May 29, 2006 11:01 PM by Joe Blackmon
While 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.