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Well, summer is here once again in all its blazing glory! And that means that exciting new Television shows are hitting the airwaves as we speak! From new reality shows to terrific original series on cable, your remote won’t know what show to try first. Here’s a day by day guide to this season’s most intriguing new and returning shows…

Wednesday, June 3

MAN LAND (HGTV), 11pm et/pt
Man Land is a reality show that explores men’s private world, casting the spotlight on who has created what, from amazing basements/ game rooms/ TV rooms/ bars/ garages/ second bedrooms to the coveted converted tuff sheds. Also featured are the women whose men have created caves. They tell what they think about living with a separate “guy’s space” and how their relationships have gotten better … or worse. (Series premiere)

Thursday, June 4 – a bevy of amazing choices!

BURN NOTICE (USA), 9pm et/pt
It’s always such an excruciating wait, the time between a show’s finale and its next season’s premiere. But now, Burn Notice fans won’t have to wait. That’s because the hit USA action drama, starring Jeffrey Donovan as Michael Westen, is returning only two days after the season 3 finale! In the 4th season, after a dramatic face off with a helicopter, Michael emerges from the water free from interference by the organization that burned him. But he’s no longer under their protection, and is being investigated by the police. He gets out of prison with help from an old friend who has a job for him- extraditing a thug who’s displacing landowners in a Latin American country. (Season 4 premiere)

THE LISTENER (NBC), 9pm et/pt

The Listener is a supernatural drama from Canada about a young paramedic named Toby Logan (Craig Olejnik) with the power to listen to people's most intimate thoughts. Aided by his paramedic partner Osman Bey (Enis Esmer), Toby walks a dangerous line between his calling as a telepathic sleuth and his normal life as an urban twenty-something. (Series premiere)

ROYAL PAINS (USA), 10pm et/pt
When up-and-coming New York doctor Hank Lawson loses everything fighting for the life of a patient, he escapes to the Hamptons with his younger brother, Evan. After making a dramatic medical rescue at a party, Hank inadvertently finds himself the Hamptons' hottest doctor. Now, with the help of Evan and an ambitious physician’s assistant, Hank is once again helping those in need and reinventing himself as the Hamptons' hottest doctor-on-demand. (75-minute series premiere)

TOSH.0 (Comedy Central), 10pm et/pt
Blogs, vlogs, tweets and pokes have taken over everyone's lives and it’s high time someone takes these new technologies to task. Nothing on the Internet is safe in the hands of comedian Daniel Tosh in the new series, Tosh.0. The series will go deep into the Web, spinning commentary about blogs and vlogs both popular and obscure, tweets and pokes, popular sites and new technologies. The series will also feature viral clips of the week, and premiere its own original videos created by and starring well-known actors and comedians. (Series premiere)

Sunday, June 7

KENDRA (E!), 10pm et/pt
Kendra Wilkinson has left the Playboy Mansion! See what’s in store for Hugh Hefner’s former girlfriend as she builds a career, plans her wedding and makes a new life for herself and her fiancé, Hank Baskett. (Series premiere)

IDEAL (IFC), 11:30pm et/pt
Ideal is a half-hour sitcom about the misadventures of Moz, a small-time unfortunate drug dealer living in Manchester, England. Moz seems to have no ambition outside of his “small business” however his flat is booming with activity from an eclectic array of characters that stop by to chat, purchase, or both. Created by Graham Duff and acquired from BBC Worldwide. (Series premiere)

Monday, June 8

THE CLOSER (TNT), 11pm et/pt
Atlanta police detective Brenda Johnson (Kyra Sedgwick) moves to Los Angeles, where she heads up a squad that handles sensitive, high-profile homicide cases. Although she clashes with some of her colleagues, her skills as a CIA-trained interrogator prove invaluable in obtaining confessions from suspects. (5th season premiere)

WEEDS (Showtime), 9pm et/pt
The uproarious and wildly popular show returns! Leaving the ashes of Agrestic behind her, Nancy Botwin relocates her thriving pot business to a beachside community near the Mexican border. There, she is joined by “associates'' Doug and Andy, who earn a tidy living sneaking Mexican immigrants across the border. (5th season premiere)

