Coming to your screen this week: Six premieres, including the arrival of Entourage‘s final season, plus one out-of-the-world Star Trek “reunion” event. As a supplement to the fresh features and reporting TVLine has coming your way, here are 36 programs to keep on your radar.
MONDAY, JULY 18
8/7c Hell’s Kitchen (Fox) | Season 9 kicks off with 18 contestants vying to score a head chef gig at NYC’s BLT Steak restaurant. (Personal aside: YUMMM.) The show then lands in its regular time slot Tuesday at 8.
8 pm Eureka (Syfy) | A real “rocket scientist” hits town — but she’s played by the adorkable Felicia Day, so we’ll totally allow it.
8 pm Magic Beyond Words: The J.K. Rowling Story (Lifetime) | Pegged to the recent telease of a certain art-house indie, this TV-movie features Poppy Montgomery (Without a Trace, star of this fall’s Unforgettable) as the woman who gave birth to Harry Potter.
9 pm The Closer (TNT) | Yeah, so about that new org chart….
9 pm Degrassi (Teen Nick) | Season premiere. Did I ever tell you I crushed on Caitlin back in the day? The way she’d say “aboot”…. [Wistful sigh]
10 pm Abraham and Mary Lincoln, A House Divided (PBS) | In this episode, Abe sits himself down and writes a little ditty called The Emancipation Proclamation.
10:30 pm The Big C (Showtime) | Cathy meets — and forms an instant, sure-to-deepen bond with — a fellow cancer patient played by Hugh Dancy (Elizabeth I).
TUESDAY, JULY 19
9 pm Memphis Beat (TNT) | Dwight’s investigation of a party boat heist leads him to run into an old flame (played by Jessica Collins of the MIA Network’s Tru Calling).
9 pm White Collar (USA Network) | A Vulture descends on Mozzie, and in the very best of ways.
10 pm Covert Affairs (USA Network) | Auggie’s trek to an Istanbul jazz fest winds up revealing to us how he lost his eyesight. Rebecca Mader (Lost) guest stars.
11 pm Web Therapy (Showtime) | Broadcast premiere: Friends alum Lisa Kudrow plays a therapist who tries treating patients via three-minute online sessions. But what if my webcam doesn’t reach me over on the couch?
11 pm Awkward. (MTV) | Know what’s awkward? Having to include that period in the name of this new series. Not quite $#*! My Dad Says annoying, but….
WEDNESDAY, JULY 20
8 pm So You Think You Can Dance (Fox) | Do I think I can dance? Heavens no. Barely danced at my own wedding — and we all know how that turned out. P.S. It’s Top 10 night; eliminations announced Thursday at 8.
8:30 pm Modern Family (ABC) | Clive Bixby returns!
9 pm Franklin & Bash (TNT) | A courtroom light saber duel gets F&B admonished by judge Kathy Najimy. Also filling a bench this week: Tommy Chong, as a justice who busts Infield’s niece for (irony alert!) pot possession.
9 pm Royal Pains (USA Network) | Hank and Evan fly to Florida for Dad Fonzie’s parole hearing.
9:30 pm Hollywood Hi-Tech (DIY) | This new series makes us all feel inadequate as it follows, for example, Entourage‘s Kevin Connolly getting a 110-inch TV/theater system installed in his home.
10 pm Damages (DirecTV) | Patty counsels Ellen on her case against High Star, while Erickson and henchman Boorman plot to make the lawsuit — or at least the star witness — go away.
10 pm Rescue Me (FX) | Beloved ER alum Maura Tierney returns as Tommy’s onetime romantic interest, Kelly.
10 pm South Beach Tow (truTV) | Exec-produced by Jennifer Lopez, this series promises to “take you inside the action-packed world of towing.” Or at least charge you $500 to reclaim your DVR space.
10 pm Storage Wars (A&E) | Time for a second season of this series in which “treasure hunters” forage through abandoned self-storage containers. Suddenly, South Beach Tow does sound action-packed.
THURSDAY, JULY 21
8 pm Community (NBC) | Britta broadens her horizons by BFFing a lesbian chick… who believes she is doing the same with Britta.
9 pm The Office (NBC) | It’s Valentine’s Day, meaning many awkward PDAs from Michael/Holly.
10 pm Love Bites (NBC) | Michelle Trachtenberg, Bret Harrison and Matt Long are all back this week — and joined by some bedbugs!
10 pm Suits (USA Network) | It’s Kate! (Or is it Allie?) Susan St. James playsa toy company titan on the cusp of a big deal.
10:30 pm Wilfred (FX) | The titular pooch proves to be a rock star when Ryan volunteers at a hospice.
FRIDAY, JULY 22
8 pm The Captains (Epix) | In this… documentary… William Shatner sits down… for… chats with… Patrick Stuart… Kate Mulgrew… Chris… Pine… and other onetime Star Trek… captains!
8 pm Nikita (The CW) | Get used to this time slot, Agents.
8 pm Flashpoint (CBS) | The team tracks a serial robber who broadcasts his heists on the Internet.
8 pm Bones (Fox) | Remember when Booth came back from his summer vacation with a new lover?
10 pm Torchwood: Miracle Day (Starz) | While on the lam, Jack comes face-to-face with Oswald Danes (Bill Pullman). Also: Don’t give us that look, Dichen Lachman!
SATURDAY, JULY 23
Spend the day here at TVLine.com, consuming absurd amounts of San Diego Comic-Con coverage!
SUNDAY, JULY 24
9 pm Same Name (CBS) | This is the new show where celebs “swap lives” with ordinary folk who bear the same name as them. If any of you out there is named Charlie Sheen, now’s a good time to get current on all your shots.
9 pm True Blood (HBO) | Sam teams up with Tommy; Bill gets involved in the necromancy problem.
10:30 pm Entourage (HBO) | The eighth and final season opens up with the boys trying to keep Vince, fresh out of rehab, on the straight-ish and narrow-ish. Ari, meanwhile, labors to get back together with his Mrs.
10 pm Falling Skies (TNT) | An unanticipated new enemy emerges. Does it look like Morena Baccarin, by chance?
10 pm Breaking Bad (AMC) | Uneasy about doing Gus’ bidding — if only because the guy takes, like, 15 minutes to get dressed — Walt wastes no time sniffing out other business opportunities.
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.