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Sun’s Out: 9 TV Shows That Make It Feel Like Summer Vacation Including ‘Grand Hotel’ and ‘Summerland’
When you think of summer, you think of the beach, the sand between your toes, some margaritas, the breeze in your hair, and maybe even a flirty and fleeting summer romance.
If you’re an avid TV watcher, you might even think summer affair or thrilling murder. It’s totally normal. Why? Because these are all things that make up summer TV shows that we love to watch and get lost in.
Memorial Day weekend is the “unofficial” kickoff to summer, but many of us are quarantining at home and obeying stay-at-home orders, which means, we’ll be getting some good ole’ fashion summer experiences from our couch.
Here are some TV shows that feel like summer:
Set in Orange County, The OC is described as a “modern” soap opera that finds Ryan brought into the world of wealthy and sun-kissed high schoolers after he’s taken in by a lawyer and his family. Even if you’ve seen the show plenty of times before, the warm weather and high school elite drama never disappoints.
When you think of a base for some of the government’s best agents from the DEA, the FBI, and ICE, you don’t think of a beachfront home in Southern California. Neither did FBI Rookie agent Mike, who is fresh out of Quantico training when he arrives at the sandy doorstep that’s a far cry from his Washington desk job.
There’s nothing more romantic than Italy’s Adriatic Coast. Netflix’s new series, inspired by Federico Moccaia’s book series, is an Italian web drama that chronicle the summer romance of two adults from vastly differing background.
It’s summer all year round in Miami and at the Grand Hotel, a family-owned hotel, the fun never stops. But when a hurricane results in the death of one of the hotel’s staff members, people begin asking questions. It’s a scandalous, explosive, and luxurious drama with with Miami Beach’s essence at the forefront.
Centered in the most prestigious and famous zip-code in California, the series follows the journey of a group of high schoolers on their way to adulthood as they navigate complex situations and pursue their dreams. The series is a reboot of the iconic Beverly Hills, 90210. Expect a lot of beach parties.
Baker and the Beauty
The series brings the flavor of Miami’s Little Havana to the forefront of a love story between local “baker boy” Daniel, who helps run his family’s small business, and worldwide superstar, Noa Hamilton. As their world’s fuse together, they learn more about each other’s experiences and cultures.
The power of strong female relationships is explored in this thrilling drama. Four female friends depend on each other and turn to each other for advice about their scandalous lives and illicit relationships including divorce, relationships with a patient, and more.
Raise a glass of sweet iced tea on a summer day to new beginnings! The new Netflix romance drama, based on a novel of the same name, finds four lifelong friends helping each other deal with the ups-and-downs of life, relationships, and careers in a small Southern town. As one of the characters deals with a divorce and finds the strength to start over, a blossoming business idea is formed.
You can’t have a summer without a little escape to the Hamptons. Unfortunately, Emily Thorne’s version of a “chill summer” includes plotting revenge on the next door family who destroyed her father and ruined her family. And she does with with a martini in hand as she schmoozes the socialites of the affluent summer community!
You know when a show has “summer” in the title and Jesse McCartney and Zac Efron are both in the cast, it’s going to be filled with moments that remind you of warmer days by the seaside. Ava Gregory’s life gets turned upside down when her sister and brother-in-law die in a car accident and she becomes the guardian of their three teen children. One could say it’s a “full house.” And needless to say, everyone has to adjust to their new lifestyle.
Is ‘Alaska Daily’ Renewed for a Second Season?
Alaska Daily is one of the best and most refreshing shows coming out of this fall/winter TV cycle, with Hilary Swank as Eileen Fitzgerald, a disgraced journalist who finds a new home in Alaska, bringing coverage to the often overlooked (purposefully ignored) stories of murderer indigenous women alongside her partner-in-crime, Roz Friendly played by Grace Dove.
With the season finale scheduled to air on ABC on Thursday, March 30, marking the season’s 11th episode, many fans are wondering if the network will renew the series for Season 2 and allow audiences to follow Eileen’s adventures of pursuing truth and justice on a local scale.
So far, there’s no word from ABC on whether or not a renewal is on the books, though a verdict is expected to come sometime after the Alaska Daily Season 1 finale airs.
But while the series has amassed a loyal and dedicated following—with many of you reaching out to me and noting that you wish the show received more publicity and promotion from the network itself—there might not be enough love for ABC to justify a renewal.
