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USA Network has announced its Summer 2014 Schedule – a mix of four well-regard returnees – Covert Affairs, Graceland, Royal Pains, Suits – and two new dramas – Rush and Satisfaction. Rush centers on a hard-partying bad boy physician who caters to L.A.’s elite – for a hefty price; Satisfaction explores modern marriage at its midpoint and stars Matt Passmore, fresh off The Glades.

Royal Pains stands as the network’s longest running current series, going into its sixth season; Covert Affairs enters season five; Suits will be in its fourth season and Graceland is a sophomore. The USA Network summer schedule kicks off with Royal Pains on June 10th; Rush and Satisfaction premiere on Thursday, July 17th. For the complete schedule of premieres – and series descriptions – check out the press release after the jump.

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May Sweeps is when most networks pull out their really big guns and ABC is no exception. Just a few of the highlights: First Lady Michelle Obama guests on Nashville;  Sandra Oh and her character, Dr. Christina Yang leave Grey’s Anatomy; Modern Family’s Cam and Mitchell tie the knot; the town of Arcadia is torn apart (metaphorically at least) on Resurrection and Ward’s betrayal leads to huge consequences on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

There’s bad news, too: The Bachelorette is back; the way watered down Bad Teacher and the hopelessly inane (not to mention depressing) Black Box premiere, and every single host in its history turns up on The View for a reunion special (can you say overcrowded? I knew you could!).

For an as-complete-as-it-can-be-allowing-for-the-vagaries-of-television list of ABC’s May Sweeps schedule (including taglines for most), follow the jump.

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Coldplay will present songs form its new album, Ghost Stories, in an hour-long special, Coldplay: Ghost Stories airing on Sunday, May 18th (7/6C). The special will feature recent live performance footage ‘with 360-degree’’ imagery.’ Coldplay: Ghost Stories will be released on Monday, May 19th. Check out the press release after the jump.

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Fox has rejigged its May Sweeps schedule a bit, moving the Bones finale to Monday, May 19th from the 12th and the Masterchef premiere to May 26th from May 19th. An encore Bones episode will run on Monday, April 28th.

The two-hour premiere of 24: Live Another Day will follow the Bones season finale on May 19th. For the rejigged schedule, check out the press release after the jump.

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When you hear the name William Shatner the first thing that comes to mind is probably Star Trek and with good reason. The iconic TV series has a cult following that has stood the test of time and William Shatner’s Captain Kirk has played a large part in the franchises continued success. But what you don’t know is that beyond the galaxy of (haha yes I went there) of Shatner’s science fiction superstar dome is a world of comedy, theater and lifetime of stories you may just be surprised to discover.

In his latest adventure, William Shatner has returned to his theater roots to star in a one-man show named “Shatner’s World” where he recounts his career in entertainment from his days in theater to Star Trek and beyond. It’s an entertaining, funny and surprisingly poignant look into the life and times of one of America’s most icon entertainers.

I recently had the chance to chat with Mr. Shatner about “Shatner’s World”. Take a peak at this wild ride just after the jump.

“Shatner’s World” hits 700 theaters across the U.S. Thursday, April 24th. Check http://shatnersworld.com for times and locations in your area!

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ION Television has secured the off-network rights to ABC’s summer staple, Rookie Blue. The successful, Canadian-made series enters its fifth season on ABC in June. ION Television will begin running the show in this fall.

For more, check out the press release following the jump.

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Here it is my very first attempt at recapping a television show. Well that’s a lie, back in the day I used to enjoy re-capping American Idol. Oh that show would bring out the serious snark and disgust in me. But I’m loving Orphan Black and so far it hasn’t done anything that deserves my patented weird comedy. I really want to go into Felix’s butt chaps in this episode, but I’ll refrain for my first re-cap.

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