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No rest for you: Summer TV lineup

In finale, series debut, summer 2009, talk show, television on 05/27/2009 at 7:59 pm

Draw the drapes. Tin foil the windows. There is TV to watch, even in summer. I’ve updated this sucker a wee bit. Still waiting for word on when Mad Men will return, but I’m working on it.

June 8

Nurse Jackie at 10 p.m. ET on The Movie Network
New: Edie (Sopranos) Falco is an emergency room nurse with issues. I need a quart of Ringer’s lactate!

June 9

Watchmen: The Motion Comic at 10:30 p.m. ET on Space
You’ve read the Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ graphic novel. You might have even seen the movie. Now comes the motion comic. A 12-part animated series.

June 13

Kings at 8 p.m. ET on NBC
Returning: The out-there Biblical Dynasty returns for its final seven episodes.

June 14

True Blood at 9 p.m. ET on HBO Canada
Returning: Thought-reading, vampire-loving waitress Sookie (Anna Paquin) is back with boyfriend Bill (Stephen Compton) for a second season of adventures inspired by the mystery novel series by Charlaine Harris. Another mystery pops up. Sam embraces his inner shapeshifter, Tara settles in with a wealthy benefactress and Jason takes up the anti-vampire cause with real flourish. Catch up on Season 1 with three episodes a night from June 6 to 9, starting at 8 p.m. Or rent the succulent Season 1 DVD.

Hammertime at 10 p.m. ET on A&E
New: “Follows the life of rapper and dancer MC Hammer, his wife of more than 23 years and their family of seven. The show takes an unprecedented look behind his larger-than-life personality and into his life as a devoted husband, father and business entrepreneur.”

June 16

Run’s House at 10 p.m. ET on MTV Canada (airing one day after the MTV U.S. premiere)
“MTV’s first family of hip hop is back! Step inside as patriarch Rev Run and the rest of the Simmons clan once again open their doors, and hearts, for MTV’s cameras. Rev Run and Justine have had their own unique and effective way of navigating their family through times of joy and tragedy.” View videos of past episodes here.

June 18

Age of Love at 9 p.m. ET on NBC
New: Dating show that asks, “Does age matter?” And I ask my much younger boyfriend, “What else is on, dear?”

Soundstage: Season 7 at 10 p.m. on PBS Mountain Lake (repeating in the wee hours on PBS Vermont)
Returning: A fantastic music performance series which kicks off the season with Jackson Browne and continues with OneRepublic, Sugarland, Death Cab for Cutie, Billy Idol, Fall Out Boy and Josh Groban.

June 20

Eli Stone at 10 p.m. ET on ABC
Returning: Final four episodes of the Johnny Lee Miller drama that asks: “Will Eli’s visions cease now that he is free of his aneurysm?”

June 21

Merlin at 8 p.m. ET on NBC
New: “Fantasy series set in the mythic city of Camelot, but inspired by 21st Century storytelling. Before Merlin and Arthur became legends, they were ambitious young men looking for adventure. Both hoped to live up to their families’ expectations, discover love and find their own true destiny…making mistakes along the way.” Hmmm.

June 23

The Cleaner: Season 2 at 10 p.m. ET on A&E
Returning: Benjamin Bratt’s “extreme interventionist” drama returns, with Whoopi Goldberg and Gary Cole starring in the season opener.

The Superstars on 8 p.m. ET on ABC
New: Eight celebs. Eight pro athletes. One team axed per week. Events will be mostly sports-related, but there will be preening and voguing to the camera.

June 24

The Philanthropist at 10 p.m. ET on NBC
New Meet rich guy Teddy Rist (James Purefox). “He wants everyone on the planet to have a good education, a solid meal and a healthy life – and he’ll go to any extreme to make this happen. From blackmailing a prime minister for women’s rights to dodging bullets while delivering a life-saving vaccine, Teddy Rist will take you on an exhilarating global adventure each week.” Produced by Tom Fontana (Homicide: Life on the Street, Oz). Intriguing.

June 28

Hung at 10 p.m. ET on HBO Canada
New: A down on his luck guy (Thomas Jane) is living a country song: Hates his teaching/coaching job, has been abandoned by his wife and twins, has lost his home to a fire. The only way out of this mess is clearly to attend a self-help class and craft his own “winning tool.” Also stars Anne Heche and jane Adams. Hmmm.

July 7

The Great American Road Trip at 8 p.m. ET on NBC
New: “Are we there yet?” Seven familes of four go on road trips. And because that’s not stressful enough, they’re competing against other families for a grand prize. Great scenery, all along Route 66, including Grand Canyon and the Mississippi and the World’s Largest Rocking Chair.

July 8

I Survived a Japanese Game Show at 9 p.m. ET on ABC
Returning: It’s rude. It’s wacky. It’s back.

July 12

Entourage on HBO Canada
Returning: Details to come on Season 6 debut.

July 13

Durham County at 9 p.m. ET on The Movie Network
Returning: The chilling crime drama centering around around Hugh Dillon’s Det. Mike Sweeney is back with more family conflict  and a new murdere. Michelle Forbes also stars.

July 18

Dirty Sexy Money at 10 p.m. ET on ABC
Returning: What will come of the Darlings? Here begins the final four episodes.

July 20

Dating in the Dark at 10 p.m. ET on ABC
Three men, three women, date night, no light; chemistry, do your thing.

July 28

More to Love at 9 p.m. ET on Fox
New dating competition that sets out to prove … Kleenex please! … love CAN come in all shapes and sizes. Unthin guy picks from among “secure plus-size women”.

July

Doctor Who: Planet of the Dead (time and date tba) on Space
This will be the first of four one-hour new specials: “As a London red bus takes a detour to an alien world it forces the Doctor (David Tennant) to work with the extraordinary Lady Christina (Michelle Ryan, Bionic Woman). But the mysterious planet holds terrifying secrets hidden in the sand and time is running out as the deadly Swarm gets closer.”

Torchwood: Children of the Earth (time and date tba) on Space
The first of five new episodes: “Captain Jack (John Barrowman), Gwen Cooper (Eve Myles) and Ianto Jones (Gareth David-Lloyd) come to terms with the death of their closest friends. They are faced with their fiercest threat to date – one which throws the future of Torchwood and the entire human race spiralling into danger.”

September 14

Jay Leno Show, 10 p.m. ET on NBC
NBC has finally set the start date. Details to come.

— Denise Duguay

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