Just because the heat is on and the blockbusters are dominating the movie screens, does not necessarily mean that there is nothing good to find on television. In fact, now more than ever, networks and cable channels are starting to discover that the once dismal season for original programming is fast becoming a prime area for success over the usual assortment of reality shows like Big Brother. Here are the top five shows that will prove to be the most captivating between late-June to August.
The cult favourite HBO vampire show based on the Sookie Stackhouse novels that push the envelope on sex and violence reveals its final season starting June 22nd, that promises a high body count, shocking character deaths and perhaps a resolution to the long-standing love triangle that’s been the show’s backbone since its inception.
Creators Damon Lindelof (Lost) and Peter Berg (Friday Night Lights) collaborate on this new HBO drama that finds the human race reeling from the sudden and unexplained disappearance regarding 2% of its population. Expect a lot of ambiguous mystery and strong character development that will have you talking all season long starting on June 29th.
Under The Dome
CBS scored big last summer with the first season of Under The Dome (based on author Stephen King’s best-selling novel) about a small town trapped and cut-off from the rest of the world. Even though some did not appreciate the show straying a little from the source material last year, fans should note that King himself provides the script for the opening episode of the new season on June 30th.
This gritty and gutsy crime-drama that pairs two different kinds of detectives from two sides of the Mexican border returns for a second season on July 9th that picks up after the tragic fall-out from the first season, as Marco Ruiz and Sonya Cross are once again brought together for a compelling murder case. The strength of The Bridge is that it is a far cry from the usual procedural droll and has weight similar to Breaking Bad.
As fun as True Blood is, this is the real vampire show everyone should pay attention to this season. Based on the best-selling book series by film maker Guillermo Del Toro (who directs the pilot) and author Chuck Hogan (The Town), The Strain depicts a horrendous vampire apocalypse that breaks out in Manhattan after a mysteriously lifeless plane lands at JFK airport. These vamps are not sexy, but grotesquely deadly and Del Toro is known for his breathless visuals involving creatures. Expect big thrills, blood and suspense with this one on July 13th.