Saturday, May 30, 2009

TV: Summer 2009 TV Schedule

26th, Tues.
"Mental" (FOX) at 9pm
Chris Vance (Whistler on "Prison Break") and Jacqueline McKenzie (Diana on "4400") have teamed up for an hour-long drama about a psych ward. Vance attempts to be an innovative, think-outside-of-the-box kind of therapist, but unfortunately he's the only interesting character in the series...but barely. The story is dry and mundane. I'm glad Vance is in the market for a series, but he should maybe stick to more supportive roles.
Watch the pilot if you missed it.

30th, Saturday
"Pushing Daisies" (ABC) at 10pm
The network did us fans a solid by showing the rest of the season this summer, and giving us a little closure in the form of three more episodes. Tune in for a major development!! Alright, I'll tell you. Ned can't revive the dead anymore. dum-Dum-DUM!!!!

4th, Thursday
"Burn Notice"
(USA) at 9pm
Last season Michael got from under the organization, which seemed like a genuine victory. However, without their protection, he's being hunted by old spy enemies and investigated by Detective Paxton (Moon Bloodgood from Terminator Salvation) of the Miami police. She could be a thorn in his side...or in Fiona's, depending on whether the sparks fly between them. Fi will have her own troubles to worry about by the end of the season, when an Irishman (Paul Blackthorne as Shane on "Lipstick Jungle") with a grudge starts to hunt her down.

"Royal Pains" (USA) at 10pm
The network has mastered unusual police procedurals and now they're veering into medical content. In this dramedy, a young doctor (Mark Feuerstein from "Good Morning, Miami") gets shunned after being blamed for the death of a hospital trustee. His last resort to salvage his career is to become an on-call doctor for the rich and aimless in the Hamptons. I pictured drug overdoses, botox treatments, and breast implant complications, but that's only half the cases he has to work on. Also in the cast are Paulo Costanzo ("Joey"), Jill Flint ("Six Degrees"), Campbell Scott ("Six Degrees"), and newcomer Reshma Shetty. Watch a pretty funny preview below and a few other clips here.

"The Listener" (NBC) at 10pm
Toby Logan (Craig Olejnik from "Runaway") is a 24-year-old telepathic paramedic. With his buddy Oz (Ennis Emmer), he cruises the streets helping others and working through his own issues. Detective Marks (Lisa Marcos from "Flashpoint") and his ex-girlfriend Olivia (Mylene Robic), an E.R doctor, convince him to help others with his gift. While it is difficult to work through the visions and process the emotions, he finds comfort along the way as he saves people and meets others with equally interesting gifts. The true mystery lies within his past, since he was an orphan and has no memory of who his parents were. Watch previews.

8th, Monday
"The Closer"
(TNT) at 9pm
Since Daniels transferred to a different department, Gabriel has to pull double-duty. Perhaps, the pressure gets to him, because he's eventually investigated for shooting a suspect. Pope tries to understand how Brenda runs things by joining the team on an assignment, which obviously ruffles her feathers. Meanwhile, Provenza starts mysteriously acting more surly than usual. Word is he has a new girlfriend.

"Weeds" (Showtime) at 10pm
I haven't seen the last season yet, so take a look a the new season for yourself.

"Nurse Jackie" (Showtime) at 10:30PM
Edie Falco, the lady, who outgrew her "Sopranos" success when she had an incredibly funny guest starring role on "30 Rock," has scored her own dramedy. She plays a strong-willed New Yorker who balances "a hectic work life with a complex personal life, all the while fighting the health care system along the way." Also in the cast are Peter Facinelli ("Damages" and Twilight) and Haaz Sleiman (The Visitor). Check out an incredible preview of not your average medical dramedy below and watch the pilot here.

14th, Saturday
(NBC) at 8pm
I'm so bummed. I was looking forward to seeing the rise of the new king and perhaps even Jack accepting his homosexuality. Who knows? Maybe we'll get to since the network will air the 7 remaining episodes of the season. Fingers crossed for an epic finish.

