Thursday, April 23, 2009

Summer is coming, and there's nothing you can do to stop it.

Here it is, folks, the Late Spring/Summer 2009 premiere schedule (as cobbled together by me). A bit early? Maybe. But it's good to get an early start on this very long list, packed with new and returning reality shows-- big surprise-- and some new original series' that hopefully live up to (some...any) expectations. FYI, dates are subject to change, as many of these have before now. Hopefully there's something for everyone to love, hate and look forward to, so enjoy!

Entourage (HBO) – Date unknown
Leader of the Pack (HGTV) – April 26th
Daisy of Love (VH1) – April 26th
Pros vs. Joes (Spike), returning, Season 4 – April 27th
Ashes to Ashes (BBCA), returning, Series 2 – May 2nd (Sequel to British series Life on Mars, inspiration for the recently-cancelled remake on ABC)
Hidden Potential (HGTV), returning, Season 9 – May 3rd
The IFC Project (IFC), returning, Season 2 – May 3rd
New York Goes to Work (VH1) – May 4th (No, New York isn’t done invading reality TV yet)
Gotti’s Way (VH1), returning, Season 2 – May 4th
Apprentice UK (BBCA) – May 5th
Ugly Betty (ABC), returning from hiatus – May 7th
The Fashion Show (Bravo) – May 7th
Charm School (VH1), returning, Season 3 – May 11th
Real Housewives of New Jersey (Bravo) – May 12th
Hotel Babylon (BBCA), returning, Season 3 – May 15th
Beverly Hills Groomer (Animal Planet) – May 16th
Brooke Knows Best (VH1), returning, Season 2 – May 17th
The Bachelorette (ABC), returning, Season 5 – May 18th
Glee (FOX) – May 19th
So You Think You Can Dance (FOX), returning, Season 4 – May 21st
Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader? (FOX), returning – May 22nd
Don’t Forget the Lyrics (FOX), returning from hiatus – May 22nd
Diamonds (ABC miniseries) – May 24th and 26th
Here Comes the Newlyweds (ABC), returning, Season 2 – May 25th
Jon and Kate Plus 8 (TLC), returning, Season 5 – May 25th
Opportunity Knocks (ABC), returning from hiatus, final episodes – May 26th
Hitched or Ditched (CW) – May 26th (Boy does this sound like quality programming)
The Goode Family, animated (ABC) – May 27th
Wipeout, returning (ABC) – May 27th
The Nine (DirecTV – The 101 Network) – The Nine (Previously aired on ABC, running only one season)
Mental (FOX) – May 29th
Pushing Daisies, returning from hiatus, final episodes (ABC) – May 30th
Hung (HBO) – June (?)
Conan O’Brien takes over The Tonight Show (NBC) – June 1st
I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! (NBC) – June 1st
The Listener (NBC) – June 4th
Army Wives (Lifetime), returning, Season 4 – June 7th
Next Food Network Star (FOOD), returning, Season (?) – June 7th
Meteor (NBC Miniseries) – June 7th and 14th
Weeds (Showtime), returning – June 8th
Nurse Jackie (Showtime) – June 8th
Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List, returning (Bravo) – June 8th [Yay!!]
Top Chef Masters (Bravo) – June 10th
True Blood (HBO), returning – June 14th
NY Prep (Bravo) – June 16th
Eli Stone (ABC), returning from hiatus, final episodes – June 20th
Merlin (NBC) – June 21st
Secret Life of the American Teenager (ABC Family), returning, Season 2 – June 22nd
Make It or Break It (ABC Family) – June 22nd
America’s Got Talent (NBC), returning, Season 4 – June 23rd
The Superstars (ABC) – June 23rd
The Philanthropist (NBC) – June 24th
The Great American Road Trip (NBC) – July 1st
Blonde Charity Mafia (CW) – July 7th
I Survived a Japanese Game Show (ABC) – July 8th
Dirty Sexy Money (ABC), returning from hiatus, final episodes – July 18th
The Storm (NBC Miniseries) – July 19th and 26th
Dating in the Dark (ABC) – July 20th
Hell’s Kitchen (FOX), returning, Season 6 – July 21
More to Love (FOX) – July 28
Project Runway (Lifetime), returning – August 20th

Note from Mo: VERY excited about RHW of NJ. Promises to be a train wreck of epic proportions. Not so much about Ugly Betty. Can somebody put her out to pasture already? That's not to say I'm giving up on her. Learned my lesson there (ER anybody?).

Also, for the uninitiated, Charm School with MO-NIQUE! (yes, all of that is necessary emphasis) is perfect guilty-pleasure afternoon fare. Settle down with some microwave chicken fries and enjoy.

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