10 TV shows for summer

Charlie Sheen stars in Anger Management on FX. (Handout)

Charlie Sheen stars in Anger Management on FX. (Handout)

Bill Harris, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:23 PM ET

Some are reality shows. Some are talk shows. Some are scripted shows.

Some are sublime. Some are surreal. Some are scandalous.

It’s summer not only outside, but also on your TV, which means pretty much anything goes.

Here’s a brief look at 10 television developments to mark on your calendars between now and Labour Day, in chronological order:

Snooki & JWoww

Thursday, June 21, MTV

Hmmm, let’s see now, of all the TV personalities in the world, who deserves a spinoff series? Who has still more to say to society? Who definitely has not used up their 15 minutes of fame? I’m thinking, I’m thinking ...

Falling Skies

Thursday, June 21, Super Channel

The aliens keep coming, gotta fight ’em. Look for a nice big expanded role for young Canadian actor Connor Jessup in the second season of this Steven Spielberg project.

The Newsroom

Sunday, June 24, HBO Canada

A little too preachy and naive for my tastes, but this new Aaron Sorkin endeavour definitely has good people (Jeff Daniels, Jane Fonda, Sam Waterston, Emily Mortimer and especially Canadian Alison Pill).

The Great Escape

Sunday, June 24, Showcase

Co-executive produced by Ron Howard and Brian Grazer, this is a reality series in which everyday people try to escape from infamous places such as Alcatraz. Hey, wasn’t that the plot of a recent failed scripted series?

Brand X with Russell Brand

Thursday, June 28, FX Canada

Britain’s Russell Brand tries to forge his own performance/talk format with six episodes that accurately could be described as experimental. A test to see if North Americans are braced for more Branding.

Big Brother

Thursday, July 12, CBS/Global

Wait a minute, hasn’t this launched already? Oh wait, never mind, it was that copycat The Glass House (at least, that’s what the CBS legal department thinks). It’s all just a warmup for Big Brother Canada anyway.

Breaking Bad

Sunday, July 15, AMC

Arguably the best show on television enters its final season. One always has assumed that it can’t possibly end well for Bryan Cranston’s teacher-turned-criminal Walter White, but you never know.

Political Animals

Sunday, July 15, Bravo

No, not real animals (remember The Chimp Channel? That was awesome). Rather, this six-episode drama has attracted heavyweights such as Sigourney Weaver, Ellen Burstyn and, in a guest-starring role, Vanessa Redgrave.

Anger Management

“Sneak-peek” in mid-August, post-Olympics, CTV

Much-anticipated new Charlie Sheen vehicle debuts on FX in the United States later this month. After the August stunt launch in Canada (specific date to be announced soon), it’ll air regularly on CTV in September.

Copper

Sunday, Aug. 26, Showcase

Cool-looking series set in 1860s New York, specifically in the dangerous Five Points neighbourhood. If you were as fascinated by the movie Gangs of New York as I was, then this show is for you.

bill.harris@sunmedia.ca

 


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