Monday, May 23, 2011

Summer Television Season

In the spirit of leaving economic problems, natural disasters, disease, political uprisings, and the end of the world to others to contemplate, I'm offering up a discussion this week on the all important subject of "summer television."

I'm not ashamed to admit that I love movies and television. I've always loved dramas best. My earliest memories of watching television involved not the cartoons, but old movies, soap operas, and detective series. But when summer rolled around there wasn't that much new to enjoy. When I was growing up summer television was rerun land.

Sometime in May the regular series would end their seasons and would start over from the beginning. With no vcrs or dvrs, your only chance of watching a missed episode of a favorite series was during the summer. That all changed when cable brought more channels to your screen than you had the time to view. Now not only are series episodes repeated during the middle of the winter, but you can view them on other "sister" networks the following week, in syndication on late night, and on-line. Cable is also responsible for creating the "made for summer" series.

Today's summer television landscape is filled with first run episodes of series developed just for the summer season! Some of them are just as good or better than the prime time fall series.

My returning favorites are:

In Plain Sight - a series about a female U.S. Marshall working in the Witness Protection Program in New Mexico. "Mary Shannon" is a tough, take charge heroine, whose weakness is her emotionally and financially needy mother and sister.

The Closer - this is the last season for this popular ensemble series of detectives in Los Angeles. Staring Kyra Sedgwick. Rumors are that a spin off series, Major Crimes, will debut next year, picking up where this last season ends.

America's Got Talent - great variety/talent show! Fun for all ages and perfect for the summer. Hosted by Sharon Osbourne, Piers Morgan, and Howie Mandel.

Covert Affairs - the series about a young CIA agent returns. It's fast, fun, and very stylish.

Rizzoli & Isles - a series loosely developed from Tess Gerritsen mysteries. It was a big hit last year. I enjoyed it, but not as much as the books.

Memphis Beat - a fun, cop show set in the Blues capital of the world. This sleeper series hasn't gotten enough press. It's an excellent choice for light summer viewing.

The new series, I'm most interested in seeing? Falling Skies - from Steven Spielberg, a post alien invasion series starring Noah Wylie. I loved him in ER. I hope this series is a hit. Nothing like a good alien invasion to kick off the summer!

What are your summer television viewing plans?

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  1. I don't generally watch television so I'm taking notes, thanks! A few look interesting.

  2. Good list. You should also check out Burn Notice. I love Fiona. And Leverage with Timothy Hutton.

    But I miss Saving Grace.

  3. I'm looking forward to Covert Affairs too! Linda is right about Burn Notice, it's great. : ) I think Fiona and Annie should be honorary Stilletto Gang Members, they wear the shoes so well! : )

  4. I haven't decided what I'll be watching, can't plan that far ahead for my TV watching. Sometimes I just settle for a Lifetime movie. Of course I know I'll watch Closer. Sometime though, I prefer to get the whole season on a DVD and watch the show in a couple of days.

  5. Psych, Memphis Beat and Covert Affairs - yes! - but the series I'm the most excited to see again is The Glades on A&E.

  6. Rhonda, this is THE perfect topic with so much bad news in the headlines! Sometimes, you just have to escape! I have to chime in about "Burn Notice"--Ed and I love it! (In fact, I think Ed has a man crush on Sam Axe. ;->) Love "White Collar," too, and I do like "Covert Affairs." Honestly, USA has lots of good shows with really likeable casts. It'll be fun to see new episodes all summer long. Yay!

  7. I watch In Plain Sight, The Closer which I'm going to Miss and Rizzoli & Isles.

    Other shows I watch are Burn Notice, Leverage and White Collar.

    I'm looking forward to seeing what new shows will occupy my viewing hours.

  8. I've tried White Collar. It's pretty good. I'm a fan of Leverage when I can find it and I've seen many episodes of Burn Notice -
    "Mi...chael, someone needs your help!" Sharon Gless kills on that show.

    aka The Southern Half of Evelyn David

  9. I second the vote for Leverage-it's on TNT and returns on June 26th at 9 PM, and The Glades is yummy. It starts in June, the 5th I think, and is on A & E. Thank goodness for cable. I dvr everything so I can read after I watch a little tv. I'm just a mystery nut.