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Here's a guide to all the new and returning shows airing this summer:
NEW SHOWS -- SCRIPTED
"The Fosters" (ABC Family, 9 p.m.) -- Jennifer Lopez is executive producer of this tale of two moms (Teri Polo, Sherri Saum) and their multiethnic mix of foster and biological kids.
"Graceland" (USA, 10 p.m.) -- Investigative action meets "The Real World," as undercover agents from the FBI, DEA and customs not only work together but live together. Based on "true events" by "White Collar" creator Jeff Eastin, the action stars Daniel Sunjata and Aaron Tveit.
"Sinbad" (Syfy, 9 p.m.) -- The epic sea hero flees his hometown, in this British import, amid a patchwork group of travelers.
"Primeval: New World" (Syfy, 10 p.m.) -- Spinoff series follows a team of animal experts battling mythical creatures.
"Sam & Cat" (Nickelodeon, 8 p.m.) -- Babysitting roommates are played by channel faves Jennette McCurdy ("iCarly") and Ariana Grande ("Victorious").
"The Hustle" (Fuse, 11 p.m.) -- The channel's first scripted series is a half-hour dramedy looking inside the hip hop industry, where a fast-rising duo struggles to keep it together.
"Crossing Lines" (NBC/4, 9-11 p.m.; 10 p.m. thereafter) -- William Fichtner joins Donald Sutherland to bring international crooks to justice. International co-production set in global locales.
"Devious Maids" (Lifetime, 10 p.m.) -- Soap symbol Susan Lucci joins Ana Ortiz, Judy Reyes and other prime-timers in the latest from "Desperate Housewives" creator Marc Cherry. Following five Beverly Hills housekeepers and the rich people who employ them, it's based on the telenovela "Ellas son la Alegria del Hogar."
"Under the Dome" (CBS/2, 10 p.m.) -- Stephen King returns to his "Kingdom Hospital" network with another limited series, adapting his novel about a town that inexplicably finds itself sealed off from the world. Among the cast: Mike Vogel ("Pan Am"), Rachelle Lefevre ("Twilight"), Dean Norris ("Breaking Bad").
"Ray Donovan" (Showtime, 10 p.m.) -- Liev Schreiber is "L.A.'s best professional fixer" for the rich and famous, as created by "Southland" producers and "Sopranos" directors. With Jon Voight.
"Siberia" (NBC) -- It's about contestants who realize their far-flung reality show has been overtaken by something else altogether. But it's scripted.
"Camp" (NBC) -- Rachel Griffiths stars as the owner of a kids-and-parents resort.
"The Bridge" (FX) -- Police detectives in El Paso and Juarez work across the border to stop a serial killer. Diane Kruger and Demian Bichir star in "Cold Case" creator's adaptation of a Danish-Swedish show.
"Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove" (Hallmark) -- Building on the channel's sentimental TV movies is this first original scripted series. Andie MacDowell stars as a small-town judge, with Dylan Neal as the local newspaper's new editor.
"Animation Domination High-Def" (Fox) -- Saturday late-night gets a new block of alt-animation shows.
"Broadchurch" (BBC America) -- David Tennant stars in this British import of seaside murder investigation.
"The White Queen" (Starz) -- Philippa Gregory novels of 15th century royal intrigue become a limited series with Max Irons, Rebecca Ferguson, James Frain and Janet McTeer.
"Low Winter Sun" (AMC) -- Cops and criminals intersect when a Detroit detective is killed by a colleague in this adaptation of a British miniseries, here starring Mark Strong and Lennie James.
RETURNING SHOWS -- SCRIPTED
"The Killing" (AMC, 8-10 p.m.; 9 p.m. thereafter) -- Yes, the Rosie Larsen case is (finally) solved. But Mireille Enos' character heads back into action with Joel Kinnaman's after a new series of murders. Season 3 adds Peter Sarsgaard as a death row inmate.
"Teen Wolf" (MTV, 10 p.m.) -- Season 3 begins four months on, when Tyler Posey's title character starts his junior year of high school -- as deadly Alpha werewolves hit town.
"Burn Notice" (USA, 9 p.m.) -- The "burned spy" saga airs its 100th episode June 13, as this new Season 7 concludes the series.
"Continuum" (Syfy, 10 p.m.) -- Rachel Nichols' future cop from 2077 keeps battling current-day terrorism in Season 2.
