What to Watch on Television this Summer
Summer programming can be disappointing. Your favorite shows are ending their seasons with finales, and leaving you with little to watch. In an effort to keep you entertained throughout summer, here are some of the greatest shows that are continuing to produce new episodes, or starting new seasons this summer:
Game of Thrones on HBO
Game of Thrones hasn’t yet reached mid-season, and will continue to air episodes until Sunday, June 14th. HBO lists the season’s full schedule on their website. If you don’t currently have HBO, you can subscribe and catch up on all past and current seasons of Game of Thrones using HBOGo (a free service that’s included with your HBO subscription).
Many cable companies offer free trials of HBO and other premium cable channels, so it won’t cost you to get caught up on Game of Thrones. For a great deal on premium cable packages, check the DIRECTV prices at SatelliteTV-Deals.com.
Orange is the New Black is a critically acclaimed Netflix Original Series, and it premiers its third season on June 12th. Orange has received numerous awards, including Prime Time Emmys and a People’s Choice Award. Discover what the buzz is about by tuning in this summer. Netflix streams every episode of Orange is the New Black, so you can binge watch an entire season or catch up on any episodes you missed.
Dark Matter on Syfy
Dark Matter is scheduled to air its first episode on June 12th on Syfy. The serialized drama is a sort of old-fashioned space opera, in which a spaceship’s crew awakes to find themselves without memories and with no idea who they are. From Syfy.com: “Facing threats at every turn, they have to work together to survive a voyage charged with vengeance, betrayal, and hidden secrets.”
Like the above mentioned shows, Dark Matter is a serialized drama. There’s more of an audience for serialized dramas than there used to be, largely because it’s easier to generate and maintain a following for serialized shows today than it was before. This is due to DVR (Digital Video Recorder) and streaming services (Netflix, Hulu, etc.). These technologies have made it easier to binge watch episodes, and thus follow detailed plots.
500 Questions on ABC
Summer programming isn’t all serialized dramas. 500 Questions, for instance, is a new quiz show that premiered on ABC on May 12th. Quiz shows have no narrative, and that makes them easy to watch at any time. You don’t have to catch every single episode to understand what’s going on.
This Summer’s Lineup Won’t Leave You Disappointed
Quality programming doesn’t end in summer. In fact, with some shows, such as Game of Thrones and Orange is the New Black, it gets noticeably better. Show creators are putting more effort into creating quality shows that are worthy of an emotional investment.
This summer, get emotionally invested with awesome new serial dramas, and then take a break with a game show or sitcom. The availability of video streaming and cable/satellite television deals has made it easy for you to watch and you’ve got plenty of choices.