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USA chock full of programs this summer

by jmaloni
Tue, Apr 12th 2011 02:35 pm

USA Network debuts its biggest summer ever with powerful weeknight blocks of nine original series.

Two of summer's hottest hits, "White Collar" and "Covert Affairs," kick it off with the return of all new seasons on Tuesday, June 7, at 9/8c and 10/9c, respectively. Next up, "Burn Notice" returns for a sizzling fifth season, followed by the new series launch of "Suits" (formerly known as "A Legal Mind"), premiering Thursday, June 23, at 9/8c and 10/9c, respectively. June ends with the hit series "Royal Pains" leading into another new show launch, "Necessary Roughness," on Wednesday, June 29, at 9/8c and 10/9c, respectively. Also continuing into summer, Monday nights are marked with high-powered octane with WWE "Tough Enough" at 8/7c, followed by WWE "Monday Night Raw" at 9/8c. Sundays continue to share the love with back-to-back episodes "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" and "In Plain Sight" at 9/8c and 10/9c, respectively.

One of television's hottest shows, "White Collar" focuses on the most unlikely of partnerships between a con artist (Matt Bomer) and an FBI agent (Tim DeKay). The critically acclaimed drama returns for season three with more intrigue, more passion and more excitement.

The series also stars Tiffani Thiessen, Willie Garson, Sharif Atkins and Marsha Thomason. Additionally, joining the cast as a series regular this season is Hilarie Burton ("One Tree Hill"), who guest starred in a sexy arc for several episodes in season two, as Neal Caffrey's (Bomer) love interest, Sarah Ellis.

The highly anticipated sophomore season of "Covert Affairs" stars Golden Globe-nominated Piper Perabo as Annie Walker, a young CIA operative whose exceptional linguistic skills make her invaluable to the agency in missions that span the globe. Annie's career continues to intrude on her personal life as she strives to balance "pseudo-normal" life with her high-octane adventures as a covert operative.

The series also stars Christopher Gorham, Sendhil Ramamurthy, Kari Matchett and Anne Dudek. Peter Gallagher, who guest starred last season as the CIA's director of Clandestine Services, Arthur Campbell, joins the cast as a series regular this season.

Summer heats up with the fifth season premiere of "Burn Notice" starring Jeffrey Donovan as Michael Westen, a blacklisted spy who finds himself stranded in sun-soaked Miami. Has Michael finally found his way back into the CIA? Will he return to Miami? Can he and Miami's new counterintelligence expert, Jesse Garcia (Coby Bell), co-exist? Also heating up South Beach are Fiona (Gabrielle Anwar), the beautiful ex-IRA operative and Michael's ex-girlfriend; Sam (Bruce Campbell), our favorite washed-up military intelligence muscle; and Michael's mother (Emmy Award-winner Sharon Gless), who is one tough cookie herself.

"Suits" will launch its freshman season with stars Gabriel Macht ("Love and Other Drugs," "Whiteout"), as one of Manhattan's top corporate lawyers sets out to recruit a new hotshot associate and hires the only guy that impresses him - Patrick J. Adams ("Lost," "Friday Night Lights"), as Mike Ross, a brilliant but unmotivated college dropout. Though he isn't actually a lawyer, this legal prodigy has the book smarts of a Harvard law grad and the street smarts of a hustler. However, in order to serve justice and save their jobs, both these unconventional thinkers must continue the charade.

The series also stars Meghan Markle ("CSI Miami," "Fringe"), Gina Torres ("Gossip Girl," "Huge") and Rick Hoffman ("Samantha Who," "Knight Rider").

Summer favorite "Royal Pains" returns for a third season with Mark Feuerstein starring as Dr. Hank Lawson, the go-to "doctor for hire" in The Hamptons. The series also stars Paulo Costanzo, Reshma Shetty and Jill Flint, with Christine Ebersol, Brooke D'Orsay, Rupak Ginn and television royalty Henry Winkler recurring on the series.

Hank, along with his team - his brother and CEO of Hank Med, Evan (Costanzo); his physician's assistant, Divya (Shetty), and the head of administration at the local hospital, Jill (Flint) - treat a variety of fascinating patients in unusual situations, for which only the pretentious Hamptons could provide the backdrop. This season will prompt many questions: Will Hank and Jill rekindle their relationship? Will Divya and Raj (Ginn) survive the plague scare and break off their marriage? What will become of Eddie (Winkler) now that the government has sentenced him to prison? Is there a wealthy Baron who will help him out of this situation?

"Necessary Roughness" focuses on a tough, sexy Long Island divorcee, played by Callie Thorne ("Rescue Me," "Californication"), who gets a job as therapist for a professional football team in order to make ends meet. Underestimated at every turn, she succeeds beyond all expectations and soon finds herself as the sought-after therapist to high-profile clients. Athletes, musicians, politicians and others living in the spotlight - all in a moment of crisis - clamor for her unique brand of tough love therapy. As a newly single mom raising two teenagers, her start-up practice wreaks havoc on her life. But recognizing that she's changing people's lives for the better, she is determined to make her new career work by striking a balance between her personal and professional worlds.

The show also stars Marc Blucas ("Buffy, The Vampire Slayer," "Knight and Day"), Mehcad Brooks ("True Blood," "The Deep End") and Scott Cohen ("Gilmore Girls," "NYPD Blue").

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