Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Summer TV reviews

With the advent of all these new cable channels it has started a trend that I like a lot: Summer TV programming. Basically it means we have new TV year round. Woo hoo! Here are the shows currently on my DVR. Let me know if you love 'em, hate 'em or have other suggestions.
  • Drop Dead Diva - I have a soft spot for this show. I think that the actress does a great job of channeling a model in a plus sized lawyers body. The best parts (IMO) are the cases. Sometimes the personal life plot lines are a little lame. Like Bravo, Lifetime replays shows a lot so you don't have to worry about recording conflicts.
  • The Gates - I checked this show out for the first time last night and I'm not sure I'm going to keep recording it. Another vampire/werewolf drama? Boring. Some of the characters are engaging but they are in the minority. I have a feeling this show won't stick around long anyway.
  • Scoundrels - Really, TV? Is Virginia Madsen is old enough to have a son who graduated law school? I think not. But I like her. It also features Sloan from Grey's Anatomy doing her ditzy best. This is a maybe show for me. My DVR forgot to record it this week and I found that I didn't really care. So I'm on the fence with keeping this as a Season Pass.
  • Royal Pains - This is a cute show and I love the interaction between the two brothers. But the patient story lines are kind of lame and the show doesn't appear to know where it's going this season. Maybe it will get better.
  • White Collar - Fun fact: the start of this show went to Carnegie Mellon and graduated a year after me. Damn, if he was that hot in school I'm mad I didn't know him in real life!! How can you not love a show that has Tiffani Theissen in it? I rest my case.
  • Top Chef - need I say more?
  • Doctor Who - I have to get my SciFi fix in there somewhere, right? I'm not in love with the new Doctor yet but he's growing on me. I do really like his new sidekick but why did they have to erase her fiancee? Lame-O.
  • Leverage - DH and I love this show. Good plots (although the "solution" is a bit ridiculous at times) and engaging actors. I'm saving up some episodes since we've been trying to get through our 8 remaining Fringe episodes. But then it's full steam ahead on this show. I hear that this past week had a Parker-centric episode. I'm already excited to see it!


T. said...

We love Top Chef! We also have Friday Night Lights on our DVR, but that's it for now. Anxiously awaiting the return of Mad Men and Weeds later on this summer!!

Jordan said...

I haven't seen any of those shows but I offer up the guilty pleasure of the summer in Wipeout on ABC. Mindless obstacle course madness with two hilarious hosts. Watching Jill Wagner do her interviews is an added bonus for the guys out there. Call me simpleminded but I find myself entertained by this show.

WorkingMom said...

Drop Dead Diva, Royal Pains, Leverage are on my Must See list, plus "In Plain Sight" - another cable series. Have watched The Gates, but like you I'm tired of the vampire/werewolf series. Scoundrels was okay but not a must watch. Can't get into the other ones you've mentioned.

LOVED the premiere of "Boston Med" last week - being from the area and into medical shows, it's a "If You Interrupt Me While I'm Watching This and Crying, I Will Cancel Cable During The Big Game!!!" show.

And my guilty pleasures - "The Real Housewives of NY & NJ" & "Bethenny Getting Married?".

Stephanie said...

I totally love Drop Dead Diva! And I agree, she is totally believable as a model in a bigger girl's body. The cases are definitely what draws me in and I'm having a love/hate relationship with the Kim lawyer.

Would love to get Dr. Who, but I'm not able to watch it on my computer. Anxiously waiting for new episodes of Eureka on SciFi.