Animal Kingdom

8 Returning Summer Shows…

I know you have all been waiting anxiously for this list, so here are the returning shows that I am mostly looking forward to watching this summer.

1. Animal Kingdom, season two premieres May 30th on TNT, stars Scott Speedman, Finn Cole, Shawn Hatosy, Ben Robson, Jake Weary, Molly Gordon, Aamya Deva Keroles, and Ellen Barkin. The Cody family dynamic has flipped in this second season, as the boys start to turn on their mother after a heist goes wrong. Baz, Pope, Craig, and Deran each begin to plan their next moves, while J is stuck in the middle, still trying to figure out where he belongs. I was not sure if I would like this show when it started last summer, but it is dark and gritty, with some humor weaved throughout. It is a fun summer drama.



2. Kingdom, season three premieres May 31st on Audience, stars Matt Lauria, Jonathan Tucker, Nick Jonas, Kiele Sanchez, Joanna Going, Natalie Martinez, Talia Shire, Kirk Acevedo, and Frank Grillo. Alvey and Lisa are still dealing with the loss of their son, while also trying to keep their gym afloat. Nate has finally admitted that he is gay, but is not entirely comfortable in his new relationship. And, as always, Ryan and Jay are sorting through their own demons, with a potential rematch still on the horizon. This show is so fantastic, and I am disappointed that more people are not watching it. The entire cast have continued to blow me away with their performances from episode to episode. As this is, sadly, the final season, I fully expect them to knock us on our asses, and I cannot wait.



3. Orphan Black, season five premieres June 10th on BBC America, stars Tatiana Maslany, Jordan Gavaris, Kristian Bruun, Kevin Hanchard, Ari Millen, Evelyne Brochu, Josh Vokey, Skyler Wexler, and Maria Doyle Kennedy. Another one of my favorite shows is coming to an end this summer, and I am not okay with it. I have been rewatching the entire series to prepare for this final trip, and it gets better and better with each viewing. I continue to be amazed by the cast and, after four seasons, still need to remind myself that Tatiana Maslany plays half of the major roles. I cannot wait to see how they wrap up the story of these sestras, but will be sad to see it go.



4. The Great British Baking Show, season four premieres June 16th on PBS, stars Mary Berry, Paul Hollywood, Sue Perkins, and Mel Giedroyc. I have to admit, I was skeptical of this baking show when I first watched it with my mother while home for Christmas a few years ago, but I was hooked after the very first episode. This aired in the United Kingdom last Fall and is the final season with the original hosts. Bring on the crazy technical challenges and baking puns!

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Quotes of the Week: July 10-23

These are my favorite quotes from the past two weeks, mostly from shows currently on the air, but also other random things I happen to be watching.

The Last Ship
Allison: What do you wanna give ’em?
President Michener: Nothing. Except maybe my middle finger.

12 Monkeys
Charlie: When it comes down to it, the only thing you’ll be wishing for is more time. Trust me.

Jennifer: So much for backgammon in Palm Springs!

UnReal
Chet: This has to stay in the family.

Graham: What do you think, Rach? Is that okay for an act break? Tension over who to choose?
Rachel: Yes, Graham, it’s fine, but don’t think, okay? It makes you look fat.

Happy Town
Handsome Dan Farmer: I’m a firm believer that all of a society’s ills could be quelled if everybody just had a little pudding.

Bones
Brennan: I don’t need to hear him tell me that I was right. It’s enough to know that *he* knows I was right.

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Quotes of the Week: June 26-July 10

These are my favorite quotes from the past two weeks, mostly from shows currently on the air, but also other random things I happen to be watching.

Game of Thrones
Qyburn: Sometimes, before we can usher in the new, the old must be put to rest.

Jon: I’m not a Stark.
Sansa: You are to me.

Veep
President Meyer: Kent, can you give a girl some warning next time before you jam it in the back door?
Kent: Data gives no warning, ma’am.

