Friday, June 11, 2010

Spotlight: This summer's 20 hottest TV shows

Some of our favourite TV shows (True Blood, Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List) return this summer along with new shows that include some familiar faces such as: Melissa Joan Hart, Joey Lawrence, Valerie Bertinelli, Wendie Malick, Jane Leeves and Betty White. Entertainment Weekly has put together a handy guide spotlighting this summer's 20 hottest TV shows. Below are just a few that caught my eye:

Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List
Bravo, June 15, Tuesdays, 9 p.m.

The celeb-skewering comedian keeps things gay, with an acting lesson from Liza Minnelli and a campaign against ''Don't Ask, Don't Tell.'' She also visits celebs like Kristin Chenoweth and Lauren Conrad, torments the cast of Law & Order: SVU during a guest spot, remodels her home, and gets a Pap smear in public (we're not kidding).
Melissa & Joey
ABC Family, Aug. 17, Tuesdays, 8 p.m.
Gen-X nostalgia alert! Sabrina the Teenage Witch's Melissa Joan Hart and Blossom's Joey Lawrence, both 34, return to their sitcom roots on Melissa & Joey. She's a party girl–turned–local politician, he's the bankrupt financial adviser who moves in to help her care for her sister's kids. In a word: Whoa!
Hot in Cleveland
TV Land, June 16, Wednesdays, 10 p.m.
Three middle-aged L.A. ladies (played by Valerie Bertinelli, Wendie Malick, and Jane Leeves) are forced to lay over in Cleveland and, after an evening at a local bar, realize that they're considered hot, coog-ish commodities in the Midwest. So they decide to stay, look for love, and rent a house that has a saucy old caretaker, played by Betty White. It's all about the relationship between these four friends.

Drop Dead Diva
Lifetime, Sundays, 9 pm

Deceased model Deb's soul is dealing with Jane (Brooke Elliott)'s body, her beau/fellow lawyer Tony (The Office's David Denman), and Jane's secret husband, Ethan (My So-Called Life's Devon Gummersall), who's come back into her life. High-profile guest stars (Robin Givens, Leelee Sobieski, and Cybill Shepard) will show up at Jane's firm for legal advice, and Rosie O'Donnell returns as a judge, while romance will heat up for Jane and Tony — up to and including their long-awaited ''weekend in Napa.'' (Diva code for sex.

True Blood
HBO, June 13, Sundays, 9 p.m.
Season 3 introduces several new characters and multiple interconnecting story lines, including a detour into the world of werewolves. The story picks up right where season 2 left off, with Sookie searching for Bill, who was kidnapped right after proposing marriage. She turns to Eric to help her find her lost love, which, of course, yields more flirting between the pair. Eric enlists a werewolf, Alcide (One Tree Hill's Joe Manganiello), to accompany Sookie on her quest. This adds the ├╝berbuff Alcide and his ex-girlfriend, werewolf Debbie Pelt (Brit Morgan), to the Bill-Sookie-Eric triangle.
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