Not that baseball is bad, mind you, but you need some diversity while navigating the TV summer doldrums or else you’ll get scurvy. Or something like that.
It’s that time of year when all the network shows are on hiatus. No more new episodes of Community or South Park for a while, and no football or basketball make it kind of rough on the couch. But don’t worry, there’s plenty of TV out there for those who know how to find it — because Lord forbid we go outside.
Starts June 23 on FX, Thursdays at 9 p.m.
It’s got Elijah Wood’s piercing blue eyes staring in this remake of an Australian comedy that is apparently supposed to be really funny. I haven’t seen it yet — because it hasn’t aired — but all the advance marketing videos and everything look really funny and has a lineup of guest stars that include Ed Helms (The Hangover), Rashida Jones (Parks and Recreation) and Nestor Carbonell (Lost). Oh, and the whole show is about a dog, Wilfred, which Wood sees as a man in a dog costume. So, there’s that.
Started June 19 on TNT, Sundays at 9 p.m.
I haven’t gotten a chance to catch the post-apocalyptic alien drama from TNT (I know, it just sounds silly when you realize that this is the same channel that airs a drama about a middle-aged Ray Romano) but I’ve heard some good things about it, and Stephen Spielberg is an executive producer, so you know it won’t be underfunded. Basically, most of Earth’s population has been wiped out and the few remaining survivors have to, well, survive. One episode in and apparently they already want to renew it for a second season, so no reason not to get in on this show now.
Starts Season 4 July 17 on AMC, Sundays at 9 p.m.
First off, Breaking Bad is back and oh so good. If you haven’t been keeping up with this gem from AMC (which will probably be stealing a lot of Emmys since Mad Men didn’t air this year), then forget your summer reading list and get on this. This is one of the most brutal and intense shows on the air. The story of the Walter White, the chemistry teacher who starts making meth after he finds out he has cancer, is unforgiving and we love it for that. White is played by Bryan Cranston, and he just continues to bring an ‘A’ game as this show gets better and better each season.
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Starts Season 8 July 10 on HBO, Sundays at 9 p.m.
Larry David is back after being gone for more than a year for one of the funniest shows on TV. If you’ve been missing out, Curb is like Seinfeld (David was a co-creator) turned up all the way and on HBO. It’s kind of improvised, kind of scripted and really funny.
Starts Season 6B July 28 on Comedy Central, Thursdays 9 p.m.
Futurama is splitting its seasons similar to how South Park does, doing half a season at a time, so this is season 6B for them. There will also be a season 7A in 2012 and 7B in 2013, assuming the world lasts that long. After returning from doing the four movies that constitute season 5, Futurama started airing on Comedy Central and things were kinda up and down to begin with. Maybe they hit their groove again, maybe not, but I never turn down free Futurama — or pizza — and never should you.
Starts Season 4 Sunday on HBO, Sundays at 8 p.m.
Well, if True Blood and HBO’s new Game of Thrones keep getting renewed, I’m going to have to buy stock in whatever company manufactures fake blood. True Blood isn’t going to be winning any awards, but it’s a good time, even if it does have fairies now. Plus, it’s on HBO, so it’s not like there won’t be gratuitous nude scenes if things start going south.