Traditionally, TV slows down in the summer months, but that was in the days before pay-cable came to prominence. "Game Of Thrones" et al might be winding down for the season, but HBO will debut "The Leftovers" and the final season of "True Blood" in just a few weeks, while Showtime still has some "Penny Dreadful" to unspool. And while FX is still technically a basic cable station, they have as impressive a line-up as anyone: right now, with "Fargo" and 'Louie," they have two of the best shows on TV.
And when they wrap up in a couple of weeks for the season, they have some promising replacements waiting in the wings. Stepping into the "Fargo" drama slot (along with the second season of the solid "The Bridge") is "Tyrant," a hotly-tipped new drama from "Homeland" creators Howard Gordon and Gideon Raff, described as, essentially, "The Godfather" in the Middle East.