Fall TV Premieres for Teens

It’s that time of year where the days start getting shorter, kids go back to school, and the networks roll out their shiny new programming, hoping to find the next big hit. After a long summer of mostly reruns, all of our favorite shows are back (except the cancelled ones!) and schedules are packed full of debut shows. Here are some promising new shows that have teen appeal, as well as the status of some returning favorites.

What shows are you most looking forward to this fall?

2 broke girls2 Broke Girls
CBS
Premieres Sept. 19, Mondays 8:30–9 p.m.
This traditional sitcom follows two twenty-something women with clashing personalities — the sarcastic, street-smart Max played by Kat Dennings (Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist) and the refined, trust-fund princess Caroline played by newcomer Beth Behrs. The pair works in a greasy spoon diner while trying to save money to open a cupcake shop.

Terra Nova
FOX
Premieres Sept. 26, Mondays 8–9 p.m.
This ambitious adventure drama from producer Steven Spielberg features a group of colonists from 2149 who travel back to prehistoric times in hopes of restarting human civilization. The central protagonists are the members of the Shannon family, including a 17-year-old boy and a 15-year-old girl.

Hart of Dixie
The CW
Premieres Sept. 26, 9–10 p.m.
O.C. alum Rachel Bilson stars as Zoe Hart, a young doctor who finds herself out of her element with a medical practice in small-town Alabama.

 

The Lying Game
ABC Family
Premiered Aug. 15, Mondays 9–10 p.m.
Based on the best-selling new series from Sara Shepard, this hour-long drama follows Emma and Sutton, twins separated at birth, as they unravel the secrets and lies surrounding their lives.

New Girl
FOX
Premieres Sept. 20, Tuesdays 9–9:30 p.m.
Zooey Deschanel headlines this new comedy as Jess Day, a newly single 20-something who moves in with three guys in an attempt to get over her bad breakup.

Ringer
The CW
Premieres Sept. 13, Tuesdays 9–10 p.m.
Sarah Michelle Gellar (aka Buffy the Vampire Slayer) returns to television in this hour-long drama. Gellar’s Bridget witnesses a murder, so she escapes to New York to hide with her estranged twin sister, Siobhan. When Siobhan mysteriously disappears, Bridget takes over her glamorous New York life, which is full of intriguing secrets. Sounds a lot like The Lying Game…

Suburgatory
ABC
Premieres Sept. 28, Wednesdays 8:30–9 p.m.
Sixteen-year-old Tessa (newcomer Jane Levy) tries to navigate life in the surreal suburbs after her single father decides that they need to escape the big city.

The X Factor
FOX
Premieres Sept. 21, Wednesdays 8–9:30 p.m., Thursdays 8–9 p.m.
Simon Cowell imports another popular British singing competition after ditching American Idol and brings Paula Abdul with him. Similar to Idol in format, this show differs by allowing both solo and group acts of all ages.

I Hate My Teenage Daughter
FOX
Premieres Nov. 23, Wednesdays, 9:30–10 p.m.
Moms Annie and Nikki were social outcasts in high school, but have ended up with daughters who are the type of mean girls they used to hate. While this is about teenagers, it’s mainly from the moms’ perspectives, so may not appeal to a young audience.

Charlie’s Angels
ABC
Premieres Sept. 22, Thursdays 8–9 p.m.
Drew Barrymore brings the hit ’70s show back to the small screen. Annie Ilonzeh, Minka Kelly, and Rachael Taylor star as the angels, three femme fatales brought together by the unseen Charlie to solve crimes in Miami.

The Secret Circle
The CW
Premieres Sept. 15, Thursdays 9–10 p.m.
Teenager Cassie Blake moves in with her grandmother after her mother dies and discovers she’s the last member of the Secret Circle, a group of powerful witches. Like The CW’s popular Vampire Diaries, this show is also based on a series by YA author L.J. Smith.

Grimm
NBC
Premieres Oct. 21, Fridays 9–10 p.m.
The Grimms are an elite group of hunters who track down the supernatural creatures of the world.

