Feb 282013
 

Summer TV Preview

The 2014 summer TV lineup looks as exciting and interesting as any in recent memory.  It appears that there will be something for everyone, from returning hit shows to new traditional shows to reality shows.   As usual, the summer is the time that we see three types of tTV show from the networks:

1. Reality shows.  Given that there is a lot of time to fill, networks need a cheap and easy way to produce interesting content.  Reality shows fill time well, and can still potentially be ratings earners.  In fact, some of today’s most popular reality shows in the fall and spring started out as summer TV or winter TV fillers.

2. Sometimes a summer tv show is there because its audience actually watches more tv in the summer than other times of year.  College students for example may be more likely to watch a show in the summer than the fall.  In a related way, sometimes summer tv shows are designed to capture a summer theme, fitting in nicely with what its potential viewers are interested in during summertime.

3. One factor that is particularly true of the cable channels like HBO and Cinemax is that tv shows that have such loyal viewers that time of year is not important.  Many viewers of these niche and often critically acclaimed cable shows look forward to focusing on them during the summer.

All of this said, the Summer TV show lineups can be confusing to navigate – its hard to know what is a rerun and what is new, and what might be promising and what is just poor quality filler.  That is why we are here.  We will provide not only specific previews and reviews of summer tv shows, but also more information like this that might generally help you navigate the summer tv lineup.

Don’t get depressed each summer, waiting for your favorites to return in late September.  Instead learn how to find the very best in the summer TV lineup!

Jun 262014
 

New Summer Reality TV: Last Comic Standing

This summer TV show has not been around for a while so perhaps it does fall into our new summer TV series category.  A few tear’s ago Last Comic Standing developed a string following and was perfect summer faire, since it is light, easy to watch in parts, fun, and of course funny.  Now the show returns as a summer TV show in 2014 and it has all the ingredients to be a summer reality show hit.  First the judges and then the viewing audience will narrow down a group or promising yet very different comedians until there is one last comic standing. 

At the core of the show is a lot of talent in the judges and host.  JB Smooth is a perfect fit as host, while the highly talented judging table will include comedians Roseanne Barr, Keenen Ivory Wayans, and Russell Peters.  Whether it is Rosanne’s infectious laugh, Peters’ quick wit, or Wayans’ smooth and intelligent manner, the audience will be treated to a lot of knowledge and advice when it comes to comedy.  But of course the core of this summer TV show is the talent of the comedians themselves, and since this series draws out a lot of talent that is currently on the professional circuit there should be a lot of laughs.

Last Comic Standing starts with simple comedic performances in front of the judges so that the field can be considerably narrowed down.  Once that happens there will be fun contests, challenges, and situations that the contestants are put in, as well as more chances to perform on stage.  As with many shows in this genre, the judges may guide things but the home audience will ultimately decide who wins.  The Last Comic Standing will likely have a ton of talent and all of the contestants have the potential to make this summer TV show a real hit.

Jun 202014
 

The Quest: Summer TV Fantasy

What do you get when you combine “The Amazing Race and Game of Thrones and mix in a little science fiction fantasy?  You get “The Quest” a very interesting new TV show for the summer of 2014 that has a little something for everyone who enjoys reality TV and/or competition.  There are no stars but the characters will likely prove compelling and interesting, contestants who will wear medieval clothing or who will play fantasy characters such as orcs.  This new summer TV show creates an interesting fantasy world and then stages elaborate competition within it.

The plot and competition in this summer TV show could not be simpler: the real world contestants who are the “Heroes” need to save a kingdom overrun by bad characters as well as carefully set traps.  Whether they run into an orc or a sculpture that can shoot a harmful liquid, the heroes will need to complete challenges and save the day.  This is a role-playing game taken to about ten new levels, and the action and fun will be interesting to watch.

