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The 10 TV shows that will matter this summer

The Rio Olympics won’t be the only reason to stay inside this summer.

From Campaign US: The Rio 2016 Olympics, set to run on NBC from August 5 to August 21, will not doubt be the big draw on TV this summer. But unless you are a fan of reality stalwarts like “America’s Got Talent,” “The Bachelorette” or “Big Brother,” finding new, engaging content until then might be a challenge. Luckily, there are a handful of proven or promising shows that aren’t taking a summer vacation. Here are 10 shows that are worth staying inside for.

1. “American West” (AMC) – premieres Saturday, June 11 at 10 p.m. ET
AMC is known for scripted fare like “Mad Men,” “Breaking Bad,” “The Walking Dead” and the most recent entry, “Better Call Saul.” But “American West,” from Robert Redford’s Sundance Productions and Stephen David Entertainment, is a docudrama that explores the legendary figures who transformed America’s frontier from 1865 to 1890. One interesting twist: It will lean heavily on interviews with actors who’ve appeared in beloved westerns, including James Caan, Tom Selleck and Kiefer Sutherland.

2. “Animal Kingdom” (TNT) – premieres Tuesday, June 14 at 9 p.m. ET
Inspired by the 2010 Australian movie of the same name, a 17-year old boy (James Frecheville) moves in with his grandmother (Ellen Barkin) after his drug-addicted mother dies of an overdose. But his grandmother, Janine “Smurf” Cody, is no “Suzy Homemaker.” She happens to be the matriarch of a crime-family empire with three unruly sons.

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Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of weekly column “Mr. Television” for Campaign US ( Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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