Once Upon A Time
ABC
Premieres Oct. 23, Sundays 8–9 p.m.
Jennifer Morrison’s Emma Swan is tracked down by the son she put up for adoption ten years earlier. He believes she is actually Snow White and Prince Charming’s daughter, banished to our world by the Evil Queen, and brings her to Storybrooke, a town where the real world and fairy tales collide.

Returning Shows

Gossip Girl
Returns for its fifth season on Sept. 26
Mondays 8–9 p.m.

Glee
FOX
Returns for its third season on Sept. 20
Tuesdays, 8–9 p.m.

Modern Family
ABC
Returns for its third season on Sept. 21
Wednesdays, 9–9:30 p.m.

South Park
Comedy Central
Returns on Oct. 5
Wednesdays, 10–10:30 p.m.

The Vampire Diaries
The CW
Returns for its third season on Sept. 15
Thursdays 8–9 p.m.

Community, Parks & Recreation, The Office
NBC
Thursdays, 8, 8:30, and 9 p.m.

Supernatural
The CW
Returns for its seventh seasons on Sept. 23
Fridays, 9–10 p.m.

Family Guy
FOX
Returns for its tenth season on Sept. 25
Sundays 9–9:30 p.m.

Totally Amazing High School TV Shows on DVD

High school is an age ripe with drama, so it’s no surprise that writers continue to feature teenaged protagonists in books, movies, and television. I’ve compiled a list of some of the best contemporary realistic (sorry Buffy) high school television series from the last two decades, whether you’re looking to create or expand a YA DVD collection or just want some weekend entertainment. Am I missing any of your favorites?

Best of the Best

My So-Called Life


Angela Chase, My So-Called Life‘s protagonist, set the bar for angst-ridden teens in the grunge-filled ’90s. As a high school sophomore trying to figure out who she is, Angela forges new relationships, tests her boundaries, and frustrates her parents. While the show only lasted 19 episodes in 1994/95, its realistic take on high school issues made a big impact on both its target audience and the genre of teen television shows. Bonus! The full series is currently available for streaming on Netflix.

Dawson’s Creek


With its fast-talking, pop-culture-referencing teens, Dawson’s Creek caused quite a stir when it premiered in 1998 and defined an era for the WB network. Set in the fictional small-town of Capeside, Massachusetts, it originally followed four high school sophomores: clean-cut Dawson, literal girl-next-door Joey, bad-boy Pacey, and new-girl Jen. While new faces joined the cast, notably the eventually openly-gay Jack, the quartet’s relationship highs and lows remained the core of the series as it moved from high school to college over six seasons. At times, the melodrama can be too much, but it’s worth watching at least the first season to get a taste for this influential show and to see the nascent acting chops of Joshua Jackson, Michelle Williams, and Katie Holmes.

Freaks and Geeks

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While this is technically not a contemporary show, since it’s set in 1980, but made in 1999, it’s so amazing that I couldn’t leave it off the list. Focusing on siblings Sam and Lindsay Weir, a freshman and sophomore in high school respectively, Freaks and Geeks presents an honest, hilarious, and often heartbreaking look at what it means to feel like an outcast. With Sam and the geeks, viewers get AV Club, PE humiliation, Dungeons and Dragons, Star Wars, and awkward moments with girls. With Lindsay and the freaks, we get burnouts, fake IDs, terrible high school garage bands, the Grateful Dead, and crazy family drama. Backed by truly awesome soundtrack straight from 1980 and featuring a huge cast of now-familiar faces (James Franco, anyone?), this 18-episode series is a must-see.

Veronica Mars


In this high school mystery series by one-time YA author Rob Thomas, our sarcastic, take-charge heroine Veronica Mars doesn’t let anyone get in her way while she investigates the events surrounding her best friend’s murder. The daughter of a private investigator and the former town sheriff, she also works on cases for her dad and for her fellow classmates on the side, often aided by her friends Wallace and Mac. (Oh yeah, and there’s some steamy romance too.) Through the series’ three-season run, the show touched on issues running the gamut from class warfare to date rape to teen pregnancy to family relationships without losing its acerbic wit and intriguing plotlines. Bonus! The full series is currently available for streaming on Netflix. Now, where’s the long-rumored movie?

