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TV best bets with 4th of July celebrations, return of ‘Rescue Me,’ ‘Meet the Browns,’ ‘Real World’

Rescue me

Besides a raft of 4th of July celebrations this weekend, it’s a relatively quiet week in TV land.

On Tuesday, FX brings back the sixth season of “Rescue Me,” which ended last year with Tommy being shot by Uncle Teddy, who believes Tommy contributed to Ellie’s death. All this turmoil threatens the future of the fire house, a target of budget cuts.

MTV’s “The Real World” is back, too, in its 24th season on Wednesday. And with a return to New Orleans, the debauchery will continue unabated.

One of the more interesting shows is ABC Family’s “Huge,” which has an entire cast of overweight teens at a weight-loss camp. Although weight-loss shows are all the rage, addressing this issue head on in a scripted series is unusual.

Tyler Perry’s “Meet the Browns” is back, too, on Wednesday, while USA’s “In Plain Sight” closes shop for its third season.

VH1, which has been choking on dating and rehab shows in recent years, still runs music specials, including two “Behind the Music” specials this week. Tonight’s features Jennifer Hudson.

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“The Bachelorette” 8 p.m. ABC — Tattoo boy had to go last week. The wrestler’s arrogant self, though, appears to be firmly planted.
“Last Comic Standing” 8 p.m. NBC — The semifinals begin.
“Behind the Music: Jennifer Hudson” 9 p.m. VH1 — From “Idol” loser to Oscar winner to family tragedy, Hudson has had her ups and downs.
“Huge” 9 p.m. ABC Family (new series) — Nikki Blonsky stirs up trouble at a weight-loss camp.
“Intervention” 9 p.m. A&E (ninth season debut) — A mother and son  battle the bottle.
“Make It or Break It” 10 p.m. ABC Family (second season debut) — Payson is  on the gymnastics comeback trail.
“Obsessed” 10 p.m. A&E (second season debut) — A woman is so obsessed with exercise she neglects her family.
“10 Ways to Kill Bin Laden” 8 p.m. History – If it were only that easy!
“Wipeout” 8 p.m. ABC – The big red balls become soccer balls in celebration of the World Cup.
“Hell’s Kitchen” 8 p.m. Fox – With the blue team winning again last week, expect the teams to be shuffled again.
“Cupcake Wars” 9 p.m. Food – Celebrating the 100th episode of “Ace of Cakes” with a competition.
“Rescue Me” 10 p.m .FX (sixth season debut) – SPOILER ALERT: Tommy isn’t really dead. Then again, the series’ main character is Tommy so the fact there is a sixth season says everything, eh?
“Louie” 11 p.m. FX (new series) – Standup comic Louie C.K.’s HBO series a few years ago bombed. But he gets a second shot at scripted fame.

