For a person whose DVR queue is usually long and overloaded, there’s nothing scarier than an empty DVR. But that’s what I’ve been facing quite often lately, folks. And no, it’s not because there’s something wrong with my box. Mind you, that happens often enough (thanks, Time Warner!), but here’s the problem: There’s just not that much new television on right now. We’re in that weird lull time between the regular-season finales and all the new summer stuff. Sure, I’ve got my ginormous episodes of So You Think You Can Dance and the little treat known as Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood, but Cat Deeley and Tori Spelling’s blonde ambition on reality TV can only sustain me for so long.
So I look ahead at what can fill my DVR this summer. Luckily for you and me, the TV staff here at EW has made it sooooo easy to find out about the best stuff that’s coming up this summer. (Yes, I’m shamelessly touting our Summer TV Preview, which just hit newsstands, mailboxes, and the great Internets today!) We’re sharing with you both the 14 New Summer Shows We Can’t Wait to See; as well as a deep-dive preview into the sixth season of Project Runway, which debuts on its new network, Lifetime, on August 20.
But August and my beloved Project Runway are far away, and like I said, there are 14 new shows that we’re stoked about for the summer. What am I looking forward to? I’m loving the double-nurse thing going on with Edie Falco on Showtime’s Nurse Jackie (pictured) and Jada Pinkett Smith on TNT’s HawthoRNe. These two stellar actresses should be able to inject their respective “stat!”-ings with considerable verve.
And then there’s Bravo’s real-life version of Gossip Girl, NYC Prep. The network did wonders when it translated scripted series Desperate Housewives into the burgeoning Real Housewives franchise, so this “raw inside look” at NYC private schools oughta be good. And I’m definitely checking out HBO’s Hung with Anne Heche and the big-membered Thomas Jane, as well as Syfy’s creepy Warehouse 13.
Now I turn it over to you, PopWatchers. Are your DVRs similarly empty? Which of the summer’s 14 Shows We Can’t Wait to See are you looking forward to most? What gets instant “season pass” status? What has potential and what doesn’t?!