On the latest hour of "On the Fly" (Thu., 9 p.m. ET on TLC), the flight crew crowned as heroes some military veterans returning home. It was a simple gesture, but a touching tribute to the hard work and sacrifice of the men and women in uniform. While nothing can truly match what these brave people do for the country they serve, that acknowledgement from the civilian population is always appreciated, though never expected.
The tears flowed even harder as the plane touched down and the veterans got a true hero's welcome from their loved ones in the airport. It's impossible not to have an emotional reaction when seeing spouses and children reunited with a soldier who's been away from home. The sacrifice that the family makes is significant as well, and can be seen in these moments of love and relief.
Southwest Airlines is under no obligation to treat military passengers any differently than the rest of their passengers, so it was a nice touch to see them go that extra mile to make them feel like "royalty" during their anticipation of the family reunion awaiting them on the ground.
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Mon., June 4: "Hell's Kitchen"
(8 p.m. ET on Fox) <em>season premiere</em> <br /><br /> In Part One of the two-night Season 10 premiere, 18 aspiring restaurateurs will once again brave Chef Gordon Ramsay and his fiery personality. The contestants compete in an intense culinary academy to prove they possess the right combination of ingredients to win the life-changing grand prize: a head chef position working under Executive Chef Kevin Hee at Gordon Ramsay Steak at Paris Las Vegas. Followed by the season premiere of "Masterchef."
Mon., June 4: "The Secret Life of the American Teenager"
(8 p.m. ET on ABC Family)<em> season finale</em> <br /><br /> As the fourth season draws to a close, Ben considers transferring to Dylan's school while Anne shares some news with her loved ones.
Mon., June 4: "The Real Housewives of New York City"
(9 p.m. ET on Bravo) <em>90-minute season premiere</em> <br /><br /> Countess LuAnn de Lesseps, Sonja Morgan and Ramona Singer welcome Aviva Drescher, Carole Radziwill and Heather Thomson as they navigate their hectic lifestyles of jam-packed social calendars, careers, children and city living.
Mon., June 4: "Push Girls"
(10 p.m. ET on Sundance) <em>series premiere double-bill</em> <br /><br /> This 14-part series traces the lives of four dynamic, outspoken and beautiful women who, by accident or illness, have been paralyzed from the neck or the waist down. From executive producer Gay Rosenthal ("Little People, Big World," "Ruby"), "Push Girls" captures the daily challenges and personal triumphs of these women, and will shatter all expectations of what life in a wheelchair can be.
Tues., June 5: "Pretty Little Liars"
(8 p.m. ET on ABC Family) <em>season premiere</em> <br /><br /> A summer has passed since Aria, Emily, Hanna and Spencer found out about Mona being "A" and Maya's death. With the terror seemingly over and an alleged murderer now behind bars, the town of Rosewood is slowly healing from old and new wounds and trying to get a sense of normalcy. But what looks normal for each girl is not necessarily so. With post-traumatic stress, anger and the acquisition of more secrets, the four Liars are anything but fine. Now all back together and coming upon the second anniversary of Alison's disappearance, the girls find themselves back on the defensive when a shocking event rocks Rosewood. Followed by the midseason premiere of "Jane By Design."
Tues., June 5: "Love in the Wild"
(9 p.m. ET on NBC) <em>season premiere</em> <br /><br /> The adventure dating series returns with new host Jenny McCarthy and 14 new singles who bring more drama, more conflict, more laughter and more tears to the jungle -- with an ultimate goal of finding true romance. The 14 men and women are initially paired up but in a shocking surprise, seven additional men are brought in to kick off the adventures as trios. The trios are immediately thrown into a challenge that forces them to navigate rough waters and crawl through a snake-infested well. The premiere episode concludes in an emotional elimination ceremony that will break up some teams and strengthen others.
