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August Premieres: The 25 Best New Shows

August means that summer isn't over yet, and it'll be a few more weeks until the fall season gets underway. What's a restless TV-aficinado to do in the meantime?! Fear not. There's plenty of new TV to watch in August, thanks to a month-long calendar that's packed with season and series premieres. We studied the August lineup, and here are the 25 new shows we're most excited about.


SUNDAY, AUGUST 2

Defying Gravity
ABC, 9 p.m. (series premiere)
Grey's Anatomy in space? That's the advance buzz about this show which features eight astronauts aboard the shuttle Antares during a six-year mission.

Megan Wants a Millionaire
VH1, 9 p.m. (series premiere)
American model Megan Hauserman shows her inner gold-digger as 17 rich men vie for her attention in yet another matchmaking show. Their beach-ready bodies are awe-inspiring.

Tool Academy
VH1, 10 p.m.
Think you're dating the biggest tool in the hardware store? Wait until you see the lengths nine women go to reform their uncouth men.


MONDAY, AUGUST 3

Real Chance of Love 2
VH1, 9 p.m.
Ever thought your boyfriend's brother was the cuter sibling? Twenty women get the chance to act on that impulse and pick the better of two brothers in this dating show.

Ultimate Cake Off
TLC, 10 p.m. (series premiere)
Sounds like a delicious and dangerous late-night treat. Cake artists go head-to-head in this new reality show food competition.


TUESDAY, AUGUST 4

Addicted to Beauty
Oxygen, 11 p.m. (series premiere)
Medi-spa workers see their clients go from 'before' to 'after' shots every day. Watch wrinkles disappear, waists slim down, and lips plump up through their eyes.


FRIDAY, AUGUST 7

Monk
USA, 9 p.m.
Work on your mystery-solving skills before the fall shows premiere with the eighth and final season of Monk.

Psych
USA, 10 p.m.
Is he uncannily observant or a genuine psychic? Shawn Spencer, a bright, highly observant detective working for the Santa Barbara Police Department, has got the whole force fooled into thinking he's psychic. But some cops are starting to get suspicious.

Chef vs. City
Food, 10 p.m. (series premiere)
Calling all reality show-loving foodies! Two chefs compete against two local food aficionado to find the restaurant gems of each city.


SUNDAY, AUGUST 9

Randy Jackson Presents: America's Best Dance Crew
MTV, 9 p.m.
Dance shows are hot, dawg! Copy these moves -- spin on your head and fly through the air -- and you've got mad skillz.

Shark Tank
ABC, 9 p.m. (series premiere)
What's the fascination with getting chewed up by sharks? Who knows, but producer Mark Burnett knows reality TV -- he produced Survivor and The Apprentice. Maybe humans vs. sharks is the next big thing.

There Goes The Neighborhood
CBS, 9 p.m. (series premiere)
Talk about social experiments. And a big budget. Eight families will live within the confines of a 20-foot high perimeter wall built specially for the show.


SUNDAY, AUGUST 16

Kourtney and Khloe Take Miami
E!, 10 p.m. (series premiere)
More lifestyles of the rich and semi-famous. Two Kardashian sisters -- Kourtney and Khloe -- are off to Miami, where they temporarily set up shop in a plush hotel.

Mad Men
AMC, 10 p.m.
Don't miss a minute of this Emmy-nominated drama about an early 1960s advertising agency. The women's dresses are spectacular and the props are authentic.

My Antonio
VH1, 10 p.m. (series premiere)
Actors need love too! Antonio Sabato, Jr. is making a dating show, but unlike Tila Tequila, he's famous for his talent, not his MySpace friends. Thirteen women will vie for the gorgeous man's attention starting this August.

Reality Hell
E!, 10:30 p.m. (series premiere)
Reality Hell casts people who think they can make the cut, but never could. The only thing real about the show is the embarrassment they'll feel after when they find out they weren't picked for their talent. It's like getting Punk'd on a reality TV show.


