Even if you don't own cable or for that matter own a television, you cannot deny there's no doubt people are buzzing about the summer 2012 TV schedule. With so many avenues to choose from like Hulu or HitFix or even Netflix, the established networks aren't going down to the World Wide Web without a fight. While most people will be searching for a beach to parlay upon, you can be the leader of the multitask crew by bridging the gap using these five awesome summer TV shows you shouldn't miss. —Kevin L. Clark
Fresh off the success of Steve Harvey's book-to-film adaptation, Think Like A Man, Michael Ealy continues to prove why he's capable of being a star in USA's new cop drama entitled Common Law. The show finds Ealy alongside partner Warren Kole — the best detectives on the force — having to go into couples' therapy to save their dysfunctional (marriage) partnership. You can bet there will be a lot of action, camera close-ups and explosions when this drama premieres on the USA network, Friday, May 11 at 10/9c.
Spoiler alert! After Bryan Cranston's Walter White managed to dispose of his boss Gus Fring (Giancarlo Esposito) in true grisly fashion, Breaking Bad returns to close the book on one of television's most gripping dramas. The fifth—and final—season will find audiences holding on to their seats as Walter, Jesse Pinkman, and the seams that tie them together come undone in the gang's last hoorah. Will they pull off the greatest crime in television history? You can watch for yourself as Breaking Bad will premiere this July on AMC.
Just when you thought your boob tube was safe—Charlie Sheen returns to the small screen in this new comedy. Anger Management finds America's favorite porn-loving, profanity-using celebrutante as a non-traditional therapist specializing in, you guessed it, anger management. You can expect a lot of lavish sights, doting women and not-so-clever, yet charismatic catchphrases from the Warlock himself. Premiering on Thursday, June 28 at 9/8c on FX, fans of the freaky phenom may have to wear clean clothes for this one—you may walk away feeling a bit dirty.
The 90's belonged to Chris Rock and his brand of sharp, political humor. When he was approached by HBO to host a late night talk show, the Brooklyn funnyman took the genre to heights that hadn't been seen since Arsenio Hall. Now, the charismatic comedian steps back into that arena with a new FX series that will feature comedia W. Kamau Bell. With Rock set as the executive producer for the as-yet-to-be titled show, you can expect the weekly half-hour series to dissect everything from pop culture to politics to the media and sex—all through the critical lens of one of comedy's most keen minds. Fans should not miss this show, as it will only air six episodes beginning this August.
Everyone's favorite marijuana mama returns, as Weeds eighth season takes shape. Nancy Botwin (Mary Louise-Parker) ended in a trail of deceit, blackmail, and a gunshot fired by a mysterious assailant. We can only hope that the writers behind the show continue the trend of using weeded witticisms and ask Wiz Khalifa, Curren$y and Smoke DZA to appear on a few episodes. Maybe then we'll finally get some answers about who fired the shot at the hot M.I.L.F. mama drug dealer in the Season 7 finale. 13-episodes will get fans lifted when Weeds premieres on Showtime, July 1, at 10/9c.