The great thing about “The Quest” is that it does not take itself too seriously.  The contestants are truly having fun and as much as the show tries to draw us into the fantasy world it also sometimes looks like a parody of sorts.  There is a combination of humor and seriousness, and the contestant’s natural competitive nature comes out yet they know that the whole idea is somewhat silly.  WE may see or hear about dragons and ogres, and the only thing keeping everything peaceful are a bunch of contestants who were recently living in the 21st century.

The Quest is a perfect sit for the SUmmer TV lineup with its light plot and constant action and adventure.  It may do very well with audiences that like both reality and fantasy, and those who enjoy human competition.

 

Jun 102014
 

Bachelor in Paradise: Summer TV Series

Bachelor in Paradise has potential as a top summer TV show.  While formerly the network brought us Bachelor Pad, and was successful in bringing that series into the summer TV lineup, this new spin-off offers some differences and changes to keep things fresh and interesting.  Set in a beautiful and secluded landscape in Mexico, this summer TV show brings popular fformer Bachelor and Bachelorette contestants who were not eventually matched into a beautiful house where they will try be matched not against one specific identified bachelor or bachelorette but with and number of people in the house.  Thus this show, like its Bachelor Pad predecessor offers a few things the main series does not, including breakups and betrayals.  One constant: Chris Harrison will preside overall it all.

Of course fans of the main TV series will want to know which former contestants are returning for Bachelor in Paradise.  Some of the names are (with their bachelor or bachelorette season in parentheses):

  • AshLee (Sean)
  • Ben (Desiree)
  • Clare (Juan Pablo)
  • Elise (Juan Pablo)
  • Michelle (Jake)Robert (Desiree)
  • A few men from the current season

As you can see ABC has carefully picked a cast from recent seasons of their hit shows, popular characters who tend to capture our attention on-screen for their personalities, antics, and choices.  This summer TV series may be rejuvenated by the changes in setting, and as with any unscripted show its success will hinge on what happens between and among the characters.   It has everything that can make a summer TV show be successful, including a summertime plot and setting, a light and easily enjoyable plot, and fast action and drama.  It also takes what was already a well received show and tweaks it so it stays fresh.  The potential is string for this to be one of the best summer TV shows there is, and certainly near or at the top of the reality TV lineup this summer.

May 072014
 

Summer TV Series Undatable

What do you get when you put together an ensemble cast that are all quite funny and in some cases comedians?  And then add a dose of a great premise that promises to lead to a lot of hilarity?  Perhaps you get a great new comedy, and a real gem in the ABC summer TV lineup of 2014.  Bill Lawrence was the producer of two popular TV comedies “Scrubs” and “Spin City”, and Adam Sztykiel produced the highly successful “Due Date” on the big screen, and now they are turning their attention to this new summer TV show that has great potential.

The show is about a group of friends looking to find relationships, but each has a hilarious tragic flaw or two that keeps getting in the way.  Whether they wear the wrong clothing, have a strange job, or otherwise have something that gets in the way, all of the funny characters find themselves “undatable” and the result is a lot of fun and laughs. The cast includes Danny (Chris D’Elia from the successful “Whitney”), Justin Kearney (played by talented comedian Brent Morin), Burski (hilarious comedian Rick Glassman), Shelly (another great comedian Ron Funches) and Brett (David Fynn from of all places “Game of Thrones”).  The action almost always takes place at Justin’s bar, where they interact with each other and various patrons who come in.

In the early episodes we are introduced to each of the characters flaws and undatable habits, and also we see Danny’s recently divorced older sister Leslie (Bianca Kajlich who was  star of “Rules of Engagement”), who plays an important role alongside the group of guys – think Jess from New Girl.   The comedy is fast and furious, but there is depth to the characters that make the series wonderful to watch and follow.  This summer TV show has real potential, and may fit well in the summer TV lineup because it is light enough and fun to watch.

Apr 222014
 

Summer TV Action: Crossbones

This one is different.  Destined to easily capture the attention of any summer TV viewer who likes action and adventure, Crossbones will then move on to attract a wider variety of viewers who find the show interesting and incredibly well acted and produced.

