As much as I love summer – the sunshine, the heat, the trips to the beach – I do long for new episodes of my favorite television shows. Because of DVR, I don’t miss any episodes during the year, so I can’t use the summer as a catch-up time. Instead, I use the summer to find programs to start watching once it’s time for the new seasons to start up.
So far on my list, I’ve got The Good Wife and Pretty Little Liars. I’m also looking forward to another season of So You Think You Can Dance, which will be finished by the fall but is always a welcome signal that summer is upon us.
There are quite a few new shows, both scripted and reality, coming out over the next few weeks. Here’s a look at some I plan on catching and others (cough*Love in the Wild*cough) I will avoid like the plague:
Franklin & Bash: OK, so Clueless is one of my favorite movies of all time, and I can recite the plot of every Saved by the Bell ever produced. Obviously, I am going to check out TNT’s Franklin & Bash, starring Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Breckin Meyer as a pair of lawyers constantly on the prowl for new clients. As I write this, the show hasn’t premiered on the West Coast, but a friend on the East Coast said it’s hilarious. If it’s as funny as it’s supposed to be, then I hope it doesn’t get cancelled because I need more
Zack Morris Mark-Paul Gosselaar on my television! Premiered June 1.
Wilfred: Elijah Wood stars in this FX comedy as Ryan, a regular guy who forms a friendship with his neighbor’s dog, Wilfred. According to the FX website, “Everyone else sees Wilfred as just a dog, but Ryan sees a crude and somewhat surly, yet irrepressibly brave and honest Australian bloke in a cheap dog suit.” I like Elijah, and the Australian show that Wilfred is based on was a hit, so I expect good things. Premieres June 23.
Love in the Wild: I am not a fan of shows like The Bachelor or The Bachelorette or anything else having to do with complete strangers expecting to fall in love and get married within 12 episodes. For those who enjoy that sort of thing, though, there’s NBC’s Love in the Wild, which throws single people into the jungle, where they are expected to go on first dates and participate in challenges. Sounds like a demented I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here! Premieres June 23.
Falling Skies: Sci-fi lovers, here’s a show for you. TNT’s Falling Skies stars Noah Wyle, who is dealing with the death of his wife and capture of his sons following an attack by aliens. He is one of very few survivors, and joins forces with the others to take back the world. Alien shows kind of freak me out (blame it on a scary movie I saw when I was young), but this one sounds promising. Premieres June 19.
State of Georgia: Raven-Symone is back on ABC Family in State of Georgia. She plays Georgia, an aspiring actress who moves to New York City with her science loving BFF (Majandra Delfino). It’s executive produced by Jennifer Weiner of Good in Bed and In Her Shoes fame. Premieres June 29.
Tell me, what shows are you planning on watching this summer?