14th, Sunday
"True Blood"
(HBO) at 9pm
Sookie finally puts her powers to good use when she helps Dallas vampires find their lost companion, who might've been kidnapped by humans, on the one condition that they be turned over to human law enforcement rather than subjected to vampire justice. In other news, Sookie is none too pleased that Bill has to care for the girl he turned and the shit hits the fan when she realizes what he did to her crippled, child-molesting uncle. Jason accidentally involves himself in a vampire-hating, religious cult. Sam has to decide whether or not he's going to leave town because of the shapeshifting Maryann. Meanwhile, Tara hangs out with her coven of orgy-having puppets. Most of the suspense lies in what's happened to Lafayette, the mystery around the dead body found in the sheriff's car, and the identity of Sam's newest waitress (Ashley Jones from "The Bold and the Beautiful"). Watch previews.

16th, Tuesday
(TNT) at 9pm
Jada Pinkett Smith returns to television after 15 years as a doctor who must handle her hectic work schedule and cope with her husband's death. Also in the cast are Michael Vartan ("Alias"), Suleka Mathew ("Men in Trees"), Christina Moore ("90210"), and newcomers David Julian Hirsh and Hannah Hodson. Watch a sneak peek.

20th, Saturday
"Eli Stone"
(ABC) at 10pm
ABC may have canceled it, but they have the decency to finish off the season this summer. His aneurysm is gone, but are his visions?

21st, Sunday
(NBC) at 8pm
In this 13-part miniseries flown over from the UK, set in the mythical city of Camelot, we learn of the magical stories of young Merlin (newcomer Colin Morgan) and the incredible adventures of young Arthur (newcomer Bradley James) before he became king. When Merlin's mom sends him away to start a new life, he discovers a place ruled by King Uther (Anthony Head from "Buffy, the Vampire Slayer") where using magic is punishable by death. But once he meets the Great Dragon, he realizes that it's his destiny to use his magic to protect the future king without his knowledge. Through their journey, they meet young Lancelot before he becomes a knight, encounter mystical creatures, discover Excalibur, and form an everlasting friendship. Watch a 4-minute preview.

22nd, Monday
"Secret Life of an American Teenager"
(ABC FAM) at 8pm
Ben starts to get jealous of Ricky's frequent visits where he's all alone with her (and their baby) in her bedroom. Meanwhile, Amy struggles to juggle motherhood, an unstable relationship, and high school. Take a peak at Ben's mounting jealousy.

"Make it or break it" (ABC FAM) at 9pm
It's a teen series about a group of competitive athletes who are training and preparing for the Olympics. The new girl has to figure out how to fit in and stick out. It stars Chelsea Hobbs ("Pasadena"), Cassie Scerbo (Bring It On: In it to Win it), Zachary Abel ("Secret Life of an American Teenager"), Candace Cameron Bure (DJ on "Full House"), Josie Loren (17 Again and Hatching Pete), and newcomer Ayla Kell. Watch a preview.

24th, Wednesday
"The Philanthropist"
(NBC) at 10pm
A billionaire (James Purefoy from "Rome") playboy reforms his reputation by using his funds and risking his life to help those who are in need, whether it's personally transporting vaccines or saving drowning children. Also in the cast are Neve Campbell (Scream) and Jesse L. Martin ("Law & Order" and Rent).

28th, Sunday
(HBO) at 10pm
In this new HBO comedy, Thomas Jane (The Punisher) plays a well-endowed former high school basketball star who became a coach. Unfortunately, he's not exactly rolling in dough, so he gets the brilliant idea to whore himself out. Of course, it's not as easy it looks and he's not exactly the best lover...cue the laughs. Anne Heche is also in the cast. Watch a sneak peek.

7th, Tuesday
"10 Things I Hate About You"
(ABC FAM) at 8pm
You remember this movie right? The one that put the late Heath Ledger on the map? Well, someone had the brilliant idea of making it into a TV show. The film was a modern adaptation of Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew. The entire premise revolved around a younger sister getting two guys to pay and assist an outcast in wooing her older sister so that their overbearing dad would allow her to date one of them. The series starts earlier in the Stratford sisters' lives as they are starting high school. Kat ambitiously endeavors to "save the world and get out of high school as fast as she can, while Bianca wants to climb the ladder of high school popularity as fast as possible." Check out the cast breakdown and watch a preview.

