A kind of annoying thing happens during the summer—TV offerings during the week become abysmal, while a zillion great shows start airing during the weekends. Case in point—I’m bored to tears of weekday shows like “Top Chef” and “So You Think You Can Dance,” and would be into the new series “Boston Med” if hospital dramas didn’t make my eyes glaze over at this point. In the meantime, both “Friday Night Lights” and “Party Down” are on Friday, which is just not the night I’m itching to stay in and curl up on the couch. Just another reason to be thankful for DVR?
After the jump, the shows I’m looking forward to this week.
The Show: “Memphis Beat”
Set Your DVR For: Monday, 10pm (EST), TNT
After four years of “My Name Is Earl,” it’s nice to see Jason Lee sans unruly mustache. So we’ll be watching this new series about a Memphis detective who moonlights as an Elvis impersonator.
The Show: “Friday Night Lights”
Set Your DVR For: Friday, 8pm (EST), NBC
Oh man, I have been loving this season of “Friday Night Lights.” Last episode, we got to know more about new characters Luke and Vince, and watched Julie mourn Matt leaving Texas. Next episode should be an equally subtle, joyous ride.
The Show: “Party Down”
Set Your DVR For: Friday, 10pm (EST), Starz
In the past week, at least three people have told me to check out this series about wannabe actors working as caterers while they wait for their big break. If you’re in Sue Sylvester withdrawal, good news—Jane Lynch stars in this series, along with Kristen Bell.
The Show: “Hung”
Set Your DVR For: Sunday, 10pm (EST), HBO
“Hung” is the male answer to “The Secret Diary of a Call Girl”—it’s about a high school basketball coach in Detroit who decides to give male prostitution a try. Will this season be more depressing or sexy? Guess we’ll have to find out.
Set Your DVR For: Sunday, 10pm (EST), BET
It’s the 10th anniversary of the BET Awards. One highlight of the night—Kanye West’s first appearance since Taylor Swift-gate last summer.