Well the summer TV season is nearly upon us. Most shows with the one exception of the sopranos have had there season finales in the last few weeks. There has been a change for the good in the last few years in that many networks no longer just air reruns during the summer hiatus. For example last summer NBC ran a show called windafall about a group of lottery winners. While it was not must see television by any means it good enough to hold my attention for 10 or so episodes that the series ran for. Thats something else i like about summer shows, they have a limited time frame. I think more US shows should be willing to give this a try. Apprently it is quite common in britain to have shows that run for just 10-15 episodes and thats it. The problem is the big US networks like to milk a show that is a cash cow untill it is completly ruined. For instance there is a show on Fox called prison break. The shows creators have stated pubilcly that the show was intended to run for 2 seasons. However, the rating are so good that it is coming back for another season next year. As a conseqeunce the shows has put the main character back into another prison and no doubt he will spend most of next season breaking out of that one. Maybe they can just keep throwing him in different prisions all over the world for the next ten years. LOL.
Anyways after reading a few reviews my picks for summer tv are as follows...
Airs: Saturdays at 9:30pm, beginning June 10
Starring: Bret Harrison, Philip Baker Hall, Mimi Rogers, Joy Osmanski, Eric Christian Olsen
The Scoop: When 20-somethings face the daunting challenges of real life, there are those who choose to embark on a career path and those who'd rather goof off with pals. And then, every so often, there's someone who sets out to do both. Set in Chicago, The Loop is the story of Sam (Bret Harrison), the youngest executive at the corporate headquarters of a major airline, and the first of his friends to get a real job. As Sam strives to meet the relentless demands of his boss Russ(Philip Baker Hall), dodge the nonstop advances of his colleague Meryl (Mimi Rogers), manage his overqualified and somewhat bitter secretary Darcy (Joy Osmanski), and keep his older and rowdier brother Sully (Eric Christian Olsen) from bringing the party to work and possibly destroying his career, he is, by turns, ambitious, exhausted and inspired. Moreover, he is a hero for everyone who has ever tried to work hard and play hard at the same time.
Airs: Thursdays at 10:00 PM, beginning June 28
Starring: Jeffrey Donovan, Bruce Campbell, Gabrielle Anwar, Sharon Gless
The Scoop: When spies get fired, they don't get a letter from human resources. Michael Weston (Jeffrey Donovan) got a "burn notice" and became untouchable and he has no idea what or who triggered his demise. Stuck in his hometown in Miami, a place he never wanted to return to, with his ex-girlfriend (Gabrielle Anwar) and his old partner (Evil Dead's Bruce Campbell), Michael is determined to find out the reason for his sudden termination. Unable to utilize his normal contacts and needing to stay under the spy network radar, he puts his Special Ops training to use to help those who the police can't or won't, in order to fund his ongoing personal investigation.
Big Brother 8
Airs: Tuesdays at 8:00 PM, Thursdays at 8:00 PM and Saturdays at 9:00 PM, beginning July 5
The Scoop: Big Brother follows the relationships and conflicts of players who live together in a house outfitted with dozens of cameras and microphones recording their every move 24 hours a day. One by one, the houseguests will vote each other out of the house. At the end of three months, the last remaining houseguest will receive the grand prize of $500,000. While living together in a confined space won't be anything new to the houseguests, choosing between any pre-existing relationships and building new alliances could be a challenge.
The Kill Point
Airs: Sundays at 9:00, beginning July 22
Starring: John Leguizamo, Donnie Wahlberg
The Scoop: The Kill Pit revolves around a downtown bank robbery by a team of American Iraqi-War veterans. More than a dozen hostages from all walks of life are taken, ranging from the daughter of a business tycoon to an adulterous couple. Throughout the eight-hour event, viewers will follow the escalating action as the volatile soldiers plot their way out, the negotiator anticipates their moves and the hostages desperately try to survive. Time is critical and the game intensifies with surprising twists at every turn.
Airs: Fridays at 9:00, beginning August 10
Network: SCI FI Channel
Starring: Eric Johnson
The Scoop: Placing a 21st century spin on a science fiction classic, SCI FI's contemporized version of "Flash Gordon" follows the all-new adventures of Flash (Eric Johnson) and his companions, Dale Arden and Dr. Hans Zarkov. Ordinary people thrust into extraordinary circumstances, they find themselves as Earth's last line of defense against the forces of the merciless dictator Ming.
And that's it.
Next Week... Date night!