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Disappointing Summer TV

June 22, 2013

ImageSo far, summer TV is pretty disappointing.  Very few of the shows I watch and enjoy have continued into the month of June (The Voice, Defiance and Hannibal being the exceptions – and one of those is already over). And of the four shows I was looking forward to this summer, two of them are already disappointing. 

Mistresses had a great ad campaign.  Four sexy friends who were thoroughly enjoying their lives as the other woman.  Nope.  The show is nothing like that.  Three of them are extremely unhappy and two of them cry at least every episode.  The cast is stellar (Alyssa Milano, Yunjin Kim, Rochelle Aytes, and Jes Macallan), and the men are super hot.  But the eye candy doesn’t make the show compelling, and I find myself annoyed at the decisions the characters have made and are making.

Devious Maids had similar ads, and lives up to them…but for some reason, that’s not a good thing.  The maids have fun gossiping about their employers, and there’s a mystery element with Ana Ortiz’s character, but it’s a very close parallel to Desperate Housewives.  Which makes sense, since the creater of both shows is Marc Cherry, and if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.  But it’s too similar.  There’s nothing new or exciting about the show, and most of the characters decisions are over the top in a way that doesn’t make sense for them.

My hopes are not much higher for the next show that premieres Monday June 24th.  Under the Dome is adapted from a Stephen King novel (he’s a producer on the show), and centers around a town that finds itself mysteriously quarantined by an impenetrable force.  The concept is not entirely original, so we’ll see if the characters can carry the show the way Mistresses and Maids cannot.

The show I think I’m most excited for is Hollywood Game Night.  Remember Hollywood Squares?  It’s like that, only the celebrities are contestants and Jane Lynch is the host.  I’m not sure what the point is, or if there’s some sort of grand prize, but I don’t really care.  Stars like Matthew Perry, Lisa Kudrow, Martin Short, Alyson Hannigan, Kristen Bell, and Daniel Dae Kim playing games?  Count me in.


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