Spring TV preview

While the network television schedule is beginning to wind down, that doesn’t mean that there will be a lack of quality shows in the weeks to come.

Thanks to the upgrade of great original programming by cable and premium cable networks over the last decade, people are no long stranded in the dry spell of horrible summer programing.

Here some of the shows on the late spring schedule that you should be watching.

“Mad Men”

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Mad Men. Photo from amctv.com.

The four-time Emmy winner for “Outstanding Drama Series” is back and looking for revenge against “Homeland” for ruining its perfect streak of Emmy success.

When we last left the show, Don Draper (Jon Hamm) was questioning his loyalty, something he has not been very successful with throughout the series, to his new wife who he has been fighting with a lot lately.

“Mad Men” is a show that on paper sounds like it would be a viewing experience that would bring levels of boredom that would put a person in a three-week coma. But with its brilliant writing and fantastic cast, it’s gone on to be one of the best-reviewed shows of all time.

Watch “Mad Men” Sundays at 9 p.m. on AMC.

“Veep”

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Veep. Photo from blogspot.com.

Breaking the “Seinfeld” curse, Julia Louis-Dreyfus returned to TV last year with the premier of “Veep,” making her the first cast member to a have successful show after “Seinfeld” ended. Dreyfus, who went on to win an Emmy for her role last year, plays the vice president of the United States whose job isn’t what she thought it would be. The show brings the great political commentary from shows like “The Daily Show” and “The Colbert Report” to the sitcom format, and it makes for great viewing experience.

Watch “Veep” Sundays at 10 p.m. on HBO.

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Bates Motel. Photo from Collider.com.

“Bates Motel”

The prequel to Alfred Hitchcock’s groundbreaking film “Psycho,” “Bates Motel” stars Acadamy Award winner Vera Farmiga (“The Departed,” “Up in the Air”) and Freddie Highmore (“Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” “The Art of Getting By”). Highmore plays Norman Bates, a seemingly normal kid whose extremely close relationship with his mother (Farmiga) seems to be changing him as he becomes a teenager and begins to look for freedom. The chemistry between Highmore and Farmiga is fantastic, and so far the show has done a great job of living up to the pressure of trying to make a series prequel out such an iconic film.

Watch “Bates Motel” Mondays at 10 p.m. on A&E.