Sunday, June 19th
Falling Skies, 2-hour series premiere at 9pm on TNT
– From executive producer Steven Spielberg, a new sci-fi drama series about the chaotic aftermath of an alien attack that has left most of the world completely incapacitated. In the six months since the initial invasion, the few survivors have banded together outside major cities to begin the difficult task of fighting back. Each day is a test of survival as citizen soldiers work to protect the people in their care while also engaging in an insurgency campaign against the occupying alien force. At the center of the series is Tom Mason (Noah Wyle), a history professor whose family has been torn apart. His wife was killed in the initial attack, and one of his three sons has been captured. Determined to get his son back and to ensure the safety of his other two sons, Tom must put his extensive knowledge of military history to the test as one of the leaders of the resistance movement known as the 2nd Mass. They are constantly trying to gain intelligence about the aliens in order to one day outsmart and overtake them and hopefully rebuild their lives. It is a tale of endurance, commitment and courage in which everyday people are called upon to become heroes. They may be outmatched, outnumbered and outgunned, but nothing can beat the human spirit. Most of all, the series is about the ties that bind people together in the most difficult of circumstances.
2011 MuchMusic Video Awards, awards show from 9 to 11pm on Fuse TV
– The MMVAs held in Toronto, Canada this year are co-hosted by Selena Gomez with performances by Lady Gaga, Avril Lavigne, Bruno Mars, and Far East Movement among others. Will Gomez’s beau the Biebs, who is up for three awards, make a surprise appearance?
Drop Dead Diva, season premiere at 9pm on Lifetime
– The Lifetime original hit series returns for the highly anticipated third season after a cliffhanger season 2 finale. The comedic drama tells the story of shallow wannabe model Deb who dies in a sudden accident only to find her soul resurfacing in the body of a brilliant, plus-size and recently deceased attorney, Jane (Brooke Elliott). An intelligent, thoughtful and plus-size attorney with a loyal assistant, Teri (Margaret Cho), Jane has always lived in the shadow of her colleagues, whereas Deb has always relied on her external beauty. By a twist of fate and a bolt of divine intervention, Deb must come to terms with inhabiting Jane’s curvier frame and learn to reconcile her beauty-queen ways with her brilliant new mind. To make matters worse, Jane must work alongside Deb’s fiancé Grayson who is still mourning her death but Jane is not allowed to tell him who she really is. At the close of the second season, Jane is left speechless when following a car accident, Grayson recognizes her as Deb before falling into a coma. As she anxiously waits for him to wake, Jane finds herself struggling with her desire to reveal who she is, despite warnings from Fred. The Season 3 opener will once again be a celebrity-packed celebration, as former American Idol judge Paula Abdul reprises her role as Jane’s voice of reason to give her some sage advice about her relationship with Grayson (Hurst). LeAnn Rimes also guest stars as the estranged soon-to-be ex-wife to a hard-partying celebrity who is on trial for a hit-and-run case that Jane takes on. Additionally, the premiere episode will guest star talk show host and recent DWTS contestant Wendy Williams as well as America’s Best Dance Crew host Mario Lopez and features a musical dream sequence with the entire cast choreographed by So You Think You Can Dance choreographer Keith “Tyce” Diorio.
Ryan & Tatum: The O’Neals, series premiere at 10pm on OWN
– This new 8-hour docu-series follows the father and daughter acting dynasty as they reclaim their relationship after over 25 years of estrangement. Ryan and Tatum find themselves in family therapy, where deep and complex resentments surface. Tatum’s anger centers around her sense of abandonment by Ryan, his volatile temper, and his oblivious attitude to her new sobriety. Ryan’s bitterness is focused on his daughter’s inability to accept his devotion to Farrah Fawcett, and the tell-all autobiography that Tatum wrote. Through all the humor and heartache, a new understanding is delicately built, and they re-kindle the dynamic that made them Hollywood darlings. Through this intimate expose of a famous family’s dysfunction, we watch the O’Neals’ last chance for reconciliation.
