TV News – Summer Shows Pictures & Descriptions Part 1

As you know by now, the regular season is ending and the summer season is just beginning. For the next week or so, we’ll bring you a bit about each new show to help you decide if you should plan to watch or not. Today will be network shows. For the entire schedule for next month, check out our June Premieres Page.

Losing It with Jillian Michaels – Premieres Tuesday, June 1st at 10/9c on NBC.

Press Release – In the hour-long series, Jillian Michaels (The Biggest Loser) — in her distinctive, tough love style — will tackle the obesity epidemic of American families head on as she travels across the country to transform one family at a time. In the series, Michaels will be moving in with a different family each week to help change their diet and exercise habits. She will focus on getting to the bottom of the issues each family member faces — ones that affect their health and happiness — and will arm them with the tools necessary to make life-altering changes. The families are in for a huge wake up call as Michaels — tired of hearing all the excuses — will show America that anyone can make a change.

My Thoughts – If you like The Biggest Loser, you’ll probably like this show, too. For more shows, check after the jump.

Persons Unknown premieres Monday, June 7th at 10/9c on NBC.

Press ReleaseShutter) fortune reads, “Kill your neighbor and you’ll go free.” Also starring are Alan Ruck (Spin City), Jason Wiles (Third Watch), Sean O’Bryan (Six Feet Under), Tina Holmes (Six Feet Under), Chadwick Boseman (Lincoln Heights), Kate Lang Johnson (Days of our Lives), Gerald Kyd (Casualty) and Lola Glaudini (Criminal Minds).

My Thoughts – I would watch for Jason Wiles and Alan Ruck alone. The premise is different and interesting, but will it end up being another show that is just TOO different and odd, like the recently pulled Happy Town?

Scoundrels premieres Sunday, June 20th at 9/8c on ABC.

Press ReleaseScoundrels is a one-hour comedy/drama series that focuses on a family of small-time criminals who try to go straight after the father is sent to prison. Virginia Madsen will play Cheryl West, the mother who must take charge and try to keep her kids on the straight and narrow. Scoundrels also stars David James Elliott (JAG) as Wolfgang “Wolf” West; Patrick Flueger (The 4400) as Logan West/Calvin “Cal” West; Leven Rambin (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, All My Children, Grey’s Anatomy) as Heather West; Vanessa Marano (Without a Trace, The Young and the Restless, Medium) as Hope West and Carlos Bernard (24) as Sergeant Mack.

My Thoughts – I love several members of the cast. David James Elliott is fantastic, and I loved Patrick Flueger on The 4400, and Leven Rambin and Vanessa Marano were great guest stars on two of my favorite shows, Grey’s Anatomy & Medium. I’m very interested to see this cast in a comedic drama, and see how it plays out. It’s a great cast, so hopefully the show itself will live up to the cast and the cute premise.

The Gates premieres Sunday, June 20th at 10/9c on ABC.

Press Release – Nestled inside a private mountain community are The Gates. The image of perpetual suburban bliss, each street is lined with perfectly manicured homes protected by the massive iron gates, but a dark and delicious secret is buried just beneath the surface of this picturesque neighborhood.

Like most families that settle inside The Gates, the Monohans are unmoored from a complicated life they abandoned in Chicago. Named the new police chief of The Gates, Nick Monohan is expecting a change of pace in this quiet suburb. Nick’s wife, Sarah, and their children, Charlie and Dana, are embarking on new adventures as well. Their house is to die for, but amidst the excitement, Sarah is still burdened with the revelation that her husband may not be the man she thought he was. Charlie and Dana will also face some challenges of their own: Along with navigating the trials and tribulations of adolescence, they’ll also face the daunting task of fitting into their new upscale school, where their new friends run in tight-knit packs.

There’s something very different about this place, almost… haunting. Unions will be complicated by friends with unnatural influence, insatiable housewives will struggle with ravenous cravings, and teenagers will be cursed with keeping their beastly instincts in check. The Monohans are facing an uncertain fate. Nick is about to be tangled up in a mystery where he will begin to piece together the dark truth about their new home, and the supernatural elements that lurk behind the shadows of The Gates.

