The end of the traditional television season marks the time for us fans, if you’re like me anyway, to start pulling our hair out over the cliffhangers that our favorite shows have left dangling for the next four months. But before you end up rocking in a corner, mumbling about the fate of your favorite characters or ships, consider these ways to beat the heat, so to speak.

5. Rewatch your favorite shows

The season is over; some questions have been answered while others have inevitably been brought up. Could there be clues that you missed on first watch? Over summer hiatuses, I like to rewatch some of my favorites from the beginning to see how things have built up, look for clues, and hopefully find things I missed during the original run. It’s amazing what you can notice in season 1 of a show that’s three seasons in that you hadn’t considered relevant the first time around. This summer I’m planning to rewatch The Vampire Diaries since the show moves incredibly fast and now that we’re at end of season 3, I’ve already forgotten a good chunk of what happened during season 1. Tomb vampires? What?

4. Check out some sizzling summer shows

Who says the TV season has to be over with the summer? Just because the networks are showing sports, reality shows, and reruns doesn’t mean the delicious drama (or thigh-slapping comedy) has to end. Cable networks really get their TV schedules going into high gear during the summer. This is the perfect time to try out some new shows to fill the void in your heart left by the end of the traditional schedule. Some of my favorite shows air in the summer: White Collar and Suits on USA and my guilty pleasure, Pretty Little Liars, on ABCFamily all start new seasons this summer. And don’t forget True Blood on HBO once Game of Thrones ends.

3. Catch up on shows you’ve been meaning to check out

Last summer I made a list of all the ongoing shows I wanted to check out and binged. I was then able to follow them weekly in the fall. With only a few shows on my summer docket, I have the time to really check out those shows I’ve heard good things about but haven’t had the time to check out.

This is a great time to take recommendations from friends—or give them. I’m a huge evangelist for my favorite show, Supernatural, but a number of my friends who would otherwise be interested are intimidated by the huge episode count after seven seasons. But with the first six seasons currently on Netflix and the show not returning until October, they’ve got plenty of time to sample the various adventures of the monster-hunting Winchester brothers. Make Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime your new best friends and have a summer of marathons!

2. Jump headfirst into your fandoms

If you’re reading a site like Hypable, you probably have more than a passing interest in fandom. We all have those shows—or books or movies or video games, or what have you—that we’re particularly passionate about. But how far immersed are you in your fandoms? Do you have a few fandoms you find yourself on the fringe of, but aren’t sure how to approach, though you’d like to? The summer is a great time to dive in. Last summer I took the plunge and entered some fanfic challenges on Livejournal and ended up finding a community that has made this TV season a lot of fun.

While there can be a darker side to fandom, on the whole it should be a rewarding experience that only enhances your enjoyment of the material. What better time to test the waters—or do a cannon ball into the deep end—than between seasons when tensions are lower and communities are looking for new members? Try a fanfic challenge, look for and post on message boards, follow fellow fans on Twitter, and so on.

1. Try new fandoms

And by this I mean consider crossing some boundaries. Media philosopher Marshall McLuhan famously said, “The medium is the message,” meaning the medium that a text, so to speak, is presented in can be as influential and important as the material itself. Every fandom is different and the medium of the material can really help shape a fandom as well. Are you more of a television person but like to read? You might find a whole new experience by engaging in the fandom for your favorite book—Harry Potter, anyone? Movie people might think about joining a television show fandom, book fans might think about a video game fandom, and so on. Crossing genres is also a great way to stretch your creative muscles since you’ve gotten out of your comfort zone.

Bonus: Enjoy summer blockbusters and sports. A good summer day for me would be catching an Avengers matinee and getting home in time to catch a baseball game on TV. Summer 2012 is also an Olympic year, and there’s usually some kind of offering for everyone, even if you aren’t usually a sports junkie. Enjoy the season and its entertainment offerings for what they are.

So, dear readers, how do you beat the heat of summer hiatus?

The final 10 episodes of Pretty Little Liars will air starting in April 2017.

The news was announced via Facebook Live by the Pretty Little Liars creator, Marlene King, along with the stars of the show, Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson, Lucy Hale, Shay Mitchell, and Sasha Pieterse. You can still watch the video on the official Pretty Little Liars Facebook page.

The conclusion of the show has been rumored for quite a while now, with King even stating earlier in the year that season 7 would likely be the end of Pretty Little Liars “as we know it.” However, up until now, speculation continued about how the show could potentially continue past its seventh season.

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The final 10 episodes of Pretty Little Liars will air starting in April 2017.

The news was announced via Facebook Live by the Pretty Little Liars creator, Marlene King, along with the stars of the show, Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson, Lucy Hale, Shay Mitchell, and Sasha Pieterse. You can still watch the video on the official Pretty Little Liars Facebook page.

The conclusion of the show has been rumored for quite a while now, with King even stating earlier in the year that season 7 would likely be the end of Pretty Little Liars “as we know it.” However, up until now, speculation continued about how the show could potentially continue past its seventh season.

A possible film was previously discussed as an option to end the series, but that seems to be off the table now. The series finale will now be a “two-hour, drama-filled television event.”

As for what we can expect for the final 10 episodes of Pretty Little Liars, it will “continue to be filled with homecomings and reunions.” We’ve already seen so many familiar and forgotten faces in season 7, so it will be nice to be able to say a final goodbye to even more characters.

On top of the returning characters, we can also expect a wedding! Obviously Ezria is the couple to watch for this, since they recently got engaged, but you never really know with Pretty Little Liars.

