Summer Schedule – TV marathons

First things first,  which shows will we revisit this summer?  

With school done for the year and all the best US prime time shows on hiatus, Chelsea and I have time to revisit some old favorites and the opportunity to give others a second chance. We have 10 weeks and an enormous  DVD /download library to chose from.  The key rule from me is that not every show can be about vampires, zombies or dead people and her rule is that I can’t complain about her choices. It’s summer so nothing too challenging or intellectual (so that means no BBC or anything from the UK) just sheer guilty pleasures all the way.

Agreed Must Watch of the Summer:

The Vampire Diaries 

yet again, but this, the most important marathon, has been reserved for the ” before I go back to school treat” (so check back in August for this one) We are definitely team Damon, who even makes having a teenage daughter worthwhile – the season 5 trailer explains it all:

So our Must Watch List:

lost-girl-poster1:  Lost Girl 

Lost Girl focuses on the gorgeous and charismatic Bo, a supernatural being called a succubus who feeds on the energy of humans, sometimes with fatal results. (more on IMDB)

There are 3 seasons for Chelsea to convert me to this one, but don’t hold your breath.

brothers and sisters2:  Brothers and Sisters

Never has a family been better looking, drank more red wine without ever getting drunk or had more dark and twisty secrets. Love all of the Walkers especially Scotty and Kevin and any series with Rob Lowe in it…

5 seasons for both of us to enjoy

newsroom3:   The Newsroom

A repeat marathon in prep for the second series which must start soon. (July 14th by all accounts) and the quality entry on the list. 

again, and just for me, my Aaron Sorkin fix.  (Now that I don’t drive the kids to school there are no more daily West Wing moments –  still the best TV show ever – no discussion needed)

bones_tv4:  Bones

Lots of dead people and often really gruesome bodies with lots of creepy crawlies and maggots (I hate maggots almost as much as cockroaches) but the Booth and Brennan banter provides some balance.  Chelsea loves the science and the human side of Bones and is fascinated by the characters. (season 3 is her favorite)

8 seasons, my guess is that we will skip and fast forward through most of them

5: Private Practice

220px-PrivatePractice_S1We love Greys  (still) , and liked Addison and Charlotte almost as much as Christina and Meredith. Private Practice seems a long time gone so we clearly need to revisit Seaside Wellness or whatever they ended up calling it. Charlotte (KaDee Strickland) needs to be back on TV in something – loved her when she was pregnant with the triplets.

5 1/2 seasons with some Greys crossovers including the “neuro cystopsychosis”   in Before and After (2009)

NCIS: LOS ANGELES6:  NCIS: LA

With McVet (O’Donnell) in one of the lead roles I guess we were predisposed to like this and by season 10, and the endless reruns on TV – it’s on at least one channel every time you turn on TV here, now even I like the original  NCIS.  Genuinely surprised that this made this list, but they do have Hettie who we love…and they are very good and believable runners unlike other shows we could mention.

4 seasons will be hard going

So that’s about 450 hours of TV.  At least 6 hours of viewing a day . We are definitely going to have to skip some episodes and fast forward thru the boring bits.

and we will need a lot of popcorn!

So what about you – what’s on your summer watching list?

in case you think I’m crazy,  for quadriplegic Chelsea along with reading, which she does all the time usually while shes watching,  TV is her window and an escape route from her wheelchair and her bed.

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About Sandra F

Sandra Fairclough has more than 20 years international experience as a senior executive & vice president of a major Fortune 100 media company. She is a working mother who balances her life as a management consultant, speaker and coach with her other roles as a wife and mother to 3 amazing and extraordinary children, one of whom Chelsea is a C1/C2 tracheostomy ventilated quadriplegic.
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