Friday, May 11, 2012

TV: 2012 Summer TV Premiere Dates Schedule, New Shows, & Spoilers

Friday, MAY 11
10pm "Common Law" (USA)
Plot: Two cops have a problem: each other. So their captain sends them to couples therapy.
Cast: Michael Ealy (Think Like a Man), Warren Kole ("The Chicago Code" and "24"), Sonya Walger ("Lost")
Why Watch: Because the USA Network has the most fun cop shows on TV. And because you love buddy comedies.
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Thursday, MAY 24
10pm "Rookie Blue" (ABC)
This Season: Sam and Andy will have a few bumps in the road after their enforced 3-month suspension for allowing her emotions to screw up the undercover assignment that almost got Sam killed. Since she complied with the board's demands and he refused to, he feels like she chose her job over him, and she feels like she doesn't have the seniority to get away with being rebellious. We'll see her ex-fiancee Luke later in the season, since he's taken refuge in the gang task force. And we'll finally meet her mom, which she will encounter in an ironic situation while they're both on the job. Meanwhile, there's a new rookie (Peter Mooney from "Camelot") at the precinct, who has Gail more abrasive and uptight than usual, since he seems to have been her ex-fiancee who left her to join the army.

10pm "Men at Work" (TBS)
Plot: In this new comedy about four friends who work together at a magazine, the recently dumped Milo (Masterson) barely has time to nurse his wounds before his friends decide to help him get back in the game. Together, the four help each other navigate work, friendship and women.
Cast: Danny Masterson ("That 70s Show"), James Lesure ("Mr. Sunshine" and "Las Vegas"), Michael Cassidy ("Priveleged" and "Hidden Palms"), and Adam Busch ("Buffy, the Vampire Slayer")
Why Watch: Because it's actually funny—and not TBS-funny, CBS-funny. So if you're a fan of dude-humor and/or cute guys, tune in.
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Monday, MAY 28
9pm "Single Ladies" (VH1)
This Season: Stacey Dash was cut from the cast and soap opera graduate Denise Vasi ("All My Children") sort of took her place as Raquel, a recently un-engaged single lady. She's playing a friend of Val's who kindly agreed to watch over her boutique indefinitely because she fled to Paris and refuses to return, since Jerry dumped her two-timing ass. Keisha is smack dab in the middle of Malcolm's legal issues with the government, and torn between him and her ex-husband. Meanwhile, April has decided to become a club promoter instead of a producer, and is on the prowl for one-nighters so that she can finally experience the single life, since she married so young.

Wednesday, MAY 30
8pm "Melissa & Joey" (ABC Family)
This Season: We'll see whether that kiss from last season has given their relationship a boost in the right direction.

Sunday, JUNE 3
9pm "Drop Dead Diva" (Lifetime)
This Season: Grayson seems to have figured out that Deb's spirit is inside of Jane, and he's desperate to get her back. Fred drops a truth bomb on Stacy and Jane gets a new guardian angel (Carter MacIntyre from "Undercovers"). Meanwhile, Kim Kardashian is joining the series for a multi-episode arc as not only Fred's new girlfriend, but Stacy's new business partner. Oh boy.

