5. Burn Notice (Season 6)
USA, Thursday, June 14, 9/8c
Fiona (Gabrielle Anwar) behind bars? Say it ain’t so, Sam Axe! Michael Westen’s (Jeffrey Donovan) allowed himself to be played like a pawn in the past at the mercy of anyone who had a crumb of information about who burned him. Now that he seems to be at the end of the rope, and Fiona has turned herself into the authorities for a crime Anson committed, what will Michael do differently this season to get her free? We can’t wait, and while she’s in the slammer, Fiona befriends another inmate played by Sons of Anarchy‘s Taryn Manning. Also look for John C. McGinley as a recurring character, a CIA training officer who Michael will try to use to help him get back in big brother’s good graces. The above image was taken from Anwar’s twitter feed, and although it’s not an official promo poster, it’s got us excited all the same.
4. Wilfred (Season 2)
FX, Thursday, June 28 at 10/9c
Here’s the image that inspired this article. Wilfred was one of the most original shows to come on television in years. It solidified my faith in basic cable that risks taken with the right people will always be a benefit. In this homage to Snoopy and Charlie Brown, Ryan (Elijah Wood) and Wilfred (Jason Gann) come back to Thursday nights and are ready to raise a hind leg at TV watchers who desperately need a change in their viewing habits. Some have described it as a warped, demented Calvin & Hobbes, but I don’t think that’s giving it enough credit. It’s a dark exploration into the psyche of a troubled man and his visions of a man in a dog suit. Everyone else sees a dog. How that plays out and how each side tries to outsmart the other is a fascinating study and hilarious adventure in soul searching and friendship. Oh, and I dare you to find a more beautifully photographed show on television. We can’t wait for the return of Mary Steenburgen who plays Ryan’s mother who has her own delusions (Rhea Perlman) as well as guest stars Robin Williams, Allison Mack, and Dwight Yoakam. And because we fell in love with them the first time around, we’re looking for a boost in screen time for Ryan’s neighbor and Wilfred’s owner Jenna (Fiona Gubelmann) and his sister Kristen (Dorian Brown). Maybe we’ll find out what’s up with that basement too. Don’t be left at the kennel and trip out at this surreal comedy. Trust me, no drugs needed.
3. White Collar (Season 4)
Tuesday, July 10, 9/8c
Silly rabbits, you didn’t really think Jeff Eastin and company were really going to give us the satisfaction of freeing Neal, did you? Agent Kyle Collins (Mekhi Phifer) is sent out to hunt Neal (Matt Bomer) and Mozzie (Willie Garson) who have run off to a remote island in the Caribbean. As for Peter (Tim DeKay), he’s got his hands full with another elusive con who he’s been chasing for a long time. When our favorite con men eventually come back to the States, Neal’s going to be juggling lots of women this season. Laura Vandervoort will be guest-starring this season and Gloria Votsis (Alex) will make a return too. Sara (Hilarie Burton) won’t sit idle, will she? Will Neal ever tell Peter all about who he visited in the Season 3 finale? As for the promo poster, this one’s our favorite of the bunch. Usually it’s just a close-up of Bomer with a question posed to the viewers but we’ve got props in this poster. Are the cards “stacked” against Neal? Is this a reference to a con man and his card tricks? Or that Neal’s going to be gambling in Season 4? All of the above? Most likely.
2. Louie (Season 3)
FX, Thursday, June 28 at 10:30/9:30c
Last year Louis C.K. put on a clinic of how to top oneself by airing fearless comedy and attacking the gut of every television viewer who was smart enough to tune in. It didn’t matter than Louie didn’t make sense sometimes or that one episode related to another. It just mattered that it was funny, dark and often times it was honest, brutally so. There’s no laugh track or outrageous stunt castings. It’s just a man and a mic and sometimes an appearance from his daughters (played by Hadley Delany and Ursula Parker), best friend (Pamela Adlon) and fellow stand up comedians. As for the marketing, this keeps in line with the great city of New York and Louie. The two seem inseparable and one. We won’t insult Louis C.K. by guessing at what’s coming for Season 3. We’ll just say we’re ready, and have been so since Season 2 ended. Cue that theme song…
1. Breaking Bad (Season 5 Part 1)
AMC, Sunday, July 15 at 10/9c
Damn AMC for splitting this final season into two parts, but at least we can savor the Best Television Show Period a while longer. Season 4 left us with Walter (Bryan Cranston) going the extra mile to eliminate every reason to look over his shoulder, but did he go far enough? What will the fallout be for what happened to Gus and the rivaling cartels? Will Jesse (Aaron Paul) ever find out what Walter really did? What’s Walter’s next move? How much closer will bloodhound Hank (Dean Norris) get to Señor Heisenberg? Oh and who will Mike (Jonathan Banks) work for now? As for the poster, are we to assume the cancer returns? Is Walter White at the end of his rope? Or is there more death on the horizon of Season 5?
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