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Summer 2012 TV Premieres: When Do Your Favorite Shows Start?

Reality: New Shows

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Around the World in 80 Plates: Season 1 of this truly international cooking competition premieres Wednesday, May 9 at 10/9c on Bravo. Co-hosts Curtis Stone and Cat Cora take the helm as 12 chefs travel around the world testing their skills and determination.

Beverly Hills Nannies:
Following a group of nannies working for families in the country’s most expensive zip code, this docuseries premieres Wednesday, July 11 at 9/8c on ABC Family.

Breaking Pointe:
This unfiltered look at one of the most competitive ballet companies in the country premieres Thursday, May 31 at 8/7c on The CW.

The Catalina:
This reality series centered on the wild staff of a South Beach hotel in Miami premieres Tuesday, May 29 at 8/7c on The CW.

The Choice: This Voice-like dating show starring D-list celebs premieres Thursday, June 7 on FOX.

ABC enters the singing competition game with a series that “takes the Superstars out from behind the judges’ panel and onto the stage.” Starring Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Nettles, Lionel Richie, and Robin Thicke, Duets premieres Thursday, May 24 at 8/7c on ABC.

Final Witness:
Season 1 of this unique crime series premieres Tuesday, July 10 at 10/9c on ABC.

The Glass House: Season 1 of this interactive game show premieres Monday, June 18 at 10/9c on ABC.

The Great Escape:
This action/adventure game show premieres Sunday, June 24 at 10/9c on TNT.

Hotel Hell:
Chef Ramsay enters brings his critical eye and explosive temper to the hotel world when his latest makeover series premieres Monday, June 4 at 8/7c on FOX.

Snooki & JWOWW: This Jersey Shore spin-off starts Thursday, June 21 on MTV. [WATCH THE PREVIEW]

Strangely Uplifting
This live-audience Russell Brand show, showcasing the comedian’s unvarnished, unfiltered take on current events, politics, and pop culture, premieres Thursday, June 28 at 11/10c on FX.

Trust Us With Your Life:
This improv series, hosted by Fred Willard, kicks off Tuesday, July 10 at 9/8c on ABC. Celebrity guests reminisce about key moments in their lives, then improvisers Wayne Brady, Colin Mochrie, and Jonathan Mangum act out their stories. Sounds entertaining!

Scripted: Returning Shows

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Awkward: Season 2 of MTV’s teen comedy premieres Thursday, June 28 at 10:30/9:30c.

Breaking Bad:
Walter White (Bryan Cranston) deals with the messy aftermath of Gus Fring’s (Giancarlo Esposito) equally messy death when Season 5 — the drama’s final season — premieres Sunday, July 15 at 10/9c on AMC.

Burn Notice: Season 6 of this spy drama premieres Thursday, June 14 at 9/8c on USA.

The Closer:
The final six episodes of Season 7 — the crime drama’s last — kick off Monday, July 9 at 9/8c on TNT. We’ll miss you, Kyra Sedgwick!

Season 2 of this Matt LeBlanc comedy premieres Sunday, July 1 at 10:30/9:30c on Showtime.

Falling Skies:
Season 2 of this Noah Wyle sci-fi drama premieres Sunday, June 17 at 9/8c on TNT.

Franklin & Bash:
Season 2 of this law dramedy, starring Breckin Meyer and Mark-Paul Gosselaar, premieres Tuesday, June 5 at 10/9c on TNT.

Jane by Design:
Season 1 of this light-hearted, fashion-focused teen comedy/drama returns on Tuesday, June 5 at 9/8c on ABC Family.

Season 5 of this Timothy Hutton con drama premieres Sunday, July 15 at 8/7c on TNT.

Season 3 of this Louis CK comedy premieres Thursday, June 28 at 10:30/9:30c on FX.

Melissa & Joey:
Season 2 of this Melissa Joan Hart-Joey Lawrence comedy premieres Wednesday, May 30 at 8/7c on ABC Family.

Pretty Little Liars:
Season 3 of this teen thriller kicks off Tuesday, June 5 at 8/7c on ABC Family. [WATCH THE PREVIEW]

Rizzoli & Isles:
Season 3 of this Angie Harmon-Sasha Alexander crime drama premieres Tuesday, June 5 at 9/8c on TNT.

Rookie Blue:
The police drama’s third season premieres Thursday, May 24 at 10/9c on ABC.

The Secret Life of the American Teenager:
Season 5 premieres Monday, March 26 at 8/7c on ABC Family. The network’s longest-running series, Secret Life will celebrate its 100th episode this summer.

Teen Wolf:
Season 2 of this supernatural hit premieres Sunday, June 3 at 11/10c on MTV. A second new episode will air the following night, June 4, at 10/9c.

True Blood:
Sookie (Anna Paquin), Bill (Stephen Moyer), and Eric (Alexander Skarsgard) return to the small screen when Season 5 premieres Sunday, June 10 at 9/8c on HBO. [WATCH THE PREVIEW]

Web Therapy:
Lisa Kudrow reprises her quirky therapist character, Fiona Wallice, in Season 2 of this comedy, set to premiere Monday, July 2 at 11/10c on Showtime. Meryl Streep, Rosie O'Donnell, Conan O'Brien, Molly Shannon, Minnie Driver, and Selma Blair are slated to guest star — and David Schwimmer will appear in a four-episode arc as the son of a professor Fiona had an affair with in college. Friends reunion!

