6 shows to gear you up for the summer TV lineup

6 shows to gear you up for the summer TV lineup

There’s no denying it; the realm of television is entering a new golden era. New distribution formats, such as Netflix, provides fresh outlets to original and re-booted classic content. On top of that, better access to cheaper visual effects have allowed TV networks to create more epic and grandiose programming than ever before — see: “The Flash,” “Legends of Tomorrow,” etc.


While the Spring TV season is drawing to a close, some fantastic and diverse programming is gearing up for the summer.


Colin Farrell in "True Detective'" season 2 is almost not recognizable.

Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn have been casted for the second season of “True Detective.” (media.boingboing.net)

1. “True Detective” Season 2 – Premieres June 21

The first season of HBO’s “True Detective” was a masterful example of how far television has come in recent years. The next season changes both story and location with the setting in California, and the replacement of Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson with Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn. If this new season can come anywhere close to the technical and artistic ambition of the first, “True Detective” will solidify itself as a modern classic.


2. “Rick and Morty” Season 2 – Premieres July 26

“Rick and Morty” could be successful just by virtue of being an Adult Swim knockoff of the dynamic of “Back to the Future” duo, Doc Brown and Marty McFly. Thankfully, it chooses not to rest on those laurels and instead provides a smart parody of a variety of classic films, such as “Inception,” and hilariously depraved sci-fi scenarios.


3. “Sense8” – Premieres June 5

Netflix continues their hot streak of original programming (“House of Cards” and “Daredevil”) with the upcoming “Sense8.” The show is about eight people whose minds suddenly become linked to one another. By accessing each other’s minds, these people gain access to the memories, talents, and secrets of the other seven. This unique show is unlike anything television has broadcasted before, so consider jumping onboard.



Clip from Bojack Horseman

“Bojack Horseman” takes place in a world where humans and anthropomorphic animals live side by side. (eaglenews.org)

4. “Bojack Horseman” Season 2 – Premieres July 17

Another Netflix Original, “Bojack Horseman,” is an animated sitcom that explores the life of an aging, alcoholic celebrity horse in a world where humans and anthropomorphic animals live side by side. It also features numerous celebrity stars, such as Will Arnett, Alison Brie, and Aaron Paul. Still interested? Equal parts to “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and “Louie,” “Bojack Horseman” makes darkly humorous observations about topics like regret, narcissism, and friendship.


5. “Aquarius” – Premieres May 28

David Duchovny stars in an upcoming NBC crime drama about a police officer in the 1960s trying to hunt down the notorious Charles Manson against the backdrop of the summer of love. While there are obviously numerous police dramas to choose from these days, the concept of the story revolving around the real hunt for Charles Manson gives it a riveting edge. Not to mention, we all want to see Duchovny channel his inner Fox Mulder again.


6. “The Brink” – Premieres June 21

“The Brink” stars a bumbling foreign service operative (Jack Black) and the U.S. Secretary of State (Tim Robbins) amid an a growing international crisis. The trailer for the HBO series takes shots at both American ignorance and arrogance when it comes to the geopolitical landscape.




What are you looking forward to watching this Fall? Share in a comment below or on Twitter @connerws.

Conner Schwerdtfeger

A recent graduate from Chapman University, Conner aspires to tell stories that not only engage, but inform and inspire readers around the world. Growing up in the highly active culture of San Diego, he has a passion for adventure and is always looking for new and interesting experiences. Fun is the name of the game, and he holds firm to the idea that a day without laughter is a day wasted. He has a passion for fitness, and when not at his desk can most likely be found hiking or swimming. He reports on a wide variety of topics for MUIPR, with an emphasis on entertainment and current events. Follow on Twitter @connerws.

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