TELEVISION: FIVE SHOWS YOU SHOULD BE BINGE WATCHING THIS SUMMER13 Jun 2016, Posted by Film and Television, Lifestyle in
We understand your plight, and want to help you plan your summer accordingly. Below are five television shows that you really need to catch up on: some new, some old, all smart, funny and worth your summertime attention.
HOUSE OF LIES: SHOWTIME recently announced that this show will be ending its run after five seasons, which is a shame because Don Cheadle as Marty Kaan has been brilliant television. Here, as head of Kaan & Associates, a high-powered consultant firm that closes deals on behalf of large corporations, Cheadle gets to play with a stellar cast, including Ben Schwartz and Kristen Bell, bantering and charming everyone that crosses their path. It’s just fun television and, clocking in at 30 minutes per episode, you’ll be all caught up before you know it.
THE WEST WING: If there was an entry in the dictionary for smart television, this show would be the very definition of it. Its seven-season run on NBC gave viewers an unparalleled look inside the west wing of the White House, led by Martin Sheen as President Josiah Bartlett. Aaron Sorkin’s writing elevated the material, for sure, striking a welcome balance to real-world issues as it gave voice to Democratic White House during a what was an eight-year Republican run. It also made stars out of the stellar cast, which included a very young Dule Hill.
PERSON OF INTEREST: Yes, this CBS thriller stars a pre-Empire Taraji P. Henson. And if that’s not enough of a hook for you, then maybe the premise of a team put together to help prevent crimes will reel you in. It’s technology at its best, with a supercomputer assembled by show star Michael Emerson using pattern recognition to determine individuals who will soon be involved in violent crimes. Henson plays NYPD detective Joss Carter in one of her best roles to-date. And with its fifth and final season scheduled to wrap just before the official start of summer, now is an excellent time to get familiar with this “Person.”
FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS: This show ran on NBC for five seasons, and although it’s been described as a series about Texas high school football, it proved to be so much more than that. It’s about the relationships that are built in a small town in America, dealing with everything from first downs to first crushes. Here, it’s the acting that will guarantee that you return to Dillon, Texas for every episode, with an award-winning cast that made stars out of Gauis Charles (“Grey’s Anatomy”) and Michael B. Jordan (“Creed”).
UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT: Sure, Kimmy’s name is in the title, but the real star of this show is one Tituss Burgess, who stars as struggling artist Titus Andromedon on the Netflix original series. Burgess, a classically trained singer who has appeared in several on and off-Broadway productions, shows off his comedy chops in a role written specifically for him by show runner Tina Fey. The entire cast, which features comedy veterans Carol Kane and Jane Krakowski, is hilarious, but Tituss (yes, two S’s) is the clear standout. Take a peek over the next few months. Believe us when we say it’s must-see TV.