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EPISODES

Season 2 premieres July 1 on TMN

For anyone who was ever a fan of Friends, it’s cool to see Matt LeBlanc finally find post-Friends success, albeit playing an exaggerated, fictionalized version of himself, famous for his designer chest stubble and huge manhood. Episodes is a clever satire on American television, and a great platform for LeBlanc to rip to shreds his lovably dim Joey character once and for all. This is LeBlanc at his best. Oh, and did we mention that it’s funny and very witty? rogersanyplacetv.com/tmn

BOSS

BOSS

Season 2 premieres in August on Super Channel, Super Channel On Demand

Kelsey Grammer is Chicago mayor Tom Kane, whose political ambitions are thrown for a loop thanks to a neurological disorder, which he tries desperately to hide from his family, staff and constituents. It’s kind of like a certain West Wing subplot mixed with a soupcon of Toronto mayor Rob Ford’s nuttiness.

BRAND X

BRAND X

Premieres June 28 on FX Canada

Russell Brand riffs on politics and pop culture from the point of view of a foreigner trying to understand America. If you don’t like Russell Brand, you’re best advised to run the other way and take cover. This is Brand totally unscripted and without a filter, in front of a live audience. Yikes, don’t encourage him!

STRIKE BACK

STRIKE BACK

Season 2 premieres in August on HBO Canada, HBO Canada On Demand

If the recently completed series Spooks (a.k.a., MI5) merely whet- ted your appetite for British spy adventure, check out Strike Back. Based on the bestselling novel by former SAS commando Chris Ryan, it follows members of a fictional branch of the very real Secret Intelligence Service (a.k.a., MI6) as they hunt down terrorists around the world. Visit rogersanyplacetv.com/tmn

BREAKING BAD

BREAKING BAD

Season 5 premieres in July on AMC

Quite possibly the best drama series to make its way onto TV since The Sopranos, Breaking Bad has not once lost its way or missed a beat in its entire four seasons to date. Aside from being a crack metaphor for midlife disillusionment, this is top- drawer cinematic storytelling, and surprisingly compassionate. Catch Season 4 in July on rogersanyplacetv.com

LOUIE

LOUIE

Season 3 premieres June 28 on FX Canada

Louie is like what the first season of Seinfeld set out to be, with come- dian Louis C.K. playing a fictionalized version of himself navigating divorce and fatherhood, with bits of live stand-up peppered throughout. But unlike Seinfeld, Louie is actually about something. It’s also weird and darkly funny, without ever falling down Curb Your Enthusiasm’s black hole.

WILFRED

WILFRED

Season 2 premieres June 28 on FX Canada

Wilfred is one of the strangest shows on TV. Former Hobbit Elijah Wood plays a disturbed young man who takes advice from his neighbour’s dog. It’s sort of a Frodo and Fido kind of thing, although the long walks don’t ever lead to a volcano. It’s a comedy, kind of like The Family Guy meets Son of Sam.

MAJOR CRIMES

Premieres in August on Super Channel, Super Channel On Demand

The Closer shuts up shop and re- opens again this summer without losing a single day’s trading. When Kyra Sedgwick decided to call time on The Closer, which airs its final six episodes in July and August on Super Channel, the producers decided to launch a spinoff to immediately trail behind, retaining six of The Closer’s leading characters. The LAPD spinoff will be more of an ensemble drama (with a more judi- cial bent) although we’re told that Sedgwick’s presence will be heartily felt – albeit missed.


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