by Josie Kafka
Chris The show I am most looking forward to getting through this summer is Daredevil. I started it, but time has been precious this spring and I have not had the chance to finish it. So far, I love the subtlety of the characters and the story being told. I want to know what happens next. I’m looking forward to waking up on a rainy Sunday, with nothing in the diary, and spending the day marathoning through it.
Jess The husband and I are pretty darn excited about the return of genuine “Sci-Fi Fridays” to SyFy this summer (June 12)! After a long dry spell (and the unfortunate turn to the WWE), SyFy has finally decided to get back to basics with a full night of science fiction programming on Fridays, including Season 3 of Defiance and new shows Killjoys (including Aaron Ashmore from Warehouse 13 and Smallville) and Dark Matter (from the Stargate series writers/producers, based on their comic of the same name). I have no idea how good the night will turn out to be, but we enjoy Defiance and are hopeful for the other two. Sci-Fi Fridays! Woot!
That said, this summer I’m most looking forward to the return of Rectify (July 9, 10:00 p.m., Sundance). In my last two year-in-review pieces, I’ve highlighted this wonderful show about a man recently released from death row on a technicality, saying “Introspective and powerfully moving, Rectify embraces the pain, joy, and grace this world has to offer, while fully recognizing the lingering and often irreversible effects of choices made long ago. A true standout.” I can’t recommend the show more highly to anyone looking for a quiet, thoughtful examination of the human condition. Seasons 1 and 2 comprise a total of 16 episodes, all of which are now available for streaming via Netflix. So there’s still time to catch up before the Season 3 premiere in early July!
Heather You guys, I am going to watch Season 1 of Jane the Virgin this summer. I admit, I have dragged my heels thus far because the premise doesn't thrill me. (For some reason that I'm bound to find out later was hilariously wrong, I kept thinking it would be tonally like Ugly Betty.) However, the people who have insisted that I watch it are near and dear to my entertainment heart, therefore I must submit.
Josie I like to set up a big marathoning project each summer, because even my leisure activities need to correspond to my multicolored Excel spreadsheet schedule. (I’m cool like that.) I started watching The Good Wife in December, but I started with the middle of Seaason Three. That means catching up on early episodes of The Good Wife, and I’m going to use the same method I used for How I Met Your Mother: “backwards watching.” That’s the official name for watching Season Three, then Two, then One. It’s oddly satisfying.
I’m also thinking about diving back into Boardwalk Empire, which has Charlie Cox (Daredevil himself!) in a few seasons. I don’t even remember if I got to the end of the first season of BE, so I’ll probably start at the beginning again. Speaking of Daredevil: I'm going to watch it again.
As for current shows: Hannibal! So excited. Such beautiful violence. And now with 25% more Gillian Anderson.
Billie For me, the show I'm looking forward to the most is the six-episode series finale of Continuum. That show has given us an incredibly complex and enjoyable time travel story combined with some fascinating social commentary, and I'm very upset that the show is about to end. Even though I'm also relieved that Simon Barry was given the opportunity to actually *end* the story, instead of it being abruptly cancelled and unfinished.
Runner up is Fear the Walking Dead. I'm a huge fan of The Walking Dead pretty much in spite of the gore; I'm there mostly for the characters and the end of the world scenario. Here's hoping the spinoff is as good as the original. (Does that ever happen?)
We’d love to hear from you: which TV shows will you devote yourself to this summer? Any rewatches planned?