The series hasn’t been able to build up the audience or gain the momentum it needs in its short primetime run, which honestly, is a shame because of the important storytelling and refreshing and diverse cast propelling meaningful conversations and calling for change and action.
As Deadline reports, the series has “sizable internal support but has not been able to break through in a meaningful way, making a Season 2 renewal unlikely.”
Still, I remain hopeful that ABC will consider a renewal as ratings, though down a bit from the series premiere, bring in about 2.7 million viewers weekly, according to TVSeriesFinale.
When a decision about the fate of the series does eventually come down, we’ll update this article accordingly!
When Is Season 3 of ‘Ginny and Georgia’ Coming Out?
Ginny and Georgia centers on the heartwarming yet extremely complicated bond between a mother and her daughter after they put down roots in a New England town.
With so many compelling storylines and incredible characters of all ages, it’s no wonder that the coming-of-age drama has become a fan favorite among Netflix audiences.
The second season of Ginny and Georgia premiered on Jan. 5, 2023, which means that a third season is likely far off, especially considering Brianne Howey, who plays Georgia, just announced her first pregnancy, which will possibly delay filming.
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Of course, Netflix has to renew the series for a third season. As of March 28, 2023, it has not given the show a green light for additional episodes.
Fans shouldn’t be too worried, however, as a renewal is very likely considering the show’s performance, the rabid fan base, and the fact that season 3 ended on such a cliffhanger—Netflix knows that fans will be clamoring for another season to see how the situation resolves itself.
As for a premiere date, well, there isn’t one just yet. Until the series is renewed and production begins, it’s a bit too difficult to come up with a date for new episodes. The season could likely arrive in February 2024 if we’re looking at the previous premieres for both seasons 1 and 2, which both debuted at the start of 2021 and 2023, respectively.
But with Howey’s pregnancy thrown into the mix, that could delay things a bit, and it wouldn’t be the worst thing if the series returned during the summer when there’s a lull in content and fans are seeking out something to binge-watch and get invested in.
Either way, when Netflix makes an official decision, you’ll be the first to know as we’ll update this article accordingly!
Until then, you can gear up for the final season of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Riverdale, and Firefly Lane!
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ABC Summer 2023 Lineup: ‘The Bachelorette,’ ‘Celebrity Family Feud,’ and More Return
It’s going to be a hot summer at ABC!
While many of your favorite shows are winding down for the summer, don’t worry, there’s no shortage of entertainment to keep you locked in.
The network unveiled its 2023 summer lineup, complete with refreshing takes on all of your favorite family-friendly gameshows, including Celebrity Family Feud.
Jeopardy Masters with Ken Jennings will take a bow in early May, running through May 24, which will be followed by The Prank Panel with Johnny Knoxville, Eric Andre, and Gabourey Sidibe.
Judge Steve Harvey, Generation Gap, Press Your Luck, and The Chase will all return for a second season.
Kevin and Franklin Jonas will also be back with Claim to Fame.
And no summer is complete without a Bachelor franchise addition, with The Bachelorette featuring Charity Lawson arriving in June and bringing plenty of drama.
Check out the full ABC summer 2023 lineup below:
Monday, May 8
8:00-9:00 p.m.: Jeopardy! Masters
Tuesday, May 9
9:00-10:00 p.m: Judge Steve Harvey
Wednesday, May 24
8:00-9:00 p.m.: Jeopardy! Masters (season finale)
9:00-10:00 p.m.: The Prank Panel (special preview)
Wednesday, June 14
8:00-9:00 p.m.: Judge Steve Harvey (new night/time)
9:00-10:00 p.m.: The Wonder Years (season premiere)
Monday, June 26
8:00-9:00 p.m.: Claim to Fame (season premiere)
9:00-11:00 p.m.: The Bachelorette (season premiere)
Thursday, June 29
8:00-9:00 p.m.: Press Your Luck (season premiere)
9:00-10:00 p.m.: Generation Gap (season premiere)
10:00-11:00 p.m.: The Chase
Sunday, July 9
8:00-9:00 p.m.: The Prank Panel (regular time-slot debut)
9:00-10:00 p.m.: Celebrity Family Feud (season premiere)
10:00-11:00 p.m.: The $100,000 Pyramid
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