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Posted on: Friday, June 2, 2006

Here's a cure for summer TV blues

By Amy Carlson Gustafson
Knight Ridder News Service

Before you slip into the black hole we refer to as PFD (Post Finale Depression), take a deep breath and turn to the more than 24 new and returning series hitting the networks this summer.

Below are a handful of shows we can't wait to watch. Here's something else that might make you smile www.classictvhits.com has an archive of the most popular TV shows from 1950 to 2000. Just click on a year and find out what show was tops when you made your big debut. (For the record, I'm an "All in the Family" baby.)

"Last Comic Standing" (7 p.m. Tuesday, NBC): Can you make us laugh as hard as Paula Abdul does when she delivers her spacey, puzzling and oftentimes incomprehensible comments to "American Idol" contestants? Good luck!

"Game Show Marathon" (7 p.m. Thursday, CBS): Borrowing yet another TV idea from the Brits, Ricki Lake hosts this show, which debuted on Wednesday, featuring a half-dozen celebrities competing in a variety of classic game shows from "The Price Is Right" to "Match Game." I'm rooting for NSYNC's Lance Bass to win it all so he can finally afford that space trip.

"The Hills" (9 p.m. Wednesday, MTV): While "Laguna Beach's" Kristen Cavallari is popping up on the cover of tabloid mags for her rumored relationship with Nick Lachey, her archnemesis, Lauren "LC" Conrad, is back in front of the MTV cameras. This reality/ soap show follows Conrad as she moves to Los Angeles, enrolls in fashion school and lands a gig interning at Teen Vogue.

"Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List" (6 p.m. June 6, Bravo): A trip to Iraq, gay bingo, skating with Olympians and a memorable eBay auction make up the second season of Griffin's hilarious series. A-listers beware!

"America's Got Talent" (8 p.m. June 21, NBC): Sure, Americans have plenty of talent, but it's their lack of it that we love to laugh at. There'll be plenty of both on this reality show hosted by old-timer Regis Philbin, co-produced by "American Idol's" Simon Cowell and judged by Brandy, David Hasselhoff and Piers Morgan.