Summer TV at Its Finest


Under the Dome, Breaking Bad, The Newsroom

So, it’s the middle of Labor Day weekend, and I cannot believe that the summer of 2013 is nearly over. True, it doesn’t end until September 22, but when you live on the Jersey Shore, the (non) official end of summer is this weekend. Unfortunately, with the end of lazy, hazy days, is the end of some of the best stuff on television.

Sunday nights have been my biggest television night, well, for a long long time. Going back to the days of In Living Color, The Simpsons and The X-Files (yeah, I’m THAT old), we would hold Sunday night TV in high regard, planning an entire evening around it. Not much has changed in the last twenty years. Now, leaving the cartoons and comedies behind, my main viewing tends to be on HBO and AMC. There is a reason that HBO and AMC have topped the list with Emmy Nominations (save for American Horror Story: Asylum). What they are putting into their programming has been amazing, entertaining, heartbreaking and exciting in ways that I haven’t seen in a long time.

Summer TV at it’s Finest: Under the Dome, Breaking Bad, The Newsroom

Starting with HBO’s The Newsroom that is a show about, well, a newsroom, should not be as edgy and exciting as it is. When you throw in an actor like Jeff Daniels and give him a character like Will McAvoy, I don’t know how you could miss. Not a traditional hero or anti-hero, Will McAvoy is an outspoken, numbers-loving, Republican ex-attorney who has decided that he just wants to do the news, and do it honestly. He wants to have the public’s trust (and viewership) and, he wants to make it all happen with this cast of characters surrounding him. Lots has been posted about Jane Fonda’s guest roles, or the work of his co-stars Sam Waterson and Emily Mortimer, all very talented and equally amazing on this show. But to overlook the supporting cast would be a mistake. Olivia Munn, who plays financial guru Sloan Sabbith gets some of THE BEST LINES of each episode. The chemistry that is building between her and Don Keefer (Thomas Sadoski) has actually made me like the character of Don. That in itself is remarkable. Unfortunately, only given nine episodes for it’s sophomore season, I can only hope that come next summer, HBO will generate more for this underrated gem.

AMC’s Breaking Bad is also in the home stretch towards its’ SERIES finale. Just let that sink in for a moment… No more Walt. No more Jessie. These two men, who (if you’ve watched from the beginning) have been breaking your heart, causing you to scream or cry or unable to breath for years, will be gone. I’ve never had such a love/hate relationship like I have had with Walter White. And, even after the latest episode 5×11 Confessions, I still don’t want to see him get caught. For all that he’s put his family through, for all that he’s put Jessie through, and himself… just doesn’t seem right for this cancer-stricken chemistry teacher to pay for just trying to provide for his family. Just want to give a big shout out of thanks to Vince Gilligan for making me realize how blurry my moral lines really were. What else can you say that hasn’t already been said about Breaking Bad? If this wasn’t a show that you watched, I suggest to purchase a Netflix subscription and binge.

Last, but certainly not least, Under The Dome will also be ending its first season soon. Originally slated as a 13 episode mini-series, CBS has decided that it has enough viewers to extend to a second season. When it first started, I had said out right that even though I read the book, I wouldn’t compare the two. After the first few episodes I realized just how impossible that would be. The story took a completely different turn nearly immediately, and it worked perfectly. While the characters are familiar, the story is fresh and works better for television that the story originally told in the novel. With only two episodes left, it’s hard to imagine getting to the mystery of the dome, so I am extremely happy that season 2 will be back next summer.

With all this great programming ending, I am very thankful for the fall season starting! What is on your TV viewing schedule?

Posted on September 1, 2013, in Jen's Blogs, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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