I preface this post by saying, my head may explode after Tuesday night. Why? There are a plethora of brand new seasons of some of my favorite shows returning this week. Let’s get right to it!
MONDAYS: Season 5 of The Real Housewives of New York City begins!
Yes, Jill Zarin, Alex McCord, Kelly Killoren-Bensimon, and last season addition Cindy Barshop are GONE! Frankly, I think letting Jill go was a mistake; her fights with Ramona Singer are legendary. Fans were probably skeptical when Bethenny Frankel left after season 3, but season 4 was very ridiculous and entertaining. Of course, the show continues for the Countess LuAnn de Lesseps, Ramona, and Sonja Morgan, who joined the cast in season 3. And when wives are let go, new ones must be found. In this season’s case, former designer Heather Thomson, author Carole Radziwill, and amputee (seriously!) Aviva Drescher have been brought in. I think my skepticism about the new “wives” is very high. But Aviva’s fake leg? I’m intrigued! (Bravo, Monday nights, 9E/8C)
TUESDAYS: Dance Moms, Rizzoli & Isles, and The Glee Project
Well obviously, we need to first address a new season of Dance Moms (the original). When we last left Abby Lee Miller and company, Maddie lost her mental focus and she screwed up royally and Abby literally left the girls and Moms at the competition after Cathy’s Candy Apples BEAT Abby’s Junior dancers by one point. One positive, Chloe ended up receiving a scholarship from the Joffrey Ballet in New York, and she beat one of Abby’s defectors, Kendall. And we all remember Kendall and her Mom Jill from last season! Cheap cowboy hat ring a bell? I gave Dance Moms: Miami a chance, but it didn’t take, Abby is where it’s at and I can hardly wait! (Lifetime, Tuesday nights, 9E/8C)
Tuesday marks the return and third season of Rizzoli & Isles. I’ve only recently started watching Jane (Angie Harmon) and Maura (Sasha Alexander); I caught the tail end of season 1 and I watched all of last season. It’s a great show and it’s nice to see an all-female team fight crime again. Harmon and Alexander have a great chemistry, which has created a whole lot of “are they or aren’t they?” subtext for lesbian fans of the show. It’s hilarious how obvious it is sometimes. (TNT, Tuesday nights, 9E/8C)
Last, but not least, The Glee Project is back for a second season. As you recall, Damian McGinty and Samuel Larsen were co-winners of season 1 and McGinty easily got more camera time, even though he was just another kid in the choir room in the last couple of episodes. Lindsay Pierce and Alex Newell also got to appear on the show, Newell in a prominent role as “Unique” star singer of New Directions’ biggest rival, Vocal Adrenaline. 14 fresh faces, including a blind boy and a girl in a wheelchair, will vie for a coveted role on the FOX hit series. This season, in fact I think in the first episode, the contestants will wet their pants when Lea Michele/Rachel Berry serves as a guest mentor. And as usual, co-creator Ryan Murphy, choreographer and co-producer Zach Woodlee, and casting director Robert Ulrich will make the call on who makes it to safety each week. (Oxygen, Tuesday nights, 10E/9C)
And I guess I’ll be smacked in the face if I don’t mention season 5 of True Blood begins June 10th. New faces this year? Scott Foley plays an old Army buddy of Terry (Todd Lowe) and apparently Foley will shake things up. Christopher Meloni joins the cast as Roman, a member of the Vampire Authority.
And of course, Sookah, Beel, Eric, Lafayette, Jason, Jessica, Pam, Alcide, etc. will all be back, but will Tara (Rutina Wesley)? She sort of got shot and killed in last season’s finale; I have a feeling Alan Ball, who will step down as show runner, will go all Ryan Murphy on us and I bet he’s found a way to keep Tara on the show. And I believe Denis O’ Hare AKA Russell Edgington found his way out of the pavement. NO SPOILERS! (HBO, Sunday nights, 9E/8C)