TV highlights: ‘Taxi Brooklyn’ premieres on NBC


'TAXI BROOKLYN': Jacky Ido as Leo Romba and Chyler Leigh as Detective Cat Sullivan in the new NBC comedy. (Linda Kallerus/NBC)
June 24

RETURNING SHOW: Launched in 2000 as a response to America’s newfound love of capturing evil human behavior on camera, “Big Brother” (CBS at 8 p.m.) enters its 16th season with 16 new contestants living and plotting to win in the same house. Julie Chen hosts.

Hopefuls are in Pasadena for a callback round with a judging panel made up of Adam Shankman, Stephen “tWitch” Boss, Tara Lipinski and Irina Dvorovenko on “So You Think You Can Dance” (Fox at 8).

SERIES PREMIERE: Produced by former Disney star Ashley Tisdale, “Young & Hungry” (ABC Family at 8) is a new, sign-of-the-times comedy about two worlds colliding when Josh, a wealthy young tech entrepreneur, meets Gabi, a feisty young food blogger whom he hires as his personal chef.

SERIES PREMIERE: Rounding out the new ABC Family time slot at 8 is “Mystery Girls” (8:30 p.m.), which stars Tori Spelling and Jennie Garth as two former detective TV show co-stars brought back together by a real-life mystery when a witness to a crime will speak only to the stars of his old favorite show.

SERIES PREMIERE: The procedural comedy “Taxi Brooklyn” (NBC at 10) centers on a fractious, closely bonded partnership between a streetwise, Marseille-born New York City taxi driver (played by Jacky Ido) and an intensely driven NYPD detective (played by Chyler Leigh) for whom this immigrant cabbie becomes chauffeur, insider on the streets and unofficial partner.

SERIES PREMIERE: Comedians Jay Larson and Sean Patton travel the country to visit Esquire magazine’s best dive bars, hotel bars and watering holes in “Best Bars in America” (Esquire at 10). In the pilot, they’re in Portland, Ore., hanging out with Chris Funk of the Decemberists.

RETURNING SHOW: The bizarre Elijah Wood vehicle “Wilfred” (FXX at 10) moves from FX to FXX for its fourth and final season; in the opener, Ryan finds his world in disarray.

“The Colbert Report” (Comedy Central at 11:30 p.m.) plays host to Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.).

Actors Amanda Seyfried and Will Ferrell come to “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC at 11:35), along with a musical performance from Chad Smith.

Actors Mark Wahlberg and Ben Falcone stop by the “Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS at 11:35), with musical guests Hurray for the Riff Raff.

Actor Gary Oldman and comedian Nathan Fielder are on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC at 11:35), with music from Bleachers.

Rachel Lubitz

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