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TV best bets with returns of ‘Single Ladies,’ ‘Teen Wolf,’ ‘Drop Dead Diva,’ ‘HGTV Design Star’


Three shows shot in metro Atlanta are coming back this summer: VH1’s “Single Ladies” with a new leading lady on Monday, followed by Lifetime’s “Drop Dead Diva” and MTV’s “Teen Wolf” after the MTV Movie Awards Sunday night.

Atlanta’s Vern Yip, the longest-running member of “HGTV Design Star,” will return as well on Tuesday night.

And expect lots of death and pettiness during History’s most ambitious scripted effort to date, “Hatfields & McCoys,” which will air over three nights starting Monday.

The CW introduces two new summer shows while ABC closes shop on “Cougar Town,” which moves to TBS early next year.

And there are a raft of new reality shows that sound like old ones revolving around collectibles (”Final Offer” on Discovery), hairstyling (”L.A. Hair” on WE) and scruffy men (”Mountain Men” on History).


The Bachelorette” 8 p.m. ABC — Emily and one of the bachelors get serenaded by Georgia’s own Luke Bryan.
Cake Boss” 9 p.m. TLC (fifth season debut) — Buddy makes a cake for his son’s first birthday.
Gene Simmons Family Jewels” 9 p.m. A&E (seventh season debut) — Shannon wants to adopt a child.
“Hatfields & McCoys”
9 p.m. History (mini-series debut) — .Kevin Costner and Bill Paxton star in this series about one of the most infamous family feuds ever.
“Single Ladies” 9 p.m. VH1 (second season debut)  — The script writers find a way to make Val disappear since Stacey Dash quit, cliffhanger in tow.
“Bethenny Ever After” 10 p.m. Bravo (third season finale) — Bethenny and Jason at long last move into their renovated apartment..
“Extreme Couponing” 10 p.m. TLC (third season debut) — A Kentucky college student plans a frat party while seeking coupons on gelatin.
Monster In-Laws” 10 p.m. A&E (second season debut) — An ill grandmother asks her daughter to reconcile with her grand-daughter-in-law.


“The Catalina” 8 p.m. the CW (new series) — A reality show about the adventures of the staff of the Catalina Hotel in Miami Beach.
“Cougar Town
” 8 p.m. ABC (third season finale) — In 2013, this show is moving to TBS.
“20/20” 9 p.m. ABC — Katie Couric talks to members of the Royal Family, including Prince William.
“HGTV Design Star” 9 p.m. HGTV (seventh season debut) — Atlanta’s Vern Yip returns as a judge as the show moves back to Los Angeles.
Big Brooklyn Style” 10 p.m. TLC (new series) — Lisa and Jim Dolan revolutionize the norms of the plus-size shopping experience.
Dance Moms Miami” 10 p.m. Lifetime (first season finale) — A new student joins the competition team and receives extra attention, peeving the moms.
Workaholics” 10:30 p.m. Comedy — The guys have their first LSD experience.


Dogs in the City” 8 p.m. CBS (new series) — Canine expert Justin Silver helps out dog owners with dilemmas.
So You Think You Can Dance” 8 p.m. Fox — The results show has been axed so expect less filler, more meat, when the live rounds start.
Melissa & Joey” 8 p.m. ABC Family (second season debut) — Mel has her home renovated but it does not go smoothly.
“America’s Next Top Model” 9 p.m. the CW (18th season finale) — Major overhaul of the show next season with a new judges panel.
Hatfields & McCoys” 9 p.m. History (mini-series finale) — The fighting peaks on New Year’s Day.
“Hot in Cleveland” 10 p.m. TV Land — Victoria tries to revive her soap opera but needs the series creator’s approval.


Breaking Pointe” 8 p.m. the CW (new series) — A reality show about competitive ballet.
“Duets” 8 p.m. ABC — Kelly Clarkson and the other celebrities sing classic duets with the amateurs.
Touch” 8 p.m. Fox (first season finale) — This show is moving to Fridays in the fall. The Aster Corporation takes on more interest in Jake.
“Mary Mary” 9 p.m. WE (first season finale) — The network has given this show a second season.
Don’t Be Tardy for the Wedding” 9:30 p.m. Bravo — Kim and Kroy plan over-the-top security for their wedding, including armed guards and attack dogs.
“Final Offer” 10 p.m. Discovery (new series) — Because the world needs yet another show about collectibles.
L.A. Hair” 10 p.m. WE (new series) — The life of a big-name Hollywood hair stylist.
Mountain Men” 10 p.m. History (new series) — Following the lives of outdoorsmen who love the wilderness.

