For the last three or four weeks, I have been on hiatus, which is basically the TV writer equivalent of unemployment meets vacation. During said hiatus, I frolicked around the (55 and sunny WHAT?) East Coast, left my laptop and all thoughts of writing in my backpack, forgot how to eat well, and fully gave up technology for like, at least four hours. So, when I got home to find it was 100 degrees in LA, my reaction was obvi along on the lines of “Oh great. It’s summer already. I JUST got back and I’ve already missed like half of Louie, Inside Amy Schumer, Fargo, and my beloved Devious Maids!” To that I say… time flies when you’re having fun?!? JK JK what I meant was WTF this is so intimidating I have so many hours of quality television to catch up on.
Since nothing makes me feel more insecure than being behind the times on quality television, I decided to make a list-post of all the awesome summer shows I’m NOT behind on. Then we can watch them together and talk about them all summer, ok? Ok.
First things first, Orange Is Obviously The New BACK ON JUNE 6TH. THAT IS THIS FRIDAY AKA TWO DAYS FROM NOW.
If you haven’t seen Season 1 of this show in its entirety then you’ve been living under a rock, but you still have time to catch up on Netflix, get super invested in at least 3-5 story lines, and learn about Chicken Wisdom. I’m speaking from experience here – my first-round watch of the first season took less than 48 hours. Watch the Season 2 Trailer HERE… over and over again in anticipation.
Pause for an hour or so from your Orange Binge to check out the new Starz show Power on Saturday night at 9pm.
Produced by 50 Cent and written by Courtney Kemp-Agboh, the hour-long dark drama stars Omari Hardwick as James “Ghost” St. Patrick, drug dealer kingpin of New York x nightclub owner, complete with sexy wife, heart of (mostly) gold, and good-guy-desire to start fresh and go legit. There’s an old ex from the past, a token #2 best friend with his own motivations, and occasional cameos by Fiddy. What more could we want from a Chris Albrecht original? You can watch the first episode for free… after that you’re either subscribing to Starz or illegally downloading.
After you watch all of OITNB and start POWER this weekend, you can top off your TV binge Sunday night with Game of Thrones (duh) then AMC’s new period piece Halt & Catch Fire. With a staff chock full of crazy amazing writers and a pilot that’s already been online for months, Halt & Catch Fire is set against the backdrop of the 1980’s, and follows IBM’s rise to power in the personal computing industry. That’s right, Dramatic Pre-Silicon Valley Silicon Valley story! Full of dreams and ambition, and bereft of references to Steve Jobs. Love it.
Yes, this show already “officially” premiered last Sunday. So you’re technically already behind. Catch up HERE to watch the first *~*NEW*~* episode this Sunday.
Masters of Sex (Showtime, July 13th, is the next must-see-TV show of the summer – and the only show besides Orange Is The New Black that I’m eager to return to for a second season. And not just to see Lizzy Kaplan naked… although I can’t deny that has something to do with it.
This soapy, serialized medical drama follows real-life 1950s sex research pioneers, Dr. William Masters and Virginia Johnson, as they break barriers in the realms of sexual research… sometimes with each other. The settings and costumes rival Mad Men‘s in their stylish nature, and the actors are all fantastic. It’s fascinating, mostly historically accurate, and true to its premium cable nature in that it is quite literally about sex. I subscribed to Showtime for this show. I recommend you do too.
So I guess the morals of the stories here are: a) summer is not the time for comedy b) who needs network television in the summer? and c) start watching TV already! Because who likes to be behind the Internet Times about these things?