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Summer TV Preview Part 5: Sunday

Here is the fifth and final part of my Summer TV Preview.

 

Sunday

 

NBC – As part of NBC’s continued effort to lower their production costs, they have partnered with the BBC to co-produce Merlin, a re-imagining of the classic tale that takes place when the magician is a young boy. The second season of the program is set to premiere in the UK, so we know at least the British viewers like it. We’ll find out what Americans think at 8/7c on June 21st.

 

HBO – Our favorite alternate-reality bloodsuckers are back for more when True Blood premieres its second season on June 14th at 9/8c. On June 28th at 10/9c we will get a chance to see Thomas Jane in Hung, the new show about a man who decides to take up the world’s oldest profession. Then the boys return on July 12th at 10:30/9:30c for a sixth season of Entourage.

 

HGTV – Home improvement meets reality tv with the fourth season of HGTV Design Star, in which a group of potential host battle through a series of do-it-yourself challenges to see who gets a show of their own. The group will strap on their toolbelts on July 19th at 10/9c.

 

WE – She doesn’t know it yet, but I’m putting this one on the list for my wife. Amazing Wedding Cakes combines a competition atmosphere with the joy of creating cakes for each couple’s big day. The show airs at 10/9c starting June 7th.

 

101 – DirecTV’s exclusive HD showcase channel will be hopping this summer with complete series runs of Deadwood and Oz (link contains spoilers), two beloved shows that many wish could have lasted longer. For DirecTV subscribers, this certainly beats taking up slots in your Netflix queue or paying big bucks to buy the DVDs.

 

BBC2 – Jeremy, James, and Richard are back to create more automotive havoc when the 13 series of Top Gear premieres on June 21st. While I understand that we are stuck with BBC America and the edited series 12 episodes that are currently airing, I know that intrepid viewers will look for other alternatives to see the most current episodes as soon as they air.

 

This concludes my summer preview, so I hope you find it helpful as you plan your tube time for the next few months. I only included the things I’m going to watch, so if you want to see everything, check out the comprehensive grid over at The Futon Critic.

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May 31, 2009 Posted by | Comedy, Drama, New Series, Premiere, Reality, Renewed, Television | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Summer TV Preview Part 5: Sunday

Summer TV Preview Part 4: Thursday, Friday, Saturday

Here is part 4 of my Summer TV Preview.  Most of this is focused on Thursday, and I also included Friday and Saturday as well since there isn’t much going on.

 

Thursday

 

NBC – I have zero interest in The Peacock’s sad attempt at reality tv, but I strongly recommend catching up on the repeats of The Office and 30 Rock if you didn’t catch them during the season. There is also one new show I’m going to check out–The Listener is about an EMT who can hear people’s thoughts. The show originally aired in Canada, and stars newcomer Craig Olejnik as main character Toby Logan. It reminds me of several other shows I have enjoyed in the last couple years, with one man using his unique knowledge to try to save people or prevent wrongdoing. Think Eli Stone or Journeyman.

 

Comedy CentralTosh.0 is a new show featuring comedian Daniel Tosh that takes the internet to task with segments on viral videos, tweeting, blogging, vlogging, poking, and everything else we spend so much time doing. Based on the clips, the show looks like what would happen if The Daily Show got The Soup pregnant. Tosh.0 premieres on June 4th at 10/9c.

 

Lifetime – You’ll have to wait until August 20th, but Project Runway has finally emerged from pissing contest between Bravo & Lifetime. This sixth season will air at 10/9c, and both Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn will be back. No one has to point out to me that I’m hooked on the new flagship show for the “#1 Network for Women”. I enjoy watching these eager young designers create each week, while simultaneously proving I know absolutely nothing about fashion.

 

Showtime – Penn & Teller are back with more Bullshit! on June 25th at 10/9c. As for this season’s topics, I’ve only seen the topic for the first episode–Orgasms. I think it’s safe to say P&T won’t have any trouble working some of their trademark gratuitous nudity into the premiere episode.

 

USA – I haven’t watched it, but I keep hearing about how good Burn Notice is. I don’t think I’ll take the time to catch up, but I am planning to check out the third season premiere on June 4th at 9/8c. On new series front, Royal Pains stars Mark Feuerstein (The West Wing, What Women Want) as shunned New York doctor Hank Lawson and Paulo Costanzo (Road Trip) as his younger brother Evan who convinces him to take a weekend in The Hamptons after Hank gets fired. I find Costanzo hilarious, so I’m looking forward to this one.

