The Summer Roberts Guide To 2013 Summer TV

By: 05.23.13  •  37 Comments

It’s now late-May, or as it’s known in TV world, the f*ck do we do now? With the exception of Sunday nights, and its heavenly spread of Game of Thrones, Mad Men, and Veep, TV is barren with quality entertainment. We don’t even have How I Met Your Mother and The Office to lovingly kick around anymore. Fortunately, it gets better.

In a few weeks, though, both old favorites (or “favorites”) and new could-be distractions will begin filling up your DVR. It can be tough keeping track of what’s returning and debuting when, so we asked our ol’ friend Summer Roberts from The O.C. to help us out with describing roughly 20 of summer’s most anticipated TV dates.

The Killing (AMC)
Premieres: June 2nd


“Ew…but I like it.” That’s a fair assessment of The Killing season three, at least based on its promising(ish) trailer. We’ve all had our deserved fun mocking the AMC series, and its slow as a dead snail stuck in a mud puddle pacing, but gone is the tiresome Rosie Larsen mystery. It’s been replaced with a season-long arc about Linden and Holder investigating a case that involves a death row inmate played by Peter Sarsgaard. He was in Garden State with Zach Braff, who starred in The Last Kiss where he made out with…Rachel Bilson. What I’m saying is: the Shins will change your life.

The Venture Bros. (Adult Swim)
Premieres: June 2nd

Thank GOD. It’s been nearly three years since season four of The Venture Bros., which is nearly three years without Brock and Sergeant Hatred too many. The animated series finally returns in June, though, and picks up right where season four left off. High profile guest stars include Gillian Jacobs, Aziz Ansari, John Hodgman, and Bill Hader.

In the Flesh (BBC America)
Premieres: June 6th

I just wanted to use this GIF. Anyway, In the Flesh is a BBC America three-part miniseries about rehabilitated zombies returning to their homes after “The Rising.” Unless that’s a reference to the Springsteen album, I approve.

The Daily Show (Comedy Central)
Premieres: June 10th

JON STEWART, sometime in late September: “Over the last 12 weeks, John Oliver — and yes, I’ve counted — I’ve watched you grow into this incredible Daily Show host, while you were filling in for me. And that is why I love you…but get the hell out of my swivel chair and back in front of the correspondent green screen.”

Magic City (Starz)
Premieres: June 14th

I totally forgot about this show. That can’t be good.

True Blood (HBO)
Premieres: June 16th

When last we left Bon Temps, this one vampire was having hot, sweaty sex with a human, while a werewolf got it on with a fairy who was sleeping with a warlock on the side. Or something. I’ve seen every episode of True Blood, but still have no idea what’s going on (I vaguely recall Bill becoming a super vampire after drinking Lilith’s blood, and that there wasn’t nearly enough Jessica) — which is kind of the point. It’s the perfect summer show: you don’t have to think hard, or at all; instead, just sit back and enjoy the Anna Paquin and Alexander Skarsgård nudity.

Around The Web

Featured

Nikki Glaser On Her New Series ‘Not Safe With Nikki Glaser’ And Being A ‘Curious Perv’

From Showman To Shaman: How An Assassination Attempt Changed Bob Marley’s Life And Music

From Zero To Guitar Hero, Meet The Small-Town Musician Who’s Well On His Way

Hannibal Buress On ‘Comedy Camisado,’ Animation, And Doing Stand-Up In Japan

Phil Matarese And Mike Luciano Talk ‘Animals.’ And Creating Television In Their Apartment

‘Black Sheep’ Revisited: The Farley-Spade Classic That Could’ve Been, 20 Years Later

EAT THIS CITY: Chef Callie Speer Shares Her ‘Can’t Miss’ Food Experiences In Austin, Texas

Kimbo Slice Is Down To Fight Kurt Angle And Roy Jones, Jr. As Soon As He Settles His Business At Bellator 149

By:  •  2 Comments

A Top Recruit Michigan Landed On Signing Day Isn’t Who You Think He Is At All

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. On How His Personal Ancestry Obsessions Led To ‘Finding Your Roots’

Love Books? Plan A Trip To The Most Literary City In The Country

What The Shot-For-Shot Remake Of The ‘Magnum P.I.’ Intro Tells Us About ‘Archer’ Season 7

By:  •  2 Comments