12 TV Shows You Should Watch This Summer
"The Killing" - "Seventeen"
At some point, summer went from being the worst season for television to perhaps the best. With fewer shows competing for airtime, we're able to really pay attention to the shows that are on -- and networks are rewarding our interest with some of their best series.
Showtime is sending off its hit serial killer drama "Dexter" by airing it months earlier than usual. CBS is airing one of its most anticipated programs of the year, the miniseries "Under the Dome." And AMC is airing the final episodes of maybe the best TV show ever made, "Breaking Bad."
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On the reality front, the family strife of Bravo's "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" returns. And for you genealogy/history/celebrity buffs, TLC has you covered with documentary series "Who Do You Think You Are?"
Here are 12 shows you should not miss this summer:
Premieres: June 2 on AMC
Why It's Worth Watching: To see if they can somehow pull this off. The show infuriated fans by failing to solve Rosie Larsen's murder at the end of Season 1, and was canceled after season 2 offered a lackluster conclusion to the mystery. But it's been revived with a new premise that may better serve the show: Instead of trying to solve the murder of one young girl over two seasons, Dets. Linden (Mireille Enos) and Holder (Joel Kinnaman) now have to catch a serial killer who's murdered 17 women. Peter Sarsgaard joins the cast as an inmate who, in the tradition of Hannibal Lecter, just might be helpful to solving the murders. If he wants to be.
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"The Real Housewives of New Jersey"
Premieres: June 2 on Bravo
Why It's Worth Watching: You can choose your friends, but not your family. That's what sets "RHONJ" apart from the other shows in the franchise. While other women could certainly walk away from tough situations, the New Jersey women have to deal with each other. And that makes for some delicate truces and huge blowups.
Premieres : June 9 on TNT
Why It's Worth Watching: Another alien race? The upcoming season amps up the science-fiction and raises the stakes (and possible rewards) for its characters. This is the last season with showrunner Remi Aubuchon and that makes this season required watching.
Premieres: June 16 on HBO
Why It's Worth Watching: Season 6 marks the first without co-creator Alan Ball as showrunner and that's encouraging for those who've sworn off the show for whatever reason. Ball or not, we can't resist returning to Bon Temps, but we have to admit the new trailers are super encouraging.
"Under the Dome"
Premieres: June 24 on CBS
Why You Should Watch: A clear dome suddenly forms around a bucolic small town that happens to be filled with great actors, from Dean Norris ("Breaking Bad") to Jeff Fahey ("Lost"). Okay, technically they're townspeople filled with great actors. But the biggest names are the storytellers: Steven Spielberg executive produces the miniseries, based on a massive book by Stephen King. The series is adapted for television by "Lost" alum Brian K. Vaughn, whose also behind the comic book masterpiece "Y: The Last Man." Kudos to CBS for going outside its comfort dome of procedurals and sitcoms to bring us something that looks, well, captivating.