Steaming up the small screen with new shows, old favorites

Steaming up the small screen with new shows, old favorites

By Bessie King

From emergency rooms to conspiracy theories to tales of unfulfilled romance, television shows give us something to look forward to during our week.

Many season finales have taken place to prepare for bigger and better things to come in the fall.

Networks like NBC, MTV and HBO are ready to launch the summer shows they hope will become the next “big” TV hits.

Some students, like middler physical therapy major Ashleigh Bordwell, said they are looking forward to the latest MTV creations.

“I definitely want to see ‘The Hills’ because I loved ‘Laguna Beach’ and I want to see what is going to happen with L.C. and Jason,” she said.

However, students like Tim Laughlin, a middler physical therapy major, are skeptical of the success of these shows.

“I think it’s hard for a show to become really popular for future seasons in the fall and spring because they need to have a great story line,” he said.

Here are some of the shows networks hope have an impact this summer (as well as some returning favorites):

The Hills (MTV)

From the creators of MTV’s “Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County” comes the next reality show development on following rich kids’ lives as they leave high school and venture off to college and into the real life. The show’s main character is “Laguna Beach” season one sweetheart Lauren Conrad, or L.C. She is moving to Los Angeles to study fashion, interning with Teen Vogue, and managing a full social calendar while living in an apartment with great L.A. views.

Along with three roommates, who are the remaining cast members, L.C. is portrayed as a young woman trying to make things happen for herself. If you enjoyed the drama, the gossip and the fantastic lifestyles of the kids in “Laguna,” you’ll enjoy this new show.

Series premieres tonight on MTV and airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m.

Windfall (NBC)

For those who wonder what it would feel like to become a millionaire overnight, now you can find out with NBC’s summer drama “Windfall.” A group of 20 friends and acquaintances win $386 million in the lottery and the tight-knit group begins to disintegrate. In a tale where old loves still linger, dark secrets are used as blackmail, and trailer-park moms and nurse divas can’t wait to spend their fortune, every week will bring a shock.

Series premieres June 8 and airs Thursdays at 10 p.m.

Lucky Louie (HBO)

“Some men have a dream. Louie has a family,” is the tagline for this new HBO show, which shows Lucky Louie as a sorry man. “Lucky Louie” is a dramatic comedy that the network has claimed will “bring back the sitcom.” The show presents the darker, more realistic, version of marriage and the issues faced during everyday life with bills, a kid and job problems. Lucky Louie, played by Louis C.K., a Newton native and Boston comedian for more than 20 years, is an easily hateable character with lots of punch-lines. The first show features Louie masturbating to a picture of Jessica Simpson and a wife who wants to beat up her husband for waking up late.

Series premieres June 11 and airs Sundays at 10:30 p.m.

Psych (USA)

“Dead Zone” fans have something to look forward to. USA Network is introducing a new show with psychic dimensions.

James Roday (Shawn Spencer) is a young man whose powers of observation help get him out of a crime he was accused of. Thanks to his police father, Shawn learned to always note the smallest details. After saving himself from jail he manages to convince the police he is a psychic (to explain his abilities) and gets drawn into the force to solve more cases, but ends up dealing with hostile police officers.

Series premieres July 7 and airs Fridays at 10 p.m.

Brotherhood (Showtime)

If you’re looking for some more family drama and survival of the fittest, Showtime may have your cup of tea. A little bit “Sopranos” and a little bit “Days of Our Lives,” “Brotherhood” is the story of the Caffee brothers, two Irish-American men who try to achieve the America dream but have different views on what is moral and correct when getting what they need. Set in Providence, R.I., the show is based on Cain and Abel-like family values and the belief that the ends justify the means.

Series premieres July 9 and airs on Sundays.

If none of these shows whet your palate expect a return from these previous series.

Rescue Me (FX)

This show, based on one of the firehouses that responded first to the emergency calls of September 11, is back.

With it’s main character, Tommy Gavin (Denis Leary), finishing off the second season a shattered man after the death of his son and several other members of his crew dealing with personal crises, the series has plenty of material to explore.

Series returns May 30 and airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m.

Entourage (HBO)

The popular comedy series produced by Mark Wahlberg comes back for its third season.

Continuing to follow the life of young Hollywood actor Vincent Chase (Adrien Grenier) and his eclectic group of friends, the season will expand on Chase’s potential for a long-lasting career in acting.

Series returns June 11 and airs Sunday at 10 p.m.

Monk (USA)

After conquering jury duty, amnesia and the world of fashion, “Monk” will have a new time slot this season. The comedic investigative crime show will air one hour earlier than usual to make room for “Psych,” but the strange situations and challenging crimes will continue for the quirky Adrian Monk (Tony Shalhoub).

Series returns July 7 and airs Fridays at 9 p.m.

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