It's getting to be that time again. As much as I enjoy the hullabaloo that is May Sweeps, I hate when the shows end. But at least things are better now than they were back in the day, what with the available Summer programming. For those of you with better things to do than run down this information, let me offer my assistance with Sadie's Summer TV Viewing Guide.
First of all, if you haven't watched it, I recommend catching up on "Friday Night Lights." Episodes of Season 1 will be rerun on Sunday nights (starting May 27) at 9/8 on NBC, and are also free for online viewing. Also, if you need to, catch up on "Heroes." Cause it kicks ass.
We've hit the Reality TV jackpot on NBC with "America's Got Talent," "Last Comic Standing" and "The Biggest Loser" -- all three with new hosts -- and "Age of Love," a new dating show hosted by Mark Consuelos. "Talent" will debut at 9 p.m. June 5, then move to Tuesdays 8-9 p.m. "Comic" premieres June 13 at 9 p.m. then moves to Wednesdays at 9 p.m. "Age," an eight-episode series described as a reality dating show with a twist, will premiere June 18 at 10/9 p.m. period. "Loser" will return in late summer.
So You Think You Can Dance, aka "Shooby Dooby Dooby Dance." Premieres on FOX the night after the Idol finale, May 24 at 8/7c. I love this show. It's ridiculous and cheesy and I love it. Mr. Incredible and I have been known to try out some of the dance moves in our living room, but the risk of injury is too great, so we try to resist the urge. The early auditions might not be as cringe-worthy as American Idol, but there's a much higher probability of getting to see someone LITERALLY fall on his or her face.
Also on FOX: Standoff, which I thought was on "Permanent Hiatus" was apparently only on temporary hiatus. It returns Friday June 8 at 9/8. Hell's Kitchen comes back June 4 at 9/8. I don't watch either, so I have nothing to say.
Top Chef kicks of Season 3 on June 6. I also don't watch that. But Project Runway's not on this summer, so I thought I'd throw it out there.
The Closer: I love this show. Even if I sometimes am annoyed by Kyra Sedgwick's southern accent, I find myself saying "Thank you!" with just that tone in my voice. I'm sure people appreciate it. TNT is currently showing season 1 on Tuesdays at 9/8 and 10/9. And the new season starts June 24.
The 4400. I liked the first mini-season of this show, got irritated by the second season, and ignored the third season. The fourth season premieres on USA Sunday, June 17 at 9/8c.
Monk is also on USA, returns for its sixth season on July 13. It will be followed by Psych, which is another funny detective show. If you haven't seen it, it's not about a psychic. He is just a hyper-observant guy who pretends to be psychic and solves crimes with his sidekick, Dule Hill, who played Charlie on the West Wing. Also on USA, but on Sunday nights, is a show about an actual psychic, The Dead Zone. It premieres Sunday June 17 at 9/8. So you have a non-psychic detective, a pretend-psychic detective, and an actual-psychic detective.