TUESDAY, JUNE 10
Explorer: Science of Cats (National Geographic Channel, 10 p.m. ET)
How did humans and felines come to be so compatible? This edition of Explorer looks all the way back to the mummification of cats in ancient Egypt in search of answers.
The Season 3 winner will be announced today on the Internet competition series InTurn. Will it be Michael, Nell or Justin? The winner will soon begin a 13-week contract role on CBS’ As the World Turns.
The Alaska Experiment: Back from the Wild (Discovery Channel, 10 p.m. ET)
Premiere. Les Stroud (Survivorman!) is the host of this look back at the experiences of people featured in the recent Discovery Channel series The Alaska Experiment. They volunteered to live for three months with minimal supplies in the Alaskan wilderness and be constantly monitored physically and psychologically to see how well they were handling the demands of day to day survival.
30 Days (FX, 10 p.m. ET)
Former NFL player and Super Bowl champion Ray Crockett lives in a wheelchair for one month, during which he joins a wheelchair rugby team and attends a weekly support group for paraplegics.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 11
So You Think You Can Dance (Fox, 8 p.m. ET)
Two Hours. The Top 20 dancers do their thing.
Celebrity Circus (NBC, 9:30 p.m. ET)
Series Premiere. Ninety Minutes. Celebrities compete in circus-act challenges in this new reality series, which might remind viewers of Circus of the Stars, a long-running series of specials that started on CBS way back in 1977. Look for reality show regulars Antonio Sabato Jr., Christopher Knight, Jason “Wee Man” Acuna (from Jackass) and supermodel Rachel Hunter among the participants. Home viewers determine who gets kicked out of the tent each week. Joey Fatone is the host.
There isn’t much to look at – this is just an audio recording with static images as visuals – but how can you resist an uncensored exchange between trash-talking tantrum-tossers Rosie O’Donnell and Howard Stern?
THURSDAY, JUNE 12
Million Dollar Password (CBS, 8 p.m. ET)
Nostalgia alert! Betty White, who made multiple appearances on the original Password in the Sixties and Seventies and married original host Allen Ludden, is one of the celebrity contestants on tonight’s special episode. She’ll be competing against Susie Essman (Curb Your Enthusiasm).
The A-List Awards Pre-Show (Bravo, 8:30 p.m. ET)
Premiere. Tim Gunn (Project Runway) hosts red-carpet arrival coverage for The A-List Awards, taped last week at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City and telecast later tonight on Bravo (see below).
The Road Hammers (GAC, 8:30 p.m. ET)
Series Premiere. Jason Priestly (90210) is the director of this eight-episode observational reality series that focuses on the challenges faced by members of the award-winning Canadian country music band The Road Hammers as they relocate with their families to Nashville to take on the American market.
The Bill Engvall Show (TBS, 9 p.m. ET)
Season Premiere. Comedian Bill Engvall and Nancy Travis (Becker) return for a second season of this very traditional sitcom about a Denver couple with three children striving to cope with the exasperating demands of modern parenthood. Tim Meadows (Saturday Night Live) co-stars.
Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List (Bravo, 9 p.m. ET)
Season Premiere. Kathy Griffin, her assistants, her dogs and her gays return for a fourth season of her Emmy Award-winning observational reality series. Tonight’s episode shows her preparing to host CNN’s live coverage of the New Year’s Eve countdown with Anderson Cooper in Times Square and attending the 2008 Producer’s Guild Awards, at which My Life on the D-List loses to Discovery Channel’s Planet Earth. (Kathy’s upset. What did she think was going to happen?) In future episodes Griffin will perform at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., host Air New Zealand’s Pink Flight from San Francisco to Sydney and officiate at a wedding in Queens.
