Coming to your TV this week: A much-needed infusion of True Blood, 14 other premieres, and five finales — including what is likely Goren and Eames’ very last case. As but a supplement to the original features and reporting TVLine has coming your way, here are 38 programs to keep on your radar.
MONDAY, JUNE 20
8 pm Countdown With Keith Olbermann (Current TV) | Premiere: Same opinionator, same show name, new channel. First guests include Michael Moore and Markos Moulitsa. What, myself and Meg Masters don’t merit mention? (Apologies, I popped in on Popper’s Penguins this weekend.)
9 pm Hoarders (A&E) | The Season 4 opener includes a person whose home is overrun with dolls. (No, not Hugh Hefner. And not Adelle DeWitt either.)
9 pm Switched at Birth (ABC Family) | Bay hits Regina hard with questions about her biological father. Psst, kid, just click here.
10 pm Intervention (A&E) | This captivating series’ 11th season premiere includes a woman whose addiction is threatening her dream of becoming a police officer. Speaking of addictions….
10 pm Nurse Jackie (Showtime) | The season ends with Kevin sending Jackie’s jaw to the floor with a confession.
10 pm Sanctuary (Syfy) | Season 3 finale: Druitt arrives with disturbing news, as the gateway to Hollow Earth unleashes its first denizens.
10:30 pm United States of Tara (Showtime) | Series finale. Someone hold me… and the other me, a lumberjack named “Nat.”
TUESDAY, JUNE 21
8 pm Pretty Little Liars (ABC Family) | Is Aria ready to say goodbye to Mr. Fitz? It depends, has he finished grading her final yet? Timing is everything, honey.
8 pm Wipeout (ABC) | The summer run of this family friendly guilty pleasure kicks off with this sneak peek, followed on Thursday by its official premiere.
9 pm The Voice (NBC) | The Elite Eight sing for their supper, live. The final four are revealed Wednesday at 8.
9 pm White Collar (USA Network) | In a Marsha Thomason-centric outing, we meet Diana’s lady love, played by the ridonkulously attractive Moran Atias (Crash). Be very careful Googling.
9 pm The Nine Lives of Chloe King (ABC Family) | Chloe tries not to make out with Brian, seeing as it could kill him and all.
9 pm Hardcore Pawn (truTV) | Season 4 premiere: Seth thinks things are better since Ashley left the biz; Les begs to differ.
10 pm Combat Hospital (ABC) | Set at a military hospital in Afghanistan circa 2006, this drama’s ensemble includes Michelle Borth (Hawaii Five-0), Elias Koteas (Benjamin Button), Luke Mably (The Gates), Deborah Kara Unger (The Game) and Terry Chen (Sanctuary).
10 pm HawthoRNe (TNT) | Tom and Cristina deal with: “Yeah, so about what happened last week….”
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22
8 pm Critics Choice TV Awards (Reelz) | See all these really terrific nominees? Only a few of them can go home winners.
8 pm So You Think You Can Dance (Fox) | The top 20 dancers do their thing, hoping not to be among the four eliminated Thursday at 8.
9 pm Franklin & Bash (TNT) | L.A. Lawyer Harry Hamlin guest-stars as an old frenemy of Franklin’s.
9 pm Criminal Minds (CBS) | And then we have “Lauren,” the episode that gave us Prentiss’ dramatic send-off.
THURSDAY, JUNE 23
8 pm Community (NBC) | Bottle episode!
9 pm Burn Notice (USA Network) | Season 5 premiere: Michael works with his old CIA pals to suss out those who burned him — while Fi and the gang, what, play pinochle?
9 pm Expedition Impossible (ABC) | Mark Burnett (Survivor) brings us this series in which 13 teams of three trot the globe and brave feats of derring-do. If one member quits, the whole team is out.
10 pm Rookie Blue (ABC) | Season 2 premiere: Andy (Missy Peregrym) butts heads with a new detective played by Camille Sullivan (CBC’s Intelligence).
10 pm Futurama (Comedy Central) | They’re baaack! And right away foiled by an alien who has the ability to alter gender identities. Kinda like an Ani DiFranco concert.
10 pm Love Bites (NBC) | While Judd and Colleen get baked on baked goods, Eddie McClintock (Warehouse 13) plays an astronaut who frets that his honey cheated on him while he was in space.
10 pm Suits (USA Network) | This new dramedy stars Gabriel Macht (Love and Other Drugs) as a top NYC lawyer who hires a cunning college dropout (Patrick J. Adams) with a brilliant legal mind.
10 pm Wilfred (FX) | Series premiere: Wilfred is a dog who looks like a dog — that is, to everyone but Elijah Wood’s character, who instead sees alpha male Jason Gann.
10:30 pm Louie (FX) | Season 2 premiere: Louie’s sister surprises him with big news.
FRIDAY, JUNE 24
8 pm Friday Night Lights (NBC) | Coach Taylor is wooed by
J.J. Abrams a top-tier college sports program.
9 pm Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution (ABC) | Season finale: Top chefs judge a cooking competition for high school students.
SATURDAY, JUNE 25
8 pm The Dark Knight (TNT) | He’s Batman.
9 pm CHAOS (CBS) | Bruce Boxleitner guest stars as a
scarecrow legendary CIA agent.
SUNDAY, JUNE 26
8 pm BET Awards (BET ) | Performers include Alicia keys and Chris Brown, while Patti Labelle receives the Lifetime Achievement Award. (See, someone knows better than to expect Oprah to show up.)
9 pm True Blood (HBO) | Season premiere (as those who watched our Idoloonies: Haley series may know): Seriously, what is going on in the final two minutes here?! And who will play for the other team?
9 pm Leverage (TNT) | The cons are back on, starting with an assignment that sends the team to the frozen peak of a snowy mountain. But are things still toasty ‘tween Nate and Sophie?
9 pm Law & Order: Criminal Intent (USA Network) | The series finale finds Goren and Eames investigating a death at a successful website. Wait, what was that noise in the TVLine conference room…?
10 pm The Glades (A&E) | Several real-life NASCAR racers guest star when a mechanic turns up dead.
10 pm Falling Skies (TNT) | Steven Weber (Wings) shows up as a doctor who has a very checkered past with Tom, but may have the know-how to remove the harnesses from the abducted youths.
Which of the above is must-see TV for you? And by all means, hit the comments to politely share tune-in recommendations of your own.