When I was growing up, summer meant vacation and re-runs on TV, of course cable had just started, there wasn’t a USA or TNT. Did you know when HBO first started it was only on in the evenings and only showed movies, when it went 24 hours it was a big deal and when it debuted its first made for cable show it was an even bigger deal.
Now, we have the summer season, and this summer is shaping up to be one of the best. TNT and USA dominate the ratings during the summer with shows like The Closer, Rizzoli and Isles, Suits and Necessary Roughness the broadcast networks struggle to compete.
Dallas, premiering Wednesday June 13 at 9 on TNT, its bringing back the old favorites, J.R., Bobby and Sue Ellen to tell the familiar tale of Ewing brother vs Ewing brother, add to the mix their sons battling it out. I have high hopes that this will be my guilty pleasure this summer. Pretty people, with lots of money in pretty outfits doing despicable things.
The Newsroom, premiering Sunday June 24th at 10 on HBO. Jeff Daniel’s stars as a cable news anchor, who, with his staff wants to take back the news from the corporate bigwigs that have made it a profit center. I am a big fan of Sorkin’s writing, and who didn’t love the first few seasons of The West Wing, regardless of your political beliefs.
The Closer is ending its run this summer, it’s spinoff Major Crimes will premiere Monday August 13th at 10pm immediately following The Closer’s finale. If you are wondering who from The Closer will be making the leap the picture to your right may give you some idea of who will be joining Mary McDonnell‘s character Chief Radar. It seems weird that Fritz, is is in the picture he is Brenda’s husband. I can’t imagine they are killing her off, her character is too popular and I am sure Kyra wants to leave the door open to come back for a paycheck.
Charlie Sheen returns to our TV screens this summer in Anger Management, premiering Thursday June 28th at 9pm on FX. Like a bad train wreck, I just can’t look away.
Eric McCormack is trying for another TV comeback, his last attempt didn’t even make a full season. I am not sure this one will do much better. Perception is about a neuroscientist (McCormack) that the FBI recruits to help with complex cases. It premieres Monday July 9th at 10. I will take a pass on this one.
And if that wasn’t enough, the Olympics are this summer.
What are your summer favorites?