Don't worry couch potatoes, there will be plenty to watch next summer when everyone else is outside.
Cat got your tongue?
Stop, or Katee's mom will shoot!
If you're watching a USA Network show, you're probably aware of what you're going to get. It's likely a buddy comedy with two mismatched partners, quick, witty dialogue and a few good dramatic moments. Look! I just described every big show on USA -- White Collar, Psych, Royal Pains and, to lesser degrees, Burn Notice and Covert Affairs. Yes, Suits followed that formula last night. But unexpectedly, it had an extra oomph. Some of the subjects it tackled were darker than usual and the leads were more sympathetic -- they had unusually well-developed backstories and strong chemistry. It's a USA show, but sprinkled with fairy dust and the best one I've seen on the network in a long time.
We always knew that Bieber kid was a punk.
We could go on for days about our love of Dance Moms, or about how much we've enjoyed this sexed-up season of True Blood, but we expect to be entertained by reality TV trash and our favorite returning shows . What really surprised us this summer was just how many new scripted programs kept us genuinely enthralled -- a pleasant change from the years when all we had to watch in between trips to the pool and barbecues was the likes of Swingtown. And bonus points to ABC Family for really upping their game as a network in recent months. Here's what made it a summer to remember:
The Quiet Beatle makes some noise in Martin Scorsese's admiring documentary.
With Labor Day upon us, we thought we'd take a moment to recognize the underappreciated folks on TV (real and scripted) who have really busted their asses this summer in order to get their jobs done -- whatever they may be. For their sake (and in some cases ours), we're hoping they take a well-deserved long weekend to rest.
Some say warm weather means summer, but we go by light and fun TV shows.