Summer TV Premieres for Teens

The summer television season used to be filled with endless hours of repeats, but networks and especially cable channels are using the low-rated months to experiment with programming. The OC famously launched in the summer of 2003, so there are many shows this summer marketed to teens. Thanks to The Futon Critic‘s fantastic resources, I’ve pulled some information about what teens (and teens at heart) can look forward to in the next few months.

New Shows

The Fashion Show
May 7, Thursdays, 10-11pm
Bravo’s new version of Project Runway hosted by designer Isaac Mizrahi and singer Kelly Rowland

May 19, Tuesdays 9-10pm (Special May premiere, full season should air in the fall)
“The one-hour series follows an optimistic high school teacher as he tries to transform the school’s Glee Club and inspire a group of ragtag performers to make it to the biggest competition of them all: Nationals.”

NYC Prep
June 16, Tuesdays 10-11pm
Reality show following the lives of NYC prep school students. Being hailed as a real-life Gossip Girl.

Make It or Break It
ABC Family
June 22, Mondays 9-10pm
“Set in the world of competitive gymnastics, “Make It or Break It” follows a group of teen Olympic hopefuls as they train and prepare for their day in the spotlight.”

Blonde Charity Mafia
July 7, Tuesdays 9-10pm
“Docu-series about the lives of Washington, D.C.’s most influential 20-something Alpha Girls.” Sounds like The Hills moves to DC.

10 Things I Hate About You
ABC Family
July 7, Tuesdays 8-8:30pm
Televisions adaptation of the 1999 movie, which is based on Shakespeare’s
Taming of the Shrew.

Ruby and the Rockits
ABC Family
July 21, Tuesdays 8:30-9pm
Ruby moves in with her uncle, a former teen idol, and his family, while her dad continues to pursue his rockstar dreams. Stars Alexa Vega of Spy Kids fame and actual former teen idols, David and Patrick Cassidy.

Returning Shows

So You Think You Can Dance
May 21, Wednesdays 8-10pm, Thursdays 9-10pm
Season 5
The summer dance competition and reality show hit returns for another search for America’s favorite dancer.

Secret Life of the American Teenager
ABC Family
Jun. 22, Mondays 8-9pm
Season 2
The show’s second season follows new teen mom Amy Juergens and her friends and family as they deal with the changes in all of their lives.

Lincoln Heights
ABC Family
Aug. 4, Tuesdays 9-10pm
Season 4
More of life’s ups and downs for the Sutton family in the tumultuous Lincoln Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles.

Project Runway
Aug. 20, Thursdays 10-11pm
Season 6
The original fashion design reality show with Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn finally airs its sixth season on Lifetime after a year-long legal battle.

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