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Summer is almost upon us, and you know what that means. The Superhot Spring-Summer Television Season is upon us, brimming over with many new shows to check out-some to love, some to revile. Actors we’ve grown to love are back in new shows, and fresh faces make their debut this season. New Comedies. New Dramas. A whole new world of Reality! Which ones will make it and which ones will fade away? Well, that’s between you and your remote, so get ready, set, go. The new TV season begins NOW…………..


(All listings are sorted by premiere date, with the earliest being listed first. All times listed are et/pt, so be sure to adjust for your time zone. Also, all dates and times are subject to change, so please check your local listings. Please note that this list may not be complete, as some shows may have been overlooked, forgotten, didn’t know about, got added later, got cancelled, got postponed or whatever. You never know what will happen next in the ever-changing world of TV programming!)


ALL NEW SHOWS:


Rock the Cradle (MTV) series premiere April 3, 10pm

It's time to Rock the Cradle! Yeah, we're searching for the next superstar, but this isn't your average, every day singing competition. We're shining the spotlight on children of rock stars to see who has what it takes to step out of the parental shadow and fulfill their DNA destiny. 'Cause, really, isn't everything better when celebrities are involved?


Step It Up and Dance (Bravo) premieres April 10 at 10pm

"Step It Up & Dance" is a reality competition series where contestants will learn what it takes to make it big in the cutthroat dance industry. Celebrated actress and dancer Elizabeth Berkley will serve as host and Emmy Award nominee and Tony Award-winning director and choreographer Jerry Mitchell will mentor the 12 dancers chosen from around the country, as they master every conceivable dance style, from ballet and ballroom to Broadway and burlesque.

 

The Sarah Jane Adventures (Sci-Fi) moves from BBC America, premieres April 11 at 8pm
Having traveled the universe with The Doctor, Sarah Jane (Elisabeth Sladen) is used to alien encounters. Accompanied by her new young friends Maria, Luke and Clyde, she becomes embroiled in an offbeat world of mystery and danger.

The Paper (MTV) series premiere Monday, April 14, 10:30pmWelcome to Cypress Bay High School -- home of the award-winning newspaper The Circuit. Its fiercely competitive student staff exhibits the aptitude, pride and ambition of future leaders, and they want the world to know it. Every day, the paper's dynamic personalities battle it out to see who has what it takes to produce news that's fit to print. Journalism is taken very seriously at The Circuit, and its staff is a truly ambitious bunch. For many soon-to-be seniors, it's time to battle it out for the position of editor-in-chief. But only one will score the top slot.

Doctor Who (Sci-Fi) moves from BBC America, premieres April 18 at 8:30pm
Following the phenomenal success of the multiple-award-winning first two seasons that have taken audiences by storm, the third season of “Doctor Who” (Best Drama Series, BAFTA 2006) is full of new thrills, new laughs, new heartbreak and some terrifying new monsters. From the moment the Doctor walks into the life of medical student Martha (Elisabeth Sladen) Jones, he changes it forever. Together they find themselves traveling through time and space encountering extraordinary events, amazing worlds and faces both old and new.


Farmer Wants a Wife (CW), premieres Wednesday, April 30 at 9pm

Farmer Wants a Wife is a comedic reality series that brings city women to one charming, hard-working farmer who is happy with his life except for one thing -- he's lacking romance and wondering if he might find happiness and excitement with a woman from the city. Will love bloom when country boy meets city girl? This farmer is about to find out.

 

When Women Rule the World (FOX) premieres Monday, June 2 at 8pm, regular timeslot is 9pm
What if it was “a woman’s world”? What if women made ALL the decisions? If men were their obedient subjects? These questions and more will be explored when a group of strong, educated, independent women, tired of living in a man’s world and each with a personal axe to grind, rule over a group of unsuspecting men used to calling the shots. The unscripted series will reveal how women and men react in a world where women are in charge and men are subservient, and each gender’s ability to adapt to a new social order will be put to the test. In order to win, the men must accede to the women’s every demand, 24/7.

