Inside the Actors Studio (Tuesday, 8/7c, Bravo)
James Lipton welcomes the cast of a modern instant classic, ABC's Modern Family, to the stage for an interview that includes questions tossed to the characters each of the stars plays. So while Actors Studio celebrates the careers of Ed O'Neill, Sofia Vergara, Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet, we'll also hear from Jay and Gloria, Claire and Phil, and Mitchell and Cameron.
The Voice (Tuesday, 9/8c, NBC)
How seriously does NBC believe in this singing competition? Enough to schedule it after the Super Bowl next year. We'll see if the network's confidence is justified — our bet is that it will be — when the contest kicks into high gear this week as the live performance shows begin. Expect the celebrity judges (Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton) to get in on the act as well. But now America gets to vote on the top four singers in each judge's team. The way it works: The top vote-getter on each team will be safe, and the judge will then have to make the tough call on which of the remaining singers will be dropped.
White Collar (Tuesday, 9/8c, USA Network)
Surely one of the handsomest pairings of the summer is this "it takes a thief" caper, entering its third season with Matt Bomer as the charming con-man helping FBI guy Tim DeKay, joined by the second season of CIA romp Covert Affairs, starring Piper Perabo as a CIA recruit still learning on the job. When last we saw Collar's Neil Caffrey (Bomer), he was surrounded by a warehouse of purloined Nazi art treasures. Who's responsible? Will he take the loot and run? Or will he able to win back the trust of his Fed-up partner Peter Burke (DeKay)? Lots of intrigue in this enjoyable hour. Meanwhile, Covert picks up in the aftermath of Annie's CIA lover Ben being shot, but by no means out of danger. This escapist two-fer really brightens up the summer.
So You Think You Can Dance (Wednesday-Thursday, 8/7c, Fox)
Summer TV's best competition series is also the fastest-moving. While NBC's cheesy America's Got Talent plays out its auditions for what seems like forever, Dance is already staging its Vegas callbacks (the two-hour Wednesday episode), narrowing the field for the selection (in a two-hour Thursday episode) of the Top 20 dancers. Will your early favorites make the cut?