The New Shows color code: red means don’t bother; blue means maybe; green means good; magenta means great.
SATURDAY, MAY 31
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony (HBO)
This show is always fun simply to listen to the music. This year’s inductees were Peter Gabriel, Linda Ronstadt, KISS (hence this week's photo), Cat Stevens (or whatever he is calling himself these days), Hall and Oates, The E Street Band, and Nirvana. The show lasts three hours, so it does drag on a bit. Do what I did and listen to it as background while you do something else. The music is fabulous.
The Secret Sex Life of a Single Mom (Lifetime)
SUNDAY, JUNE 1
Halt and Catch Fire (AMC)
Trying to recapture the magic of Mad Men, AMC has developed another workplace drama. This one is set in the computing world of the 1980s. While the acting was very good, the story was very bad. The show lost my attention about twenty minutes in.
Josie’s reaction in the Agents of D.O.U.X. writing room perfectly captures the problem: “At one point, Lee Pace's character bats a baseball around his apartment. He hits the wall, then the lamp, then the big picture window. As he stared moodily through the shattered glass into the deep dark beyond of the future of computing (and the Dallas skyline), I realized I was watching the clumsiest visual exposition for "he swings for the fences, even when there are none!" I'd ever seen. Then I wondered if he could ever get his security deposit back.”
MONDAY, JUNE 2
TUESDAY, JUNE 3
Famous in 12 (The CW)
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 4
Jennifer Falls (TV Land)
A woman executive loses her job and is forced to move back in with her mother. This basic plot seems to be a recurring theme this year and this version did nothing new or interesting. It was relatively amusing, although not laugh out loud funny. If you are looking for something light and frothy this summer, you could do worse. Just don’t go in with high expectations.
CMT Music Awards (Country Music Television)
THURSDAY, JUNE 5
Conspiracy Files (Destination America)
It Takes A Church (Game Show Network)
FRIDAY, JUNE 6
ChrisB is a freelance writer who spends more time than she ought in front of a television screen or with a book in her hand.