- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 31, 2007

Summertime views

It’s the first day of June, and TV’s summer season already is off and running with several recent premieres — including Wednesday night’s kickoff of the CW’s new drama, “Hidden Palms,” and “Starter Wife” bowing last night on USA.

Many more shows are expected in the coming weeks. This weekend, in fact, will see the start of five new series — three on Sunday night alone, the Houston Chronicle notes.

The list of shows, their networks and brief synopses:

Tonight: “Born Country,” CMT. Documentary series tells the stories of assorted country folk.

Tomorrow: “Graham Norton,” BBC America. The flamboyant British comedian returns with his sometimes outrageous talk show.

Sunday:

• “Army Wives,” Lifetime. Drama following women and men left behind when their mates go off to war.

• ”BBC America Reveals,” new documentary series on BBC America.

• ”Next Food Network Star,” season three, Food Network.

Monday:

• ”Hell’s Kitchen,” season three, Fox.

• ”Creature Comforts,” CBS. Stop-motion series features real-person interviews with animated animals and insects.

Tuesday: “Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List,” season three, Bravo.

• “Criss Angel Mindfreak,” season five, A&E.

Wednesday

• ”Footballers’ Wive$,” season five, BBC America.

• ”Destination Truth,” Sci Fi. Josh Gates searches for answers to mysteries.

• ”Ghost Hunters,” season three, Sci Fi.

• “Passport to Latin America,” Travel Channel. Samantha Brown tours Central and South America.

• ”Top Chef,” season three, Bravo.

• ”Tyler Perry’s House of Payne,” TBS. Comedy follows three generations of a family living under one roof.

Thursday: “Fast Cars & Superstars: Gillette Young Guns Celebrity Race,” ABC. Celebrities partner with stock-car pros.

• ”Speeders,” Court TV. Series follows police as they pull over drivers exceeding the limit.

Shows waiting in the wings:

June 10:

• ”John From Cincinnati,” HBO. The story of three generations of surfing royalty.

• ”The Loop,” season two, Fox.

June 11:

• ”Ani-Monday,” IFC. Two-hour weekly anime block of movies, series and shorts.

• “Big Love,” season two, HBO.

• “Kyle XY,” season two, ABC Family.

• ”Making News: Texas Style,” TV Guide Network.

June 12: “Bad Girls Road Trip,” Oxygen. Reality series follows “Bad Girls Club” participants as they help cast the second season.

• ”Bridezillas,” season four, WE.

• “Critical Situation,” National Geographic Channel. Archival footage, re-enactments and CGI are used to re-create some of history’s most dramatic moments.

• ”Fight Girls,” Oxygen. Ten women vie for the right to participate in Thai boxing.

June 13:

• ”Last Comic Standing,” season four, NBC.

• ”Lil’ Bush,” Comedy Central. Animated series casts precocious prepubescents in the roles of future president Dubya and others.

June 14: “Hex,” BBC America. A girl wanting to fit in is cursed with supernatural powers.

June 15:

• ”Disney Channel Games 2007,” Disney. Disney Channel stars team up to raise funds for charity.

• ”Star Stylist,” The N. Aspiring fashion stylists, 13 and older, compete.

June 16: “Confessions of a Matchmaker,” A&E. A real-life matchmaker shares her techniques in love.

June 17:

• ”The 4400,” season four, USA.

• ”The Bill Engvall Show,” TBS. The comedian plays a counselor who works with dysfunctional families by day, then comes home to what he sees as perfection.

• ”The Dead Zone,” season six, USA.

• ”Entourage,” season four, HBO.

• ”Flight of the Conchords,” HBO. New Zealanders Jermaine Clement and Bret McKenzie stretch their lives into a “reality” series.

• ”Ice Road Truckers,” History. Series follows drivers who haul materials to diamond mines over frozen lakes.

• ”Meadowlands,” Showtime. A family in the witness-protection program attempts to begin a new life.

• “Platinum Weddings,” season two, WE.

June 18:

• ”Age of Love,” NBC. Mark Consuelos hosts this new dating series.

• ”The Closer,” season three, TNT.

• ”Heartland,” TNT. Series centers on an organ-transplant surgeon.

June 19: “P.O.V.,” season 20, PBS.

June 21:

• ”Life From Abbey Road.” Series features performances by new and established artists.

• ”Haunting Evidence,” season two, Court TV.

June 23:

• ”Magic Cellar,” HBO. Animated series brings to life African folk tales.

• ”The Suite Life of Zack & Cody,” season three, Disney Channel.

June 24: “Engineering the Impossible,” National Geographic. Three-part series examines the construction of the Colosseum, the Great Pyramid of Giza and Chartres Cathedral.

June 25: “History Detectives,” season five, PBS.

June 26: “Shaq’s Big Challenge,” ABC. Shaquille O’Neal helps overweight middle schoolers.

June 28: “Burn Notice,” USA. Title is jargon for when a spy gets canned and ostracized. That’s what happens to Michael Weston (Jeffrey Donovan).

June 29: “Get It Together,” HGTV. Couples take a test to help come up with a design plan.

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from Web and wire reports

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