 

Fridays

 

SyFyEureka returns for a third season on July 10th at 9/8c. I’ve never watched the show, but I know my fellow geeks enjoy it.

 

USA – Your Tony Shaloub and Dule Hill withdrawal will be gone on August 8th as new seasons of the popular Monk and Psych premiere at 9/8c and 10/9c respectively. Cherish the 16 episodes of Monk, because they are the last ones you’re going to get.

 

Saturday

 

ABC – The alphabet network runs out the clock on Pushing Daisies, Eli Stone, and Dirty Sexy Money in the 10/9c timeslot starting May 30th. Don’t look for any of these shows to be tied up with a pretty bow though since these episodes were all in the can before the shows were cancelled. Good news for Daisies fans though, as an upcoming comic book mini-series will give us some closure.

 

Look for the final part of my summer preview to be posted later today.

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Summer TV Preview Part 3: Wednesday

It’s a couple days overdue, but here is part three of my Summer TV Preview.

 

Wednesday

 

ABC – Summer is here and that means so is Wipeout. No, I’m not talking about the 80’s game show hosted by Peter Tomarken after Press Your Luck was cancelled. ABC’s surprise ratings grabber is back to show us more obese people doing face-plants while we watch and try to tell ourselves we could do better. The new season airs at 8/7c and started this week with repeats airing irregularly on Saturdays. Mike Judge’s new animated series The Goode Family follows at 9/8. I thought it had a chance to be pretty funny, but instead it comes off pretty stale. The liberal guilt jokes grow old quickly, and the satire is just not as biting as it should be. I’m going to check out at least one more episode before giving up, but it looks like I’ll have to wait for Family Guy to come back to get the kind of animated comedy I really want.

 

NBCThe Philanthropist is a new show premiering June 24th at 10/9c. It features James Purefoy (HBO’s Rome) as Teddy Rist, a billionaire who realizes helping others is the only thing that can make him truly happy after the death of his young son. Neve Campbell also appears as a former lover of Rist who now manages the charitable organization founded by Rist and her husband, Philip Maidstone, who is also Rist’s best friend. Maidstone is played by Law & Order alum Jesse L. Martin. NBC has ordered 8 episodes, so I’m considering it more of an event/mini-series than an ongoing show. The talented cast gives this one a great shot at keeping us entertained this summer.

 

BBC America – While it aired on BBC 4 in 2008, the fourth series of Gordon Ramsay’s The F Word will be making its US debut on June 17th at 9/8c. The format of this show involves a guest brigade making a three course meal for 50 patrons. The patrons only pay for the courses they enjoy, so the goal is both quality and a complete service before time runs out. I’m an admitted Ramsayholic, but I prefer the BBC originals to FOX’s Americanized Ramsay. Gordon definitely loves food and he does have high standards, but he’s also a lot more than the fountain of curse words and shouting we see on FOX. Just watch the first episode and see how he treats Kenny Peters. Yes, he gives him a lot of shit, but it’s because he knows he can perform better. This is definitely worth your time.

 

Comedy Central – As Reno 911 wraps up its sixth season in a couple weeks, there’s going to be a hole in the schedule at 10:30/9:30c. On July 15th, Michael Ian Black and Michael Showalter will fill that void with the premiere of Michael & Michael Have Issues. Both guys were part of the legendary comedy troupe The State, and have worked together many times since, including their last attempt at a Comedy Central series, Stella, based on their stage show. Their humor isn’t for everyone, but I love it. Check out the links to decide for yourself.

 

TNT – I’m not sure how I missed the first season of Leverage, but I’m going to tune in when season two premieres on July 15th at 9/8c. It totally reminds me of The A-Team, and for those who don’t know me, I consider that a good thing. As for new series Dark Blue, I’m going to have to watch the first episode and decide afterward. I don’t feel like the preview video really gave us much insight, and I don’t know if I can buy Dylan McDermott as a hardened undercover detective. Dark Blue also premieres on July 15th and will take the 10/9c slot.

 

I’ll be back with the final two parts of the preview up before the end of the weekend.

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