It’s that time of year again: the end of summer. Our favorite TV shows are long finished and we are caught in that awkward and frustrating hiatus period between the summer finales and the long-awaited October premieres. This suspenseful time usually consists of trolling fan pages, seeking the company of fellow post-season grievers and rewatching our favorite episodes from last season. Some of us are still crying about Grey’s Anatomy‘s Derek Shepherd (I know I am!); Some of us lie awake at night wondering about the rumors of Jon Snow’s resurrection in the next season of Game of Thrones; And some of us are still coping with the end of an era: Mad Men. To keep yourself sane during this unstable and confusing time there are plenty of alternatives (even though it may not seem like it). Here’s what the BookTrib staff is doing to keep themselves pleasantly distracted during the summer TV hiatus.
Sophia: I have been binge-watching Friday Night Lights like it’s my job. I am obsessed with the characters (and quietly crushing on some of them) and the storyline keeps me completely captivated for hours and hours on end. This completely underrated show ran from 2006-11 and won a number of various awards during it’s time. You don’t have to like football to like this show; it has a lot of heart (“Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can’t Lose”). I’ve also gotten into the strange habit of watching Botched, a plastic surgery show, on E! while I run on the treadmill. It’s a little graphic and shocking, but entertaining nonetheless.
Amanda: I am currently bingeing on all Joss Whedon throwbacks—I already went through Buffy (The original Vampire Diaries!) in a disgustingly short amount of time and now I’m onto Angel. Next up is Firefly.
McKenzie: I’m currently watching (slowly but surely) Breaking Bad on Netflix. I’m definitely late to that party, and I have to say I like it—but I’m not TOTALLY hooked on it—yet. I’m only in the beginning of the second season so there’s still time for redemption (that’s what I’m told anyway). When I’m not trying to plow my way through five seasons of an already well-liked show on Netflix you can find me drooling over Dylan O’Brien in MTV’s Teen Wolf. Shhh, just leave me and my love for this nerdy, adorable, sarcastic human being alone. And I know I sound like a broken (shamelessly-promoting) record but all you Orange is the New Black fans are missing out on something even greater: Wentworth! This Australian prison drama makes OITNB look like a toddler playing in a sandbox.
JeriAnn: My Netflix list is getting a lot of lovin’ lately. I’m finally watching Joss Whedon’s delightful Firefly, although I’m pacing myself so I don’t consume them too quickly. Sadly, there were only 14 episodes. When I’m done I’ll re-watch the Firefly movie, Serenity, and join all of those still mourning the show’s demise. I’m also halfway through Mat Johnson’s terrific novel about parenthood and racial identity, Loving Day (Spiegel & Grau, 2015).
If that’s not enough, I’m being slowly drawn into the world of professional wrestling thanks to my darling son who got me hooked on WWE’s Tough Enough, a competition show for wannabe wrestlers. Frankly, I’m amazed anyone would pursue a career that includes physical punishment and the danger of concussion—which might be why I can’t look away.
Joel: What summer boredom? Currently, I’m reading an advanced copy of Ellen Malphrus’ upcoming novel Untying the Moon (Univ. of South Carolina Press, October 2015) and loving every second of it. In terms of TV, there’s so much good stuff online right now that I’m not really feeling the summer downturn too much. My personal favorite show lately has been HBO’s The Brink, which stars Jack Black and Tim Robbins in a hilarious (and disturbingly accurate) modern political farce about the United States’ involvement in Middle Eastern affairs.
What are you currently watching or reading to pass the time before fall premieres start rolling out? Tell us in the comments.