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Sunday Funday: Why You Shouldn’t Leave Your Couch On A Sunday Night



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Check your local listings, and I promise that you won’t be disappointed on a Sunday Night. We are keen on staying inside after a weekend full of socializing, so television programmers know exactly what shows should air each night. I know I like to get comfortable and enjoy some great TV. I also know that I am enjoying some trashy TV, so I have a little guide for any television fan who is looking for something to watch on a hot summer night before work begins in the morning.

Let me just say that I definitely recommend some premium television. Call your cable company and get HBO, Showtime, Starz and Cinemax. Then again, maybe you don’t want all of them. If you have to decide on just two of them, get HBO and Showtime. I’m sure when you go into work on Monday morning, dozens of people are talking about what they watched last night, and they’re probably talking about the pure entertainment that is Dexter and Ray Donovan.

Your probably thinking, “Wow, those shows sound so interesting.” You’re right, they are that interesting. Dexter is entering it’s final season and airs at 9pm on Showtime. Once you order Showtime, you’ll most likely receive the on-demand package which allows you to catch up on all of the previous seasons. Your Sunday night can go on till way past your bed time. Many people know about the show Dexter, but if you don’t I’ll give you a brief description. Dexter is about a blood spatter analyst who works for Miami Homicide, who also doubles as a serial killer. It should already have your mouth watering.

At 10pm on Showtime is a new series called Ray Donovan, which stars Liev Schreiber as Ray Donovan, a Hollywood fixer of the stars. Whether your an athlete, musician or actor, Donovan will find away to make your problem disappear. The only problem for Donovan is that his problem has just come back into his life, as his father was released from prison after 20 years. Both shows are extremely well acted, directed and provide great drama on a Sunday night. If you don’t have Showtime but have HBO instead, don’t worry, there’s still some great summer time TV shows for you to watch.

True Blood is entering it’s 6th season, and it’s a great way to get you and your girlfriend/wife to sit down with you and watch some TV. True Blood is about a small Louisiana town and how it deals with the reality that vampires live among them. Vampires are out in the open, and along with other mystical creatures it provides for pure fun. It’s bloody, sexy, funny and tense. It has a full array of characters. Your girlfriend will be swooning at some of the leads, but don’t worry as us guys get just as much eye candy. If Vampires aren’t your thing, don’t worry because a true drama will be returning next week.

On July 14th, The Newsroom returns for it’s second season, which is sure to be just as interesting as the first. It stars Jeff Daniels as Will McAvoy, a news anchor who lets just say doesn’t play by the rules. What’s great about this show is that all of the news is real – It’s essentially a fictional story based off of world news. As Paul Rudd’s Peter Klaven says in I Love You, Man “Have you ever watched Sunday night programming on HBO? It’s spectacular.” It truly is, and when the Summer ends, it only gets better.

Okay, lets get to some trashy TV. When I say trashy, I don’t mean Jersey Shore or Real Housewives of Who Gives a Crap. I enjoy watching reality TV, and I’m not ashamed to admit that I watch Survivor and The Amazing Race. Unfortunately, neither of these air during the summer. So I am stuck with Big Brother and WhoDunnit. Trust me that you won’t learn anything good about yourself by watching these shows, but you will be entertained. Big Brother airs Sundays at 8pm on CBS. It also airs on two other days, usually Tuesday and Wednesday. WhoDunnit is a new reality series where one contestant dies each episode. The only way they can survive if they can solve the previous murder. It is extremely hokey, but it’s fun TV. You follow along and hope your favorite contestant doesn’t die. It can be seen on ABC at 9pm.

So those are just a few shows that I recommend you check out during the summer. The summer and bad TV shouldn’t go hand in hand. These four shows should ease your pain until shows like Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead, Boardwalk Empire, Shameless and Game of Thrones come back on. Enjoy!

What shows are you watching this Summer? What do you think of the new shows like Ray Donovan and WhoDunnit? Are you upset that Dexter is going into it’s final season?

Corey Panati is a graduate of York College, and he's also the latest addition to Guys Gab. He's excited to bring his love of sports and movies to a browser near you. If you're on Twitter, you can follow his ramblings @coreypanati

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