How to Survive the Summer Television Hiatus
by Marianne Paluso (@Marianne_P81)
For many people, the onset of the summer months is a most welcome thing. The weather is warm, school is out for the young, and vacations may be on the horizon. Of course, for us television fanatics, summer also means that our favorite television shows have aired their season finales and we must wait months to see what happens next. Many shows enjoy teasing their fans with crazy or intense cliffhangers, so the months until the next season begins can be tormenting. But fear not, there are plenty ways to pass the time. Here are some sure fire ways to survive the summer hiatus.
1. Enjoy the delights of the summertime.
Between work, school, and life the free time for many of us is filled with enjoying our favorite television shows. It is a nice way to relax and unwind. But that also means we forget to enjoy the many delights that exist outside of our living rooms. The summer can be a wonderful chance to enjoy the outdoors. Take a walk in the park, go to the beach if you are lucky enough to live near one, and soak up and enjoy the warmer weather. In the summer, many cities have local fairs and carnivals that can provide a tremendous amount of fun especially for families. And if you can, this is great time to visit a theme park. Yes, the crowds will be higher, but the memories made will last a lifetime.
2. Read a book.
Whether it is one you have read countless times or one of the many you have sitting on your “to read” shelf, books provide a great escape, much like our favorite shows do. You could even start a book club with friends and family. Personally, my reading falls by the wayside during the TV season, but the summer months provide the perfect opportunity to crack open the cover of a new adventure and get lost in its pages.
3. Have a summer movie marathon.
Between seeing as many of the blockbusters that the summer always brings and popping in a DVD of an old favorite, movies are the natural alternative to watching a favorite show. Put together a movie night with your friends, choose a theme, watch a series of films; the possibilities are endless. Watch the Star Wars flicks in episode order, every one of your favorite Disney animated movies, all eight Harry Potter films in a row, or each of the Marvel universe tales and end with The Avengers. Summer is the ideal time for the movies.
4. Remember that there are summer TV shows.
One of the best things about this modern age of television is that the summer is not completely devoid of entertainment. Channels such as USA and ABC Family especially have become staples for the summertime. We can be definitely be excited that shows like Burn Notice, Covert Affairs, and Melissa & Joey will soon be on the airwaves again.
5. Re-watch, re-live and keep up with those shows you love.
Just because a show is off the air for a few months does not mean that it is out of reach. If you are in the middle of a series, re-watch an earlier season. Perhaps there is a show that you have always wanted to see, now is your chance. In this new day of easy availability, some of the best in television is ready and waiting. Between Netflix, Hulu, official websites, and DVDs there are many ways to re-watch or discover a new show. You may not know, but public libraries often have TV seasons available to check out. That is how I was able to see the first season of Chuck, and I thank my lucky stars every day for that. Besides re-watching your favorites, you can also tune into a podcast (a recent discovery of mine) and join in the discussion, or keep up with the scoop that is sure to come out of San Diego Comic-Con and Nerd HQ this July. Even if you cannot attend the conventions, videos, articles and such always come out of these fan events with enough that is sure to sustain your thirst for new episodes until the Fall season.
So, with summer upon us I think I will be re-watching the Lois & Clark series, Season One of Once Upon A Time, hopefully cracking open books Entwined, Peter and the Starcatchers, and Delirium, and enjoying some USA escapist spy shows. How about you? One thing is for sure; there is no shortage of fun to be had.