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Gone are the days of a television season that runs September through May. These days, new shows are premiering throughout the year and some of the most entertaining are saved exclusively for summer to help us forget about all those maddening cliffhangers.

From True Blood and Drop Dead Diva to Pretty Little Liars, some of the best shows have made their debut in the summer and continue to be must-see TV every year.

While the broadcast networks don't tend to do well in the drama department during the summer, the cable networks traditionally flourish and this year's new shows are setting the bar higher than ever...

ABC Family - 'Bunheads'

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Premiere: June 11, 2012
Airs: Mondays at 9:00 PM ET on ABC Family
Cast: Sutton Foster as Michelle, Rest of Cast TBA

Synopsis: Former Gilmore Girls scribe/producer brings her brilliance to ABC Family with this drama about a Vegas showgirl who impulsively gets married and moves to her new husband's small town and is immediately put to work as a teacher at her new mother-in-law's dance school. Will Michelle somehow make her marriage work or will she escape her new life and head back to Las Vegas?

NBC - 'Saving Hope'

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Premiere: June 7, 2012
Airs: Thursdays at 10:00 PM ET on NBC
Cast: Erica Durance as Alex Reid, Daniel Gillies as Joel Goran, Huse Madhavji, Julia Taylor-Ross, Kristopher Turner and Michael Shanks as Charlie Harris

Synopsis: When Chief of Surgery Charlie Harris goes into a coma, his fiance Dr. Alex Reid rushes to do everything she can to save his life and keep the hospital up and running amidst the chaos that has unfolded since he slipped into the coma. During all this drama, Charlie finds himself somehow wondering the hospital, not sure whether he is a ghost or simply a figment of his imagination.

TNT - 'Dallas'

The Cast of Dallas - Photo by Martin Schoeller
Premiere: June 13, 2012
Airs: Wednesdays at 9:00 PM ET on TNT
Cast: Brenda Strong as Ann, Jesse Metcalfe as Christopher Ewing, Jordana Brewster as Elena, Josh Henderson as John Ross Ewing, Julie Gonzalo as Rebecca, Larry Hagman as J.R. Ewing, Linda Gray as Sue Ellen Ewing and Patrick Duffy as Bobby Ewing

Synopsis: "Who Shot J.R.?" was easily one of the biggest television events in the '80s and J.R., Bobby and Sue Ellen Ewing are back and they've brought along a whole new generation of Ewings to make the summer hotter than ever. J.R. and Bobby's sibling rivalry was legendary and they've passed it along to their sons John Ross and Christopher, who, like their father's, will wrestle for control of Ewing oil.

TNT - 'Major Crimes'

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Premiere: August 13, 2012
Airs: Mondays at 9:00 PM ET on TNT
Cast: G.W. Bailey as Louie Provenza, Graham Patrick Martin as Rusty, Kearran Giovanni as Amy Skyes, Mary McDonnell as Sharon Raydor, Michael Paul Chan as Mike Tao, Phillip P. Keene as Buzz Watson, Raymond Cruz as Julio Sanchez and Tony Denison as Andy Flynn

Synopsis: A spin-off of The Closer, this series continues to follow Los Angeles Police Captain Sharon Raydor and her fantastic team of detectives (with several faces you will recognize) as they take us through the trials and tribulations of solving a case, making it stick and putting the bad guys away.

TNT - 'Perception'

Photo Credit: Jeremy Freeman ©2012 Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.
Premiere: July 9, 2012
Airs: Mondays at 10:00 PM ET on TNT
Cast: Arjay Smith as Max Lewicki, Eric McCormack as Daniel Pierce, Kelly Rowan as Natalie Vincent, LeVar Burton as Paul Haley and Rachael Leigh Cook as Kate Moretti

Synopsis: Everyone loves a great crime drama, and TNT is taking the genre to the next level with this interesting new series about a neuroscience professor with an unusual gift for understanding the human psyche on a very deep level who is hired by the FBI to help solve their toughest cases. His one major roadblock -- he is a paranoid schizophrenic.

USA Network - 'Common Law'

Warren Kole as Wes, Michael Ealy as Travis - Photo by: Robert Ascroft/USA Network
Premiere: May 11, 2012
Airs: Fridays at 10:00 PM ET on USA Network
Cast: Jack McGee as Capt. Phil Sutton, Michael Ealy as Travis Marks, Sonya Walger as Dr. Elyse Ryan and Warren Kole as Wes Mitchell

Synopsis: An entertaining crime drama about two hotshot LAPD Robbery-Homicide detectives who have hit a major roadblock in their seven-year relationship and are forced into couples therapy to help save their working relationship. I sense the beginning of television's next big bromance!
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