Your Everything Guide to June 2011 Premieres

Summer used to be reserved for getting out of the house to enjoy the weather and to drag your kicking-and-screaming kids to get their cheeks pinched by relatives they hardly know in a city they've never been visited. But thanks to cable's recent emphasis on transforming the warm-weather months no longer be a TV wasteland, those summer treks to family reunions are no longer a must—now you can just stay home and watch TV! This June is especially crowded with series premieres and returns, so we've singled out some of the highlights.


[ WEDNESDAY, JUNE 1 ]


*NEW* Franklin & Bash (9PM, TNT)
Starring: Mark-Paul Gosselaar (Zack Morris!), Breckin Meyer (That guy from Clueless!), Malcolm McDowell
The Premise: Two streetwise lawyers win a big case against a stuffy law firm, which inspires the head of that firm to hire them in order to bring a little zaniness to the company.
Excite-o-Meter Says: (On a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being the highest) 5. At this point, the only way we could get really excited for another lawyer show is if they're time-traveling lawyers. *lightbulb!* Note to self: pitch Time-Traveling Lawyer to NBC. But if YOU get excited about lawyer shows and you enjoyed CBS' now-canceled The Defenders, you'll probably like Franklin & Bash.




Men of a Certain Age (10PM, TNT)
Starring: Ray Romano, Scott Bakula, Andre Brougher
The Premise: Three buddies from college stick together and go through the ups and downs of midlife.
Excite-o-Meter Says: 9. This is one of the better "real-life" dramas on television right now, and it has an excellent cast.



[ THURSDAY, JUNE 2 ]


*NEW* Love Bites (10PM, NBC)
Starring: Greg Grunberg, Becki Newton, Jordana Spiro
The Premise: An anthology series set around romance, with two very different sisters at the center of it all.
Excite-o-Meter Says: 2. This show used to have tons of promise, but it really fell by the wayside after NBC decided to delay it due to what we can only assume was a lack of quality. We think this one is being burned off in the summer.


Childrens Hospital (Midnight, Adult Swim)
Starring: Malin Ackerman, Rob Corddry, Lake Bell, Erinn Hayes, Rob Huebel, Ken Marino, Megan Mullaly, Henry Winkler
The Premise: What would happen if Grey's Anatomy injected itself with funny? Childrens Hospital, that's what.
Excite-o-Meter Says: 9. This is some of the funniest television on the air right now, in 15-minute spurts.



[ SUNDAY, JUNE 5 ]


*NEW* Teen Wolf ("After the MTV Movie Awards," MTV)
Starring: Tyler Posey, Crystal Reed, Tyler Hoechlin
The Premise: A high-schooler gets turned into a werewolf, but he doesn't play basketball in this very loose adaptation of the '80s hit flick.
Excite-o-Meter Says: 4. No Boof? No Stiles? Boo! This looks like an MTV attempt at getting its own Twilight.




The Glades (10PM, A&E;)
Starring: Matt Passmore, Kiele Sanchez, Carlos Gomez
The Premise: This hot and sticky drama follows a Chicago detective who took a job in South Florida thinking he was going to sit on his ass and work on his tan, but quickly discovered that the swamp has its own secrets.
Excite-o-Meter Says: 7. Another underrated show that provides plenty of fun.




[ TUESDAY, JUNE 7 ]


White Collar (9PM, USA)
Starring: Matt Bomer, Tim DeKay, Tiffani Thiessen
The Premise: A con-man-turned-singing-canary helps the FBI put away other criminals in exchange for not spending his life behind bars.
Excite-o-Meter Says: 8. Matt Bomer is a star-in-the-making, and this is one of USA's better series.




[ TUESDAY, JUNE 14 ]


Memphis Beat (9PM, TNT)
Starring: Jason Lee, Alfre Woodard, DJ Qualls, Sam Hennings
The Premise: An easy-going police detective who loves his city and Elvis puts bad guys away in Memphis.
Excite-o-Meter Says: 6. We love the setting of the show, but that's about it. It's solid, but is it great? Meh.



[ SUNDAY, JUNE 19 ]


*NEW* Falling Skies (9PM, TNT)
Starring: Noah Wyle, Moon Bloodgood, Will Patton, Dale Dye, Drew Roy
The Premise: Months after aliens invade Earth with the intention of kicking us out, a resistance has formed and is fighting back.
Excite-o-Meter Says: 7. The show has a solid post-apocalyptic feel that reminds us of Jericho and The Walking Dead, but can TNT sustain the production values and special effects that a mega sci-fi franchise needs? We're cautiously optimistic.




[ THURSDAY, JUNE 23 ]


Futurama (TBD, Comedy Central)
Starring: Billy West, Katey Sagal, John DiMaggio, Lauren Tom, Phil LaMarr, Maurice LaMarche
The Premise: Dude, you know what Futurama is about.
Excite-o-Meter Says: 7. Years ago, this would be a 10, easy. But the show came back from the dead with some rust on it last season, so we're thinking it will get the same ol' "not as good as the original run" complaint from us.



