The steady build of excitement and dread emblematic of our modern age is likely how our forebears felt at the turn of the 20th century, which is why now is the perfect time to revisit 1900, a similar age of ingenuity overdrive.
NBC wants broader comedies, but "1600 Penn" may to broad to finesse that divide. Meanwhile, Cinemax's "Banshee" is very far from reinventing any wheels, but it gets a lot of basics right and it has a few distinctive touche.
Cinemax has carved out a nice little niche as the thinking person's action network; I don't know about you, but I'd take another season of the London-set "Hunted" over more "Boardwalk Empire" any day of the week.
There have been a number of outstanding scripted series this summer on basic and pay cable, all of them deserving of special praise. But at the moment there are three I can't stop thinking about: ABC Family's Pretty Little Liars, FX's Louie and Cinemax's Strike Back.