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Summer TV Premiere Dates 2012: Guide To New And Returning Shows

The Huffington Post  |  By Posted:   |  Updated: 06/01/2012 9:23 pm EDT

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Summer TV premiere dates


"Secret Millionaire" Season 3 premiere
Sun., June 3, 8 p.m. ET on ABC
Sunday's most uplifting reality show is back with even more millionaires rewarding deserving people and heroes of their communities with cold hard cash.

"Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition" Season 2 premiere
Sun., June 3, 9 p.m. ET on ABC
Get ready for more inspiring total life makeovers as ABC's weight loss show returns with all new stories of obese people ready to make major life changes on TV.

"Drop Dead Diva" Season 4 premiere
Sun., June 3, 9 p.m. ET on Lifetime
Now that Grayson knows and is totally smitten with Jane, how will that change their dynamic? And will Jane return to the firm? And will Fred return at all, especially now that Ben Feldman is on "Mad Men"? And what about Parker and Kim? And then there's the other Kim (Kardashian) guest starring in the season premiere ... so yeah, big season, lots of questions, can't wait.

"The Glades" Season 3 premiere
Sun, June 3, 9 p.m. ET on A&E
There's an endless supply of mysterious murders in the Everglades, and it's up to Jim Longworth to solve them.

"Longmire" series premiere
Sun., June 3, 10 p.m. ET on A&E
A modern take on both Westerns and crime thrillers, "Longmire" follows a small-town sheriff in Wyoming (Robert Taylor) as he tries to rebuild his life after being widowed, with help from a new deputy (Katee Sackhoff) and his oldest pal (Lou Diamond Phillips).

"Teen Wolf" two-part Season 2 premiere
Sun., June 3, 11 p.m. ET & Mon., June 4, 10 p.m. ET on MTV
A new breed of monster in tearing up the town, sparking another bloody war. Can Scott and Crystal ever just be happy together? According to the Season 2 trailer, outlook's not so good.

"Hell's Kitchen" two-night Season 10 premiere
Mon., June 4, 8 p.m. ET & Tues., June 5, 8 p.m. ET on Fox
He's ba-ack! Let's hope the wannabe chefs have been working on their Beef Wellington recipes. We know how picky Gordon Ramsay can be ...

"MasterChef" two-night Season 3 premiere
Mon., June 4, 9 p.m. ET & Tues., June 5, 9 p.m. ET on Fox
And for even more Gordon goodness -- and the added bonus of his fellow judges, Graham Elliot and Joe Bastianich -- "MasterChef" is heating up this season with the most promising and talented bunch of home cooks yet.

"Push Girls" series premiere
Mon., June 4, 10 p.m. ET on Sundance
An inspiring, refreshing look at why life in a wheelchair doesn't have to handicap you, these "Push Girls" are strong, fearless, take-no-prisoners badasses.

"Pretty Little Liars" Season 3 premiere
Tues., June 5, 8 p.m. ET on ABC Family
Now that we know who "A" is, what does that mean for our favorite liars? After a (thankfully) very short break between seasons, we can't wait to see who their next big enemy is.

"Jane By Design" Season 1 summer premiere
Tues., June 5, 9 p.m. ET on ABC Family
Jane is back, and we'll finally get to meet Jane's long-lost mother, played by Teri Hatcher.

"Rizzoli & Isles" Season 3 premiere
Tues., June 5, 9 p.m. ET on TNT
The ladies are back, but can they fix their broken relationship? After last season's insane finale, we wonder ...

"Franklin & Bash" Season 2 premiere
Tues., June 5, 10 p.m. ET on TNT
We're not sure we'd actually hire Franklin and Bash to defend us, but that doesn't mean we wouldn't have fun watching them try.

"Royal Pains" Season 4 premiere
Wed., June 6, 9 p.m. ET on USA
Hank, Evan and the gang are back for more quirky medical cases in the tony Hamptons.

"Necessary Roughness" Season 2 premiere
Wed., June 6, 10 p.m. ET on USA
Football season has begun and the doctor is in -- Dr. Dani (Callie Thorne) and the ever-plagued Hawks players are back for more unconventional therapy sessions. Now if only Dani can get her own personal life in check.