MONDAY, AUGUST 17

Flipping Out
Bravo, 10 p.m.
Want a guy to blame for driving up housing costs in your area? Jeff Lewis is your guy. The real estate speculator, who buys houses, fixes them up and sells them for profit, is starting Season Three.


TUESDAY, AUGUST 18

The Secret Lives of Women
WE, 10 p.m.
These women put up with a lot. The Secret Lives of Women (abbreviated "SLOW") features interviews with women from odd lines of work, the mothers of murder suspects, and the wives of adulterous politicians.

Shaq Vs.
ABC, 9 p.m. (series premiere)
Some people are great all-around athletes, but Shaq can't be that good. The NBA baller will go up against the best athletes in their fields to see how he measures up.


WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 19

Top Chef: Las Vegas
Bravo, 9 p.m.
Indulge yourself with sinfully good food in the city of sin itself. The sexy hostess Padma Lakshmi is back with a pack of co-hosts and judges. Wish we could judge that contest.


THURSDAY, AUGUST 20

Project Runway
Lifetime, 10 p.m.
Heidi Klum and the gang are back, and they've moved to Lifetime. Check out what the aspiring fashions designers come up in each episode -- there are bound to be a few magnificent disasters.

Models of the Runway
Lifetime, 11 p.m. (series premiere)
Ever wondered what the models of Project Runway deal with and how they get selected? Lifetime turns on the microphones and viewers get an inside look at life behind the runway.


SUNDAY, AUGUST 23

What Would Brian Boitano Make?
Food, 1 p.m. (series premiere)
Need inspiration for your late Sunday brunch? Brian Boitano, Olympic gold medalist and South Park punchline, talks to viewers about his second passion: food. Boitano adds a fun flare to an otherwise typical cooking show.


WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 26

Crash Course
ABC, 9 p.m. (series premiere)
Remember learning to drive with your parents directing you from the passenger's seat? Crash Course makes contestants endure the same anguish all over again for the chance to win $50,000.


MONDAY, AUGUST 31

Greek
ABC Family, 8 p.m.
Remember when college was just about going to the occasional kegger in a ripped t-shirt and beat-up jeans and hitting the books in the campus library? The comedy-drama series Greek, about frat boys and sorority sisters attending Cyprus-Rhodes University, proves that college isn't for the faint of heart anymore.

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Monk #1
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Monk # 1
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The only show I watch from the list is Mad men.
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Esshhh...other than MAD MEN and a few others..it really is a big steaming pile of reality TV and generally lame brain programs... wha else can you say I guess. :\
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August Premieres: The 25 Best New Shows Maybe I'm not getting it....but, aren't alot of these shows...not really "NEW" but been around.
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Totally boring summer only have 3 shows in 1 week and this shows aren`t in the list Eureka, true blood and warehouse all the others are rubbish. Keep up the good work tv networks you rock !!!!!:(
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19 reality shows out of 25 shows listed.

Shame on you TV execs, shame on you.
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WAAAAYYY TOO MANY REALITY SHOWS!!! this is why good shows get canned. stop watching this crap people!!! the list says the 25 best shows, but only 5 of them are not reality shows....
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Psych + greek are the best two shows on here for sure
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I am only truely interested in Psych and Greek there are a few shows like Monk and Madmen that I might watch a few episodes but other than that I'm really not excited for the new
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I really can't see a single thing that I would be interested in watching besides Psych which is something I watch when there isn't anything else on and I might try Madmen. The rest of them just look like boring reality shows, if you can even call them reality lol, which you probably can't.
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I am looking forward to Greek but as for reality shows I can go the rest of my life without watching one. Reality Shows are so stupid.
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greek!!!!
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GREEK IS ALL ANYBODY SHOULD BE WAITING FOR!!! I NOE REALITY TV SHOWS CAN CUT THE CRAP AND GO AWAY 'SIDES SOME OF THEM AREN'T EXACTLY "REALITY"
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all of the above blow big time---funny or just stupid i think its the later, i will wait till the good ones come in like----Bones-Dexter-Supernatual and smallville oh yeah not this mess of a line up.
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Mad Men, Defying Gravity and Monk are my choices.

