It’s officially summer, time for hiking, camping, swimming, and surfing—the channels, that is. Until recently, no exec in their right mind would have aired new shows during the summer, but since the idea of a “TV Season” has been disrupted by binge-watching, multi-year-hiatuses, and mini-seasons, summer has become fertile territory, and there’s a wealth of exciting—and stylishly entertaining—material to consume. Let’s take a look.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, the man they call “Franchise Viagra
,” is back on the small screen this summer with HBO’s “Ballers”
. This show has all the ingredients to be, well, baller. Johnson stars as a retired NFL player-turned-agent (Think “Entourage” on vacation in Miami). This show has attractive locales, good looking people, and lavishness exuding from every frame. Plus, Johnson knows how to find the right jacket for his Rock-y frame.
With “Mad Men” off the air we need another period drama. So what better show to take its place than another drama—set in the 60s. In NBC’s “Aquarius,”
David Duchovny plays a cop looking into a case regarding a missing girl, which leads him to a cult led by Charles Manson. We won’t spoil the rest of the show for you, but the style is very old-school-cop-procedural, so expect a lot of gun holsters, flannels, and denim.
What’s better than one more period drama? Two more period dramas. Set in 1960s New York, this drama stars Edward Burns, who also serves as executive producer, as an officer of the Public Morals division who deals with crimes such as prostitution, illicit gambling, and narcotics. While we don’t know too much about the show (even the trailer
keeps information at a minimum), we like what we’re seeing so far sartorially, i.e. P-squares, tie clips, cufflinks, and braces—besides, what’s the worst that can happen? They’re TNT, they know drama.
” is back, with a new story, new location (the semi-fictional Vinci
), and new cast. Last season starred Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson. This season stars Vince Vaughn and Colin Farrell, but so far the standout is Farrell’s brass knuckles and bolo tie combination.