Crossbones is set in 1715 in the Bahamas on the island of Santa Campana.  A pirate named Edward Teach – you may know him as Blackbeard – is the leader of a large group of thieves and generally unsavory characters.  The island is positioned perfectly so that Blackbeard can attack incoming ships that are on a major trade route.  In fact, for a while he is a threat to major global commerce.

Viewers may be captivated by this interesting and exciting period show even before they find out that the main character will be played by John Malkovich.  In fact all of the acting, the sets, and the action are incredibly well done in this new summer TV show, perhaps a perfect fit for viewers looking for something exciting and fun during the summer months.

The initial shows are centered around Blackbeard’s desire to capture the first longitude chronometer.  This may seem simple until you realize that th that device may powerfully transform sea-trade and global commerce.  When he attacks a vessel an English spy destroys the device before he is captured, and while in captivity he tries to reassemble the device.  The greater overall plot involves a plan that could not be any more important and powerful, potentially leading to a threat to the crown in England.

This summer TV show does not take long to get going, so it’s worth at least a few episodes’ try starting at the end of May.  See if NBC truly has a hit with the new Summer TV show in 2014, a show that really does have something for everyone.

Apr 132014
 

Summer TV Series: NY Med

Seldom does a really good show fly under the radar, but when it first did, NY Med did not gain the notoriety that was expected, but its following was strong and people really enjoyed it.  This real-life reality show took a full two years to produce and even brings a new city into the mix by including Manhattan’s New York Presbyterian Hospital as well as the trauma surgeons at Newark’s University Hospital.  The latter opens the door to life in an ER in a particularly violent city.  This series truly offers something for everyone, with human drama between the real life characters, humor (particularly emanating from the ER nurses who seem to have more than their share of drama in their own lives, and ER drama.

One character who seems to stand out Dr. Mehmet Oz who seems to be a gifted surgeon who would almost seem out-of-place if we did not get to know his passion for saving lives in a city hospital.  This summer TV series  will continue to captivate and will likely help ABC Tv promote its fall lineup while not losing too many viewers in this summertime.  Like many good summer TV shows, NY Med is well-rounded, fast-paced, and fun to watch.  It fits well with what we have described as the perfect type of summer TV show.  And given the fact that the show has not been on for two years it may feel more like a new summer TV show in 2014 than a returning favorite.

NY Med is a realty show with amazing potential, given how the medical genre has not been well covered before among reality TV shows.  Other genres such as singing competitions and challenges seem to be getting overplayed, so this new summer TV series may truly have what it takes!

 

Mar 202014
 

Summer TV Series Unforgettable

CBS TV has announced that its popular show Unforgettable will return as a summer TV series in 2014.  Once a new summer TV series, Unforgettable had great viewership last year and did very well on Sunday nights.    The premise is that a police detective has a condition that allows her to remember all the details of her life so far.  The cast, including Poppy Montgomery, Dylan Walsh (her ex-boyfriend and partner), Jane Curtain, and Tawny Cypress is very strong in the police series, suggesting that it might have continue to do well in the summer TV lineup.

Unforgettable has been successful starting when it was a new summer tv show two years ago by combining present day police procedural action with underlying plot lines from the main character’s past.  In other words, while she solves interesting crimes in the present day she is haunted by the past and in particular the murder of her sister – the one thing she cannot seem to remember clearly enough to find the person who did it.  It was interesting that this summer TV series had a significant occurrence at the very beginning of last season, moving just two of the main characters to a new job in a new division (the Major Crimes Division), so fans may be wondering whether any similar surprises are in store in the third year of this summer TV series.

The fact that CBS is so excited by this summer TV series as to announce it very early suggests that it has high expectations and confidence.  Given that this one is not a new summer TV series but instead a returning one means that the network is taking less of a chance.  That said, it will be a goal to pick up new viewers, something that can be a little harder in the summer TV season, but announcing early gives them a chance to promote Unforgettable during the spring.

