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NBC

AGE OF LOVE - Begins June 18, airing Mondays (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT)

Starring: Mark Philippoussis and Mark Consuelos (Host)

When it comes to falling in love, does age really matter? 31-year-old Australian tennis superstar Mark Philippoussis is about to find out as he attempts to find true love among women ranging in age from 21-48 in this unique series based on the current phenomenon of younger men dating older women. Philippoussis will date 13 women from two very different groups -- the "Kittens," six fun, enthusiastic women in their 20's, and the "Cougars," seven beautiful, sophisticated women in their 40's. But only one woman can win Mark's heart. Is she an attractive, experienced woman who knows what she wants and has already carved out a niche of her own, or is she a sexy younger woman who has an enthusiasm for life that only comes with the inexperience of youth? In the end, both Mark and the viewers will discover if love is truly ageless.

RETURNING: “America’s Got Talent” (June 5), “Last Comic Standing” (June 13)

CBS

PIRATE MASTER - Begins May 31, airing Thursdays (8:00-9:00 ET/PT)

What happens when “Survivor” creator Mark Burnette sends 16 modern-day pirates on a high seas adventure where they will live as buccaneers and travel around the Caribbean island of Dominica in search of hidden treasure that will total $1 million? A whole lot of booty stealing, that’s what. Each week, the pirates will embark on extraordinary expeditions where they will decipher clues along the way. Gold coins- real money which the pirates may take with them after the show-will be awarded after each expedition, but only to some. The gold will play a key role as pirates strike deals with each other or plead for long-term security. In addition to claiming the lion's share of the week's riches, one pirate will become the captain of the ship and will assign roles and chores to the remaining crew members, setting the tone for either law and order or betrayal and sabotage, which could lead to mutiny by the crew. Each episode will conclude on the ship at Pirate's Court, a lively gathering of public speaking and judgment where one individual will be eliminated and "cut adrift." In the end, one pirate will be the first to find the largest booty, worth $500,000, and claim the title of "Pirate Master."

CREATURE COMFORTS - Begins June 4, airing Mondays (8:00-8:30 ET/PT)

The American version of the hit British television series is based on the original Academy Award-winning short film of the same name created by Nick Park and Aardman Animations, Ltd. The half-hour stop-motion animated series employs a unique format that culls excerpts from real person interviews and places them in the mouths of a wide variety of animated animals to produce humorous, charming and insightful commentaries on everyday life.

RETURNING: “Big Brother” (July 5)

FOX

ON THE LOT

Now airing Mondays (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET/PT)

Starring: Carrie Fisher, Brett Ratner, Garry Marshall, Jon Avnet

Lights! Camera! Action! From Steven Spielberg and Mark Burnett comes a reality series in search of a new and gifted filmmaker. In the audition episodes that aired on May 23 and 24, the top 50 applicants discovered the magic of moviemaking when they were brought to Los Angeles to visit a real-life film set for the first time. The group endured a rigorous “Hollywood Boot Camp,” where they faced the judges for the first time with their submission film, as well as attempting a Hollywood-style “pitch” meeting. A “24-Hour Film Shoot,” also took place, where each filmmaker shot and edited a short film in a 24-hour period. After th try-out was over, the 50 semifinalists have no dwindled down to 18 finalists. Watch to see what happens as Hollywood searches for the next biggest filmmaker to take tinseltown by storm.

