Sure, “Lost,” “24″ and “American Idol” are gone. But the networks are churning out dozens of returning summer shows in the next couple of weeks.
Just this week alone, you get reality hits such as TLC’s “Cake Boss,” History Channel’s “Ice Road Truckers,” Fox’s “Hell’s Kitchen,” Food Network’s “Next Food Network Star” and ABC’s guilty pleasure “Wipeout.” (left)
And there are some big scripted hits, too, such as USA’s one-two punch of “Burn Notice” and “Royal Pains” Thursday and Lifetime’s “Drop Dead Diva” Sunday.
Fans of the National Spelling Bee should tune in on Friday on ABC while MTV Movie Awards fans should check out that special Sunday night.
“The Bachelorette” 8 p.m. ABC — So far, the dorky weatherman and the strange wrestler have survived the cut.
“Cake Boss” 9 p.m. TLC (third season debut) — Buddy makes a cake for the New Jersey governor and a special cake for his wife.
“America The Story of Us: Millennium” 10 p.m. History (first season finale) — Assessing the modern era, including the space race and 9/11.
“Dad Camp” 10 p.m. VH1 (new series) — Fathers-to-be learn what fatherhood is really like before the baby arrives.
“Hoarders” 10 p.m. A&E — How many of the season one hoarders have gone back to their old ways?
“True Beauty” 10:02 p.m. ABC (second season debut) — Attractive model types learn that beauty isn’t always skin deep.
“America’s Got Talent” 8 p.m. NBC — Howie Mandel replaces former Atlantan David Hasselhoff as a judge.
“Hell’s Kitchen” 8 p.m. Fox (seventh season debut) — Suwanee’s Jason Ellis is one of the contestants willing to take insults from Gordon Ramsay.
“Wipeout” 8 p.m. ABC (third season debut) — The type of show you can watch with the mute button on and still enjoy.
“One Big Happy Family” 9 p.m. TLC (second season debut) — Amber introduces her new boyfriend to a very judgmental family.
“9 By Design” 10 p.m. Bravo (first season finale) — The family takes a break at their country home.
“Losing It With Jillian” 10 p.m. NBC (new series) — “The Biggest Loser” trainer goes to people’s homes to try to change their lives.
“Jersey Couture” 10 p.m. Oxygen (new series) — Jersey is the hottest state right now for reality shows.
“Downtown Girls” 11 p.m. MTV (new series) — A reality show version of “Sex and the City.”
“Tyler Perry’s House of Payne” 8 p.m. TBS (new time) – Janine’s home life suffers when she scores a promotion.
“Are We There Yet?” 9 p.m. TBS (new series) – Ice Cube’s film becomes a series starring Terry Crews of “Everybody Hates Chris” fame.
“Ghost Hunters Academy” 9 p.m. SyFy (first season summer debut) – Eight new cadets vie for one opening at TAPS.
“Real World/Road Rules Challenge” 10 p.m. MTV – The remaining players fight for a spot in the finale.
“Toddlers and Tiaras” 10 p.m. TLC (third season debut) – The hopefuls battle it out at the Le Maison de Paris pageant.
“Half Pint Brawlers” 11 p.m. Spike (new series) – Little people who wrestle. Why isn’t this on TLC?
“Weird, True & Freaky” 8 p.m. Animal Planet (second season finale) – Rituals explored include a marriage between frogs in India to end a drought.
“So You Think You Can Dance” 8 p.m. Fox – Auditions and Vegas callbacks.
“100 Questions” 8:30 p.m. NBC – Leslie obsesses over a pair of boots.
“Burn Notice” 9 p.m. USA (fourth season debut) – Michael attempts to thwart a terrorist threat using an unexpected partner.
“Toughest Military Jobs” 9 p.m. Military (first season finale) – A look at a ribbon-bridge engineer.
“Real Housewives of New York City” 10 p.m. Bravo (third season finale) – Jill and Bethenny try to end their long-standing feud. Good luck with that!
“Royal Pains” 10 p.m. USA (second season debut) – Marcia Gay Harden guest stars.
“2010 Scripps National Spelling Bee” 8 p.m. ABC (two-hour special) – A record 274 spellers battle for the win.
“Friday Night Lights” 8 p.m. NBC – In trouble, Matt gets help from the Taylors and Landry.
“Past Life” 8 p.m. Fox – An office worker’s violent outburst leads to a revelation about a crime he was involved with in a previous life.
“Flashpoint” 9 p.m. CBS (third season debut) – A member of the team sacrifices his life to save others.
“Whale Wars” 9 p.m. Animal Planet (third season debut) – Three ships battle illegal whaling in the Antarctic. Former Atlantan Andrea Gordon joins the crew of the Bob Barker.
“Battle of the Wedding Planners” 10 p.m. TLC (new series) – Couples pick wedding planners after several challenges.
“Freshman Father” 9 p.m. Saturday Hallmark – A Harvard frosh becomes a dad and gets help from a friendly psychic.
“The Making of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter” 7 p.m. Sunday NBC – A look at the new theme-park attraction at Universal Studios.
“Sons of Tucson” 7:30 p.m. Sunday Fox – Fox burns off the remaining episodes of this already axed sitcom.
“The Next Food Network Star” 9 p.m. Sunday Food (sixth season debut) – Two Atlantans are vying for a shot at their own TV show.
“Drop Dead Diva” 9 p.m. Lifetime Sunday (second season debut)- Paula Abdul guests in a fantasy sequence as Jane tries to avoid getting disbarred.
“Ice Road Truckers” 9 p.m. History Sunday (fourth season debut) – Hugh, Alex and Lisa return and welcome two new truckers.
“2010 MTV Movie Awards” 9 p.m. Sunday MTV – “The Hangover” leads with six nominations as Aziz Ansari hosts.
“Kate Plus 8″ 9 p.m. Sunday TLC (one-hour special) – Jon is gone but Kate helps her brood celebrate their sixth birthdays.
“Kendra” 10 p.m. E! (second season finale) – Kendra works on her autobiography, which Hank thinks is too, um, revealing.
“Top Shot” 10 p.m. History (new series) – Sixteen marksmen compete for a $100,000 prize.
“The Hard Times of RJ Berger” 11 p.m. MTV (new series) – This dreadful show features a loser teen with a special physical attribute.