Summer TV Guide: What We Are Watching
We love summer TV. It is the time of year when many of the networks bring out more daring and gritty scripted shows. This summer’s edgy crop already promises some of the best that will be on TV all year. Find out what we are watching and what we think will be the next breakout hits.
WHAT WE ARE WATCHING NOW:Animal Kingdom [TNT], Tuesdays, 9:00 pm EST – Based on the Australian film of the same name (2010), 17-year-old Joshua “J” Cody joins his freewheeling criminally inclined Southern California relatives after his mother dies of a heroin overdose.We smell an early Golden Globe contender for the scene stealing and riveting Ellen Barkin, playing the family matriarch “smurf.”
OUR RETURNING FAVORITES:
Mr. Robot [USA], begins July 13 at 10:00 pm EST – Hot off lead actor Rami Malek’s Golden Globe win for Best Actor in a Dramatic series, Mr. Robot returns for its second season. The show, co-starring Christian Slater, follows a young black-hat hacker who is schizophrenic, OCD, ADD, anti-social and just about every other disorder you can think of. The creators pride themselves on their authenticity and show’s real hacking exploits, cinematic photography style and extremely dark story lines all of which make this new season much anticipated. Creators are promising an exciting shift in direction and “nothing like season one” now that the introduction to the characters is complete.Hell on Wheels [AMC], Sundays, 9:00 pm EST – In the fifth and final season of the drama based on the building of America’s cross-continental railroad, lead-actor Anson Mount reprises his Old West tough, but nice guy portrayal of Cullen Bohannon. The story reaches it final climax with the meeting of the railroad lines in the West.Killjoys [SyFy], begins July 1, 9:00 pm EST – This fun but dark space bounty hunter show returns for a second season. Lead actor, Hannah John-Kamen plays Dutch, a bad-ass sh*t kicking professional assassin. Her co-leads, Luke Macfarlane and Aaron Ashmore add the perfect triad representing brawn and brains.
Dark Matter [SyFy], begins July 1, 10:00 pm EST – Returning for a second season, Dark Matter charts the story of a group of rebel space pirates after they wake up from a deep cyber sleep with no recollection of who they are or their past. The large cast is aided by a droid and space mayhem usually ensues. The show is dark but fun.
WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING SOON:
Queen of the South [USA], begins Thursday, June 24, 10:00 pm EST- Based on the global best-selling novel “La Reina Del Sur,” by Arturo Pérez-Reverte, the show tells the powerful story of Teresa Mendoza, a woman who is forced to run and seek refuge in America after her drug-dealing boyfriend is unexpectedly murdered in Mexico. In the process, she teams up with an unlikely figure from her past to bring down the leader of the very drug trafficking ring that has her on the run.