9pm "The Glades" (A&E)
This Season: Taylor Cole ("The Event") joins the series as a bureau chief who is "sent to the South Florida station to evaluate its high success rate in hopes of recreating it state-wide. But when it becomes clear that said success is due to Det. Longworth’s unique approach to law, Cole’s character changes her evaluation tactics, which creates an “interesting” dynamic between the two."
10pm "Longmire" (A&E)
Plot: Sheriff Walt Longmire (Taylor) tries to get back on his feet after struggling with the death of his wife. With the help of his daughter Cady (Freeman), the new deputy Victoria (Sackhoff), and his best friend Henry (Phillips), Walt decides to run for re-election against Branch (Chase), a young deputy in the department who also wants the sheriff position of Absaroka County, a fictional county in the State of Wyoming.
Cast: Robert Taylor (The Matrix), Cassidy Freeman ("Smallville"), Katee Sackhoff ("Battlestar Galactica"), Lou Diamon Phillips ("Numb3rs"), Bailey Chase ("Damages" and "Saving Grace"), Adam Bartley
Why Watch: Because you like westerns and the country side.
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11pm "Teen Wolf" (MTV) - regular time slot will be Mondays at 10pm
This Season: After Scott's heroics, Allison promises to never see him again in exchange for her werewolf-hunting dad not killing him, so they have to see each other in secret. Stiles is still crushing on Lydia, staying at her bedside at the hospital. But there's no word on whether or not she was turned. All we know for sure is that she's being haunted. However, there will be a female werewolf this season. And while there is a new male addition to the pack, it might not be Jackson. Joining the cast is Bianca Lawson ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Pretty Little Liars") as a guidance counselor.
Watch the first 10 minutes now.

Tuesday, JUNE 5
8pm "Pretty Little Liars" (ABC Family)
This Season: There will be a six-month jump. Even though Mona was committed and Garrett was arrested, Allison's murder case isn't necessarily closed just yet. There's still no guarantee that that was Maya's body. Hanna is struggling with discovering that one of her closest friends made her life a living hell. Jenna can now secretly see. Aria's parents are butting heads on whether she can still date Ezra, and Ezra's having trouble finding a job. The juiciest tidbit of the new season is that we'll soon get to meet Allison's mentor in all things vindictive who is none other than Jason's ex-girlfriend (Vanessa Ray from "Suits").

9pm "Jane by Design" (ABC Family)
This Season: After both Billy and Jeremy made a play for Jane, Billy goes to juvy, covering for his big bro, and Jane rejects Jeremy because of the age-difference and her philosophy on not mixing business with pleasure. When the series returns, Billy gets out of juvy and has trouble re-acclimating to high school life, due to the ultra judgmental student body. Being the school pariah will affect his decision in admitting that what he said was a profession of love when he last saw Jane. Nick and Lulu will be the new hot couple in school, even though they both secretly want Jane and Billy back. Nonetheless, a new designer is hired, who will be a love interest for Jane, and Billy starts crushing on a new girl at school. And while India's out, that's not the last we've seen of the meddling, scheming India, who will be forcing Jeremy to give her insider information. Nor will that be the biggest thorn in Jane's side this season, since we'll be meeting her estranged mother, played by Teri Hatcher ("Desperate Housewives").

9pm "Rizzoli & Isles" (TNT)
This Season: Ever since Jane shot Maura's dad, their relationship has suffered. As for their love lives, Gabriel, Jane's FBI agent boyfriend, will return, and Maura gets a new love interest in the form of a motivational speaker (Eddie Cibrian from "The Playboy Club") who tries to help her breakout of her rigid shell.

10pm "Franklin & Bash" (TNT)
This Season: Shiri Appleby will join the series as a "'smart and sassy' associate of an Infeld-Daniels senior partner, who comes to town to investigate possible misconduct on the part of the titular attorneys. However, she’ll quickly realize she’s in over her head when romantic feelings begin to develop between herself and Jared."

Wednesday, JUNE 6
9pm "Royal Pains" (USA)
This Season: We finally say goodbye to Jill. The boys hire a new doc (Ben Shenkman from "Drop Dead Diva"). And Divya will be forced to make a life-altering decision.

10pm "Necessary Roughness" (USA)
This Season: Gaius Charles ("Friday Night Lights") will be suiting up once more, this time as a humble jock who has T.K. worried he's being replaced with a younger, faster, tamer model. The rookie, however, will seek therapy concerning his fears of success.