In Plain Sight (USA) premieres Sunday, June 8 at 10pm

“In Plain Sight” stars Mary McCormack as Mary Shannon, a U.S. Marshal working in the highly secretive branch of the witness protection program. She relocates federal witnesses, many of whom are career criminals and some who are innocents who had the misfortune of witnessing a crime. They all have one thing in common – someone wants them dead. Mary’s job is to see that doesn’t happen, while at the same time attempting to manage her own dysfunctional family.
Secret Diary of a Call Girl (Showtime) premieres Monday, June 16 at 10:30pm
This show introduces viewers to a contemporary woman. She is smart, strong and confident and, like many modern women, is struggling to balance her personal and professional life. In her case this pendulum swings between her job as a legal secretary, where she is known as Hannah, and her career as one of London’s high-class call girls, where her clients simply refer to her as Belle, the answer to all their wildest fantasies. The series stars British actress Billie Piper (“Doctor Who”) in the dual role.

Shows we know and love, and some returning after strike:

 

Brothers and Sisters (ABC) returns Sunday, April 20, 10pm

The compelling one-hour drama series about a collection of five enmeshed and somewhat damaged adult siblings and their strong but passionately devoted mother, Nora Walker (Oscar and Emmy Award winner Sally Field). The Walkers' lives have not been without challenge; romance, parenting, divorce, infidelity, addiction, war and even death have pushed each of them to the limit, but they continue to work toward living their lives as individuals, while loving each other unconditionally and trying to maintain some semblance of normalcy after the loss of their larger-than-life family patriarch, William Walker.


Ugly Betty (ABC) returns with new episodes Thursday, April 24 at 8pm

In the superficial world of high fashion, image is everything. Styles come and go, and the only constants are the super thin beauties who wear them. How can an ordinary girl from Queens possibly fit in? If you took a moment to get to know Betty Suarez, you'd see how sweet, intelligent and hard-working she is (if a bit fashion-challenged). When publishing mogul Bradford Meade handed the reigns of Mode, the bible of the fashion industry, over to this son, Daniel, he specifically hired Betty as his son's new assistant mostly because she was the only woman Daniel wouldn't sleep with. Both outsiders in their own way, Daniel and Betty form an unlikely team, each helping the other navigate the choppy waters of NYC's fashion scene.


Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) returns Thursday, April 24 at 9pm

Entering their first year as residents after passing their intern exams, Meredith Grey, Cristina Yang, Izzie Stevens and Alex Karev now have interns of their own to mentor. Among the new crop of interns are George (forced to repeat his internship after failing his exams) and Lexie Grey, Meredith's half-sister. Overseeing the residents is the newly-appointed Chief Resident, Callie Torres. With the no-nonsense Miranda Bailey earning the interns' respect over the past year, the new residents are finding it difficult to report to someone else, particularly George's wife.


Lost (ABC) returns Thursday, April 24, 10pm

As the second part of Season Three opens, Jack seems to have gained the upper hand, as Ben's life literally rests in his hands. His demands are simple -- release Kate and Sawyer as prisoners of "The Others," let them safely return to the island and he'll stay behind. But does Jack have a hidden agenda? Kate finally made her romantic decision between Jack and Sawyer by choosing the smitten con man -- but were her feelings for him genuine? Juliet -- one of "The Others" -- makes a shocking decision that could endanger her standing with her people. After the death of Eko, Locke's obsession to uncover the secrets of the island leads Sayid to believe that his intentions may not be in the best interests of his fellow survivors. Sun and Jin will continue to celebrate their pregnancy -- but is the child really Jin's?


The Bill Engvall Show (TBS) returning with new episodes in June

Set in a Denver suburb, THE BILL ENGVALL SHOW stars Engvall as Bill Pearson, a family counselor whose own family could maybe use a little dose of counseling. He works with dysfunctional families all day and comes home to what he sees as perfection, but in reality they are somewhat absurd, unpredictable and just as mixed up as any other family.


Samantha Who? (ABC) on Mondays at 9:30pm

What if you had the chance to start over, to do it all again? For Samantha Newly (Ms. Applegate), this fantasy becomes a reality after a hit-and-run accident leaves her in an eight-day coma. When she awakens in the hospital, she is surrounded by family and friends. The only problem is that she has no idea who they are - or who she is. In medical terms, Sam has retrograde amnesia, which allows her to fully function in the world but leaves her with no personal memories. Most people would deem this disorder a curse. But Sam may come to call it a miracle.