The summer finale of Pretty Little Liars season 7 is airing tomorrow, August 30, so we will have a long wait before the final 10 episodes air in April 2017.

The series finale will be followed by the premiere of Marlene King’s new series, Famous In Love. If you need a Pretty Little Liars fix after the show ends, this may be a good show for you to check out!

Famous In Love will be another one-hour drama that will supposedly “put the spotlight on the dark side of fame.” It is based on the novel of the same name, written by Rebecca Serle.

How do you feel about ‘Pretty Little Liars’ ending with season 7?

Behind-the-scenes looks at next year’s live-action Beauty and the Beast continue to leak off the animated film’s 25th Anniversary Edition, arriving in September.

Today we have four new previews. This one’s a particular doozy because we get to see a first look (sort of) at Emma Watson as Belle, who has yet to be unveiled in full. The dress she’s wearing in this concept art may be best remembered from the animated movie for its appearance in the scenes surrounding the song “Belle”:

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Behind-the-scenes looks at next year’s live-action Beauty and the Beast continue to leak off the animated film’s 25th Anniversary Edition, arriving in September.

Today we have four new previews. This one’s a particular doozy because we get to see a first look (sort of) at Emma Watson as Belle, who has yet to be unveiled in full. The dress she’s wearing in this concept art may be best remembered from the animated movie for its appearance in the scenes surrounding the song “Belle”:

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Three pieces of concept art appear to have been drawn up for the costume department. We’re also getting a look at Gaston (Luke Evans) and Mrs. Potts (Emma Thompson):

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Finally, we have a shot of Luke Evans and a woman rehearsing a dance scene that appears to take place on top of a table. In the background you can see additional concept art depicting Mrs. Potts (in kettle form), Chip, and a piano (who might be played by Stanley Tucci and named Cadenza):

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Last week we got to see several other first looks from this same behind-the-scenes featurette, including Dan Stevens as the Beast (human form), Cogsworth, and Lumière.

At this rate, the whole behind-the-scenes look may be spoiled by the time the Beauty and the Beast 25th Anniversary Edition is released to the world on September 20.

The live-action Beauty and the Beast arrives this March and is directed by Bill Condon.

Report: Warner Bros. wants Daniel Radcliffe to return for ‘Cursed Child’ movie

File this one under: Crazy rumor that's also somehow... plausible? (But it's probably not gonna happen.)

10:49 am EDT, August 29, 2016

If Warner Bros. are indeed working on a movie version of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, they’ll likely be looking to bring back the o.g. Harry himself, Daniel Radcliffe.

At least that’s the hot buzz from NY Daily News, whose “Tinseltown sources” also say that a movie version of the play could arrive as early as 2020, and that it might evolve into a trilogy about Harry and his son Albus.

Daniel Radcliffe — the same Daniel Radcliffe who proclaimed in 2010 that “I’m working very hard to establish myself as an actor outside of this series,” and who hasn’t even been to see Cursed Child yet — is reportedly Warner Bros.’ choice to play Harry in the series, which (as unlikely as it is to actually happen) may very well be true.

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If Warner Bros. are indeed working on a movie version of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, they’ll likely be looking to bring back the o.g. Harry himself, Daniel Radcliffe.

At least that’s the hot buzz from NY Daily News, whose “Tinseltown sources” also say that a movie version of the play could arrive as early as 2020, and that it might evolve into a trilogy about Harry and his son Albus.

Daniel Radcliffe — the same Daniel Radcliffe who proclaimed in 2010 that “I’m working very hard to establish myself as an actor outside of this series,” and who hasn’t even been to see Cursed Child yet — is reportedly Warner Bros.’ choice to play Harry in the series, which (as unlikely as it is to actually happen) may very well be true.

After all, as amazing as Jamie Parker is as Harry Potter on stage, Warner Bros., must be aware that most Harry Potter fans won’t be able to see the play live, and therefore wouldn’t necessarily be as hyped about a ‘Harry Potter movie’ that didn’t star the actors from the original movie series.

Related: Have you read all of Hypable’s original Cursed Child coverage? (There’s a lot!)

As NY Daily News notes, however, Radcliffe is very much doing his own thing, with even the sources admitting that he’d “need some persuading” before agreeing to reprise the role he’s trying very hard to distance himself from.

Aside from this small inconvenience, there are plenty of other reasons why this would not — and perhaps should not — work out.

First of all, Dan Radcliffe is currently 27 years old, and if Warner Bros. was really planning the Cursed Child movie for 2020, he’d have to play the part of a 36-40-year-old Harry in the movie at age >30. We all remember how awkward the Deathly Hallows epilogue turned out, and we’re sure there aren’t many of us who’d want an hours-long version of that (for not to mention the possibility that they’d split this story into two movies).

Second, once they got Radcliffe back, they’d have to get everyone else, too. You couldn’t just have the original Harry back while introducing a brand new Hermione, Ron, Draco, Ginny, etc.

Finally, and perhaps most importantly: Daniel Radcliffe is not Harry Potter. While movie fans will probably always see Radcliffe’s face when thinking about the character, he existed on the pages of the novel series first, which means a potential Cursed Child movie wouldn’t be recasting anyone if they went with new actors — they’d simply pick a new, older set of actors to embody the iconic characters.

Having seen the play on stage, this writer would personally much rather see the original Cursed Child cast reprise their roles for any eventual movie version that Warner Bros. puts together. A lot of the play’s success hinges on these actors’ performances and chemistry, and it’d be a shame to lose that magic on screen.

Would you want to see Daniel Radcliffe back as Harry Potter in a ‘Cursed Child’ movie?