The Gates stars Frank Grillo (The Kill Point, Blind Justice, Prison Break) as Nick Monohan, Marisol Nichols (Blind Justice, In Justice, 24) as Sarah Monohan, Rhona Mitra (Boston Legal, Nip/Tuck, Gideon’s Crossing) as Claire Radcliff, Luke Mably as Dylan Radcliff, Travis Caldwell as Charlie Monohan, Skyler Samuels as Andie Bates, Colton Haynes as Brett Crezski, Chandra West (NYPD Blue, John from Cincinnati, 90210) as Devon, Victoria Platt (Guiding Light) as Peg Mueller, Justin Miles as Marcus Jordan and Janina Gavankar (The L Word) as Leigh Turner.

My ThoughtsTwilight, The Vampire Diaries, True Blood… Am I ready for another set of vampires? Yes, please!

Rookie Blue premieres on Thursday, June 24th at 9/8c on ABC.

Press Release – A fun, fresh, high-stakes drama with a twist of danger follows the lives of five young, ambitious cops right out of the Academy. From their very first day on the job, these rookies are plunged into the world of big city policing, a world where even the smallest mistake can have life-or-death consequences and serious emotional fall-out. The soul of this close-knit group is 26-year-old perfectionist Andy McNally (Missy Peregrym, Reaper). Honest to a fault, all Andy has ever wanted to be is “good police.” Her father was a cop, and while he wasn’t the best cop — or the best father – Andy knows she’ll never find this sense of family, loyalty and excitement in any other job. The series explores the trials, triumphs, competition and camaraderie of Andy and her rookie family — boyfriends, best friends, mentors and competitors — who are about to learn that no amount of training can prepare them for life.

The other “first responders” to jump into the fray include Traci (Enuka Okuma, 24), Andy’s best friend, a single mom with a six-year-old son. Traci is street smart, sardonic and highly independent – all of which hide a deep well of insecurity. Then there’s Dov (Gregory Smith, Everwood), the archetypal thrill-seeker whose attitude stems from being raised by hippie parents; Chris (Travis Milne, My Green House), the straight-and-narrow poster boy for the force and a walking talking police manual; and Gail (Charlotte Sullivan, Syfy’s Alice), the self-serving politico from cop royalty, whose ambition is so blind that she’ll trample anyone who gets in her way. Add to the mix Detective Sam Swarek (Ben Bass, The Eleventh Hour), a rogue training officer, and Luke Callaghan (Eric Johnson, Smallville), a charming workaholic homicide detective, and Andy will have more on her hands on and off the beat then she could have ever foreseen. Also starring in the series is Melanie Nicholls-King (The Wire) as Noelle Williams, Matt Gordon as Oliver Shaw, Noam Jenkins as Detective Jerry Barber and Lyric Bent as Frank Best.

My Thoughts – It’s another cop show (which I like, but still), but I love some of the cast. Missy Peregrym and Gregory Smith are enough to make me want to give this a chance. I loved her on Reaper, and I’ve missed him since Everwood, so here’s hoping this is a good enough vehicle for them both!

Boston Med premieres Thursday, June 24th at 10/9c on ABC. Picking up where Hopkins left off, the series travels to a city renowned for medical excellence and home to three superb American hospitals, Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Children’s Hospital. Over four months, ABC cameras had unparalleled access to hospital staffs and patients. From operating rooms to end-of-life meetings, “Boston Med” explores the culture of doctors and nurses and the conversations that happen outside the patient’s earshot. This unsparing look at the ups and downs of hospital care holds many surprises for viewers.

Downfall premieres Tuesday, June 29th at 9/8c. It is a unique, high-stakes, adrenaline-charged and larger-than-life game show from FremantleMedia North America (The Price Is Right, Family Feud, Let’s Make a Deal). Played atop a tall building in the middle of a metropolitan landscape, the game has contestants quickly answer a series of trivia questions against the clock. If they play the perfect game, they could leave with a million dollars in cash and prizes. But if not, they could just as easily see their hopes and dreams slip through their fingers and off the side of the building — literally.

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