 

The Hills (MTV) new episodes Mondays at 10pm

The girls of The Hills are back for another season, but this time it's a whole different story. Whitney has graduated college and is dealing with the stress of her first real job and the drama of being newly single. Audrina is trying to handle her first real boyfriend ever but hitting the town every night with her single roommate Lauren won't make it easy. Heidi's trying to play house with Spencer and deal with the separation from her best friend Lauren, but when Spencer wants to take their relationship to the next level, who can Heidi turn to for advice? Lauren's had enough of being single and is looking for Mr. Right, but with new responsibilities at Teen Vogue, a new roommate, and a boyfriend from her past back in her life, how will she ever find him? Lauren and Heidi haven't spoken at all since Heidi moved in with Spencer. Is Hollywood big enough for one group of close friends who have been torn in two? And when this feud comes to a head, how will Lauren hold it all together?


Criminal Minds (CBS) in its all new season, Wednesdays, 9pm

Criminal Minds revolves around an elite team of FBI profilers who analyze the country's most twisted criminal minds, anticipating their next moves before they strike again. The Behavioral Analysis Unit's most prominent agent is David Rossi (Joe Mantegna), a founding member of the BAU, who returns to help the team solve new cases, while pursuing some unfinished business of his own. The team is led by Special Agent Aaron Hotchner (Thomas Gibson), a family man who is able to gain people's trust

and unlock their secrets. Each member brings his or her own area of expertise to the table as they pinpoint predators' motivations and identify their emotional triggers in the attempt to stop them.


My Name is Earl (NBC) new episodes Thursdays at 8pm

Earl (Jason Lee) has taken one too many wrong turns on the highway of life. However, a twist of fate turns his life into a tailspin of life-renewing events. Earl won a small lottery, and, after an epiphany, he is determined to transform his good fortune into a life-changing event as he sets out to right all the wrongs from his past.

 

30 Rock (NBC) new episodes on Thursdays at 8:30pm

30 ROCK is told through the comedic voice of Tina Fey (Liz Lemon) and features Alec Baldwin (Jack Donaghy) as a top network executive and Tracy Morgan (Tracy Jordan) as the unpredictable star of Lemon's hit variety show, "TGS with Tracy Jordan." Lemon had her hands full this past season, juggling corporate interference from Donaghy and off-the-wall star antics from Jordan, all while attempting to salvage her own personal life.


The Office (NBC) on Thursdays, 9pm

From Deedle-Dee Productions, Reveille and Universal Media Studios comes the hilarious documentary-style look into the humorous and sometimes poignant foolishness that plagues the world of 9-to-5 in the half-hour comedy "The Office," based on the award-winning BBC hit. A fly-on-the-wall "docu-reality" parody about modern American office life, "The Office" delves into the lives of the workers at Dunder Mifflin paper supply company in Scranton, Pennsylvania.


Scrubs (NBC) has new episodes, Thursdays at 9:30pm

Scrubs focuses on the strange experiences of Dr. John Dorian, or "J.D." (Zach Braff), a medical resident, as he continues on his healing career in a surreal hospital, crammed full of unpredictable staffers and patients -- where humor and tragedy can collide at any time.


Duel (ABC) returns with new episodes, Fridays at 9pm

In a cutting edge format -- combining trivia challenges like those on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire with the strategy played in the World Series of Poker -- contestants will once again find themselves in intense head-to-head matches, reacting quickly under pressure and outsmarting their opponents by

using strategy and deception, as well as intellect and skill, in the race to win big money.


Numbers (CBS) is on Fridays, 10pm

NUMB3RS is a drama about an FBI agent who recruits hi

s mathematical-genius brother to help the Bureau solve a wide range of challenging crimes in Los Angeles. The two brothers take on the most confounding criminal cases from a very distinctive perspective. Inspired by actual events, the series depicts how the confluence of police work and mathematics provides unexpected revelations and answ

ers to the most perplexing criminal questions.


Witchblade (IFC) on Fridays at 11:30pm

Witchblade, based on the popular comic book series, tells the saga of a woman who bears the burden of a force of destruction known as the Witchblade and the conspiracy surrounding it. The 24 episodes were produced in collaboration with anime studio GONZO and comic book publisher Top Cow Productions.


Desperate Housewives (ABC) on Sundays at 9pm

A primetime soap with a truly contemporary take on the "happily ever after," "Desperate Housewives" takes a darkly comedic look at suburbia, where the secret lives of housewives aren't always what they seem.


