Set Your TiVo’s: Summer 2011 TV Shows

With May sweeps come dreaded season finale after season finale. See ya, American Idol, Top Model, Gossip Girl, Glee, Celebrity Apprentice and every other reason for living.

But don’t fret, there is actually some good summer TV on the horizon. Check it out:

The Voice (April 26)

NBC’s The Voice is another American Idol knockoff, but is actually a lot more successful than its predecessors. In this variation, judges Christina Aguilera, Cee-Lo Green, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton all face-off with teams of talent they choose without seeing their faces.

Real Housewives of New Jersey (May 16)

Who knows if the Real Housewives are coming to Scottsdale? Andy Cohen’s Bravo franchise is popping up in New Jersey again. We look forward to seeing Teresa again, the housewife who famously blew $11 million and has nothing to show for it.

So You Think You Can Dance (May 26)

It seems in this world there are AI people and So You Think You Can Dance people. I’m an AI person and Mary Murphy definitely grates, but FOX’s SYTYCD definitely softens the blow and lightens up my weeknights.

Platinum Hit (May 30)

The new Bravo competition show Platinum Hit, starring Jewel and Kara DioGuardi, showcases the creative journey songwriters take on through different challenges (ballad vs. dance hit vs. mid-tempo), highlighting up-and-coming new talent. The winning songwriter takes home $100,000 and a Sony publishing deal.

America’s Got Talent (May 31)

NBC’s America’s Got Talent is another summer show I don’t happen to love. I would probably rather watch SVU reruns. But for a family show that’s new, flip it on.

Million Dollar Decorators (May 31)

This series follows the lives of LA-based Million Dollar Decorators Martyn Lawrence Bullard, Kathryn Ireland, Jeffrey Alan Marks, Mary McDonald, and Nathan Turner, who take on crazy mansions and clients.

Pretty Little Liars (June 14)

Everybody’s favorite Junior Desperate Housewives are back. Did Spencer kill Ian? Did he even die? Did “A” take his body? If so, where? What the heck is going on? We’ll all find out when Pretty Little Liars, ABC Family’s child prodigy, returns June 14.

Rocco’s Dinner Party (June 15)

Grab a fork and dig into Rocco’s Dinner Party on Bravo- a mini Top Chef starring the dreamy Rocco DiSpirito.

True Blood (June 26)

This show is disgustingly…hot? True Blood‘s fourth season kicks off June 26 with a bloody fang bang.

Entourage (July 24)

The Hills is gone, so after Entourage ends after this final season, where will we get our pretty Hollywood eye candy? Google Images, I guess. How do you think Entourage will end? Is Adriene Granier’s character still a deadbeat? Somebody fill me in, STAT.

Bachelor Pad (August 8 )

ABC’s hot mess Bachelor Pad is actually back for a second season. If there’s anything more desperate then The Bachelor, it’s a bunch of Bachelors and Bachelorettes hanging out in a mansion with a fully-stocked “I-can’t-believe-I-just-did-that” bar. We’ll be tuning in, that’s for sure.

Did I miss anything? What are you watching this summer?

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