We all know that summertime is also the time of television’s reruns after reruns. Or, excuse me, encores, as they are often called now.
Hey, a rerun is a rerun no matter how much you dress it up.
But for those of us who prefer a bit of original programming, there are options.
Bloodlines: The second season of this Netflix series just began this weekend and is as addictive as the first. The series follows the troubled Rayburn family, who live in Key West, Florida. The tight-knit family, lead by Sam Shepard as patriarch Robert Rayburn and Sissy Spacek as matriarch Sally Rayburn, run a high-end oceanfront hotel.
But the family is being torn apart by demons that have the adult Rayburn children at odds with each other. The cast includes Kyle Chandler, Linda Cardellini, Ben Mendelsohn, Norbert Leo Butz, Katie Finneran, and John Leguizamo. The series makes great use of the beautiful Key West scenery. Personally, I also love to see the professional South Florida actors such as Ethan Henry, Avi Hoffman, Betsy Durkin, and Todd Durkin, among others, making cameos.
Bosch: The second season of Bosch on Amazon Prime began a month or so ago but some of us haven’t caught up yet. For those three people who may not know, Bosch is based on the series about LAPD detective Harry Bosch by Michael Connelly. The series keeps the spirit of Connelly’s novels. Titus Welliver is the Harry Bosch fans have been waiting for. Welliver’s chemistry with Jamie Hector as his police partner Jerry Edgar adds to the series. And I love Amy Aquino as Lt. Grace Billets and Lance Reddick as Irvin Irving.
The Hallmark Movies & Mysteries channel takes a much lighter approach.
The channel will premiere four new mystery movies during June based on amateur sleuth novels from some of our favorite authors.
Here’s the lineup on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries channel.
June 4: A marathon of Mystery Woman series begins at 9 a.m.
June 5, 8 p.m. CST, 9 p.m. EST: Garage Sale Mystery: The Novel Murders. Items found at the scene of a murder echo the clues found in famous mystery novels. Stars Lori Loughlin, Sarah Strange, and Steve Bacic. Based on the novels by Suzi Weinert.
June 12, 8 p.m. CST, 9 p.m. EST: Three Bedrooms, One Corpse: An Aurora Teagarden Mystery: Librarian Aurora Teagarden ends up at a murder scene when she agrees to help her mother who is a real estate. Finding bodies at homes for sale doesn’t exactly help property values. Stars Candace Cameron Bure, Marilu Henner, and Yannick Bisson. Based on Charlaine Harris’ Aurora Teagarden series
June 19, 8 p.m. CST, 9 p.m. EST: Murder, She Baked: A Deadly Recipe. Bakery owner Hannah Swensen becomes involved with a deputy who is accused of murdering the sheriff. Stars Alison Sweeney and Cameron Mathison. Based on Joanne Fluke’s Hannah Swensen series
June 26, 8 p.m. CST, 9 p.m. EST: Flower Shop Mystery: Dearly Depotted. Abby Knight, ex-lawyer and the owner of Bloomers Flower Shop, thought she was just handling the flowers at her cousin’s wedding. But all is not well when a wedding crasher is murdered. Stars Brooke Shields, Brennan Elliott, and Beau Bridges. Based on Kate Collins’ Flower Shop series.
Photos: Top: Kevin O'Grady, Lori Loughlin in Garage Sale Mystery; Center: Brennan Elliott, Brooke Shields and Kate Drummond in Flower Shop Mystery; Bottom: Alison Sweeney in Murder, She Baked. Photos courtesy Crown Media.