"Falling Skies" (TNT, 9-11 p.m.; 10 p.m. thereafter) -- Noah Wyle's survivors have formed a New United States in Season 3, as well as an alliance with a group of rebel skitters. But there's a new race of aliens on the map.
"Switched at Birth" (ABC Family, 8 p.m.) -- Season 2 resumes by taking over concluded "Teenager's" linchpin time slot, where it further explores the lives of the title's two girls, one deaf, one not, and their blended families.
"Major Crimes" (TNT, 9 p.m.) -- Mary McDonnell's procedural spinoff of "The Closer" launches Season 2. Tom Berenger recurs as her captain's estranged husband, a court-appointed attorney.
"Pretty Little Liars" (ABC Family, 8 p.m.) -- What's in the trunk? That and other answers are revealed in Season 4 of the teen shocker.
"Royal Pains" (USA, 9 p.m.) -- It's hot again in the Hamptons for Season 5. Hank (Mark Feuerstein) feels recuperated, but soon faces challenges with Boris's estate and the local hospital. Now on hand: Ben Shenkman and Francis Conroy.
"Necessary Roughness" (USA, 10 p.m.) -- Callie Thorne's New York sports psychologist enters Season 3 with enticing new employment offers. John Stamos and David Anders join the cast.
"Sullivan & Son" (TBS, 10 p.m.) -- Standup comic Steve Byrne is back at the family bar for Season 2 of multicultural farce.
"Magic City" (Starz, 9 p.m.) -- They can't keep Jeffrey Dean Morgan's '60s hotelier jailed. He's out to double down on getting the underworld out of his Miami resort, taking the fight to Castro's Havana and the Chicago mob. James Caan and Esai Morales join the cast for Season 2.
"True Blood" (HBO, 9 p.m.) -- Stephen Moyer's vampire Bill continues his bloody reincarnation with heightened powers in Season 6, the first not run by series creator Alan Ball. (Writer Mark Hudis takes over.)
"Franklin & Bash" (TNT, 9 p.m.) -- Heather Locklear is Season 3's new boss for renegade lawyers Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Breckin Meyer.
"Hot in Cleveland" (TV Land, 10 p.m.) -- Betty White and youngsters Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves and Wendie Malick resume Season 4 with an episode airing live. A later outing reunites sketchcom legends Carol Burnett and Tim Conway.
"The Exes" (TV Land, 10:30 p.m.) -- Kristen Johnston starts Season 3 riding herd on divorced male roomies.
"The Soul Man" (TV Land, 11 p.m.) -- In Season 2, Cedric now concludes his ministerial comedy with a stand-up coda.
"Futurama" (Comedy Central, 10 and 10:30 p.m.) -- Matt Groening's animated spacecom launches its final season. (Or is it?)
"Wilfred" (FX, 10 and 10:30 p.m.) -- Jason Gann's human-size talking dog continues annoying Elijah Wood in the American adaptation's Season 3.
"Drop Dead Diva" (Lifetime, 9 p.m.) -- Fans' outcry got cancellation reversed! Thus it's Season 5 with the body of Brooke D'Orsay's plus-size attorney inhabited by the soul of a vacuous model. Getting resolved: that cliffhanger involving yet another (even more complicated) soul-body merger.
"Copper" (BBC America, 10 p.m.) -- Donal Logue joins Season 2 as a former Civil War general turned Tammany Hall political machine leader. Also new in 19th century New York City: Alfre Woodard, Eamonn Walker, Lee Tergesen.
"Rizzoli & Isles" (TNT, 9 p.m.) -- Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander start investigations for Season 4.
"Perception" (TNT, 10 p.m.) -- Eric McCormack's neuroscience investigator is joined in Season 2 by Scott Wolf's ambitious prosecutor.
"Dexter" (Showtime, 9 p.m.) -- Michael C. Hall's vigilante serial killer reaches his final hours in Season 8, adding guests Charlotte Rampling, Sean Patrick Flanery, Nick Gomez and Julian Sands.
"Life's Too Short Special" (HBO) -- Ricky Gervais delivers a finale special for his mockumentary series with height-challenged actor/pal Warwick Davis.
"Being Human" (BBC America, 10 p.m.) -- The UK's original supernatural-being roomies conclude their run with Season 5.
"The Newsroom" (HBO) -- A mysterious news tip leads to a tricky story in Season 2 of Aaron Sorkin's drama with Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer and Sam Waterston.
"Covert Affairs" (USA, 9 p.m.) -- Piper Perabo and Christopher Gorham's espionage colleagues finally acknowledge their attraction in Season 4.
