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Ellen Gray: Here's some of the summer season arrivals

WE'RE NOT quite to Memorial Day, but you could say the summer TV season starts tonight, with the return of Fox's "So You Think You Can Dance" (8 p.m., Fox 29).

TNT's "Men of a Certain Age" returns at 10 p.m. Wednesday.
TNT's "Men of a Certain Age" returns at 10 p.m. Wednesday.Read more

WE'RE NOT quite to Memorial Day, but you could say the summer TV season starts tonight, with the return of Fox's "So You Think You Can Dance" (8 p.m., Fox 29).

NBC's "America's Got Talent" is back Tuesday (8 p.m., NBC10) and "The Voice" (10 p.m. Tuesday, NBC10) continues its duets to the death for the foreseeable future.

There's no need for me to go on: If you're looking to see people singing, dancing, juggling, falling into water or merely pretending to fall in love in a hot tub, you have only to turn on your TV. "Reality," I promise, will find you.

But if you're looking for the kind of escape that can only come from watching people who admit they're pretending, performing lines scripted for them, here's a quick look at some of what the next few weeks hold:

* TNT's "Franklin & Bash." Breckin Meyer and Mark-Paul Gosselaar star as ambulance-chasing lawyers whose antics attract the attention of a major law firm's head (Malcolm McDowell), who hires them. Premieres: 9 p.m. Wednesday.

* TNT's "Men of a Certain Age." Ray Romano, Andre Braugher and Scott Bakula return in the Peabody-winning dramedy, which has only gotten better with time. Returns: 10 p.m. Wednesday.

* A&E's "The Glades." Season 2 of engaging show about a police detective (Matt Passmore) transplanted from Chicago to a not-so-sleepy burg in Florida where the work turns out to be more regular than he'd expected. Returns: 10 p.m. June 5.

* MTV's "Teen Wolf." Aimed at viewers who may never have seen the 1985 Michael J. Fox werewolf film and presumably expect something a little darker from MTV. Premieres: 11 p.m. June 5.

* ABC Family's "Switched at Birth." Drama about two teenage girls - one of whom is deaf - who discover they were sent home with the wrong families and now must cope with the fallout. Premieres: 9 p.m. June 6.

* USA's "White Collar," starring Matt Bomer and Tim DeKay as odd-couple crimefighters, and "Covert Affairs," starring Piper Perabo as a fledgling CIA agent, are back (and back-to-back). Return: 9 and 10 p.m. June 7.

* BBC America reruns Syfy's "Battlestar Galactica" from the beginning. Starts: June 11.

* ABC Family's "Pretty Little Liars." Please don't ask me to tell you what happens next in this poisonously popular teen soap. One of those scary girls would probably kill me. Returns: 8 p.m. June 14.

* ABC Family's "The Nine Lives of Chloe King." Based on the young-adult book series, it's about a teen who acquires special powers after she dies. The first time. Premieres: 9 p.m. June 14.

* TNT's "Memphis Beat." Jason Lee returns for a second season Dwight Hendricks in pleasantly offbeat drama about a Southern police detective who loves his work, his mama and the blues (not necessarily in that order). Returns: 9 p.m. June 14, followed at 10 by Jada Pinkett Smith's medical drama "Hawthorne."

* TV Land's hit sitcom, "Hot in Cleveland" returns to become the lead-in to "Happily Divorced," a show based on the relationship between Fran Drescher ("The Nanny") and her gay ex-husband, who's also a producer on the show. Drescher plays a version of herself. Return and premiere: 10 and 10:30 p.m. June 15.

* Lifetime's "Drop Dead Diva." Brooke Elliott enters her third season as Jane/Deb, a plus-sized lawyer whose body's occupied by the soul of a dead model wannabe. As deliciously silly as ever, and with another Paula Abdul cameo in the season opener. Returns: 9 p.m. June 19.

* TNT's "Falling Skies." Noah Wyle's a history professor turned resistance leader in this post-alien invasion drama from Steven Spielberg. Premieres: 9 p.m. June 19, moving to 10 p.m. the following week.

* ABC's "Rookie Blue." Canadian show about rookie cops. Returns: June 23.

* FX's "Wilfred." High-concept comedy involving guy in a dog suit. You'll just have to see it. Premieres: June 23.

* USA's "Suits." Stars Gabriel Macht as a lawyer who hires a brilliant college dropout. Premieres: 10 p.m. June 23, following return of "Burn Notice."

* HBO's "True Blood." More blood, more boobs, more vampires. (Just guessing.) Returns: 9 p.m. June 26.

* TNT's "Leverage." Timothy Hutton and company play modern-day Robin Hood and his merry band of thieves and con artists. Returns: June 26.

* ABC Family's "State of Georgia." Raven-Symoné stars as Georgia, an aspiring actress trying to make it in New York, in this sitcom from Philadelphia resident and best-selling author Jennifer Weiner ("In Her Shoes"). Premieres: 8:30 p.m. June 29 following return of "Melissa & Joey."

* USA's "Necessary Roughness." Callie Thorne plays therapist to a professional football team. Premieres: 10 p.m. June 29.


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