Summer TV Season: New Shows

Posted 30 June, 2014 | Mary @ TheBookSwarm | Features | 34 Comments

So, it’s summer here in the Northern Hemisphere and the temperatures are lovely and hot — blisteringly so, at times. No, seriously, I’m not complaining. Not after that Winter from Hell we survived. I’d so much rather be hot than cold. But there are still times when I want to be in the air conditioning, chillin’ on the couch, catching up on my TV and movie viewing.

It’s also the start of a new season of TV (*headdesk* It was so much easier when there was the Fall and Spring seasons. At least then, I couldn’t get hooked on a new show. Of course, that also shows my age…) and I’m trying my hand at some new shows (I can’t help it. I just love a good story whether it’s a book, movie or TV show. I’m an addict.). As with every season of new shows, some are winners, some are losers and some need more studying to be sure (sadly, I’ve got a bad track record with shows I like getting cancelled just as I get addicted. Dammit.).

NEW SHOWS

THE MUSKETEERS (BBC America)
Historical Awesomeness
Set on the streets of 17th century Paris, series gives a contemporary take on the classic story about a group of highly trained soldiers and bodyguards assigned to protect King and country (IMBD).

Um, hello adorably scruffy men with swords and fancy hats! Of course, I’m going to watch you run around and shoot things and screw. Are you planning on getting nekkid during any of those activities? Even better. First episode had plenty of witty dialogue and adorable rogues — as long as they don’t get overwhelmed with the cuteness of it all, I think this might be yet another BBC winner.

DOMINION (SyFy)
Post-apocalyptic dystopian
Follows the perilous journey of a rebellious young soldier who discovers he’s the unlikely savior of humanity (IMBD).

Ninety-nine percent of the angels out to kill those darned humans who made God disappear…um, okay. Hard-scrabble humans fighting for survival against powerful forces…better. Adorably cute and rebellious soldier who now has to save the human race…could be good! The first episode wasn’t fabulous however, I’m intrigued despite myself. I think I had high hopes for Nalini Singh-esque angels but that’s gonna happen. Still, I’ll give it a couple of episodes and see.

THE LAST SHIP (TNT)
Apocalyptic disaster
The crew of a naval destroyer is forced to confront the reality of a new existence when a pandemic kills off most of the earth’s population (IMBD).

A Michael Bay production means plenty of explosions and chases…and, a lot of times, means very little plot. But there is one! An apocalyptic one filled with bad Russians (is this 1988?) and a race to find a cure. The first episode certainly had some theatrical oomph, which might get old after an entire season. Then again, it might not. Relatively brainless means perfect for summer, I guess.

TYRANT (FX)
Contemporary Drama
The story of an unassuming American family drawn into the workings of a turbulent Middle Eastern nation (IMBD).

Are they trying to make dictators sexy? And what’s with all the women getting raped? Is that their way of showing how evil and despicable the main character’s brother is? There are other ways of going about that. Despite myself, I’m intrigued. I really want to hate this show but I’m also curious — almost like slowing down at a bad wreck.  (Has anyone else attempted this one? Any thoughts?

EXTANT (CBS)
Science Fiction
After spending a year in space, where she lived and conducted strange experiments, astronaut Molly Watts (Halle Berry) tries to resume a normal life with her family consisting of her husband, John, a gifted scientist, and Ethan, their son, a boy like no other. He is not their biological son as Molly is infertile. Ethan was designed by his father as the first prototype of a future line of “Humanichs”, “human robots”. But the return of Molly will have dramatic consequences for the entire planet and the fate of mankind (IMBD).

I can’t pass up a creepy astronaut-returned-from-space-with-something-MORE story, especially not one staring Halle Berry and produced my Steven Spielberg. Shut up and take my money. Or let me DVR it, anyway. It doesn’t come out until July 9th, but you’d better be sure that I’ve already got this programmed in.

So, y’all. Anything new that you’re watching?

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34 Responses to “Summer TV Season: New Shows”

  1. Ooooh DOMINION sounds fantastic. How’ve I not heard of this before, Mary?! Oh, wait…I don’t have cable…I rely on Hulu and Netflix haha Right now, I’m on an Orange is the New Black kick, and I’m loving that Rookie Blue has started up again!

  2. Ah I hate that they throwing even more series at my that I can’t help it but not watch. DOMINION sounds good, but … let’s see how that plays out I’m definitely watch a few episodes.

    Extant of course sounds awesome.. I mean Halle Barry starring? Awesome..

    Oh and I have such a big thing for the Musketeers! One of my favourite movies of all time… I just love them:)

  3. I think I’d rather be cold than hot because the TX heat is killing me.

    Musketeers and The Last Ship both sound pretty awesome, and Extant has me intrigued. Fabulous post, Mary!

    Hafsah @ IceyBooks

  4. Okay I’m once again totally out of the loop with all these shows, as I didn’t even know about them! But there’s so much awesomeness to look forward to, I am especially excited about The Musketeers! Thanks for putting these new shows on my radar Mary!

  5. I haven’t heard of any of these, but I’m always on the lookout for new shows and Muskuteers seems right up my alley, especially as I love BBC. Thanks for introducing me to these, Mary!(:

  6. Oooh, thanks for the heads up on some of these shows, Mary! I knew about Dominion and the Three Musketeers, but none of the others. Thanks 🙂

  7. Wouldn’t it be amazing if Nalini’s angels WERE made into a TV show? I would watch that 24/7. Hello, Raphael. I’ve been watching and love The Musketeers, though I’m with you on not at all being opposed to increased naked time. Come on BBC! Throw us a bone 😉

  8. My hubby caught the 2nd episode of The LAst Ship last night and said it was pretty good so I guess I’ll have to investigate.

    I also recorded The Leftovers on HBO last night. Looks intriguing.

    Have you seen Rectify? That’s another show everyone highly recommends. I’m going to binge watch the 1st season on Netflix while recording S2 on Sundance.

    Karen @ For What It’s Worth

  9. I hardly ever watch television these days. Most of the time, it seems the shows get cancelled just as I’m getting into them. I do like HBO, so I recorded The Leftovers.
    Enjoy your shows!

  10. Since we don’t have any regular TV I never know what’s happening. I have to rely on whatever Netflix plays. And really, that’s fine. I have hardly any time for TV anyway. But it’s kind of nice to hear about what is on. I have to admit I’m a bit curious about most of these!

  11. Ok I’ll be setting the DVR to record all except TYRANT. I really don’t have time to watch TV but I like to check out the shows to see what I might consider binge watching in the future (hence DVR them all until I pick which to continue then binge watch them all after the season is over)

    Liking the looks of Extant and Last Ship and The MUSKETEERS oh girl – seriously I have a MAJOR weakness for musketeers. I used to drool over all those movies when I was younger…hell what am I saying I still do.

    And you KNOW that review of Traitor’s Blade just proves that I’ve got the hots for these types of men. Be still of fluttery beating heart back into the chest with you!