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Gloomy, moody shows brighten summer TV

(Posted July 14, 2005 by Leah Yoakum)

Here are five shows to watch when you’re not soaking up the sun.

“American Idol” is idle. “Dancing with the Stars” has shuffled off the schedule. The last bit of light and airy early-summer fluff has blown away from the television listings like dandelion seeds in the wind.

So is there anything worthwhile left to watch during the waning days of summer? Or is it time to turn off the TV and head outside to play in the backyard or lake? Here’s a look at a few of the summer’s most darkly compelling programs.

You want dark? “The Inside” is murkier than a sludge-filled sewer. On paper, it’s “Law and Order: Serial Killers,” a run-of-the-mill cop show about the FBI’s Los Angeles-based Violent Crime Unit. But in the hands of quirkmeister Tim Minear (“Angel,” “Firefly,” “Wonderfalls”), “The Inside” is “Se7en”-lite, an unapologetically dark and moody look at sickos, psychos, and the people who track them down. After a successful limited run last year, “The 4400” is back as an ongoing series.  Last but not least is “Entourage.” It chronicles the career of up-and-coming movie actor Vince Chase and his close circle of friends.

Source: MSNBC

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