10th, Friday
(SCI FI) at 9pm
It's been a while since we've seen the series, but if you recall Nathan risks his life to save the town and his family, leaving the possibility of the future existence Sheriff Carter saw with Allison to be plausible. Meanwhile, Carter loses his job as sheriff and Allison discovers she's pregnant with Nathan's baby. Watch a preview of all the wild and crazy events that'll happen this season.

12th, Sunday
(HBO) at 10:30pm
The boys reunited after a brief bromantic spat, and they're regrouping to rehabilitate Vincent's career. He scored himself a role in Scorsese's next film The Great Gatsby. Also there's rumors that Ari's main bitch Lloyd is looking to rise in the ranks whether it's at his agency or another. Take a look.

"Drop Dead Diva" (LIFE) at 9pm
"The show tells the story of a beautiful-but-vapid model wannabe, Deb (Brooke D'Orsay from It's A Boy Girl Thing), who has a fatal car accident and suddenly finds herself in front of Heaven's gatekeeper, Fred (Ben Feldman from "Living with Fran" and Coverfield), who declares her a self-centered "zero." Outraged, Deb attempts to persuade Fred to return her to her shallow existence but is accidentally relegated to the body of the recently deceased Jane Bingum (newcomer Brooke Elliott). A brilliant, thoughtful and plus-size attorney with a loyal assistant (comedian Margaret Cho), Jane has always lived in the shadow of her more comely colleagues, whereas Deb has always relied on her external beauty. Now, by a twist of fate and a bolt of divine intervention, Deb must come to terms with inhabiting Jane’s plus-size frame in the ultimate showdown between brains and beauty." Watch a preview.

15th, Wednesday
(TNT) at 9pm
I sort of like this quirky Robin Hood-type action comedy, but they got a little heavy at the end of the season with Nathan's alcoholism. Luckily, the other characters keep it light and fun. My favorite is Harper, so the more scenes and lines they give her, the happier I am. They're sure to return this season with even more heists and personal agendas.

"Dark Blue" (TNT) at 10pm
Dylan McDermott ("Big Shots") found himself a new TV gig--this time on cable. He plays the head of an undercover police team, but he has a shady past that might interfere with his cover. Also in the cast are Logan Marshall-Green (Trey on "The O.C."), Nicki Aycox ("Over There"), and Omari Hardwick ("Saved").

"Warehouse 13" (SCI FI) at 10pm
Two Secret Service agents, played by Eddie McClintock ("Bones" and "My Boys") and Joanne Kelly ("Vanished"), who save the president's life get rewarded with a new post at the top-secret Warehouse 13, where they are "now responsible for the collection of every supernatural and unexplained item that the U.S. Government has ever collected. They must safeguard the warehouse itself, monitor the items within, and be always on the lookout for strange events that indicate another item to be retrieved, cataloged, and stored." Watch a clip.

18th, Saturday
"Dirty Sexy Money"
at 10pm
The tumultuous Darlings clan get their final days in the sunlight.

21st, Tuesday
"Ruby & the Rockits"
(ABC FAM) at 8:30pm
It's a series about a family of musicians helmed by both David and Patrick Cassidy. It also marks the return of 20-year-old Alexa Vega of Spy Kids fame. And the eye-candy du jour is Austin Robert Butler of "Zoey 101." Check out a preview.

7th, Friday
(USA) at 9pm
It's the last season and I hope they finally solve Trudy's murder case. One thing we can look forward to is the return of Sherona, his original caretaker. That shouldn't be awkward.

"Psych" (USA) at 10pm
Last season, Sean had a huge serial killer case that almost cost him his mom. We witnessed a little dramatic acting, and then we were treated to a sweet scene between him and Juliet. She finally asks him out. Unfortunately, he was already on a date with Abigail (Rachel Leigh Cook), his childhood crush, so we'll have to see who he chooses this season. While we wait, I'm sure Sean and Gus will continue their highly amusing spree of childish shenanigans.

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