Scoundrels

ABC, June 20, 9 p.m. ET/PT |

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DRAMA

Scoundrels has got one thing right, anyway: Virginia Madsen. She plays Cheryl West, a middle-aged mother and wife who decides to steer her family of small-time crooks toward a life of legality. Crime doesn't pay (or doesn't pay enough) when your husband (David James Elliott) has just been sentenced to five years. Madsen is believably frayed and hard: A look inside Cheryl's medicine cabinet might reveal a full supply of blood-pressure pills along with tranquilizers. She's an embattled noir princess-an interesting character. Whether the show can figure out what to do with her semi-reformed brood is the challenge. Right now the show feels less like FX's recent, underrated The Riches than Brothers & Sisters set among the criminal element.

Memphis Beat

TNT, June 22, 10 p.m. ET/PT |

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CRIME

Jason Lee, who generally has the look of a man who'd just as soon be on a skateboard, has combed his hair into a low-rise pompadour and put on a suit to play a Memphis police detective named Dwight Hendricks. The premiere feels sort of like The Closer but doesn't clinch the deal. I'm just not sure what to make of Jason Lee without his Jason Lee-ishness. But there's a crackle of eccentric touches, including an abundance of Elvis impersonators and the charmingly off-kilter Celia Weston (Observe and Report) as his mother.

Alfre Woodard, playing Dwight's challenging new chief, deploys her usual attractive steely cool.

The Gates

ABC, June 20, 10 p.m. ET/PT |

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DRAMA

In the premiere of this suburban melodrama with supernatural undercurrents, an unhappy housewife (Rhona Mitra) tells her husband she's going to start filling up her calendar with activities-perhaps keeping busy will prevent her from succumbing to vampire lust and draining the blood of handymen and contractors who cross her path in the middle of boring afternoons. This will also spare her husband the task of hauling out the bodies after dark as if they were heavy trash cans packed full of recyclables.

If The Gates played this domestic predicament as comedy, the show might show some more promise. Instead the tone is teasingly ominous and way too familiar. This is a gothic fantasy where all the fun has been landscaped clean away.

1 THE TUDORS

SUN. 6/20 9 P.M.

SHOWTIME

It's curtains for King Henry VIII (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) and for this show. Tudor-loo!

2 TREME

SUN. 6/20 10 P.M.

HBO

Season finale for the fine, atmospheric series (with Wendell Pierce) about post-Katrina New Orleans.

3 HAWTHORNE

TUES. 6/22 9 P.M.

TNT

Season 2 of the drama with Jada Pinkett Smith as a nurse in a world of crumbling health care.

4 16 WISHES

FRI. 6/25 8 P.M.

DISNEY

Debby Ryan as a teenager whose birthday wishes go magically right and horribly wrong.

5 PARTY DOWN

FRI. 6/25 10 P.M.

STARZ

Series alum Jane Lynch, now on Glee, returns for the season finale-as a bride.

The actor, 41, returns as bar owner (and occasionally species-changing) Sam Merlotte on HBO's vampire series.

WHAT'S IT LIKE BEING A SHAPE-SHIFTER?

Whenever we do the shape-shifting, we have an animal there, and I don't actually do it. The animals have fun, and the end result is always me naked in the middle of a room or forest feeling very small, white and pasty.

DOES THAT ADD PRESSURE TO BE FIT?

The guys on our show are so ripped it's ridiculous. I basically have to starve myself and exercise a lot. I'll work out an hour or so a day unless I'm surfing-then it's two or three hours. I don't drink beer while I'm doing the show, which is a bummer given that I own a bar.

SO WHAT IS IT ABOUT VAMPIRES?

They're tall, dark and handsome, live in castles and are independently wealthy. I guess women are into that. But come on, owning a bar with a fish on the wall? I'm from Louisiana, so that makes me proud.

The late star's favorite primate, still living, is the subject of a weirdly touching Animal Planet special, Michael Jackson & Bubbles: The Untold Story, on June 22. Michael's sister LaToya visits him in his ape retirement home and sobs. Bubbles sits there-feeling what?

