52 Days Of Summer: What To Watch, Read, And Explore Right Now

From Big Brother to Broadway, we've got the best things to warm up to during the hottest time of year.

From Big Brother to Broadway, we've got the best things to warm up to during the hottest time of year.

From Big Brother to Broadway, we've got the best things to warm up to during the hottest time of year.

Some of your favorite TV shows may have ended for the season, but that doesn't mean you need to take to your hammock until September.

Summer is the perfect time to discover new favorites from CBS, The CW, SHOWTIME, Pop TV, and more—as well as catch up on all of the series, books, and mini-adventures that you may have missed while you were hibernating in your huge parka.

So start streaming, break out your readers, and take a relaxing and much-needed time-out. However you plan to spend it, we’ve got 52 things to watch, read, and explore before summer comes to an end. Scroll to see more!
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Feel the love

Feel the love

On Love Island, single "Islanders" hook up and form alliances for a shot at coupledom and a cash prize. In this interactive reality series, viewers can shape the events on-screen—and crown the winning pair.

Photo Credit: Timothy Kuratek/CBS.

Watch Love Island Weeknights at 8/7c on CBS and CBS All Access.
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Chew on this

Chew on this

Will they find a cure for iZombie's brain-eating, crime-solving heroine (Rose McIver) by the time the zom-com wraps? Don't miss an episode of this delicious fare.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of The CW. 

Watch iZombie on Thursdays at 8/7c on The CW
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Pick your amazing getaway

Pick your amazing getaway

Visit one of the Pit Stops from Season 31 of CBS' hit reality competition series The Amazing Race: Japan, Vietnam, Dubai, Uganda, Switzerland, Croatia, or the Netherlands.

Photo Credit: Monty Brinton/CBS (Keoghan); Nikada/Getty Images (Dubai); Sean Pavone/Getty Images (Japan).

STREAM: Full Episodes Of The Amazing Race On CBS All Access

Or take a cue from Mystic Britain and travel to the U.K. to explore some of its most mysterious sites.

Mystic Britain premieres Monday, Aug. 5, at 9/8c on the Smithsonian Channel and streams on Smithsonian Channel Plus.
 
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Catch a wave

Catch a wave

Get on board with surfing lessons to learn how to hang 10 like they do on CBS' Hawaii Five-0

Photo Credit: Norman Shapiro/CBS.

Season 10 of Hawaii Five-0 premieres on Friday, Sept. 27 at 8/7c on CBS and CBS All Access.
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Cheer on the girls

Cheer on the girls

In Florida Girls, four small-town gal pals are forced to "adult" when their one ambitious friend moves away.

Photo Credit: Seth F. Johnson/Pop TV.

Watch all-new episodes of Florida Girls on Wednesdays at 10/9c on Pop TV.
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Make a peach of a pie

Make a peach of a pie

The Peach Truck Cookbook, published by Scribner, serves up 100 mouthwatering recipes to best enjoy summer's prize fruit, some of which require no cooking. Now that's cool.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Simon & Schuster; DebbiSmirnoff/Getty Images.
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Go big with your love of Lucy

Go big with your love of Lucy

See America's favorite redhead on the big screen—in color. In honor of Lucille Ball's 108th birthday on August 6, five newly colorized I Love Lucy episodes will play in theaters nationwide in a special screening with Fathom Events and CBS Home Entertainment.

Photo Credit: Weegee(Arthur Fellig)/Getty Images.

Visit Fathom Events for tickets and more information, and stream I Love Lucy exclusively on CBS All Access.
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Count to 100

Count to 100

The post-apocalyptic action drama The 100 returned in April, with Clarke Griffin (Eliza Taylor) and crew looking for a fresh start on a new planet.

Photo Credit: Frank Ockenfel 3/The CW.

Watch The 100 on Tuesdays at 9/8c on The CW. Stream past episodes of CWTV.com.
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Have a ball

Have a ball

Play hoops. Or stay close to the A/C and watch BIG3 Basketball, the professional 3-on-3 basketball league co-founded by Ice Cube.

Photo Credit: Ron Jenkins/Getty Images.

BIG3 Basketball airs live on CBS and CBS Sports Network on Saturdays and Sundays. Check local listings for times.
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Get a clue

Get a clue

Celebrate the final season of Elementary by channeling Sherlock Holmes at a murder mystery dinner. Piece together clues (over a multi-course meal) while at a faux crime scene.

Photo Credit: Patrick Ecclesine/CBS.

