Because summer is traditionally awful when it comes to television, I’ve come up with a little game for the month of July and if it works out well I might continue it though August. The game is this: Every week I’ll list one fake show and I’ll reveal what it is at the end of the week. People who correctly identify the fake show get bragging rights, as long as they don’t use Google. If you use Google, I won’t know, but you’ll have to live with that personal shame tainting the praise you receive for your correct answer. This helps me fill one space per week during a time when I have trouble filling spaces, gives you guys something to take your mind off how depressing summer TV is, and I get to flex my creative writing muscles a bit. If we keep it up through August, I’m happy to hear suggestions.
“American Ninja Warrior” on NBC at 8:00pm ET.
“The Goodwin Games” on Fox at 8:30pm ET. Series finale. Seven episodes for this series. The final is directed by Neil Patrick Harris in case any of you find that enticing.
“Gideon’s Army” on HBO at 9:00pm ET. This is a documentary following three idealistic public defenders in the south, and an overall view of the state of the prison system in America.
“Siberia” on NBC at 10:00pm ET. Series premiere. Another new reality series where you’re supposed to believe they put the unknowing cast in genuine danger to ramp up the excitement. But, as with any show named after a main character, we know that none of them are really in that much danger because NBC doesn’t want the kind of press that maiming some poor “model/actress” in the name of reality television would bring.
“Under the Dome” on CBS at 10:00pm ET.
Genevieve Burgess makes her own fun and invites you to join her in it.