Kendra's TV Hotspots of the Week: Lovin' the Summer Premieres! Make It or Break It, Huge, Rescue Me

Welcome to a new week of TV! Every week I'm more and more pleasantly surprised and excited by how much great TV is actually on during the summer these days! Not only have we gotten some seriously juicy new True Blood episodes, but Entourage returned last night, ABC Family is booming with summer fun, FX has some great premieres this week, and even the networks have been stepping it up with new non-reality shows!


While I'm excited for most of the premieres this week so you'll read about them below, make sure you don't miss anything else by checking out our Premieres of the Week post and keep track of all the upcoming summer premieres on our full Summer Premiere Schedule!


Exciting Premieres of the Week


Make It or Break It - I. love. this. show. Yes, I'm 26 years old, and I'm not embarrassed to admit how much I love an ABC Family show about gymnastics and high school drama because it really is that good! (Right??) This show had a smash hit 1st season and I can't believe with all that happened on the show and how popular it has already become that this is only the 2nd season, but here's hoping that's a really good sign for seasons to come. In the season premiere tonight, it sounds like there's plenty of juicy drama in and out of the gym as the girls see themselves continue to get passed over by the National Committee, and there were plenty of friend and couple developments from the end of Season 1 that I'm dying to see play out.


Rescue Me - If you've been keeping up with my columns (you're the best ever!), you'll know I only recently got into Rescue Me, and while it's more of a "guy show," if you will, and darker than most shows I like, this one grabbed me with its complicated, twisted, and fascinating characters, and a "we'll go there" factor like no other show. Much like one of my other dark favs, Breaking Bad, season after season Rescue Me has been shock after shock, and not in any sort of predictable pattern, even to the point where you expect huge things to happen all the time. And, as you may recall, the end of Season 5 made for one of the biggest shockers and cliffhangers of them all, so it was thrilling to get to jump in early with the episodes we received from FX to see what happened! I won't give anything away, but from the first 4 episodes, I'm extremely satisfied with how the story is continuing both with the drama, the laughs, and already some new surprises. I also joined in a Q&A with the show's executive producer and writer, Peter Tolan plus the amazing (and delightfully nutty) Callie Thorne (Sheila), so if you're dying for more scoop on this 6th season and the 7th and final season coming up next summer, check it out here: Rescue Me Q&A with Peter Tolan & Callie Thorne.


TBD Premieres of the Week


Huge - While this is on ABC Family where I love every show except The Secret Life of The American Teenager, I can't bring myself to put this on my list of exciting premieres of the week. Yes, ABC Family generally does a great job with putting issues out there in their shows and dealing with them in a real and non-preachy or after-school special way, but I've found that they do that best when it's just an aspect or story arc of a show instead of the focus. For example, I love how they deal with college life including the pressures of frats, sororities, hazing, drinking, sex and more on Greek, but I hate how they deal with sex, pregnancy, and well, everything, on The Secret Life of The American Teenager. Note the difference there that Greek is all about college life, but isn't called The Secret Life of the Alcoholic Frat Boy. Sooo, when it comes to Huge with its entire focus on teens at a weight loss camp, I fear it may be too narrowly focused, and perhaps even a little offensive, to turn out well... but I'll try to have faith in the general light, fun and good spirited ways of ABC Family shows and hope for the best.


Louie - I'm not as on the fence about this summer premiere as I am about Huge because in this case, I've actually seen the first 4 episodes, courtesy of our friends at FX. I really enjoyed the first few episodes in general, and if you like stand-up, sarcasm, dark comedy, and/or comedian Louis C.K., then absolutely check out this premiere Tuesday right after Rescue Me. The only reason I'm putting this one here on my "to be determined" list is because while watching the first few episodes, I laughed a lot, but I also never quite felt settled with the set up for the show both in the presentation or the back story. It's a little confusing because it's done a bit Seinfeld-style where Louis C.K. starts out with some stand-up comedy and punctuates the plot with more stand-up which is all very funny as well as the stories in between, but it feels a little awkward in the flow of the show. It almost feels like the show and the actors are trying too hard to be lovable disasters. That's all fine and good in stand-up comedy and in a TV show, but put together and with these characters who are all a little too much on the downer side of things, well, I'm not sure it's working or is going to keep working. But, again, I did enjoy watching the episodes and found the show overall funny, so check it out for yourself and tell me what you think! You can also get more scoop on this show from another FX Q&A I joined in last week with Louis C.K. - Louie Q&A with Louis C.K.


What are you most excited for this week on TV?


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RachelL Editor
Jun 29, 2010 4:54PM EDT
I too am/was very on the fence about Huge and went in fully prepared to hate it. Surprisingly, I liked the first episode enough to watch for another week.So far, much like Drop Dead Diva on Lifetime (another weight/body/self-image sort of a show), it seems to have taken a touchy premise and for the time being, executed it surprisingly well.
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