My Boys (TBS, 9:30 p.m. ET)
Season Premiere. Okay, so who is the guy on the plane who stepped up and sent that message to PJ (Jordana Spiro) at the end of Season 1? All we know is that it’s someone she wants to date. Is it globe-trotting reporter Thorn Packer (Jeremy Sisto), botanist Evan (Michael Landes) or Chicago Cubs player Mitt Dougan (Travis Schuldt)? Or is it one of her close guy friends – maybe one she had a brief fling with in the past? You’ll find out in tonight’s episode -- and then PJ and her date and Stephanie (Kellee Stewart) and her boyfriend Lance (Schuyler Yancey) will jet to Rome for a romantic adventure. Meantime, PJ’s brother Andy (Jim Gaffigan) and his now-pregnant wife move back to the city, meaning Andy will be around for those weekly poker games in PJ’s apartment.
Fear Itself (NBC, 10 p.m. ET)
While on a stake out in a haunted house, a private investigator is made to confront demons from his past. Eric Roberts, Cynthia Watros and Jack Noseworthy star.
Bravo’s A-List Awards (Bravo, 10 p.m. ET)
Premiere. Kathy Griffin hosts Bravo’s first awards show, The A-List Awards, honoring outstanding achievements in food, fashion, design, beauty and pop culture. Tila Tequila, Jack McBrayer (30 Rock), Dina and Ali Lohan, Tyson Beckford, Caroline Rhea, Candace Bushnell, Niki Taylor, Rachel Dratch, Christian Siriano, Tim Gunn, Padma Lakshmi, Jonathan Adler and the Housewives of both Orange County and New York City will appear. Legendary supermodel Lauren Hutton will receive the John Frieda Beauty Icon Award, and celebrities will model dresses designed by former Project Runway competitors during the show.
FRIDAY, JUNE 13
iCarly Saves TV (Nickelodeon, 8 p.m. ET)
Premiere. In a storyline that will resonate throughout the television industry, talented tweens Carly, Sam and Freddie are asked by a big broadcast network to adapt their popular Internet show for TV. Overjoyed at first, the kids quickly find themselves clashing with network executives at every turn and struggling to save the iCarly they know and love. Rachel Fox, unforgettable this season as bad seed Kayla on Desperate Housewives, plays Amber Tate, the diva poised to unseat Sam as Carly’s sidekick. Before this one-hour special, iCarly stars Miranda Cosgrove, Jennette McCurdy, Nathan Kress and Jerry Trainor will each host an hour of programming featuring their favorite iCarly episodes and carefully selected home-made videos of young viewers singing the iCarly theme song. (Your children have been uploading them to iCarly.com since May 24.)
F’N MTV Premieres (MTV, 8:30 p.m. ET)
Series Premiere. Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy is the host of this new weekly summer series featuring live performances, special celebrity guest appearances and the debut of new music videos. Panic at the Disco, Snoop Dogg, The Pussycat Dolls, Boys Like Us and Vampire Weekend are among the artists scheduled to appear on F’N MTV Premieres in the weeks ahead.
Can You Duet (CMT, 8 p.m. ET)
Season Finale. Two Hours. In the first part of tonight’s two-hour season finale, the final four duos perform on stage at the Wildhorse Saloon in Nashville, and one twosome is eliminated by hour’s end. In the second, the finalists will perform for the last time and host Rossi Morreale will reveal the winning duo. Country superstar Naomi Judd, vocal coach Brett Manning and songwriter Aimee Mayo are the judges.
Extraordinary Animals (Animal Planet, 9:30 p.m. ET)
Series Premiere. William Shatner is the narrator of this 17-episode series that looks at animals with special abilities, such as a piano-playing cat, a dolphin that can order her own lunch by communicating through sonar, a schnauzer that has accurately predicted the deaths of nearly 60 residents of a nursing home (by staying at their sides until they have passed away) and, in tonight’s premiere episode, an elephant named Hong with a talent for painting.
Battlestar Galactica (Sci Fi Channel, 10 p.m. ET)
Mid-Season Finale. Don’t even ask for details. Just expect the usual shocks this series always delivers when it reaches the end of a season (or, in this case, a half season). The real cliffhanger here is when Sci Fi Channel will schedule the remaining ten episodes of this landmark series.