Tele-Tuesday #4 – Summer Fun Part One

Remember when all of the good television programs only aired September thru May?  Not anymore!  TNT and the USA Networks have fabulous summer programming!  This week, I’ll introduce our must- sees on TNT, and next week, the USA shows. 

Here are just a few slices of TNT’s summer fun to sample:

Leverage – A group of criminals turned do-gooders utilize their specialized skills to avenge those harmed by the wealthy and/or powerful.  Nate Ford (Timothy Hutton), the con-man, leads this team of misfits: Sophie Devereaux (Gina Bellman), the grifter; Eliot Spencer (Christian Kane), the muscle; Alec Hardison (Aldis Hodge), the hacker; and Parker (Beth Reisgraf), the thief.  Each character has his or her own flaw which helps the viewers understand their passion for the individual cases they accept.  Nate battles alcoholism, while trying to recover from the death of his son & the end of his marriage.  Sophie has a secret — a secret that even the audience is trying to figure out: is she royalty? Is she married? Or is she just a great actress? Eliot, well, he has a bit of an anger-management problem: he loves to punch and kick, but he refrains from using guns as much as possible.  Hardison and Parker don’t really fit into any social circles, and are slowly starting to share a budding romance.  Speaking of romance, last season ended with Nate & Sophie in bed.  They’ve hinted at romantic interludes in the past, so what will this bring?  Leverage returns Sunday, June 26th.


Rizzoli & Isles – A Boston detective, Jane Rizzoli (Angie Harmon), and her best friend/medical examiner, Maura Isles (Sasha Alexander), solve crime together.  The two friends couldn’t have less in common — Rizzoli hails from a working class family; her dad’s (Chazz Palminteri) a plumber, her younger brother (new character this season) has just been released from prison, and her other little brother (Jordan Bridges), who idolizes Rizzoli, is following in his sister’s footsteps, much to the dismay of their overbearing mom (the fabulous Lorraine Bracco).  Meanwhile, Isles’ biological father is a Boston mafia boss, a fact she learns after discovering that a corpse on her morgue table shared her DNA and was later identified as her brother.  Isles was raised by her adopted parents where she learned to focus on her studies, and adapted a fabulous sense of style.   How many medical examiners do you know who perform autopsies in stilettos?  Regardless of their differences, the girls have each other.  Maybe we’ll see some love interests in season 2?  If you liked Crossing Jordan, you’ll also like Rizzoli & Isles (returning Monday, July 11th).

Memphis BeatJason Lee stars as Dwight Hendricks, who fights crime by day, and performs Elvis and other Blues’ greats by night.  Everyone loves Dwight, and he leads his fellow Memphis detectives (Davey Sutton, DJ Qualls; Whitehead, Sam Hennings; and Reggie Greenback, Leonard Earl Howze); but, when his new boss (Lt. Rice played by Alfre Woodard) comes to town, she tries desperately to operate the department like other police precincts.  Knowing the rest of his fellow detectives look to him, Dwight does his best to oblige, but continues to maintain his unorthodox detective methods forcing Lt. Rice to slowly adjust her attitude toward the Memphis way of doing things.  The supporting cast in Memphis Beat shares the spotlight with the music and local cuisine.  If you haven’t ever really been interested in visiting Memphis, I think you will be after watching the show.  Memphis Beat returns Tuesday, June 14th. 

A new show to watch for this summer on TNT that we are very excited to check is Franklin &Bash (Wednesday, June 1st) starring Breckin Meyer as Franklin, and Mark-Paul Gosselaar as Bash – they are “totally lawyers”.

And don’t forget Brenda Lee Johnson, aka The Closer, returning Monday, July 11th. 

What television show are you most looking forward to this summer?  Who is your favorite character? Or ensemble cast?  I’d love to hear from you!

24 Replies to “Tele-Tuesday #4 – Summer Fun Part One”

  1. Definitely looking forward for Leverage. I LOVE heist movies and with Leverage I get that every week. The family dynamic of the cast is the best part. Especially when the “kids” (Parker, Hardison and Elliot) bicker. Fun fact: A main character in Forsaken by Shadow by Kait Nolan is based in part on Elliot.