"Love in the Wild" two-hour Season 2 premiere
Thurs., June 7, 8 p.m. ET on NBC
People find love in some pretty unexpected places, so why not in the middle of nowhere? With new host Jenny McCarthy, this adventure dating show is back for another summer of love.

"The Choice" series premiere
Thurs., June 7, 9 p.m. ET on Fox
"The Choice" steals "The Voice's" spinning chair surprise reveal hook and uses it for a reality dating show -- with single celebrities like Carmen Electra, Joe Jonas, Warren Sapp and Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino looking to find love.

"Saving Hope" series premiere
Thurs., June 7, 10 p.m. ET on NBC
A new hour-long medical drama series with an ensemble cast that includes "Smallville's" Erica Durance and "The Vampire Diaries'" Daniel Gillies.

"Comedy Bang! Bang!" series premiere
Fri., June 8, 10 p.m. ET on IFC
Based on Scott Aukerman's award-winning podcast, this offbeat sitcom is about a late night talk show-within-the-show, peppered with sketches and featuring an insane list of some of the biggest names in comedy as guests.

"Bunk" series premiere
Fri., June 8, 10:30 p.m. ET on IFC
Take a classic TV game show, make celebrities sing, dance, draw and improv as the contestants and give them bizarre prizes, then you've got something resembling this new IFC show, hosted by Kurt Braunohler.

"True Blood" Season 5 premiere
Sun., June 10, 9 p.m. on HBO
Waiting sucks, but the wait is almost over for Season 5, which picks up right where the shocking Season 4 finale left off. One thing we're especially excited for: finally flashing back to see how Eric turned Pam.

"Our America With Lisa Ling" Season 2 summer premiere
Sun., June 10, 10 p.m. ET on OWN
Lisa Ling continues to shed light on those facets of American life that aren't always publicized, from faith healers, polygamists and sex offenders to veterans of war.

"Tia & Tamera" Season 2 premiere
Mon., June 11, 8 p.m. ET on Style
These "Sister, Sister" twins are all grown up, but they're still pretty in sync. Last season was all about Tia's pregnancy and Tamera's wedding, and this season, it's Tamera's turn to prepare for motherhood.

"The Secret Life of the American Teenager" Season 5 premiere
Mon., June 11, 8 p.m. ET on ABC Family
With a new season ending just a week after the Season 4 finale, it's anyone's guess where Amy and her fellow teenagers will be, but the third episode of this season marks their 100th -- a huge milestone and a first for any ABC Family series.

"Bunheads" series premiere
Mon., June 11, 9 p.m. ET on ABC Family
Michelle (Sutton Foster) goes from sexy Vegas showgirl to small-town ballet instructor in this new series from "Gilmore Girls" creator Amy Sherman-Palladino.

"Dallas" series premiere
Wed., June 13, 9 p.m. ET on TNT
Welcome back to Southfork Ranch, where the "Dallas" alum and some fresh blood are still scheming and backstabbing for the rights to that black gold bubbling under the surface in their own backyard.

"Burn Notice" Season 6 premiere
June 14, 10 p.m. ET on USA
The gang's all back -- except Fiona. Is she really gone for good? And what does that mean for Michael Westen?

"Suits" Season 2 premiere
Thurs., June 14, 10 p.m. ET on USA
"Suits" was a surprise hit last summer with some of the best chemistry on TV, and we can't wait to see what Mike and Harvey pull off next in their unlikely legal partnership.

"Falling Skies" Season 2 premiere
Sun., June 17, 9 p.m. ET on TNT
Season 2 picks up three months after Tom (Noah Wyle) went aboard that alien ship, and his kids are still searching for him while helping to lead the 2nd Mass alongside Captain Weaver (Will Patton).

"Baby Daddy" series premiere
Wed., June 20, 8:30 p.m. ET on ABC Family
This new sitcom follows twentysomething Ben, who finds a baby on his doorstep left by an ex and instantly becomes a new dad. Ben decides to raise the child with help from his mom, brother, best friend and gal pal who might be more.

