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What I'm watching this summer: Meredith's list

by Meredith O'Brien, posted Jun 20th 2007 10:34AM

EntourageSummertime and TV in my house means three things: Watching new summer programming, catching up on TV shows I missed during the conventional September-through-May TV season and baseball, specifically Boston Red Sox baseball.

In fact, on summer evenings, my TV is most likely tuned in to a baseball game. But when the Sox are not playing -- or when they're getting clobbered or if they're playing a really late west coast game -- I turn on other shows such as:

1. Entourage. Yes, they're spoiled adolescents. They're narcissistic. They play video games all day and party all night as if they're entitled to live lives of luxury. But the guys from Entourage greatly amuse me and I love hating Jeremy Piven's Ari Gold.

2. Big Love. I find myself oddly drawn to this show about a Utah polygamist family with three wives and a boatload of kids. Jeanne Tripplehorn is the primary reason. Her portrayal of the first wife Barb Henrickson -- who was emotionally coerced into a polygamist situation by her husband as she was recovering from cancer -- is riveting.

3. The Office. Yes, I know I should be horse-whipped for failing to watch this Steve Carell dry comedy during the regular season. But I just couldn't fit it into my schedule. Thus I plan to spend the summer overdosing on repeats and Office DVDs.

4. The Starter Wife. Nothing screams "chick flick" more than something like The Starter Wife. But hey, it is the summer. This is a light confection of a show that's not too taxing, unlike wading through and deciphering this season's Lost episodes. And besides, I like Debra Messing.

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If you like Starter Wife, you would love Army Wives on Lifetime. It ranks #1over most shows that are on now. Lifetime seems to come up with some really good shows (Strong Medicine, The Division, etc.) So far, this summer has been disappointing; and the major channels are cancelling a lot of my favorite fall shows without really giving them a chance.

June 30 2007 at 7:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I like 'The Starter Wife,' personally. It's cute and funny. In my humble opinion, besides 'The Closer,' there is not a lot on television this summer, so Debra Messing's show fills the bill for me.

June 21 2007 at 12:01 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

my Braves are gonna be the Sox tonight :)....p.s. Good pick with Entourage

June 20 2007 at 3:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I'm glad Rescue Me is back!

June 20 2007 at 12:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Egan Foote

This list kind of stinks. How about a little more creativity?

Egan, out.


June 20 2007 at 11:27 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I couldn't agree more...Entourage belongs at the top of the list. My only beef with the show is that it isn't longer, the 25 minutes go by way too quickly. Why isn't Rescue Me on this list?

June 20 2007 at 10:58 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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