Friday Night Lights


It’s a show about football, that’s not really about football. This gritty, cinematic, hour-long drama is a spin-off of sorts from the 2004 film of the same name, based on a 1990 nonfiction book by H. G. Bissinger. The show centers on the coach, players, family, and community of a high school football team in small-town Dillon, TX. The football drives a lot of the storylines, but doesn’t take up much screen time. It’s the relationships between the characters that are the backbone of the show, and they are some of the deepest and most realistic ever depicted in a high school series. The writers aren’t afraid to tackle controversial issues and they do so in an honest, nuanced way that feels true to the characters and the setting. The fifth and final season is currently airing on NBC, but all five seasons are already out on DVD. The first four seasons are also streaming on Netflix.

Honorable Mentions

Popular


Before creating Glee, Ryan Murphy helmed this lesser-known teen satire. Taking a no-holds-barred approach to the genre, this series featured over-the-top scenarios, plenty of sarcasm, and hilarious performances, like the larger-than-life Mary Cherry.

Daria


A spin-off from MTV’s Beavis and Butthead, Daria poked fun at the absurdities of suburban high school life in a wry, sarcastic way. Fronted by the cynical, unpopular Daria Morgendorffer, the show also included other memorable characters like her artsy best friend Jane, her ditsy cheerleader sister Quinn, and her totally clueless parents.

The OC


This series about a tough kid from the wrong side of the tracks who finds himself embroiled in the high-class world of Orange County, CA, set the cultural zeitgeist for teens and 20-somethings in the early 2000s with its generous use of pop culture references and indie rock hits. While its quality and popularity waned in the last few seasons, this show laid the groundwork for later hits like Gossip Girl and Skins.

Life As We Know It


Based on the novel Doing It by Melvin Burgess, this short-lived series features three hormone-charged teenaged boys navigating their way through school, family issues, and relationship drama. It didn’t have much time to fully develop, but the show is notable for its smart, frank dialogue and sharp performances.

Fall TV Premieres for Teens

This fall’s new TV shows don’t look as promising as last year, a season which gave us teen favorites Glee and Vampire Diaries, but there are a few shows to take a look at.

Hellcats
Hellcats
The CW
Premiered Sept. 8, Wednesdays 9-10 p.m.
It’s Bring It On goes to college with Disney Channel alums Aly Michalka and Ashley Tisdale in the lead roles. Michalka plays a snarky, rebellious girl who joins her school’s cheerleading squad, fronted by Tisdale, as a last ditch effort to pay for her tuition.

Nikita
Nikita
The CW
Premiered Sept. 9, Thursdays 9-10 p.m.
The CW resurrects the Nikita franchise with a series more closely tied to the 1990 movie than the late ’90s series. Maggie Q’s Nikita is a rogue assassin trying to take down the Division, the secret organization that trained her as a teenager.

The World of Jenks
The World of Jenks
MTV
Premieres September 13, Mondays 10-10:30 p.m.
In MTV’s newest series, documentary filmmaker Andrew Jenks moves in with a different stranger every week to get an inside look into their lives.

Raising Hope
Raising Hope
Fox
Premieres September 21, Tuesdays 9-9:30 p.m.
This sitcom features a 23-year-old single dad raising his newborn daughter with his dysfunctional family.

$#*! MY DAD SAYS
Bleep My Dad Says
FOX
Premieres September 23, Thursdays 8:30-9 p.m.
Based on the popular Twitter feed and eventual book, the TV version features William Shatner as the titular father whose politically incorrect rants create new issues for his live-in, unemployed 20-something son.

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No Ordinary Family
ABC
Premieres September 28, Tuesdays 8-9 p.m.
From Everwood showrunner Greg Berlanti, No Ordinary Family follows the Powells, including teenage son and daughter, who gain superpowers after a plane crash in the Amazon and have to deal with the repercussions when they return to their normal lives.