TV Land Presents: The AFI Life Achievement Award Honoring Morgan Freeman, awards show from 9 to 11pm on TV Land
– TV Land presents the 39th AFI Life Achievement Award to Morgan Freeman, adding yet another high honor to the hefty resume of the award-winning writer, producer and director. Past honorees include Michael Douglas, Meryl Streep and Al Pacino. The AFI Life Achievement award was established in 1973 to honor an individual whose career in motion pictures or TV has greatly contributed to the enrichment of American culture. Morgan Freeman is one of the most recognizable figures in American cinema. His works are among the most critically and commercially successful films of all time and Freeman himself ranks 10 among worldwide top-grossing actors of all time. His films have earned over $3 billion in cumulative ticket sales. Freeman’s ability to delve to the core of a character and infuse it with a quiet dignity has resulted in some of the most memorable portrayals ever recorded on film.
Monday, June 20th
RuPaul’s Drag U, season premiere at 9pm on Logo
– The Dean of Drag has finally opened her “school for girls!” at RuPaul’s Drag U, where real women (the kind who don’t have to tuck) undergo extreme drag queen transformation. Our pupils are frumpy, ordinary and anything but self-confident; but with the insight and instruction of beloved Drag Race alums, our once demure dames unleash their inner Divas and perform a musical number in front of a live audience that includes their loved ones. Only one woman can be top draguate of her class, but all drag-uate with sass, self-respect, and the sense that anything is possible. Watch your favorite queens bring fabulousness to the ladies in this hysterical spin-off from RuPaul’s Drag Race creators World of Wonder.
Hoarders, season premiere at 9pm on A&E
– Each episode of the hit docu-series is a fascinating look inside the lives of two different people whose inability to part with their belongings is so out of control that they are on the verge of a personal crisis. Hoarders not only captures the drama as experts work to put each hoarder on the road to recovery but also highlights the individual’s inner challenges and triumphs. Although cleaning marks the first step of tackling this disorder, success is not definite. For some individuals, throwing away the tiniest object is so traumatizing that they will not be able to allow the cleaning process to go on, no matter how it may impact their future. For others, professional help and an organizer’s instruction give them the strength to let go. At the end of each episode we’ll find out who has been able to keep their hoarding behavior under control and who has fallen into the deep end of this painful disease.
Countdown With Keith Olberman, series premiere at 8pm on Current TV
Tuesday, June 21st
Cupcake Girls, series premiere at 9pm on WE tv
– Heather White and Lori Joyce are best friends and co-founders of Cupcakes, a stylish Vancouver-based retail bakery specializing in whimsical cupcakes, cakes and other nostalgic baked goods, baked fresh daily. This season is all about franchising, the trials and tribulations, the surprise benefits and the crazy challenges. Franchising is a big part of the expansion plan of the Cupcakes Empire. This season the first outside the Lower Mainland store breaks ground in Victoria and the first of the out-of- province locations are being sought in Toronto. And, as is the case with everything Heather and Lori do in the corporate world, the Cupcakes take on franchising is not the standard view. This brings all sorts of challenges, including finding the right locations, redefining their brand and refreshing their look. The empire is expanding in other ways as well. Adding a little masculine touch to Cupcakes, David has joined the bake team and creative designer Jade will settle for nothing less than perfection when it comes to the Cupcakes brand.
Hardcore Pawn, season premiere at 9pm on truTV
– Meet the Gold family. As owners of Detroit’s biggest pawn shop, they’ve bought and sold things you can’t begin to imagine. Every day brings new danger as the Golds operate in the heart of one of America’s most troubled cities. With 50,000 sq ft of cash and goods surrounding them, there are millions to be made, but their profits come with huge risk. Welcome to the world of Hardcore Pawn.
101 Ways to Leave a Game Show, series premiere at 9pm on ABC
– Hosted by BrainSurge’s Jeff Sutphen, this new show will feature contestants competing in one of the most insane game shows in history for a chance to win $50,000. In “101 Ways,” contestants will match wits in a series of multiple choice questions, with one contestant being eliminated every round. But unlike any other game show in the world, the eliminated contestant will then be ejected from the show in spectacular fashion, i.e., being flown away strapped to the wing of a biplane, shot out of a cannon, pushed off the top of a moving semi truck, dragged underwater by a one ton anchor or yanked off a dock by a speed boat.
