Summer Televison Preview.
by Meredith O’Brien
Okay, so we TV addicts are still feeling a tad melancholy about the fact that many of our favorite TV shows have wrapped for the season, not to return with new episodes until late September or early October. And some shows, like Lost, 24 and The New Adventures of Old Christine, aren’t going to return at all. (*sniff*)
But all is not lost. Many new and returning shows are premiering over the summer. So if you’re looking for a cheap form of entertainment for which you don’t need to hire a babysitter, fight traffic or find a parking spot, I’ve got a few suggestions for you, TV-wise, to keep you entertained until the fall:
Mad Men (Season 4) AMC, 10 p.m. Premieres July 25.
This show cannot return fast enough for me. I’m jones-ing for new Mad Men episodes in a big way. For the uninitiated: Mad Men is an exquisitely thoughtful, sexy, intriguing series set in 1960s New York City, and its suburbs, chiefly focusing on the devastatingly handsome ad man Don Draper who, at the end of the third season, was told by his wife Betty (the mother of their three kids including a baby) that she was leaving him and heading to Reno (with her new boyfriend and the baby) in order to get a divorce. Don, who has been a serial liar and cheater throughout the series, was toting his suitcases to a new apartment after his marriage officially failed in the season three finale, soon after he and his colleagues started their own advertising agency based, for the time being, in a hotel suite.
I’m eager to see where season four will take the newly (or nearly) divorced Betty Draper, as well as the savvy career gals, married administrative assistant Joan Harris and single, glass ceiling-breaking copywriter Peggy Olsen.
Weeds (Season 6) Showtime, 10 p.m. Premieres August 16.
When last we left Nancy Botwin -- the pot-dealing suburban mom who has a teenage son, a twentysomething son as well as a new baby – she’d been newly married to Esteban Reyes, a Mexican politician who’s involved in the drug trade and whose henchmen have spent a good chunk of time menacing Nancy and her family. In the closing seconds of the season five finale, Esteban’s criminally-connected and uber-powerful political advisor was killed by one of Nancy’s sons – who hit her in the head with a croquet mallet -- after said advisor threatened to kill Nancy’s children, except for the baby Nancy just had with Esteban.
A trailer for the new season shows Nancy digging a hole in the desert and burying a croquet mallet, a gun, a passport and a ringing cell phone which was receiving a call from Esteban. Hmm.