Thursday, JUNE 7
9pm "Saving Hope" (NBC)
Plot: When charismatic Chief of Surgery Charlie Harris (Shanks) ends up in a coma, he leaves the hospital in chaos and his fiancée and fellow surgeon, Alex Reid (Durance), in a state of shock. Along with newly-arrived star surgeon, Joel Goran (Gillies), Alex races to save Harris's life. As the action unfolds, comatose Dr. Harris wanders the halls in spirit form, not sure if he's a ghost or a figment of his own imagination. Reid, along with her fellow doctors, press on to save his life and those of their other patients, as they deal with the complicated and courageous decisions that are made in their daily struggle to keep hope alive.
Cast: Michael Shanks ("Stargate SG-1"), Erica Durance ("Smallville"), Daniel Gillies ("The Vampire Diaries")
Why Watch: Because you wonder what Ghost meets "Grey's Anatomy" looks like.
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Sunday, JUNE 10
9pm "True Blood" (HBO)
This Season: Sookie and Lafayette deal with the aftermath of Tara's encounter with Debbie Pelt. But her parents will eventually come to town asking a ton of questions about their missing baby girl, and we'll get to see flashbacks of both her and Alcide when they were teenagers. Lucy Griffiths ("Robin Hood") will join the series as Eric's sister, Peter Mensah ("Spartacus") as a ruling member of the Authority, and Christopher Meloni ("Law & Order: SVU") as the leader of the Authority Chancellors, who will be holding Bill and Eric captive for questioning due to their treasonous acts. Because Marcus is missing, Alcide's werewolf pack hunts Sam down and offers Alicide the pack leader position. With Bill away, Jessica enjoys her new freedom by partying with local college kids. The recently turned Steve Newlin pays a visit to Jason. An old Iraq War buddy (Scott Foley from "Grey's Anatomy" and "Felicity") reignites Terry's PTSD in an attempt to finish a non-supernatural mission they had in Iraq. We'll get to learn more about Pam's pre-vamp life as a madam as she'll have a larger role this season. And Russell Edgington returns, and he's not necessarily back for revenge.

Monday, JUNE 11
9pm "Bunheads" (ABC Family)
Plot: Michelle (Foster), a Las Vegas showgirl marries a man (Ruck) on a whim and moves to his sleepy coastal town where she winds up working alongside her new mother-in-law (Bishop) at her dance school.
Cast: Sutton Foster ("The Flight of the Conchords"), Alan Ruck (Ferris Bueller's Day Off), Kelly Bishop ("Gilmore Girls")
Why Watch: Because you love inspirational, small town, coming-of-age stories and/or ballet.
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Wednesday, JUNE 13
9pm "Dallas" (TNT)
Plot: The story focuses on the offspring of bitter rivals and brothers JR (Hagman) and Bobby Ewing (Duffy), who clash over the future of the Ewing dynasty while the fate of Southfork itself weighs in the balance.
Cast: Larry Hagman, Patrick Duffy, Linda Gray, Josh Henderson ("Desperate Housewives" and "One on One"), Jesse Metcalfe ("Desperate Housewives" and John Tucker Must Die), Jordana Brewster (Fast Five), Brenda Strong ("Desperate Housewives"), Julie Gonzalo ("Eli Stone"), Callard Harris ("Glory Daze" and "Sons of Anarchy")
Why Watch: Because you miss the 70s soap and/or you love family feuds.
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Thursday, JUNE 14
9pm "Burn Notice" (USA)
This Season: John C. McGinley ("Scrubs") will play Michael's CIA training officer. Taryn Manning guests as Fiona's prison cell mate. And Richard Burgi ("Desperate Housewives" and "One Tree Hill") joins as a loan shark looking to make a name for himself.

10pm "Suits" (USA)
This Season: Trevor will threaten Mike's cover once again, while Mike and Rachel hit a speed bump in their budding relationship.

Sunday, JUNE 17
9pm "Falling Skies" (TNT)
This Season: Tom will return a few months after his alien abduction and his people won't exactly welcome him with open arms, since now his convenient amnesia makes him a security risk. His son, formerly abducted Ben, joins the resistance in his absence and becomes a trigger-happy, knife-wielding badass. And Terry O'Quinn ("Lost" and "Hawaii Five-O") will have an arc playing Tom's former mentor.

