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My Top 10 Choices for August TV

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How is it possible that we are this far into the year already? Comic Con is next week (WOW!) and in no time at all August will be upon us.

It also means there are more fun programs to watch on TV, including my top 10 choices for next month:

WELCOME BACK

The Hallmark Channel drama Chesapeake Shores will be back with the season premiere of its second season on August 6 at 9 PM.

The Last Ship will be back with a two-hour season premiere on TNT on August 20 at 9 PM.

COMING TO AN END

On August 12, the series finale [GASP!] of Orphan Black will air on BBC America at 10 PM.

The season finales of Shadowhunters and Stitchers will air on Freeform on August 14 at 8 and 9 PM respectively.

DON’T MESS WITH THIS GROUP

The Marvel Universe is being united once again this time on Netflix with the 8-episode series Marvel’s The Defenders, which will stream online on August 18. The series will follow Matt Murdock/Daredevil (Charlie Cox), Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), Luke Cage (Mike Colter) and Danny Rand/Iron Fist (Finn Jones). The have one common goal: to save New York City

SUMMER LOVIN’

Hallmark Channel is the home for themed, year-round made-for-TV movies and August will be no exception. Every Saturday night throughout August, the network will feature four new movies as part of their annual Summer Nights programming, including the following:

Love at the Shore on August 5 at 9 PM, starring Amanda Righetti (Colony and The Mentalist) and Peter Porte (Baby Daddy and The Young and the Restless). The summer vacation plans of author Jenna Thompson, a mother of two young children, take a turn when the family arrives at their summer rental and meets the neighbor of the adjoining duplex: stubborn, unconventional, and attractive surfer Lucas McKinnon.

Summer in the Vineyard on August 12 at 9 PM will reunite Rachael Leigh Cook (Perception) and Brendan Penny (Motive and Chesapeake Shores) from last fall’s Autumn in the Vineyard. Frankie and Nate are now a couple, gearing up for Summer Fest, their hometown’s largest event. They can’t wait to reveal their new wine and put the vineyard on the map, but when an issue with the wine puts things in jeopardy, both their relationship and their partnership will be put to the test.

At Home in Mitford on August 19 at 9 PM, starring Andie MacDowell (Cedar Cove) and Cameron Mathison (Murder She Baked movie franchise). It focuses on best-selling author Cynthia Copperstone, a woman who’s learning there is more to life and love than completing checklists. She leaves Boston to spend some time in her late uncle’s small town of Mitford, North Carolina, in hopes of alleviating some career-damaging writer’s block where she meets Father Tim Kavanagh, a pastor in Mitford

Sun, Sand and Romance on August 26 at 9 PM, starring Tricia Helfer and Paul Campbell (both from Battlestar Galactica) and Scott Elrod (Men in Trees). Kate is a driven publishing executive visiting a summer resort with her boyfriend Eric where she runs into Shep, an old high school friend and fellow camp counselor, who is now the Activities Director. Shep tries to convince her to take advantage of all the resort has to offer. She reluctantly caves when Eric is pulled away on business. Shep helps Kate rediscover her fun side while Kate helps Shep to stop hiding from life and realize his own potential.

Please be on the look-out for the full August calendar at the end of the month.

Using her favorite online handle, Rueben is an East Coast-bred gal who is now a permanent Californian and a lifelong tv-oholic. She watches at least 25 TV shows a week, goes to the movies as often as possible, listens to music every waking moment, reads every day and “plays” on the internet every chance she can. Some of her current favorite TV shows are Outlander, Arrow, Grimm, The Blacklist, Teen Wolf, Killjoys, Dark Matter, The Shannara Chronicles, Good Witch, When Calls the Heart, The 100, Switched at Birth, Jane the Virgin, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Flash and The Fosters (among others). Follow her at @ruebenrambling or contact her at rueben@nicegirlstv.com.