The summer is nearly here, and while most of your time should be spent enjoying the warm weather (especially after that ridiculously cold winter we all just went through), you should definitely check out some of the great shows that will air this summer! Summer television often has some incredible shows that get a little less attention than they deserve, and 2014’s lineup is no exception. Comedies, action, sci-fi and drama are all well represented this summer, with notables returning for a new season and some new shows that are also showing immense potential. No matter your taste, summer television has something to suit your desires!
Halt and Catch Fire (AMC)
Halt and Catch Fire is a new period drama that takes place in the 1980s and explores the world of the personal computer revolution. In the trailer, we are introduced to three unique characters who are on a mission to take on IBM by building “a machine no one else has the balls to build.” The drama seems apparent, but just how far will it go to keep a crowd happy in light of the already great Silicon Valley? The series stars Lee Pace, Scott McNairy, and Mackenzie Davis.
Orange is the New Black (Netflix)
Returning for its second season, OINTB comes back to Netflix subscribers and certainly promises more of the all-women’s prison drama that we’ve come to know and love. The 13-episode series will be released in full for binge viewers to enjoy. Returning is the ensemble cast from the first season, with the addition of Lorraine Toussaint.
Falling Skies (TNT)
Now entering its fourth season, Falling Skies has become a summer staple for lovers of sci-fi, incredible action, and survival stories. The alien invasion has had twists and turns over the last three years, and season four is slated to be even bigger than in years past. The show (filmed in Canada for the most part) gives viewers a What if? type scenario and then constantly adds twists and turns as humanity’s desire to survive trumps its willingness to die.
The Last Ship (TNT)
TNT knows what its audiences like, and following in line with Falling Skies is a new apocalyptic/epidemic show produced by Michael Bay called The Last Ship. The series takes place in the present where a virus has spread around the globe and kills, or is in the process of killing, humanity. The “Last Ship” in question is a 216-person US Missile Destroyer that is the last remaining bastion of hope to find a cure. What happens at sea when you hold the potential for human survival? Probably a lot (especially with Michael Bay at the helm).
Girl Meets World (Disney Channel)
Boy Meets World ended its seven-year run in 2000, and 14 years later a sequel has finally arrived. The two loveable characters from the first iteration, Cory and Topanga, return to the series as parents to the characters the show centers round. The show will likely be a popular one for those seeking a little nostalgia from their own childhood, and may well become a mainstay because of the mass appeal.
The Leftovers (HBO)
An intriguing offering: The Leftovers is a religious drama that takes place after The Rapture, where 2% of the world’s population simply disappears leaving the rest of the world to figure out what happens next. Naturally, if we are to believe in The Rapture, then we are forced to believe that the world only has a short period left before total chaos. That is where the drama unfolds as people cope with their imminent ending.
Ray Donovan (Showtime)
Dirty-work fixer Ray Donovan returns for its second season on Showtime. Whenever there is a problem to be fixed, whether a dead hooker in your room, a stalker, or any other problem that high profile people may not want to hit TMZ, Liev Screiber as Ray Donovan has a solution. The real drama from season one unfolds as Jon Voight (the father) re-enters Ray’s life after a long stint in prison, and season two looks to add even more twists to the headiness.
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