Published on May 30th, 2012 | by Ernie Estrella4
Summer TV 2012: 20 New and Returning Must-See Shows
The month of June is upon us and now that Memorial Weekend is past we can dig our heels in for summer television. Plenty of shows are returning with new seasons in the coming weeks and we’ve gathered the ones you should be tuning into and even discuss the marketing behind their new seasons. As usual, beware of spoilers!
20. America’s Got Talent (Season 7)
NBC, Mondays at 8/7c
Summer started early for NBC and America’s Got Talent as we’re already three weeks into the auditions. While there’s a healthy amount of dance groups, comedians, magicians, singers, musicians, stuntmen and bizarre acts all vying to be Las Vegas’ next million dollar attraction, the main reason to watch this show is Howard Stern. Whatever impulsive reaction middle America had towards the Sirius XM Radio personality at the first announcement of him becoming a judge, they should know by now that the King of All Media is a pretty darn good judge who explains himself, gives constructive criticism, has complete charm and control of the room, has a much warmer heart than what he’s given credit for and he does have an eye for talent.
19. Necessary Roughness (Season 2)
USA, Wednesday, June 6 at 10/9c
Personally, what this show has going for it is that it’s completely different from the fleet of procedurals, courtroom dramas, and reality series. When Callie Thorne got a Golden Globe nomination as a therapist with all of the answers at work but was a mess at home it raised eyebrows. Additional allure comes when we’d like to guess which current NFL diva wide receiver inspired Terrence King (Mehcad Brooks), but because the show is based on the life of Dr. Donna Dennenfelser and her no-nonsense advice to high profile clientele, we can’t help but wonder if Dani’s other cases resemble anyone from the real world. This season we’ll find out how T.K. survives that season one finale (you know he will), and Dani will begin treating another football player.
18. Suits (Season 2)
USA, Thursday, June 14 at 10/9c
Fans of Suits will be tuning in on the premiere to see if Trevor (Tom Lipinski) let Mike’s (Patrick J. Adams) big secret out and if he does, what are the consequences he’ll be facing? Look for Margo Martindale to square off against Harvey (Gabriel Macht) in the courtroom and we finally get to see what the hotshot lawyer does in his off time.
17. Weeds (Season 8 )
Showtime, Sunday, July 1 at 10/9c
Season 7 ended with a gunshot and come the first of July, we’ll find out who was at the receiving end of that sniper bullet. Now the show would like you to believe it was Nancy Botwin (Mary Louise-Parker) but that wouldn’t be fun, would it? Botwin is just one of the possible victims along with Andy (Justin Kirk), Doug (Kevin Nealon), Shane (Alexander Gould), and Silas (Hunter Parrish). And like any good cliffhanger involving a shooting, we must find out who pulled the trigger. Hence, the tongue and cheek poster above. One of the other things on the minds of Weeds watchers, is will this be the final season?
16. Common Law (Season 1)
USA, Fridays at 10/9c
Already two weeks into its first season, this new buddy detective drama from USA already has the network shine on it. The idea of L.A. detectives going to couples therapy to work out their issues puts a new spin on the procedural. Snappy dialogue, funny situations, and two crazy lead characters played by Michael Ealy (Travis) and Warren Kole (Wes)–this show is already a hit in my book. Jack McGee is terrific delivering those cringe-worthy lines as the father-like Captain Sutton and who else wants to see Sonya Walger to find a long-term permanent TV home?