Thursday, May 29, 2014

Summer TV (Part 2)

Now that Memorial Day, the unofficial start of summer, has passed, the networks are offering a slew of new shows for better or worse. Many of these are returning shows, some are new shows getting a short try out and some we will never see again. One of TV’s most popular shows, Dancing with the Stars, began as a six week trial during the summer of 2005, so you never know what you’re going to get. Still, some of these sound a bit “out there.”

Some of the new summer shows have already started, but most offer “encore” performances or episodes can be found online or through your cable service. Due to the size of show offerings, this story has been broken up into three segments and broken up into “Optimistic Choices” and “Pessimistic Choices.” Here is part two:

Optimistic Choices:
America's Got Talent (NBC)
America’s Got Talent
Status:
Returning Show
Network:
NBC
Debuted:
May 27, 8:00 p.m. (Encore June 1, 8:00 p.m.)
Premise:
Now in its ninth season, America’s Got Talent is the ultimate talent show feature a myriad of acts with people from all over the country. The big winner receives $1 million dollars and a gig in Los Vegas. This season’s host is Nick Cannon and is joined again by judges Howard Stern (who is a lot tamer here than what you would hear on his radio show), Heidi Klum, Mel B and Howie Mandel.

Pessimistic Choices:
Sing Your Face Off (ABC)
Sing Your Face Off
Status: New Show
Network: ABC
Debuts: May 31, 9:00 p.m.
Premise: Sort of a twist of Dancing with the Stars with celebrities known for something other than their singing to be featured singing…as somebody else. Hopefully the name of the show is the worst thing about it, but I doubt it. The celebrity contestants are Sebastian Back, Landry Fields, Jon Lovitz, China Anne McClain and Lisa Rinna. The show is hosted by John Barrowman and the judges are Debbie Gibson and Darrel Hammond.

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