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Five Shows I'm Looking Forward To This Summer

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 8th 2010 1:05PM
Mad Men
Since summer is the time for beaches, parades, cookouts, and fireworks, and I hate beaches, parades, cookouts, and fireworks, it's TV time! That's especially true since there are more original shows on summer now than there used to be. Here are the five shows I'm looking forward to the most. And none of them are reality shows.

1. 'Mad Men.' To use a popular phrase, duh. Of course this is number one on my list. It's still weird to me that the best drama on television is a summer show. I don't know why this is still surprising, since we're not living in 1980 anymore and summer in a real TV season now and not just a place for repeats, reality shows, and shows that need to be burned off.

Maybe it's best that this show airs in the summer. It has a little more breathing room than it would have if it debuted in October.

Season four promises some amazing things I'm sure, as we find out how Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce is doing, whether or not Ken and Paul will still be on the show in some way even though they weren't asked to join the new agency, and just how January Jones is going to stay on the show now that she's divorced from Don. I truly can't wait. I think I'll buy those 'Mad Men' Barbie dolls and do my own episodes in my apartment until the new season starts on AMC in July.

The Good Guys

2. 'The Good Guys.' Three reasons why I'm looking forward to this new FOX show about a washed-up Dallas detective who gets a younger partner:

1. It's from 'Burn Notice' creator Matt Nix.

2. It stars Bradley Whitford and Colin Hanks.

3. Look at the mustache on Whitford!

(Special preview airs after 'American Idol' on May 19, then the series premieres on June 7.)

White Collar

3. 'White Collar.' I thought this show was going to be some light, fluffy entertainment that I would forget about the morning after I watched it, but it has somehow turned into a deeper drama with a mythology I'm actually interested in. I really want to know if Kate died in that plane explosion and what is going to happen to Neal now (funny how the first season of 'White Collar' had two cliffhangers that had fans talking). No exact return date yet but it will be this summer.

Burn Notice
4. 'Burn Notice.'
A confession: I haven't watched this past season of 'Burn Notice.' I know, I know. They're piled up in a row in my DVR like planes at O'Hare during a snowstorm and I'll get to them in the next couple of months since it's one of my favorite shows on TV right now. I have to watch them soon because season four of the show starts on USA June 3.

5. Poker and Tennis. Sure, poker and tennis air on television all-year long, but summer time is special. For tennis we have Wimbledon (on ESPN late June/early July) and The U.S. Open (late August/early September, also on ESPN) and The World Series of Poker starts in late July (ESPN again - they have everything now!).

Poker isn't as hot as it was a few years ago, and I admit I too drifted away from watching it at the level I used to watch it, which is probably one of the reasons I'm interested in getting back into it this summer. Tennis is something I've always been obsessed with. Don't even try to call me during The U.S. Open.

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Nissa

White Collar and Mad Men, hands down.

April 12 2010 at 10:58 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
shan

True Blood, Psych, Drop Dead Diva, Eureka, Hawthorne

April 11 2010 at 11:27 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Sawe

"Rescue Me" all the way!

April 10 2010 at 6:53 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mitch Capps

The heck with all those shows I want OVERHAULING Back, I need some new foose fixes, LOL

April 10 2010 at 3:15 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
slt617

Eureka, Warehouse 13, White Collar & Lie to Me

April 09 2010 at 11:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Liz

Ok, ok, enough about "True Blood" and "Rescure Me", what about "Royal Pains"? I thought that was original, funny and there were some interesting plots. I can't wait!

April 09 2010 at 10:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
denise

cant wait for Rescue Me !!! I got so many friends hooked on this show... My sister netflixed the past seasons just to get caught up.. Wonder what Tommy and the guys are gonna get into this year...

April 09 2010 at 10:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
TR

I love Rescue Me is lots of urban fun and I have been waiting for Royal Pain to get here....I can't afford the Hampton's so I love to watch the Royal Pains and their gold encrusted lifestyle for better or worse. I have not seen Jersey Shore, but it sounds just too crude & trashy in a bad way.

April 09 2010 at 9:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Sir Yuck-Yuck

me, BIG Brother 12 on CBS-Tv and the 24/7 live feed on real player super pass

April 08 2010 at 9:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
LadyOracle

One word. Leverage.

April 08 2010 at 7:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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