Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Summer TV (Part 1)

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.”


Optimistic Choices:

American Ninja Warrior
Status:
Returning Show
Network: NBC
Debuted: May 26, 8:00 p.m.
Premise: Originally airing on another network and then partnering with NBC for the last two summers, the sixth season of American Ninja Warrior will be shown on NBC only until September. The obstacle course competition, which looks like a lot more fun to watch than to actually try yourself, will travel to five different cities where people from all walks of life try out. Their hopes of success can be dashed in seconds. In order for competitors to move on the finals, they much complete the finals course in their own city. Hosted by Matt Iseman, NFL player Akbar Gbaja-Biamila and Jenn Brown.


Pessimistic Choices:

Last Comic Standing
Status:
Returning Show
Network:
NBC
Debuted: May 22, 10:00 p.m. (Encore May 28, 8:00 p.m.)
Premise:
Like American Idol only with standup comedians. Since its inception, the show has changed its format every season with this one being no exception. The season began with auditions by invitation only. This year the top 100 comics will compete for the top 20 spots. The winner receives a package that includes an NBC talent deal and a half-hour scripted project. The show features a new host (JB Smoove) and three new “comedy icons” Roseanne Barr, Keenen Ivory Wayans and Russell Peters. This should be a great show, but every year it ends up being a disappointment of crude and rude jokesters passing themselves off as comedians.

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