I hate networks’ summer scheduling. Correction: I hate the summer scheduling employed by the otherwise great and clever American TV networks. It’s the height of summer, right? Well, in the northern hemisphere at least. Temperatures range from really nice to excruciating, the sun is a-blazing, the beaches are calling. Ice-cream, surfing, strawberries and cool cream – all at the top of the list right now. And what does smart networks like USA, SyFy, HBO and Showtime come up with for this period of outdoorsiness?
The new season of Eureka, after almost a year’s hiatus. The new season of Warehouse 13. A new season of Haven (not that I care, sorry). The new season of True Blood. The new season of Burn Notice. Wait, there’s more: Suits (USA), Weeds (Showtime), White Collar (USA), In Plain Sight (USA) ... you see where this is going? Every frickin’ day of the week is taken up by one or more serial.
Seriously, should it be so hard to spread the good stuff out a little more over the year, not cram all of it into the summer slot? I mean, in a lot of places this summer thing actually doesn't last for more than a couple-three months. And please don’t say “Tivo”, “DVR”, “Hulu” because then I’ll have to throw “geo-restriction” back at you and then we’ll end up in this whole other debate, centered around the antiquated distribution model employed by TV networks ... don’t want to go there, not now. It’s just messy.
Anyway, just so you know, in case the sunshine and the heat and the free time starts to get to you, there are new seasons of some really nice shows to follow out there...