PopWatch Planner: Dog days of summer TV? No way! 'True Blood', 'Suits' return, plus Usher's new album and more

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It’s already June — and high time to figure out your summer jam — so it’s a good thing Usher’s new record is out this week, ready to be blasted at barbeques and in the carpool lane to the beach with the windows down. Plus, while summer TV used to mean reruns and the MTV Beach House, the appearance of great summer programming is just one of the many reasons we’re happy to be living in America today. This week a bunch of favorite shows kick off their new seasons, while another comes to an end. Sunday is a DVR-filled competition, with the premiere of True Blood, the Mad Men season finale, and the Tony Awards – how to choose?! The week fills out with new music, a rockin’ movie premiere, and some fun ideas for dad’s special day. Have a great week!

SUNDAY, JUNE 10
The Tony Awards, CBS, 8 p.m.
True Blood, HBO, 9 p.m.
Mad Men, AMC, 10 p.m.

There’s too much happening Sunday night to choose just one thing to watch. I’ll be liveblogging the Tony Awards, Broadway’s biggest night, along with Thom Geier, starting at 7:45 p.m. ET, so come back to EW.com later today and check it out. While you’re planning your Sunday TV, make sure the DVR is set for True Blood’s return on HBO and the Mad Men season finale on AMC. 

MONDAY, JUNE 11
Bunheads, ABC Family, 9 p.m.

You may get a glimpse of stage star Sutton Foster on Sunday’s Tonys, but for more of the dancing diva, check out her jump to the small screen in the new show Bunheads on ABC Family. Foster plays a former Vegas showgirl who moves to her hometown and works at a dances school alongside her mother-in-law. Get an exclusive first look at the show here.

TUESDAY, JUNE 12
Episodes Season 1 out on DVD

If you haven’t caught Matt LeBlanc’s Emmy-winning return to TV, you’re missing out. His turn playing a hyperbolic version of himself, at the whim of two British screenwriters on a flailing sitcom called Pucks, is endearing and hilarious. Fortunately, Showtime is releasing the full first season of Episodes Tuesday on DVD. Just enough time to catch up before season 2 starts on July 1.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 13
Check out Usher’s Looking 4 Myself

Look no further than Usher’s new album Looking 4 Myself for your jam this week. Sure to generate a few radio singles, Melissa Maertz gives the new release a B, saying “When he reins himself in and lets the producers experiment, he’s getting something better than just another loverman hit. He’s always been popular, but now he sounds cool.” Best tracks: “Climax” and “Twisted.”

THURSDAY, JUNE 14
Suits season premiere, USA, 10 p.m.

First Royal Pains came back last week true to form, and now this week it’s Suits‘ turn to fill the summer doldrums on basic cable. USA’s fun lawyer drama is back and last season’s cliffhanger — if Mike’s ex-best-friend Trevor will tell Mike’s boss Jessica a secret about him that could blow his cover — will certainly be addressed. To get caught up and get a sneak peek at the action, check out this preview.

FRIDAY, JUNE 15
Rock of Ages out in theaters

Is that really TOM CRUISE in the fur coat and cowboy hat? Why yes, yes it is. The hit musical is now a movie, starring a bevy of favorites including Tom Cruise as aging rocker Stacey Jaxx, Alec Baldwin, Julianne Hough, and more karaoke-friendly riffs than you can shake a Fender at. The Los Angeles premiere even featured a live show from hard rockers Poison, so throw on your leather pants, pouff up your hair, and get ready to rock out.

SATURDAY, JUNE 16
Vans Warped Tour kicks off in Salt Lake City

The annual punk and hard rock fest (it’s been going since 1995!) starts this week in Utah and will travel around the country, wrapping up August 5 in Portland, Ore. Bands on this year’s tour include headliners like Rise Against, The Used, Taking Back Sunday, and New Found Glory.

SUNDAY, JUNE 17
Father’s Day
James Bond marathon, BBC America (all day)

Does your dad like his martinis shaken, not stirred? If you’re looking for some great movies to watch on Father’s Day, BBC America is hosting a James Bond Marathon (mostly Pierce Brosnan era choices) all day Sunday, starting with The World is Not Enough at 10:30 a.m. and wrapping with Tomorrow Never Dies around 4 a.m. Monday morning. If Bond’s not your dad’s cup of tea, check out Chris Nashawaty’s list of Steve McQueen DVD favorites for dad and get Netflix-ing.

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