You could literally watch television on one network this summer and have a ridiculous amount of excellent entertainment to see you through. And that network is TNT.
Check out this lineup:
Men of a Certain Age, premieres TOMORROW NIGHT, Wednesday June 1
Franklin & Bash, premieres TOMORROW NIGHT, Wednesday June 1
Memphis Beat, premieres Tuesday June 14
Hawthorne, premieres Tuesday June 14
Falling Skies, 2-hour premiere on Sunday June 19 (Father's Day, cute)
Leverage, premieres Sunday June 26
Rizzoli & Isles, premieres Monday July 11
The Closer, premieres Monday July 11
It's an embarrassment of riches, seriously.
Out of the above shows I've previewed Men of a Certain Age, Franklin & Bash, Memphis Beat, Falling Skies, and Leverage. And the show I'm most looking forward to is Falling Skies. Although I would like a little more emphasis on the female characters going forward (I've seen the first 3 hours), I'm really hooked by the story, and the creatures look great. Don't miss the Falling Skies web comics available for free from Dark Horse Digital. The viewer at Dark Horse is really awesome. I read them on my laptop and the way it pages along makes reading a comic book page your laptop pretty effective, all things considered.
I totally still want a Nook Color or an iPad, but I feel one degree better about not having one since I've seen how the Dark Horse online comic viewer works.
Speaking of tech, I emailed my contact at TNT to ask about online viewing of their shows this summer. Since I'm cable-free, I'm currently STILL WAITING to watch the second summer episode of In Plain Sight (USA) on Hulu, so I was very curious what TNT's model was going to be. Here's the 411:
Episodes will be available the next day to viewers who pay a cable, satellite or telco provider for access to television content, and a week later on our sites. Episodes can be found via Hulu but aren’t available on Hulu. Full episodes are available on our sites and our partner sites.
So that's somewhat of an offshoot from the HBO GO model, where you can watch their shows online if you are an HBO subscriber. Or, as I like to think of it, the why-I'm-not-watching-Game-Of-Thrones plan. If you subscribe to cable, satellite or telco, you can watch TNT episodes online next day. Cable-free television lovers, one week later. Which is SO much better than the 30-day waiting period on USAnetwork.com that I find myself unable to complain about it even though I'd rather they be online right away.
It is amusing to me how nice they've matched up their various evening line-ups when I don't watch TV like that anymore. Gotta admit that The Falling Skies/Leverage pairing *almost* makes me wish I could get TNT in on Sunday nights. The Leverage season premiere, "The Long Way Down Job," definitely left me wanting more. That show is so fun.
I have to admit, I've been devouring the TNT screeners as they come my way. I find myself looking at the back of the disk cases where TNT has a pie diagram with each show in a slice. It's just amazing how many awesome shows they're pulling off at once. It's like someone designed an entire season of shows just for me. I'm in love.
Of course, it wasn't too long ago that I was in love with a tech named Tivo. I had to unplug from its friend Cable, but I still remember the joy. So in the spirit of good tech, I share this: Tivo Turn On The Love, featuring the results of a national survey about Tivo and relationships (yes, really), and page down for "Useful Tips For Love in the Digital Age" by (my new guru) Greg Behrendt.
And finally, for your computer viewing pleasure, enjoy this great TED roundup: 15 Fascinating TED Talks on Love & Sex. If you're cable-free, perhaps you can watch them while you're waiting for your television to become available online.