Watch Elementary on Thursdays at 10/9c on CBS and CBS All Access.
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Be hypnotized

Be hypnotized

Can contestants frost a cake or blow up a balloon for big bucks? No prob! But can they do it while under a trance? Taye Diggs hosts the comedy game show Hypnotize Me, with Keith Barry as resident guide to going under.

Photo Credit: Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/Getty Images.

Hypnotize Me premieres Wednesday, Aug. 7 at 9/8c on The CW.
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Eat up in the Big Easy

Eat up in the Big Easy

Don't let the cast of NCIS: New Orleans have all the fun! Hit the town for a po'boy, a crusty French-bread sub stuffed with plump Gulf shrimp fried to perfection. Locals love the ones from Domilise's, which has been serving them up since 1918.

Photo Credit: Skip Bolen/CBS (Bakula); Fudio/Getty Images (Sandwich).

Season 6 of NCIS: New Orleans premieres on Tuesday, Sept. 24 10/9c on CBS and CBS All Access.
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Embrace sibling rivalry

Embrace sibling rivalry

Summer isn't really summer without everyone's guiltiest pleasure: Big Brother. New houseguests, new twists—the only thing to expect is the unexpected.

Photo Credit: Monty Brinton/CBS.

Don't miss all-new episodes of Big Brother on Sundays/Wednesdays at 8/7c and Thursdays at 9/8c—always on CBS and CBS All Access.
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Mix it up

Mix it up

Claim a new signature summer quaff with one of the recipes featured in Cider Mill Press Book Publishers' Miami Cocktails.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Cider Mill Press Book Publishers LLC.

Our fave includes lavender bitters, passion fruit liqueur, grapefruit, and gin, but try several before committing!
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Dodge bullets

Dodge bullets

The British action-drama Bulletproof comes stateside, with undercover cops Bishop (Noel Clarke) and Pike (Ashley Walters) chasing down hardened hooligans in east London.

Photo Credit: Photo Credit: Jeff Spicer/Getty Images.

Watch Bulletproof on Sundays at 8/7c on The CW.
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Ghost your friends

Ghost your friends

Bust out the s'mores, gather around the fire pit, and see who can tell the most terrifying tale. Then watch the pros at work in the horror anthology film Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, produced by Guillermo del Toro. Opens in theaters Friday, Aug. 9.

Photo Credit: George Kraychyk/CBS Films.
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Drive like a pro

Drive like a pro

Get behind the wheel of Thomas Magnum's iconic ride on hit drama series Magnum P.I. by enrolling in a Ferrari driving course.

Photo Credit: Karen Neal/CBS (Jay Hernandez); Sijo/Getty Images (Ferrari).

Season 2 of Magnum P.I. premieres on Friday, Sept. 27 9/8c on CBS and CBS All Access.
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Unleash your inner Tiger

Unleash your inner Tiger

Head to your local miniature golf course to show off new tricks learned from watching the pros in action on the PGA Tour on CBS Sports.

Photo Credit: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Check local listings for times on CBS, or stream on CBS Sports HQ.
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Trust your instinct

Trust your instinct

When the Sleeping Beauty Killer strikes in Season 2 of Instinct, Dr. Dylan Reinhart is on the case.

Alan Cumming plays the former CIA op turned author turned NYPD consultant and Bojana Novakovic plays Detective Lizzie Needham in the series based on the James Patterson novel.

Photo Credit: David Needleman/CBS.

Watch Instinct on Sundays at 9/8c on CBS and CBS All Access.
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Shoot for the moon

Shoot for the moon

The space race of the Cold War goes into hyperdrive on Apollo's Moon Shot. See the six-part series that chronicles the competition between the Soviets and the Americans for who will land on the moon first. Knowing the answer makes it no less gripping.

Photo Credit: NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration).

Apollo's Moon Shot streams on Smithsonian Channel Plus and is available for purchase via select streaming video service providers.
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​Think green

​Think green

Take a historical road trip and revisit landmarks listed in the Green Book, like the A.G. Gaston Motel in Birmingham, Alabama, or the Dunbar Hotel in Los Angeles.

For visual inspiration beyond the Oscar-winning feature, tune into the documentary The Green Book: Guide to Freedom, which provides an in-depth look at the invaluable travel guide of black-friendly establishments during the Jim Crow era. Pictured above: Travelers at Idlewild, a resort town called the “Black Eden of Michigan” during Jim Crow.

Photo Credit: Lake County Historical Society.

