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Best of the Rest: Summer 2011 TV Preview

Here are 18 more new and returning shows heating up the small screen this summer

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The Glee Project

Oxygen, June 12, 9 PM

NEW

What’s the fastest way to get cast on Glee? Practice, practice, practice — or be one of the 12 hopefuls competing on this reality show for a guest-starring gig on the Fox megahit.

Memphis Beat

TNT, June 14, 9 PM

Dwight (Jason Lee) deals with a case that echoes his personal life, and chooses the best medicine to ease the pain. You know, singing about it!

The Nine Lives of Chloe King

ABC Family, June 14, 9 PM

NEW

Skyler Samuels plays the titular Chloe, an average teen who discovers she’s actually part of an ancient race that’s been hunted by humans for a thousand years.

HawthoRNe

TNT, June 14, 10 PM

Christina (Jada Pinkett Smith) faces her pregnancy-news shocker from last season’s finale, Marc Anthony joins the cast, and we still forget how to spell this show’s title correctly.

Hot in Cleveland

TV Land, June 15, 10 PM

The girls find runaway convict Elka (Betty White) in Amish country, where modern technology is shunned and laugh tracks are aplenty.

Drop Dead Diva

Lifetime, June 19, 9 PM

Jane (Brooke Elliott) feels down because love interest Grayson (Jackson Hurst) is in a coma. Maybe guest star LeAnn Rimes and a musical dream sequence will cheer her up.

Combat Hospital

ABC, June 21, 10 PM

NEW

Love is indeed a battlefield in this doc drama — think Grey’s Anatomy, if Seattle Grace were a military hospital in Afghanistan.

Burn Notice

USA, June 23, 9 PM

Has Michael (Jeffrey Donovan) made his way back into the CIA? Will he return to Miami? Can he and a new counter-intelligence expert co-exist? How do they stay so sweat-free in Miami?

Rookie Blue

ABC, June 23, 10 PM

The novice cops may have more street smarts in season 2, but relationship smarts? That’s a different story.

Louie

FX, June 23, 10:30 PM

Stand-up Louis C.K. is back for more sitcom shenanigans, and this time he’s bringing his sister (Rusty Schwimmer) along.

Weeds

Showtime, June 27, 10 PM

After a three-year time jump, Nancy (Mary-Louise Parker) has finished up her prison stint and is on probation in New York City. Can’t imagine what could go wrong with that.

Royal Pains

USA, June 29, 9 PM

In between medical emergencies, we get answers to our burning questions like, will Divya (Reshma Shetty) marry Raj (Rupak Ginn), and how will Hank (Mark Feuerstein) cope with having his dad (Henry Winkler) in jail? Jeez, we thought the Hamptons were supposed to be relaxing.

Necessary Roughness

USA, June 29, 10 PM

NEW

Single mom Dani (Callie Thorne) takes a gig as a psychologist for a football team to support her two teenage kids. Sports metaphors ensue.

Curb Your Enthusiasm

HBO, July 10, 10 PM

Will the curmudgeon’s quirks be embraced in the Big Apple? (We’re guessing no.) He’ll find out when the gang heads to New York City for season 8.

Rizzoli & Isles

TNT, July 11, 10 PM

From case-solving to bed-hopping: Jane (Angie Harmon), who’s recovering from last season’s gunshot wound, reconnects with an old high school boyfriend, while Maura (Sasha Alexander) canoodles with Jane’s surgeon.

Web Therapy

Showtime, July 19, 11 PM

NEW

Lisa Kudrow’s online series gets upgraded to 30-minute TV episodes, featuring new segments that shed light on Fiona’s (Kudrow) nuttiness.

Jersey Shore

MTV, Aug. 4, 10 PM

The show takes its fist-pumping cast back to their ”roots” with a season set in Italy. Linguine and limoncello, anyone?

Bachelor Pad

ABC, Aug. 8, 8 PM

Hot-tub time! Previous Bachelor and Bachelorette contestants reunite for the chance to win $250,000…and lose any shred of dignity they have left.

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