RETURNING: “So You Think You Can Dance” (now airing), “Hell’s Kitchen” (June 4), “Standoff” (June 8), “The Loop” (June 5)

THE CW

HIDDEN PALMS – Now airing (Wednesdays, 8:00-9:00 p.m. ET/PT)

Starring: Taylor Handley, Gail O’Grady, D.W. Moffett, Michael Cassidy, Sharon Lawrence, Amber Heard, Ellary Porterfield, Tessa Thompson, and Leslie Jordan

It’s just what everyone’s been waiting for! Starting on Wednesdays this summer, The CW’s newest teen drama finds an outsider searching for truth in a secretive new community. Johnny Miller (Handley) was a happy, well-adjusted 15-year-old with good grades and a roomful of sports trophies until the terrible night a year ago that his father committed suicide. Now, Johnny lives in the surreal, sun-drenched city of Palm Springs with his mother, Karen (O’Grady) and her new husband, Bob (D.W. Moffett). On the outside, Palm Springs is a shimmering paradise of resorts, swimming pools, golf courses and country clubs. But as Johnny learns the secrets that lie just beneath the surface of this seemingly ideal neighborhood, he and his family are forced to ask the question- how well do you really know the people who live right next door?

LIFETIME

ARMY WIFE – Begins June 3, airing Sundays (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT)

Starring: Kim Delaney, Sally Pressman, Brigid Brannagh, Brian McNamara, Sterling K. Brown, Wendy Davis, Drew Fuller and Catherine Bell

From the executive producer of “Grey’s Anatomy” comes this new series about four women and one man who come together for one reason- they are all in love with a soldier who could die at any moment. The five, all from quite different backgrounds (some respectable, some not), form a group to escape their lives and support each other. Claudia (Delaney) is the wife of Colonel Michael Holden (McNamara), who is admired by the other women; Denise (Bell) is harboring a shocking secret as she serves as homemaker to her husband and teenage son; Pamela (Brannagh), is a former policewoman now secretly earning money as a surrogate mother; Roxy (Pressman) hurriedly marries her soldier husband after only knowing him for a few days; and the one man of the group, Roland (Brown) is struggling to adapt to his wife’s (Davis) post-traumatic stress syndrome after her return from the war.

TBS

TYLER PERRY’S HOUSE OF PAYNE – Begins June 6, airing Wednesdays (9:00-9:30 p.m. ET/PT)

Starring: Allen Payne, LaVan Davis, Cassi Davis, Lance Gross, Larramie Doc Shaw, China Ann McClain and Demetria McKinney

No doubt, Tyler Perry is a superstar. This talented writer, director and actor is now adding “creator and executive producer of a television series” to his long list of titles. This new half-hour comedy series follows the life of Curtis “Pops” Payne (L. Davis) and his wife Ella (C. Davis) as they are forced to live under one roof with their large, extended family, including their son Calvin (Gross), a college student whose lack of funds keeps him coming home and their nephew CJ (Payne) and his family. Perry will be joining the cast as well, but only for the pilot, in which he will play his beloved role as Madea.

RETURNING: ”My Boys” (July 30)

TNT

HEARTLAND – Begins June 18, airing Mondays (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT)

Starring: Treat Williams, Kari Matchett, Gage Golightly, Rockmond Dunbar, Chris William Martin, Morena Baccarin, Danielle Nicolet and Dabney Coleman

This one-hour drama spotlights the high-tension lives of organ donor doctors and the relationship between one divorced couple as they work together to save people’s lives. Dr. Nathaniel Grant (Williams) is a top organ-transplant surgeon who takes risks in order to save his patients’ lives. His ex-wife (Matchett) works at the local organ donation center and is on call at St. Jude’s Transplant Center in Pittsburgh—convincing families to give up the organs of their dead relatives. Their relationship must continue in order to raise their daughter, but Nathaniel’s main focus is his job and patients, often sacrificing his family (most likely the reason the marriage didn’t work in the first place). Also, his risky procedures cause a rift between him and his superiors, often causing a clash between what’s right and wrong.

SAVING GRACE – Begins July 18, airing Wednesdays (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT)

Starring: Holly Hunter, Leon Rippy, Kenneth Johnson, Baily Chase, Bokeen Woodbine and Laura San Giacomo

Academy Award winner Hunter makes her TV debut as Grace Hanadarko, a tormented Oklahoma City police detective who is not only excellent at solving crimes, but also self-destruction. She drinks too much, sleeps too much (if you catch my drift) and doesn’t take crap from anyone. But then she goes off the deep end—trashed, she hits a man walking on the street. Jaded by the tragedy, Grace seeks out help and finds it a rough-hewn angel (Rippy) who is willing to lead her back to the right path. Can he save her or is it too late?

