We like TV. I’m not sure I’ve ever stated as much. But we do. We watch a great number of programs. Some of our favorites (in no particular order) are: Top Chef, The Big Bang Theory, How I Met Your Mother, 30 Rock, The Office, Grey’s Anatomy, Desperate Housewives, House, Mad Men, Friday Night Lights and Southland.
After I had my son, watching movies became a delicacy. It’s not that we didn’t want to see movies anymore, it’s that we could never be sure when we’d have two uninterrupted hours in order to do so. So we gave up trying and turned more toward prime time television for entertainment.
Having a DVR makes watching TV with a baby even easier. Now, we can easily sit through two sitcoms, sometimes more. I look forward to watching TV! There are some weekdays I actually get excited about that night’s lineup. Judge all you want to, but I’m not at all ashamed of this anymore. (I swear I read books as well!)
All this to say: I enjoy watching TV, which is why I get a little bummed in the summertime; saying goodbye to prime time television can be difficult when you rely on it for downtime or entertainment.
Over the weekend I began perusing online and reading about the major networks’ upcoming summer television programs. And I figured: why not compile the information and share it? I don’t know if it’ll be useful or not, but here is what I learned.
Mad Men is scheduled to premier sometime in August. Naturally, Toby and I have been waiting for this. It’s seriously one of the best shows (if not the best) I’ve seen on TV. For those of you who haven’t watched the first two seasons, you simply must.
Otherwise, I am most excited about season 6 of So You Think You Can Dance. I came late to this program and I absolutely love it. It premiers this Thursday on Fox!
Another program that piqued my interest (although I’m a little embarrassed to admit it because I think it could very well suck) is Jingles premiering on CBS. This show will either bomb entirely or it’ll be awesome. I see no in between on this one.
Here is snapshot of some of the upcoming new (and some repeat) shows on all four major networks.
Greatest American Dog: premieres Thursday, July 10th at 8:00 PM (ET). Synopsis
Million Dollar Password: Password premieres Sunday, June 1st at 8:00 PM (ET). Synopsis
Jingles: premieres Sunday, July 27th at 8:00 PM (ET). Synopsis
Big Brother: premiering Sunday, July 13th at 8:00 PM (ET). Beginning July 15th it will air on Tuesdays at 9:00 PM (ET) and Wednesdays at 8:00 PM (ET). Synopsis
The Philanthropist: premieres on Wednesday, June 24 at 10 PM (ET) Synopsis
Merlin: premiers on Sunday, June 21 from 8-10 PM (ET). It will also air from 8-10 PM on June 28. Its normal airtime (starting July 5) is on Sundays at 8 PM (ET) Synopsis
The Listener: premieres on Thursday, June 4 at 10 PM (ET) Synopsis
Law & Order: Criminal Intent: starts Monday, June 8 at 9 PM (ET) Now, with more Jeff Goldblum!
Great American Road Trip: premieres on Wednesday, July 1 at 8 PM (ET) Synopsis
I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!: will air Monday through Thursdays for three weeks beginning June 1 at 8 PM (ET), and then Monday through Wednesday at 8 PM (ET ) at the end of June Synopsis
America’s Got Talent: two nights and starts on Tuesday, June 23 at 9 PM (ET) and Wednesday, June 24 at 9 PM (ET). Synopsis
The Meteor: (A miniseries) airs on Sunday, June 7 at 9 PM (ET) and Sunday, June 14 9 PM (ET) Synopsis
The Storm: airs Sunday, July 19 at 9 PM (ET) and Sunday, July 26 at 9 PM (ET). Synopsis
Dateline NBC: moves to Mondays at 10 PM (ET)
The Bachelorette: Debuts Monday, May 18 at 9 PM (ET), then moves to its 8 PM time period. (With Jillian Harris.)
Here Come the Newlyweds: Monday, May 25 at 10 PM (ET) Synopsis
Wipeout: Wednesday, May 27 at 8 PM (ET) Synopsis
The Goode Family: Wednesday, May 27 at 9 PM (ET) Synopsis
The Superstars: Tuesday, June 23 at 8 PM (ET) Synopsis
I Survived a Japanese Game Show: Wednesday, July 8 at 9 PM (ET) Synopsis
Dating in the Dark: Monday, July 20 at 10 PM (ET) Synopsis
Glee – Premiers Tuesday, May 19 (right after Idol) at 9 PM (ET) (Thanks, Kizz!) Synopsis
So You Think You Can Dance – Thursday, May 21 8:00 PM (ET/PT) (Once the DANCE auditions conclude, weekly performance shows will air Wednesdays (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), and weekly results shows will air Thursdays at 9:0o PM ET/PT) Synopsis
Mental – Friday, May 22 at 9 PM Synopsis
Hell’s Kitchen – Tuesday, July 21 at 8:00 PM (ET/PT). Synopsis
Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader? – Friday, May 22 at 8:00 PM (ET/PT) Synopsis
Other Shows of Note
That’s all I got. And we’ll see how much I actually watch. For me, this is like looking at a menu at a restaurant whenever I’m really hungry; I know I won’t get to sample much, but it’s fun to imagine doing so. Although, even if I did have the time, I’m not usually one for reality TV (with a few exceptions, of course) and summer TV is all about the reality television. But we’ll see!