Fox says its summer will sizzle


Season five of “So You Think You Can Dance” kicks off the summer for Fox with a May 21 debut, one day before the new medical drama “Mental” makes its bow. Plus, there will be all-new episodes of some established favorites.

Featuring host Cat Deeley, judges Mary Murphy and Nigel Lythgoe and some of the country’s greatest choreographers, season five of the hit summer dance competition kicks off with a two-night, four-hour premiere Thursday, May 21 (8:00-10:00 pm ET/PT) and Wednesday, May 27 (8:00-10:00 pm ET/PT). Once the Dance auditions conclude, weekly performance shows will air Wednesdays (8:00-10:00 pm ET/PT), and weekly results shows will air Thursdays (9:00-10:00 pm ET/PT).

“Mental” will debut Friday, May 22 (9:00-10:00 pm ET/PT). The dramatic series follows Dr. Jack Gallagher (Chris Vance), a dynamic, young psychiatrist who serves as Director of Mental Health Services at a Los Angeles hospital. At work he must reconcile his effective, yet highly unorthodox treatment methods with his conservative boss, hospital administrator Nora Skoff (Annabella Sciorra), a woman with whom he shares a romantic past. As Gallagher takes on new cases, he is confronted with patients battling unknown, misunderstood and often misdiagnosed conditions. Gallagher delves inside their minds to gain a true understanding of who they are, allowing him to uncover what just might be the key to their long-term recovery.

The summer gets even hotter when the next installment of “Hell’s Kitchen” kicks off with a special two-hour premiere Tuesday, July 21 (8:00-10:00 pm ET/PT). The intensity continues Tuesdays beginning July 28 (8:00-9:00 pm ET/PT) as Chef Gordon Ramsay narrows down the field of competing chefs until only one remains standing in the kitchen.

“Don’t Forget the Lyrics!” returns to lock-in the lyrics with all-new episodes Friday, May 22 (8:00-9:00 pm ET/PT), and “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?” heads back to the classroom for summer session and all-new episodes Friday, July 3 (8:00-9:00 pm ET/PT). “The most arresting night of television” continues on Saturdays with a mixture of all-new and encore episodes of COPS (8:00-8:30 and 8:30-9:00 pm ET/PT) and all-new episodes of “America’s Most Wanted” (9:00-10:00 pm ET/PT).
As previously announced, “Teen Choice 2009,” the annual special that celebrates the year’s hottest teen icons in film, television, music, sports and fashion, will air Monday, August 10 (8:00-10:00 pm ET/PT). The coolest stars, best films and best TV shows of 2008-2009 will receive coveted Teen Choice Award Surfboards in categories such as Choice Breakout TV Show, Choice Reality/Variety Show, Choice Breakout Artist, Choice Male Hottie, Choice Female Athlete and Choice Hook-up.