Small Screen: TV news from Kyle Wells

The dog days of summer are here, and TV, unfortunately, has little to offer.

For anyone who’s not enjoying the beautiful weather outside or escaping the heat with the latest superhero prebootquel at your local cinema, summer TV, unfortunately, has little to offer.

Unless by “summer TV” you mean catching up on Parks and Recreation like I am, in which case: fantastic.

Otherwise these really are the dog days of summer.

August has a few exceptions:

First off, there’s the highly anticipated premiere of the (most likely) final season of Breaking Bad on Aug. 11 (AMC).

With more cats out of the bag than Walt or Jesse ever wanted, this is where we find out if things end well or in an extreme act of violence for the world’s favourite meth dealers.

Also on the horizon is the series premiere of Low Winter Sun, following Breaking Bad on AMC.

Based on a British mini-series and re-casting Mark Strong in the lead role (now with American accent!), the gritty drama’s plot revolves around the thin line between cops and criminals in Detroit and it all starts with the murder of a cop by his peer.

English-TV remakes for American audiences can frustrate me, but I never saw the original mini-series and the AMC show looks dark and intense, so I’m in. Plus, I’m still chasing the dragon for a replacement for The Wire.

Also new to Canada is Broadchurch, starring Dr. Who #10 David Tennant, and premiering on Sunday, Aug. 4 at 10 p.m. on Showcase.

The eight-episode drama, which received massive acclaim in the UK, follows the investigation of two detectives into the death of an 11-year-old boy in the titular town in Dorset, England. The trailer makes it look like both a thrilling whodunit and an emotional look at the effect of tragedy on a small community.

So it’s not all bad.


Other notable premieres:

Unforgettable, Season 2 – July 28, CBS, 9 p.m.

Hell on Wheels, Season 3 – Aug. 10, AMC, 9 p.m.


Home video releases:

Community, Season 4 – Aug. 6

Smash, Season 2 – Aug. 6

Girls, Season 2 – Aug. 13

Enlightened, Season 2 – Aug. 13

The Mindy Project, Season 1 – Aug. 13

Once Upon a Time, Season 2 – Aug. 13



By Kyle Wells