CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- For me, summer TV officially starts at 9 p.m. Thursday . That's when USA kicks off the final season of its spy drama, "Burn Notice."
Michael & Co. have been through a lot in the past six seasons, and I'm sure these last 13 episodes will be no different. Just because Michael's taken care of the people who burned him doesn't mean he's done. I'm sure he and the gang will have no problem finding trouble to get into here in the homestretch; they certainly never have before.
It's followed by the new series "Graceland." In a drug raid, the U.S. government seizes a Southern California beachfront mansion, which now houses undercover DEA, FBI and Customs agents. It's "based on true events" and stars Aaron Tveit ("Les Miserables"), Daniel Sunjata ("Rescue Me"), Vanessa Ferlito ("Death Proof"), Brandon Jay McLaren ("The Killing"), Serinda Swan ("Breakout Kings") and Manny Montana ("East L.A.").
I'm looking forward to Wednesday night even more, though. That's when "Royal Pains," my second favorite USA show behind "Psych," starts its fifth season at 9 p.m. While I'm excited for its return, I'm a little disappointed with where it's picking up.
At the end of the winter special with Evan and Paige's wedding, Hank was headed into major surgery for a head injury resulting from Boris' mansion's explosion in the season four finale. According to the synopsis, this episode/season begins as "Hank gets back to work after recovering from surgery." I know Hank can't be sidelined with a huge recovery because then there would be no show, but I'd like to have seen them commit to it for at least an episode or two.
"Royal Pains" is followed by "Necessary Roughness," which will see some new faces in Dr. Dani's world. Most notably is John "Uncle Jesse" Stamos as the founder of a sports and entertainment management company who really, really wants Dani to join his team.
Joining him is David Anders (most recently seen as Dr. Whale/Dr. Frankenstein on "Once Upon a Time") as his right-hand man. Also new is Karissa Lee Staples (of the Canadian sitcom "What's Up Warthogs!") as Dani's assistant.