Wednesday, June 18, 2014

TELEVISION: When is your favorite show kicking off its summer season?

It used to be that summer was a desert for new programming.

None of the networks (big five or otherwise) wanted to waste their shows on a season when people historically didn’t watch television.

That’s not the case anymore.

Not only is summer a peak television season now – some of summer’s most reliable shows are also marking real viewership highs.

For me, summer has become about guilty pleasures like True Blood, Switched at Birth, Dallas, Witches of East End and Wilfred. There are other shows, though, like Suits, Falling Skies and Under the Dome that offer true quality.

While this may be True Blood’s last season, a couple of the networks are also offering new fare – which I’m curious to check out, including The Last Ship, The Leftovers, and The Strain (which is based on a series of books I enjoy).

So, when does your favorite show premiere?

June 19
Defiance (8 p.m., Syfy)
Dominion (9 p.m., Syfy)
Rectify (9 p.m., Sundance)
Rookie Blue (9 p.m., ABC)

June 21
Almost Royal (10 p.m., BBC)

June 22
Wipeout (8 p.m., ABC)
The Last Ship (9 p.m., TNT)
The Musketeers (9 p.m., BBC America)
Rising Star (9 p.m., ABC)
True Blood (9 p.m., HBO)
Falling Skies (10 p.m., TNT)

June 23
CeeLo Green’s The Good Life (10:30 p.m., TBS)

June 24
Covert Affairs (10 p.m., USA)
NY Med (10 p.m., ABC)
Tyrant (10 p.m., FX)

June 25
Big Brother (8 p.m., CBS)
Young & Hungry (8 p.m., ABC Family)
Mystery Girls (8:30 p.m., ABC Family)
Taxi Brooklyn (10 p.m., NBC)
Wilfred (10 p.m., FXX)

June 27
Girl Meets World (9:30 p.m., Disney)

June 29
Reckless (9 p.m., CBS)
The Leftovers (10 p.m., HBO)
Unforgettable (10 p.m., CBS)

June 30
Under the Dome (10 p.m., CBS)

July 6
Witches of East End (9 p.m., Lifetime)

July 9
Extant (9 p.m., CBS)
The Bridge (10 p.m., FX)

July 10
Welcome to Sweden (9 p.m., NBC)
Working the Engels (9:30 p.m., NBC)

July 11
Hemlock Grove (Netflix)

July 13
Ray Donovan (9 p.m., Showtime)
Masters of Sex (10 p.m., Showtime)
The Strain (10 p.m., FX)

July 14
Backpackers (8:30 p.m., CW)
Seed (9:30 p.m., CW)

July 17
Rush (9 p.m., USA)
Married (10 p.m., FXX)
Satisfaction (10 p.m., USA)
You’re the Worst (10:30 p.m., FXX)

July 22
Food Fighters (8 p.m., NBC)

July 23
America’s Got Talent (9 p.m., NBC)

July 27
Manhattan (10 p.m., WGN)

July 30
Penn & Teller: Fool Us (8 p.m., CW)

July 31
The Quest (8 p.m., ABC)

August 1
The Killing (Netflix)
Masters of Illusion (8 p.m., CW)

August 4
Bachelor in Paradise (8 p.m., ABC)
Partners (9 p.m., FX)

August 8
The Knick (10 p.m., Cinemax)

August 9
Outlander (9 p.m., Starz)

August 13
Legends (9 p.m., TNT)
Franklin & Bash (10 p.m., TNT)

August 18
Dallas (9 p.m., TNT)

What do you think? What’s your favorite summer show


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