July 06, 2011 10:17am PT by Tim Goodman
TV Summer Camps: Earnest Dramas, Sci-Fi, Comedy And Blue-Sky Escapism
Summer officially began on June 21 -- less than a month ago. But if you still hold to this notion of a TV season, it really crept in sometime in late May. It could be argued, then, that some of television's best "summer series" have come and gone, since they bled into the hot days, entertained (or annoyed) the hell out of us, then vanished.
Like Game of Thrones, Justified, Treme, The Borgias and The Killing.
Treme finished Sunday -- spectacularly -- and Men of a Certain Age ends tonight, with Friday Night Lights not far behind it. On the other hand, so many new series have kicked in recently it's hard to feel the loss (and yes, I'm looking at you, Wilfred, you big lovable and filthy dog). Plus, Torchwood starts Friday and the Big Baddy Daddy of Summer -- Breaking Bad -- will premiere on the 17th.
So, let's do a quick survey of sorts. What did you watch and what will you watch before -- dread the thought -- fall creeps in? Somewhere in there you should note precisely what you're most excited to see. For me it was Game of Thrones (which didn't disappoint), The Killing (which did) and, most of all, the upcoming return of Breaking Bad.
Let no one ever say again that there's nothing to watch in the summer. Look at these summer camps:
Earnest Dramas: Justified, Treme, Men Of A Certain Age, Friday Night Lights, The Killing, Falling Skies, Nurse Jackie, United States of Tara, Combat Hospital, The Big C, Weeds. Upcoming: Breaking Bad, The Closer, Damages, Rescue Me.
Sci-Fi/Fantasy: Game of Thrones, Teen Wolf, Outcasts, True Blood. Upcoming: Eureka, Warehouse 13, Torchwood, Alphas, Haven.
Comedies: The InBetweeners, Children's Hospital, Wilfred, Louie. Upcoming: Curb Your Enthusiasm.
Blue Sky Escapism: Memphis Beat, Hawthorne, White Collar, Covert Affairs, Franklin & Bash, Royal Pains, Necessary Roughness, Rookie Blue, Burn Notice, Suits, Drop Dead Diva, Leverage, The Glades. Upcoming: Rizzoli & Isles, Entourage.
So, to recap: What did you watch or what are you currently watching? What are you most loooking forward to? And if you feel so inclined, the best show of the summer so far is/was?
Don't forget the sunscreen.