The comedy’s eighth season premieres Sunday, July 1 at 10/9c on Showtime. Maybe we’ll get some answers about who aimed and fired at mama drug dealer Nancy Botwin in the Season 7 finale.

ilfred: Season 2 of this Elijah Wood comedy premieres Thursday, June 28 at 10/9c on FX.

Season 3 of this bromantic comedy premieres Tuesday, May 29 at 10:30/9:30c on Comedy Central.

Reality: Returning Shows

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American Ninja Warrior: Season 4 of this high-energy game show premieres Sunday, May 20 at 9/8c on G4. NBC will air the preliminary finals and the grand finale.

Bachelor Pad:
Season 3 of this trashtastic guilty pleasure premieres Monday, July 23 at 8/7c on ABC.

The Bachelorette:
Bachelor Season 15 winner Emily Maynard is taking the reins for Season 8, which premieres Monday, May 14 at 9:30/8:30c on ABC. [MEET EMILY’S GUYS]

Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition:
Trainer Chris Powell continues to whip people into shape when Season 2 premieres Sunday, June 3 at 9/8c on ABC.

The Glee Project:
A new batch of singing-and-dancing hopefuls will compete for guest arcs on Glee when Season 2 premieres June 5 on Oxygen. [WATCH THE PREVIEW]

Hell’s Kitchen:
Chef Gordon Ramsay gives ‘em hell when Season 10 premieres Monday, June 4 at 8/7c on FOX. (It moves to a 9-10 p.m. time slot the following Tuesday.)

Keeping Up With the Kardashians:
Season 7 of the reality favorite premieres Sunday, May 20 at 9/8c on E!

Love in the Wild:
Season 2 of this jungle dating competition premieres Thursday, June 7 at 8/7c on NBC — with Jenny McCarthy as its new host. (It moves to its regular 9-10 p.m. time slot the following Thursday.)

Season 3 of this Gordon Ramsay series premieres Monday, June 4 at 9/8c on FOX.

Pregnant in Heels:
Fashion designer Rosie Pope continues to help expectant mothers look their best when Season 2 premieres Tuesday, May 15 at 10/9c on Bravo.

The Real Housewives of New York City:
Three new women — Aviva Drescher, Carole Radziwill, and Heather Thomson — join the cast for Season 5, which premieres Monday, June 4 at 9/8c on Bravo. Expect drama. Lots and lots of drama.

The Real L Word: Los Angeles:
Season 3 of this lesbian-focused docu-series premieres Thursday, July 12 at 11/10c on Showtime.

Secret Millionaire:
Season 4 of this feel-good series premieres Sunday, June 3 at 8/7c on ABC.

So You Think You Can Dance:
The dance competition’s ninth season premieres Thursday, May 24 at 8/7c on FOX. (It moves to Wednesdays on May 30.)

Season 6 of this obstacle-course game show premieres Thursday, June 28 at 9/8c on ABC.

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Scripted: New Shows

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Anger Management: Charlie Sheen returns to TV as a non-traditional therapist specializing in anger management in this new comedy premiering Thursday, June 28 at 9/8c on FX. (The following week it moves to its regular 9:30/8:30c time slot.)

Baby Daddy:
This half-hour comedy about a young man (Jean-Luc Bilodeau) who suddenly becomes a dad when an ex-girlfriend leaves their daughter on his doorstep premieres Wednesday, June 20 at 8:30/7:30c on ABC Family.

A Las Vegas showgirl (Sutton Foster) impulsively marries a man and moves with him to a sleepy coastal town, where she teaches dance classes for her mother-in-law. The series premieres Monday, June 11 at 9/8c on ABC Family.

Common Law:
Two cops (Michael Ealy and Warren Kole) — the best detectives on the force — go into couples’ therapy to save their dysfunctional marriage partnership in this drama premiering Friday, May 11 at 10/9c on USA.

This reboot of the ‘80s classic premieres Wednesday, June 13 at 9/8c on TNT. J.R. (Larry Hagman), Bobby (Pattrick Duffy), and Sue Ellen Ewing (Linda Gray) return to Southfork with secrets, schemes, and betrayals. Josh Henderson and Jesse Metcalfe play the next generation of ambitious, deceitful Ewings.

Major Crimes:
This Closer spin-off premieres Monday, August 13 at 10/9c on TNT — right after The Closer’s series finale. (It will move to its regular 9 p.m. time slot the following Monday.)

The Newsroom:
In this Aaron Sorkin-created series, Jeff Daniels plays a cable news anchor who sets out with his staff (Emily Mortimer, John Gallagher, Jr., Alison Pill, Thomas Sadoski, Dev Patel, Olivia Munn) to do the news justice in the face of corporate and commercial obstacles. Season 1 premieres Sunday, June 24 at 10/9c on HBO.

The FBI recruits an eccentric neuroscience professor (Eric McCormack) to help solve complex cases. This crime drama, which also stars Rachael Leigh Cook, Arjay Smith, and Kelly Rowan, premieres Monday, July 9 at 10/9c on TNT.

Saving Hope:
ABC’s newest hospital drama premieres Thursday, June 7 at 10/9c.

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Spring finale season means three things: OMFG cliffhangers, mild depression, and the kickoff of the summer TV lineup.

While attempting to wait as patiently as possible for your fall favorites to return (it’s a tall order, but anticipation makes the heart grow fonder, right?), you can at least make the three-month hiatus a little less agonizing by getting hooked on a few summer series.

Read on for a list of summer premiere dates. Are your DVRs ready for this?

New | Returning

New | Returning