I’m definitely going to give Hellcats a shot, but I’m not too excited about any of the other teen oriented shows. What are you looking forward to?

Summer TV Premieres for Teens

I always get a little sad when my favorite tv shows end for the season in May, but there’s always a new crop of fun summer shows to look forward to. Here is a selection of new and returning shows with teen appeal.

New Shows

Pretty Little LiarsPretty Little Liars
Premieres June 8, Tuesdays 8-9 p.m.
Based on the Pretty Little Liars series of young adult novels by Sara Shepard, this series follows the lives of four girls who start to receive mysterious messages years after the disappearance of their “queen bee” Alison.

HugeHuge
ABC Family
Premieres June 28, Mondays 9-10 p.m.
Based on the young adult novel of the same name by Sasha Paley, Huge centers on the experiences of a group of teens at a summer weight loss camp. The show stars Nikki Blonsky, best known for her breakout role in the movie Hairspray.

The Hard Times of RJ BergerThe Hard Times of RJ Berger
MTV
Premieres Sunday, June 6, 11 p.m.
Mondays 10-10:30 p.m.
Perennial loser RJ Berger is flung out of obscurity when his, ahem, package, is exposed to his entire high school. MTV takes a humorous and raunchy look at everyday high school life in its new series.

Returning Shows

The Secret Life of an American Teenager
Season 3 premieres June 7
ABC Family
Mondays 8-9 p.m.

Make It or Break It
Season 2 premieres June 28
ABC Family
Mondays 10-11 p.m.

So You Think You Can Dance
Season 7 premieres May 27
Fox
Wednesdays 8-10 p.m., Thursdays 9-10 p.m.

America’s Got Talent
Season 5 premieres
NBC
Tuesdays 9-10 p.m., Wednesdays 9-10 p.m.

Jersey Shore
Season 2 premieres July 29
MTV
Thursdays 10-11 p.m.

TV Review: Life Unexpected

Life Unexpected
Almost sixteen-year-old Lux tires of bouncing from foster home to foster home and decides to seek emancipation. Before she can face the judge on her birthday, however, she needs to get signatures from her birth parents waiving their custody rights. She is shocked to find that her dad, Nate Bazile (Baze), is a 32-year-old living above the bar he owns, and her mom, Cate Cassidy, is the co-host of her favorite radio morning show and recently engaged. Her presence reunites the two, who haven’t talked since their fateful hookup during a high school formal, especially when the judge finds Lux unfit to live by herself and grants them joint custody.

The show explores family, growing up, and relationships with humor and a lot of heart. In the pilot alone, the writers have set up some fantastic relationship dynamics that will be interesting to watch unfold. Lux has to come to terms with a mom who gave her up at her own age, but who she’s been listening to on the radio for years, and a dad who never knew she existed that she bonds with over YouTube videos. Baze and Cate have to reconcile their long buried teenage passions with the fact that Cate’s engaged (if a bit reluctantly). And Cate’s fiance, Ryan, has to accept that his wife-to-be suddenly has a grown child. Luckily, the casting seems to be spot on and the actors can pull off these roles and relationships without making the show a schmaltzy drama-fest. I love Shiri Appleby (Cate) and Kerr Smith (Ryan), so I’m glad to see them here, and Brittany Robertson as Lux is a dream. She’s got the disaffected, but still a tiny bit hopeful teen thing down pat. We’ll see if Kristoffer Polaha (Baze) grows on me, but right now I don’t want him and Cate to get back together. Of course, as a CW family drama, there are bound to be some predictable storylines and the plot really is a bit of a stretch if you think about it too much. But, I’m willing to give it a shot and look forward to tuning in next week! Airs Mondays from 9-10 p.m. on the CW.

Interestingly, the show’s creator, Liz Tigelaar, has also written some YA novels. PrettyTOUGH and Playing With the Boys (Pretty Tough) are part of a girl’s sports series about soccer. She’s also written novelizations based on Dawson’s Creek and American Dreams, two other TV series she’s worked on.