Feb 262014
 

Extant: New Summer TV Series

Our first entry of the New Summer TV Shows in 2014 may be the one most likely to get a ton of buzz.  Extant is a new summer TV series that will appear on CBS.  The fact that this new summer TV series is produced by Steven Spielberg and executive produced by the talented Mickey Fisher, will certainly generate significant interest for its main star: Oscar-winner Halle Berry plays an astronaut who has been in space for a year and is now having to readjust to life back on Earth.

The plot may sound straightforward and plain until you hear the hype and see the trailer, at which point you’ll see that there appears to be some sort of science fiction aspect to things, something having to do with a new form of life perhaps that may be growing inside Ms. Berry’s character.  There likely will be fascinating and exciting twists and turns in this one related to people and aliens and everything in between, with heavy plot lines that may be quite thought-provoking and exciting.  This show, while perhaps science fiction at its core, may have something for everyone.  The fact that two Spielberg shows, this one and the return of “Under the Dome” are likely to be featured among the new summer TV shows in 2014 suggests that this type of show seems favored for the summer TV schedule.

As of now we’re not sure how the plot lines in Extant will play out, but the initial information – and the show’s title – suggest that it will have something to do with the success of the human species and perhaps some sort of struggle related to that.  We look forward to hearing more about Extant as the spring moves along because this summer TV series appears ripe for continued small bits of information – “teasers” – being released.

Dec 272013
 

As we move from 2013 to 2014 we begin to hear a little about the Summer TV lineup.  So yes, it is not too early to begin to wonder about the new TV shows and returning favorites that will be in the Summer TV schedule this coming summer.  And your most trusted website to bring you this information in a fully independent and unbiased way is right here!

As with past summers, we will search through the news to find information about new Summer TV shows as well as those returning shows that the networks have decided will air during the summer.  We will provide previews and reviews, and also give you news and information to help you know why each show was put into the summer TV lineup as opposed to the more popular fall TV lineup.  This information may help you choose which new TV shows to try, and will help ensure you do not miss your favorite shows.

Our focus will be on those new or returning Summer Tv shows we feel will have broad appeal, and those likely to attain some degree of success.  We will explore unique offerings as well as the Summer TV shows that the networks seem to be putting a lot of promotion into or that they have spent a lot of money producing.  Whether because a Summer TV show has a particularly interesting plot line, has a popular actor or actress in it, or shows promise as far as initial reviews, we will bring you information.

Of course we may miss something and we welcome your input as far as news and information about summer TV shows – let us know what you hear and point us in the direction of particular new or returning summer TV shows you are interested in.  The summer TV season will be here before we know it!

Dec 092013
 

So it is no longer the fall TV season, and so we must be taking time off, right?  Actually, not.  The fall TV season is so important and such a focus of the networks that the buzz about next year’s fall TV season is likely right around the corner.  And we will be right here to follow it.  Whether we hear rumors about particular actors potentially breaking into a fall TV show, or a potentially fall TV season hit next year, we’ll report it.  We will also follow those new fall shows from this past fall that were delayed for some reason and might appear in the spring or even summer.

Now of course the other thing we will be doing this winter and spring is following the summer TV schedule for our sister site http://www.summertvpreview.com.  There you can find the latest news and information about the summer TV season, with potential news about which shows might eventually make it into the coveted fall TV lineup.  We will also cover those fall TV shows for which the reverse is true – that they jump to the summer TV lineup because of a lack of success or viewership.  We purposely use a broad definition of “fall TV shows” so that we can bring you comprehensive coverage.

So there is no time off for us at New Fall Shows, and we hope you will not take time off either – let us know what you hear about next fall TV season, and maybe what you are hoping for as far as actors and shows that you think can and should make the leap.  We will keep you updated on what we hear, whether rumors of definites, and even the latter, as you know, can change between the off-season and the new fall TV season, but we’ll do our best.