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What to Watch: TV Picks for June 20-26

by Maureen Ryan, posted Jun 19th 2011 2:00PM

'Countdown with Keith Olbermann' (8PM ET, Current TV) series premiere
The former MSNBC host returns to television with nightly current-events, news and commentary program. Contributors include Donald Sutherland, Ken Burns, Michael Moore, John Dean and Matt Taibbi, among others.

'RuPaul's Drag U' (9PM ET, Logo) season premiere
Class is back in session as RuPaul and her faculty of fabulous drag queens teach a new crop of women how to unleash their inner divas. This year's guest judges include Lynda Carter, Molly Ringwald, Raven Simone, Carnie Wilson and Beverly Johnson, and permanent judge Lady Bunny, a.k.a. the Dean of Drag, offers "lady lessons" to the participants.

'The United States of Tara' (10:30PM ET, Showtime) series finale
The Toni Collette multiple personality disorder show signs off for good tonight (but Showtime's other Monday "comedy," the increasingly formulaic 'Nurse Jackie,' will return next year).

'Hoarders' (9PM ET, A&E) season premiere
Once you've started on an episode of this show, it's hard to look away. No doubt many closets have been cleaned out after viewers decide they don't want their lives be crushed by all their stuff. The addiction chronicle 'Intervention' also returns on A&E Monday.


'Wipeout' (8PM ET, ABC) season premiere
Nothing says summer like the arrival of this enjoyably goofy series in which people fall down in amusing ways as the commentators provide droll narration.

'Combat Hospital' (10PM ET, ABC) series premiere
This drama, a Canadian co-production, follows the lives of medical personnel at a surgical hospital in Afghanistan.


'The Voice' (8PM ET, NBC)
It's jitters time for many of the finalists as yet more are cut from this engaging talent show.


'Burn Notice' (9PM ET, USA) season premiere
Michael Westen has been cleared of the crimes that he was framed for, but is the CIA really ready to put him back on the payroll? Things are complicated for the former spy when the fifth season of this satisfying USA show begins. For more on what's to come for Michael, Sam and Fi, read this recent interview with 'Burn Notice' creator Matt Nix.

'Suits' (10PM ET, USA) series premiere
Two hot-shot employees of a law firm try to keep a secret -- one of them doesn't have what you might call actual legal training.

'Wilfred' (10PM ET, FX) series premiere
You haven't seen this premise before. Not on American television, anyway. Elijah Wood stars as a man who keeps having visions of the dog next door -- who keeps appearing to him as a foul-mouthed, take-charge man in a dog suit. 'Wilfred' is very strange but certainly worth checking out. If you go for surreal, hallucinatory, man-in-dog-suit comedy, that is.

'Louie' (10:30PM ET, FX) season premiere
If you're not watching this terrific comedy, which maps the unpredictable curiosity and hilariously subversive humor of comedian Louis C.K., you're missing out on one of the most original TV shows on television.

'Futurama' (10PM ET, Comedy Central) season premiere
'Futurama' fans will get a full hour of the show when it returns with a new season on Thursday. In the first, the gang encounters an alien who is not familiar with the concept of gender; in the second, Bender replicates himself and Patton Oswalt guests as "Unattractive Giant Monster," a rampaging beast who is surprisingly sensitive about his looks.

'Rookie Blue' (10PM ET, ABC) season premiere
This show about young cops learning the ropes in L.A. returns for another summer season.


'Rhett & Link: Commercial Kings' (10PM ET, IFC) series premiere
Rhett McLaughlin and Link Neal, whose Youtube videos have more than 90 million combined views, travel the country making memorable commercials for deserving small businesses.


'Swamp Shark' (9PM ET, Syfy)
You may not have guessed it from the title, but this Syfy Saturday night movie chronicles the havoc wreaked on a small town in Louisiana when a killer shark is released into a river nearby. There's a corrupt sheriff, a valiant family that battles the shark and a mysterious stranger who assists them -- which of them shall serve as chum for the relentless shark? Tune in and find out.

'Outcasts' (9PM ET, BBC America)
In the second episode of the British sci-fi drama, the arrival of political operative Julius Berger (Eric Mabius) causes consternation in the post-Earth colony of Fort Haven.


'True Blood' (10PM ET, HBO) season premiere
Love triangles! Vampires! Shapeshifters! Witches! As 'True Blood's' fourth season gets underway, Sookie has to adjust to her painful breakup with Bill, and a new witch character played by Fiona Shaw begins to make her presence known.

'Law & Order: Criminal Intent (9PM ET, USA) series finale
In the procedural's swan song, Goren and Eames investigate a dispute at an internet dating site.

'Leverage' (9PM ET, TNT) season premiere
Timothy Hutton and his merry band of grifters return.

'Erasing Hate' (9PM ET, MSNBC)
MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell hosts this documentary about Byron Widner, who spent years as a leader in the racist, violent skinhead movement. When he abandoned the movement after he became a father, his body was still covered head-to-toe in swastikas and other racist tattoos. The documentary follows Widner through the painful, lengthy process of having his hate tattoos removed.

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This is the first time I've gone a week without visiting here in 6 years. I'll come back next Sunday and if they don't have the What's On Tonight back by then that will be the last time I check in here. I guess AOL is looking to eliminate traffic here too so they can shut this site down as well. Mission accomplished Arianna.

June 19 2011 at 8:58 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
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I'm returning 'What's On Tonight' to http://whatstv.wordpress.com. Spread the word

June 22 2011 at 8:50 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

I think it's stupid to dump the daily "what's on tonight". I used to visit this site everyday for that and would inevitably be drawn to read other articles. Now I just don't bother to come here anymore. After all I could find new shows listings elsewhere if this site is too lazy to do it.

June 19 2011 at 6:28 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
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Sarah, you can see 'What's On Tonight' at http://whatstv.wordpress.com. Spread the word.

June 22 2011 at 8:50 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I click on the "What's On TONIGHT" link and I get a somewhat {AOL} view of what is on THIS WEEK. Last time I looked a week, SEVEN DAYS, does not equal a single night.

June 19 2011 at 5:09 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to Doug's comment

If they're trying to lighten daily traffic to their site, they've succeeded.

June 19 2011 at 6:33 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

Doug, you can head over to http://whatstv.wordpress.com for the return of 'What's On Tonight.'

June 22 2011 at 8:51 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Nancy Martin

So I guess we shouldn't watch The Bachelorette on Monday or Friday Night Lights on Friday or Game of Thrones on Sunday.....I could go on and on. And everyone, make sure you copy this because they won't be giving us a heads up on What To Watch every evening since the POWERS THAT BE have decided that this is something we really don't want. WHAT A JOKE THIS NEW TV SQUAD IS. THANKS AOL.

June 19 2011 at 4:30 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to Nancy Martin's comment

Agreed. Are there any other sites that tell you what to watch every night?

June 19 2011 at 4:55 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to ness's comment

Someone steered me to www.tvismypacifier.com. they have a "what's on" column that is pretty tremendous.

June 20 2011 at 1:44 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down

Ness, you can also head over to https://whatstv.wordpress.com for a return of the 'What's On Tonight' column.

June 22 2011 at 8:52 AM Report abuse rate up rate down

Nancy, head over to http://whatstv.wordpress.com for the return of 'What's On Tonight' at 12:45 PM. There will also be an eventual return of an expanded 'What To Watch' as well.

June 22 2011 at 8:52 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
O Nikos

Worthless for yet another week... :(

June 19 2011 at 2:46 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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