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TV best bets with returns of ‘Hawthorne,’ ‘Entourage,’ BET Awards,’ ‘Futurama’

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The old is new all over again this week.

First, “Futurama” has gotten a present thanks to Comedy Central, which brings back the animated series after seven long years in exile on Thursday.

Christina on TNT’s hit series “Hawthorne” Tuesday struggles to find her footing at an aging hospital.

That same night on the same network, TNT introduces yet the umpteenth cop drama in the form of “Memphis Beat,” which naturally features Elvis Presley songs galore.

The BET Awards pays homage to Prince on Sunday.

“Entourage” on HBO, in its wheezing seventh season, simply feels old.

MONDAY
“The Bachelorette” 8 p.m. ABC — Ali last week dumped the lame weatherman but kept the strange dude with the tattoo. He can’t last, can he?
“Behind the Music: Courtney Love” 8 p.m. VH1 — Shocking VH1 waited this long to profile this classic train wreck.
“Saving Grace” 9 p.m. TNT (series finale) — After experiencing a spiritual upheaval, Grace returns to Oklahoma City with a new sense of purpose.
“Ultimate Car Build Off” 9:30 p.m. Discovery (new series)— Garages compete to build whatever challenge is thrown at them.
“Bizarre Foods With Andrew Zimern” 10 p.m. Travel (fifth season finale) — Andrew explores the meaty world of Buenos Aires.
Heartland Thunder” 10 p.m. Discovery (new series) — Four guys who love Friday night dirt track racing.
Inedible to Incredible” 10 p.m. TLC (new series) — Chef John Besh helps clueless cooks become better cooks.

TUESDAY
“Hell’s Kitchen” 8 p.m. Fox – Many of the other cooks see Atlanta’s Jason Ellis and are not treating him well. But we can hope his Southern ties will help him on tonight’s pork-barbecue challenge.
“Who Really Discovered America?” 8 p.m. History – A debate for the ages that will make Christopher Columbus spin in his grave.
Wipeout” 8 p.m. ABC (third-season debut) – Watch for new obstacles such as Fence Flapper and Bruiseball.
“Downfall” 9 p.m. ABC (new series) – Answer questions or prizes fall off a ten-story building.

“Hawthorne” 9 p.m. TNT (second season debut) – Richmond Trinity shuts down so Christina finds herself at a decaying hospital in a run-down neighborhood.
Michael Jackson & Bubbles: The Untold Story” 10 p.m. Animal Planet – Even Animal Planet had to find an angle into the weird world of Michael Jackson.
“Memphis Beat” 10 p.m. TNT (new series) – Jason Lee (”My Name is Earl”) is oddly cast as a Memphis cop with a heart of gold who clashes with new by-the-books boss, played by Alfre Woodard. Lee’s character also sings Elvis songs at night since this is Memphis.
“Primetime: Mind Games” 10 p.m. ABC (new series) – Behavioral abnormalities are explored in this six-part series.
“Tiny & Toya” 10:30 p.m. BET (second season finale) – Flagging ratings don’t bode well for a third season.
WEDNESDAY
“America’s Orchestra: Celebrating 125 Years of the Boston Pops” 8 p.m. GPB – Includes tributes to Arthur Fiedler and John Williams.
“Top Chef” 9 p.m. Bravo – Jamie Oliver just did this a few weeks ago: trying to serve nutritious, tasty food in a school cafeteria with a limited budget.
“Are We There Yet?” 9:30 TBS – Her mom says no so Lindsey gets Nick to help her buy a version of Michelle Obama’s sweater.
“Jimmy Kimmel Live” 10 p.m. ABC – Kimmel gets some prime-time love promoting the upcoming “Twilight” film with the cast.
“Hot in Cleveland” 10 p.m. TV Land – Last week, this show gave TV Land its biggest ratings ever with 4.8 million viewers. Betty White rules!
Cedric the Entertainer’s Urban Circus” 10 p.m. TBS – Jerry Seinfeld joins Cedric for some likely hysterics.
THURSDAY
“Gay in America” 8 p.m. CNN (special) – First blacks, then Latinos, now gays. Who’s next? Left-handed rugby players… in America?
Burn Notice” 9 p.m. USA – Michael and Sam become entangled in a bank hostage standoff. Never seen those before!
Omarosa’s Ultimate Merger” 9 p.m. TV One – Local R&B singer Ray Lavender failed last week’s “compatibility” test with Omarosa but saved himself with a song.
Rookie Blue” 9 p.m. ABC (new series) – Newbies on a police squad. Like “Flashpoint,” this is a Canadian export.

