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Best New Summer TV Shows

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Summer used to be filled with reruns, then that morphed into a bunch of mindless reality shows. Those are still out there, but more and more shows that were typically saved for the fall are debuting in the summer. I meant to post this in May before Penny Dreadful and Halt and Catch Fire started, but it didn’t happen. Below are the what looks like the best of the television shows debuting this summer. This is my opinion after watching the trailers for the shows. My view could change after I actually start watching them. Do they look good to you? What will you watch?

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The Husband’s Secret

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The Husband’s Secret
Liane Moriarty

I mostly wanted to read this story to learn about the secret. I had to know. As I went along in the book, it became less important about the actual secret. I wanted to know how the three main women and how all the people in their lives would deal with the news of the secret. I was surprised I hadn’t been spoiled about the secret before I had a chance to read the book, but I think the reason was that isn’t the main point of the book. It is really about how this secret has shaped the lives of these people and how learning about it affects other people. It really shatters reality for some people and reading about how they deal with it is what kept me reading.

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From the Archive:
Master and Commander

Russell Crowe commands a big boat in some fancy pants.

Russell Crowe actually pulled off wearing the ruffly shirt. He also seems to love making movies with that guy that was also in A Beautiful Mind since he is the doctor in this movie.

The doctor gets very excited about visiting the Galapagos islands, which just made me say Croco-stimpy a whole bunch. And when I got tired of saying that and laughing at myself, I would sing "Happy Happy Joy Joy".

There were times that I couldn't follow what was going on since their accents were a tad thick or they just mumbled or something. I kept asking if what I thought was going on was right since Jer kinda watched this on the plane on the way back from Germany. Sometimes I was right.

Anyway, I didn't expect this movie to get tense and exciting but it did! I expected this movie to be a little over the top in its epicness and all that stuff, but it wasn't too much. There were moments but they were very brief.

Rating: A-

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New Summer TV Shows: June 2014

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Even though there are quite a few shows debuting in June, not many of them stand out. The only ones with any interest to me are “Halt and Catch Fire” and “The Leftover.” Both of those have intriguing premises and the channels they are on also make me want to give them a chance.

The rest of the shows are typical summer fluff with”Jennifer Falls”, “Young & Hungry”, “Mystery Girls” and “Reckless.” A few of them (“Tyrant” and “The Last Ship”) seem to be trying too hard and end up substandard.

Continue on to read more about the shows and watch trailers for each one.

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Amazing Race: Pantless Wonder

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On the third leg of the race, the teams headed to Malaysia where some slid pantless down a waterfall, teams built bamboo rafts that promptly fell apart once in water, one team makes a major mistake by not reading their clue (like usual) while another one gets stranded without a taxi. Come read what Amy, Steve and I had to say about the March 8, 2014 episode “Welcome to the Jungle.”

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New Summer TV Shows: May 2014

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Out of all the shows debuting in May, the only one I want to give a try would be Penny Dreadful. I do love supernatural series and this one tying into literary characters makes it even better. It looks like what The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen could have been.

I had been excited about Chris D’Elia getting another show, but this one does not look funny. NBC also airing back-to-back episodes in a short time period during the summer does not make it seem like it is putting any effort into wanting to continue the show. It is similar for Crossbones, which involves pirates and John Malkovich, but looks incredibly boring. That makes me sad because it could have had potential.

Continue on to read more about the shows and watch trailers for each one.

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Outlander

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Outlander
by Diana Gabaldon

I’ve had a good friend talk about this book for years. Romance isn’t really a genre that I read. She had mentioned it had to do with time travel (briefly) and there was a lot of action and adventure in the Scottish Highlands. I still stayed away since romance isn’t a genre that I’m all that interested in. I don’t mind if romance is part of a bigger story, but I have never been into those bodice-ripping books that I used to see my mom read growing up. I used to go for the Edgar Allan Poe books that were on the bookshelf instead. What got me to finally read a romance? It was a genre that my Twitter book club (#1book140) decided to read. It was the pick for February, but I was still reading the January book so I didn’t get to this one late and missed most of the conversation. I’m still glad I read it though since it changed my mind. Not so much about romances, but at least about this series.

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