Sunday, June 10th
The 66th Annual Tony Awards, live awards show from 8 to 11pm on CBS
– The always affable Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother) returns for the third time to host Broadway’s biggest night, which this year toasts top nominees including the delicate tuner Once, box office smash Newsies, and adroitly classic revivals Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman and Gore Vidal’s The Best Man. The cast of last year’s Broadway hit The Book of Mormon will dazzle with a sure-to-be-fantastic opening number.
Mob Wives Chicago, series premiere at 8pm on VH1
– VH1 expands their Mob Wives reality series franchise with a Chicago-based spin-off. Mob Wives Chicago follows the lives of five women allegedly connected to “The Outfit,” Chicago’s version of the Mob, as they bear the cross for the sins of their Mob-associated fathers. With lives that are right off the pages of a story book, each woman has chosen her own way to live her life in the city that was once home to Al Capone, sometimes in spite of and many times because of who her father is. Along the way these women battle their friends, families and each other as they try to do what’s best for themselves and their children. But ultimately, it is the ghost of their fathers they battle, living and dead, as they try to overcome and persevere in the face of these men’s notorious legacies.
Untamed Americas, miniseries premiere at 9pm on NatGeo
– Narrated by Academy Award-nominated actor Josh Brolin, this four-hour high-definition miniseries event explores the Americas like we’ve never seen them before, giving us an intimate look at some of the greatest wildlife spectacles and against-the-odds fights for survival ever captured on camera. Soaring mountains, burning deserts, tangled forests and curvaceous coasts. A grizzly bear takedown of helpless elk calves in Yellowstone. Bighorn sheep going head-to-head in battle. Giant Humboldt squid cannibalizing their kin. Puma cubs hunting solo for the first time. The landscapes and wildlife of the Americas are savage, shrewd and stunning. These are the great outdoors, our wildest frontiers … our Untamed Americas.
Monday, June 11th
Bethenny, series premiere at 11am on FOX
– Bethenny, a daily talk show from reality star and entrepreneur Bethenny Frankel, will get a six-week test run in six FOX markets. The stations and markets where Fox will test the one-hour show are WNYW New York (11 a.m.), KTTV Los Angeles (2 p.m.), WTXF Philadelphia (11 a.m.), KDFW Dallas (1 p.m.), KSAZ Phoenix (11 a.m.) and KMSP Minneapolis (10 a.m.). Yay??? If the test goes well, the Fox stations would be likely to launch the new talk show in national syndication as soon as fall 2013.
Hollywood Heights, series premiere at 9pm on Nick at Nite
– Adapted for a U.S. audience from the wildly popular Mexican telenovela Alcanzar una Estrella, Hollywood Heights follows the journey of a teenage girl (Brittany Underwood, One Life to Live) whose life changes drastically when she becomes a star and wins the love of her rock and roll idol, and both are tested by setbacks, heartbreak and deception. The first season of the 80-episode series, co-produced with Televisa in association with Sony Pictures Television, will air weeknights at 9p.m. through October 2012. Actor James Franco will star in a multi-episode arc as Osborne “Oz” Silver, an eccentric movie mogul who lives life to the fullest, often outrageously.
Bunheads, series premiere at 9pm on ABC Family
– From the creator of Gilmore Girls, Bunheads is the tale of 30-something Las Vegas showgirl Michelle (Tony Award-winning actress Sutton Foster) who impulsively marries her persistent suitor, Hubbell Flowers, and moves to his sleepy coastal town of Paradise, CA. Once in Paradise, Michelle discovers that Hubbell forgot to mention that he lives with his mother, the strong-headed, imperious Fanny Flowers who is not pleased that Hubbell has run off and married a stranger. Michelle takes an uneasy role at her new mother-in-law’s dance school and discovers her budding relationship with the “bunheads” at Fanny’s dance studio may help her adapt to small town living and her awkward role as a new daughter-in-law.
Chicagolicious, series premiere at 9pm on Style
– From the creator and executive producers of Style’s #1 hit series Jerseylicious, Chicagolicious takes viewers to the Windy City to follow AJ Johnson who owns AJ’s salon in Chicago, and whose clientele includes a who’s who of actors and models, including Angela Bassett and Iman. With his staff of hair stylists and makeup artists, Johnson looks to expand his business nationally by servicing more elite clientele and solidifying his place in Chicago society. As owner of one of the leading beauty salons in the Second City, Johnson oversees his team of talented yet fiery hair and makeup artists who love to create drama from the looks they give their clients to the manner in which they deal with each other. Throughout the 10-episode season, Johnson and his staff of super stylists will create amazing looks for red-carpet and fashion runway events and face off against rivals while catapulting AJ’s of Chicago to national success.