“Boston Med” 10 p.m. ABC (new series) – An eight-part documentary series about three Boston hospitals.

Futurama” 10 p.m. Comedy (sixth season debut) – Matt Groening’s old Fox animated series “Futurama” was axed in 2003 but has come back to life on a different network.
Raising Sextuplets” 10 p.m. WE (second season debut) – The sextuplets celebrate their second birthdays.
FRIDAY
Friday Night Lights” 8 p.m. NBC – Jess tries to choose between Vince and Landry.
Wife Swap” 8 p.m. ABC – A family against technology swaps with a family that loves modern electronics.
Flashpoint” 9 p.m. CBS – The SRU team tries to fix a child-custody battle.
Whale Wars” 9 p.m. Animal Planet – Ady Gil tries to ambush a Japanese reconnaissance vessel at its own risk.
Party Down” 10 p.m. Starz (second season finale) – Jane Lynch returns as Constance, who is getting hitched.
Gravity” 10:30 P.M. Starz (first season finale) – Lily, Robert and Miller face a collision course.
WEEKEND
The AFI Life Achievement Award Honoring Mike Nichols” 9 p.m. Saturday TV Land – The director of “The Graduate” is feted.
“You Lucky Dog” 8 p.m. Saturday Hallmark – A fashion designer (Natasha Henstridge) returns home to help her brother (Harry Hamlin) save the family farm.
Dinocroc vs. Supergator” 9 p.m. Saturday Syfy – Tourists get munched a la “Jurassic Park.”
“The BET Awards ‘10″ 8 p.m. Sunday BET – Kanye West makes his first awards appearance since his memorable stage romp with Taylor Swift last fall.
Brandy & Ray J: A Family Business” 9 p.m. VH1 (first season finale) – This show’s already gotten a renewal for a second season.
“The 37th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards” 9 p.m. Sunday CBS – Regis Philbin hosts and Dick Clark is honored.
“Drop Dead Diva” 9 p.m. Sunday Lifetime – Tony gets news that could impact his relationship with Jane.
The Next Food Network Star” 9 p.m. Sunday Food – Last week, the Atlanta combo of Herb and Brianna (Team Sexy) won the challenge but Brianna struggled connecting with the crowd.
“Ellen’s Somewhat Special Special” 9 p.m. Sunday TBS – Georgia’s Lady Antebellum is among the performers.
Hung” 10 p.m. Sunday HBO (second season debut) – Tanya solicits advice from a pro to get leverage with Ray.

Entourage” 10:30 p.m. HBO (seventh season debut) – This show is now running on fumes.

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8 comments Add your comment

Pimpmobile

June 21st, 2010
8:33 am

I cannot WAIT for Futurama, a very underrated show that, when it’s hitting on all cylinders, rivals The Simpsons at its peak for sheer laughs per minute. Hopefully not having to stretch the plots to four episodes like they did for the DVD movies will increase the quality.

Dilly Dally

June 21st, 2010
8:35 am

As usual, you forgot to include Wheeler Dealers, Tuesday @ 8:00pm on HD Theater. That’s Wheeler Dealers, starring Mike Brewer and Edd China.

Truth

June 21st, 2010
10:04 am

Yup can’t wait till Futurama. GREAT Show…..I just love Bender.

TrafficHeadache

June 21st, 2010
10:11 am

Dilly Dally: Naybe Rodney doesn;t think “Wheeler Dealers” is worth mentioning. Stop being a lapdog for it.

“Downfall” sounds like it makes “Let’s Make a Deal” look like “Jeopardy!”

Dude

June 21st, 2010
10:14 am

Are you kidding me? I bet you dont even watch Entourage. One of the best shows on HBO…why dont you just stick with your pretty boy shows and leave the TV watching to people who know good when they see it.

Rodney Ho

June 21st, 2010
10:15 am

I watched the first two episodes of this season’s “Entourage” (HBO sends me advancers.) I just think the show is repeating itself. The characters are tired. The show has been great but it’s well past its prime.

Stimpy

June 21st, 2010
12:44 pm

Tuesday is the Deadliest Catch that features Phil’s death, if anyone is interested.

GAWGA BOI

June 21st, 2010
7:59 pm

BET’s and Atlanta’s own TINY & TOYA won’t be picked up for a third season. Word is T.I. doesn’t want his fiance Tiny to be involved in the show anymore to focus on there fanily. Rumors are that Toya (Lil Wayne’s ex wife) will pick up her own show.