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TV best bets with returns of ‘True Blood,’ ‘Necessary Roughness,’ ‘Rizzoli & Isles,’ season finale of ‘Mad Men’

One of HBO's most popular shows "True Blood" comes back to life Sunday. CREDIT: HBO

One of HBO's most popular shows "True Blood" comes back to life Sunday. CREDIT: HBO

This is a major week for decision-making: what to watch this summer?

There are a raft of reality programs coming back or being introduced: “Hell’s Kitchen” and “Masterchef” on Fox and “The Real Housewives of New York” on Bravo tonight, “Dance Moms” on Lifetime and “The Glee Project” on Oxygen Tuesday, “Haunted Collector” on Syfy Wednesday, the ridiculous dating show “The Choice” on Fox Thursday and “Redneck Island” on CMT Saturday.

There’s some fresh scripted fare, too: TNT’s “Rizzoli & Isles” and “Franklin & Bash” Tuesday, “Royal Pains” and “Necessary Roughness” on USA Wednesday and “True Blood” on HBO Sunday.

Plus, AMC’s “Mad Men” concludes its fifth season Sunday after a shocking development this past Sunday.


The Bachelorette” 8 p.m. ABC — A bachelor scores a date with Emily featuring a concert with Leesburg, GA’s own Luke Bryan.
“Hell’s Kitchen” 8 p.m. Fox (10th season debut) — Another set of 18 contestants try not to peeve Gordon Ramsay.
The Secret Life of the American Teenager” 8 p.m. ABC Family (fourth season finale) — Anne reveals some big news.
“Masterchef” 9 p.m. Bravo (third season debut) — Talented home cooks from 23 states vie for $250,000 grand prize.
“The Real Housewives of New York” 9 p.m. Bravo (fifth season debut) — Sonja hosts a party to introduce three new cast members.
Single Ladies” 9 p.m. VH1 — Feedback has not been good about the arrival of Denise Vasi.
“Push Girls” 10 p.m. Sundance (new series) — Following five women who are living with paralysis, including Mia Schaikewitz from Atlanta.

“Pretty Little Liars” 8 p.m. ABC Family (third season debut) — The girls struggle to move past Mona’s revelation and Maya’s death.
“Concert For the Queen” 9 p.m. ABC — Elton John, Paul McCartney and Steve Wonder are among the performers.
Dance Moms” 9 p.m. Lifetime (third season debut) — Maddie tries to regain her confidence.
Jane By Design” 9 p.m. ABC (first season summer debut) — Billy returns from a stint in juvenile hall.
Love in the Wild” 9 p.m. NBC (second season debut) — The show that merges “The Bachelor” with “Survivor” is back.
Rizzoli & Isles” 9 p.m. TNT (third season debut) — Jane and Maura’s friendship is tested after Jane shot Maura’s biological father.
Franklin & Bash” 10 p.m. TNT (second season debut) — Peter is attracted to a hot lady police officer.
The Game” 10 p.m. BET (fifth season finale) — Say goodbye to Derwin and Melanie.
The Glee Project” 10 p.m. Oxygen (second season debut) — Fourteen more actors vie for a spot on “Glee,” including a blind guy and a transgender dude.
“Kendra on Top” 10 p.m. WE (new series) — Kendra Wilkinson effectively moves her reality show over from E!.
Storage Wars” 10 p.m. A&E (third season debut) — A trip to La Verne, Calif.
Let’s Stay Together” 10:30 p.m. BET (second season finale) — Jamal tries to make amends with Tasha.

“2012 CMT Music Awards” 8 p.m. CMT — Performers include Kenny Chesney, Lady Antebellum, Zac Brown Band and Little Big Town.
“So You Think You Can Dance” 8 p.m. Fox — Atlanta auditions at the Fox Theatre taped earlier this year.
Adam Richman’s Best Sandwich in America” 9 p.m. Travel (new series) — The Emory grad Richman travels the Northeast first.
Haunted Collector” 9 p.m. Syfy (second season debut) — They visit a woman’s Kentucky home and a silo in Ohio.
Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles” 9 p.m. Bravo (fifth season debut) — Josh tries to sell an eccentric inventor’s big-bucks home.
Property Brothers” 9 p.m. HGTV (fourth season debut) — A couple leave their rented duplex for a fixer-upper.
Royal Pains” 9 p.m. USA (fourth season debut) — Hank and Divya treat food-festival patrons.
“Fast ‘n Loud” 10 p.m. Discovery (new series) — Vintage automobiles are restored and customized.
Hot in Cleveland” 10 p.m. TV Land (third season finale) — Joy and Victoria want to know the secret behind Melanie’s hairdo.
Necessary Roughness” 10 p.m. USA (second season debut) — T.K. struggles after getting shot.
Happily Divorced” 10:30 p.m. TV Land (second season finale) — Fran is smitten with a New Yorker opening a pizza place in Los Angeles.

Take Me Out” 8 p.m. Fox (new series) — George Lopez hosts a dating elimination game.
The Choice” 8:58 p.m. Fox (new series) — In this spoof on “The Voice,’ semi-famous folks vie for dates by sitting in revolving chairs and base who they want to date on the voice alone.
“Saving Hope” 9 p.m. NBC (new series) — A surgeon falls into a coma but helps people out as a ghost.
Swamp People” 9 p.m. History — Sore hands slow Liz down.
Selling London” 9:30 p.m. HGTV (new series) — London agents try to sell some pricy real estate.
Cajun Justice” 10 p.m. A&E (new series) — Life in a southern Louisiana sheriff’s department.
Rookie Blue” 10 p.m. ABC — Dov shoots a teen during a convenience-store robbery..
Yo! MTV Raps” 10 p.m. VH1 — A documentary about the classic MTV series – on VH1.


