Can Will’s ‘Exchange’ Save Jay and Tyler in ‘Traveler?’

July 19, 2007

As the season of Traveler comes to a conclusion, the depths of the conspiracy are revealed.  However, “The Exchange” ends in true cliffhanger fashion with the fates of many of the characters left in the balance.

I can only dream that the series will be picked up for a second season just so we can learn how our heroes finally escape their life on the run.  Unfortunately, from what I’ve read on David DiGilio’s blog, the cast contracts have already lapsed, spelling doom for Traveler’s future.  That said, I want to say that DiGilio (creator and producer) and crew did a great job of revamping this episode at the last minute to give us at least some answers.  BTW, he promises to answer storyline wrap up questions on his blog if Traveler is officially canceled.

Now back to what turned into a great action-packed, if not entirely satisfying hour of television.  Here’s a recap of the characters and where they’ve been left.

Jay, Tyler and Will reuniteJay (Matthew Bomer), Tyler (Logan Marshall-Green) and Will (Aaron Stanford) reunite to plot to expose Jack Freed (Neal McDonough) and prove Jay and Tyler’s innocence only to have their plan backfire when the limo they delivered to the newspaper with Freed in it blows up.  First, I don’t understand why they went to the newspaper instead of to a TV station.  Second, why didn’t they just release the tape they had implicating Freed?  And what about the recording of Joseph (Barclay Hope) ordering Will to blow up the Drexler?  Now, it looks like they are responsible for yet another bombing and the three are still on the run.

Will reveals that he works (or worked) for the U.S. government and was ordered to kill Jay and Tyler in the explosion.  They were handpicked patsies because of what the government did to their fathers.  But we later find out that Jay’s dad worked for the Fourth Branch and we already knew that Carlton Fogg (William Sandler) played an active part in sacrificing his son.  However, it’s never explained why Will spared Jay and Tyler or his Bourne Identity change of heart about Hometown.

The Fourth BranchJack Freed is presumably killed in the limo in the explosion.  But before his demise, we learn a few things including that the Drexler is the first step in a plot to create fear and control.  I guess by making the American people more afraid of domestic terrorism, his domestic espionage program can gain more power to spy on American citizens.  Think Enemy of the State.  Is Operation Hometown the Fourth Branch?  Is the Fourth Branch what our forefathers were debating in the painting?

The explosion itself leads to even more questions.  Is Freed really dead?  Did he cause the explosion?  If so, how?  Surely Will frisked him.  If not, then who is responsibly?  How did they do it and do it so quickly?

Meanwhile, my suspicion that Special Agent Chambers (Steven Culp) is a part of the conspiracy was confirmed.  First, there’s the knowing look between him and Carlton when Agent Borjes arrests Carlton for hiding his contact with Tyler during “The Trader.”  Then he point blank shoots Agent Borjes (Anthony Ruivivar) when Borjes corners Otis Wayland (Enriquez Mitchell) telling Borjes that he did a good job — too good of a job.  What I’m not sure of is who Wayland was truly shooting when he hit Carlton.  Was Carlton the intended target or Borjes? 

Then there’s poor Agent Marlow (Viola Davis) who’s benched after she loses the boys at the nightclub.  But that doesn’t stop her from working on the case.  However, when she finds Joseph and he tries to kill her after getting a phone call, she learns a lot more than she expected.  But what will she do now that she knows Chambers ordered the hit on her?  And doesn’t Chambers recognize her cell phone number?

And finally, we know very little about Kim (Pascale Hutton)’s future. She was brought in by Chambers for helping the boys escape at the nightclub.  When she refuses to tell Chambers where they are headed, he arrests her.  But it isn’t jail where they take her.

My only complaint about tonight’s episode is that we didn’t get to see the Porter (Billy Mayo) again.  We still don’t know who he works for?  Or why he wants Will?  Did he die in the ambush in “The Tells?”

I still can’t believe this series got buried in the summer schedule.  It definitely deserved better.  It is a well made series that kept you on the edge of your seat with each action packed episode.  My Wednesday nights will be a little blander now.

For those who liked the series and would like to see it continue, feel free to sign the petition to keep the show on the air. 