"Suits" (USA, 10 p.m.) -- Betrayals and confessions enliven Season 3 with Gabriel Macht's attorney and Patrick J. Adams' law non-graduate partner.
"Web Therapy" (Showtime, 11 p.m.) -- Lisa Kudrow delivers more online advice in her Season 3 comedy, with guests including Billy Crystal, Steve Carell, Chelsea Handler and former "Friends" co-star Matt LeBlanc.
"Unforgettable" (CBS) -- It's un-canceled! After failing to make last fall's lineup, the Queens-set procedural got a last-minute Season 2 pickup. Poppy Montgomery, Dylan Walsh and Jane Curtin return for 13 episodes.
"Hell on Wheels" (AMC) -- Transcontinental railroad building enters its third year in Season 3 of this "eastern" western, moving to Saturdays.
"Breaking Bad" (AMC) -- The second half of Season 5 brings the show to a close, as Bryan Cranston's drug kingpin finally seems to be in the sight of Dean Norris' law-enforcing brother-in-law.
"Luther" (BBC America) -- Idris Elba's acclaimed detective returns in a four-night event.
NEW SHOWS -- UNSCRIPTED
"Princesses: Long Island" (Bravo, 9 p.m.) -- Six pampered Great Neck daughters do their thing.
"Top Hooker" (Animal Planet, 10 p.m.) -- Don't get too excited. It's a fishing competition.
"The Wanted Life" (E!, 10:30 p.m.) -- The five-guy UK band moves to SoCal in search of broader fame.
"Fatal Attraction" (TV One, 9 p.m.) -- Actress Lynn Whitfield narrates the stories of romance turned lethal.
"Pretty Wicked Moms" (Lifetime, 10 p.m.) -- Six competitive Atlanta mothers generate real-life laughs.
"The Alectrix" (MTV, 11 p.m.) -- The title girl band seeks success with music mogul Joe Simpson.
"Exit" (Syfy, 10 p.m.) -- Diabolical rooms vex escape-seeking contestants. Adapted from a Japanese show.
"Swamp Murders" (ID, 10 p.m.) -- Bogs and bayous can't keep the dead bodies down.
"Southern Fried Homicide" (ID, 10 p.m.) -- Who doesn't want more salacious stories from the Bible Belt?
"Beverly Hills Pawn" (Reelz, 9 p.m.) -- This one deals in Hollywood memorabilia, celebrity jewelry and more.
"The Good Buy Girls" (TLC, 10 p.m.) -- Former pageant entrants seek success with their own home shopping concept.
"Race to the Scene" (Reelz, 9 p.m.) -- Dolph Lundgren hosts a competition built around iconic movie locations.
"72 Hours" (TNT, 9 p.m.) -- Three teams of three strangers test their survival skills while seeking hidden cash.
"Style Pop" (Style, 8 p.m.) -- The latest fashion trends and fashionistas.
"The Hero" (TNT, 8 p.m.) -- The Rock (Dwayne Johnson) hosts nine contestants seeking the title label, for which they'll be "tested physically, mentally and morally." Local angle: 24-year-old Centereach construction worker Marty McCloskey.
"Family Addition" (GMC, 9 p.m.) -- "The Blind Side's" real-life mom, Leigh Anne Touhy, hosts this adoption series on the former gospel music channel, now renaming itself UP.
"Deon Cole's Black Box" (TBS, 10 p.m.) -- The title "Conan" writer/comic delivers his take on the tube, the web and pop culture.
"Street Outlaws" (Discovery, 10 p.m.) -- High-stakes action with street racers in Oklahoma City.
"Last Call Food Brawl" (Destination America, 10 p.m.) -- Episodes visit different cities for four-chef faceoffs.
"Dig Wars" (Travel, 10 p.m.) -- Relic hunters in three teams compete to find top artifacts.
"House of Curves" (WE, 10 p.m.) -- Plus-size designer Kenyatta Jones tries to expand her brand.
"Blood and Oil" (Discovery, 10 p.m.) -- Family owned oil company creates conflict.
"Whodunnit?" (ABC/7, 9 p.m.) -- Thirteen sleuths compete in a murder mystery game at a glamorous estate.
"All You Can Eat" (H2, 10 p.m.) -- Comic John Pinette tells us perhaps more than we want to know about our food.
"Below Deck" (Bravo) -- Docusoap follows crew members living and working aboard a megayacht. (June 10 preview airing.)
