Sunday, May 31, 2015

Summer TV

by Leann


I have said before that I am a TV addict. Thank goodness I am a multi-tasker. I seem to NEED noise to work. It started when I was a child and nothing has changed. My husband is the opposite. He'd be happy to live in silence for the rest of his life. I don't feel guilty watching television when I have work to do because I can do it with the TV blaring or the music cranked up.

I watched the opening episodes of two shows this week--"Wayward Pines" and "Aquarius."
"Wayward Pines" was on the DVR waiting. I should have left it there. Pretty darn boring for me. "Aquarius," on the other hand, was quite good. It revolves around Charlie Manson, who is still alive. I
cannot imagine how much harm that man could have done in the 80 years he's been alive if he'd never been caught. He did enough damage as it is.

"Aquarius" does much more than I imagined by weaving all the issues of the times when Manson ruled his cult. I was young then and I remember it all very well. The music the producers use is absolutely perfect and I recall every word of the songs they use. Having read Helter Skelter by Vincent Bugliosi, I am quite familiar with the crimes, but this limited series is telling it in a different and interesting way.

I do look forward to my other summer pleasures--"Royal Pains," "Major Crimes," "Murder in the First," "Rookie Blue," "Suits," and many more. And I cannot wait for "True Detective!"

What about you? Any TV addicts out there who love summer programming? Tell me your favorites!

22 comments:

Anonymous said...

I am a TV addict, and my favorite is "America's Got Talent" because it has so much variety: the usual singers and dancers but then acrobats, magicians, bands, strength, pure danger, comedians, etc. The first 6-8 weeks are the auditions where some truly awful acts come on as well as ones who bring you to tears or take your breathe away. I like "Motive" but don't think it's coming back this summer as I have seen no ads for it. Sorry Leann, but I watched about 6 episodes of "Murder in the First" last summer and couldn't get into it. My cable package doesn't include some of your other shows. Cordella

Teresa Kander said...

We generally don't watch much in the way of summer tv (we use the time to catch up on our list of movies!), but we started watching Aquarius and will definitely be watching the rest of it. I'm watching the first season of "True Detective," thanks to a recommendation from my future son-in-law, and looking forward to season two. We also plan to check out "Zoo," based on the James Patterson novel.

Gram said...

Homicide Hunter: Lt. Joe Kenda is on ID. I love it!

flash29 said...

I usually don't watch as much tv in the summer because I'm busy with the local festivals (jazz, blues) and vacation but there's quite a bit this summer. "Rookie Blue" has already started in Canada and will be over half way through its season by the time it starts up again in the US. Unfortunately it's at the same time as "Aquarius" so I haven't seen the pilot episode yet (but plan to today). No Canadian network is airing it and due to geographic restrictions I can't watch the whole season which is streaming on NBC (there are other ways to get it but I won't mention them since they're not legal). "Hannibal" starts up again this week and it's on after "Rookie Blue". The current season of "Motive" finishes here next week; don't know when it's on in the US. Season 2 of "Halt and Catch Fire" starts tonight but I'll have to watch that on the app (if it works) since I've gone to basic cable and don't have AMC anymore. The 2nd seaon of "Murder in the First" starts next week. Other summer shows - "True Detective" (season 2), "Masters of Sex" (season 3 - guess I should watch season 2 soon), "Extant" (season 2 - I can watch this one since it's on basic cable). I'm not a fan of reality shows but I saw a few episodes of "Last Comic Standing" last year and enjoyed it so I may watch it when it comes back late July. Don't know when the next season of "Defiance" starts. "Doctor Who" will be back in August. I do have Netflix so I'll be binging season 3 of "Orange is the New Black" on the weekend of June 12.

Leann Sweeney said...

I liked Motive too. I am hoping I can pick it up streaming as there is a third season, but not airing on American TV--it's a Canadian show.

Leann Sweeney said...

The "Zoo" ads really scare me! But then James Patterson can be scary!!!

Leann Sweeney said...

I like that show, too! He's a crusty guy with a lot of experience!!

Leann Sweeney said...

You sound like me! I keep looking for shows and I like Motive so much, if it's on Netflix, I'll sign up. But the first two season are on Amazon Prime streaming, so I hope I can get it there.

Andrea Stoeckel said...

We recently downsized our DTV package, so some of my favorite summer programs are no more for us as USA and TNT are no longer part of the package. And, after 40+ years, I've given up mu Soap Opera as Young and the Restless isn't anymore. We don't have, nor will we get NtFlix or Hulu or the like either.

Me, it's NetGalley and the 2200 books on my NOOK HD+. Oh, and Jeopardy till mid July

Miss Merry said...

In a combination of sticker shock, poor service and frustration about lack of programming, we went to basic cable three months ago. This means that we currently can tune into ABC, NBC, CBS, local Fox, several independent (free) channels and several PBS channels. We are only paying $25 a month. I was a former TV addict and didn't know how this would go, but it is freeing!!!! I am looking forward to Royal Pains and Major Crimes (addicted from my former life) and hope to stream them on the computer. I have found that many programs are available at no charge.

Mary Jane Maffini said...

I love Major Crimes but it's not playing here. Rookie Blue is an addiction too. I love all the British crime shows and watch them on PBS and Netflix. I am more of a winter TV person (good combo with knitting). Thanks for the reviews, Leann. I will give Wayward Pines a miss (thanks!) and keep hunting for True Detective.

XO

flash29 said...

There have been a lot of American actors guest starring on "Motive" this season so I'm sure it will eventually air.

mary kennedy said...

Great blog, Leann. I watched Aquarius and have Tivo-ed "Murder in the First." Like you, multi-task when watching TV. My favorite shows are British mysteries and I miss Midsomer Murders.

Leann Sweeney said...

I sure hope so!!

Leann Sweeney said...

I'm surprised they removed USA and TNT! The book, any book, is always better anyway!

Leann Sweeney said...

This is true. A few days after they air on TV, they're on the internet! I was always aggravated with cable but have few issues with satellite TV. I was very surprised!

Leann Sweeney said...

I have a subscription to Acorn TV which is all British and Australian shows. (Like $50 a year or something.) I learned how to send the computer stream to my Smart TV. LOVE IT!

Annette N said...

I have had Acorn TV for several years and I love it too. I am a fan of summer sports - but at the end of August, I am eliminating my Direct TV. It has doubled in cost in a year, and I simply have figured out there are other things I can do with that money. I know that I will figure out a way to watch Major Crimes....that is one of my favorites. I have a zillion books - actual and on my Kindle so I am pretty sure I will survive this change.

Em Wenckus said...

I am looking forward to Rizzoli and Isles which starts again in a couple of weeks. I think I am going to look for Motive and check it out, never heard of that one before. I like Britain's and Australia's Got Talent I watch a lot of those performances online at times.

Colleen Leyrer said...

I'm really behind on all the shows. Right now, since school is out, I'm binge watching Vampire Diaries, and American Horror Show.

Laurie Fancy said...

Just happened upon a new Netflix series ~ "Grace & Frankie" with Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Martin Sheen, and Sam Waterston. What a wild ride this show is! It is a HOOT!!!!!!! How would you feel if your husband of 40 years left you for another man?

Shirley said...

Rizzoli and Isles, also Major Crimes. I'm disappointed that Perception got canceled. I really liked that show.