"Inside Men" series premiere
Wed., June 20, 10 p.m. ET on BBC America
This thrilling drama follows three security company employees who are planning a multi-million dollar heist, with the story all told from their perspectives.

"Futurama" Season 7 premiere
Wed., June 20, 10 p.m. ET on Comedy Central
Basking in the glow of their big Emmy win last year, this sci-fi animated sitcom takes us back to the 31st century with a new season, kicking off with two back-to-back episodes, and 13 new episodes total.

"The Soul Man" series premiere
Wed., June 20, 10 p.m. ET on TV Land
In this "Hot In Cleveland" spinoff, R&B singer Boyce "The Voice" Ballentine (Cedric "The Entertainer") leaves the glitz and glamour of being a soul superstar in Vegas to take over preaching duties as Reverend of his father's church in St. Louis, with his reluctant wife Lolli (Niecy Nash) and family in tow.

"The Exes" Season 2 premiere
Wed., June 20, 10:30 p.m. ET on TV Land
What'll happen next with Holly (Kristen Johnston) and Phil (Donald Faison)? And can we please get Ken Marino back to guest star as Holly's ex?

"Snooki & JWoww" series premiere
Thurs., June 21, 10 p.m. ET on MTV
Snooki and JWoww are leaving the "Jersey Shore" house to move into their own place together, and Snooki's big baby and engagement news means that this is kind of their last hurrah to live it up as single best friends.

"The Newsroom" series premiere
Sun., June 24, 10 p.m. on HBO
Aaron Sorkin's latest TV drama takes a look behind the scenes at a nightly cable news show just trying to put out the best show possible with an unpredictable anchor (Jeff Daniels), a demanding boss (Sam Waterston), a flighty producer (Emily Mortimer) and the show's largely unmotivated staff (Olivia Munn, Dev Patel and Alison Pill).

"The Great Escape" series premiere
Sun., June 24, 10 p.m. ET on TNT
TNT's first reality competition show, executive produced by Ron Howard, will follow three teams each week as they fight for a big cash prize by making it through Hollywood blockbuster-style challenges in unique locations.

"Aqua Teen Hunger Force" Season 9
Sun., June 24, 11:45 p.m. on Adult Swim
At this point, they're just calling it "Aqua Something You Know Whatever" ... which is fitting, don't you think?

"Craft Wars" series premiere
Tues., June 26, 10 p.m. ET on TLC
Tori Spelling hosts this new TLC crafting competition show that pits three crafters against each other each week for challenges in all areas of crafting.

"Wipeout" Season 5 summer premiere
Thurs., June 28, 9 p.m. ET on ABC
Will the big balls ever stop being funny?

"Anger Management" series premiere with back-to-back episodes
Thurs., June 28, 9 p.m. ET on FX
Yep, Charlie Sheen's back on TV with this re-imagining of the 2003 Jack Nicholson/Adam Sandler movie of the same name. Sheen will play an anger management therapist with unconventional methods who needs just as much counseling as his patients.

"Wilfred" Season 2 premiere
Thurs., June 28, 10 p.m. ET on FX
Sometimes man's best friend is just another man in a dog costume. This trippy take on the hit Australian comedy returns with Jason Gann back in the shaggy Wilfred suit and Elijah Wood's character's life falling apart because of it.

"Awkward." Season 2 premiere
Thurs., June 28, 10:30 p.m. ET on MTV
Are you Team Matty or Team Jake? We're totally Team Jenna and can't wait for this delightful show to return.

"Louie" Season 3 premiere
Thurs., June 28, 10:30 p.m. ET on FX
Louis C.K. is back with more brutally honest comedy, loosely based on his real life. Last season was a revelation, and we're happy the show has really found its stride.

"Brand X with Russell Brand" series premiere
Thurs., June 28, 11 p.m. ET on FX
Russell Brand is tackling late night with this new comedy show, which looks nothing like a traditional talk show (thank god) -- it's basically six half-hour comedy specials featuring Brand's signature style of stand-up, shot in front of a live audience.

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