August means lots of things to different people: the last month of great weather, the end of the summer movie season, and who could forget National Goat Cheese month (seriously, it’s a real thing in the US!). For the people at this site, August marks the return of one of the greatest TV shows of the 21st century, plus a few juicy debuts.
Will you watch will us?
That’s right, folks – August may be the calm before the storm that is the fall TV season, but for bitchstolemyremote it’s all about Sunday, August 11. That’s when Breaking Bad returns with eight final episodes to cap off its amazing five and a half season run. But the end of Walter White and co. isn’t the only notable show for the month, so let’s check out what’s cooking:
It’s no surprise to longtime readers of the blog that we are not big fans of The Killing. We love the idea of a season-long murder mystery bathed in ambiance, with great acting and a (literally) killer plot. While we haven’t checked in on that series since it went completely off the rails in S1, we have found other shows to satiate our love of season-long crime dramas. Currently FX’s The Bridge is hitting our sweet spot, but we’re chomping at the bit for the British import, Broadchurch. Not only will we follow former Dr. Who actor David Tennant pretty much anywhere, this whodunnit brings with it an amazing pedigree in terms of acting talent, as well as buzz (it was a monster hit across the pond earlier this year).
The plot sounds pretty standard – young boy goes missing in the middle of the night with foul play suspected and a town full of suspects, all of whom are keeping secrets – but we’re pretty excited to see how it all comes together. Plus it’s an easily digestible eight episodes, so it’s the perfect end-of-summer palette cleanser.
Premieres: Wednesday, August 7 at 10pm EST on BBC America
The White Queen S1
STARZ is still a pretty small fry in the cable TV pond. Since Spartacus went off the air earlier this year, they haven’t really made much of an impact. The White Queen aims to change that. It’s an import from the UK (yes, another!) that aired earlier this year, but unlike Broadchurch, this series has some unique bragging rights: nudity.
That’s right, folks, we’ve got another period piece with a whole lotta bodice ripping to look forward to! We’re crossing our fingers that this adaptation of Philippa Gregory’s series of bestselling novels about a succession of women battling for power – and the royal throne – plays out more like The Tudors and The Borgias. Even if it doesn’t, however, we were pretty much sold at “historical drama featuring powerful ladies and nekkid bits.”
Premieres: Saturday, August 10 at 10pm EST on STARZ
Breaking Bad S5 Part 2
What more can be said about Breaking Bad‘s amazing run at this point? The show is a giant in the awards circuit and rightfully so: everything from the acting to the direction to the editing marks the series as one of the finest television shows of the 21st century, if not the history of the medium. Some may consider that a hyperbole, but not us – we’ve been waiting for Breaking Bad to return for nearly a year and we could not be more excited.
When last we saw Walter White (Bryan Cranston) and company, the meth Kingpin of Albuquerque, New Mexico was outed in an ironically roundabout way to his law enforcement brother-in-law, Hank (Dean Norris). Now that the jig is up, the question on everyone’s mind is what happens next? We’ve had a glimpse of the future and most viewers seem to agree that things won’t end well for Walt, but no one truly know what will become of these beloved characters until series creator Vince Gilligan closes the final chapter. All we know is that only eight episodes remain and anything can (and probably will) happen. At this point all bets are off. Prepare yourselves!
Returns: Sunday, August 11 at 9pm EST on AMC
Other notable August dates
- Monday, Aug 12 – Teen Wolf S3 Part 1 finale
- Sunday, Aug 18 – True Blood S6 finale
- Friday, Aug 30 – Continuum S2 finale (Unconfirmed)
That’s what our August looks like. Anything else you’re checking out? Sound off in the comments below!