JRE Watches Summer TV - 2005 Edition

JRE watched summer TV last year, and three quite good shows turned up - Spymaster, Las Vegas, and Creature Comforts. This summer, the pickings aren’t quite so rich, which is a shame. Some of the best picks of the summer, most notably Malcolm in the Middle (Nine, Sundays 7:00-8:00pm), Family Guy and American Dad (Seven, Thursdays 9:30pm-10:30pm) and Futurama (Ten, Wednesdays 8:00-8:30pm), are just new seasons of shows that have already been tried on Australian TV. This is the time of year when the networks should be making some bolder programming decisions. There are two shows that you should be adding to your Toppy over the summer, though. Top Gear (SBS, Mondays 7:30-8:30pm): SBS soothes the pain of not having Mythbusters over summer by replacing it with something nearly as much fun. Technically, Top Gear is just a car show, but it’s a car show where the presenters look like they’re actually having fun and understand what they’re doing. (Plus they review some extremely shiny metal… I remember watching one episode a few years ago where they drove a 911 GT1.) Veronica Mars (Ten, Mondays 7:30-8:30pm): Ten gives us a Southern California-based dramedy with a spunky blonde heroine, her wacky best buddy, and her love interest who is somehow inextricably connected with the whole series’ story. No, it’s not titled Buffy. Veronica Mars is an apprentice P.I. (or at least that’s what I understood from watching the second episode) who works with her father to bust crime and protect the innocent. However, her father has a story - he was run out of his job as Police Commissioner after a run-in with a Very Powerful Man… whose son just happens to be Veronica’s (now ex) boyfriend. It’s not too heavy, but it’s worth a watch - unlike most of the rest of what’s on this summer.