Photos courtesy of traveler-fan.com)

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Jay and Kim Reunite in Traveler’s ‘The Reunion’

July 13, 2007

With all the parties back in New York, it was only a matter of time before they ran into each other on the latest episode of Traveler.  In “The Reunion,” not only does Jay (Matthew Bomer) reunite with Kim (Sanja Bennett), but Jay, Tyler (Logan Marshall-Green) and Will (Aaron Stanford) wind up back together as their paths merge while all hot on the trail of the big conspiracy.

It seems like such a long time since my last Traveler blog because of the holiday, but it’s even harder to believe that there is just one more episode left.  This episode really heated up as we head into the final stretch.

BartenderThis episode picks up where “The Trader” left off with Tyler on the run after learning of his father’s betrayal.  Desperate, he turns to Kim in attempt to find Jay, leaving a message on her cell.  If calling a tapped phone — not once, but twice — wasn’t foolish enough he then heads to a bar to drown his sorrows and picks up the bartender for a little booty call. 

However, just when you are about to write him off as the slacker his father says he is, Tyler finds the connection between his father and Homeland Security’s Jack Freed (Neal McDonough).  And his discovery of Freed’s role as former deputy director of the FBI leads him to believe that someone at the FBI is involved.

After hearing Tyler’s message and finding his car in Queens not far from Kim’s parents’ house, the FBI pays Kim another visit.  More specifically, Marlow (Viola Davis) pays Kim a visit and tells her the FBI knows Will is alive.  This move causes another rift between Marlow and Chambers (Steven Culp) who says he’s cultivating the relationship with Kim.  Since I think he’s in on the conspiracy, I’m guessing he wants any leads from Kim for himself. 

While Tyler’s running, Jay checks into a motel room and sets up a meeting with Kim.  The note he sends her through a delivery order was very clever.  After a blissful reunion they discover an audio file among Will’s things that implements him in the framing of Jay and Tyler and suggests the Drexler bombing is part of a bigger plan.  Together Jay and Kim devise a pretty slick way of getting the info to the FBI without Jay turning himself in.

MarlowMeanwhile Will is hot on the trial of Maya’s killer.  First he confronts Jimmy (Michael Eklund) to find out the trigger man had dark hair and tattoos.  By the way, leaving Jimmy strung up was a nice touch.  With a little photoshop help and a badge (where did he get the badge?), Will finds Martin (Derek Hamilton) at the Hotel Regal.  Before killing Martin, Will learns that “Hometown” has been shutdown for two years (I’m guessing about the time Freed took a new position with Homeland Security) and that Freed has been using the agents for his own agenda.  I’m still trying to figure out where Joseph (Barclay Hope) figures in the chain of command.  Does he work for Freed? 

As Jay and Kim put their plan in motion to contact Marlow, Tyler contacts Kim to warn Jay about the FBI.  The warning came too late and the meeting goes bad.  Tyler comes to Jay’s, but is it Will that actually rescue the pair?  We’ll have to wait until next week.

The previews for next week look action packed and suggest that Will might portray Jay and Tyler once more.  But my money is that Will hates Freed more than anything right now and will actually double cross him.


‘The Trader’ a key to Jay and Tyler’s innocence in ‘Traveler’

June 29, 2007

Jay (Matthew Bomer) and Tyler (Logan Marshall-Green) return to New York City looking for Derek Sellers in “The Trader.”  What they found drives a rift between the two.  Meanwhile, Will (Aaron Stanford) returns to Deer Harbor in this episode of Traveler before going after the organization he works for.

I think “Betrayed” might have been a better title for this episode.  It seems like everyone was felt a little betrayed this episode.

Will and AlexBent on vengeance, Will unknowingly retraces Jay and Tyler’s steps in Deer Harbor and Boston, only to find his insurance missing and to narrowly miss a brush with Agent Marlow (Viola Davis).  He turns to some old friends — Jimmy (Michael Eklund) and Alex (Christina Chang) — for supplies and information.  Unfortunately, Alex, also a member of the agency and whom I assume has a little history with Will, betrays him and tries to take him in as a rogue agent.  He simply wounds her, determined to take out the organization that betrayed him and killed his girlfriend.

In New York, Jay and Tyler found an empty office for Three Continents Investing, but a connection to Holloway Insurance, the company that insured the Drexler, and possible proof that the bombing was a conspiracy.  They turn to sleazy acquaintance from grad school, Eddie Hunt (Tyler Labine), who now works for Tyler’s dad.  What they find is proof that the Hadley Foundation, a nonprofit organization Carlton Fogg (William Sandler), profited greatly from the bombing.

