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TV for Grownups: The Summer Lineup

Don't worry if your favorite shows are done for the season. These programs are returning with fresh episodes or starting brand new

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The cast of "Arrested Development" reunites for a special season. — Netflix

Life's too short and summer's too long to watch TV reruns; besides, there's no need.

There is plenty of fresh television for grownups beginning now and throughout the season.

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From the much-hyped and intriguing Stephen King series Under the Dome on CBS, to a revival of the quirky comedy Arrested Development (above) available as a full season on Netflix, here is a look at the TV offerings you'll want to watch as the days grow longer and warmer.

Shows on Network TV

The Goodwin Games

Splitting the family wealth among siblings is tricky business, and it's made more complicated by recently deceased Ben Goodwin (Beau Bridges) in this comedy about an inheritance contest. Instead of a will, Goodwin's three bickering adult children find recorded instructions for a series of competitions and humiliations they must endure to capture their cash. Grownup viewers will appreciate Bridges, 71, as a ghostly video presence, upping the comic ante while pitting his progeny against one another. (Fox, Mondays at 8:30 p.m. ET, starts May 20)

Motive

Police procedurals draw big audiences to network TV because they are puzzles that viewers may solve in an hour. This new entry in that genre, a hit in Canada last season, has a terrific twist: The killer is revealed at the start of each episode so the audience is a step ahead of the cops. Lead detectives Flynn and Vega, Kristin Lehman and Louis Ferreira, banter over dead bodies like a modern-day Nick and Nora Charles while they try to figure out why the crime was committed, before determining who did it. (ABC, Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET, starts May 23)

The American Baking Competition

It worked for singing (American Idol, The Voice) and dancing (So You Think You Can Dance?), so why not baking? Ten amateur bakers put their best desserts forward in pursuit of a $250,000 grand prize and a cookbook contract in this cupcakes and crème brûlée contest. You may not know the bakers but you will know comedian Jeff Foxworthy, 54, who made the Fox quiz show Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? so much fun. (CBS, Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET, starts May 29)

Whodunnit?

CSI meets Survivor in this new reality/game show, on which 13 aspiring sleuths live together in a creaky old mansion and team up to investigate weekly crimes to win a $250,000 grand prize. One player is eliminated each episode. Gildart Jackson (Charmed) hosts the weekly murder mystery as Butler Giles. The amateurs include a former NFL cheerleader, a bounty hunter and a 62-year-old former homicide detective. The latter would seem to be the favorite, no? (ABC, Sundays at 9 p.m. ET, starts June 23)

Under the Dome

Based on the 2009 sci-fi best seller by Stephen King, this limited-run series tells the story of a tiny Maine town suddenly trapped by an invisible dome and dealing with the panic and Lord of the Flies scenarios that ensue among residents. King TV adaptations were once an annual staple of the viewing calendar, so it's nice to have the fright master back. Dean Norris (the DEA agent brother-in-law on Breaking Bad) is among the stars, and the limited footage released in advance is creepy, in a good way. (CBS, Mondays at 10 p.m. ET, starts June 24)

Shows on Cable and Pay TV

Family Tree

If genealogy appeals to you, this is a series for you. Although it began airing in early May, you can still jump in to watch the charming Chris O'Dowd (from the movie Bridesmaids) as a genial Brit tracing his ancestry through the U.K. and the U.S., thus turning up wacky relatives on both sides of the Atlantic. Director Christopher Guest, 65, famous for his "mockumentary" movies like Best in Show and A Mighty Wind, has created his first TV series and it might be seen as autobiographical considering he has an American mother and British father — a baron, no less. Guest's wife, Jamie Lee Curtis, has interesting Hollywood roots, too, but that's another story. (HBO, Sundays at 10:30 p.m. ET, starts May 12)

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