"Nine for IX" (ESPN) -- Channel alum Robin Roberts and Jane Rosenthal are executive producers of this nine-film series taking the "30 for 30" documentary approach to the 40th anniversary of colleges' women's sports initiative. Different directors tackle the impact of Sheryl Swoopes, Venus Williams, Katarina Witt, 1999's women's soccer champs, and more.
"Bikinis & Boardwalks" (Travel) -- Coney Island and the Jersey shore figure in this summer salute.
"Dangerman: The Incredible Mr. Goodwin" (BBC America) -- "Escapologist" Jonathan Goodwin gets out of sticky situations.
"Get Out Alive" (NBC) -- Survival guy Bear Grylls hosts "the ultimate survival competition."
"Property Envy" (Bravo) -- Hosts guide us through luxury homes' decor and technology.
"The Winner Is . . ." (NBC) -- Nick Lachey hosts this singing competition. (Previews June 10.)
"Hollywood Game Night" (NBC) -- Jane Lynch wrangles celebs in competition based on Sean Hayes' real-life parties.
"Summer Camp" (USA) -- Adults go back to camp in this competition series hosted by season 3 "American Idol" finalist Matt Rogers.
"Adam Richman's Fandemonium" (Travel) -- Check out some of the wildest fan-driven events.
"Perfect Score" (CW) -- Arielle Kebbel hosts a competition among friends trying to pick the right dates to win cash.
"Joe Rogan Questions Everything" (Syfy) -- Title mystery addict seeks to test "life's most startling theories."
"Killer Contact" (Syfy) -- Paranormal investigators visit global historical sites.
"Deal With It" (TBS) -- Hidden-camera competition series hosted by Theo Von.
"The Vineyard" (ABC Family) -- Coming-of-age docusoap set on Martha's Vineyard.
"Sanya's Glam & Gold" (WE) -- New York Giants cornerback Aaron Ross is the other half of the "athletic power couple" with Olympic sprinter Sanya Richards-Ross.
"Total Divas" (E!) -- The ladies of WWE do docusoap.
"The Writers Room" (Sundance) -- See how the TV sausage gets made, as scriptwriters explain their work on buzzed-about faves like "Breaking Bad," "Dexer," "Game of Thrones," "American Horror Story" and more.
"The Hunt" (CW) -- Wilderness competition gets intense as players try to survive a month in the wild.
"Ride-iculous" (Travel) -- Time to visit adrenaline-inspired attractions.
"Owner's Manual" (AMC) -- Fixers compete after one reads the instructions and one doesn't.
"Cosworld" (Syfy) -- Cosplay participants transform themselves into fantasy characters at conventions.
Premiere date TBA
"Inside Man (CNN, from documentarian Morgan Spurlock)
RETURNING SHOWS -- UNSCRIPTED
"The Real Housewives of New Jersey" (Bravo, 8 p.m.) -- The whole cast is back for Season 5. Expect revenge, redemption, and Hurricane Sandy cleanup. The franchise also airs a 100th episode special for the version that started it all, "The Real Housewives of Orange County" (June 24, 8-10 p.m.).
"Keeping Up With the Kardashians" (E!, 9 p.m.) -- Kim's pregnancy with Kanye West figures into Season 8, along with Khloe's fertility issues. Kendall and Kylie get more independent, while dad Bruce and son Brody get closer.
"Call of the Wildman" (Animal Planet, 9 p.m.) -- "Turtleman" returns for Season 2 of backwoods animal trapping.
"Food Network Star" (Food, 9 p.m.) -- The competition among wannabe food show hosts starts Season 9.
"Push Girls" (Sundance, 10 p.m.) -- Four energetic young women in wheelchairs keep pushing societal boundaries in Season 2 of their acclaimed docuseries. Also trying to master life, romance and technology is a 21-year-old leaving her parents for the first time.
"America's Got Talent" (NBC/4, 9-11 p.m.) -- Joining Howard Stern and Howie Mandel on Season 8's judging panel: Heidi Klum ("Project Runway") and Mel B (Spice Girls).
"Through the Wormhole" (Science, 10 p.m.) -- Morgan Freeman's Season 4 explores such questions as "When does life begin?"
"Paranormal Witness" (Syfy, 10 p.m.) -- Season 3 of real-life spooky stuff starts with St. James's Jeanette Meyran unsuspectingly buying the former home of devil worshippers.