Wednesday, JUNE 20
8:30pm "Baby Daddy" (ABC Family)
Plot: Ben (Bilodeau) becomes a surprise dad to a baby girl when she's left on his doorstep by an ex-girlfriend. Ben decides to raise the baby with the help of his mother (Peterman), his brother Danny (Theler), and his best buddy Penny (Kane), who is harboring a secret crush on him.
Cast: Jean-Luc Bilodeau ("Kyle XY"), Melissa Peterman ("Reba"), Derek Theler ("90210"), Chelsea Kane ("Jonas"), Tahj Mowry ("Smart Guy")
Why Watch: Because watching guys fumble and fail is a guilty pleasure of yours or because you're a young dad and you want to commiserate.
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10pm "Soul Man" (TV Land)
Plot: An R&B superstar-turned-minister Reverend Boyce "The Voice" Ballentine (Cedric) was living the high life in Las Vegas at the top of the music charts when he gets the calling to go from soul singer to soul saver. Relocating to St. Louis with his wife, Lolli (Nash), and his daughter, Lyric (Raycole), to take over the preaching duties in his father's church, his family is not exactly eager to give up the fabulous superstar life for a humble one.
Cast: Cedric the Entertainer, Neicy Nash ("Reno 911!"), Jazz Raycole ("Jericho" and "My Wife and Kids"), Wesley Jonathan ("What I Like About You")
Why Watch: Because you think Cedric and/or Neicy is funny.
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10:30pm "The Exes" (TV Land)

Sunday, JUNE 24
10pm "The Newsroom" (HBO)
Plot: Behind the scenes look at the fictional Atlantis Cable News (ACN), where anchor Will (Daniels), his new executive producer Mackenzie MacHale (Mortimer), newsroom staff Maggie (Pill), Jim (Gallagher, Jr.), Sloan (Munn), Neal (Patel), Don (Sadoski), and their boss Charlie Skinner (Waterston) all work.
Cast: Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, Alison Pill (Midnight in Paris and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World), John Gallagher, Jr. (Jonah Hex), Olivia Munn ("Perfect Couples"), Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire), Thomas Sadoski (Loser), Sam Waterston ("Law & Order")
Why Watch: Because shows like this don't come along very often. We've seen rebel cops, rebel doctors, rebel lawyers, and even rebel waitresses, but it's been a while since we've gotten comfy on the couch for a rebel reporter, who's going to finally stop bullshitting and ask the hard questions.
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Thursday, JUNE 28
9pm "Anger Management" (FX)
Plot: A former minor-league baseball player (Sheen) has overcome his past anger issues to become a "non-traditional" therapist. However, his life is continuously complicated by his family and friends.
Cast: Charlie Sheen, Selma Blair, Shawnee Smith ("Becker"), Michael Arden (Bride Wars and Source Code), Daniella Bobadilla ("Awake"), Noureen DeWulf (Ghosts of Girlfriends Past), Derek Richardson ("Men in Trees")
Why Watch: Because you want to see if Sheen still has it OR watch him self-destruct once again.

10pm "Wilfred" (FX)

10:30pm "Louie" (FX)

10:30pm "Awkward" (MTV)
This Season: While Jenna is stuck in a love triangle with Matty and his bff Jake, her nemesis Sadie will actually get a bonafide love interest.

11pm "Strangely Uplifting" (FX)
Plot:  The series features comedian Russell Brand's "unvarnished, unfiltered take on current events, politics and pop culture."
Why Watch: Because you think Russell's funny OR because you want to see if he mentions his ex-wife Katy Perry.
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Sunday, JULY 1
10pm "Weeds" (SHO)

10:30pm "Episodes" (SHO)
This Season: Since Matt slept with Beverly, he buys Sean a car to make up for it. The writing duo, however, will have much more to worry about when their show's ratings start to drop. They might have to minimize Matt's role and play-up the younger characters, and even get one of Matt's ex-Friends to guest star.

