6 Most Anticipated New and Returning Shows Summer 2015

Summer 2015 Television
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With the regular television season over for the most part (a few series that premiered in the winter/spring are still going) it’s time for summer to begin. In the past, summer has been the season of playing catch up: binge-watching all the series that you fell behind on during the busy fall, winter, and spring, or starting and catching up on those that you completely missed.

However, in recent years, summer has also become a season for good, new television all its own. While many associate the months of June and July with barbecues, going to the beach, and laying in the sun, us TV addicts also manage to fit in plenty of quality time with our televisions and/or laptops. In honor of all the new and returning series gracing primetime (and Netflix) this summer, here are my picks for what to watch.
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What I Watched: Summer 2014

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I'm offering this photo as proof that I did, in fact, go outside this summer.

I’m offering this photo as proof that I did, in fact, go outside this summer.

For those of us that like to spend just as much time indoors and in the air conditioning during the summer as outside by the pool or on the beach, the season is a good time to catch up on series that fell by the wayside or try out something new. In true TV/media addict fashion, I spent many of my weekends during the summer watching Netflix or heading out to the movie theater in order to catch some of the season’s biggest movies.

Since I haven’t been writing as many blogs this summer — and took a break from blogging for the entirety of August — I thought I should do a rundown of all the television series (both new and old), webseries, and movies I caught this season. Although this isn’t a comprehensive list, it’s certainly a highlight reel of some of my favorite — or not so favorite — shows, movies, webseries, that I watched this summer (aside from way too many celebrity ALS Ice Bucket Challenge videos).

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Which Hero Will Die on Season 3 of ‘Teen Wolf’?

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Photo via Teen Wolf Wikia

Photo via Teen Wolf Wikia

As these last few episodes of MTV’s Teen Wolf air, we will all be warily awaiting what has been previewed for the final leg of the show’s third season: a major character death. Although 3B hasn’t racked up quite the body count that 3A boasted, everyone involved with Teen Wolf has teased the death of a major player in Beacon Hills. Series creator and cruel sadist, Jeff Davis, even hinted that the main cast (who have been on Teen Wolf since the pilot) aren’t safe. If Davis is to be believed–though he ranks up there with Steven Moffat and Joss Whedon in unreliable showrunners–no one is safe, which means fans will be going into these last 3 episodes with serious trepidation. However, like many series, fans of Teen Wolf have their theories about who will die–and I’m no different. There are a few characters who I believe are more likely to be killed off than others, though what’s most important to me is that, whoever dies, their death is given due consideration so that its impact does not fall flat.

“Prepare to lose someone. We will possibly be changing our main title sequence, so not everyone’s going to make it out of this season alive.” –Jeff Davis

Photo via Teen Wolf Wikia

Photo via Teen Wolf Wikia

After the deaths of Erica (Gage Golightly) and Boyd (Sinqua Walls)  in 3A–which did not feel justified within the season nor well-executed–my biggest worry about 3B’s major character death is that it won’t feel earned. So far, the villain of 3B is easily the scariest since the nogitsune doesn’t have a motivation that we know about (many of Teen Wolf’s villains are motivated by revenge, and that has gotten old). However, even though the stakes and the tension are much higher in this half of the season, a major character death needs to be wrought with emotion. After Erica and Boyd’s deaths in 3A, the series needs to showcase that they can give their characters as much thoughtful treatment in death as in life. If Teen Wolf is going to kill off one of its heroes, I want the show to rip my heart out, stomp on it, and set in on fire. Anything less–especially after all the hype–will feel like a let down.

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Lose Your Mind — ‘Teen Wolf’ 3B Looks Scary Fantastic

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Photo via @MTVteenWolf

Photo via @MTVteenWolf

If you thought Jan. 6 would arrive without me writing a post in anticipation of Teen Wolf’s winter premiere, you thought wrong. Teen Wolf season 3B is only 19 days away and all the promotional media leading up to the premiere has got me more excited than ever. I’m actually a bit worried because I now have only 19 days–3 weekends–left to re-watch seasons 1, 2, and 3A. That’s barely any time at all! But even as I scramble to watch all 36 episodes of Teen Wolf rather than go to holiday parties or spend time with my family (just kidding! I’ll make them watch with me,) I can’t wait for MTV’s supernatural drama to premiere. It’s one of my favorite shows and I’m thankful–as I’m sure many other fans are–that we’re even getting a winter season this year.

Photo via @MTVteenWolf

Photo via @MTVteenWolf

When last we left Beacon Hills, Scott, Stiles, and Allison had performed a dark ritual tying them to the nemeton in order to find their parents, who had been captured by the Durach/Jennifer Blake. Scott had become a True Alpha, which means he became an alpha by being a really good person rather than killing another alpha. Scott beat Deucalion, who’s pack of alphas had been either killed or disbanded. Derek gave up his alpha status to save his sister, Cora, then left town with her to get away from Beacon Hills. In one of the biggest cliffhangers of season 3A, Peter Hale killed the Durach on the nemeton and shouted, “I AM THE ALPHA! I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN THE ALPHA!” (Yikes.) However, Scott and his friends were happy. Though if there’s one thing I know about Teen Wolf, that won’t last long. So let’s talk about Teen Wolf 3B.