*NEW* Wilfred (10PM, FX)
Starring: Elijah Wood, Jason Gann, Fiona Gubelmann
The Premise: A depressed man sees his hot neighbor's dog as a pot-smoking, beer-drinking man in a dog suit.
Excite-o-Meter Says: 10. The original is absolutely brilliant, and FX is the perfect home for this offbeat dark comedy. Plus, original Wilfred Austrialia actor Jason Gann is involved, and that bodes well.




Louie (10:30PM, FX)
Starring: Louis CK
The Premise: Comedian Louis CK brings his unusual sense of humor in this freeform sitcom that's not a sitcom.
Excite-o-Meter Says: 8. It's not for everyone, and it's unlike anything else out there.



Burn Notice (9PM, USA)
Starring: Jeffrey Donovan, Gabrielle Anwar, Bruce Campbell, Sharon Gless, Coby Bell
The Premise: Spy Michael Westen has been outed, so now he works as an unlicensed private investigator in Miami, where he continues to try to find out who "burned" him.
Excite-o-Meter Says: 4. The show has seen a drop-off in quality since its first season, but it's still capable of providing mindless fun at times.




[ SUNDAY, JUNE 26 ]


True Blood (9PM, HBO)
Starring: Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Alexander Skarsgard, Ryan Kwanten, Rutina Wesley, Deborah Ann Woll
The Premise: Based on the Sookie Stackhouse novels by Charlaine Harris, this sexy drama follows a telepathic waitress and other residents of a sleepy Louisiana town in a universe in which vampires, witches, and werewolves are all real.
Excite-o-Meter Says: 9. Things are looking better for Season 4 than they were in Season 3, which could mean the show is about to return to the form it was in when it was the most exciting thing on TV.



Leverage (9PM, TNT)
Starring: Timothy Hutton, Gina Bellman, Christian Kane, Beth Riesgraf, Aldis Hodge
The Premise: A team of con artists aims to take down the rich and the powerful in this modern-day Robin Hood story.
Excite-o-Meter Says: 7. Elaborate heists, funny characters, and slick style makes this a good summer diversion.




[ MONDAY, JUNE 27 ]


Weeds (10PM, Showtime)
Starring: Mary-Louise Parker, Hunter Parrish, Justin Kirk, Kevin Nealon, Alexander Gould, Andy Milder
The Premise: After her husband's death, a widow turns to selling pot to support her family. This season will jump a few years forward in time and be set in New York City.
Excite-o-Meter Says: 6. This long-running series has jumped up and down in terms of quality; we're not sure what to expect this time around, but we doubt it can recapture the magic of the first two seasons.


Also premiering this June:
6/1 Ghost Hunters, Syfy
6/3 Whale Wars, Animal Planet
6/5 The Next Food Network Star, Food Network
6/5 The Real L Word, Showtime
6/5 Ice Road Truckers, History
6/6 Switched at Birth, ABC Family
6/6 Masterchef, Fox
6/6 Behind Mansion Walls, Investigation Discovery
6/7 Covert Affairs, USA
6/12 Bridezillas, WEtv
6/12 Amsale Girls, WEtv
6/14 HawthoRNe, TNT
6/14 Pretty Little Liars, ABC Family
6/15 Jon Benjamin Has a Van, Comedy Central
6/15 Devil You Know, Investigation Discovery
6/20 Intervention, A&E;
6/20 Hoarders, A&E;
6/21 Staten Island Cakes, WEtv
6/21 101 Ways to Leave a Game Show, ABC
6/23 Suits, USA
6/23 Rookie Blue, ABC
6/23 Wipeout, ABC
6/23 Expedition Impossible, ABC
6/24 Commercial Kings, IFC
6/27 The Big C, Showtime
6/29 Royal Pains, USA
6/29 Necessary Roughness, USA
6/29 Love in the Wild, NBC
6/30 Ugly Americans, Comedy Central


What will you be watching this month?

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Aww burn notice 4? Really -__O are you watching it ?
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dead wrong about burn notice, a great show which i'm very much looking forward to. and Weeds should prove to be another season of watching Shane fall more into a psychopath
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Excuuuuuuuuse me, i have watched the first 2 eps of Love Bites and it BRILLIANT! Perhaps you should watch things before you rate them and give them a death sentence.. booo to you
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The big C, Men of a certain age, True blood.
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Teen Wolf looks like a dog ;)
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is breaking bad returning??
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The Glades, White Collar, Leverage. Might check out Falling Skies and how can you give Burn Notice a 4??? Its actually getting better by each season. Looking forward to the new season.
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Oh man cenna i agree with you all the way, but on thing is missing where is The walking dead ?
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Burn Notice a 4? Surely you jest.