Monday, JULY 2
11pm "Web Therapy" (SHO)

Monday, JULY 9
9pm "The Closer" (TNT)
This Season: We'll meet one of Provenza's ex-wives and she might recur in the spin-off "Major Crimes." And Brenda will finally go head-to-head with the one guy she couldn't close.
10pm "Perception" (TNT)
Plot: Dr. Daniel Pierce (McCormack) is an eccentric neuroscientist who uses his unique outlook to help the federal government solve complex criminal cases.
Cast: Eric McCormack ("Will & Grace"), Rachael Leigh Cook (She's All That), Arjay Smith (The Day After Tomorrow), Kelly Rowan ("The O.C.")
Why Watch: Because you like police procedurals with a twist.
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Tuesday, JULY 10
9pm "White Collar" (USA)
This Season: Neal and Mozzie are on the run in Puerto Rico, partying it up with a career fugitive (Gregg Henry from "Hung"), while an Internal Affairs agent (Mekhi Phifer from "Lie to Me"), with 100 percent capture rate, hunts them down. Although it's true that Sara will return to the series, Neal will try to woo a cafe owner (Mia Maestro from "Alias") who plays hard-to-get. And there's a chance that we'll be meeting his dad, and rumor has it that Treat Williams ("Everwood") will have the distinct honor to play him.

10pm "Covert Affairs" (USA)
This Season: Sarah Chalke ("24") joins the series as Annie's new mentor. Auggie might have some trouble reconnecting with his girlfriend, and as a result he'll be seeking some professional help from a therapist (Daniella Alonso from "Friday Night Lights" and "One Tree Hill").

Wednesday, JULY 11
9pm "Damages" (DirecTV)

Sunday, JULY 15
8pm "Leverage" (TNT)

10pm "Breaking Bad" (AMC)

10pm  "Political Animals" (USA) - miniseries
Plot: Newly divorced, former First Lady Elaine Barrish (Weaver) is currently serving as the Secretary of State. She finds an unlikely ally in a D.C. journalist (Gugino) who had previously dedicated herself to tearing Barrish to pieces.
Cast: Sigourney Weaver, Carla Gugino, Ciarin Hinds, James Wolk ("Lone Star"), Sebastian Stan ("Once Upon a Time" and Captain America: The First Avenger), Ellen Burstyn, Adrian Pasdar ("Heroes"), Dylan Baker ("The Good Wife" and "Damages")
Why Watch: Because if you thought Weaver was vicious in Alien, wait till you see her as a politician.
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Thursday, JULY 19
10pm "Sullivan & Son" (TBS)
Plot: A corporate attorney (Byrne) from New York City visits his Irish American father Jack (Lauria) and Korean American mother Ok Cha (Long) just as they are preparing to sell their bar in a Pittsburgh working-class neighborhood and retire. To their surprise, he decides to stay and run the bar. The bar is a popular venue among the locals, and is the unofficial "town hall" to the neighborhood.
Cast: Comedian Steve Byrne, Dan Lauria ("The Wonder Years"), Jodi Long ("Eli Stone"), Vivian Bang ("Better Off Ted"), comedian Roy Wood Jr., comedian Owen Benjamin, Brian Doyle-Murray, Christine Ebersole ("Royal Pains"), Valerie Azlynn
Why Watch: Because you miss "Cheers" and/or like the comedians involved.
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Friday, JULY 20
10pm "Lost Girl" (Syfy)

Monday, JULY 23
9pm "Warehouse 13" (Syfy)

10pm "Alphas" (Syfy)

Monday, AUGUST 13
10pm "Major Crimes" (TNT)
Plot: "The Closer" spin-off series which follows Capt. Raydor of the Los Angeles Police Department.
Cast: Mary McDonnell, Kearran Giovanni ("One Life to Live"), Graham Patrick Martin ("Two and a Half Men"), and these members of the original cast: G.W. Bailey, Tony Denison, Michael Paul Chan, Raymond Cruz, Phillip P. Keene, Robert Gossett, Jon Tenney
Why Watch: Because you're going to miss the gang when "The Closer" ends and/or you like strong, assertive women in law enforcement.

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