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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
Tuesday, June 16

WEDDING DAY (TNT), 8pm et/pt
Every couple dreams of having the perfect wedding. For many, it’s the most important and emotional day of their lives. But for some, insurmountable obstacles create barriers to making their dream day a reality. Wedding Day is here to prove that a girl doesn’t have to be rich to have a wedding fit for a princess. In this uplifting series, deserving couples from all over the United States will get a helping hand to ensure the most important day of their lives is also the most magical. Each week, celebrity event planner and food expert Alan Dunn (For Better or Worse) and celebrity wedding planner Diann Valentine (author of Weddings Valentine Style) host as family, friends and community come together to create a dream wedding. Along the way, viewers will learn each couple’s compelling story, from their first date to the big day. (Series premiere)

HAWTHORNE (TNT), 9pm et/pt
Jada Pinkett Smith (The Women, The Matrix trilogy) is the latest talented actress to join TNT’s line-up of strong, complex female characters, following in the footsteps of Kyra Sedgwick on The Closer and Holly Hunter of Saving Grace. This summer, Pinkett Smith executive-produces and stars in HawthoRNe, a character-driven drama series about a nurse who is a true everyday hero. Pinkett Smith plays Christina Hawthorne, a compassionate and headstrong Chief Nursing Officer heading up a group of dedicated nurses at Richmond Trinity Hospital who spend long days and nights on the hospital’s front lines. Hawthorne is the kind of nurse you want on your side when you or someone you love is in the hospital. She is the kind of nurse who fights for her patients and doesn’t let them slip through the cracks. When necessary, she takes on doctors and administrators who are overworked, distracted or just unable to see the human being behind the hospital chart. (Series premiere) 
Sunday, June 21

JUST FOR LAUGHS (ABC), 8:30pm et/pt
The first made-for-Canada TV series to be broadcast on a major U.S. network, Just for Laughs incorporates practical jokes, hidden cameras and the spontaneous reaction of unsuspecting “victims” to cut across cultural boundaries of humor. The series is seen in 125 countries around the world, including England, France, Italy, Germany, and Canada, among others. (Series premiere)

MERLIN (NBC), 8pm et/pt

This action-packed fantasy-drama revisits the saga of King Arthur and his wizard, Merlin, by focusing on the two characters when they were ambitious young men struggling to understand their destinies. (Series premiere)

Monday, June 22

MAKE IT OR BREAK IT (ABC Family), 9pm et/pt
Emily Kmetko’s dreams of becoming an Olympic gymnast inch closer to reality when she receives a scholarship to The Rock training center in Colorado. But her natural abilities and lower economic status don’t immediately make her any friends among the center’s elite, who include top gymnast Payson Keeler, beautiful Kaylie Cruz, resident hottie Carter Anderson and ultracompetitive Lauren Tanner, who would like nothing more than to see Emily head back to where she came from. Amidst the backstabbing and bonding, they’re teammates in name only, all in pursuit of what every gymnast competes for: a perfect routine. (Series premiere)

Tuesday, June 23

NYC PREP (Bravo), 10pm et/pt
NYC Prep chronicles the lives of a group of privileged teenagers who are key players in Manhattan’s elite high school scene. Students who travel in packs—whether it’s on sophisticated vacations or to a townhouse for an exclusive midnight party, their lives intertwine as they network, shop, party, study, date, and write college applications. Everyone’s beautiful and everyone’s connected. On the surface, it seems that these teens live an enviable life. They have access and privilege to spare, and can’t imagine that anything or anyone will get in their way. Over the course of the series, we’ll see them on the benefit circuit, and viewers will get to know their families, their entourage (trainers, college application advisors, stylists) and their guys/girls of the moment. But privilege has its price. Despite their carefree lives, the pressure of lofty expectations can sometimes be too much for even the most confident teenagers. (Series premiere)
Loosely based on the ABC classic Wide World of Sports, this show pairs eight celebrities with professional athletes from a variety of different sports for sporting events and challenges, including swimming, biking, running, kayaking and more. The teams are tested on speed, stamina, strength and strategy as well. Each week one team of athletes is eliminated a winning pair is left. The show is shot on location in the Bahamas. (Series premiere)

Wednesday, June 24

After the death of his only child, hedonistic billionaire Teddy Rist experiences an epiphany and reinvents himself as a vigilante philanthropist, using his vast resources to help people in need. (Series premiere)

Sunday, June 28

HUNG (HBO), 10pm et/pt
Once athletic, popular, and a success story waiting to happen, Ray Drecker’s life has turned upside down: He’s an underpaid, unappreciated middle-age high-school teacher and basketball coach whose wife of 20 years just left him, and his twin children soon follow mom out the door after a fire damages his rundown Detroit home. Grasping at straws, Ray attends a self-help class, where he learns the key to financial success is identifying a personal “winning tool,” advice Ray takes quite literally in the hopes of turning his fortunes around in a big way. (Series premiere)

Monday, June 29

DANCE YOUR ASS OFF (Oxygen), 10pm et/pt

Twelve finalists, nearly 3,000 lbs, one goal—to go from an eating machine to a dancing machine in Oxygen’s new dance/weight loss competition series Dance Your Ass Off, hosted by TONY Award-winning actress Marissa Jaret Winokur. Bringing dance and diet together, Dance Your Ass Off features talented, full-figured contestants who will have to lose to win! (Series premiere)

Sunday, June 30

TINY AND TOYA (BET), 10pm et/pt
Tiny & Toya is BET’s provocative, new half-hour docu-drama chronicling the lives of Tameka “Tiny” Cottle and Antonia “Toya” Carter—two dynamic, young women immersed in the craziness of the hip-hop world, but striving to find inner-strength, peace, and purpose. On the surface, their real-life story plays out like an urban fairytale—both women falling in love with two of hip hop’s most successful princes (T.I. and Lil’ Wayne) and living the life of the rich and famous. (Series premiere)

 / Issue 96 - September 2018
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