Fairly Legal” 9 p.m. USA — Lauren falls for a businessman who may be hiding something.
“Jennie Garth: Little Bit Country” 9 p.m. CMT (first season finale) — Jennie comes to terms with her divorce..
“Lives on Fire” 9 p.m. OWN (new series) — Following four female firefighters.
Whale Wars” 9 p.m. Animal — The Brigitte Bardot, low on fuel, may have to be abandoned.
Say Yes to the Dress: Bridesmaids” 9:30 p.m. TLC (second season finale) — A same-sex couple can’t decide on a color choice.
Common Law” 10 p.m. USA — Travis’ ex-partner causes tension.
“Flying Wild Alaska” 10 p.m. Discovery (third season debut) — A family-run airline transporting supplies to remote regions of Alaska is back.
“VH1 Storytellers” 11 p.m. VH1 — Norah Jones is featured.

Stephen Hawking’s Grand Design” 8 p.m. Saturday Discovery — TV goes deep, exploring existential matters.
Jersey Shore Shark Attack” 9 p.m. Saturday Syfy — Disappointingly for some, this is a fictional story, not real.
“Redneck Island” 10 p.m. Saturday CMT (new series) — This is basically “Survivor” with a “southern” twist.
“The 66th Annual Tony Awards” 8 p.m. Sunday CBS — Neil Patrick Harris hosts again.
Drop Dead Diva” 9 p.m. Sunday Lifetime — Kim represents her dad (John Ratzenberger) in an eviction case.
“The Glades” 9 p.m. Sunday A&E — A swimmer in a mermaid costume is found dead on the beach.
The Killing” 9 p.m. Sunday AMC — Sarah and Holder close in on the murderer.
True Blood” 10 p.m. Sunday HBO (fifth season debut) — Sookie and Lafayette are reeling from Tara’s shooting.
Mad Men” 10 p.m. Sunday AMC (fifth season finale) — Peter encounters an interesting stranger on a train.
The Client List” 10 p.m. Sunday Lifetime — Riley goes on a date with a doctor but her past comes back to haunt her.
Our America With Lisa Ling” 10 p.m. Sunday OWN (third season debut) — A report on child beauty pageants.

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By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk

15 comments Add your comment

Allie Foster

June 4th, 2012
9:13 am

Oh my, what a disgusting list of programs! Do people really watch this garbage? Guess I won’t be watching much TV this summer.


June 4th, 2012
10:02 am

Am I must be the only person on the planet that wishes Bravo’s entire line up of the “Housewives” franchise would fade into oblivion? I’m sick of these narcissistic female clowns bombarding the airwaves.

mystery poster

June 4th, 2012
10:24 am

No, you’re not. I just don’t understand the appeal of those types of shows.


June 4th, 2012
10:45 am

Masterchef is on Fox, not Bravo.

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June 4th, 2012
11:23 am

It’s True Blood’s fifth season, not fourth.


June 4th, 2012
12:22 pm

These shows are not all “disgusting”. Ever watch “Mad Men”? It is really a well written and acted show. Story is very compelling to watch. Although I didn’t like it at first, once started watching it, could not stop.


June 4th, 2012
1:08 pm

tv has been a let down for a long time. they really have no clue anymore.

bring back LOST

A Dixie Chick

June 4th, 2012
1:11 pm

Yes, Mad Man is good, but the finale is this week. The rest of the list are just starting their seasons and it’s a bunch of garbage. Do the networks think no one watches television in the summer?

Atlanta Blue

June 4th, 2012
1:17 pm

“bring back LOST”

Yeah, because that ended so well …..


June 4th, 2012
7:04 pm

You left out my favorite, “Big Brother,” which starts July 12.

mystery poster

June 4th, 2012
9:20 pm

The final season of Breaking Bad also starts in July. Even though they call this the final season (season 5), it will be split into two 8-episode parts. One this July and one next July.


June 4th, 2012
10:34 pm

I hope the trend of short (like the length of British series) series is allowed to develop in America with the expectations for ratings being more realistic for the summer. Many great shows on major networks that find themselves canceled (or cancelled if your British) unrealistic demands for ratings when they should have been picked up for a short summer series on a cable network.

“Rizzoli & Isles” and “Rookie Blue” are two shows that I hope are allowed to help grow this idea. “Rookie Blue” had 13 episodes for season 1 and 2 along with the new season 3 having 12 episodes. “Rizzoli & Isles” had 10 episodes for Season 1 and 15 episodes for season 2. Season 3 will also have 15 episodes. I would like to see summer series/seasons have closer to 9 episodes with series/season finales in August making for a June-August summer shows period. I do not hold out much hope for “Saving Hope” lasting more than one season, but it could develop a summer time fan base.

Regardless of the time of year, I want more shows with shorter season giving more variety throughout the year. A show should reach it’s 100th episode no sooner than the 6th season with most being during the 7th season rather than the typical being early in the 4th season. The quality of acting and writing would also increase on TV with more movie actors, actresses, and writers willing to do TV shows when they have shorter seasons.


June 5th, 2012
6:30 am

Rookie Blue on Thursday is one of the best shows on so be sure to watch.

Mtn Mama

June 5th, 2012
12:53 pm

If you haven’t seen “Rizzoli and Isles” and “Franklin and Bash”, you’re missing out on two well acted and very well written series. I have a “reminder” set in my phone for them tonight…and also for “Royal Pains” and “Necessary Roughness” tomorrow night. I also like the fact that IF I happen to miss one of the episodes, I can catch it over the weekend on the respective TNT and USA Networks.