Tues., June 5: "Rizzoli & Isles"
(9 p.m. ET on TNT) <em>season premiere</em> <br /><br /> Jane and Maura's friendship suffers following the shooting of Maura's biological father, gangster Paddy Doyle (guest star John Doman). Jane also finds herself in the middle of an Internal Affairs investigation. And her relationship with Agent Dean (guest-star Billy Burke) is exposed. Jacqueline Bisset and Ed Begley, Jr. also guest-star. Followed by the season premiere of "Franklin & Bash."
Tues., June 5: "The Glee Project"
(10 p.m. ET on Oxygen) <br /><br /> The show settles into its regular Tuesday timeslot with the first competition show of the season, as the finalists tackle the theme of Individuality.
Wed., June 6: "Royal Pains"
(9 p.m. ET on USA) <em>season premiere</em> <br /><br /> In the fourth season premiere of USA's highest rated series, Hank Lawson embarks on a fresh start with his medical practice and separates from his brother Evan, who also starts his own venture. As Divya attempts to reconcile the brothers, HankMed teams up once more in the face of a Hamptons emergency. Followed by the season premiere of "Necessary Roughness."
Wed., June 6: "Haunted Collector"
(9 p.m. ET on Syfy) <em>season premiere</em> <br /><br /> On the Season 2 premiere, the team heads to Warsaw, Kentucky, where a woman's home is suffering hauntings, possibly from two steamboats which crashed in a fiery collision, killing more than 60 people in 1868. Next, they travel to Huron, Ohio, in a race against the clock to remove the dangerous energy from an abandoned silo, scheduled to be destroyed in 48 hours.
Wed., June 6: "Hot in Cleveland"
(10 p.m. ET on TV Land) <em>season finale</em> <br /><br /> When Melanie's hair blow out lasts unusually long, Joy and Victoria demand to know who's blowing out her hair. When Melanie tries to keep it a secret from them, tensions arise amongst our ladies and the two rival hairdressers at Elka's favorite salon. Followed by the finale of "Happily Divorced."
Thurs., June 7: "The Choice"
(8.58 p.m. ET on Fox) <em>series premiere</em> <br /><br /> Fox has a double-bill of new dating shows from 8-10 p.m. on Thursday, starting with "Take Me Out." We're more intrigued by the unabashed "Voice" rip-off "The Choice," which sees celebrities such as DJ Pauly D, Romeo, Jeremy Bloom and Jason Cook take to the spinning chairs to choose attractive singles to take on a date, sight unseen. It kind of ignores "The Voice's" central premise, since all of the single contestants are supposedly attractive and thus not in need of a blind audition, but it should have some novelty value.
Thurs., June 7: "Saving Hope"
(9 p.m. ET on NBC) <em>series premiere</em> <br /><br /> When charismatic Chief of Surgery Charlie Harris (Michael Shanks) at Hope-Zion Hospital ends up in a coma, he leaves the hospital in chaos -- and his fiancée and fellow surgeon, Alex Reid (Erica Durance), in a state of shock. Along with newly arrived star surgeon, Joel Goran (Daniel Gillies), Reid races to save Harris' life. As the action unfolds, the comatose Harris explores the hospital halls in "spirit" form, not sure if he's a ghost or a figment of his own imagination. Reid, along with her fellow doctors, press on to save his life and those of their other patients as they deal with the complicated and courageous decisions that are made in their daily struggle to keep hope alive.
Thurs., June 7: "Cajun Justice"
(10 p.m. ET on A&E) <em>series premiere double-bill</em> <br /><br /> This new original real-life series follows the Terrebonne Parish Sheriff's Office, a world where the sheriff is like a king, voodoo is a common practice and no police call is routine. Located 45 miles south of New Orleans, the Terrebonne Parish Sheriff's Office investigates thousands of incidents every year. With the fiery personalities of the local Cajuns and the Louisiana justice system unlike any other (it's the only state that is ruled under Napoleonic law), there's no such thing as an ordinary police call. Whether it's a creepy sighting of the Rougarou ("shape-shifting swamp monster"), a distressed neighbor reporting a stolen air conditioner during a heat wave, or a lead on a gruesome local serial-killer case; the deeper into the sticky swampland the deputies delve, the stranger and more mysterious the calls become.