This news that Carlton not only betrayed his son, but quite possibly tried to have him and Jay killed, caused the duo to go separate ways.

Jack and CarltonWhen Tyler goes to confront his father, he finds him meeting with the mysterious Homeland Security Guy, who now has a name — Jack (Neal McDonough).  Tyler’s suspicious of his father’s betrayal are confirmed when Carlton tells him that he was weak and kicks him out of the limo.  But mine were confirmed when Jack told Carlton that he held up his end of the bargain.  But what I want to know, if it wasn’t money, what could be worth a man sacrificing his son?

In the meantime, Jay can’t resist trying to contact Kim (Sanja Bennett) only to find her dad moving out her stuff.  I think he felt betrayed that she didn’t wait for him.  But geez, give the girl a break she was left to deal with all the press without hearing from him.  I think she still loves him, but needed an escape.  And according to the previews for next week, the two reunite.

Likewise, the seeds of betrayal stretched to the FBI as Marlow and Agent Borjes (Anthony Ruivivar) discover the real identity of the man they arrested last week — Otis Wayley, a fellow counter-terrorism agent.   This discovery explains how he was able to escape custody, but not why he was destroying evidence in the Drexler bombing and who helped him escape.  My money is still Agent Chambers (Steven Culp).

Overall a good solid episode.  I can’t believe there are only two weeks left.  If the networks can come up with other well made series like this one, I’d be open to more mini-series.

(Photos courtesy of traveler-fan.com)


Will uses his own ‘tells’ to his advantage in ‘Traveler’

June 28, 2007

While Will (Aaron Stanford) was learning about his tells in this episode of Traveler, Jay (Matthew Bomer) and Tyler (Logan Marshall-Green) — and the audience –were learning more about Will.  Even though the chase might have slowed down in “The Tells,” the intrigue builds as we learn more about Will’s organization.

When we last saw Will, he was at the train station being tagged with a tracking device by the Porter (Billy Mayo) and stuffed into a white van by thugs that work for Will’s bosses.  His bosses obviously knew others are looking for Will or they wouldn’t have had the other two vans as decoys and the ambushed set up.  The question is were they expecting Jay and Tyler to follow or the Porter or someone else?

Speaking of the Porter we learn from a nod that he has indeed been helping Jay and Tyler in order for them to lead him to Will.  And now we know how he’s been able to find Jay and Tyler when the FBI couldn’t — a tracking device in Tyler’s watch.  We still don’t know who the Porter works for and why he’s after Will.  I have a hunch that he works for the good guys.  Why else would he cover Jay and Tyler so they could escape the ambush?  Did the Porter make it out alive?  My guess is yes.  He seems like a resourceful man.

In the meantime, we learn about a few more people in Will’s organization.  First there’s Kate (Stephanie Niznik) who was sent to interrogate Will.  He confirms she’s a part of “Hometown.”  But what is Hometown?  Is it the name of the organization, the name of the mission or just a codeword?

I’d say Kate needs to work on her interrogation techniques, but since she’s no longer around it’s a moot point. See, the thing about tells is that when you tell someone about his tell he can then use it against you.

For a man who showed compassion in saving his two friends from a fiery death in the Drexler bombing, Will is racking up quite a body count — Kate, Paul Murden and the guy with the bomb in the car trunk.  And now that he knows Maya’s dead and killed by the same people he once took orders from, I see the death count rising.

But Will’s recent display of skills has me wondering more about Will’s background.  He obviously has hand-to-hand combat skills and a working knowledge of bombs.  What other skills does he have?  And how long has he been in this business?  Exactly how old is he?   How was Will recruited?  When Jay and Tyler find Will’s stash in the Boston library of passports with various aliases and a selection of currency, I saw flashes from Borne Identity

I understand why Will would have second thoughts about killing Jay and Tyler, a duo he’s lived with and befriend for two years.  But what I’m curious about now is why did Will volunteer for this operation to begin with.  He obviously believed in what he was doing — at least at one time — but why did he volunteer?

Probably more importantly, why did he have second thoughts about this mission?  Was it the friendship with Jay and Tyler?  Was it his relationship with Maya?  Or did he find out that he didn’t work for the good guys?

