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TV best bets with ‘Teen Wolf,’ ‘The Glades,’ ‘Ice Road Truckers,’ ‘America’s Got Talent’

Piers Morgan, Sharon Osbourne and Howie Mandel are back with "America's Got Talent" Tuesday on NBC. Photo credit: NBC

Piers Morgan, Sharon Osbourne and Howie Mandel are back with "America's Got Talent" Tuesday on NBC. Photo credit: NBC

Sure, the broadcast TV season may be over per se, but this opens the floodgates for a raft of summer shows. You can pick dramas – A&E’s “The Glades” is back Sunday, TNT tries a new light law drama Wednesday in “Franklin & Bash”  and MTV debuts “Teen Wolf” the same night.

Reality programming is always ready to go – Animal Planet’s “Whale Wars” and History’s “Ice Road Truckers” Sunday are a couple noteworthy returnees.

And there are reality competition shows, including Bravo’s new songwriting show “Platinum Hit” Monday night and the return of “Food Network Star” Sunday on (what else?) Food Network.

I’m also afraid to say, Oxygen is bringing back Paris Hilton.

MONDAY
The Bachelorette” 8 p.m. ABC — The 18 opening-night survivors move into the mansion.
“Basketball Wives” 8 p.m. VH1 — Evelyn tries to profit from the brawl that ended season 2.
The Secret Life of the American Teenager” 8 p.m. ABC Family (third season finale) — Both Adrian and Ben get cold feet regarding their impending nuptials.
Cake Boss” 9 p.m. TLC (fourth season summer debut) — Buddy designs a space-shuttle cake for NASA.
“Gettysburg” 9 p.m. History — A documentary of the pivotal Civil War battle.
“Single Ladies” 9 p.m. VH1 (two-hour series debut) — This Atlanta-based drama focuses on three strong women and their relationship snafus.
Platinum Hit” 10 p.m. Bravo (new series) — Kara DioGuardi is a judge in this competitive program for songwriters.
Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition” 10:01 p.m. ABC (new series) — A non-competitive weight-loss reality series focused on one person’s transformation each week.
The Hard Times of RJ Berger” 10:30 p.m. MTV (second season finale) — RJ is ready to take his relationship with Amy to the next level.

TUESDAY

“America’s Got Talent” 8 p.m. NBC (sixth season debut) — Piers Morgan, Howie Mandel and Sharon Osbourne are back again for great singers, dancers and maybe even mimes.
Reality Rule$: When TV Gets Real” 8 p.m. ABC — This 20/20 special peels behind the curtain of reality programming.
“Lee & Grant” 9 p.m. History — Profiles of the two key leaders in the Civil War.
Deadliest Catch” 9 p.m. Discovery — The King Crab season ends with an arctic storm.
Traffic Light” 9:30 p.m. Fox (series finale) — Callie’s naked apartment dancing is witnessed by a food-delivery guy.
“Love Handles” 10 p.m. Lifetime (new series) — Overweight couples battle the bulge and tackle relationship issues.
Million Dollar Decorators” 10 p.m. Bravo (new series) — The worlds of five Los Angeles-based interior designers.
The Voice” 10 p.m. NBC — The teams are finalized for the live shows.

WEDNESDAY
Ghost Hunters” 8 p.m. Syfy – The team checks out Pearl Harbor for ghosts.
So You Think You Can Dance” 8 p.m. Fox – New York and Salt Lake City auditions.
“American Pickers” 9 p.m. History – The Gettysburg Museum asks Mike and Frank to track down hard-to-find Civil War items.
Franklin & Bash” 9 p.m. TNT (new series) – Mark-Paul Gosselaar returns to TNT starring as a charming, trouble-making attorney who joins a clean-cut firm with his buddy and law partner, played by Breckin Meyer.
Haunted Collector” 9 p.m. Syfy (new series) – A family of paranormal investigators hunt down haunted items. (Yes, even items can be haunted.)
“Man v. Food Nation” 9 p.m. Travel (new series) – Emory graduate Adam Richman, hoping to keep his own waistline in check, now helps others take on food challenges.
Men of a Certain Age” 10 p.m. TNT (second season summer debut) – Owen’s dealership is in financial trouble and a rival pounces.
“The Real World” 10 p.m. MTV (25th season finale) – Hard to believe this show has been around since 1992!
Sand Masters” 10 p.m. Travel (new series) – Artists create cool sculptures from sand.
The World According to Paris” 10 p.m. Oxygen (new series) – For reasons unknown to normal people, Paris Hilton is back on a reality show.

