Five New Shows We're Excited to Watch This Summer

Ah, summer: a time for day drinking, seasonal allergies, and lamenting the loss of good TV amidst the dreck the networks cart out in its place. At least, that's the way I've thought about summer TV for years. This time around, though, there are plenty of shows I'm legitimately excited about. Here's a worthy slate of promising small-screen send-ups:

Louie (June 29, FX)

The premise: Brilliant stand-up comic Louis CK plays fledgling stand-up comic Louis CK, struggling to maintain a normal life and a relationship with his daughters after a divorce. Also: plenty of awkward dates.
Why it's worth getting excited about: The show has stand-up bits throughout, meaning Louis CK's twisted sense of humor gets plenty of screen time, too. Plus the gritty, almost documentary-like quality of the show lets Louie really amp up the uncomfortableness of the situations he puts himself in. He lets himself be shown as vulnerable, and the laughs keep coming.

The Good Guys (returns June 7, FOX)

The premise: Bradley Whitford plays a mustachioed, caustic cop who teams up with the more sensible Colin Hanks and the duo sticks its nose where it doesn't belong—linking petty crimes to grander affairs.

Why it's worth getting excited about: The special preview a few weeks back demonstrated The Good Guys' ability to keep things light among heavy gunfire, particularly with casual, silly banter. Showrunner Matt Nix got the formula right with Burn Notice, and it looks as if lightning might strike twice after all. Plus, c'mon, with Parks & Rec not back till next spring, I need my 'stache fix.

Big Lake (August 3, Comedy Central)

The premise: A group of down-and-out friends run schemes to save their home town of Big Lake. The show stars Chris Parnell, Horatio Sanz, and Upright Citizens Brigade member Chris Gethard.

Why it's worth getting excited about: Besides that awesome cast? The show is produced by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay. Plus, it's a multi-camera sitcom, a welcome throwback that worked for Rob Corddry's grossly underrated The Winner.

Kids In The Hall: Death Comes To Town (August 20, IFC)

The premise: Actually, the name almost says it all: The Grim Reaper appears in a small town, and its citizens, all played by the Kids In The Hall, react badly.

Why it's worth getting excited about: Dude, it's the Kids In The Hall. The guys' live tour a few years ago showed they haven't lost their touch or their knack for playful, surreal humor. Early previews of the series have a similar vibe, and IFC is using the show as a touchstone to expand its comedy brand.

Childrens' Hospital (July 11, Adult Swim)

The premise: Based on the web series of the same name, this satirical show tracks doctors who work at a children's hospital (though the name references the donor it's named after, last name Childrens).

Why it's worth getting excited about: The series was created by Rob Corddry—remember him, from that blurb about Big Lake?—and co-stars some of the funniest guys and gals in the biz: Rob Huebel, Lake Bell, Erinn Hayes from that grossly underrated The Winner (seriously, watch that show). Plus, David Wain is a producer, and most everything he touches turns to gold. 

Are We There Yet? (June 2, TBS)

Just kidding, not really.

Your turn! Which new shows are you excited to watch this summer?

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The GOOD GUYS is SO FUNNY!
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I can't think of anything NEW but I'm excited for the return of "Big Brother" and "Make it or Break it"!!!
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Breaking Bad! Best show ever! Can't wait for fall...



Also, Entourage. It's like I've been waiting for a whole yeear for a new season.



