Chef-style competition? Find out this summer!

The Philanthropist
NBC, premieres on June 24 at 10 p.m.

When an incredibly wealthy playboy decides to exorcise his personal demons by using his fortune to help those less fortunate.

Dark Blue
TNT, premieres on July 15 at 10 p.m.

Dylan McDermott stars as Carter Shaw, the head of a top-secret group of undercover police officers dedicated to cracking the most risky and complex of case.

THURSDAYS

On Thursdays this summer: Burn Notice, Bullsh**!, Project Runway, and more. We'll be updating this feature as more shows are announced, so keep coming back!

8 p.m.

So You Think You Can Dance
Fox, premieres on May 21 at 8 p.m.; moves to 9 on June 4

There's nothing like a summertime dancing competition! Watch as a new season's worth of talented hopefuls dance their hearts out for the big prize. Moves to 9 on June 4. Wednesday episodes premiere May 27.

9 p.m.

So You Think You Can Dance
Fox, moves to 9 p.m. on June 4

There's nothing like a summertime dancing competition! Watch as a new season's worth of talented hopefuls dance their hearts out for the big prize. Moves to 9 on June 4. Wednesday episodes premiere May 27.

Burn Notice
USA, premieres on June 4 at 9 p.m.

This season, we're expecting to learn a lot more about what Michael, Fiona, and Sam's lives were like before Michael was burned.

10 p.m.

The Listener
NBC, premieres on June 4 at 10 p.m.

Toby Logan is a 24-year-old paramedic who, after years of secrecy, decides to use his hidden telepathic powers to help people in need.

Royal Pains
USA, premieres on June 4 at 10 p.m.

A down-and-out surgeon finds a chance to redeem himself as a small town physician in the wealthy beach community of East Hampton, NY.

Penn & Teller: Bullsh**!
Showtime, premieres on June 25 at 10 p.m.

This season of Bullsh**! promises to cover fascinating topics such as orgasm, Little League baseball, astrology, and more.

Project Runway
Lifetime, premieres on August 20 at 10 p.m.

Project Runway finally makes its long-awaited move to the Lifetime network. Will it be as awesome as ever, or is this change bound to ruin the show?

11 p.m.

Models of the Runway
Lifetime, premieres on August 20 at 11 p.m.

This series aims to give a little appreciation to all the talented models featured on Project Runway. There's just as much drama on the catwalk as there is in the sewing room!

FRIDAYS

On Fridays this summer: Don't Forget the Lyrics, Hotel Babylon, Eureka, and more. We'll be updating this feature as more shows are announced, so keep coming back!

8 p.m.

Don't Forget the Lyrics!
Fox, premieres on May 22 at 8 p.m.

Still think you remember all the words to the popular songs you love? Sing along with this season's contestants, and see just how good you are!

Surviving Suburbia
ABC, moves to Fridays on June 12 at 8:00 p.m.

Bob Saget's latest family sitcom moves to Friday nights. Don't miss it!

Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?
Fox, premieres on June 26 at 8 p.m.

Kids will always jump at a chance to humiliate adults, and viewers will always tune in for the spectacle. Here's to another season!

8:30 p.m.

The Goode Family
ABC, moves to Fridays on June 12 at 8:30 p.m.

The uber-green Goode family moves to Friday nights. Political correctness has never been so funny!

9 p.m.

Hotel Babylon
BBC America, premieres on May 15 at 9 p.m.

American Idol's Paula Abdul is set to make a guest appearance in the new season of this hit series, set in the opulent world of London's most posh hotel.

Eureka
Sci Fi, new episodes resume July 10 at 9 p.m.

Finally, Eureka is back and ready to wrap up that midseason cliffhanger! Look out for troubles at home and a new love interest for Carter.

WEEKEND

On weekends this summer: True Blood, Pushing Daisies, Hung, and more. We'll be updating this feature as more shows are announced, so keep coming back!

8 p.m.

Merlin
NBC, premieres on Sunday, June 21 at 8 p.m.

