Ostrow: Take a break from reality with a few scripted shows
The deluge of TV singing and dancing competitions continues, with people bouncing off big red balls into pools of water as a bonus. Yes, reality TV seems to rule at the moment, with Fox's "So You Think You Can Dance," NBC's "The Voice" and "America's Got Talent," and ABC's "Wipeout" all primed to do serious ratings business.
However, a summer shower of scripted series, particularly on cable, offers relief. Here are the dramas and comedies coming in June:
• TNT's "Franklin & Bash." Breckin Meyer and Mark-Paul Gosselaar star as ambulance-chasing lawyers. Their style appeals to the head of a major law firm (Malcolm McDowell), who hires them. Premieres: 7 p.m. Wednesday.
• TNT's "Men of a Certain Age." Ray Romano, Andre Braugher and Scott Bakula return as BFFs in the Peabody- winning dramedy about the midlife male psyche. The series, now in the second half of its second season, is aging well. Premieres: 8 p.m. Wednesday.
• A&E's "The Glades." Season 2 of the visually appealing show about a police detective (Matt Passmore) transplanted from Chicago to a quiet Florida hamlet where he hopes to work on his golf game. Turns out the murder rate rivals that of Jessica Fletcher's Cabot Cove. Returns: 8 p.m. June 5.
• MTV's "Teen Wolf." A modern take on the barely controlled monsters lurking inside most adolescents, this time starring Tyler Posey. Premieres: 9 p.m. June 5.
• ABC Family's "Switched at Birth." Two teen girls — one of them deaf — discover they were sent home with the wrong families and now must cope with the fallout. Premieres: 7 p.m. June 6.
• USA's "White Collar," starring Matt Bomer and Tim DeKay as odd-couple crime- fighters, a con man and an FBI agent; and "Covert Affairs," starring Piper Perabo as a CIA agent, return back-to-back. Return: 7 and 8 p.m. June 7.
• BBC America reruns Syfy's epic "Battlestar Galactica" from the beginning. Starts: June 11.
• ABC Family's "Pretty Little Liars." A drama about nasty, sassy, rude and manipulative teen girls with nice hair. Returns: 6 p.m. June 14.
• ABC Family's "The Nine Lives of Chloe King." Skyler Samuels plays the teen who acquires special powers (and claws!) after she dies. And dies some more. Based on the book series. Premieres: 7 p.m. June 14.
• TNT's "Memphis Beat." Jason Lee returns for a second season as Dwight Hendricks in the Southern-fried drama about a Memphis police detective. 7 p.m. June 14, followed at 8 p.m. by Jada Pinkett Smith's lightweight medical drama, "Hawthorne."
• TV Land's "Hot in Cleveland," the sitcom with Betty White, returns as the lead-in to "Happily Divorced," a new show based on the real- life relationship between Fran Drescher ("The Nanny") and her gay ex-husband, who's a co-producer. Return and premiere: 8 and 8:30 p.m. June 15.
• Lifetime's "Drop Dead Diva." Brooke Elliott begins her third season as Jane/Deb, a plus-sized lawyer whose body is occupied by the soul of a dead model wannabe. Paula Abdul has a cameo in the season opener. 7 p.m. June 19.
• TNT's "Falling Skies." Scifi drama from DreamWorks. Noah Wyle plays a history professor turned resistance leader in search of his son after the aliens invade. Premieres: 7 p.m. June 19, moving to 8 p.m. the following week.
• ABC's "Rookie Blue." Canadian cop show with Missy Peregrym. Returns: June 23.
• FX's "Wilfred." Elijah Wood stars in this high-concept comedy involving a guy in a dog suit. Based on an Aussie hit. Premieres: June 23.
• USA's "Suits." Gabriel Macht plays a lawyer who hires a brilliant college dropout, played by Patrick J. Adams, to impersonate a lawyer. Premieres: 8 p.m. June 23, following return of "Burn Notice."
• HBO's "True Blood." Season 4 is witches vs. vampires. 7 p.m. June 26.
• TNT's "Leverage." Timothy Hutton leads a band of merry con artists, righting corporate wrongs. June 26.
• ABC Family's "State of Georgia." Raven-Symone stars as Georgia, an aspiring actress trying to make it in New York. Premieres: June 29 following the return of "Melissa & Joey."
• USA's "Necessary Roughness." Callie Thorne ("Rescue Me") plays therapist to a professional football team, based on a true story. Premieres: 8 p.m. June 29.
• Lifetime's "The Protector" Ally Walker ("The Profiler") stars as single mother of two, a detective in the LAPD homicide division. 8 p.m. June 12.
Joanne Ostrow: 303-954-1830 or firstname.lastname@example.org