Watched Hung and would probably watch more when they come. All of these are fall shows, I'm heading outside for the summer!
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I am starting to fall in love with 'Are We There Yet?' I like the way they started the first season out with 2 episodes per night. It really gave me time to get to know the characters. I always try to follow my rule of "You need to watch 5 episodes to see if you like it, they have to have a chance to develop the characters." It's pretty good so far, even though I don't like 'the wife'.
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The outside is overrated!!
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none, I would rather enjoy an actual summer outside, weather permitted. I am annoyed with the quick cancelling of shows I get hooked on. I give up and taking a break from TV for awhile.
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Didn't Louis CK have a show on HBO a few years ago?
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The Gates!
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Really enjoyed The Good Guys nice mix of fun, humor and action. Also really liked Persons Unknown, very well done, I was hooked and am intrigued. I still am watching Miami Medical and Happy Town although both have been unjustly cancelled.
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What about Futurama!?
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The Good Guys was SO FUNNY! I watched the first two episodes on HULU. (Sorry tv.com, but their video player just works a lot better).
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i'm not interested in any listed up top. for new series, Persons Unknown looks interesting, like Saw without the stupidity.. it's only a miniseries too so maybe NBC will finish it and not pull the show before it finishes airing. also interested in Covert Affairs and Haven and maybe The Gates.. the thing about new shows for the main 4 networks is that a majority of them get canned right off the bat. other than that, bring on Eureka, Psych, Royal Pains, Warehouse 13, and Wipeout. also glad to see My Boys back, for what seems like a final season. True Blood and Hung are a nice summer addition as well
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If their last name is Childrens, then it should be Childrens's hospital. If their last name was Children and there was a family of them who all owned a share in the hospital Childrens' would be fine. TV - no respect for the English language.
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as usual the networks are trying (not very hard) to give us something interesting to watch and as usual are failing who hires these guys at programming my dogs can do a better jog as it
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What about The Gates?! I think its looks pretty interestings.. they bite necks! now you know anything that bites a neck should be good! but I'm worried that if I watch and love it that it will be canceled :(
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Why bother watching any of the new shows that the major networks are putting out? They will just get you hooked with one or two episodes and then cancel them. Look at all the money ABC spent promoting Happy Town and then they cancelled it after only airing three episodes. They are going to show the last five episodes that they had taped but so what? Why bother to watch the last five episodes when the show is cancelled? What is the point. The networks don't even give shows a chance anymore. They don't care about the viewers so why should I watch any of their shows.
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Yes, we are already there with such crap. Woe!
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No interest in any of them.
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Sorry BUT i am not even remotely interested in the above shows!!!
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I watched The Good Guys, and I loved it! Looks like it might be a very promising new series! I hope it lasts, and maybe it could come on after House on Monday nights now that 24 is gone! I think The Good Guys just might be my new favorite show! Not only that, Futurama is coming back this summer as well! Why wasn't that listed?
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ok what a load of bull give us a good show to watch
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some of this stuff seems ok but nothing to special i think
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Kids in the Hall: Death Comes to Town...was a waste of time, and nothing else looks remotely interesting. Fun in the sun, and reruns when it rains, I guess...
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It's only The Good Guys That has caught my attention of these shows, BUT there are 9 episodes of Sons Of Tucson, 3 episodes of Til Death, 6 episodes of Lie To Me, 4 (3 Left) episodes of Past Life. And there will be a new season of Warehouse 13, Eureka, and Futurama. That's what is worth looking forward to this summer. That's what i think at least.
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Nothing from this list...



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Those all look promising. Except for Louie.
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I won't be watching much this summer, I might give The Good Guys a chance, but I doubt it.
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seriously, true blood and that new zombie one :)
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24, lost, xfiles and grange hill :)
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Nothing is really grabbing me...Big Lake might be funny, but I'm not "Dieing to see it". there a e a bunch of returning shows I'm looking forward to, though....
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FUTURAMA
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Nothing from above but i`m waiting for True Blood, Eureka , warehouse 13, the gates and no ordinary family
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I am personally looking forward to the returns of Lie To Me and Entourage. From the premise of the shows above, none sound amazing, but I might give them a couple episodes.
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futurama of course
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ahh well .. i guess i'll be waiting for True Blood !! no other show looks interesting !! *sigh
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Two words:
Future! Rama!

And yes, I'm aware that that is only one word! But I'm still very excited about Futurama finally returning to television!
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I have no shows during the summer currently and none of the new ones appeal to me so it looks like it is going to stay that way.
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Gotta say, none of these float my boat. I'll be waiting for Glee, Project Runway and True Blood to return. Surely with a town full of tv people they could have come up with better stuff than this.
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none of these interest me
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Maybe The Good Guys, nothing else moves my curiosity.
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looks like its gonna be a long hot summer till the fall season kicks in
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Already saw Death Comes to Town.. got a lot better as it went on but still felt more like Brain Candy than anything
Louie should be interesting, hopefully isn't as generic as his HBO show, though I still watched that. He is one of my favorite comics.
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They'll probably all be cancelled within a season, why bother? (Sorry, still not happy with CBS this year)
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this article offends me. the winner was an affront to humanity and should never, EVER be mentioned. criminally underrated my ass
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I'm going to watch The Good Guys solely because of the line in the trailer "It's an orange gun" and the way he says it.
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I find it hard to get excited for any of those shows
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AMC's "Rubicon" (August 1) and Showtimes "The Big C" (August 16) are my big expectations among the summer premieres. Also, I put some hope into NBC's "Persons Unknown" (June 7) and to a lesser degree ABC's "Scoundrels" (June 20) . And I will check out TV Land's "Hot in Cleveland" (June 16).

Still - above it all, I look forward to returning series "Burn Notice" (USA, June 3), "True Blood" (HBO, June 13), "Mad Men" (AMC, July 25) and "Weeds" (Showtime, August 16).
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Memphis Beat looks quite funny
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Im excited True Blood is coming back this summer.. it will work nicely with a cold beer.. ;-)
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For me none of the above mentioned showes even come close to True Blood, Burn Notice or Royal Pains and my guilty pleasure: SYTYCD...
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