It’s that fateful time of year again… The time of year when TV shows go off for the summer, when we find out which shows will get picked up for another season, and when promising new shows are being pitched by the networks. That means upfronts! Learning about all of the new shows that will be coming to my television this fall is like unwrapping presents on Christmas, like getting candy on Halloween, like…shooting fireworks and eating hot dogs on Independence Day? It’s super exciting–you get the gist. Then again, I’m a huge nerd, but as John Green pointed out, being a nerd just means being really enthusiastic about the things you love, and there’s nothing wrong with that. It’s a fun way to live.
The upfront that has me most excited is Us & Them, which is apparently based on a British show. It stars Jason Ritter and Alexis Bledel (Rory Gilmore!) as a young couple who are surrounded by an interesting, colorful, and complicated group of family and friends. I like that it’s being pitched as “a show about relationships” instead of a show about a man and woman who have the potential to be in a relationship and will probably hook up around season 3. Just look at it! Look at the wonderfulness!
The summer months mean a break from my regularly scheduled TV shows, which means I have a chance to catch up on all the shows I wanted to watch but missed. So, to satisfy my crazy mind, below is a definitive list of all the shows I’m hoping to watch this summer.
Shows I’ve seen but am behind on:
Bunheads — which I really hope doesn’t get canceled
Shows I haven’t watched at all and want to check out:
Game of Thrones — possibly; I’m on the fence about this one
Louie — another possibly; I’ll watch this if I have extra time (which seems unlikely)
Arrested Development — Yay, the Bluths are back!
House of Cards
Shows that are off the air:
Friday Night Lights — I <3 Connie Britton
Fringe — The Boyfriend and I are actually already 3 episodes into this one, and we’re both loving it so far. It fills the X-Files-shaped void in my heart.
New summer shows:
Family Tree — It’s Christopher Guest, which means I have to watch it. The first episode has already aired, but I can catch up quickly.
Whose Line Is It Anyway? — It’s coming back!
Yeah. So the list a little daunting, especially considering that I only have 3 months, but I’m determined. Besides, it’s TV! I love TV! How hard can it be? Probably very, and I doubt I’ll manage to watch everything on my list despite my determination. I’ll do a follow-up post in August, and then I guess we’ll see.