Winter/Spring TV Premieres for Teens

A new season brings new television. There aren’t very many brand-new series, but here are a few about and for teenagers.

Life Unexpected
Life Unexpected
CW
Jan. 18, Mondays 9-10 p.m.
Fifteen-year-old foster kid Lux seeks out her birth parents in order to become an emancipated minor. She reunites with her mother and father who had her as teenagers and are now leading separate lives in Portland, Oregon. Instead of emancipation, the two are granted temporary joint custody of Lux and must work to give her the family she never had. The show looks to be a classic CW family drama in the vein of Gilmore Girls and Everwood. I’m looking forward to Shiri Appleby, who got her start on the WB’s Roswell back in the late ’90s.

The Buried Life
The Buried Life
MTV
Jan. 18, Mondays 10-10:30 p.m.
Four college-aged guys travel the country on a quest to complete the 100 things they want to do before they die. They also help strangers achieve their own life dreams along the way. This documentary is part of MTV’s effort away from superficial reality shows and toward more socially-conscious programming.

My Life as Liz
My Life as Liz
MTV
Jan. 18, Mondays 10:30-11 p.m.
This show follows Liz, a quirky and sarcastic high schooler, as she navigates the social strata of teenage life. While filmed to feel like a reality show, it’s actually a scripted satire of high school.

Caprica
Caprica
SyFy
Jan. 22, two-hour premiere 9-11 p.m.
Fridays 9-10 p.m.
Set in Caprica City, a metropolis similar to any contemporary city, the story centers on two rival patriarchs dealing with the aftermath of a terrorist attack. Daniel Graystone, who lost his teenage daughter in the attack, attempts to bring her back using a digital clone of her personality and military robotics technology. Joseph Adama initially joins Graystone in order to bring back his own wife and daughter, but soon becomes uneasy with the methods. Though technically a prequel series to Battlestar Galactica, Caprica is more of a family drama that the network hopes will draw in more female viewers.

The Inbetweeners
The Inbetweeners
BBC America
Jan. 25, two-episode premiere 9-10 p.m.
Wednesdays, 9:30-10 p.m.
This award-winning British comedy finally makes its way across the pond. Will, the eager, but sarcastic narrator of the series, ends up as the new kid at a public high school after years of private schooling. He soon falls in with three other “inbetweeners” — those that don’t really fit in with any social group — and finds himself caught up in a host of hilarious situations.

Friday Night Lights

Friday Night Lights
Season four of the critically acclaimed Friday Night Lights debuts tonight! The show centers on the coach, players, family, and community of a high school football team in small-town Dillon, TX. While on the surface, it’s a high-school drama about football, it’s much more than that. The football drives a lot of the storylines, but doesn’t take up much screen time. It’s the relationships between the characters that are the backbone of the show, and they are some of the deepest and most realistic you can find on TV. You will fall in love with the characters and their lives, despite their very real flaws.

Like many of the show’s current fans, I was a bit leery of the show when it first aired. I’d seen the movie and liked it, but didn’t think I’d want to tune in each week for a melodrama about football players. I am so glad I gave it a shot the summer after the first season — I ended up watching all 22 episodes in a few days and it’s become one of my all-time favorite TV shows. It’s struggled to find an audience, though, and only continues to air through an exclusive deal with DirectTV. If you’re like most Americans and don’t have DirectTV, you’ll have to wait until next year for the delayed broadcast on NBC. But if you haven’t seen the show yet, that gives you plenty of time to catch up on the 50 episodes of the first three seasons.

Need more? Read the non-fiction book about a real Texas football team on which the movie and TV series are based. You can also watch the movie, which was directed by Peter Berg, who created the TV series, and features some of the same actors and music as the show.

Plus, Adele from the blog Persnickety Snark has a great feature about Friday Night Lights this week. She’s gotten a host of YA authors to share their love of the series, including Sarah Dessen, Melissa Walker, and Meg Cabot.

Fall TV for Teens

Fall is upon us, and that means lots of brand new TV. We’ve got plenty of returning favorites, but there are a few new TV shows with teen appeal to check out.

