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Coming up on TV this Summer...

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  1. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl Do it for the Vine! Staff Member

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    Some of this stuff is awful. There's a reason why I'd rather watch Law & Order repeats...all 80 million of them.
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    Summer TV offers some hot prospects

    By MIKE MCDANIEL
    Copyright 2005 Houston Chronicle
    Bobby Brown, Tommy Lee, Jerry Hall, Tommy Hilfiger and (oh, brother) more Big Brother — television's going gonzo over reality this summer. But scripted programming will also be served in substantial proportions.

    And this year, cable's not the only summer player.

    The broadcast networks previously ceded summer to cable, content to count their money as reruns ruled. But with cable drawing viewers from the broadcast channels, and with reruns proving to be ratings losers, the Big Boys are playing summer ball. There will still be more reruns than you can count, but new shows are coming, too.

    It's all part of that "year-round scheduling" talk you've been hearing about from network execs. Summer is too important to ignore anymore.

    We count 76 new shows — series, movies, documentaries — airing between now and September. A third of them are broadcast.

    Broadcasters will also return summer helpings of series that aired during the regular season. These range from NBC's The Biggest Loser to Fox's Renovate My Family to ABC's Wife Swap.

    Here's a quick-hit list of some summer offerings:



    Miniseries

    Empire. Well-acted, well-produced six-hour drama about the fall of Julius Caesar and the fight between two men to succeed him. From the makers of Chicago. June 28, ABC


    Into the West. Six two-hour films track the settling of the West from white and American Indian perspectives. Sounds dry, but it isn't. Steven Spielberg is executive producer. June 12, TNT



    Reality

    Beauty & the Geek. Geeks are paired with beauties and tested on academic and social topics. Producers are Ashton Kutcher and Jason Goldberg. Wednesday, WB


    Dancing With the Stars. Celebrities try ballroom dancing with professionals. Wednesday, ABC

    Hit Me Baby One More Time. Former music stars — Vanilla Ice, Wang Chung, etc. — check their appeal by performing in front of an audience. Thursday, NBC

    Kept. Twelve hunks vie to be kept by Jerry Hall. Thursday, VH1

    Strip Search. Guys are recruited to form a dancing troupe. Thursday, VH1

    Hell's Kitchen. Chef Gordon Ramsay treats wannabe chefs like tripe as they compete for a restaurant they can call their own. Premiered this week and airs Mondays, Fox

    The Scholar. High schoolers take oral exams and answer lightning-round questions to win scholarship money. Monday, ABC

    Blow Out. Returns June 7, Bravo

    Fire Me, Please. Two people compete to see who can get fired first. June 7, CBS

    The Real Gilligan's Island. Returns June 8, TBS
    The Cut. Aspiring designers compete for a job with Tommy Hilfiger. June 9, CBS

    The Real World. Austin plays home this time. June 20, MTV

    I Want to Be a Hilton. Contest on how to handle the rich life. June 21, NBC

    Average Joe: The Joes Strike Back. Returns June 28, NBC

    Being Bobby Brown. In which the troubled singer shows his softer side. June 30, Bravo

    Big Brother. Returns July 7, CBS

    Rock Star: INXS. Contest to find a new lead singer for the Australian pop band. Airs three times a week. From Mark Burnett (Survivor, The Apprentice). July 11, CBS

    Brat Camp. Six out-of-control teens are sent to a boot camp in the Oregon wilderness. July 13, ABC

    So You Think You Can Dance. Think American Idol for dancers. July 20, Fox

    The Law Firm. Lawyers compete against each other while trying actual cases. From David E. Kelley (Boston Legal, The Practice). July 28, NBC

    Meet Mister Mom. Dads get the housework while moms take vacation. Aug, 3, NBC

    The Biggest Loser. Returns Aug. 9, NBC

    Tommy Lee Goes to College. The title says it all. Aug. 9, NBC



    Comedy

    P. Diddy Presents the Bad Boys of Comedy. Rising comics perform in this weekly series. June 10, HBO


    Stella. Michael Ian Black, Michael Showalter and David Wain adapt their popular stage show for the small screen. June 29, Comedy Central

    Mind of Mencia. Funnyman Carlos Mencia stars. July 7, Comedy Central

    Reno 911. Returns June 13, Comedy Central

    Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List. Six-episode series in which Griffin recounts surreal celebrity encounters. July 27, Bravo

    Weekends at the DL. Talker with D.L. Hughley. July 29, Comedy Central



    Drama

    Entourage. Returns Sunday, HBO


    Six Feet Under. Returns Monday for its final season, HBO

    The Inside. Freaky series about a rookie FBI agent with a frightening ability to read criminal minds. June 8, Fox

    The Dead Zone. Returns June 12, USA

    The Closer. Kyra Sedgwick in a role tailored for her. June 13, TNT

    The Missing. Returns June 19, Lifetime

    Over There. Ensemble cast showcases the lives of soldiers in Iraq and their families back home. From Steven Bochco (NYPD Blue). July 27, FX

    Wanted. Gary Cole heads a specialized L.A. police force in this procedural series. July 31, TNT

    [font=verdana,arial,helvetica,ms sans-serif]10 PICKS FOR SUMMER[/font]
    [font=verdana, arial, helvetica, sans-serif]• Empire
    Jonathan Cake mesmerizes in ABC's epic six-parter. June 28. [/font]

    [font=verdana, arial, helvetica, sans-serif]• Into the West
    We've seen half of TNT's 12-hour opus and eagerly await more. June 12.[/font]