“So You Think You Can Dance” 8 p.m. Fox – This looks like a men’s year, eh?
“America’s Got Talent” 9 p.m. NBC – The audition episodes do seem to go on forever.
Clean House” 9 p.m. Style – The show seeks the messiest home in America again. Sadly, this is a really competitive field.
“Top Chef” 9 p.m. Bravo – Given his immunity, did early favorite Angelo throw last week’s challenge. You be the judge.
“Are We There Yet?” 9:30 p.m. TBS (first season finale) – So far, ratings have been strong so expect a second season.
In Plain Sight” 10 p.m. USA (third season finale) – Mary must protect a priest who witnessed a murder of a stripper.
“Locked Up Abroad” 10 p.m. NatGeo (fourth season debut) – The story of Billy Hayes, whose autobiography inspired the 1978 film “Midnight Express.”
The Real World” 10 p.m. MTV (24th season debut) – After D.C.’s snoozy crew last season, MTV is back to its ridiculously partying ways in New Orleans.
“Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns” 10 p.m. TBS (fourth season debut) – The Colonel gets religion and moves in with Brown after a health scare.
Jimmy Buffett: Live From the Gulf Coast” 8 p.m. CMT – Jimmy Buffett and Kenny Chesney perform at this relief concert.
100 Questions” 8:30 p.m. NBC – The microscopic ratings means we’ll never get to 100 questions.
Burn Notice” 9 p.m. USA – Drug dealers target a medical clinic, which needs Michael’s help.
Betheny’s Getting Married?” 10 p.m. Bravo – Alex from “Housewives” hosts a bridal shower.
“Boston Med” 10 p.m. ABC – A soldier serving in Iraq returns to Boston in time for his son’s birth.
“Penn & Teller” 10 p.m. Showtime – The two magicians tackle the tough topic of teen sex.
“Royal Pains” 10 p.m. USA – Hank tries to save Boris, whose health is deteriorating quickly.
“Friday Night Lights” 8 p.m. NBC – Jess and Landry’s romance heats up while Julie finds someone new.
“America Celebrates July 4th at Ford Theatre” 9 p.m. ABC – Kelly Clarkson and Dick Van Dyke are among the performers.
“Flashpoint” 9 p.m. CBS – A radio talk show host holds a politician he believes is a killer hostage. Rush wouldn’t approve.
Merlin” 10 p.m. SyFy (second season finale) – Camelot needs a dragonlord to save him from a fiery dragon.
Miami Medical” 10 p.m. CBS (series finale) – Proctor and Zambrano question their ethical boundaries.
Friday Night Alright” 11 p.m. VH1 – Like we haven’t seen enough of Lady Gaga already, here she is again.
“Dolly Celebrates 25 Years of Dollywood” 8 p.m. Saturday Hallmark – Kenny Rogers and Miley Cyrus are among those to celebrate her entertainment mecca.
Three Rivers” 8 p.m. Saturday CBS (series finale) – Two nights, two CBS medical dramas laid to rest.
A Capitol Fourth” 8 p.m. Sunday GPB – Jimmy Smits hosts and Darius Rucker and Reba McEntire are among the singers.
Behind the Music” 8 p.m. Sunday VH1 – Jennifer Lopez a decade ago was actually a viable music artist.
“Macy’s 4th of July Spectacular” 9 p.m. Sunday NBC – Nick Cannon hosts.
“Salute 2 America” 9 p.m. Sunday ABC – Fireworks at Lenox Square Mall are the focus as usual.
“Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular” 10 p.m. Sunday CBS – Craig Ferguson hosts and Toby Keith performs.

8 comments Add your comment


June 28th, 2010
8:01 am

Dang Rodney…ever heard of warning your readers with the words “SPOILER ALERT!”…..

Thanks a lot man….


June 28th, 2010
8:53 am

that’s a cheesey hat rodney!

Rodney Ho

June 28th, 2010
8:56 am

I figured it was fairly obvious he stayed alive because FX ordered an entire sixth season and they wouldn’t kill off the main character at this point.


June 28th, 2010
9:05 am

It stands to reason that they’ll end up with all guys on SYTCD in the new format… Since only one gets booted each week instead of “one guy” and “one gull” to use Cat’s words, it will usually be a girl getting the least votes. I would bet that most votes come from females, and most females tend to vote for guys. I think they’ll need to do some sort of redesign for next summer, where they go back to getting rid of one guy and one girl each week to keep things more evenly split.


June 28th, 2010
11:49 am

I LOOOOVE Rescue Me. I just started watching it recently. All of the seasons are up on Netflix and I started watching them a couple of weeks ago. I just finished season 2 last night and I cannot wait to get home tonight and start on Season 3. The show is insane, but I love it!


June 28th, 2010
2:23 pm

Tommy doesn’t necessarily have to be alive for the show to go on. He could be a Jimmy-style ghost that follows the rest of the cast…


June 28th, 2010
4:38 pm

To quote a figure wiser than me: Now I know why they call television a medium. Because nothing on it is rare or well done.


June 28th, 2010
6:14 pm

There’s got to be something to call these short show runs other than “seasons”. 24 “seasons” of Real World? Makes me feel like I’ve been in a coma or something. 24 seasons used to mean 24 years.