The TV Addict Offers Up Some Advice on How to Get Through the Summer [aka. Repeat Hell]

greekWith new TV scarcer than answers on LOST, you’re probably wondering how this TV Addict has been occupying his time since well, Thursday’s phenomenal GREY’S ANATOMY two hour season finale. Truth be told, it hasn’t been easy. But in between panic attacks, hours spent curled up in the fetal position crying and calculating the number of days until the start of the new Fall season, this TV Addict is managing.

How exactly? Here are few tips.

MOVIES: They’re like TV shows, only more expensive and on bigger screens. Recent recommendations include INDIANA JONES, IRON MAN and SON OF RAMBOW.

CABLE: Sure things look bleak now, but new seasons of MAD MEN, WEEDS, ARMY WIVES and THE SECRET DIARY OF A CALL GIRL are just around the corner.

GREEK: Having finally tired of being told by virtually everyone that I, “like totally must watch GREEK” this TV Addict caved and downloaded the first three episodes via iTunes. And while I’m the first to admit that it’s quite possible I’m simply too old to be watching a show aimed at High School/University students — Holy Parent’s Television Council Batman — this TV Addict cannot believe what GREEK is getting away with on a channel with ‘Family’ in the title. Don’t get me wrong, I’m loving the show, but I certainly would not feel comfortable watching it with my family. I mean I’m still recovering from the time my Dad walked in on me watching AMERICAN PIE during the now infamous Apple Pie scene!

THE OUTDOORS: Now I know what you’re thinking. Nature, fresh air, physical activity, overrated. But trust me, there are some things that can’t be replicated even if you did just recently purchase a Wii Fit and 50″ HD TV.

FOR CANADIAN EYES ONLY: Global has picked up USA’s IN PLAIN SIGHT and set the premiere for June 17. While CTV begins burning off the final season of GOSSIP GIRL this Friday May 30 at 9PM. Also look for the CTV Network premiere of MAD MEN on June 8 at 10PM and the start of CANADIAN IDOL’s sixth season on June 3 at 9PM.

Got a tip to share with readers on how to get through the ‘dark times?’ Feel free to post away in the comments below. Because we’re all in this together…

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  • Josh C.

    I’m spending the summer watching shows that aren’t on anymore or have yet to watch. This list includes:

    Season 2 of Six Feet Under
    Season 1 of Damages
    Seasons 4 + 5 of Nip/Tuck
    Season 1 of Reaper
    Season 4 of Desperate Housewives

    So my time will be well spent. Have a good summer everyone!

  • Linda B.

    I can’t believe you’re recommending Indy 4. It was awful.

    I’ll be spending my summer enjoying the outdoors and actually watching the premium channels I pay so much for but rarely use during the regular tv season (with the exception of shows like Dexter of course).

  • theTVaddict

    Linda B.

    Oh No you Didn’t! Yes, I realize that this isn’t (shameless plug!) but what did you expect? Like the first three, it delivered mindless entertainment, great action sequences and most importantly, passed theTVaddict test for movies. I didn’t look at my watch once. What exactly didn’t you like about it?

  • Dana

    Loved Indiana Jones as well. And TVaddict with all that free time on your hands, maybe time to finally give Buffy a real chase!

  • theTVaddict


    It’s on my summer DVD list. I just have to hunker down and power through the first season, which I tried to watch and didn’t love! Also on my summer DVD list are season one of BONES and season two of SIX FEET UNDER.

  • scsc

    I would have to say Mad Men. Not sure when season II is starting, but people in Canada can catch season one on your favorite CTV.

    As for Indy…yes it was entertaining, but the story was horrible. I also found there to be zero chemistry between all the actors. I did look at my watch, but don’t feel it was a waste of time or money, but definately not as good as the previous three.

    I am also a big fan of Greek and I am looking foward to having it air in Canada this summer.