RETURNING: “The Closer” (Monday, June 18)

USA NETWORK

BURN NOTICE – Begins June 28, airing Thursdays (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT)

Starring: Jeffrey Donovan, Gabrielle Anwar, Bruce Campbell and Sharon Gless

To a spy, a “burn notice” is like a pink slip. So when Michael Westen (Donovan) finds out he is fired, he travels back to Miami to find out why and ends up in a heap of trouble. See, in the spy world, once you get a burn notice, you are officially cut off from equipment and resources needed to spy. Luckily, Michael is good at what he does. He uses his Special Ops training to help people in trouble who cannot go to the police while continuing to search for those responsible for his current situation.

RETURNING: “The 4400” (June 17), “The Dead Zone” (June 17), “Monk” (July 13), “Psych” (July 13)

SCI-FI

DESTINATION TRUTH - Begins June 6, airing Wednesdays (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT)

This six-part miniseries is a weekly adventure series that invites viewers along on one man’s search for the truth while investigating stories of the unexplained across the globe. Josh Gates, a world adventurer and eager truth-seeker, and his small crew of production buddies visit a different destination each week that is home to notoriously mysterious legends-such as the Malaysian Bigfoot and the Chilean Chupacabra as well as some lesser-known phenomena like the dinosaur-like creatures reported in the skies over Papua, New Guinea, a haunted village in Thailand, and the “wolfman” of Argentina. Josh searches for evidence to either prove or debunk these stories by talking to witnesses and experts and immersing himself in the local culture.

FLASH GORDON: Begins August 10, time TBA

Starring: Eric Johnson

Placing a 21st century spin on a science fiction classic, SCI FI’s contemporized version of Flash Gordon follows the all-new adventures of Flash (Johnson) and his companions, Dale Arden and Dr. Hans Zarkov. Ordinary people thrust into extraordinary circumstances, they find themselves as Earth’s last line of defense against the forces of the merciless dictator Ming. Produced by Reunion Pictures, this modern day retelling of the classic comic strip franchise will began production in May.

RETURNING: “Ghost Hunters” (June 6), “Doctor Who” (July 6), “Eureka” (July 10), “Who Wants To Be A Superhero?” (July 25)

SHOWTIME

CALIFORNICATION (also known as the Untitled Showtime Comedy Series with David Duchovney - Begins August 13, airing TBA

Starring: David Duchovny, Natascha McElhone, Madeleine Martin, Madeline Zima and Evan Handler

David Duchovny returns to television in a new comedy series as Hank Moody, a man struggling to raise his 13-year-old daughter (Martin), while still carrying a torch for his ex-girlfriend Karen (McElhone). His obsession with truth-telling and self-destructive behavior — drinks, drugs and relationships — are both destroying and enriching his career.

RETURNING: “Weeds” (August 13)

HBO

RETURNING: “Big Love” (June 11)

BRAVO

HEY PAULA - Premiere TBA

Starring: Paula Abdul

This docu-series will provide a candid real look at the "American Idol" judge, pop star, choreographer and multi-platinum artist, as she takes two steps forward and two steps back into the spotlight, giving an inside perspective on her professional and personal life. The fly-on-the-wall series reveals the ups and downs of Abdul, not just as a celebrity, but as a business woman, producer, choreographer, singer and friend. Cameras follow Abdul as she starts a new season of the hit series "American Idol," executive produces "Bratz: The Movie," develops her own perfume and cosmetics, expands her originally-designed jewelry line, markets her clothing line and fits personal appearances into a demanding schedule.

RETURNING: “Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List” (June 5), “Top Chef” (June 6)

F/X

RETURNING: “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” (late summer)

Please be aware that all programming times and dates are subject to change. Check your local listings.

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