THURSDAY
So You Think You Can Dance” 8 p.m. Fox – Nigel and company seek dancers in Los Angeles.
Sons of Perdition” 9 p.m. OWN – Three teen boys escape a polygamist community and try to make sense of the world outside.
NBA Finals” 9 p.m. ABC – It’s the Mavericks vs. the vaunted Heat.
“The First 48: Missing Persons” 10 p.m. A&E (new series) – A spin-off of the original series.
“Love Bites” 10 p.m. NBC (new series) – Jennifer Love Hewitt and Craig Robinson guest star in a sitcom about interwoven stories of love, sex, marriage and dating.
NY Ink” 10 p.m. TLC (new series) – A spin-off of the show that has taken us to tattoo shops in Miami and Los Angeles.
The Real Housewives of New York City” 10 p.m. Bravo – The trip to Morocco continues.
Children’s Hospital” midnight Adult Swim (third season debut) – This mockery of more serious medical dramas is back.

FRIDAY
Flashpoint” 8 p.m. CBS – A gunman takes hostages inside a restaurant after he’s convinced the owner is a terrorist.
Friday Night Lights” 8 p.m. NBC – Eric worries he’s losing control of his team.
Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution” 8 p.m. ABC – Jamie gets banned from serving food at West Adams Preparatory High School.
“Whale Wars” 8 p.m. Animal Planet (fourth season debut) – The crew gets a new ship called the Gojira.
Camelot” 10 p.m. Starz – Merlin is victimized by a shape-shifting seductress.
Swamp Brothers” 10 p.m. Discovery – A crocodile escapes to rendezvous with a female gator.
“Urban Legends” 10 p.m. Syfy – A man escapes deadly situations multiple times.

WEEKEND

Niecy Nash’s Wedding Bash!” 8 p.m. Saturday TLC – “Clean House” host Niecy Nash and her fiance plan their nuptials.
Surviving D-Day” 9 p.m. Saturday Discovery – Exploring the unconventional tactics and strategies before the pivotal World War II battle.
America’s Best Dance Crew” 7:30 pm. Sunday MTV (sixth-season finale, special night and time) – It’s a battle between ICONic Boyz and I aM mE.
Food Network Challenge” 8 p.m. Sunday Food (13th season debut) – Tiffany serves as a guest judge as four top pastry chefs create cakes inspired by the 1980s.
Ice Road Truckers” 9 p.m. Sunday History (fifth season debut) – Three new drivers join the crew.
“20th Annual MTV Movie Awards” 9 p.m. Sunday MTV – Jason Sudeikis hosts.
“Food Network Star” 9 p.m. Sunday Food (seventh season debut) – Fifteen aspiring hosts include Justin Balmes of Marietta.
Coming Home” 10 p.m. Sunday Lifetime (first season finale) – A marine dresses up as a clown at a circus to surprise his kids with his return home.
“Freaky Eaters” 10 p.m Sunday TLC (second season debut) – A woman is addicted to consuming corn starch.
“The Glades” 10 p.m. A&E Sunday (second season debut) – The daughter of a notorious Cuban mobster turns up dead in a Little Havana alley.
“The Killing” 10 p.m. Sunday AMC – The investigation stalls when Sarah and Holder have to set out on a search for Jack.
“Mancations” 10 p.m. Sunday Travel (new series) – Best friends Evan Mann and Gareth Reynolds travel Alaska.
The Real Housewives of Orange County” 10 p.m. Sunday Bravo (sixth season finale) – Vicki leaves the hospital and grapples with her personal problems.
“Teen Wolf” 11 p.m. Sunday MTV (new series) -Tyler Posey stars as the teen bitten by a wolf in this more serious take on the 1980s movie.

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By Rodney Ho, rho@ajc.com, AJCRadioTV blog

6 comments Add your comment

Anderson

May 30th, 2011
9:30 am

Rodney,I have a question for you.

Is there a reason why you always omit USA’s Monday night programming?

WWE’s Tough Enough at 8 p.m. and RAW at 9 p.m.

Say what you will about wrestling but it has a sizeable audience/demographics.

Just asking.

Traffic Headache

May 30th, 2011
10:29 am

Because there’s nothing notable about wrestling. Just the same tired “good-guy/bad-guy” theatrical scripted doggerel.

95% of the stuff listed as Best Bets is reality crap. How can anyone justify reality TV as Best Bets?

Mr. Ed

May 30th, 2011
10:42 am

Ewwww…there’s Howie Mandell in photo above.

He weirds me out with his creepy demeanor.

I can picture him in a room alone, twisting the heads off multiple Barbie dolls and laughing in hysterics to the point of convulsion.

frommiami

May 31st, 2011
10:41 am

Is there anyone out there who plans to watch Paris Hilton’s romance with herself? What a waste of time.

lmb

May 31st, 2011
3:14 pm

Love that you put Camelot on the Best Bets list….but you forgot Game of Thrones

karl joske

June 1st, 2011
10:18 pm

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