The great Merlin was not always a grizzled old sorcerer. Take a trip to the mythical city of Camelot to see how he learned to harness his extraordinary powers!

9 p.m.

Primeval
BBC America, premieres on Saturday, May 16 at 9 p.m.

The third season of Primeval promises new cast members, awesome special effects, and a new monster designed by a fan of the show!

Ice Road Truckers
History, premieres on Sunday, May 31 at 9 p.m.

Hop into the passenger seat for a trip across the frozen roads of the North with some of the bravest, most determined drivers around.

True Blood
HBO, premieres on Sunday, June 14 at 9 p.m.

Are you ready for another sultry summer with the vampires of True Blood? We know we are!

Drop Dead Diva
Lifetime, premieres on Sunday, July 19 at 9 p.m.

This new drama project follows a pretty twenty-something actress who dies and reincarnates as an older, frumpy attorney.

10 p.m.

Pushing Daisies
ABC, resumes on Saturday, May 30 at 10 p.m.

Months after Pushing Daisies was yanked from the airwaves, it's back to finish off its second and final season. We'll miss you, Ned!

Army Wives
Lifetime, premieres on Sunday, June 7 at 10 p.m.

This season is awash in drama: Claudia Joy's daughter has vanished; Roxy faces the possibility of shutting down the bar; and Roland wonders how he'll parent alone after Joan's deployment.

Gene Simmons Family Jewels
A&E;, premieres on Sunday, June 7 at 10 p.m.

KISS legend Gene Simmons is back for a fourth season of his surprisingly charming family reality series.

Eli Stone
ABC, resumes on Saturday, June 20 at 10 p.m.

Don't miss the final four episodes of this charming but unsuccessful series about a San Francisco lawyer blessed with prophetic visions.

Hung
HBO, premieres on Sunday, June 28 at 10 p.m.

Thomas Jane heads up the cast in this comedy as Ray, a middle-aged basketball coach who figures out how to put his exceptional physical endowments to use.

Dirty Sexy Money
ABC, resumes on Saturday, July 18 at 10 p.m.

If you're not out having a Dirty Sexy Saturday night of your own, you might as well tune into the next best thing!

HGTV Design Star
HGTV, premieres on Sunday, July 19 at 10 p.m.

11 driven new contestants come together this summer in an all-out battle to be the best interior designer of the bunch. The prize? A show of the winner's own on HGTV!

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  • dolphinangel15 Jun 28, 2009

    i cant wait!

  • bouncytigger Jun 18, 2009

    I would love to know when we can see Three Rivers in th UK.

    I love Katherine she was great in the "L word".

  • cop1954 Jun 15, 2009

    I will wait patiently for Leverage-Dexter and oh I do have so you think you can dance!!! Where is runway at???

  • mdrelliman Jun 12, 2009

    Why no Harper's Island? It is better than all these shows!

  • charmed1102 Jun 11, 2009

    TRUE BLOOD.
    TRUE BLOOD.
    TRUE BLOOD.

  • Zelda_of_Arel Jun 10, 2009

    Can't wait for True Blood. I love the dancers on So You Think You Can Dance this season. I already saw Merlin from BBC, great show though. Drop Dead Diva sounds interesting. So does NYC Prep. Curious as to how it fares compared to GG, which I adore. Can't wait for Project Runway and the extra on the models sounds interesting. There have been some models I've loved in the past seasons and would love to hear more of the models. Last, but not least, Top Chef Masters and Hell's Kitchen. Can't wait to see what Masters do and I just plain adore Gordon.

  • nofeartina Jun 10, 2009

    Yay, True Blood, can't wait for season 2, only 4 more days to go!! :D

  • saycos Jun 10, 2009

    probably I'll pick just weed and nurse Jackie

  • BethanyJoyFan Jun 07, 2009

    Can't wait for True Blood!

  • Evymolly Jun 06, 2009

    Eureka seems to be the only one I look forward to... it's going to be a long summer!

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