Either way, Joseph (Barclay Hope) — the guy who gave him the order to blow up the Drexler, killing his friends and framing them — must have sensed his reluctance and sent in Paul Murden.  But exactly who is Joseph?  Was he Will’s handler (I’ve been practicing up on my spy talk)?  Does he work for mysterious Homeland Security Guy (Neal McDonough)?  Or is it the other way around?  Where does Derek Sellers and Three Continents Investing fit into the organization?  And what about Murden, was he just suppose to make sure the job was completed or was he to dispose of Will too?

I also still thing that Agent Chambers (Steven Culp) is in on the conspiracy.  Why would he not want Agent Marlow (Viola Davis) focusing on the autopsy of the body found in the Drexler?  Also wasn’t it a bit suspicious that once the FBI identified the body as Murden that the lackey who pick pocketed the pictures from Kim (Sonja Bennett) in “New Haven” was found in Murden’s apartment disposing of evidence?  And just how did that lackey escape FBI custody?

Well in looks like everyone is back in New York for “The Trader.”  I know I’m still an episode behind, but I’m closing in.


Maya provides answers on ‘Traveler’

June 26, 2007

In the fourth episode of Traveler, Jay (Matthew Bomer) and Tyler (Logan Marshall-Green) head to Will’s hometown in Maine in an effort to find some clues, but what they find is Maya (Sonja Bennett) and the “Have Books, Will Travel” bookstore.  The pair learned more about their friend Will Traveler (Aaron Stafford) when they meet his girlfriend in “The Out.”  

Jay and Tyler at the Train StationJay and Tyler at the Train StationJay and Tyler at the Train StationCan I just say, it’s really a wonder — maybe dumb luck (or help from that mysterious Porter) — that Jay and Tyler haven’t been caught.  C’mon, there’s a difference between being cautious and acting suspicious.  No wonder everyone can spot Jay and Tyler.  They have to be the two most suspicious acting people around.  Even if you’d never heard of the Drexler bombing, if you spotted these two on the street, you’d want to report them for something just because of the way they act.

That said, I really enjoyed this episode.  I’ve been out of town so I’m a couple episodes behind and just now got the chance to watch this show.  I remember now why I liked it and am a little sad knowing that we are now halfway through the series.

Of course, we learned a little more about Will (or is it Daniel Taft) and have a whole lot more questions.  I’m not sure what I found more interesting that Will stole his moniker from a sign or that he has a girlfriend.

The fact that he had an “out” planned with her is more proof that things didn’t go as planned with The Drexler.  Did Will finally realize he wasn’t working for the good guys?  Did the fact that he didn’t let Jay and Tyler die put him in jeopardy?  When Jay and Tyler saw him at the train station was he heading for a rendezvous with Maya?

Speaking of Maya, who was bugging her shop?  I’m guessing they worked for the Homeland Security Guy (Neal McDonough).  She obviously knew, so I wonder how long have they been bugging her shop.  Was that since the beginning of her work with Will or just since the bombing?  If it’s the latter, how did she figure it out?

I also don’t completely understand the boats.  Were there two boats — The Maya and The Daniel Taft?  If so, what happened to The Daniel Taft?  If they planned to escape on The Maya, what was The Daniel Taft for?  Did Maya know that the same people spying on her were also on her boat?  I understand the need for all the MREs, but what did Maya and Will need all the guns for?

Our favorite Porter (Bill Mayo) has reappeared.  Has he been following Jay and Tyler all this time?  If not, how did he find them again?  Is he helping them, hoping they will lead him to Will?  Who does he work for?  I don’t think it’s the Homeland Security Guy.  And what does he want Will for?

I still think that Agent Chambers (Steven Culp) is either in on the conspiracy or a huge opportunist.  He continues to undermine the investigation and cause fear among the public by giving information to the media.  I think Jay and Tyler’s only hope is Agent Marlow (Viola Davis).  She might not believe their innocent, but at least she’s acknowledging that things don’t add up.  But after her face-off with Chambers, I am intrigued about her past.  Is it making her more likely to see the conspiracy?

And talk about a conspiracy, this thing was really planned out.  To develop those manifestos and to get them up on the Internet so quickly took advance planning.  It was clear that this thing has been in the works for a long time.  I just can’t understand why they chose Jay and Tyler.  It has to be because of their fathers.

I can’t wait to watch the next episode.

