Spectacular Summer TV

by Anne Middleton, on June 16th, 2016

According to forecasters, the 2016 summer season is going to be a hot one for television fans and fanatics.  There are plenty of shows that warrant escaping the humid, warm months and provide a good excuse to stay in, crank up the air conditioning and soak up summertime TV offerings. No longer is summer viewing a desert wasteland.  New seasons of existing favorites Mr. Robot, Person of Interest as well as new programming that incudes Peaky Blinders, Bloodline and Preacher have everyone holding on tightly to the television remote with great anticipation.

In this era of year-round TV, the summer schedule is packed with new and returning shows. Whether you love risk-taking dramas, offbeat comedies, reality shows or the comfort of old favorites, Summer 2016 TV has something for you.

Don’t miss these 5 spectacular summer shows!

1. Person of Interest. The storyline seemed simple enough when this spellbinding program began… a presumed-dead ex-CIA agent and a billionaire software genius tries to stop crimes before they happen. But now that the series is nearing its completion, the complexity of the story has multiplied.

So quick….flip on this last season for this ever-cool and compelling series. In a sneak-peak into the series’ last episodes, the writers pick up the story in real time. The heroes of Person of Interest appear to face a rough uphill battle:

• The Machine has been compressed into a briefcase with her life hanging in the balance

• Samaritan is stronger than ever

• Detective Fusco can’t keep himself out of the crosshairs.

Still, Finch, Reese and Root may be able to end the war between the artificial super intelligent (ASI). After all, once you have created an all-knowing, all-seeing artificial super intelligence, it’s not an easy opponent to defeat.

2. Preacher. Powerhouse star Seth Rogen helped adapt this cult comic-book series for television. The plot depicts a ruthless small-town Texas priest who, after being inhabited by an unknown entity that gives him supernatural powers, begins his quest to literally find God. His badass ex-girlfriend and an Irish vampire accompany him on what should be one heck of a spiritual journey.

3. Peaky Blinders. This virtually unknown adventure is said to be the one of the best shows the public is missing out on watching.  It features the character of Tommy Shelby, the leader of a street gang in post-WWI England.

Season three has now arrived and continues to center around working class gangs in Birmingham, England in the early 1900s. Available on Netflix, this drama has a gritty appeal and is based on true stories of a gang who stitched razor blades into their caps as concealed weapons. Critics have fallen in love with this series and you likely will too.

4. Bloodline. The second season of this unmissable thriller returns to the scene of the crime. Reunited in the Florida Keys, the critically-acclaimed cast members will have you on the edge of your seat for the next thrilling installment of this must-see series. 

Season 2 begins with the Rayburn family, hard-working pillars of their community, struggling to conceal their unthinkable crime. Wondering what that evil deed is?  Tune in for this summer and discover if family loyalty wins out over truth. In the meantime, you can binge watch season one on Netflix

5. Mr. Robot. Season 2 of this fan-favorite, quirky and award-winning series about a computer programmer working for a cyber-security firm is recruited by a shadowy organization dedicated to the destruction of corporate America premiers this summer. Appealing to a wide audience (not just computer science “geeks”) the second season deals with the aftermath of the group’s hack on ECorp, and the FBI are called in to investigate, of course.

Other returning favorites during the heat of summer include Orange is the New Black and UnReal. They will be joined by some other new programming offerings such as Vice Principals and Animal Kingdom. Whether you reach for your remote or stream shows on your laptop, there are dozens of choices this summer.

Data shows that we have a love affair with our television sets:

• The average American watches more than five hours of live television every day.

• Viewing time increases steadily as we get older.

• Once we pass 65, we watch more than seven hours a day.

If you are a loyal viewer of television and cannot wait to find out the next twist on Mr. Robot and Person of Interest, or if you adore exploring new streaming programming that this year will include Preacher, summer television offerings in 2016 seem worthy of skipping a day at the beach to watch.

 

 

 

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1. http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/average-american-watches-5-hours-tv-day-article-1.1711954