"Chef Roble & Co." (Bravo, 10 p.m.) -- Music's John Legend and Knicks NBAer Tyson Chandler join the high-end clientele of Season 2.
"Redneck Island" (CMT, 10:30 p.m.) -- Steve Austin hosts Season 3 of the southern competition.
"Toddlers & Tiaras" (TLC, 9 p.m.) -- The kiddie pageants that spawned Honey Boo Boo continue into Season 6.
"L.A. Hair" (WE, 10 p.m.) -- Season 2 sees Chaka Khan, Vivica A. Fox, Fantasia and other stars getting their 'dos done.
"Mountain Men" (History, 9 p.m.) -- Men/women vs. the wild, again, as Season 2 adds new mountain folk.
"Ice Road Truckers" (History, 10 p.m.) -- Treacherous deliveries to the frozen north continue into Season 7.
"HGTV Star" (HGTV, 9 p.m.) -- Renamed "Design Star" tests fresh design potential in Season 9.
"Xtreme Waterparks" (Travel, 8 p.m.) -- Season 2 visits Long Island's Splish Splash, along with water thrills in Hawaii, Florida, Brazil, China, Italy and more.
"Insane Coaster Wars" (Travel, 8:30 p.m.) -- New Jersey's Six Flags Great Adventures is just one of Season 2's stops. So are Abu Dhabi, Australia and Japan.
"Shipping Wars" (A&E, 10 p.m.) -- Independent truckers drive into Season 3.
"Ghost Hunters" (Syfy, 9 p.m.) -- Midseason episodes feature the post-baby return of investigator Amy Bruni.
"I'm Having Their Baby" (Oxygen, 10 p.m.) -- Birth mothers tell their stories in Season 2.
"Couples Therapy" (VH1, 10 p.m.) -- Flavor Flav is among the Season 3 participants.
"Intervention" (A&E, 9 p.m.) -- Friends and family try to help addicted or compulsive people as Season 13's final five episodes conclude the series.
"Celebrity Wife Swap" (ABC/7, 8 p.m.) -- Among those involved in summer episodes: pro wrestlers Ric Flair and "Rowdy" Roddy Piper.
"POV" (PBS/13, 10 p.m.) -- Indie doc showcase starts 26th season, with subjects including African-American funerals, solitary confinement, Christian skateboarders.
"Big Brother" (CBS/2, 9 p.m.) -- Another year of the summer live-together airs Tuesday at 9 and Sunday at 8, with live eviction show Wednesday at 9 starting July 3.
"American Ninja Warrior" (NBC/4) -- More obstacle action as popularized by G4's competition fave.
"Bizarre Foods America" (Travel) -- Andrew Zimmern seeks more edible oddities.
"Ted Nugent Spirit of the Wild" (Outdoor) -- The rocker's family returns to hunting action in Season 2.
"Grateful Nation" (Outdoor) -- More disabled veterans rehabilitate through outdoor sports.
"Nick Cannon Presents: Wild 'N Out" (MTV2) -- Celebs and athletes join in the latest round of comedy, improv and hip hop happenings.
"Interior Therapy" (Bravo) -- Jeff Lewis returns for Season 2 of redesigning spaces and lives.
"Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (CW/11) -- Aisha Tyler hosts this revival of the improv show with Colin Mochrie and Wayne Brady.
"Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" (TLC) -- Because there's just never enough Mama, Sugar Bear, Pumpkin, Chubbs and Chicakdee.
"Breaking Pointe" (CW/11) -- Season 2 again tracks the dreams/disasters of young Ballet West dancers in Salt Lake City.
"Who Do You Think You Are?" (TLC) -- Celebrity genealogy from producer Lisa Kudrow moves from NBC to cable, looking into the family histories of Chris O'Donnell, Christina Applegate, Cindy Crawford, Zooey Deschanel and others.
"Haunted Highway" (Syfy) -- Jack Osbourne returns among Season 2's teams of cross-country paranormal sleuths.
"Hotel Impossible" (Travel) -- Anthony Melchiorri starts Season 3 of fixing ailing hotels.
"Mysteries at the Museum" (Travel) -- Don Wildmon digs up more museum artifact stories in Season 5.
"The Pitch" (AMC) -- Ad agencies prepare more would-be campaigns in Season 2.
"Face Off" (Syfy) -- Hollywood creature/makeup artists keep compete again in Season 5.
Return date TBA
"What Not to Wear" (TLC, final season expected in July)