TV Heartbeat! A roundup on the summer shows (besides Outlander) worth watching!

Ah summer! Although we’re meteorologically still in spring, the weather is getting hotter and more humid and we’re starting to get a slew of reality/competition shows. Yes, it must be summer!

New and Notable Arrrr! Those boys of summer are back! Not baseball players, but marauding pirates! Originally scheduled to air in January, NBC pushed back the debut of the new series, Crossbones, until this week – probably to avoid competing with Starz’s successful Black Sails. Crossbones stars John Malkovich (!) as Blackbeard who pursues the elusive Longitude Chronometer.


After pulling the show from the schedule for several months, Beauty and the Beast, is back. One of the biggest surprise renewals, the rest of the season 2 episodes will air over the next month or so.

Beauty and the Beast rare press photo

AMC’s Halt and Catch Fire is set in the early days of the personal computer. Joe MacMillan (Lee Pace of Pushing Daisies and The Hobbit) tries to start a new company to rival IBM.

Halt and Catch

Thursday: Undateable debut (NBC)
Friday: Crossbones debut (NBC), Derek season premiere (Netlfix)
Saturday: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony (HBO), Sing Your Face Off debut (ABC), Bet On Your Baby debut (ABC)
Sunday: Halt and Catch Fire debut (AMC), Silicon Valley season finale (HBO)
Monday: Longmire season premiere (A&E), Mistresses season premiere (ABC), Beauty and the Beast (CW)
Tuesday: Famous in 12 (CW)

Health check TV movies were the big news last week with The Normal Heart generating a sizeable, tearful audience. Petals on the Wind didn’t do the blockbuster numbers of Flowers in the Attic, but that hasn’t stopped Lifetime from putting the next two stories (If There Be Thorns and Seeds of Yesterday) into development.


No word on the cast for the new VC Andrews movies yet as the stories take place years later and Rose McIver (Cathy) will be busy eating brains as the titular zombie in CW’s iZombie and may not have enough time to continue sleeping with her brother.


Crystal Ball Network TV has wrapped up most of its shows for the season. Game of Thrones and Veep will be finishing off their seasons soon (sadness!). Does it feel like there’s nothing good on TV until the fall then? Well, here’s a few things to look forward to!

True Blood will begin its final season in a few weeks. Yeah, I think there was some shark jumping 2 seasons ago, but let’s see how the show finishes its run. Once you have vampire zombies, I think there’s nowhere left to go anyway!


We’ll also have more vampires when Guillermo del Toro hits the small screen with the TV adaptation of his novel, The Strain. FX has definitely been on a hot streak with its superior Fargo so this should be interesting (and creepy!).


For something without the undead, BBC America will debut The Musketeers starring Santiago Cabrera, Tom Burke, Luke Pasqualino and Howard Charles.


Damon Lindeloff (Lost) will be back with a new series on HBO – The Leftovers. A tale of survivors after a mysterious incident where a bunch of people disappear — it looks intriguing.

Sean Bean stars in the spy thriller Legends on TNT. With a strong ensemble including Morris Chestnut and Tina Majorino, let’s hope Sean lives past episode 9.

We’ll also see the return of Teen Wolf, Under the Dome, Ray Donovan, Masters of Sex and Falling Skies.

Falling Skies

And, of course, Outlander makes its eagerly anticipated debut on August 9th! (Yeah, I’m just a wee bit excited about this one…)

Outlander 1

Outlander 2

Outlander 3

Stay tuned!

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