Summer TV Guide 2013
Set your DVR so that you can catch up on your Summer TV when the heat of the summer hits and the only place to get cool is your air conditioned living room. I’ve picked my favorite/most outlandish/biggest hits of the summer; all in order of premiere date.
“Family Tree” (HBO)
Series premieres Sun., May 12 at 10:30 p.m. ET.
The Rundown: An 8 episode documentary style 30 min show from Christopher Guest (Best in Show, This is Spinal Tap) that follows 30 year old Tom Chadwick (O’Dowd) on a journey though his heritage after her inherits a box from his long lost Great Aunt.
Stars: Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids), Ed Begley Jr. (St. Elsewhere)
Who Will Watch: 30 somethings that are searching for a greater purpose & fans of Christopher Guest’s brand of wacky documentary style shows/movies.
Verdict: Looks to be like another quality program from HBO
“So You Think You Can Dance” (Fox)
Season 10 premieres Tues., May 14 at 8 p.m. ET.
The Rundown: Reality Dance Competition Show
Stars: Cat Deeley (I think one of the best reality competition hosts on TV) and of course the amazing dancers. Be on the look out for Guest Star Judges as they might repeat the same format as last year. Contestants also pair with all-star dancers (previous stars on the show). Word of caution – When Mary Murphy gives her comments – put her on mute. 😉
Who Will Watch: Dancers, people who wish they could dance and people who think they can dance.
Verdict: Entertaining as usual and there are always a few Emmy nominated dances from this show every season. Less drama than “Dancing with the Stars” and you’ll be sure to see some dancers here before they make it over to ABC’s dancing juggernaut (example: Lacey Schwimmer, Chelsie Hightower, Dmitry Chaplin, Lindsey Arnold, and Witney Carson)
One of my favorite performances mostly cause I love Twitch so much! He’s gotten so much better since he was a contestant on the show.
“The Goodwin Games” (Fox)
Series premieres Mon., May 20 at 8:30 p.m. ET.
The Rundown: A Comedy about 3 estranged siblings as they attempt to “rediscover their lives” with the money their father left them.
Stars: Scott Foley (Felicity), Becki Newton (Ugly Betty) and T.J. Miller (Cloverfield)
Who Will Watch: Fans of The New Girl and girls wanting to relive the Scott Foley/Felicity days.
Verdict: Jury is still out on this one. Not sure if it’s going to be funny enough.. could go the way of Fox’s comedy Ben and Kate last season and get cancelled before it really even had a chance.
Season 4 premieres Wed., May 22 at 8 p.m. ET.
The Rundown: A competition reality cooking show that takes home cooks and makes them into chefs.
Stars: Gordon Ramsey, Joe Bastianich, and Graham Elliot
Who Will Watch: Fans of Top Chef, Chopped and Hell’s Kitchen
Verdict: This is by far my favorite Gordon Ramsey cooking show. There is a lot less drama and swearing in this show and the Mystery Box challenges are innovative and original.
“The Bachelorette” (ABC)
Season 9 premieres Mon., May 20 at 9 p.m ET.
The Rundown: Reality Dating Show in it’s 9th Season (The Bachelor just wrapped it’s 17th season). Desiree was dumped by previous Bachelor contestant Sean Lowe; Let’s hope that Desiree finds love… or at least a few more minutes in her 15 minutes of fame.
“Stars”: Desiree Hartsock and host Chris Harrison
Who Will Watch: Fans of The Bachelor tuning in to see if it really is “The Most Dramatic Rose Ceremony Ever”
Verdict: This ratings juggernaut has no signs of slowing down.
“Arrested Development” (Netflix)
Season 4 premieres Mon., May 26 at 12:01 a.m. PT.
The Rundown: The Bluths are Back! If you’re a fan of this show then you’ll be watching.. if not then binge watch the first 3 season on Netflix to get ready for the 4th. All of the 4th seasons 15 episode run will be released on the same day.
Stars: Portia de Rossi, Jason Bateman, David Cross, Jeffery Tambor, Michael Cera, Will Arnett, Alia Shawkat, Tony Hale, and Jessica Walter
Who Will Watch: Fans of Arrested Development that have been waiting for this come-back.
Verdict: For Fans it’s been a long 7 years!
“The American Baking Competition” (CBS)
Series premieres Wed., May 29 at 8 p.m. ET.
The Rundown: An American reboot of the popular British baking show. 10 home cooks compete for their own cookbook and a $250,000 grand prize.
Stars: Host – Jeff Foxworthy
Who Will Watch: The same people that are watching MasterChef
Verdict: It worked for the office right?!
“The Real Housewives of New Jersey” & “Princesses: Long Island” (Bravo)
Season 5 premieres Sun., June 2 at 8 p.m. & 9 p.m. ET.
The Rundown: The New Jersey franchise of the popular ‘Housewives’ series of BRAVO is being followed up by a new show about six college graduates that are from affluent areas of Long Island and are still living at home.
“Stars”: Teresa Giudice, Caroline Manzo, Jaqueline Laurita
Who Will Watch: Bravo fans, people missing The Jersey Shore and people who get sucked into Bravo marathons
Verdict: Will probably be more drama filled episodes like we’ve come to expect from the Housewives… maybe less table flipping.
Series premieres Mon., June 3 at 10 p.m. ET.