New Shows
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The Cleveland Show
Fox
Sept. 27, Sundays, 8:30-9pm
A spin-off Family Guy, The Cleveland Show follows the Griffin’s neighbor Cleveland Brown as he moves to Virginia to start a new life with his high school sweetheart and her two kids. This will definitely be on the radar of Family Guy fans.

THE BEAUTIFUL LIFE
The Beautiful Life
CW
Sept. 16, Wednesdays, 9-10pm
The CW already has a model-centric hit with America’s Next Top Model, so why not take a shot with a soapy drama about young models trying to make it big in NYC? Produced by Ashton Kutcher and featuring Corbin Bleu (High School Musical) and Mischa Barton (The OC), the show has some minor star power behind it, though the two stars (Sara Paxton and Ben Hollingsworth) are relatively unknown. The show seems tailor-made for the CW, so it might have some staying power.

THE VAMPIRE DIARIES
The Vampire Diaries
CW
Sept. 10, Thursdays, 8-9pm
Producing a TV drama about vampires seems like a no-brainer right now. Based on the book series of the same name by LJ Smith, Vampire Diaries centers on the love triangle between high schooler Elena and two vampire brothers. With Kevin Williamson, the writer behind mega-hit Dawson’s Creek, and paired with Supernatural, this show should draw in big audiences.

MELROSE PLACE
Melrose Place
CW
Sept. 8, Tuesdays, 9-10pm
The CW did okay with a spin-off of ’90s classic Beverly Hills 90210, so a spin-off of Melrose Place was inevitable. Like its predecessor, it will focus on a group of beautiful young people living in an apartment complex. The season will center around a murder mystery involving characters from the original series. It will be interesting to see if Melrose Place will find an audience since its characters are slightly older than the CW’s usual demographic.

Glee
Glee
Fox
Sept. 9, Wednesdays, 9-10pm
Ok, technically Glee premiered in the spring, but it would be a crime not to mention it again as the series really gets going this week. The ratings look strong so far, but those don’t do justice to the buzz that’s building for a show that only has one episode and a few song previews to go on. It’ll certainly be popular among the musical theatre-loving crowd, especially the teens.

TV Review: Glee

Glee

I’m a sucker for musical numbers and tv shows set in high school, so it didn’t take a massive marketing campaign to make me watch Fox’s new show Glee. Plus, creator Ryan Murphy was also behind the delightfully campy high school satire Popular. In other words, my expectations were high.

What I liked:

  • Most of the characters, even though some weren’t more than caricatures. Matthew Morrison as Will Schuester, the glee club director, played his character with the right amount of eagerness and trepidation and Lea Michele (Rachel) is the perfect overachieving high school diva. I can’t wait to see more of the always amusing Jane Lynch as the cheer coach and Jamie Mays as an OCD teacher.
  • The musical numbers were fabulous. C’mon, “Rehab” and “Don’t Stop Believin'”? Pure gold. And from the previews, it looks like we’re gonna see “Gold Digger” and lots more. I also loved the interstitial music played between scenes and when introducing Rachel.
  • That they weren’t afraid to be a bit edgy, especially with the big American Idol lead-in. Waterboarding, drug dealing, wheelchair jokes, etc.

What I didn’t like:

  • The pacing seemed a bit awkward, especially at the beginning.
  • Some of the characters are one-sided so far. Cory Monteith as Finn, the jock-turned-singer is really boring. I really just wanted him to go back to the football team for good. The glee club director’s wife seems like the typical neurotic, demanding sitcom wife. And don’t get me started on the other glee clubbers or the football team. But, since all pilots struggle with needing to introduce a lot of characters in little time, I’ll wait to see how all the characters and relationships play out.

Bottom line:
I’ll definitely give the show a shot when it returns in the fall. The preview clips were really compelling and at the least, we’ll get a few entertaining musical numbers each week.

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

Glee
Fox
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
Bravo
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
CW
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
Fox
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
Lifetime
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.