Staten Island Cakes, series premiere at 9pm on WE tv
– Vinny Buzzetta is the executive pastry chef and owner of the go-to bakery for weddings and other special occasions on Staten Island. But he’s barely old enough to legally drink and still lives at home. This boy genius is boss to his own mother, sister and friends. Vinny must learn to navigate his roles as business owner, baker, artist, and find his place in his big, loud Italian family.
Nail Files, series premiere at 10pm on TV Guide
– TV Guide Network’s new original reality series isn’t about just any Hollywood nail salon — it’s about The Painted Nail, where celebrities flock and free booze flows. On Tuesday’s premiere (at 10/9c), owner Katie Cazorla learns of a last-minute opportunity to promote The Painted Nail at the Sundance Film Festival. Earlier this month, we dropped by the salon for a manicure and to learn about the salon’s latest offering: exotic dancing. “We now have Burlesque Academy, where you can learn burlesque,” Cazorla tells TVGuide.com. “It’s cardio with a boa. It’s more about being sexy, but it’s an hour-and-a-half class and you get free champagne with it.”
Combat Hospital, series premiere at 10pm on ABC
– Follow the frantic lives of a military hospital’s resident doctors and nurses as they navigate the relentless life-and-death battles on the operating table, and the never-ending conflicts that arise from working in a war zone of Southern Afghanistan. A Role 3 Medical Unit is the highest level of care available in Kandahar, with facilities for emergency surgery and intensive care. The Role 3 hospital is improvised quarters: a jumble of tents, temporary buildings made of plywood and duct tape, even repurposed shipping containers that line the unit as its protective outer walls. Within these walls an international team of doctors, nurses and medics deliver the best battlefield surgical care anywhere to wounded soldiers, civilians caught in the crossfire, even the enemy. Helming the hospital on behalf of the Canadian Forces is Colonel Xavier Marks (Elias Koteas), a career military surgeon and Head of the Role 3 Multinational Medical Unit. New Role 3 recruits include Major Rebecca Gordon (Michelle Borth), a top-of-her-class trauma surgeon who is eager to impress, along with Captain Bobby Trang (Terry Chen), who is thrown into the deep end as a Trauma Team Leader upon his arrival to the unit. The only non-military medical staffer is the brilliant British neurosurgeon Dr. Simon Hill (Luke Mably), leaving the others to wonder why he volunteered to work in a war zone. Overseeing the mental well being of the troops on their tour of duty is the Australian psychiatrist Major Grace Pederson (Deborah Kara Unger).
Wednesday, June 22nd
Critics’ Choice Television Awards, awards show at 8pm on Reelz
– So You Think You Can Dance’s brilliant Cat Deeley will host the Critics’ Choice Television Awards ceremony to honor superb television programs and performances. Categories include best show and performance honors in drama, comedy, reality, and talk as well as the “Most Exciting New Series” premiering this summer and fall, judging from pilots and early episodes. The Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA) has been formed as a collective voice to represent the professional interests of those who regularly cover television for TV viewers, radio listeners and online audiences as well. BTJA will present the Critics’ Choice Television Awards to honor the finest achievements on networks and channels big and small.
The Challenge: Rivals, season premiere at 10pm on MTV
– The 21st season of The Challenge, previously titled the Real World/Road Rules Challenge, is all about learning to trust your worst enemy. Twenty-eight vicious competitors will be pushed to do so if they want to win as they travel to the lush jungles of Costa Rica and Argentina to compete in a thrilling new Challenge: Rivals. These fan favorites will receive the shock of their lives when they learn that their one and only teammate will be their biggest rival! In order to win, these arch-enemies must figure out how to overcome their rocky pasts and compete together for a jaw-dropping grand prize. Over $300,000 is at stake, and these bitter rivals will fight tooth and nail in order to get their hands on a cut of the cash! However, not every rival pair will make it to the end to fight for a share of the wealth. Teams will live in fear of “The Jungle” — a mentally and physically exhausting elimination round. Avoiding the dreaded “Jungle” will mean that these bitter enemies must learn to work together, despite their ugly pasts, in order to win challenges.
