Covert Affairs

USA, July 13, 10 p.m. ET/PT |

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DRAMA

Piper Perabo, who has a special place in my heart thanks to the 2000 movie Coyote Ugly, stars in a fanciful espionage series that feels like a weak descendent of Alias. She's Annie Walker, a CIA trainee with a facility for languages and a life that seems to have been overshadowed by a quickie island romance that ended in heartbreak-and perhaps involved an element of intrigue that was more than sexual. She's summoned to headquarters and, despite her junior status, thrown into a glamorously dangerous spy career. First assignment: Pretend to be a call girl! Did you expect food stylist? In the premiere, at least, Perabo seems dwarfed by the gleaming offices, the guns, the high tech and her more august castmates (including Peter Gallagher as the agency chief). Annie calls for some sort of inner steel, but Perabo looks less like an untested agent than an overwhelmed intern.

White Collar

USA, July 13, 9 p.m. ET/PT

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CRIME

The season kicks off with a bank-heist caper that's reasonably clever-the show's aim is to amuse, not put the gray cells through an obstacle course. Its two strengths remain. Matt Bomer, as (mostly) reformed con artist Neal Caffrey, is one of TV's best-looking men (although he wears tiny hats that make him look like a toy Alpine hiker). And Tim DeKay, as the FBI partner who's never sure Caffrey is working on the right side, is one of the most naturally believable character actors anywhere. Stitch them together, and Collar's tailoring is just fine.

The Glades

A&E, July 11, 10 p.m. ET/PT

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CRIME

Homicide detective Jim Longworth relocates from Chicago to a sunny, swampy Florida town, where he solves cases without ever dropping a pose of slightly smarmy, self-amused charm. As played by Matt Passmore, he seems to be under the delusion that he's a talk show host, treating his superior as a sidekick and his suspects as if they were guests with anecdotes to share rather than crimes to confess. The premiere is well-shot, humidly atmospheric, but a little more urgency would be appreciated. Longworth will have to stop behaving as if everything's just another day in paradise.

1 THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NEW JERSEY

MON. 7/12 10 P.M.

BRAVO

Fight! Teresa has it out with Danielle.

2 DEADLIEST CATCH

TUES. 7/13 9 P.M.

DISCOVERY

The sad moment has arrived: Captain Phil breathes his last.

3 PSYCH

WED. 7/14 10 P.M.

USA

Fifth-season premiere. Shawn (James Roday) and Gus (Dule Hill) get mixed up in a Chinese gang war.

4 CHASING MUMMIES

WED. 7/14 10 P.M.

HISTORY

Exploration series hosted by the excitable Zahi Hawass.

5 DC CUPCAKES

FRI. 7/16 10 P.M.

TLC

Why is the country so obsessed with cupcakes? New series about two sisters with a Georgetown shop.

"I love nepotism!" said Kathie Lee Gifford on Today recently. The fourth-hour cohost was crowing about the fact that her boy Cody, now 20 and a film student, has a summer gig on the show as a movie critic. Cody should cut the jargon-he faulted Grown Ups for lacking a "narrative enigma, if you will"-but the spectacle of ma joined in showbiz with her now-grown son is some sort of milestone in their saga. When Cody interviewed Sarah Silverman, she screamed, "I watched you grow up!" Pause. "Or heard about it."

Cody isn't the only famous offspring on the morning shows. Presidential daughter Jenna Bush Hager contributes Today segments, including an interview with Twilight star Robert Pattinson. She's very cute, if unpolished, and speaks with the same cadence as George W. And Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown's daughter, ex-American Idol contestant Ayla Brown, appears on CBS's Early Show. She's the smoothest of the bunch-much like her father.

After taking one season off, the Emmy-winning choreographer, 44, returns to FOX's dance competition as a full-time judge.

WHAT DID YOU MISS MOST DURING YOUR TIME AWAY?

I was taking the time to make the building blocks for other projects, but I missed feeling a part of it. It's like family, and I came back home like the prodigal daughter.

WILL YOU STILL CHOREOGRAPH NOW THAT YOU'RE JUDGING?

It's really natural sitting in that middle seat, but it doesn't seem complete without me putting my stamp in the show. I will do one or two group numbers.

WOULD YOU EVER SNEAK OFF AND CHOREOGRAPH FOR DANCING WITH THE STARS?

I'm not sure I'm right for their audience. They've never asked, but if they're ready for a Mia piece of work, then yeah!

TNT's crime hit The Closer, back for a sixth season, has a dry, crackling sense of fun that's always welcome-the July 12 premiere includes a bit of grisly slapstick with a corpse stuck dangling in a window. And the whole setup arguably comes close to sitcom, with Kyra Sedgwick starring as flouncily irritable Deputy Chief Johnson, sole woman in a department of easily cowed men. The crew has moved into new quarters, and that too is deftly mined for gags.

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The NFL star and Dancing with the Stars contestant, 32, looks for "the one" on his new VH1 show, premiering July 11.

WHAT'S YOUR TYPE?

I'm open to all, but I'm ridiculous when it comes to manicures and pedicures. A nice set of hands and feet goes a long way with me.

DO WOMEN DO CRAZY THINGS TO GET YOUR ATTENTION?

I've seen it all, similar to Girls Gone Wild! But if you do something like that on the show, I doubt you'll get picked.

BECAUSE YOU'RE LOOKING FOR REAL LOVE?

This is real, yes! I'm looking for somebody to complete me. I tried my way-my way doesn't work obviously, because my ass is single!

YOU AND CHERYL BURKE HAD CHEMISTRY ON DANCING. ANY CHANCE WITH HER?

Cheryl and I are friends. We'll remain friends, and that's what it is.