Meanwhile, thanks to summer rerun season and my staunch commitment to keeping up with my regular season shows fall, winter, and spring, this summer has allowed me the opportunity to not only keep up with my regular summer newness, but also to discover some gems I hadn't already gotten around to. And here is my report as the summer closes...
After some initial hesitation due to the subject matter, I eventually got sucked in to the surprisingly deep NBC drama and critical darling Friday Night Lights. Who knew a drama about football in a red state could captivate me so? I'm nearly done with season one now, and I'm already poised to say Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton make one of the best TV married couples I've yet seen. Go Panthers! And one that I always intended to watch but missed the opportunities thanks to other Tuesday night commitments was Parenthood. It's no surprise to me, seeing as though I'm a fan of the 1989 movie it's loosely based on and that it includes personal faves Lauren Graham and Mae Whitman, that it's a delightful family - for lack of a better word - dramedy. Consider it a Brothers & Sisters for the slightly younger, hipper set.
But the summer hasn't brought its shortage of comedy, either. Sure, TV Land's Hot In Cleveland isn't exactly high-brow fare, but the ladies are great comediennes, and I can't pass up the opportunity to see Wendie Malick in such fine form again. The same goes for the Courteney Cox starrer Cougar Town, as I'm closing in on the last few season-one episodes. It's nothing perfect, to be sure, but it's a great showcase for the funny lady. In closing, the summer premieres have been enticing as well - I caught an advance screening of The Big C and Weeds' premieres last week, and they look promising. Throw a little guilty pleasures on the heap (namely True Blood and a particularly saucy season of Big Brother), and all in all summer TV-watching hasn't been without its merits.
Tell me - what on earth has your tube been subjected to this summer?