Tuesday, May 24

Wile Away Those Boring Summer Nights

With all the big shows ending this week and next week, what will we occupy our evenings with? Dramas and comedies? Ick. The networks are rolling out a ton of new shows for this summer to make sure we stay indoors and stay free of skin cancer. Here's a rundown of what's on tap for the summer -- and fall (check back regularly for additions):

Hell's Kitchen, sort of like The Apprentice set in a kitchen [FOX, May 30, 9 p.m.]
Beauty and the Geek, Ashton Kutcher's Average Joe-like series [The WB, June 1, 8 p.m.]
Dancing with the Stars, stars embarrass themselves trying to learn how to dance [ABC, June 1, 9 p.m.] This has got to be the dorkiest idea I've ever seen!
Sports Kids Moms & Dads, child abuse as entertainment [Bravo, June 1, 10 p.m.]
Hit Me Baby One More Time washed-up stars compete for a second chance [NBC, June 2, 9 p.m.] Wasn't this already done on MTV?
The Scholar high school kids compete for a scholarship [ABC, June 6, 8 p.m.] BORING!
Fire Me, Please People do their best to get fired; an import of a UK show called Sack Race [CBS, June 7, 9 p.m.]
Blow Out 2 more from the salon [Bravo, June 7, 9 p.m.] Can't wait. Great show!
Queer Eye for the Straight Guy a new season begins [Bravo, June 7, 10 p.m.]
The Real Gilligan's Island 2 more castaways head to an island [TBS, June 8, 9 p.m.]
The Cut, Tommy Hilfiger's Project Runway-like series [CBS, June 9 p.m.] Can you say Rip-Off????
I Want to be a Hilton Kathy Hilton trains more brats how to be socialites [NBC, June 21, 8 p.m.]
The Real World Austin more hot bodies to cast on the Challenge shows [MTV, June 21, 10 p.m.]
Average Joe 4 subtitled "the Joes Strike Back" [NBC, June 28, 8 p.m.]
Being Bobby Brown eight episodes of Whitney and Bobby [Bravo, June 30, 10 p.m.] Hmmmm......
Big Brother 6: Idiots in a house [CBS, July 7, 8 p.m.]
Rock Star: INXS: Mark Burnett's series that will find INXS a lead singer, and air three times per week [CBS, July 11, 9 p.m.]
Welcome to the Neighborhood: families compete to move into a house and are judged by their neighbors [ABC, July] Huh?
Brat Camp: kids go to boot camp [ABC, July] Now this sounds interesting!!!!
The Law Firm: David E. Kelley's courtroom competition series [NBC, July 27, 8 p.m.]
The Biggest Loser 2: The weight-loss phenom [NBC, Aug. 9, 8 p.m.]
Tommy Lee Goes to College: self-explanatory [NBC, Aug. 9]

Highlights of reality-related shows airing this fall:

FOX has no reality TV shows on its fall schedule, although come January, it will pull out the machete that is American Idol and hack the competition to death.
The Apprentice 4 and The Apprentice: Martha Stewart will air concurrently, with Martha airing Wednesdays at 8 and Donald staying on Thursdays at 9.
Fear Factor will delayed until midseason, or until some other show gets canned.
ABC's Wife Swap moves to Mondays at 8 while Supernanny moves to Fridays at 8.

The following shows stay in their normal timeslots: The Amazing Race 8, America's Next Top Model 5 [UPN], American Idol 5 [FOX, January], The Bachelor 8 [ABC, January], Extreme Makeover: Home Edition [ABC], and Survivor Guatemala [CBS].

* Reality shows that aren't on the fall (or midseason) schedule and thus appear to be cancelled include: American Candidate [Showtime], The Benefactor [ABC], Big Man On Camps [The WB], The Complex: Malibu [FOX], The Contender [NBC], High School Reunion [The WB], Last Comic Standing [NBC], Manhunt [Bravo], Queer Eye for the Straight Girl [Bravo], The Road To Stardom with Missy Elliott [UPN], The Starlet [The WB], Who's Your Daddy [FOX], Wickedly Perfect [CBS], and The Will [CBS].

1 comment:

D said...

Dance with the Stars reminds me of that old show Circus of the Stars where someone like Rue McLanahan would be trapezing.