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The actress, 43, plays onscreen parent to Disney Channel stars Selena Gomez (in Wizards) and Demi Lovato (in Camp Rock).

YOU AND YOUR HUSBAND, DAVID, BOTH ACT. HOW DO YOU JUGGLE FAMILY LIFE?

We make it work. We have two daughters-Bridget, 6, and Madeleine, 4. For Camp Rock 2, we all went to Toronto. David taught the girls school in the hotel. Our little one just flourished!

WHAT CAN FANS EXPECT FROM CAMP ROCK 2 THE FINAL JAM IN SEPTEMBER?

A rival camp opens up across the pond, and there's a big American Idol type of competition.

HOW IS IT PLAYING MOM TO SELENA AND DEMI?

We have a lot of heart-to-heart girl talks. I feel like they need to be warned about a couple of things.

SHOW BUSINESS THINGS?

Boy stuff! They've got managers and agents for the business stuff. I tell them, "Don't give all of your heart away so fast."

>1 THE TUDORS

SUN. 6/20 9 P.M.

SHOWTIME

It's curtains for King Henry VIII (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) and for this show. Tudor-loo!

2 TREME

SUN. 6/20 10 P.M.

HBO

Season finale for the fine, atmospheric series (with Wendell Pierce) about post-Katrina New Orleans.

3 HAWTHORNE

TUES. 6/22 9 P.M.

TNT

Season 2 of the drama with Jada Pinkett Smith as a nurse in a world of crumbling health care.

4 16 WISHES

FRI. 6/25 8 P.M.

DISNEY

Debby Ryan as a teenager whose birthday wishes go magically right and horribly wrong.

5 PARTY DOWN

FRI. 6/25 10 P.M.

STARZ

Series alum Jane Lynch, now on Glee, returns for the season finale—as a bride.

>• The actor, 41, returns as bar owner (and occasionally species-changing) Sam Merlotte on HBO's vampire series.

WHAT'S IT LIKE BEING A SHAPE-SHIFTER?

Whenever we do the shape-shifting, we have an animal there, and I don't actually do it. The animals have fun, and the end result is always me naked in the middle of a room or forest feeling very small, white and pasty.

DOES THAT ADD PRESSURE TO BE FIT?

The guys on our show are so ripped it's ridiculous. I basically have to starve myself and exercise a lot. I'll work out an hour or so a day unless I'm surfing—then it's two or three hours. I don't drink beer while I'm doing the show, which is a bummer given that I own a bar.

SO WHAT IS IT ABOUT VAMPIRES?

They're tall, dark and handsome, live in castles and are independently wealthy. I guess women are into that. But come on, owning a bar with a fish on the wall? I'm from Louisiana, so that makes me proud.

>• The late star's favorite primate, still living, is the subject of a weirdly touching Animal Planet special, Michael Jackson & Bubbles: The Untold Story, on June 22. Michael's sister LaToya visits him in his ape retirement home and sobs. Bubbles sits there—feeling what? [

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>• The actress, 43, plays onscreen parent to Disney Channel stars Selena Gomez (in Wizards) and Demi Lovato (in Camp Rock).

YOU AND YOUR HUSBAND, DAVID, BOTH ACT. HOW DO YOU JUGGLE FAMILY LIFE?

We make it work. We have two daughters—Bridget, 6, and Madeleine, 4. For Camp Rock 2, we all went to Toronto. David taught the girls school in the hotel. Our little one just flourished!

WHAT CAN FANS EXPECT FROM CAMP ROCK 2 THE FINAL JAM IN SEPTEMBER?

A rival camp opens up across the pond, and there's a big American Idol type of competition.

HOW IS IT PLAYING MOM TO SELENA AND DEMI?

We have a lot of heart-to-heart girl talks. I feel like they need to be warned about a couple of things.

SHOW BUSINESS THINGS?

Boy stuff! They've got managers and agents for the business stuff. I tell them, "Don't give all of your heart away so fast."