I Didn’t Know I Was Pregnant, season premiere at 9pm on TLC
– I love shows with self-explanatory titles, is a synopsis really necessary for this TLC reality series? Not really but here goes anyway. The series reveals the astonishing stories of women who conceive and carry their babies all the way to labor and delivery with no idea that they were ever pregnant. Do they have their periods? Gain any weight? What about morning sickness? How is it physically possible to be up to 36 weeks pregnant and not know it? In the season premiere, a woman goes to the ER with stomach pains only to discover that she is in labor… with TWINS!
Thursday, June 23rd
Burn Notice, season premiere at 9pm on USA
– Season 4 of the hit action series ended with Michael Westen (Jeffrey Donovan) and company going to extreme measures to escape death, inadvertently sending Michael back into the welcoming arms of the CIA. And now that he’s un-burned, it’s unclear as to how he’ll combine his old and new lives. In the Season 5 premiere, Michael works with his old agency to go after the people who burned him in a case that leads the group to Venezuela. Debuting alongside the season premiere is Chapter 1 of the series’ very own interactive graphic novel A New Day from USA Network and DC Comics. Written by the creative team behind the series, the digital graphic novel takes on the series’ time jump and how Michael Westen’s (Jeffrey Donovan) list of 31 people responsible for burning him was reduced to two in Season 5.
Expedition Impossible, series premiere at 9pm on ABC
– From Exec producer Mark Burnett (Survivor, Shark Tank, The Apprentice) comes a new reality competition series that pits 13 three-person teams against each other racing across vast deserts, over snow-capped mountains and through raging rivers in the beautifully exotic, fabled Kingdom of Morocco. Each week, a new stage of the expedition will be revealed to the teams. Will they crumble under the pressure of life in the wilds, or will they find a way to work together to complete their incredible journey? After 10 stunning legs of competition filled with drama, laughs and memorable characters, one team will cross the finish line to claim victory. Each winning team member gets $50,000 (that’s $150,000 total for the team) as well a new Ford Explorer. Adventurer, zoologist, big cat trainer and all-around risk-taker Dave Salmoni hosts the show.
Rookie Blue, season premiere at 10pm on ABC
– Five young and ambitious rookie cops continue to navigate the emotional trials and tribulations of their professional and personal lives. Last summer these rookies hit the streets for the first time with their training officers and learned how to walk the thin blue line. Now the training wheels are off—more experienced, they’re ready to kick some serious butt. But these rookies are just beginning to realize there are no shortcuts to becoming good at this job. And when you’re a rookie officer, a little knowledge is a dangerous thing. For Andy McNally—the rookie at the center of Division 15’s newest and finest—the chaotic world of policing is almost as rough a terrain to navigate as that of her complicated personal life. She managed to step out of her screwed-up, ex-cop father’s unfortunate shadow to forge her own path. However, as Andy discovers, when you weave the chaos of superior officers, romantic liaisons, absentee family and the pressures of being a 20-something newbie into the fabric of this brother-and-sisterhood in blue, you get a world where danger, sex and high-stakes drama intermingle with the natural heartbreak of policing.
Futurama, season premiere at 10pm on Comedy Central
– Hatched from the mind of The Simpsons creator Matt Groening, Futurama blasts contemporary culture and science fiction alike with an animated comedy barrage. Hapless NYC pizza guy Philip J. Fry makes a fateful delivery to a cryonics lab on New Year’s Eve, 1999 when he’s accidentally flash-frozen until the next millennium. Reawakened in 31st century New New York, he finds work at his great-great-etc. grandnephew’s Planet Express delivery service. Together with his hedonist robot buddy bender and cyclopsian love interest Leela, Fry travels to the farthest reaches of the universe. Along the way they discover strange alien life forms, velour-clad lotharios, freaky mutants, intergalactic conspiracies and the disembodied heads of celebrities throughout the ages.
