What I'm watching this summer: Anna's list
I'm actually looking forward to summer television this year as a break from all the hype and mania surrounding shows like Lost, 24, and American Idol. I get a little burned out on all the talk as the mainstream media outlets (Today, Good Morning America, all cable news channels) try to get their grubby hands on a fraction of the ratings for each show by covering them... heavily.
This summer, I'm taking it easy. I'm watching a few intense dramas that I enjoy and picking up a few more new programs that look light-hearted. No reality programming here. And, unlike Bob and Jonathan, I don't feel any allegiance to Studio 60. It's just not good.
Creature Comforts: This already started airing and the episode is still sitting on my TiVo. I loved the British version of the claymation show and I'm glad to see an American version here on CBS this summer. In case you don't know what it's about, it's real-life interviews with common folk but the audio is set to stop-motion clay animals. It's drop-dead hilarious, both for what the people say into the microphone but also for the matching clay characters with the trademark overbite from the Aardman Animation studios. Airs Mondays at 8 pm on CBS.
The Closer: I'm reviewing The Closer this summer for TV Squad. I am really looking forward to reuniting with one of the wackiest characters on television, Brenda Leigh Johnson. I'm curious as to what this third season will bring to Brenda. Her first season was about gaining the respect of the homicide team and her second season was about her and the team fighting against the rest of the LAPD (it was also about her eating healthier and moving in with Fritz). The Closer premieres on Monday, June 18 at 9 pm on TNT.
Rescue Me: I just got hooked on this show last summer and now I'm really looking forward to season 3. I think the appeal is just how bad all the characters are. Tommy Gavin is the most self-destructive, effed-up person on cable and even though I find myself wincing through episodes, I just can't look away. Rescue Me premieres Wednesday, June 13 at 10 pm on FX.
Robot Chicken: I'm looking forward to the Star Wars episode that Robot Chicken got to do in conjunction with George Lucas. Robot Chicken has already done some pretty great stuff with Star Wars action figures and it'll be fun to see what Seth Green and Matthew Senreich have dreamed up (the stills on the official website look pretty rad). The half-hour special airs on Cartoon Network on June 17 at 10 pm. Here's a link to the trailer.
Lil' Bush: I think I'm going to give this a try. My reasons are totally political. The Daily Show and Countdown with Keith Olbermann just aren't enough anymore as outlets that understand my frustration with the Bush Administration. I'm hoping for some good zingers in Lil' Bush, but if it's just childish rather than clever, I'll quickly tune out. Premieres June 13 at 10:30 pm on Comedy Central.
The Real Deal: TLC managed to steal Richard C. Davis and the Trademark team from Flip This House on A&E. This team of house flippers was by far the most interesting to watch. They scavenge for cheap real estate in South Carolina and work their employees hard and fast to flip homes in two weeks or less. I think it's the Southern accents and good ol' boy attitude that keeps me entertained. Airs Saturdays at 7 pm on TLC, beginning June 9.
Veronica Mars: I missed the boat on Veronica Mars. I've seen a few episodes here and there and thought they were great, but I was just too far behind on the series. This summer is the summer that I will Netflix the series and hope that this last season comes out on DVD real soon.