Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Summer TV - What are you watching?


Facts are facts, cable is killing the original programming game right now. I have no idea what is on the "Big Four" networks right now. But I do know that TNT, USA, AMC, HBO, Lifetime, etc are producing and putting out some pretty decent product.

I watch The Closer, Leverage, and HawthoRNe on TNT. I'm hoping to get through an entire season of HawthoRNe without getting irritated and quitting. Has anybody watched Falling Skies? I can't with the aliens but it seems to be getting good reviews? I tried watching a few moments of Franklin & Bash - that was good & terrible.

Drop Dead Diva has maybe one more week before I give up on it. How long must one woman pine over a man who has dated everybody but her? I don't know but a season and a half is enough. I watched one and a half episodes of The Protector starring the chick from Profiler and Tisha Campbell. Tisha needs a raise. She totally saves the show. 

I enjoyed the past season of Treme and I'm interested to see what Entourage will do for the last season. I never got into True Blood but you guys can let me know if it's holding your attention this year? Did anybody watch Game of Thrones? I heard buzz about it but never caught an episode.

Breaking Bad on AMC is another I hear good things about but I haven't had the time to watch. SyFy is premiering a show called Alphas that is getting a lot of buzz but really, there are only so many hours in the day. Rescue Me is coming back for a final season on FX, could this be the season they all get it together?

I did catch Necessary Roughness on USA. I'm on the fence about that one. First of all, I seriously hope Terrell Owens is getting royalties for the complete rip of his life/personality/issues that Mehcad Brooks is using as the the trouble wide receiver Terrance "TK" King. I think they need to flesh out those main characters a bit more before I'm sold on that one. They also debuted a show called Suits that has some pretty good writing plus the law firm has a sister as the managing partner - win.

I'm also dying to see The Curious Case of Curt Flood. Ever wonder who A-Rod has to thank for his $100MM contract? It's Curt Flood, the baseball player who sued Major League Baseball all the way to the Supreme Court. Even though he lost the case, his actions brought about player solidarity and free agency. Take a quick look:


Who has watched (will watch) what? What looks good? What looks bad? Rep your show. All suggestions entertained. Thoughts, comments, insights?

55 comments:

Natasha Hunter said...

Well, I'm totally into Unsung as well as Rescue Me.  As barebones as the show is, I also enjoy In Treatment. Trueblood is aiiight, but not holding my attention as much as it did in previous seasons. I pretty much left Weeds alone last season.

Game of Thrones was dat deal! I'm hoping it continues to be... however the introduction of the dragons has me worried.

I tried to watch Necessary Roughness, but it didn't really catch me.

I also like Louie. It's like Seinfield kicked up and raunched out. Works for me.
 

Reecie said...

I'm not as much dedicated to summer tv as I am the fall line ups but I was anxiously awaiting Covert Affairs. I guess that is my favorite summer series right now. I also watch The Closer, True Blood, Burn Notice. I may check out Suits. 

Game of Thrones was really good! I had to watch it on demand (and put down twitter) to really focus and follow it however. the finale was beast!!! I'm also looking forward to the return of Boardwalk Empire. I ::heart:: HBO series'. 

my parents love Leverage but I haven't ever watched more than an epi here and there. Outside of premium channels, TNT and USA have good programming. I've heard AMC has good shows also but I haven't watched any.

Reecie said...

oh yea Unsung is a favorite of mine also. a good balance after I watch the foolishness of BBWives and Single Ladies (don't judge me). 

Jesse said...

Falling Skies is bad but not as bad as Alphas.
I'm looking forward to Entourage and Breaking Bad

AnnettePearl said...

Drop Dead Diva - how long is she going to pine over Grayson? Enough already.
I like the Protector.
Leverage started a little slow to me but I liked this last episode a lot.

blackprofessor said...

Unsung and True Blood are my shows.  I am trying to hang with Hawthorne but I might be fading fast! 

Javalicious said...

