Summer can be a tricky time for TV programming. It's gotten better in the past few years, but in general it's usually seemed like the studio execs just assume the entire television-viewing public is collectively out to brunch or on a surfing vacation in Aruba or something. Thankfully, all that seems to be changing! On that note, let me fill you in on a few upcoming summer shows that I will absolutely not be missing (thank you, DVR -- no, truly, THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU)."Rosemary's Baby" (miniseries)NBCPremieres tonight, May 11; 9 pm Eastern
As an unabashed horror-movie spaz, the idea of remaking "Rosemary's Baby," the classic 1968 creep-fest starring little Mia Farrow as an adorable mod-ish gamine seemed, at best, totally unnecessary and at worst, embarrassing and futile. You can't improve on perfection, right? But the more I've heard about the new miniseries, which stars Zoe Saldana as a young mom who slowly starts to realize that there's something more than a little off about her unborn child, the more psyched I've gotten. Of course the plot has been slightly retooled, but it looks awesome and the reviews seem to agree. I'll be watching tonight, for sure."The Strain"FXJuly 2014 (TBD)
Bring on more of the creepy shit! This new vampire thriller series was created by prolific horror-master Guillermo Del Toro ("Pan's Labyrinth," "Hellboy," "Splice") and his colleague, Chuck Hogan. It's based on their trilogy of novels with the same name, and it promises to be a rip-roaring, freaky and ridiculous good time. The show focuses on Dr. Ephraim Goodweather (Corey Stoll) of the Center for Disease Control in NYC. He and his team are called to investigate a mysterious viral outbreak on an airplane; upon arrival at the scene, they discover 200 dead bodies ... and four survivors on board. Things obvs only get worse from there -- the corpses start vanishing from morgues, and the investigators realize their weird new case has similarities to an ancient strain of vampirism."The Knick"CinemaxPremiere date TBD
This anticipated surgical drama, set in the year 1900, was directed by Steven Soderbergh, the acclaimed director ("Traffic," "Ocean's 11," "Magic Mike") who essentially crawled out of retirement specifically to shoot this very series. It stars professional hot man Clive Owen as a surgeon at Knickerbocker Hospital in New York, "who tests the limits of his practice to try to save lives." The slightly eerie trailers show off the ad slogan "Surgery wasn't always science," and though the gory details are still pretty fuzzy, I'll probably give this show a shot when it starts up this summer. Because really, who can ignore a good surgical drama?! With Clive, no less!"The Leftovers"HBOPremieres Sunday, June 29, 10pm EasternAll-around sexy person and fiance of the lucky Jennifer Aniston, Justin Theroux stars as a chief of police in this drama based on a Tom Perrotta novel. The series was overseen by Damon Lindelof of "Lost," and in a slightly similar vein to that cultural juggernaut, this show explores what results in a small community after an incident of major mass chaos (in this case, The Rapture stands in for the plane crash and desert island). Oh and another thing you obviously need to know: Liv Tyler is in it! I loooove Liv Tyler, I've missed Liv Tyler, and I can't wait to see her again, momentarily casting a graceful veil of perma-beauty upon my TV screen!
So those are a few of the new ones. Of course there will also be a number of beloved established shows returning, like "Orange Is the New Black," "The Bridge," "Masters of Sex," and more. Here's a roundup of what's coming this summer -- use with caution (I made a list of all the programs I want to DVR, and that list came out to a rather alarming 16 shows). OHHHH AND DON'T FORGET "Petals in the Wind!" That's the sequel to "Flowers in the Attic," duh, and it's happening on Lifetime on May 26!!
What shows are you excited to watch this summer?
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