NURSE JACKIE (Showtime), 9:30pm et/pt

Emergency room nurse Jackie O’Hurley relies on Vicodin and Adderall to get her through high-stress shifts at a New York hospital, where she isn’t above bending the rules to keep things running smoothly in the face of indifferent doctors, penny-pinching bean counters and miles of bureaucratic red tape. (Series premiere)

Tuesday, June 9

FOOD PARTY (IFC), 11:15pm et/pt
Food Party is a mind-bending, non-reality cooking show with Thu Tran as your hostess, a cast of unruly puppets as culinary aides, and a cavalcade of fictitious celebrities as surprise dinner guests. Shot on location in a Technicolor cardboard kitchen as well as other foreign and exotic cardboard locations, each episode will or will not instruct you on how to prepare wild gourmet multi-course meals with ingredients you probably have on hand in your kitchen already, such as pretzel rods, eggs, narwhal lungs, bizarre plot twists, secret ingredients, and pizza. After all, you never know who might show up for dinner. (Series premiere)

WRONG DOOR (IFC), 11:30pm et/pt
A daring new half-hour sketch show set in a parallel universe; a fantastic world governed by the laws of comedy, not nature, where special effects seen in the movies and on TV are part of everyday life. In this world, superheroes, wizards and dinosaurs are commonplace in the daily merry-go-round of car chases, explosions and disasters. Acquired from BBC Worldwide. (Series premiere)

Wednesday, June 10

TOP CHEF MASTERS (Bravo), 9pm et/pt
Using the basic format of Bravo's Top Chef, this competition series challenges world-class chefs in a series of eliminations, with the winners receiving a cash donation to the charity of their choice. The first six episodes pit four chefs against one another to determine the six finalists, who then battle it out over the next five episodes until one Top Chef Master is left standing in the kitchen. The charity chosen by the winning chef gets a $100,000 gift. (Series premiere)

Thursday, June 11

16 & PREGNANT (MTV), 10pm et/pt
MTV’s 16 and Pregnant is an hour-long series focusing on the controversial subject of teen pregnancy. Each episode will follow a 3-6 month period in the life of a teenager as she navigates the bumpy terrain of adolescence, growing pains, rebellion, and coming of age, all while dealing with being pregnant. Each story offers a unique look into the wide variety of challenges pregnant teens face: marriage, adoption, religion, gossip, finances, rumors among the community, graduating high school, getting (or losing) a job. The show focuses on the tremendous inner strength and courage these girls display as they sacrifice their teenage years in order to become responsible for another human life. (Series premiere)

This series takes us behind the scenes into the controlled chaos of daily life at the house of the Masche sextuplets and their parents, Jenny and Bryan. Jenny and Bryan were the typical American couple before their babies were born: they both worked full-time, but still managed to make time for their individual interests as well as for each other. After their sextuplets were born though, their lives were turned upside down as they have had to learn how to take care of their suddenly large family. Raising Sextuplets is a new series that has spun out of a successful WE TV special. The six episodes follow Jenny, Bryan and the babies over the course of half a year, starting when the sextuplets are 16 months old. (Series premiere)

Thursday, June 14

TRUE BLOOD (HBO), 9pm et/pt
Smalltown Louisiana waitress Sookie Stackhouse already is viewed as an oddball by her friends and neighbors, since she can read the minds of those around her. She doesn't exactly help her reputation, though, when she falls for handsome newcomer Bill Compton, a 173-year-old vampire who has “come out of the coffin” along with many of his undead comrades now that a new synthetic blood has made it possible for vampires to survive without preying on humans. Still, the conservative locals aren’t wild about mortal-vampire liaisons, especially Sookie’s boss, Sam Merlotte, who carries a torch for her. Six Feet Under creator Alan Ball is behind this new series adaptation of the best-selling novels by Charlaine Harris. (2nd season premiere)
 / Issue 95 - September 2018
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