(Photo courtesy of imdb.com)


A trip to New Haven brings up more questions in ‘Traveler’

June 7, 2007

In the third installment of ABC’s summer series Traveler, Jay (Matthew Bomer) and Tyler (Logan Marshall-Green) turn up the intrigue as they return to New Haven and their life at Yale for answers about Will Traveler (Aaron Stanford).  What they find is a few new clues and even more questions.

Please be advised that if you haven’t seen the “New Haven” episode, the following contains spoilers.  If you missed the episode, you can watch it online at abc.com.

Will, Tyler and JayThis episode begins with the FBI merging on Tolman Airfield where Ellington’s dead body is discovered.  It appears that Ellington was mercilessly killed with a slow bleeding wound, not the kind of kill two college boys would be skilled in.  But that doesn’t stop Agent Chambers (Steven Culp) from blaming Jay and Tyler.

In the meantime, Jay and Tyler are hiding out in Franklin County, NY.  After Jay is spotted at a flea market, the boys decide to throw off the FBI by pretending to change their appearance and heading south back to New Haven and away from the Canadian border.  I’m not sure that a flea market would’ve been where I went if I were on the run.  I guess Jay thought that it would be less conspicuous.  But that only works if you don’t stare and look guilty as hell when your picture shows up on the television.

It doesn’t take the FBI long to merge on the Franklin County hotel room.  Agent Jan Marlow (Viola Davis) has the bright idea of looking for the boys in New Haven, only to have her suggestion questioned by Chambers.  Now I like Marlow.  (Does anyone else think she walks like her shoes are too tight?) She seems bright and the only one who questions whether Tyler and Jay are really behind the bombing of the Drexler — at least not on their own. 

As a profiler, she’s trained to get into suspects’ heads.  So I was surprised (and Marlow looked like she was too) when Chambers questioned her suggestion to go to New Haven.  Personally, I’m starting to question Chambers motives.  Is he just an arrogant agent who doesn’t think two college kids can outsmart him?  Or is he in on the conspiracy (at least one of them) and trying to frame Jay and Tyler any way he can?

Speaking of conspiracies, is there more than one going on here or is there just different factions of one?  There’s the mysterious guy in Washington (I’ve seen this actor before, somebody please tell me who he is) who obviously ordered the hit on Ellington and looks like he’s behind the Drexler bombing (or at least in securing the art before the bombing).  I thought he worked for Homeland Security. 

Then there’s Carlton Fogg (William Sadler).  We already know that he’s an opportunist known for his shady dealings.  His performance as his press conference confirms his opportunistic nature.  But what side is he playing on here?  It was pointed out in this episode that Tyler, his son, would have never ended up in graduate housing, thereby befriending Will, if he’s father hadn’t cut him off financially.  I doubt this was a coincidence.  Did he cut off his son purposely to set up a friendship with Will or was Carlton manipulated?  Is he really a caring father trying to help his son or does he think his son possibly have access to the artwork that everyone has assumed was destroyed in the Drexler?  Did he know who Ellington really was?  Did he hire Ellington to kill his own son or did Ellington work for someone else?

Meanwhile, the boys run into Tyler’s former flame, Nell (Bree Turner), in New Haven.  Will and Jay left some of their boxes at her house.  Why didn’t Jay leave his boxes with his girlfriend Kim (Pascale Hutton)?  I can only guess that Will persuaded him.  But instead of finding proof of Will’s existence, the boys find further evidence of their setup.  Nell swears her innocence.  But personally, I don’t trust her.  We know she is also opportunistic.  We learn that she and Tyler broke up because she threw his name around while interviewing at his father’s company.  We also see in flashbacks where she tried to distract Tyler from discovering Will’s cubby in the library.  Therefore, I wouldn’t put it past her to have teamed up with Will or someone else to change the contents of the boxes (or allow someone else in) for the right price.  I could be wrong, though, and her place was just the designated locale for Will’s bosses to find the boxes and make the change.

The visit with Nell did remind Tyler of the cubby in the library and the boys found a gun, money and a train schedule to Will’s hometown in Maine with a code in the ceiling panel.

Back in New York, Kim is dealing not only with a slew of paparazzi, but the mysterious Washington guy’s henchman.  I wondered why none of the press followed her when she left her apartment.  I guess it was so we could clearly see the man following her.  I felt really bad for her this episode.  Her boyfriend is on the run, she lost her job and when she finally finds a picture of Will to take to the FBI, she’s pick-pocketed on her way.

