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Summer TV: How every new show is made up of old shows

Every summer, with the sunshine beckoning outside, our TV has to try a little harder to win our attention. That’s probably why this summer’s new shows sound a lot like shows we already like, mashed together in surprising ways. We did the math to find the inspiration for these summer hopefuls. See if any of these new shows are worth skipping some pool time for.

In the heat of summer, think of fall

Burnt out on summer? Start thinking fall — vegetables, that is. It seems like summer just started, but it’s time to begin work on the fall vegetable garden. Transplant seedlings for broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower and celery. Indoors, plant seeds for leaf lettuce, chard, kohlrabi and other fall crops, to be transplanted later.

Ken Burns delves into a dynasty

LOS ANGELES — Ken Burns is used to telling stories that have been told before. That comes with the territory when you work on documentaries covering momentous points in history, including the Civil War, World War II and the Prohibition era. But for his new seven-part, 14-hour documentary “The Roosevelts: An Intimate History,” Burns and his longtime collaborator Geoffrey C. Ward have managed to find new material on Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt that many people have never seen.
 

Tegan and Sara embrace risk to bolster their fan base

CHICAGO — There are the Tegan and Sara fans who have been listening to the Canadian twins since they debuted with a folksy sound in 1999. And then there are those who became fans in the last year or two thanks to Tegan and Sara’s radio-friendly dance hit “Closer” and their catchy theme song with The Lonely Island for “The Lego Movie,” “Everything Iis Awesome.”

Jerry Seinfeld returns with more “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee”

WHAT IT’S ABOUT: The first episode of the fourth season of Jerry Seinfeld’s Web series — arriving Thursday — begins very close to home. Jerry returns to Long Island, where he grew up, with Sarah Jessica Parker in her very own Ford Country Square Wagon LTD, circa 1976. Sights to be seen in Thursday’s opener: Francesco’s Bakery on South Broadway in Hicksville and the Colony Diner on the Hempstead Bethpage Turnpike, where coffee is served.

Kathy Griffin will host 2014 Daytime Emmy Awards

LOS ANGELES — Comedian Kathy Griffin will be hosting this year’s Daytime Emmy Awards. But she won’t have the assistance of Anderson Cooper, who has co-hosted CNN’s New Year’s Eve coverage with Griffin for the last seven years. With 20 stand-up specials under her belt, Griffin should be fine on her own.

A flawed heroine? Edie Falco loves it

LOS ANGELES — Edie Falco has a cold. Actually, it’s more like a sinus infection, one that’s been plaguing her for weeks now, and so she enters the roof-top restaurant at the Peninsula hotel in Beverly Hills apologizing if the medication has made her a little dingy.