Now that May sweeps has swept on by and the “in-season” TV season has passed … well, don’t put down that remote just yet. Not by a stretch. Because it is time to (So You Think You Can) Dance, solve more White Collar crimes, taunt those Pretty Little Liars, return to Dallas, Suits up, play with some Political Animals, say farewell to Eureka and more.
Here are more than 100 dates, from series premieres (shown in blue, with a brief summary) to returning faves, with a few finales and specials thrown in.
Preemptive P.S. My calendar-making skills are not infallible, so if you spot something that is missing, drop a note in Comments and I’ll make updates as warranted. But really, I cast an atypically wide net this go-round, so if it’s not here, it’s, like, the 37th iteration of a cupcake show or exploitainment TV.
May 2012: Save the Dates!
THURSDAY, MAY 24
8/7c Duets (ABC) | Kelly Clarkson, John Legend, Robin Thicke and Jennifer Nettles mentor and sing along with aspiring recording artists, in this new competition series.
8 pm So You Think You Can Dance (Fox)
8 pm On the Fly (TLC) | A behind-the-scenes look at the modern air travel experience.
10 pm Rookie Blue (ABC) | Get Season 3 preview!
10 pm Men at Work (TBS) | Four buds work at a magazine. (Get details.)
10 pm Tattoo School (TLC) | Wannabe inkers study at the World’s Only Tattoo School in Shreveport, La.
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FRIDAY, MAY 25
10 pm Insane or Inspired? (Syfy) | Weekly countdown of the craziest and most exciting viral videos.
SATURDAY, MAY 26
8 pm How to Be a Gentleman (CBS) | Burn-off time!
9 pm Supershark (Syfy) | TV-movie; though I like to think all sharks are super.
SUNDAY, MAY 27
8 pm The National Memorial Day Concert (PBS) | Hosted by Gary Sinise and Joe Mantegna
9 pm Shadow of Fear (Lifetime) | TV-movie; Will Estes (Blue Bloods) stalks Amanda Righetti (The Mentalist)
MONDAY, MAY 28
8 pm Basketball Wives (VH1) | Season 4 finale
9 pm Hatfields & McCoys (History) | Three-night miniseries starring Kevin Costner and Bill Paxton (Big Love).
9 pm Hemingway & Gellhorn (HBO) | TV-movie about the love affair between literary master Ernest Hemingway (Clive Owen) and war correspondent Martha Gellhorn (Nicole Kidman).
9 pm Cake Boss (TLC)
9 pm Gene Simmons’ Family Jewels (A&E)
9 pm Single Ladies (VH1)
TUESDAY, MAY 29
9 pm HGTV Design Star (HGTV)
10 pm Tosh.0 (Comedy Central)
10:30 pm Workaholics (Comedy Central)
8 pm The Catalina (The CW) | Hang with the young, wild staff of The Catalina hotel in Miami’s South Beach.
9 pm Road Trip With G. Garvin (Cooking) | Chef Gerry Garvin explores the country’s best eats.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 30
8 pm Dogs in the City (CBS) | Dog guru Justin Silver resolves issues between canines and their owners.
8 pm Melissa & Joey (ABC Family)
THURSDAY, MAY 31
8 pm Breaking Pointe (The CW) | A look inside the elite Salt Lake City Ballet Company, Ballet West.
10 pm Mountain Men (History) | Three men devote their lives to survival in its simplest form. Yep, no wi-fi.