But what was interesting was when the mysterious Washington guy picked up the pictures he proclaimed that Will had left him quite a mess.  So that means things didn’t go according to plan.  hmm . . . Then we see Will in the final shot with a painting from the Drexler.  hmm . . .

Here’s my theory:  Will was recruited two+ years ago to blow up the Drexler.  I’m not quite sure if the reason was art theft or something more, yet.  But he was suppose to frame Jay and Tyler for the bombing, who were supposed to die in the explosion (an interesting twist if Carlton is really involved).  And his existence and part in the plot were to be undiscovered.  However, over the last two years, he actual grew to care about Jay and Tyler.  Therefore, he made sure that they escaped the building before he blew it up.  Also explaining why he called to apologize to Jay and Tyler.  Knowing that his bosses will be ticked at his betrayal, he set up the stash in the ceiling and took at least one painting to help him disappear.

Guess I’ll have to watch the next five episodes to see if I’m right.  Anyone else with a theory?


Cable Shows Offer Interesting Summer TV Fare

June 1, 2007

A friend of mine recently complained that now that all the season finales were over, his Tivo was empty.  What was he going to do for the next three months?  I told him to look to his nearest cable network for some pretty cool shows to fill his summer void. 

While network television will inundate you this summer with reruns (with a few exceptions) and more cheaply produced reality shows, cable stations are answering viewers demand for better choices with summer fare that rival some prime season offerings.  So after a day of frolicking in the great outdoors enjoying the summer sun, cool off with these summer shows.

Most of my favorite summer selections won’t start until July; therefore, I’m going to by trying out some new choices in June.  Here are my suggestions for your summer line up. (Note: show times are for EST.)

Showing Now

Traveler — Wednesdays at 10 p.m. on ABC
I said there were a few exceptions to the networks filling the summer void with reruns, here’s one of them.  I’ve seen the first two episodes of this quick-paced drama and am hooked.  Three graduate students decided to go on a cross-country trip before entering the work world.  But in their first stop, a harmless prank turns into an act of terrorism leaving two friends  as the prime suspects and the third friend — Will Turner (Aaron Stanford) — missing.  Jay (Matthew Bomer) and Tyler (Logan Marshall-Green) are on the run looking for Will and answers.  Who is Will Turner really? Is he behind the bombing?  Did he set up his friends?  Or is Will a pawn in a bigger plot?  Tune in to find out.  If you missed the first two episodes, you can catch them online at www.abc.com.

Hidden Palms — Wednesdays at 8 p.m. on The CW
What better time for a guilty pleasure than the summer?  And although this drama is filled with teen angst, it’s got enough adult soap to make it interesting.  If you are looking for a serious mind-provoking drama, you won’t find it here.  But you will find some fun with a lot of pretty faces.  Kevin Williamson’s latest creation might look a lot like The O.C. (including a few alums), but it’s definitely got Dawson’s Creek dialogue with a little Desperate Housewives mystery mixed in.  Fresh out of rehab Johnny, played by Taylor Handley (Oliver on The O.C.), moves to Palm Springs with his mother and new step-father a year after witnessing his father’s suicide.  But his new friends Cliff (Michael Cassidy, Zach from The O.C.), Greta (Amber Heard), Nikki (Tessa Thompson) and Liza (Ellary Porterfield) have some baggage of their own including how Greta’s last boyfriend (the former resident of Johnny’s room) died.  I was especially excited to see NYPD alums Gail O’Grady and Sharon Lawrence.  O’Grady is Johnny’s uptight mom trying to deal with a son who blames her for his father’s suicide.  On the other hand, Lawrence is a self-absorbed southern belle and Cliff’s mother.  If you missed it, the pilot re-airs on Sunday, June 3 at 8 p.m.

Army Wives — Sundays at 10 p.m. on Lifetime
Normally I’m not a Lifetime-type girl.  Even for a sentimental fool like me, their stuff is too sappy.  But this series has caught my eye and I plan to tune in at least for the first few episodes to see how it measures up.  From the producers of Grey’s Anatomy, Army Wives features a premier cast which includes Kim Delaney (NYPD Blue) as Claudia Joy Holden, the Colonel’s wife; Catherine Bell (Jag) on the other side of the uniform as Denise Sherwood, the wife of a Major; and Brigid Brannagh (Angel) as Pamela Moran, the outspoken wife of a member of the Delta Force.  However, I think what really drives me to try out this show is the subject.  A Navy brat myself, I’m interested in seeing how this version of Desperate Housewives on Fort Marshall plays out.  Premieres Sunday, June 3rd.

