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Returning Summer Television

What’s in store on your favorite summer shows

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The 4400 (USA; June 5) The spooky abduction hit starring Billy Campbell takes on an X-Men vibe as civilians begin to fear the 4400’s superhuman powers.

Six Feet Under (HBO; June 6) The Fisher family return for their final season: Babies are on the brain for both Brenda and Nate and David and Keith, while Ruth deals with George’s case of the crazies.

The Real Gilligan’s Island (TBS; June 8) The second season of the reality show features Bordello of Blood‘s Angie Everhart and Baywatch‘s Erika Eleniak as competing Gingers.

Missing (Lifetime; June 12) Vivica A. Fox and that other woman are back on the case solvin’ crimes, like a kidnapping during a hurricane. Plus, Cupid shoots Nicole (Fox) and Antonio (Mark Consuelos).

Summerland (The WB; June 13) Lori Loughlin and Shawn Christian finally get to be pretty together on the last five episodes of this now-canceled drama.

Reno 911! (Comedy Central; June 14) A new officer, Deputy Cheresa Kimball (Mary Birdsong), joins the precinct, but somehow we don’t think that’ll make this department any more competent.

Average Joe: The Joes Strike Back (NBC; June 21) Eighteen ugly — sorry, average — guys attempt to woo a redhead named Anna, while producers show a modicum of pity by making over one Joe per week.

Rescue Me (FX; June 21) Denis Leary and his firemen buddies return for their second season — only this time Tommy (Leary) is now working in Staten Island and dealing with his pregnant girlfriend, Sheila (Callie Thorne).

Degrassi: The Next Generation (The N; July 1) Season 4 of the high school soap returns with STDs and mental illness. Maybe guest star Kevin Smith can help.

Big Brother 6 (CBS; July 7) CBS takes another group of obnoxious people, strands them in a house, and has them complain about each other for weeks. Or as I like to think of it: my family vacations.

Battlestar Galactica (Sci Fi; July 15) Tigh (Michael Hogan) takes on a leader role in the second season, after Adama (Edward James Olmos) is wounded and Laura Roslin (Mary McDonnell) is taken captive.

Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis (Sci Fi; both July 15) Beau Bridges joins SG-1 as the new head of Stargate Command, while The X-Files‘ Mitch Pileggi joins Atlantis.

Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County (MTV; July TBD) The MTV reality soap is back for a second season, but the focus shifts from a college-bound LC to her rival, Kristin, and a new gaggle of spoiled teens.