Preacher
Emily: This doesn’t feel like you.
Jesse: It’s not me. It’s God.

12 Monkeys
Cole: Kill me. Kill the witness. It doesn’t matter because you’ll still be afraid of yourself.

Old Jennifer: Hello, egg. I’m chicken.

Young Jennifer: We’re not brave.
Old Jennifer: But you can be a better me than I was.

Turn: Washington’s Spies
Samuel: This is not about them, Robert. This about something greater than them, and us.

Abe: I killed him! I killed Thomas. I killed my brother. I killed…I killed Thomas. I started the riots at King’s College. It was a prank that went wrong, but I started it and I…felt responsible for his life, so I took it. I took his intended. I took his inheritance. I took his good Tory name, but it wasn’t me! It was never me. You ask who I am, but I don’t know. I buried that man along with my brother. I thought that maybe one day I’d meet him again in the soul of the son that I named after him, and on that day I’d tell him that I lied. Then I lied to try and make things right, but it didn’t work. It didn’t work. But I can’t lie anymore. And as for these crimes that I’m accused of committing, my only regret is that I didn’t commit them sooner.

Casual
Laura: You could go talk to her.
Alex: Grow down, will ya?

Animal Kingdom
Deran: Hey, can we not talk about our mom in the strip club right now? Thank you.

Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles
Sarah: If you’re gonna be a hero, you gotta learn how to drive stick.

Killjoys
D’Avin: So, we’re not gonna talk at all about your people flooding me with magic green shit while floating naked in a tub?
Khlyen: That would be my preference.

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8 New Summer Shows…

1. Preacher, premieres May 22nd on AMC, stars Dominic Cooper, Ruth Negga, Joseph Gilgun, Lucy Griffiths, Derek Wilson, Ian Colletti, W. Earl Brown, Anatol Yusef, and Tom Brooke. Based on the DC Comics series of the same name, Preacher follows a West Texas preacher named Jesse Custer, who is inhabited by a mysterious entity that causes him to develop a highly unusual power. While I am sad that we will not longer see Dominic Cooper as the hilarious Howard Stark on Agent Carter, I am excited to see him in this new role. This show just looks like it will be a lot of fun.



2. Roots, premieres May 30 on A&E, History and Lifetime, stars Malachi Kirby, Anika Noni Rose, Forest Whitaker, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Rege-Jean Page, Anna Paquin, Tip “TI” Harris, Laurence Fishburne, Chad L. Coleman, Erica Tazel, Lane Garrison, Mekhi Phifer, Matthew Goode, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Sedale Threatt Jr., James Purefoy, Derek Luke, and G. Hannelius. This remake of the 1977 ABC mini-series is based on Alex Haley’s novel, “Roots: The Saga of an American Family.” It tells the story of Kunta Kinte, an 18th-century African who was captured and sold into slavery in the United States, and follows his life and the life of his descendants. I have never watched the original mini-series, but this reboot looks fantastic.



3. Feed the Beast, premieres June 5th on AMC, stars David Schwimmer, Jim Sturgess, Michael Gladis, Christine Adams, Lorenza Izzo, Elijah Jacob, and John Doman. Two best friends follow their dream of opening an upscale restaurant in the Bronx, while dealing with the New York restaurant world, which includes petty criminals, corrupt officials, and violent mobsters. I have not read very much about this show, and AMC seems to be promoting Preacher a little more, but it looks interesting and I like the cast, so I will check it out.



4. Animal Kingdom, premieres June 14th on TNT, stars Scott Speedman, Shawn Hatosy, Ben Robson, Jake Weary, Finn Cole, and Ellen Barkin. Based on the movie of the same name, this series is about a Southern California crime family, and the detective investigating them. I am, and will forever be, Team Ben, so watching a new Scott Speedman show is a no-brainer for me. Then you add Shawn Hatosy, Ben Robson *and* Ellen Barkin, and I am all in.

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