News & Notes
Over on cable, ABC Family has the first summer season premiere of Melissa & Joey and the series premiere of State of Georgia, Discovery Channel has the ninth season finale of MythBusters and The Supernaturalist special, DIY has the second season finale of Money Hunters, E! has a Selena Gomez special, HGTV has the fourth season finale of Income Property, style has the Clean House: Messiest Home in the Country 5 special, USA Network has the third season premiere of Royal Pains and the series premiere of Necessary Roughness, and VH1 has the fourth season premiere of Behind the Music.
Melissa & Joey (ABC Family): Summer Premiere. Joe may be starting things up with his ex-wife again. Lennox is working on her popularity. Runs 30 minutes. Plays again two times tonight. The first 12 episodes of the season replay leading up to tonight’s summer premiere. This is by no means a great show, but it is still fun. It’s very reminiscent of the old TGIF family comedies. I’m sure my fondness for the leads is coloring my opinion of the show positively, but there you have it.
Royal Pains (USA Network): Season Premiere. Hank is on hand to help with a bus crash. Divya deals with her parents after ending her engagement. Jill is back and has news. Plays again later. We jump from the end of last summer to the beginning of this summer and as the summer season begins, we pick back up with where everyone is now.
Men of a Certain Age (TNT): New. Joe is attempting to get things back on track in his life and business. Owen wants Terry to star in a new commercial for the dealership. Plays again later. Great episode, especially with what happens with the commercial. Very funny stuff, plus a couple of things get setup that payoff in next week’s second season finale.
- Franklin & Bash (TNT): New. A family is suing each other over a baseball. Peter and Hanna try to defend a reality television father. Karp goes to Pindar for help with a secret project. Plays again later.
- MythBusters (Discovery Channel): Season Finale. Avoiding shock waves in water. Armor made of paper. Last week’s episode replays right before. Both play again later.
- Necessary Roughness (USA Network): Series Premiere. A therapist in the middle of a divorce ends up with a professional football player as a patient just when she needs a little career boost. Runs 75 minutes. Plays again later. This is very good introduction to the main character and her new big client. I wondered at the end of the episode where the show goes from there though, as it plays out like a mini movie. It looks like she will branch out in her practice after this big break and work with other sports stars and high profile people. It has a similar feel to Fairly Legal, but I liked this premiere a bit better. Hopefully, this will better figure out where to go from here than that did. I do think they’ve found another solid show to add to their lineup. They certainly have a good process for developing and choosing what shows make it to air on USA Network.
- The Next Food Network Star (Food Network): Repeat. This past Sunday’s episode, “Cougar Town and Paula Deen,” replays. Plays again later.
- State of Georgia (ABC Family): Series Premiere. Georgia goes to an audition for a musical. Things don’t go as she had hoped. Plays two more times tonight. If you have a connection to the Disney Channel show That’s So Raven, you may like this show. But, for me it was just a bit too much Raven. Everything is over the top, but little is funny.
- ESPN has Wimbledon men’s quarterfinals action early and later Wednesday Night Baseball MLB action with the Boston Red Sox at the Philadelphia Phillies.
- Burn Notice (USA Network): Repeat. Last Thursday’s fifth season premiere episode, “Company Man,” replays.
- Leverage (TNT): Repeat. This past Sunday’s fourth season premiere episode, “The Long Way Down Job,” replays.
- Suits (USA Network): Repeat. Last Thursday’s series premiere episode, “Pilot,” replays.
ABC Family has 13 episodes of Melissa & Joey.
Bravo has 12 episodes of Flipping Out.
Oxygen has 12 episodes of America’s Next Top Model.
Syfy has seven episodes of the original Moonlight early.
USA Network has six episodes of Royal Pains early and later seven episodes of NCIS.