    Also can’t wait for Franklin and Bash because I loved MPG on Raising the Bar and want him to have a hit.

    1. You are like my TV partner in crime! Great to know about Kait’s novel, how fun! We were sad to see RTB go too, hopefully Zach will get some years out of F&B. Loved him on NYPD Blue…Thanks for stopping by! So glad you’re back on the internet this week, we missed you!

  2. LOVE this! The Rizzoli & Isles show is based on characters/situations from the thrillers written by Tess Gerritsen (FAN moment!). Last year at Thrillerfest, Tess was doing interviews for the launch of the show, way kewl.

    Only seen Leverage previews but looks interesting.

  3. I miss TV! I thought cutting the cable was the right thing to do (it was, financially) but Eldest Weasel is very grumpy about having to watch Dr Who on the grainy internet instead of on the big screen. I loved Bones, when I caught an episode, and would love to see more of “The Mentalist” too. I just don’t trust the networks to support the series I enjoy, having seen “Firefly”, “Dollhouse” and a few others go down in flames.

    1. I just couldn’t do it – give up my TV. My spousal equivalent keeps saying “what channels can we cut,” and I answer “um, none!” Fox is one of the worst about cutting shows early (Fast Lane, TruCalling), but I think Bones is safe by now. I hope, anyway! Season 7 hasn’t been announced yet… At least FOX allowed Dollhouse to wrap up, that usually doesn’t happen. We love Thomas Jane as “The Mentalist”. If you ever have any questions about the shows you watched, just let me know! Chances are, I watch it! Thanks for stopping by, D!

      1. Thanks Jen. We ARE cheating though, by having my old laptop hooked up to the TV. We can watch all our stored movies on it, but also stream internet content too. It’s a little pixelated, but we got to watch the nail-biting Canucks game live last night. As long as the big channels run repeats on their internet sites, I still have chance to see the shows!

  4. Leverage looks interesting! Glad to see that some networks are filling a need for actual dramas during the summer. We can’t be out ALL the time, and those reality shows and contests get old really fast. I’d really love to see more sitcoms offered – smart ones, like Big Bang Theory.

    Thanks, Tiff!

    1. Leverage is AWESOME. Wait ’til Tiffany does part 2. So many great summer shows on USA.

      Your right about the sitcoms. Aside from FX, the cable channels seem to stick to dramas. I’m sure Tiffany’s got a post planned on that subject.

      Ok, done highjacking her blog.

      1. Hijack away! I love it…you know, you’re totally invited to do a guest blog. 🙂 I know you love movies – you could do either a Tele Tuesday or a Friday FabOoolousness. If you’re interested, just let me know!

    2. I wish there were more 30 minute sitcoms out there, I love to laugh! Plus, sometimes a 1/2 hour is all you’ve got to watch tv…not me of course. It’s still early and my verdict’s not in yet, but FOX has a new show called Breaking In starring Christian Slater, and ABC has a new 1/2 hour sitcom called Happy Endings starring Jack Bauer’s daughter from 24. Happy Endings is FUNNY, but a bit racy…maybe summer will bring us some more fun?

      Come back next week, I think you’ll like the USA shows – thanks for stopping by!

  5. Very cool. You’re almost making me wish I had cable or satellite. . . . Almost. I’ll certainly keep an eye out for them next year on netflix. 🙂 Thanks for your post.

    1. You don’t have cable or satellite? WOW, I don’t know what I would do without every channel in the world! Thanks so much for stopping by! I can definitely help keep your netflix queue full!

  6. I’m going to have to check some of those out!

    I’m running behind but I wanted to stop by and thank you for joining the Tuesday Train! So, so sorry!!

  7. Poor Piper. If she doesn’t have cable or satellite, she doesn’t have DVR. That’d be like not having oxygen in the air. The Closer and Rizzoli & Isles are two of my very favorites. Thanks, Tiffany. I don’t see how you keep up with so many different shows.

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