A Quick Look at Summer Shows

It’s getting to be that time again. The season of saying goodbye to our usual primetime favorites in exchange for beautiful weather and outdoor activities. However, there is the promise of some new content for summer viewing. Some of it will be awesome. Some of it will be terrible. Such is life. Here are a few of the new shows I’m looking forward to watching. Crossbones - NBC

Based on the book The Republic of Pirates by Colin Woodard. This show is a fictionalized tale following Edward Teach, more commonly known as Blackbeard, and his reign of theft and piracy on an island in the Bahamas in the 1700’s. Among many enemies to appear is an assassin sent to end Blackbeard’s control, who realized the job isn’t as easy as once thought. As he gets to know Blackbeard he begins to respect and even admire the captain’s role in society and political ideals. John Malkovich stars as Blackbeard.

Who doesn’t love a good pirate story? Sword fights, ships, and two men in love with the same woman; I’m excited to see how this show pans out. Malkovich playing the main character is also very promising. He plays the bad guy so well. I can’t wait to see him as a pirate captain.

Friday, May 30 (10-11 p.m.)

Labyrinth - CW

I feel a bit tricked by this title. I was really hoping for a reboot of the ‘80’s Jim Henson classic. This version of Labyrinth is also based on a book. The story comes from the best selling novel by Kate Mosse. It follows two women, one in modern times and one in medieval France, with the same goal of finding the Holy Grail. John Hurt (Doctor Who) and Jessica Findlay-Brown (Downton Abbey) star in this four part mini-series with appearances by Sebastian Stan and Tom Felton.

I am intrigued by the premise of this show. I haven’t read the book, but I’m looking forward to seeing how these two women connect. I’m thinking it might be like a new DaVince Code with two female Robert Langdons.

Thursday & Friday, May 21 & 22 (8-10 p.m.)

Sing Your Face Off - ABC

I’ve got to admit that this probably won’t be high quality television. It will however, be entertaining. Five celebrities will be assigned a musical icon. They will then be transformed into that icon. It’s not just about costumes and hair and makeup though. Each celebrity will have to learn choreography as well as the walk, talk and general mannerisms of their assigned icon. All of this leads up to a performance in front of a live studio audience and celebrity judges. This one is hosted by the amazing John Barrowman.

Saturday, May 31 (9-11 p.m.)

What shows are you excited to watch this summer?