The Green Book: Guide to Freedom streams on Smithsonian Channel Plus.
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​Book it to the beach

​Book it to the beach

Make a beeline for the coastline with this trio of page-turners:

Bone Deep by Sandra Ireland
A taut, twisty gothic novel told in alternating chapters between the POVs of Mac—a retired historian drawn to local urban legends—and Lucie, the assistant she hires who's keeping secrets of her own. But really, what's up with those creepy creaking water mills next to Mac's property?

Elvis in Vegas by Richard Zoglin
The only thing more decadent than a fried banana and peanut butter sandwich: the story of the King making his comeback in Sin City.

The Summer We Lost Her by Tish Cohen
Can a strained marriage survive every parent's worst nightmare—the disappearance of their child? Profound, beautifully written, and tailor-made for Jodi Picoult fans.



 
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​Live like a king

​Live like a king

If you're a Stephen King fanatic, make plans to visit Bangor, Maine. Not only does the horror master call the historic city home, it's also the inspiration for Derry—the fictional setting referenced in many of his masterpieces, including Pet Sematary, The Tommyknockers, Dreamcatcher, and It (available through Gallery Books).

Avoid any clowns with red balloons while you're there.

Photo Credit: Shane Leonard (King); Marc Dufresne/Getty Images (House).
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Ride out of town

Ride out of town

Relive The Affair—without the guilt. Mosey on over to Montauk's Deep Hollow Ranch—which stands in for the fictional Lockhart Ranch—for a horseback ride, before hiking the coastline's cliffs.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of SHOWTIME.

Season 5 of The Affair premieres Sunday, Aug. 25, at 9 P.M. ET/PT on SHOWTIME and streams on SHOWTIME ANYTIME.
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Tell fish stories

Tell fish stories

If you want to see some of the craziest catches, watch extreme angler Andy Coetzee reel in the world's largest, most elusive fish in Fishing for Giants.

Then take to the seas on a day charter with friends.

Photo Credit: Earth Touch/Smithsonian Channel.

Fishing for Giants streams on Smithsonian Channel Plus.
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Wing it

Wing it

Take a note from Whose Line Is It Anyway? and sign up for an improv class. It will not only boost your confidence but also help you think on your feet in real-life situations.

Photo Credit: Richard Foreman/The CW.

Watch Whose Line Is It Anyway? on Mondays at 9/8c The CW.
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Whip up a traditional Sunday dinner

Whip up a traditional Sunday dinner

Do like the Reagan family on CBS' Blue Bloods: Break bread and make weekly memories over pot roast and pork chops, meatloaf, and mashed potatoes.

Photo Credit: John Paul Filo/CBS.

Season 10 of Blue Bloods premieres Friday, Sept. 27 10/9c on CBS and CBS All Access.
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Channel your inner rockstar

Channel your inner rockstar

Hit up a karaoke dive bar with friends. Or, if belting out tunes in front of strangers terrifies you, sing along in the privacy of your living room to Carpool Karaoke.

Photo Credit: CBS Broadcasting, Inc.

Stream Carpool Karaoke: The Series on Apple TV.
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Go retro

Go retro

Bridge the time between seasons of award-winning Riverdale by flipping through the wholesome Archie comics that inspired the buzzy reboot.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Archie Comics.

Stream full episodes of Riverdale on CWTV.com.
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​Jump the rails

​Jump the rails

Hop on the Rocky Mountaineer luxury train featured in Season 2 of Mighty Trains, which delivers the breathtaking scenery of the Canadian Rockies in style.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Exploration Production, Inc.

Mighty Trains airs on Sundays at 9/8c on the Smithsonian Channel and streams on Smithsonian Channel Plus.
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Lawyer up

Lawyer up

In the first season of Burden of Truth, hotshot lawyer Joanna Chang (Kristin Kreuk) returned to her hometown of Millwood to seek justice for five sick girls.

The legal drama's sophomore season ups the ante, as Joanna takes on the shadowy world of hackers and activists—and becomes a killer's target.

Photo Credit: Cause One Productions Inc. and Cause One Manitoba Inc.

Watch Burden of Truth on Sundays on 8/7c on The CW.
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​Feel your magic

​Feel your magic

Master a trick like the "cups and balls" act from duo Penn & Teller. The legendary magicians actually reveal their secrets using transparent cups (YouTube it!), but you'll have to be quick enough to follow Penn's rapid-fire delivery.

Photo Credit: Jacob Kepler/The CW.

