New shows: A rising tide doesn’t lift all boats
Summer brings more scientific proof that TV’s oceans are indeed rising with a glut of content. Among other unnatural disasters between now and Labor Day, Syfy has a D.C.-based “Sharknado” movie (July 22) and there’s a Lifetime movie about the behind-the-scenes drama at “Full House.” (It airs in the doggiest of dog days, Aug. 22.) Want more bad news? We say goodbye to Jon Stewart on Aug. 6. Perhaps something to cheer you up? More zombies, with AMC’s “Fear the Walking Dead” spinoff series still expected in August (no firm date yet).
Quantity once again trumps quality — especially this summer — but in this chronological list of new series, specials, documentaries and reality shows, I’ve noted a few things that might merit a glance. ( Who would have ever expected a David Simon/Paul Haggis HBO miniseries about public housing?)
Although it’s my job to watch too much TV, it’s your duty to spend your precious summer evenings in the best way possible — so don’t forget the beautiful freedom that can be found with the “off ” button. Enjoy.
= Worth a look