Summer shows to keep you on the couch
Let’s be honest: Although some Wash. U. students may be doing really awesome, time-consuming internships and jobs this summer, the majority of us will probably be bored at some point. So what better way to spend time than watching new seasons of shows on TV? The Cadenza staff has previewed a few of them so you can decide for yourself: to the beach or the couch?
“The Glee Project”
Contestants on this reality series try to sing, dance and act their ways into a starring role on FOX’s “Glee.” Though it’s a little-watched show, it probably has the best prize of any competition series out there, especially because half the “Glee” cast is being decimated (supposedly) due to their characters’ upcoming graduations. Last season, two contestants, Damien and Samuel, won the starring prize of a minimum-seven-episode stint on the FOX show, and the two runners-up, Lindsay and Alex, have appeared or will appear in two episodes. The show is really silly, but appearances from “Glee” cast and crew make it a worthy effort for fans of the parent show. (Oxygen, premiere TBA) –Andie Hutner
“Pretty Little Liars”
After finding out Mona was at least a part of A at the end of the season two finale, it’s hard to guess exactly what will happen to Spencer, Emily, Aria and Hanna’s lives when the series returns on June 5. At the end of the last episode a lot happened, including Mona’s ambiguous visitor wearing what looked like Allison’s old red coat, Maya allegedly dying (although have they just pulled another Dr. Sullivan, and is she actually still alive?), and Spencer and Toby rekindling their love, among other things. I can only imagine the start of season three will get even more heated despite the fact that Mona’s been locked up (doubtful that’ll last much longer than an episode or two), because A is in no way gone from Rosewood. (ABC Family, June 5, 7 p.m. CDT) –Alieza Schvimer
Following the series finale of “House,” it looks like fans of TV medical dramas will have a replacement with the start of NBC’s new summer series, “Saving Hope.” The show begins after Charlie Harris (Michael Shanks), the chief of surgery, ends up in a coma. In the midst of his illness, he leaves the hospital in the hands of his fiancé and fellow surgeon, Alex Reid (Erica Durance). The show seems relatively dramatic with the presence of the ghost-like Charlie following the daily happenings of the hospital, as well as Alex’s growing need to make a decision of whether or not to pull the plug. It looks to be a promising new series for the summer. (NBC, June 7, 9 p.m. CDT) –Alieza Schvimer