The Tudors (Showtime) Sundays at 9pm

Henry was never intended for the throne of England. However, the death of his older brother Arthur at the age of 15 and his taking of his dead brother's bride, propelled the young prince into the limelight and laid the foundations for one of the most spectacular reigns in English history.


The Whitest Kids You Know (IFC) is on Sundays at 11pm

Coming from across the US to New York City -- some to study, others to start their entertainment careers in earnest -- the Kids would eventually meet each other and realize they all shared a dream-to become the sketch comedy players of their generation. Together, they began to create sketch comedy that pushed the envelope right off the table, first on the stage of Pianos in NYC's Lower East Side, and now on ifc.com and on the Channel.


STILL TO COME IN 2008:


Blue Blood (NBC)

There’s a new rookie in town. From the Hamptons to the South Bronx, Blue Blood follows the true story of Harvard educated cop Ed Conlon in his first year as an NYPD officer. He joins a group of rookies, fresh out of the academy, assigned to beat patrol. Despite what the academy taught them, they will learn that being a rookie is as much about upholding the law as it is about survival on the streets.


Leverage (TNT)

Timothy Hutton plays former insurance investigator Nate Ford, a once-loyal corporate employee who had recovered millions of dollars in stolen goods for his employer. But when that employer denied his son’s insurance claims and allowed the boy to die, he realized he could no longer work for such an entity. Out of work and descending into alcoholism, Ford is hired by an aeronautics executive to recover airplane designs the executive claims were stolen by a rival company. Helping him are four highly skilled team members: Parker (Beth Riesgraf), an expert thief; Alex Hardison (Aldis Hodge), a specialist in Internet and computer fraud; Eliot Spencer (Christian Kane), a high-octane “retrieval specialist” who can take out a gang of henchmen without breaking a sweat; and Sophie Devereaux (Gina Bellman), a grifter who could win awards for her acting skills during difficult scams. At first the newly formed team is hesitant to trust each other after so many years working alone but being double-crossed changes the dynamic, ultimately forcing them to unite.


Raising the Bar (TNT)

In Raising the Bar, Mark-Paul Gosselaar (NYPD Blue) stars as Jerry Kellerman, an idealistic public defender who will stop at nothing to help those who cannot help themselves. Reuben plays Rosalind Whitman, his passionate and protective boss. Teddy Sears is Richard Patrick Woolsley, who foregoes a cushy job in his father's firm to work for the public defender's office. On the opposite side, Melissa Sagemiller plays Michelle Ernhardt, an attorney in the DA's office with an unassailable morality and a burning desire to see justice done. She works for assistant DA Nick Balco, played by Currie Graham, a bit of a lecher who, nevertheless, has a razor-sharp knowledge of the law. They are joined by J. August Richards as Marcus McGrath, who will stop at nothing to put criminals behind bars. The courtroom arena in which they face off belongs to Judge Trudy Kessler, played by Kaczmarek. She is imperious and known throughout legal circles to be a little crazy, treating the courtroom as her own private fiefdom. Working for her is law clerk Charlie Sagansky, played by Jonathan Scarfe, a man with a wealth of secrets.


Crash (Starz)

A new TV series based on the Best Picture Oscar-winning 2005 movie Crash with Don Cheadle, who starred in and produced the film and will also produce the series along with the film's writer-director, Paul Haggis, co-writer-producer Bobby Moresco, and producers Bob Yari, Mark R. Harris, and Tom Nunan.


Swingtown (CBS)

Swingtown peeks into the shag-carpeted suburban homes of the 1970s to find couples reveling in the sexual and social revolution that introduced open marriages and women's liberation. During this heady era of provocative change, Susan and Bruce Miller move their family to an affluent Chicago suburb in search of a sense of community where they meet their new neighbors, Tom and Trina Decker, a striking, outgoing couple on the hunt who redefine the term "neighborhood watch." After a mind-blowing evening with them, Susan and Bruce realize that couples in this town share much more than recipes, local gossip and a view of Lake Michigan, and are worlds apart from their former conservative neighbors, Janet and Roger. In a changing social climate--defined by its music, fashion and style--everyone in Swingtown is confronted with personal choices, experimentation and shifting attitudes.

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