THIS WEEK IN BROADCAST TV Summer programming gets into full swing this week, with a bunch of new premieres.
Monday-There's new programming on ABC and NBC, with ABC airing new episodes of The Bachelorette and (nobody watches) The Mole, while NBC airs new episodes of American Gladiators and Nashville Star.
Tuesday-FOX airs a new episode of Hell's Kitchen, while ABC and NBC duke it out with new premeries. ABC has Wipeout, I Survived A Japanese Game Show, and a new Primetime miniseries The Outsiders. Primetime: The Outsiders "features reports on people who live by their own rules". The first episode is about Amish teens. If that's not to your liking, NBC has Celebrity Family Feud to go along with America's Got Talent. Celebrity Family Feud is all for charity. This week has Ice T (the Unity 2 charity, which I am unable to locate online) vs. The Rivers (I'm gonna guess that's Joan and Melissa Rivers)(Guide Dogs for the Blind) and Raven-Symone (the American Red Cross) vs. Wayne Newton (the United Service Organization).
Wednesday-ABC's got the season finale of Wife Swap, along with a new Supernanny, and the premiere of Primetime: Crime. This one is about showcasing real criminal cases. The premiere is about a 16-year-old girl who died in 1989. Authorities claimed she died falling off a porch. A 9½ inch porch. NBC has a new Deal or No Deal, the I-swear-it's-true-this-time premiere of The Baby Borrowers, and a new Celebrity Circus. The CW has the finale of Farmer Wants A Wife.
Thursday-FOX has new episodes of Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader? and So You Think You Can Dance. NBC has new episodes of Last Comic Standing and Fear Itself. ABC has the premiere of Hopkins, a documentary about John Hopkins Hospital. And, what's this, new programming on CBS? Oh, it's just Swingtown, never mind.
Friday-ABC's got the premiere of Dance Machine, along with the summer premiere of Duel, that game show you didn't watch when it was on last time, and, as always 20/20. The CW has episode number 462 of Friday Night Smackdown (episode 476 is the MyNetwork premiere). FOX has xXx: State of the Union. And NBC brings us Dateline NBC.
Saturday-Weekends are Olympics times on NBC, which is airing the U.S. Olympic Track Trials on Saturday. There's a new America's Most Wanted on FOX. Or there's The Haunted Mansion on ABC.
Sunday-Million Dollar Password with Steve Schirripa and Sara Evans airs on CBS. They're really scraping the bottom of the barrel for celebrities. U.S. Olympic Track/Swimming Trials airs on NBC, followed by the normal Dateline NBC. FOX has got The Lost World: Jurassic Park airing. In cable news, VH1 is airing all 8 hours of I Love The New Millennium this Sunday. They must be stopped.
I find myself leaning towards Clay too. His reaction this week when the Selfless team brought 34 bricks up was suspicious, and it's the perfect Mole move to do demand the exemption afterwards - either he gets it or the team loses money, it's a win for him either way.
Like me, you were gripped by the shocking first-ever American English language telenovelas and then never watched a SINGLE episode of either "Desire" (mynetworktv.com) or "Fashion House" (mynetworktv.com) (even with Bo Derek!