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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