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Reality TV Only Gets Hotter This Summer

May 29, 2006 11:01 PM by Joe Blackmon

SummerrealityWhile Summer use to be a time for reruns, it is now the season of reality TV.  In addition to returning Summer time favorites like Big Brother, Rock Star, Hell’s Kitchen, The Contender and So You Think You Can Dance, the networks are launching several new reality TV shows.  Reality TV Magazine took a look at both the returning and the brand new shows, and here is our top five list of must see Summer time reality TV shows.

When in doubt, always go with a sure thing.  Big Brother: All Stars will be the American Idol of the Summer season.  Over its six seasons Big Brother has offered up a memorable cast of houseguests.  Viewers are anxious to see some of their favorites get back into the house, and CBS is wisely giving viewers a vote in deciding who at least some of those houseguests will be. 

Rock Star: Supernova is also highly anticipated, but we’re also nervous of if it can live up to its first season.  Even though Rock Star: INXS ended on a high note, it started out very boring.  J.D. Fortune made the show interesting by proving that sometimes the early villain can turn into the sentimental favorite and win.  The success of Rock Star: Supernova will depend on there being contestants both entertaining and talented like J.D. Fortune.

The first season of Hell’s Kitchen introduced us to Chef Gordon Ramsay, who is often called the Simon Cowell of the Kitchen.  Hell’s Kitchen wasn’t the first reality TV Show to be set in a kitchen, but in our opinion, it was the best.  We can’t wait to watch Chef Ramsay flip plates of food into the contestant’s chests and scream at them until they break down into tears. 

Our favorite new show is NBC’s Treasure Hunters.  Everyone knows that NBC needs a hit, and Treasure Hunters just might turn out to be it.  Early previews for Treasure Hunters gives up hope that it will be an exciting and intense show.  The trick will be that the show needs to become more than just an Amazing Race rip-off and play up the Da Vinci Code style puzzle solving aspects.  Last Summer, Reality TV Magazine picked Rock Star: INXS and Hell’s Kitchen as our two favorite new shows, and both are coming back this year, so we hope to have a similar track record with Treasure Hunters.

The last show to make our list is sort of a new show and an old show.  Last Comic Standing was a treat in its first two seasons, but NBC killed the show by basically trying to turn the third season into an All-Stars edition.  The third season also ran in the Fall and the ratings weren’t good enough for a Fall show.  Last Comic Standing belongs as a fun Summer show, and we’re glad to see it back where it belongs.  NBC is also letting the audience pick the winner, which should add a whole new component to the show. 

Some other reality shows that will be airing this Summer include So You Think You Can Dance 2, My Fair Brady, Fear Factor, Criss Angel: Mindfreak, The Contender 2, The One: Making A Music Star, StarTomorrow, Looking For Stars, One Ocean View, How To Get The Guy, Buy It Now, Tuesday Night Book Club, Solitary, Kathy Griffin: My Life On The D-List, and America’s Got Talent.  At least one of these shows will probably be a surprise hit like Dancing With The Stars was last Summer.  We’re not sure which one (or more) will break out, but we plan to keep a close eye on The One: Making A Music Star and America’s Got Talent because they seem like possible candidates.

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  1. JackKerouac Says:
    May 30th, 2006 at 12:11 pm

    My wife watches Big Brother and Hell’s Kitchen I liked the RockStar show all were pretty darn entertaining.Although I thought the RockStar show was great it seemed to me rather obvious that INXS picked Fortune fairly early the story arc was too plotted from villian to rebel,redemption to generally kicking butt it seemed rather scripted they way he sang “Money” makes me think he had sung it a hundred times it was too good.

    SuperNova is a new band not an established band so it will be interesting to see if we can pick up similar plot lines or if they actually do get down to the finale without really deciding on a singer.

  2. Daryn Says:
    May 31st, 2006 at 11:20 am

    It may not be a long-lasting show, but I’m not embarassed to say that I’m looking forward to the Ricki Lake hosted “Game Show Marathon” show featuring a variety of C to B+ stars. Was this show not included because it won’t technically air in the summer or because I’m the only person who is actually excited by the premise?

  3. Anonymous Says:
    May 31st, 2006 at 11:28 am

    Even better it seems like reality shows are going to start being online… I saw somewhere that Burnett might be producing one for AOL (I think), and interestingly there’s one just starting now from Brawny, getting women to send their ungelpful husbdans for trainning! sounds like could be pretty funny! it’s at brawnyacademy.com

  4. Anonymous Says:
    May 31st, 2006 at 6:40 pm

    I can’t wait for a new season of BIG BROTHER!!!!! June 21st can’t come soon enough!!

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