I tried with Necessary Roughness, I hate that whole "Blind Side" meme where the black guy with the troubled upbringing needs a no nonsense white woman to be his surrogate mama and save him. No thanks.

angelasherell said...

Lol  ! Its like watching a bad accident.  You know you shouldn't be looking but you can not help looking from time to time!!  I will say that BBW's acting, I know its suppose to be reality TV is way better then Single Ladies.  The acting on SL is sooo bad.    The Queen needs to them ladies some acting lessons!!!!

bashowell said...

I'm currently watching Food Network Star, Design Star, MasterChef and The Bachelorette for reality shows.  And Warehouse 13 and Leverage and Deadliest Catch for other types of shows.  I have Alphas on DVR to check out. 

storm529 said...

I'm not watching much currently...

Big Trueblood fan, but haven't seen it yet this season.
I've watched a few episodes of VHi1's Single Ladies, the black version of Sex in the City.  It passes the time, nothing to get excited about.  Though Stacey Dash is killing it (not in acting, she can't act her way out of a paper bag).  She still looks fab and her outfits are fierce.
On dvd, I'm catching up on old episodes of the Office, back when it was still funny.
I can't do HawthoRNe anymore.  I tried.  I really tried with it.  But the show is slow and unrealistic to me. Tired of Jada acting like superwoman and curing all of the patients (she is more informed than the doctors) and saving the world.  

GrownAzzMan said...

I will be watching Entourage. The rest of these? IDK

MichelleG said...

I've cut back on a LOT of television watching these days. Tired of whining over time wasted/lost on dumb shows. Right now The Closer, Burn Notice, In Plain Sight, Suits & Unsung have survived. Say Yes to the Dress (Atlanta & BM editions) are my reality staple. iCan't with BBW or Single Ladies - once you burn those brain cells they don't come back.

This will be the summer of evening runs and Kindle shopping. NFL betta get it together because I can't think of the fall with no football.

MichelleG said...

I forgot Covert Affairs - it is a really good show!

GammasWorld said...

I've watched Falling Skies --where all the hype is coming from I don't know.  It's a typical us vs. them alien story line and I guess the special affects are supposed to wow me.  I DVR it but it's not priority so if space is needed it's one of the first to go.  Franklin & Bash, now I will be the first to say these are the most sophomoric, frat-boy, Peter-Pan Complex Suffering men I have ever seen but the casting is good and they make me laugh - requires no thought whatsoever LOL.  

Hawthorne --- aah Hawthorne.  I gave up last season and have tried to hang this season.  I know the story is about "Christina" but this dang super-nurse-who-knows-more-than-the-doctor-and-is-dictating- treatment-protocol is just too dang much.  She runs administration, the nurses, the doctors bow to her, the drama is just.too.much.  Having been in the hospital a time or 5, I absolutely HONOR the nursing profession and wouldn't have made it through without my caring and knowledgeable nursing staff but the first one that started telling my doctors what to do and he/she listened would have me running to the next hospital with the quickness.  

Rescue Me -- this is the last season (like The Closer) so while I'm wishing for a happy-ever-after ending for Tommy the realness of his emotional state leaves me with a real curiosity about how it's gonna end.     

Breaking Bad - LOVE it!   The underlying human behavior when faced with a "what if" situation and the resulting consequences.  Complex and somewhat violent but Bryan Cranston hooked me from the get go -- I love what he's done with the character.  

Okay I'm done.  I think I need to do a TV blog LOL 

taut_7 said...

have you heard about this new show that started last week called Torchwood: Miracle Day on Starz? Its basically when people stop dying. They're not invincible. They can get hurt, they feel pain but they just don't die. I saw the first episode and its seems interesting.

also, i'm on true blood. as far as original programming i think that's all i'm on this summer. i'm biding my time till september and the return of Boardwalk Empire. 

GuessImJay said...

What he said. Though thanks to a certain someone, we are all required to watch Leverage.

GuessImJay said...