Wilfred, series premiere at 10pm on FX
– This U.S. remake of an Australian series is a live-action comedy about Ryan (Elijah Wood) a young man struggling unsuccessfully to make his way in the world until he forms a unique friendship with Wilfred, his neighbor’s canine pet. Everyone else sees Wilfred as just a dog, but Ryan sees a crude and somewhat surly, yet irrepressibly brave and honest, Australian bloke in a cheap dog suit. While leading him through a series of comedic and existential adventures, Wilfred the dog shows Ryan the man how to overcome his fears and joyfully embrace the unpredictability and insanity of the world around him.
Suits, series premiere at 10pm on USA
– Even the best lawyer in New York City can use some help. While running from a drug deal gone bad, Mike Ross (Patrick J. Adams), a brilliant young college-dropout, slips into a job interview with one of New York City’s best legal closers, Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht). Tired of cookie-cutter law school grads, Harvey takes a gamble by hiring Mike on the spot after he recognizes his raw talent and photographic memory. Mike and Harvey are a winning team. Even though Mike is a genius, he still has a lot to learn about law. And while Harvey may seem like an emotionless, cold-blooded shark, Mike’s sympathy and concern for their cases and clients will help remind Harvey why he went into law in the first place. Proving to be an irrepressible duo and invaluable to the practice, Mike and Harvey must keep their secret from everyone including managing partner Jessica (Gina Torres) and Harvey’s arch nemesis Louis (Rick Hoffman), who seems intent on making Mike’s life as difficult as possible.
Louie, season premiere at 10:30pm on FX
– The critically acclaimed FX original comedy series Louie is filtered through the observational humor of Emmy Award-winning comedian Louis C.K. From the inventive imagination of Louis C.K., Louie puts a spotlight on C.K.’s everyday ordeals, his quest to find love and his pursuit of humor. Each episode features a scripted story and a mix of his stand-up comedy, which is original material for the series. The single-camera comedy is shot entirely in New York and features a unique mix of Louis C.K.’s stand-up comedy and scripted stories. In season two Louie continues his hectic life as a successful stand-up comedian and single father of two daughters.
Friday, June 24th
Rhett & Link: Commercial Kings, series premiere at 10pm on IFC
– This new series chronicles the quest of life-long best friends Rhett McLaughlin & Link Neal as they travel the country making epic local commercials for some of the nation’s most deserving local businesses. This docu-comedy is based on the successful web series I Love Local Commercials and features Rhett & Link helping local businesses achieve their goals by creating eye-catching local commercials. YouTube superstars with more than 90 million combined video views, Rhett & Link will now bring their well-honed, web-tested skills to a national television audience. In each episode, they will experience the businesses first hand to understand the challenges and opportunities faced by each owner. This hands-on experience combined with their own special brand of market research provide the creative fuel needed to draft an attention grabbing, out of the box concept for each local commercial. The pair then cast, direct and shoot each commercial by strategically tapping into existing local talent and resources.
Young, Broke & Beautiful, series premiere at 11pm on IFC
– Hosted by writer/blogger Stuart Schuffman, aka Broke-Ass Stuart, this non-fiction series is a travel show for a generation of alternative culture enthusiasts. Stuart travels the country and infiltrates the underground of American cities to find the hidden, cheap and carefully guarded secrets that aren’t in any guidebook. This is a travel show for explorers and wanderers with a desire to celebrate everything weird and unique. This season, Broke-Ass will travel to Baltimore, Boston, Detroit, Memphis, New Orleans and San Diego.
Saturday, June 25
Carson Nation, series premiere at 10pm on OWN
– With the toss of a dart on a map, and an airstream in tow, Carson Kressley (Queer Eye For The Straight Guy) may be coming to your town! Carson Nation is a fun and heartwarming “make-better” show that only Carson can deliver. Carson takes his sense of fashion and style with his larger-than-life personality across the nation to transform deserving individuals one town at a time. Each town will bring real characters, fun adventures and inspirational stories as Carson dives head first into dramatic and emotional “make-betters” that will be life changing, both inside and out.