Tuesday, June 12th
Teen Mom, season premiere at 10pm on MTV
– In the original 16 and Pregnant, they were moms-to-be. Now, follow Farrah, Maci, Amber, and Catelynn as they face the challenges of motherhood in the fourth and final season of the original Teen Mom. In the premiere, the mamas prove just how much they matured or in Amber’s case, regressed: Farrah prepares to move to Florida; Catelynn rings in her daughter’s second birthday; Maci sends her son to preschool; and Amber…well, she gets ready for rehab. Each story line is vastly different, but they’re all equally addictive.
Barter Kings, series premiere at 9pm on A&E
– There’s a thriving subculture of entrepreneurs who know how to get what they want without spending a dime. No cash, no problem. These larger than life characters prefer the art of trade, and we’ve found the best in the business — Steve McHugh and Antonio Palazzola. In each episode cameras will follow two “trading strings,” the dramatic chain of events as items of little value are traded up for items worth thousands. At the heart of every trade is the art of the deal. It takes a ton of strategy, charisma, and all out manipulation to close them. It’s a world filled with amazing characters, fascinating items, and most of all, surprising, unpredictable journeys. When it comes to Barter Kings, anything can happen.
The Next Best Thing: NY, series premiere at 11pm on Oxygen
– This new reality series features Trapper Felides, a top New York City performance coach and musical director who gives his clients the blunt truth and tough love they need to succeed. The series will follow Felides as he mentors a group of performers as they prepare for their next career changing audition or their big music industry break. In each episode viewers will get an inside look at Trapper’s uncensored methods for success to turn good performers into great ones, and great ones into stars. Trapper is much more than just a vocal coach and career maker – he’s also a life coach, a brother, a mentor and a seasoned guide through the tough world of show business.
Wednesday, June 13th
Dallas, 2-hour series premiere at 9pm on TNT
– The one and only hit soap Dallas is back with more delicious drama. JR, Bobby and Sue Ellen Ewing return to the ranch with secrets, schemes and betrayals. This time, they’re joined by the next generation of Ewings, who take ambition and deception to a wicked new level. The battle for power, love and Southfork erupts in the new Dallas, which stars Josh Henderson, Jesse Metcalfe, Jordana Brewster, Julie Gonzalo and Brenda Strong, and they will be joined by iconic stars Patrick Duffy, Linda Gray and Larry Hagman as J.R. Ewing. The explosive rivalry between brothers J.R. and Bobby (Duffy) now lives on through another generation, with the future of the family fortune in the hands of the Ewing offspring: cousins John Ross Ewing (Henderson), the son of J.R. and ex-wife Sue Ellen (Gray), and Christopher Ewing (Metcalfe), the adopted son of Bobby.
Thursday, June 14th
Burn Notice, season premiere at 9pm on USA
– In the season five finale, Anson’s master plan has finally been revealed: to rebuild the organization that burnt Michael Westen. Michael has vowed to not let that happen, but the fact still remains that disobeying Anson means sacrificing Fiona forever. Anson tells Michael that if he doesn’t want Fiona to go to jail, he’ll have to burn Agent Pearce and his CIA team to help rebuild Anson’s organization. In an act of desperation, Michael plants incriminating information in Pearce’s computer but destroys the computer after Anson’s plant at the CIA tries to kill him. Then, Michael discovers Fiona has tied up Sam to turn herself in to the FBI and free Michael of Anson’s control over him. Michael raced to catch her in time but he is too late to stop her from turning herself over to federal custody in a visibly emotional separation between the two lovebirds. In the season 6 premiere, Michael hunts Anson through the streets of Miami. Refusing to let Anson get away, Michael races against the clock to find him… but time may not be his only obstacle. Meanwhile, Fiona is taken into federal custody after her surrender, where she’s interrogated by an old nemesis.
Suits, season 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. Mike’s other allies in the office include the firm’s best paralegal Rachel (Meghan Markle) and Harvey’s no-nonsense assistant Donna (Sarah Rafferty) to help him serve justice. 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.
Friday, June 15th
Megastunts: Highwire Over Niagara Falls—Live!, special live event from 9 to 11pm on ABC
– The authorities have lifted a more-than-100-year-old-ban on tightrope walking across Niagara Falls, so at last daredevil Nik Wallenda can attempt the feat. ABC is insisting he wear a harness so the audience won’t see Wallenda plunge to his death on live TV but the excitement is still there.
Say Yes to the Dress, season premiere at 9pm on TLC
– TLC’s hit series Say Yes to the Dress reveals the inner workings of the world’s premier bridal salon, Kleinfeld Bridal. Part fashion show, part bridal story, part family therapy, the series uncovers the hurdles every staff member faces to make each bride completely satisfied on what may be the single most important day of her life. Watch as a team of specialists guides brides through the process of selecting, fitting, altering and delivering each flawless dress in time for the perfect day. It’s not a stress-free endeavor, but somehow by the final fitting Kleinfeld pulls all of the details together.