Summer used to be a time for ridiculous reality shows and reruns, but the season is now jam-packed with new and returning series, so much so that it's almost a challenge to keep up with the amount of shows premiering each week. We even had a tough time narrowing the list of shows we're anxiously awaiting down to these ten.
10. Dance Moms
After the dreadful Miami spinoff, we're thrilled that the original (filled with all the Abby Lee Miller we can stand) is coming back. We need a palate cleanser. Here's hoping Cathy will still be ridiculous and Abby's vocal chords have recovered so she can properly scream at people.
This drama ruled its primetime slot in the '80s and now it's back. Since this isn't technically a remake, but rather a continuation (meaning a lot of the original stars will be back), we're thinking this could actually be a soapy good time. Although they are going to have to work hard to come up with something that will capture our attention like "Who shot J.R.?" did back in the day. And we're not falling for any shower tricks this time.
8. The Glee Project
Even though we were burned by last year's "everybody wins" season finale, which foisted four contestants on to the already overcrowded Glee, we're cautiously optimistic about this year. The reality competition angle is definitely more enjoyable than the last two seasons of Glee itself and this year there's a blind contestant, a girl in a wheelchair and a girl who looks like Justin Bieber who was on America's Got Talent. Here's betting that Ryan Murphy ends up casting more than just the so-called winner.
A new show from Amy Sherman-Palladino starring the one-time Emily Gilmore? Sign us up. Especially since it stars Broadway darling Sutton Foster as a former showgirl (of the Vegas variety) who is stuck in a quirky small town teaching dance classes. Is it too much to hope that there will be a competition against Miss Patty's students at some point?
6. Teen Mom
It's the final season with the original moms: Maci, Farrah, Amber and Catelynn... and Gary. We can't forget about Gary. While this show does tend to leave us in a state of depression, we've gotten to know these girls (and their cute kids) over the years, so we expect it to be a bit emotional when they finally sign off for good. But until then, we're excited to see the drama unfold.
5. True Blood
While we enjoy the guilty pleasure of Teen Wolf, that show can't compare to the supernatural onslaught of demons, fairies, vampires, werewolves, shapeshifters and just plain terrible humans that this HBO series offers on a weekly basis. Not to mention that it left us hanging with Tara's brain matter, Russell's unburying and Steve Newlin's vampire status, so we want some answers.
4. Pretty Little Liars
Our jaws dropped in the finale when we found out that Mona was A -- or working for A -- and we're still reeling from Maya's body being found. Who knows what kind of twists and turns this show has in store for its third season, but we're happy to go along for the wild ride.
One of the most pleasant surprises of last summer was this USA series about a young pseudo lawyer and his insanely charming mentor. While a lot of the network's shows seem to be cut from the same cloth, this one has a different feel to it and we're happy to suit up to tune in again.
2. The Newsroom
We can't help but be excited about a new HBO drama from Aaron Sorkin, especially since it's a behind-the-scenes look at a cable news channel. Though Studio 60 wasn't a stellar example of his show-within-a-show capabilities, we hold out hope that this could be the new Sports Night. Then again, even terrible Sorkin is still addictively watchable.
1. Breaking Bad
After the mind-blowing, face-melting Season 4, we can't even imagine how the final year of this show is going to play out. And we're glad that while Season 5 starts really soon (since we're not exactly what you'd call patient), it is being broken up into two halves so we plenty of time to savor each and every messed-up minute.
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