New Summer TV for you to OMNOMNOM on

August 4th, 2013 by Barak

Can you feel the heat? Summer has arrived and with it some very interesting TV shows. While you’re sitting in your home, letting the air condition cool you off, let us recommend you 5 new TV shows that look very promising and 5 returning ones that will make this summer even hotter than it already is:

New Shows

5. Low Winter Sun

Low Winter Sun is a remake of a British series titled likewise, and it stars the same impressive leading actor (Mark Strong). AMC’s most famous crime drama, Breaking Bad, is coming to an end real soon and Low Winter Sun might be a worthy crime drama to replace the masterful show. The series was adapted to U.S TV by Chris Mundy (writer in both Hell on Wheels and Criminal Minds) and premieres August 11th.

4. The Bridge

The original Danish\Swedish TV show “The Bridge” was amazing, the plot had many twists and turns, the 2 main characters were flawed in a way that made it easy to relate to them, and the show had its own atmosphere and style that distinguished it from any other similarly themed shows. As for the American remake, I can’t really say it’s just as good, but it’s definitely what you’d call quality TV. It manages to be quite close to the original (which is good) and also have its own thing going on; which is great and makes it a must see show as far as I’m concerned.

3. Orange is the New Black

After Lilyhammer, House of Cards, Hemlock Grove and the revival of Arrested Development, now comes from Netflix – Orange is the New Black. It seems that Netflix is becoming the new HBO! A compelling ensemble cast of characters, dark and cynical humor, moving moments… the series blends nicely humor and drama. Convincing acting and brilliant writing make Orange is the New Black into one of the must see shows of this summer. It’s so hyped that you might stop existing if you won’t hurry up and watch it a.s.a.p.

2. The Fall

The Fall is one of the best crime series to come out of Britain in recent years, The acting in this series is top notch (especially from blonde (!) Gillian Anderson), and also the writing and the directing, but the series’ secret weapon is its haunting score. The Fall is a cat & mouse/detective & killer series just like another new TV show, The Following, but it’s hard to explain how superior The Fall is in comparison to The Following…

1. Ray Donovan

Ray Donovan is one of the best American crime dramas in recent years (I still don’t feel confident enough to mention it in the same sentence with Breaking Bad, The Sopranos, or The Wire, but maybe that will change soon). It’s rough, clever and tense and benefits from great performances by Liev Schreiber and Jon Voight. The show’s creator\head writer – Ann Biderman (also created Southland) is a masterful storyteller and I highly recommend you tune in every week and watch!

Returning Shows

5. Suits (2011)

If you missed the 1st 2 seasons of Suits you should know it’s a very witty show with great performances from the entire cast, engaging romantic subplots and some high stakes power struggles. Season 3 started out strongly, and it seems that the wait was worth it.

4. Luther (2010)

Idris Elba does a great job here portraying a police detective on the edge, with a strong tendency toward vigilantism. Luther’s 3rd season started airing recently after a 2 year break! Way too much for the show’s fans. Season 3 offers the same cool and charismatic central character, the same violent, suspenseful and at times gory moments, but it’s a lot scarier than the 1st two seasons (I admit, after watching the 1st episode I systematically check under my bed before I go to sleep…).

3. Hell on Wheels (2011)

Hell on Wheels’ 3rd season will premier August 3rd and will be the highlight of AMC’s westerns Saturday – during the day classic western movies will air, and in the evening a new episode of Hell on Wheels. The series isn’t as good as Deadwood (then again, not many shows are), but it’s still a show every fan of westerns should watch.

2. Dexter (2006)

After 8 seasons in which we got a glimpse into the mind of a psychopath, Dexter is coming to an end (the series; or maybe also the character?). The first 3 seasons were the best of the series in my opinion, way better than the ones that followed, but I’m hoping that the 8th and final season will be good enough in order to give the show the ending it deserves.

1. Breaking Bad (2008)

One of the best shows ever made is coming to an end this summer (why oh why?!) and everyone are extremely anxious to know how…The series got darker and darker with each passing season so my guess is that it’s going to end bad (just like the 2nd word in the show’s title!). Walter and Jessie repenting for their sins, donating their money to charity and spending the rest of their lives peacefully in their suburban comfort… That’s something that’s not going to happen.

Other good shows that I neglected to mention in my post (or did I?): Under the Dome (Not close to being the new Lost, but still has its moments), Axe Cop (offbeat animated comedy from Fox), Strike Back (4th season begins August 9th), The White Queen (great…for fans of period costume dramas) and In the Flesh (if you saw The Walking Dead and World War Z but feel there aren’t enough zombies in your life).
Enjoy your summer! (Indoors watching TV of course)

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