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Must See TV: Shows Not to Be Missed This Summer


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For the droll days of summer, there is plenty of must-see TV to occupy the heat-exhausted and pool-party-belabored mind. Amidst them are a few delectables, including the final seasons of True Blood and The Killing and a return of the supernatural thrill-ride Under the Dome. Several new shows with promising profiles are also slated to air within the coming weeks this summer. So, cool off with some must-see, heat-defying, summertime television that no TV junkie should miss.

Halt and Catch Fire is a period drama reflecting on the burgeoning PC era of the 1980s. Starring Lee Pace from Pushing Daisies as a startling visionary, he attempts to construct a ground-breaking computer that could change the fate of the future with the help of an engineer and a young computer whiz. Computer legacy and dare-devil coding may be AMC’s new cup of tea. Halt and Catch Fire premiered June 1.

must see tvOn June 6, last summer’s smash hit, Orange is the New Black, hit Netflix with its full cache of episodes. This dramedy is soon to catch on as a summer favorite if it has not already. With a personal voice and narrative, and a host of unforgettable criminal faces, the second season promises to bring more elucidation to the motley crew of female outcasts.

TNT released a new 10-episode San Francisco-based crime drama, Murder in the First, on June 9, starring Taye Diggs and Kathleen Robertson as lead investigators. With producer Steven Bochco at the helm, who was also responsible for 1995’s Murder One, the saga will be sure to be complex and twisted with a splash of spice.

Season one of Rectify proved to be simultaneously unsettling and thought-provoking as audiences followed the tragic tale of former death-row inmate Daniel Holden, played by Aden Young. Starting June 19, Sundance is showcasing 10 more episodes cataloguing the trials and tribulations as Holden adjusts to life out from behind bars.

Damon Lindelof, co-creator of Lost, offers audiences another high-concept adventure, The Leftovers. The show follows the lives of those who are presumably left on Earth after The Rapture. HBO began airing the program on June 29.

must see tvStarting this weekend on CBS, July 9, Halle Berry stars in Extant, with Steven Spielberg as the executive producer. This limited “event” series will feature 13 futuristic and thrilling episodes chronicling the aftermath of astronaut Berry returning to Earth with some unexpected baggage.

Brother of Amy, Greg Poehler, stars in the long-awaited and promised-to-delight sitcom Welcome to Sweden, pictured at the top of the article. Poehler quits his job as a celebrity accountant and moves to Sweden to be with his lady love. A large array of big star cameos, such as Will Ferrell, Aubrey Plaza, Gene Simmons, and, of course, the lead’s sister, Amy Poehler herself, will grace the screen and tickle the funny bone. NBC will premiere Welcome to Sweden this coming weekend at 9 p.m. on July 10. A must-see that any sitcom fan surely will not want to miss.

Showtime will air a must-see TV second season of Masters of Sex at 10 p.m. on July 13. Dr. William Masters and Virginia Johnson, played by Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan, will continue to research the intriguing inner tickings of humans’ sexual nature as well as their personal sexual dilemmas. It is more than clinical. At times, it is very personal.

The departure of True Blood does not mean that viewers will be without a good dose of vampiric drama. The Strain, a supernatural thriller from movie’s best monster-maker, Guillermo del Toro, is expected to re-imagine the, at times, over-wrought genre. Viewers will traipse through New York City with a group of scientists as they investigate a troubling viral outbreak that resembles a harrowing strain of vampirism. The Strain will air July 13 on FX.

must see tvSteven Soderbergh is back with The Knick. On August 8, Cinemax will unveil this periodic hospital drama starring Clive Owen as a surgeon in New York in 1900. Knickerbocker Hospital tests the limitations of “modern” medicine at a time when antibiotics and long lives were hard to come by.

No matter whether it is passion, poison, or pleasure that will get one through the sloggish heat of the upcoming days, this summer’s must-see TV shows offer a little bit of everything for any viewer. There is bound to be a summer favorite that will definitely go un-missed week-to-week. Get ready to take the summer plunge.

By Stacy Feder

Mercury News

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