What he said. Though thanks to a certain someone, we are all required to watch Leverage.

NewRibena said...

I watched one episode of Falling Skies but can't deal with the aliens.  I caught Game of Thrones during the free HBO preview weekend and I am hooked!  Breaking Bad is awesome and I'm looking forward to the new season.  Also checking out Single Ladies and reality shows such as Deadliest Catch, Design Star and Next Food Network Star.  

rozb said...

I thought I was the only one who felt that way about Hawthorne. I got turned off the first season when she was screaming at doctors and dictating protocol and everyone jumped. My mom, who has been a head nurse and has been in nursing for 40 years now, says Jada lost cool points with this show because it is not even in the ballpark of fiction. Scrubs was more accurate than Hawthorne.

rozb said...

I love True Blood! I even got the HBO Go app on my phone so I can keep up with the episodes.

Just biding my time until Dexter is back on with the new season.

rozb said...

"iCan't with BBW or Single Ladies - once you burn those brain cells they don't come back." You are telling the entire truth here!

Been watching Unsung lately (thanks Twitter folks!) and it is a truly intriguing show. Can't wait til the new season of Criminal Minds!

rozb said...

Would Hawthorne and House just end up beating the crap out of each other before trying to cure themselves?

Rob said...

Torchwood was intriguing, it's worth a look.
Boardwalk Empire should be excellent this season.

kjnetic aka Peter Parker said...

what i'm watching? ESPN, Baseball....and...baseball, lol.

if i had HBO, i'd watch the Curt Flood documentary...and i think Showtime is doing a reality show on the San Fran Giants

Natasha Hunter said...

and I forgot Boardwalk Empire.  :) I've always liked Steve Buscemi's bug-eyed self.

MichelleG said...

I remember thinking that CBS was the "old people" network but these days the few shows I watch on network tv are on good old CBS. #passtheprunesplease LOL!

Grace said...

Have you watched State of Georgia?

OneChele said...

Yes. I'm calling it "That's So Raven Grows Up, Loses Weight, Moves to New York and Has a Cool Aunt" - it's very just okay.

Grace said...

Ha! I'm nominating her and the Braxtons for Worst Weave Ever awards.

DB said...

This is the fourth season (series if you are British) of Torchwood, which is a spinoff of Doctor Who.  I have not seen the fourth season premier yet, so I cannot confidently speak on it, but from what I have seen this season is going to be radically different than seasons 1-3.  The previous seasons focused on a British team based out of Cardiff, Wales.  There were no Americans in the cast.   (John Barrowman (Jack Harkness) is Scottish by birth but grew up in the United States.)  I am curious to see if Harkness comes on to Mekhi Phifer's or Bill Pullman's character.

Leon X said...

Looking forward to The Curious Case of Curt Flood. The rest of my summer will be spent watching stuff 14 year old boys like watching. For example "Teen Wolf." The CGI. Lord, the CGI...

sugahoneyicedtea said...

Hmm, well I'm not really a tv person, but when I do watch it, I watch The Food Network, The History Channel, movies and music videos.

Clint Brantley said...

This is too funny.. I love watching TV One Unsung... Helps me stay in touch with my musical roots...

honeybrown1976 said...

True Blood, baby!!!!

That's pretty much it. I usually watch reruns of classic shows I watched as a kid and adolescent.

honeybrown1976 said...

Unsung is a great show!

OneChele said...

Totally judging ;-)
Unsung is excellent, they've decided to extend the season another few episodes.

OneChele said...

Yes - I need to see what's up with Nucky's mistress/girlfriend. 

OneChele said...

How awesome would a crossover show between those two be?! Ha! I can see all the bad attitude from here.

OneChele said...

SMH, sir, SMH

Mina B. said...

I only get cable during football season b/c I really don't watch much TV & I catch up during those winter months on anything I missed out on. So this year it's not looking so good :( I happened to watch season 1 of Drop Dead Diva on Netflix (Neflix is LIFE) and wondered where the show would go but I was liking it. Public Broadcasting is not bad if you like to sew, knit, garden, paint, cook, or do crafts.

