Brillandericwatchtv_upfrontThis week, we attempt to decipher HBO’s trippy new surf drama from David Milch, John From Cincinnati. Naturally, the creator of Deadwood‘s penchant for salty language rubs off and gets the best of us.

For those who have already given up on looking svelte in a bathing suit this summer, we sample the season premieres of Hell’s Kitchen and Top Chef: Miami.

Adding to the pilot preview pile, Brill dissects how The CW’s Gossip Girl differs from the books and we share our optimism about both NBC’s Bionic Woman and Chuck.

And though it was a short holiday week, there was some big network news. NBC replaced the man responsible for The Shield with the man who brought us Date My Mom and did away with super-sizing, CBS took strides to make upcoming vampire drama Moonlight more like Angel, and Battlestar Galactica‘s producers announced that next season will be its last.

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Brill Bundy has spent her entire career covering TV and pop culture. This is what happens when your parents try and limit your viewing habits to three shows a week. Likes: seasons with no more than 13 episodes, anti-heroes and binge-watching. Dislikes: when cartoon characters make out, when TV shows name check their titles, drawn out premieres and finales. TV words to live by: "If every porkchop was perfect, we wouldn't have hot dogs."