Watch Penn & Teller: Fool Us on Mondays at 8/7c on The CW.
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Step into the zone

Step into the zone

In this wildly popular CBS All Access reboot, The Twilight Zone crosses over into the 21st century. Oscar-winning director Jordan Peele takes over Rod Serling's role as Narrator.

Photo Credit: Robert Falconer/CBS.

Stream The Twilight Zone exclusively on CBS All Access.
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​Be Broadway bound

​Be Broadway bound

CBS has been airing the Tony Awards since 1978; make this your summer to get in on the fun by scoring tickets to past winners like Hamilton, Dear Evan Hansen, Wicked, The Lion King, or Les Misérables, whether on Broadway or on a touring production.

Photo Credit: Matthew Murphy (Dear Evan Hansen, Les Misérables); Joan Marcus (The Lion King, Hamilton).
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Do your summer homework

Do your summer homework

Prepare for the return of CBS' hit comedy series Young Sheldon by reading A Brief History of Time, written by Sheldon Cooper's favorite theoretical physicist, Stephen Hawking.

Photo Credit: Cliff Lipson/CBS.

Season 3 of Young Sheldon premieres Thursday, Sept. 26 8/7c on CBS and CBS All Access.
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​Get a history lesson

​Get a history lesson

Using digital colorization technology, Smithsonian's America in Color showcases key moments from the 1920s to 1960s that most of us have seen only in black and white. 

Photo Credit: Alamy/Smithsonian Channel.

America in Color streams on Smithsonian Channel Plus.
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Visit the city

Visit the city

New England natives Ben Affleck and Matt Damon are among the executive producers of City on a Hill, a fictional take on the real-life "Boston Miracle." Assistant District Attorney Decourcy Ward (Aldis Hodge) and crooked but venerated FBI agent Jackie Rohr (Kevin Bacon) team up to crack down on goons, guns, and gangs in 1990s Beantown.

Photo Credit: Eric Ogden/SHOWTIME.

City on a Hill airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME and streams on SHOWTIME ANYTIME.
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​Explore the galaxy

​Explore the galaxy

On Pandora, the new sci-fi action series set in the year 2199, an intrepid team at Earth's Space Training Academy defends the galaxy from threats—both alien and human.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of The CW.

Watch Pandora on Tuesdays at 8/7c on The CW.
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​Go to the dogs

​Go to the dogs

Find out how wild animals became man's best friend in the new natural history series Amazing Dogs, with biologist Patrick Aryee. Then consider volunteering to walk rescue pups at your local humane society. Pictured above: Featured in Amazing Dogs, trainer Hamad Al-Ghanem maintains the Bedouin tradition of breeding salukis.

Photo Credit: Offspring Films, Ltd.

Amazing Dogs airs Sundays at 8/7c on the Smithsonian Channel and streams on Smithsonian Channel Plus.
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​Shoot for the stars

​Shoot for the stars

There's never been a better time to get caught up on Star Trek: Discovery, as the universe continues to expand with the upcoming Star Trek: Picard series featuring Sir Patrick Stewart reprising his iconic role; Star Trek: Lower Decks, an adult animated series; and a new project in development starring Michelle Yeoh.

You can share your excitement with other fans by logging on to startrek.com.

Photo Credit: Michael Gibson/CBS (Yeoh); David Livingston/Getty Images (Stewart); Michael Gibson/CBS (Jones).

Star Trek: Discovery streams exclusively on CBS All Access.
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Become a master ...

Become a master ...

... Or just enjoy others who have achieved that status on the new season of Masters of Illusion, which showcases even more exciting escapes and how-in-the-world-did-they-do-that moments. Former Superman Dean Cain hosts.

Photo Credit: William Kidston/Masters of Illusion, LLC.

Watch Masters of Illusion on Fridays at 8/7c on The CW.
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​Stay posted

​Stay posted

Season 2 of The Outpost returns, with our favorite warrior Talon (Jessica Green) preparing for battle with the Prime Order.

Photo Credit: NBCU International/The CW.

Watch The Outpost on Thursdays at 9/8c on The CW.
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​Redefine sports

​Redefine sports

Red Bull Peaking is a behind-the-scenes look at the 72-hour period before, during, and after a death-defying, career-defining event--told in the words of extreme athletes. Pictured above: The late freeride mountain biker and X-Games athlete Kelly McGarry.

Photo Credit: Dean Treml/Red Bull.

Red Bull Peaking premieres Friday, Sept. 13 at 9/8c on The CW.
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