Friday, June 4, 2010

Summer 2010 TV Lineup

Photo courtesy of Bravo

Memorial Day Weekend has come and gone, as have most season finales (save for next week's Glee finale). DVRs across the nation are breathing a sigh of relief as they rest their weary circuits from a busy spring. Now's the time to get outside and enjoy the beauty of nature and the wonders of exercise!

Or not.

Below is the best of what's to come in summer TV (all times are EST). No, the list does not include many network shows; while they test out hundreds of cop shows and Twilight ripoffs, it's time to pay our cable friends some attention. With three shows on the list, Bravo is the definite MVP of summer shows this year. And, don't worry, you'll still have Fridays and Saturdays to go outside and get eaten by mosquitoes.

9pm RuPaul's Drag U (Logo) - premieres July 19th
RuPaul brings back our favorite queens from RuPaul's Drag Race to help everyday women discover their inner drag. Read more and see an interview with RuPaul here.

10pm Real Housewives of NJ (Bravo) - currently airing
Don't worry if you haven't seen the first few episodes of Season 2 - you have some time to catch up before the July 5th finale. So far, this season hasn't yet reached the level we have come to expect after Season 1's table-flipping circus, but Danielle is crazy as ever and you know the Andy Cohen-hosted reunion will be a knock out.

9pm Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D List (Bravo) - premieres June 15th
Back for its sixth season, My Life on the D List promises to be bigger, louder and gayer than ever with guest stars Liza Minelli and "boyfriend" Levi Johnston.

8pm So You Think You Can Dance (FOX) - currently airing
Since we are still in the audition/Vegas process, the Season 7 changes have yet to take effect, but they have already given the series a new lease on life. Yes, Mary Murphy's scream will be missed (sometimes) and having a Top 10 instead of a Top 20 will be a bit difficult to adjust to, but after the drabness of Season 6 it was time for change.

10pm Top Chef (Bravo) - premieres June 16th
With last year's departure of Project Runway, Top Chef is hands down Bravo's best competition show. This season, the show heads to our nation's capital and adds judge Eric Ripert... so long, Toby Young!

11pm Work of Art (Bravo) - premieres June 9th
For every reality gem (i.e. Project Runway, Top Chef), Bravo has produced a reality belly flop (i.e. The Fashion Show, Top Design*). Here's hoping that Sarah Jessica Parker's pet project will fall under the former category.

8pm So You Think You Can Dance (FOX) - currently airing
The results shows will be a bit different this year. As opposed to previous seasons in which America directly chose the eliminated dancer beginning with the Top 10, the judges will choose who to eliminate from the Bottom 3 dancers all the way until the finale.

10pm Jersey Shore (MTV) - premieres July 29th
Say what you will about the cast of Jersey Shore (and Lord knows there is a lot to be said), but those crazies sure are entertaining. With all of the fame and money going to their heads, the guidos and guidettes are sure to be even more inebriated and spray tanned than ever. Can I get a fist pump??

SUNDAYS - Yes, the rest of the week is reserved for reality TV, but there's always time for scripted series on Sundays!
9pm Drop Dead Diva (Lifetime) - premieres June 6th
When it comes to Lifetime series, it's usually not wise to start watching from the beginning. Drop Dead Diva, however, finished its first season with great reviews, which means it's probably safe to tune in now. Plus, how can you say no to seeing Margaret Cho every week?

9pm True Blood (HBO) - premieres June 13th
Vampires are starting to get old (pun intended?), especially with the upcoming ABC series The Gates. But as it enters its third season, HBO's hit summer series has transcended its brethren, bringing the focus more on character and plot development and less on whose "team" you belong.
Happy DVR-ing, readers! Is there a show that was horrifically omitted? Is there such a thing as too much reality TV? To answer for you - probably and absolutely not. 

*Note: I may have dissed Top Design, but I obsessively watched both seasons and own Season 1. Fine.
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