Coming Later This Summer

Rescue Me — Premieres June 13 at 10 p.m. on FX
Of course, our favorite gritty fireman survives the fire he was trapped in during last season’s cliffhanger.  But only to face new adventures this season.  First he becomes a father (again) and then he starts dating a female version of himself — a take-no-crap firefighter from another house.

Burn Notice — Premieres June 28 at 10 p.m. on USA
I loved Jeffrey Donovan in Touching Evil, so I’m willing to give his new series Burn Notice a try.  Donovan plays Michael Westen, a CIA spy who gets a “burn notice” (think CIA version of a pink slip) while on a mission.  Not sure why he was fired, Westen launches his own investigation.  But all his assets are frozen and credit cards canceled, so he heads home to Miami and takes on clients — those that can’t get help from legitimate channels — to help finance his search for answers.  Sharon Gless stars as his chain smoking, hypochondriac mother.

Doctor Who — Premieres July 6 at 9 p.m. on Sci Fi Channel
The 10th incarnation of the Doctor (David Tennant) returns for his third season with a new sidekick, Martha Jones (Freema Agyeman).  Don’t miss the adventures of this time traveling duo as they protect Earth and set things straight.  Ironically, Season 3 kicks off with a Christmas episode.  I hear that the Doctor and Martha will meet Shakespeare this season and battle some blood-sucking aliens.

Eureka — Premieres July 10 at 9 p.m. on Sci Fi Channel
Eureka is Sci Fi at its best — fun and quirky.  The residents of Eureka, a town that doubles as a think tank for some of the country’s greatest minds, return for a second season.  When U.S. Marshal Jack (Colin Ferguson) got stranded in Eureka on his trip to return his run-away daughter to his ex-wife (Olivia D’abo), he never imagined he’d stay on as the town sheriff, constantly saving the bright-minded citizens from themselves. 

Monk — Premieres July 13 at 9 p.m. on USA
Tony Shalhoub returns for his sixth season as our favorite obsessive-compulsive detective.  Adrian Monk’s freakouts over daily things — heights, dirt, snakes, milk, to name a few — will keep you in stitches.  Guest stars this season include Snoop Dogg as a rap star, Sarah Silverman in a repeat role as Monk groupie Marcie Maven, and Sharon Lawrence as Linda Fusco, the real estate agent with a crush on Captain Leland Stottlemeyer (Ted Levine).  I’m not sure I want to know who will be the guest star when Monk investigates the nudist beach.

Psych — Premieres July 13 at 10 p.m. on USA
Shawn (James Roday) and Gus (Dule Hill) return for a second season of crime fighting as a fake psychic and his sidekick.  The son of a former cop, Shawn uses his keen eye for detail to pick up on clues the police miss and together with Gus, whose job is to keep the duo out of trouble, the pair solve a variety of crimes.  This season Shawn will have to hold his own when he competes with a real psychic and Tim Curry guest stars.

Who Wants to Be a Superhero? — Premieres July 26 at 9 p.m. on Sci Fi Channel
I’m not normally a big fan of reality shows, but I love this one.  Last season I laughed so hard I cried.  C’mon 12 adults in costumes pretending to be superheroes?  It doesn’t get any better than this!  In Season 2, the producers are stepping it up a notch.  Instead of taking place in the real world like last year, the contest will move into a fictitious world (think Gotham or Metropolis) complete with three recurring villains.  And fans of Stan Lee will love that he will take a more active role as the show host.  Tune in for a fun time.

Flash Gordon — Premieres August 10 on Sci Fi Channel
We most recently saw Flash Gordon as a guest star on Smallville and a member of the Oliver Green’s Justice League.  Now another Smallville alum (Eric Johnson) will portray Gordon in his own series.  Gina Holden (Reunion) will star as Gordon’s love interest Dale Arden and Jody Racicot will play Dr. Hans Zarkov.

I don’t have HBO or Showtime so I can’t comment on shows like Big Love or Weeds, but I hear they are good.  Needless to say though, this summer has some good options on the tube.  So if you aren’t out enjoying the summer evenings, tune in.  What will you be watching this summer?