Do you hate the summer TV schedule as much as I do? Are you confused by why the best TV shows all take their hiatus from June – September? I actually tried to research why all the TV stations give their best shows the summer off, but I couldn’t find any legit info. My best guess is that back in the times before DVRs, TiVo and On Demand, these networks realized that summer is when families take vacations and spend a lot of time outside…meaning that’s when people are least likely to be sitting in front of their TVs every night. But now with so many different options to tape your favorite shows, doesn’t it make sense that the schedule would adjust and there would actually be decent shows on during the summer months? Apparently not.
I took the trouble of monitoring Entertainment Weekly’s “What to Watch” section for three weeks in May to see what new summer shows they were promoting. Sadly, here they are:
United Stats of America – Twin comics make statistics about the USA interesting (doubt it) – History Channel, Tuesdays
The Devils Ride – Inside look at the conflicts and drama of a motorcycle club in San Diego (there was already a show like this that I didn’t bother to watch, wasn’t there? Sons of Anarchy?) – Discovery Channel, Tuesdays
Around the World in 80 Plates – Competing chefs travel the world and learn about international cuisines, then try to cook the local flavors (sounds like every other cooking show) -Bravo, Wednesdays
Common Law – Cop partners have a problem—with each other. So their captain sends them to couples’ therapy (what an incredible twist on the typical cop show! Two men that have to go to couples’ therapy! Groundbreaking stuff!). – USA, Fridays
Mom Caves – An attempt to show the world that moms need their private spaces for relaxation just like men need their man caves (every woman I know relaxes by watching trashy TV and reading gossip magazines. So this show is about a room with one TV and a bunch of magazines? Boom, show over) – HGTV, Saturdays
Pregnant in Heels – A “pregnancy guru” helps expecting moms through the joys and perils of having a baby (I’m not sure I even have a comment here. This woman apparently helps pregnant women deal with major dilemmas…like how to go on a date when you’re eight months pregnant. Sounds awesome) – Bravo, Tuesdays
Duets – A play on those other singing competition shows…only this time the judges actually sing with the contestants (I don’t listen to Kelly Clarkson or John Legend sing regularly, and I don’t even know who Jennifer Nettles or Robin Thicke are. So it’s doubtful I wanna hear them sing with wannabe singers) – ABC, Thursdays
I Cloned My Pet – This might have been just a one-episode show, but basically it follows people who had an obsession with their pets, and those pets died, and now they’re trying to clone the dead pet, or something.
Hip Hop Squares – A hip hop take on the old Hollywood Squares show (seems like it’s geared towards a specific viewer, and it’s not me) – MTV, almost every day
Men At Work – Four men navigate work, friendship and women (I’ve actually watched a couple episodes of this show as it’s the only sitcom on this list. It’s pretty terrible…recycled jokes about one of the guy’s girlfriends wanting to have sex too often…there’s the stereotypical ladies’ man, the nerd, the guy who just got dumped and is depressed, and the normal guy. Don’t waste your time) – TBS, Thursdays
It’s a sad list of shows. But do me a favor and let me know if there are any shows on this summer that are actually worth watching. And do yourself a favor and go see some movies instead of watching Pregnant in Heels. Specifically go see The Avengers in 3D. You won’t be sorry.
6 thoughts on “Summertime TV Blues: Sifting Through the Junk That You’ll be Seeing on TV Over the Next Three Months”
Sports. The Euro should get everybody through June, then we’ll have the Olympics from July 27th through August 10th. Then boom! – football and fall TV are here.
Olympics in August! And Sons of Anarchy is excellent.
I highly recommend suits, airing 6/14. One of the better / only shows on USA.
caught one ep of united stats of america. it’s … okay. not really worth tuning into. but if you’re bored and looking for more useless trivia knowledge, might be okay.
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