    [font=verdana, arial, helvetica, sans-serif]• Over There
    Fictional series promises to bring Iraq war into U.S. living rooms. July 27. [/font]

    [font=verdana, arial, helvetica, sans-serif]• Beauty and the Geek
    Heartfelt reality from the punk who brought us Punk'd. June 1.[/font]

    [font=verdana, arial, helvetica, sans-serif]• The Law Firm
    David E. Kelley (Boston Legal) gives reality a try. July 28.[/font]

    [font=verdana, arial, helvetica, sans-serif]• The Closer
    Kyra Sedgwick dazzles in role of a dynamic case solver. June 13. [/font]

    [font=verdana, arial, helvetica, sans-serif]• Hell's Kitchen
    Gordon Ramsay scares the bordelaise out of aspiring chefs. On the air. [/font]

    [font=verdana, arial, helvetica, sans-serif]• Entourage
    More inside the Hollywood mind-set from HBO. June 5. [/font]

    [font=verdana, arial, helvetica, sans-serif]• Kathy Griffin
    Her stand-up special My Life on the D-List becomes a series. July 27. [/font]

    [font=verdana, arial, helvetica, sans-serif]• Big Brother
    TV's most infuriatingly addictive reality show returns. July 7. [/font]


    mike.mcdaniel@chron.com

    http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/features/3204026
  2. zorg222

    zorg222 nose picker

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    that is a lot of crap, but law & order is sad and disturbing, it makes me sad:(
  3. Yeagermeister

    Yeagermeister Active Member

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    I'll watch Entourage and Six Feet under but the rest you can keep.
  4. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Brotherhood of the Beard Staff Member

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    I guess Entourage and Big Brother for me...the wife likes big brother so I usually get hooked after a little while.

    I just started watching entourage.

    Deadwood is over, Battlestar Galatica is over, Lost is over, Biker Build-offs is over so there is nothing I normally watch on except for in re-runs.

    SO...I was looking on the in-demand section on the cable box and seen Entourage.

    I think I watched the entire first season in one sitting.....it's not bad, could be better, but it is funny...Dillon and the Agent make me laugh.
  5. Yeagermeister

    Yeagermeister Active Member

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    Entourage is ok but there is hope. The new season BSG is supposed to start soon.

    In demand is way cool. So far it's the only thing I like about my switch to cable.
  6. Chief

    Chief "Friggin Joke Monkey"

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    I'm looking forward to "Into the West."

    A Spielberg Western?

    Can't miss.
  7. Crown Royal

    Crown Royal Insulin Beware

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    I don't watch too much TV other than football. Shows I watch with some regularity:

    Nip/Tuck
    Good Eats

    ...wow - come to think of it, that's about it.

    But don't let that fool you - I watch TONS of movies.
  8. Yeagermeister

    Yeagermeister Active Member

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    Alton Brown is very good. He mixes the cooking and humor very well.
  9. Yeagermeister

    Yeagermeister Active Member

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    fyi The new season of Battlestar starts friday
  10. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Brotherhood of the Beard Staff Member

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    This Friday???

    Serious?
  11. Crown Royal

    Crown Royal Insulin Beware

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    The humor is cheesy (but effective). I like the show because he isn't just giving me recipes - he explains why these recipes work, explains food components, etc. If I watch a show like Molto Mario, I get a very good, though complicated, recipe for an Italian dish. But, without understanding what's going on, I can't very well alter it or expand it, etc.

    Whereas Good Eats teaches me the basic process that goes into each topic. After you find out something, you can create your own recipes and such. It's like taking a culinary arts class free.
  12. zorg222

    zorg222 nose picker

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    I've found lately that Nip/Tuck's™ main idea isn't really plastic surgery, if you know what I mean;)
  13. NYCowboy22

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    Emeril Live
    Good Eats
    Iron Chef
    Molto Mario
    Are all good cooking shows. I can't stand when they have fat *** Al Roker on there. Look, its obvious he likes to eat, but I can't stomach the drivel that comes out of his mouth. He is salivating so much from the damn food he can hardly get a sentence out anyway.
  14. Hoov

    Hoov Senior Member

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    Im the same way, the only time the tv is on is when someone else is watching it (except for football). when i moved a year and a half ago i left my tv in a box for weeks until someone came over and complained.
  15. Yeagermeister

    Yeagermeister Active Member

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    I don't care for Mario but the others I like. I could care less what they are cooking on IC. I watch it because the dubbing cracks me.
  16. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Brotherhood of the Beard Staff Member

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    I only liked the Iron Chefs because it was entertaining.

    I really do not care for the other shows on the channel and have not watched iron chefs in quite some time.

    I think that channel burns me out because the wife is always watching Rachel Ray and she annoys me with that beavis and butthead laugh....and before others start....she is not ugly, but she is FAR from being hot.

    Same with that big headed chick.
  17. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Brotherhood of the Beard Staff Member

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    Yes that was part of the charm....and how serious they get.

    That chairman guy cracks me up as well because he is so over dramatic.

    I saw it on the channel guide the other night and flipped over to watch and it was american chefs....could only watch a few minutes because it just did not capture the magic of the original.
  18. Crown Royal

    Crown Royal Insulin Beware

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    I abhor Iron Chef. Too cheezy, and does nothing for me as a cook. I watch these shows because I enjoy cooking and culinary arts, not because I wanna see bad dubbing and a game show involving food.

    And regarding Rachel Ray - her voice is annoying.
  19. Yeagermeister

    Yeagermeister Active Member

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    Yeah the new one is pretty bad but it's not as bad as their first attempt. It had Shatner as the chairman. It was very bad. :D

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