The Rundown: The Summer’s steamy new show about four friends and their complex relationships.
Stars: Alyssa Milano, Yunjin Kim, Rochelle Aytes and Jes Macallan
Who Will Watch: Anyone who is missing Desperate Housewives
Verdict: This summer’s Guilty Pleasure
“America’s Got Talent” (NBC)
Season 8 premieres Tues., June 4 at 9 p.m. ET
The Rundown: Variety show style competition for a headlining act in Vegas.
Stars: Mel B. and Heidi Klum join the judging panel with Howie Mandel and Howard Stern.
Who Will Watch: America?
Verdict: Should be family fun… if the judges don’t get too out of control and the acts they show are not too risque.
premieres Thurs., June 6 at 10 p.m. ET,
The Rundown: Undercover officers from the FBI, DEA and Customs all living in one house.
Stars: Daniel Sunjata (Rescue Me) & Aaron Tveit
Who Will Watch: Fans of Covert Affairs, Alias and White Collar
Verdict: Looks like a cookie cutter spy show
Season 8 premieres Sun., June 30 at 9 p.m. ET.
The Rundown: The Final Season starts June 30th but if you’re like me and haven’t seen anything but the first episode of Dexter even though all of your friends have raved about it. Season 8 should give fans a proper send off.
Stars: Michael C Hall
Who Will Watch: It seems like everyone is hooked on Dexter
Verdict:Binge watch 7 seasons of Dexter to be ready for Season 8!
“Primeval: New World” (Syfy)
Series premieres Sat., June 8 at 10 p.m. ET.
The Rundown: Still mourning the loss of “Eureka” last year… or more importantly not see hottie Niall Matter… then this 13 episode first season show about a team of animal experts and scientists that investigate paranormal events is right up your alley.
Stars: Niall Matter (Eureka), Sara Canning (The Vampire Diaires) & Danny Rahim
Who Will Watch: Fans of Eureka, Warehouse 13 and almost anything else on SyFy
Verdict: I’ll tune if for a few epsiodes to see how it pans out.
“True Blood” (HBO)
Season 6 premieres Sun., June 16 at 9 p.m. ET.
The Rundown: Vampires, Werewolves, Fae and Humans all living and trying to survive each other in Louisiana. Based on The Sookie Stackhouse Novels this HBO show has taken a sharp turn from following the story line of the books.
Stars: Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Sam Trammell, Ryan Kwanten, Rutina Wesley, Alexander Skarsgard, Nelsan Ellis, Carrie Preston & Chris Baer
Who Will Watch: Fans of Vampires and HBO shows that have a lot of sex scenes
Verdict: I think that True Blood went a little off the rails last season with the creation of Billith… let’s hope that the show goes back to it’s blood sucking roots this season.
Series premieres Wed., July 10 at 10 p.m. ET.
The Rundown: A 10-episode dramedy follows the antics of parents and teenagers alike at the Little Hawk Family Camp.
Stars: Rachel Griffiths (Six Feet Under), Adam Garcia (Coyote Ugly) & Juan Pable Di Pace (Mamma Mia)
Who Will Watch: Fans of Wet Hot American Summer
Verdict: Looks like a fun summer show – probably will only be on one season
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“The Newsroom” (HBO)
Season 2 premieres Sun., July 14 at 10 p.m. ET.
The Rundown: A heady Aaron Sorkin drama about the drama, hard work and luck that goes into making a news telecast.
Stars: Emly Mortimer, Jeff Daniels, John Gallagher Jr, Alison Pill, Dev Patel, Olivia Munn & Sam Waterston
Who Will Watch: Fans of The West Wing, Sports Night and dialogue of Sorkin proportions
Verdict: Just watch it!
“Whose Line Is It Anyway?” (The CW)
Series premieres Tues., July 16 at 8 p.m. ET.
The Rundown:A reboot of the early 2000s improv comedy show – Minus Drew Carrey – Aisha Tyler now hosts.
Stars: Ryan Stiles, Wayne Brady and Colin Mochrie
Who Will Watch: Fans of the original, fans of fun and comedy
The Verdict: I’m looking forward to seeing the old gang get back together again
“Covert Affairs” (USA)
Season 4 premieres Tues., July 16 at 9 p.m. ET.
The Rundown: A CIA operative goes undercover on various missions with the help of various other techy/spy/upper management types.
Stars: Piper Perabo (Coyote Ugly), Christopher Gorham (Ugly Betty)
Who Will Watch: Fans of Alias
The Verdict: The blue sky USA version of Alias
“The Vineyard” (ABC Family)
Series premieres Wed., July 24 at 9 p.m. ET.
The Rundown: A coming of age docu series about 20 something living and working for the summer in Martha’s Vineyard. Looks like it will be a scripted show.. but unsure if it will be scripted like “The Hills” was scripted.
Stars: No information about who is starring in this is available
Who Will Watch: The same ABC family viewers
Verdict: Time will tell on this one..
“The Hunt” (The CW)
Series premieres Wed., July 31 at 9 p.m. ET.
The Rundown: A Hunger Games style competition with hopefully less violence and death. Winner gets $250,000…
Stars: Reality Programming – No stars yet.
Who Will Watch: Fans of Survivor
Verdict: Let’s see if this is just a gruesome as The Hunger Games.
What shows are you looking forward too? And what shows are you hoping will flop? Hit up the comments with your answers.