Film and TV

It's Summer Season Television Time

As the fall season of television comes to a close, couch potatoes everywhere are left with an electronic void in their hearts. What the hell do you do with all the free time you have now that you have no new episodes to watch? Worry not, as your options are vast. You could contend with reruns. Seeing the Community gang get kicked out of school all over again will be only slightly less funny and you might catch a few jokes that you missed. You could watch more movies. You still haven't seen 90 percent of this year's Oscar-nominated flicks, or last year's for that matter. You could Netflix an old television series that you've always been meaning to watch. Dawson's Creek is on Netflix's instant download.

Or you could always go outside and do something. Just kidding!

There is a slew of spanking new shows premiering in June as well as returning favorites that offer more excuses not to leave your couch this summer.

If you need some comedy to replace the NBC Thursday night lineup... Tune in to Louie, June 28, 10:30 p.m. ET on FX.

One of the funniest shows on television returns to FX for its third season. If you haven't yet tuned in to this award-winning comedy, get on board. Louie chronicles the life of comedian Louis C.K., whose awkward and depressing existence makes for ridiculously funny fodder.

If you're desperate for some teeny-bopper, juvenile garbage to live vicariously through... Tune in to The Secret Life of the American Teenager, June 11, 8 p.m. ET on ABC Family.

Now in its fifth season, this surprise teen drama is not as peachy keen as you might think considering it comes from ABC Family. These teens' lives are brimming over with sex, lies, cheating, pregnancy and more sex. It will make you want to be a high schooler all over again.

If you're tired of watching Burn Notice marathons on USA... Tune in to Burn Notice, June 14, 10 p.m. ET on USA.

What is Burn Notice? It's a show that is filled with terrible actors in completely implausible plots that have no basis in reality. It is addicting, and Season 6 kicks off this month.

If you actually watch The Killing and enjoy it... Tune in to True Blood June 10, 9 p.m. on HBO.

Season 5 of True Blood is sure to get fans excited based on the multiple cliffhangers that ended its last season. Even if you're totally over the bored and tired vampire hysteria, there's lots of sex and gore in this show and that's reason enough to watch.

If The Simpsons still cracks you up after 24 seasons... Tune in to Futurama, June 20, 10 p.m. ET on Comedy Central.

Futurama is the cartoon that took a licking and kept on ticking. Matt Groening's other show doesn't get the fans it deserves, but it certainly gets the attention of the critics. In 2010 it was awarded the Guinness World Record for "Current Most Critically Acclaimed Animated Series." Who knew?

If the thought of Mad Men ending makes you contemplate suicide... Tune in to The Newsroom, June 24, 10 p.m. on HBO. The Newsroom is the highly anticipated Aaron Sorkin project about a nightly cable news show. It's unlikely that it will be as good as Mad Men, but Jeff Daniels is in it!

If you're a glutton for punishment... Tune in to Snooki & JWoww, June 21, 10 p.m. ET on MTV.

Will Snooki still be a drunk, hot mess now that she's preggers? Everyone is rooting for it!

If you enjoy "celebrities" doing things such as dancing, singing or acrobatics... Tune in to Bunk on June 8, 10:30 p.m. ET on IFC.

Bunk is a new game show that asks celebrities to do crazy things, sometimes even act, and awards them randomly odd prizes. Could be fun!

Now you have no excuses not to watch television this summer.

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Abby Koenig
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