“A.N.T. Farm” 8 p.m. Disney (second season debut) — Former Atlantan China Anne McClain returns.
Best Friends Forever” 9 p.m. NBC (series finale) — NBC chose not to place this back on the schedule next season.
Fairly Legal” 9 p.m. USA — Kate and Ben go to Lake Tahoe to settle a dispute but get caught up in an unsolved murder.
History Bee” 9 p.m. History — Students compete for a $50,000 scholarship.
Jennie Garth: Little Bit Country” 9 p.m. CMT — Jennie faces the possibility of moving back to Los Angeles.
Say Yes to the Dress: Bridesmaids” 9 p.m. TLC — A bridesmaid takes over an appointment in a power grab.
Whale Wars” 9 p.m. Animal (fifth season debut) — The conservationalists keeping trying to stop Japanese whaling operations.
“Common Law” 10 p.m. USA — A woman’s murder could have ties to a dating website.
“Louisiana Lockdown” 10 p.m. Animal — A look behind one of the country’s largest maximum-security penitentiaries.
Magic City” 10 p.m. Starz (first season finale) — Klein gets his hands on Judi Silver.


Dog the Bounty Hunter” 9 p.m. Saturday A&E — A&E has canceled this show after eight seasons.
Adele: Live in London” 8 p.m. Sunday NBC — An interview intermixed with her hits. Her current album “21” has sold more than 9 million copies.
Secret Millionaire” 8 p.m. Sunday ABC (third season debut) — A millionaire subsists on $75 over six days while seeking recipients to help out.
Drop Dead Diva” 9 p.m. Sunday Lifetime (fourth season debut)  — The actor who plays Jane’s guardian angel is now a regular on “Mad Men,” which means… new guardian angel!
“Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition” 9 p.m. Sunday ABC  (second season debut) — Ty Pennington’s version is gone but with obesity such a hot topic, this version is back.
“Game of Thrones” 9 p.m. Sunday HBO (second season finale) — Luwin has advice for Theon as he calls his men to action.
The Glades” 9 p.m. Sunday A&E (third season debut) — A group of UFO enthusiasts accuse the group of covering up a wealthy man’s alien abduction..
21st Annual MTV Movie Awards” 9 p.m. Sunday MTV — Russell Brand hosts. Expect “The Hunger Games” and “Bridesmaids” to win a few awards.
“2012 Miss USA Pageant” 9 p.m. Sunday NBC — Andy Cohen and Giuliana Rancic host.
“Are You Normal, America?” 10 p.m. Sunday OWN — Contestants figure out what is “normal” based on surveys, such as skinny-dipping and using a phone in the restroom.
“Longmire” 10 p.m. Sunday A&E (new series) — A Wyoming lawman struggles to cope with his wife’s death.
“Teen Wolf” 11 p.m. Sunday MTV (second season debut) — Scott and Allison must continue their romance in secret as a new Argent family member shows up.

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By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk

4 comments Add your comment

The Big Boss Man

May 28th, 2012
7:10 am

RE: ““Louisiana Lockdown” 10 p.m. Animal Planet — A look behind one of the country’s largest maximum-security penitentaries.”

On Animal Planet? Really?

Is this a show about a kennel in The Bayou, or is it a subtle message about the behavior and ethics of urban prisoners?

The Big Boss Man

May 28th, 2012
7:15 am

“Louisiana Lockdown” 10 p.m. Animal — A look behind one of the country’s largest maximum-security penitentaries.

By the way, the author of this blog misspelled “penitentiaries.”

Spell Check programs are both ubiquitous and FREE, just so everyone knows.

The Big Boss Man

May 28th, 2012
7:27 am

RE: ” “Are You Normal, America?” 10 p.m. Sunday OWN — Contestants figure out what is “normal” based on surveys, such as skinny-dipping and using a phone in the restroom.”

Skinny-dipping is A-OK in my book, especially for the ladies.

However, if you use your cell phone in the restroom, or while behind the wheel of an in-motion vehicle, you should be removed from the gene pool with all due expedience.
(Yes, that includes YOU, too.)

Atticus Joad

May 28th, 2012
8:57 am

“Best Bets”? seriously? Either change the name or just don’t bother when a week’s television is this abysmal.