Singlelif said...

Kudos !! I've seen Raven on several shows talking 'bout how she likes to change her "do" up all the time time. One particular time I remember thinking "yeah, you need to do that like NOW".  As for the Braxtons, who knew Toni's family was so entertaining ?  And you are right, all four of her sisters hair is "UNBEWEAVABLE".  They give a whole new meaning to the phrase "If you can't achieve it, weave it and if you can't grow it, sew it".  SAD !!  I just hope they step their weave game up for next season.

Brenda Kay said...

I grew up reading scifi and fantasy novels - so what little of  TV that I do watch is centered around those two interests. 

"Falling Skies" is not exactly unique in it's story telling about humans surviving an alien attack/takeover, but I do enjoy the show. I'm also a big fan of "Eureka" and "Warehouse 13" on the Syfy channel; and "Alphas" which features Malik Yoba premiered last night and I think I'll continue watching it.  

I really got into "Game of Thrones", but that was partly because I'm fan of the books which the show is based on. Jason Momoa added a nice bit of spice as the character Khal Drogo, who had frequent semi nude scenes. :-)

rozb said...

Their heads always look HOT! It can't possibly keep smelling fresh without having a lot of people up in it freshening it all day.

Nadette said...

I'm kind of digging Covert Affairs, which I initially thought was a ridiculous premise. But then again, I'm really digging the indian guy, talk about man candy, so perhaps I'm biased. Otherwise, I'm working with what's still on my DVR from the fall season, including the last 5 episodes of Oprah (don't judge me)

rozb said...

She would scream at him, he would hit her with his cane, then she would yell at someone to get her his files now dammit! Boy - the chaos...

GrownAzzMan said...

Miss me with the 'magic negro' benevolent white folks theme...

Leon X said...

I'm also watching season 2 of Luther. Go ahead. Hate me now. :-)

rozb said...

You would think they get tired of rescuing us...

Brendadc said...

I love "Unsung" and I started watching "True Blood" this season after catching part of a marathon a few weeks back. The plots are hilarious to me but I watch to see what the writers will do next. I am trying to hang in there with "Hawthorne," but the writers really picked up the pace this season.  It's to the point where it's too much at once..I'm still confused over who attacked Christina and how he ended up dead. I guess that will be explained (more clearly) in the remaining episodes?

Trey Charles said...

That show is awesome is it on BBC America yet?

Pretty Primadonna said...

Will you be watching "Most Eligible Dallas'?!

OneChele said...

What is that?
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Literary Marie said...

I'm also watching The Closer (final 7th season), Drop Dead Diva, HawthoRNe, and Necessary Roughness.

The only major network show I'm really watching this summer is Big Brother 13.

Pretty Primadonna said...

A new show set to debut in August on Bravo. It's basically a reality show following the love lives of several Dallas "socialites". I just discovered the entire cast is white, to my disappointment.

Nathan said...

I've 'caught up' with Breaking Bad, as AMC has been airing  DVR-friendly reruns on late Wednesday nights/Thursday mornings since the beginning of the year--it is every bit as good as advertised, and I'm going to watch the new season Sunday night.  ('Falling Skies', I'll catch you on the 11pm replay.)

Franklin & Bash--It got more watchable after the first episode, but I mostly watched out of anticipation for the excellent 'Men of A Certain Age' (which TNT has just canceled--thanks Time Warner).  It may help to know that F&B was originally destined to be part of the 'very funny' on TBS, that's the reason for the loads of cheap humor.

Network summer shows?  'Expedition Impossible' is no 'The Amazing Race', but I'm still putting up with it.  Others I like: Rookie Blue & Flashpoint (both cop shows from Canada, oddly, airing on ABC and CBS).  And if you can't enjoy the cheap treat that is 'Wipeout', then I'm not sure I want to know you. 

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