And yes, I'm calling you Shirley.
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Not featuring THE BIG C in your main page is a shame. Last year it was by far one of the best dramedy show on TV, along with Breaking Bad.
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Love in the Wild??!!?? seriously NBC????
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True Blood, Falling Skies, Torchwood, The Glades, and Memphis Beat!!!
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Cant wait for true blood and weeds. going to be so good!!!!
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Is Breaking In coming back? I LOVE that show!!!
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Falling Skies, Teen Wolf, The Glades, LEVERAGE and let's not forget the return of TORCHWOOD.
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is there a July list yet?
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i just tried the pilot for franklin and bash. i deleted it after 20 minutes. the only shows i will be returning to are; hot in cleveland, royal pains, weeds and burn notice and so you think you can dance. i am watching fewer and fewer tv shows. just not as good as it use to be, and that includes the fall.
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White Collar, True Blood, Weeds, Futurama, Ugly Americans, and Louie for sure. Im hoping for the best with Wilfred and Falling Skies but i wont hold my breath. FX tends to have a problem finding audiences for good shows and cancels them prematurely (axed two of my faves last year with terriers and lights out). As for falling skies, so many things can kill a big budget sci-fi show, but like i said, hoping for the best.
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Great shows on TNT - does anyone know what channels will air their shows in Canada?
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So does Hot In Cleveland's June 15 Premiere not get mentioned in the list because it's covered by a random sponsered link at the bottom of the page? Or is it only "season" premieres, as Hot In Cleveland's only the mid-season premiere?
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Franklin & Bash, Men of a Certain Age, Teen Wolf, White Collar, Falling Skies, Futurama, Wilfred, Louie, Burn Notice, True Blood, Switched at Birth (maybe), Covert Affairs (eh), Pretty Little Liars, Suits (maybe), Rookie Blue, Necessary Roughness (maybe), and Royal Pains. Wow... didn't realize I watch so much summer TV. haha
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The Glades and Falling skies. Been searching forever to find out when the glades was going to start back
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I check out falling skies, teenwolf and finally they are back trueblood and Covert affairs ;))))
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White Collar, The Glades, Falling Skies and Leverage are at the top of my list!!!!
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I'm ususally not excited about lawyer shows but I did enjoy The Defenders, so thanks for that comment on Franklin & Bash - I watched the first episode and I liked it. As for the rest: I'm looking forward to the return of The Glades, White Collar, Burn Notice and Leverage and the new shows Falling Skies and Wilfred.
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Falling Skies!!!
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10 lives of chloe is not part.
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White Collar, The Glades, Falling Skies and Futurama(which is a mildly amusing time filler). Leverage sounds interesting too...but only if Hutton can be that charming rebel like he was in Turk 182.
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EVERY original show on USA is better than anything else on any other channel. I LOVE USA shows! Smart, quirky & funny.
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Burn Notice Only gets a 4?!?!?! You sir, have lost your mind! For Shame sir, for shame!
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BREAKING BAD...and Louie.
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Like everyone else I am looking forward to True Blood, but I have also become addicted to White Collar and Rookie Blue. I am interested in seeing this New Teen Wolf, and I enjoyed Covert Affairs (Annie's life is an absolute mess).
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falling skys and TRUE BLOOD!
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I will be watching SYFY,USA, and HBO.
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I'll be watching a lot of the USA and TNT shows, plus Ghost Hunters, Falling Skies, Rookie Blue, etc.
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glades,white collar burn notice,leverage,fx fare,closer,etc...summer is better than fall winter much of the time...
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I'm so jealous of american tv... australia's original dramas suck! i cant wait to finish my degree and produce some decent television like this in sydney...
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Franklin/bash was amazingly entertaining! best lawyer show I watch!
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Franklin/bash was amazingly entertaining! best lawyer show I watch!
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Burn Notice, Memphis Beat & Futurama...and possibly that Elijah Wood one. And as if Burn Notice only got a 4...caaam on!
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Teen Wolf came out way before the Twilight movies -_-.
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They actually already made Greys Anatomy with humor: it was called Scrubs. And since Scrubs came out before Grey's Anatomy and is superior to that show in every aspect, it's probably better to describe Children's Hospital as a more raunchy Scrubs.

Also, Burn Notice deserves much higher than a 4. A 7, at the very least.
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Where is Drop Dead Diva!!!! ????
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that's coooooollll!!!!!!!!!
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I'm going to be watching Falling Skies, Teen wolf, and Pretty little liars :)
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Wilfred looks incredibly stupid......and i mean stupid
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I find there is almost more good tv in the summer then in the regular season. USA has great shows although i'm disappointed that Psych won't be back until the fall. This list missed ABC's Combat Hospital on June 21
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Nothing.
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Love The Glades, Men of a Certain Age and Memphis Beat. Looking forward to Franklin and Bash (my brother actually looks like Zac) and praying that Falling Skies is everything it could be. I still re-watch Jericho about once a year! I don't have any out of town relatives. Or friends for that matter. Bring it on!
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