Fri., June 8: "Lives on Fire"
(9 p.m. ET on OWN)<em> series premiere</em> <br /><br /> As members of one of the nation's largest emergency response teams, these four female firefighters are ready to battle against nature's most unforgiving forces. Viewers witness the drama, action and danger of their jobs as they respond to life and death situations. With the ending of each shift, these women also open the doors into their personal lives as they strive to balance being mothers, wives, girlfriends and daughters.
Fri., June 8: "Say Yes to the Dress: Bridesmaids"
(9.30 p.m. ET on TLC) <em>season finale</em> <br /><br /> The finale features a bride who returns to Lori's store with a story about her unforgettable maid of honor; a bride who fights with her honorary "bridesman" and a same-sex couple who can't seem to agree on a color choice.
Fri., June 8: "Bunk"
(10.30 p.m. ET on IFC) <em>series premiere</em> <br /><br /> On this comedy game show, a panel of comedians compete in inane challenges to win surreal prizes. Contestants are armed with nothing but their wits as they respond to images they've never seen before, make up songs on the spot, complete drawing and sculpture challenges and interact with modern dancers, puppies, babies, gospel singers and more, all under the watchful eye of host Kurt Braunohler.
Sat., June 9: "Jersey Shore Shark Attack"
(9 p.m. ET on Syfy) <em>original telefilm</em> <br /><br /> For everyone who has ever fantasized about seeing Snooki being eaten by a shark ... With a cast including Tony Sirico, Paul Sorvino, Jack Scalia, Joey Fatone, William Atherton and Vinny Guadagnino, the movie unfolds during the July Fourth weekend at the Jersey Shore, where angry sharks are on a rampage, devouring residents, leaving it to the local Guidos to save the day.
Sun., June 10: "Mob Wives Chicago"
(8 p.m. ET on VH1)<em> series premiere</em> <br /><br /> This spinoff follows the lives of five women allegedly connected to "The Outfit," Chicago's version of the Mob, as they bear the cross for the sins of their Mob-associated fathers. With lives that are right out of newspaper headlines, each woman has chosen her own way to live her life in the city that was once home to Al Capone, sometimes in spite of, and many times because of, who her father is. Along the way, these women battle their friends, families and each other as they try to do what's best for themselves and their children.
Sun., June 10: "True Blood"
(9 p.m. ET on HBO) <em>season premiere</em> <br /><br /> Sookie and Lafayette struggle with the aftermath of Tara's shooting, while also cleaning up after Debbie Pelt. Meanwhile, Bill and Eric, cleaning up a mess of their own, are visited by the Vampire Authority, one of whom is Nora, a woman from Eric's past. In search of the missing Marcus, Alcide's werewolf pack comes after Sam. With Bill away, Jessica enjoys her new freedom by partying with local college kids; Jason is visited by the recently turned Rev. Steve Newlin; Terry's PTSD is reignited by Patrick Devins (Scott Foley), an old Iraq War buddy; and Alcide turns up at Sookie's to warn her about the recently resurfaced Russell Edgington. Followed by the season finale of "Veep."
Sun., June 10: "Mad Men"
(10 p.m. ET on AMC) <em>season finale</em> <br /><br /> In the season finale, opportunity is in the air for everyone and Pete meets a stranger on the train. And of course, in true "Mad Men" fashion, we don't know much else.
Sun., June 10: "Our America With Lisa Ling"
(10 p.m. ET on OWN) <em>season premiere</em> <br /><br /> From the swinger lifestyle to young girls entering convents, from arranged marriages to child pageants, the new season of "Our America with Lisa Ling" takes viewers along for an in-depth look at some of the most controversial and thought-provoking issues in the United States today. In each episode, Ling immerses herself into the lives of the people she meets and challenges viewers to understand different perspectives and sometimes even question what they themselves have always believed to be true. The first episode focuses on little girls who hope to become beauty pageant princesses.