  • Amy

    I love Greek, but I agree – it amazes me what they can get away with considering the network. But I’m so glad they can, or it would take away any realism from the show.

    As for my summer, I’m going to be trying to watch a few more movies while waiting for the release of The Dark Knight, rewatching some old shows on DVD and read. The outdoors doesn’t agree with me. ;)

  • Linda B.

    scsc, thanks for agreeing w/ me. 19 years later and that’s the best script they could come up w/? I also found there to be no memorable scenes and I really don’t have any desire to watch this one over and over again as i have w/ the first 3 (okay, 1 and 3).

  • Common Sense

    Saw Indy 4 Saturday night…..liked it. Gotta be hard to continually top yourself in action-sequels. I’m always a sucker for anything that involves “Area 51″ and the Nevada experiments, since there’s some true stuff and great folklore, too. Shia’s great, and loved seeing Karen Allen.

    People just complain too much anymore. What more could you ask of an epic action film?

  • scsc

    No aliens

  • KaeDee

    Any news on the summer debut of Kyle XY?
    I’m looking forward to Kyle, Burn Notice, and catching In Plain Sight.

  • Mohammad

    i like the summer because i get to catch up on old tv shows!

    last summer i watched the entire series of six feet under, and right now i’m watching dawson’s creek and nip/tuck and i’m really excited for weeds to start back up :)

  • Vance

    Oh, am I the whory one? I thought Greek is like the goody twoshoes wholesome version of Gossip Girl. haha..

    its so cute and precious to me!

    whatever. dirty or not, it’s SOOO addictive and love it!

    Don’t forget Burn Notice too. So fun!

    And I hope Canadians start watching Mad Men. Totally terrific!

  • Haya

    So You Think You Can Dance? Is what im definately gonna be watching.

    I guess SYTYCD? Canada, as well. Does anyone know when thats starting?

    Too bad I already watched season 1 of Mad Men, that would’ve been fun during the summer!

  • Naf

    Jesus, considering the amount of shows I have to catch up on, I’m almost glad the TV season has come to an end. Right now, I’ve got My Name is Earl and Eli Stone to finish off. I’m almost done with this season of Earl, which has been excellent, but I’ve only just started Eli Stone. 2 episodes in, and I’m not loving it yet, but it shows potential. I’ve also got the Dawson’s Creek boxset to work through. Almost done with season 2, and I kind of like it. Some episodes I love, some annoy me.

    After that, I’m going to give Friday Night Lights a try. I LOVE the movie, but I have yet to watch an episode of the show. Alias is another show I really want to see. I’ve seen a few episodes, and I’ve always enjoyed them. I’m a huge fan of Lost, so I figure Alias should be a good time too. X-Files is something else I’ve got to watch. Seen most of season 1, but then I just stopped. And Angel!! I love Buffy. I love Firefly. I’m going to love Angel, right? I also need to see Battlestar Galactic. Crap, so many shows. I doubt I’ll even get through 3 of them.

  • Jason the TVaholic

    Common Sense, I would have to agree with scsc, as I was liking INDY 4 right up until the end.

    KaeDee, Unfortunately, there is no KYLE XY this summer. Season three isn’t scheduled to return until January 2009.

    In regards to getting through the summer. I am looking forward to the return of BURN NOTICE, THE CLOSER and MY BOYS and the premiere of IN PLAIN SIGHT. Plus, taking in some of those TV show like things that play on those bigger screens.

  • KaeDee

    Jason – Why no Kyle until January ’09? Kyle started off a summer series, and one of the first I really liked for summer viewing. Any idea why the postponement? Writers’ Strike shouldn’t have affected it too much.

  • Jason the TVaholic

    KaeDee, I’m not sure if it was the writers’ strike or what. Season Two consisted of 23 episodes that were split 13 in the summer and 10 that began playing this past January. So, maybe ABC Family just liked how it performed in January and decided to keep it there. Season three is presently scheduled for 10 episodes.

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