I agree that we need waaay fewer reality shows; I still can't believe there is a whole network devoted to them! That being said, some of my guilty pleasures are reality shows.

The flip side is that if there was more decent programming out there we wouldn't be forced to watch reality shows. I want to be entertained and too much reality interferes with that.

Maybe broadcast networks need to ask the cable networks for some pointers like focusing on innovative things like talent over looks and good, solid writing.
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I must admit I'm curious about Defying Gravity. Maybe it won't be total suckage. On another note, the Mad Men premiere can't get here soon enough!
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Dude, I heard that. Time to invent a summer reading list.
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yeah, more crap tv. time to start reading books again!
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Monk is the only thing worth watching. Imagine canceling Guiding Light for all this crap!!!!!! What a shame!!!!!
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Looking forward to Monk and Psych. I'll pass on the others.
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nothing for me here.
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MAD MEN!MAD MEN!MAD MEN!MAD MEN!MAD MEN!MAD MEN!MAD MEN!MAD MEN!MAD MEN!
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not much to look forward to.sigh
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Just Psych and maybe Defying Gravity. Atleast Full Metal Alchemist Dark Brotherhood is still coming out with weekly episodes.
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I have watched everything with Christina Cox so Defying Gravity is the one I'll try... the other new shows are your run-of-the-mill Summer swill...
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Monk!!!!!!!!!!!
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I can't wait for Monk to start,I love that show,and am sorry that this is the final season. I will give Psych another try this season. I only watched a couple last season, wasn't too impressed. I'm also looking forward to watching Project Runway.
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Psych & Greek
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I like Psych & Monk
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If these are the 25 best, I can't imagine the 25 worst. Isn't anybody sick of reality shows yet? And so many scripted shows are either stupid or completely unoriginal. Is the talent pool so sparse that they can't write decent scripts any more?
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Psych is great!!!
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nothing good except for psych
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Yes! Cant wait for psych!!
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Psych is great and I'll give Defying Gravity a shot as well.
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definitely psych and that's it... none of these other shows starting in august are worth watching, so i am looking forward to psych and then the September starters
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This Defying Gravity is catching me. I think I'll watch it. :)
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okay again456 pretty much sucks there is more on here besides monk there is only another show that I am actually really excited for and its Psych.
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Other than Monk, there doesn't seem to be anything here worth turning the tv on to watch.
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Except for Monk & Psych, I think I'll stick with PBS, National Geographic and the Discovery channel.
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No, none of these will get me out of bed, but since I'm missing Grey's Anatomy, Defying Gravity can try to take it's place for a while.
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None of these look overly appealing
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Nothing looks as good as the Guiding Light that was cancelled by CBS. Nothing important to watch any more. Might as well get my library card and spend my time reading a book.
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Lincoln Heights is great! I didn't keep up last season, but will this one. I also love Project Runway! I do like Psych and sometimes, Monk. The other reality shows -- no thanks. Not on this list, but -- NBC really blew it by letting go of Medium. I'm curious to see what CBS will do with it now that they're picked it up. They're running Medium reruns right now. FYI -- my favorite show is Ugly Betty!
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I am curious...do the networks actually read these comments? I have read them and the majority appears to feel the same way as I do about REALITY TV. I understand it is considerably cheaper for the Networks to create these shows with non actors, writers and directors. The problem is, by what I am reading from the other people below, is how long before companies figure things out (not as many people are watching TV anymore) and quit advertising with the Networks. BRING BACK OLD FASHIONED TV...with real Actors, real Writers, real Directors, etd. Seriously, if we want Reality TV, we can go stand on any street corner in the world and see reality. We want Art and Imagination...I am sending this challenge to all of the Networks. Are you reading and listening to your viewers?
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Junk.... only good show is Monk.
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Can't wait for Psych! *-* Shawn and Gus are AWESOME! I wish it was already September... The waiting for NCIS and CSI: NY is killing me! :(
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psych and monk are the only shows im going to watch. SEPT 22 NCIS!!!
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If this is the best shows for Aug, then TV is in a world of hurt. Only one show I will watch, Monk
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