Except for cable and some exceptions on broadcast, summer’s traditionally been the doldrums for television viewing, but this summer is shaping up to be "one of the most crowded warm-weather seasons ever, " reports TheWrap’s Joe Adalian.
Broadcast networks are each expected to air at least two original hours of drama between late May and August.
According to the report, "ABC and Fox are being most aggressive, launching multiple shows designed just for the summer. NBC is also trying some first-run fare, but its focus seems to be on reality, while CBS hasn’t made any firm announcements yet about its plans."
And networks from broadcast to cable are seeking to take a page from USA’s success with the character driven hits "Burn Notice" and "White Collar." A&E will introduce "The Glades," about a quirky cop, while TNT will air "Memphis Beat," starring Jason Lee of "My Name Is Earl" as a cop who moonlights as an Elvis impersonator.
But while every summer night will have first-run choices, two nights are shaping up to provide stiff competition: Sunday and Tuesday evenings.
The report says "Sundays, for example, has HBO’s powerhouse ‘True Blood’ (along with ‘Entourage’) back in business, along with Lifetime’s returning hit ‘Drop Dead Diva,’ History’s red-hot ‘Ice Road Truckers,’ AMC’s signature series ‘Mad Men’ (plus newcomer ‘Rubicon’), TNT’s ‘Leverage,’ and E!’s ‘Khortney and Khloe take Miami.’ "
Meanwhile, Tuesdays at 10 p.m. will pit "Memphis Beat" against "The Glades," with USA placing newbie "Covert Affairs" in the slot. Thank goodness for DVRs.