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Badass Ladies of ‘Teen Wolf’

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Photo courtesy of MTV Remote Blog.

Photo courtesy of MTV Remote Blog.

Happy Moonday! It’s finale day! Now, I know some fans have watched the leaked midseason finale of Teen Wolf, but this is a spoiler-free (at least in this case) blog. I haven’t watched the finale and I hope everyone will be tuning in with me tonight at 10pm ET on MTV, if not already watching the all-day season three marathon.

But let’s get on with this blog post: today we’re talking about the ladies of Teen Wolf because, well, they’re pretty damn awesome. Last week we learned about Stiles’s mother, Claudia Stilinski, who we’ve all wondered about for nearly two and a half seasons. She’s a special lady: she brought us Stiles, and she’s the only member of the Stilinski family on the show to have a first name. In honor of Claudia Stilinski, I thought now would be a good time to talk about all the super-cool women on Teen Wolf. A while ago I wrote a similar post called “Badass Ladies of ‘Once Upon A Time’” because that show also has a lot of kick-ass women. I wanted to turn that post into a series because we should celebrate the great ladies of TV more, and now seems like a great time for a second installment.

Photo courtesy of MTV.

Photo courtesy of MTV.

I’m sure there will be some people who disagree with me, but I think Teen Wolf is a good example of a show with complex and well-constructed female characters (I think we can all agree that they’re created with as much thought as the male characters.) Although I definitely became interested in the show because of all the–regularly shirtless–men, it’s safe to say I’ve stuck around just as much for the ladies as for the men. So I’m taking this time to celebrate those ladies. On this list I’ve only included characters who are still alive, but posthumous mentions go out to the badass ladies who are no longer with us: Kate Argent (played by Jill Wagner,) Victoria Argent (Eaddy Mays,) and Erica Reyes (Gage Golightly.) Without further ado, the badass ladies of Teen Wolf:

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The Best of SDCC 2013: Casts

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Behind the scenes of 'Teen Wolf's EW photo shoot. (Photo courtesy of EW on Instagram.)

Behind the scenes of ‘Teen Wolf’s EW photo shoot. (Photo courtesy of EW on Instagram.)

One of the best things about San Diego Comic-Con–aside from the announcements, the sneak peaks, and the exclusive footage–are all the interviews with actors across the board of television and movies. The interview schedule for all these actors must be fairly grueling; they move from interview to panel to interview (and maybe to another panel if they’re part of multiple projects.) But as a fan, I’m thankful to all these stars for their hard work and it’s nice to get to know a little bit more about the people behind my favorite fictional characters. As I said in my previous Comic-Con post, I didn’t attend SDCC, but I did read about and watch a lot of interviews and panels with some of my favorite casts–plus there are plenty of gif-sets circulating Tumblr.

From all that I’ve seen, I learned some new things about the performers on my favorite shows. For instance, some actors are much bigger geeks than I would have guessed–the two that come to mind are Charlie Carver (who plays Ethan on Teen Wolf) and Rob Kazinsky (Warlow on True Blood and Chuck Hansen in Pacific Rim.) These two might actually be geekier than a lot of the fans walking the floor of Comic-Con. Seriously, SDCC is a great time to understand that the people behind all these fantastic characters in movies and television are people too–wonderful, beautiful people that I’m sure any fan would love to hang out with. For me, here are the actors/full casts that I fell in love with a little bit more through SDCC 2013.

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The Best of SDCC 2013: Sneak Peaks

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Seriously, one of these years I'm going to actually attend SDCC. (Photo courtesy of Comic-con.org)

Seriously, one of these years I’m going to actually attend SDCC. (Photo courtesy of Comic-con.org)

All nerds, dorks, and geeks can agree on one thing: San Diego Comic-Con is better than any holiday during the year. It’s that wonderful time when fans of anything remotely geeky or cult-ish can come together, wait in massive lines, and watch actors, writers, producers, artists, etc. talk about their favorite television shows, movies, comic books, graphic novels, video games, novels and anything else. Fans can also ask questions during many panels or line up to meet the stars in signing events. For those of us who–tragically–could not attend SDCC this year, we get to watch the interviews and panels online either through sites that provided a live stream or after the fact when a kind soul has videotaped an event and posted it online. (In all seriousness, I’d like to give a big thank you to everyone who records the events for the rest of us poor, unfortunate souls.)

Too bad we have to wait two years. (Photo courtesy of Collider.)

Too bad we have to wait two years. (Photo courtesy of Collider.)

Since SDCC is easily the biggest event in geek culture each year, those behind the scenes of all our favorite geeky projects usually take this chance to release special footage or make big announcements. This year was no different. Before the con, the makers of Divergent and Legend of Korra teased that they would show some exclusive footage during their panels, and the movie studios usually make some big announcements. The Marvel Studios panel is one of Comic-Con’s biggest attractions and they promised to screen some footage from their upcoming films–Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and Guardians of the Galaxy–but as an additional treat, they released the title for the next Avengers movie: Avengers: Age of Ultron. Although it was difficult to pick the best announcements, sneak peaks, and trailer releases from the convention this weekend, especially because I still feel slightly overwhelmed by all the amazing information that came out, here’s what made me scream with fan-girlish joy.

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