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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

Arrested Development

There are lots of reasons to watch the brand new, much delayed fourth season of the hilariously dysfunctional Bluth family adventures, not the least of which is all 15 episodes will be released at once on Netflix, the streaming video service. Binge watching is possible, if not practical. But more important, Jeffrey Tambor, 71, and Jessica Walter, 72, are back with the rest of the original cast as the Bluth patriarch and matriarch, and they are no sidekicks in this circus. Together they are comic genius. (Netflix, starts May 26)


USA Network has an impressive track record of summer success — Royal Pains, White Collar and Suits to name a few. Graceland, about federal agents posing as Malibu surfers and beach bums, aims to continue the network's hot-weather hot streak. Based on a true story of FBI, DEA and U.S. Customs agents operating a drug sting out of the beachfront mansion of the title, the show features a pair we've seen before — older agent Daniel Sunjata (Rescue Me) mentoring rookie Aaron Tvelt (Gossip Girl). (USA, Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET, starts June 6)

King & Maxwell

Two of crime novelist David Baldacci's most popular characters come alive on the small screen in the form of Jon Tenney, 51, and Rebecca Romjin, 40. Sean King (Tenney) and Michelle Maxwell (Romjin) are former Secret Service agents turned D.C. private investigators. There are crimes to solve and killers to catch, but in the tradition of previous TNT hits like The Closer and Perception, it's the sassy give-and-take between the two leads that will make it a summer winner. (TNT, Mondays at 10 p.m. ET, starts June 10)

Devious Maids

Desperate Housewives honcho Marc Cherry, 51, who knows how to spin over-the-top, addictive domestic drama, created this Lifetime soap about the tangled lives of Beverly Hills housekeepers. Adding to its sudsy pedigree is Susan Lucci, 66 — the All My Children veteran plays one of the maid's bosses — and Eva Longoria, 38, who is producing the show. A kerfuffle over the depiction of Latinas as maids prompted Longoria to go on the defensive on the talk show circuit, but the dustup will no doubt increase interest. Judy Reyes (Scrubs) is among the stars. (Lifetime, Sundays at 10 p.m. ET, starts June 23)

Ray Donovan

This ambitious crime drama stars Liev Schreiber, 45, as a Boston-bred "fixer" who uses shady tactics to extricate Hollywood celebrities from scandal. Jon Voight, 74, is his dad, an ex-con who celebrates his release from prison by murdering the priest who abused his sons. Like most Showtime fare, this is serial drama that demands commitment. And with a first-rate cast (Elliot Gould, 74, also appears as an addled movie studio exec), slick production and the cable network's track record (Homeland, Nurse Jackie, Dexter), it's deserving of one. (Showtime, Sundays at 10 p.m. ET, starts June 30)

The Bridge

Demián Bichir, 49, and Diane Kruger, 36, play cops on either side of the Mexican/American border forced to work together to track a serial killer when a dead body is discovered straddling the dividing line. The Bridge is based on a Danish hit of the same name. The powerhouse duo (Bichir charmed on Showtime's Weeds and nabbed an Oscar nomination for A Better Life, Kruger starred in Inglourious Basterds and the National Treasure films) ensures The Bridge won't lead to nowhere. (FX, Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET, starts July 10)

Whose Line Is It Anyway?

The improv comedy show returns, dusting itself off after a few years away and reemerging almost entirely intact save for one important detail: Aisha Tyler, 42, takes over as host from Drew Carey, who is otherwise occupied by The Price is Right duties. The funny and talented Tyler, who you may remember from Ghost Whisperer, gives the show a permanent female presence. She'll spar with regulars Colin Mochrie, Ryan Stiles and Wayne Brady, all returning from the original series, which signed off in 2006 after an eight-season run on ABC. (The CW, Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET, starts July 16)

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