LOS ANGELES (thefutoncritic.com) -- With nearly 70 new series launching this summer (and another 40 or so returning), the months of June, July and August are no longer the programming wastelands they used to be. What follows then is a complete breakdown of what to expect in the coming months, with separate sections for comedy series, drama series, reality competition series, unscripted series and original movies.
(listed by premiere date)
(Mondays at 8:00/7:00c on A&E; new season premiered May 3)
How A&E describes it: "Each episode showcases the highs and lows that passengers and crew face behind the scenes of the Southwest Airlines. Follow Southwest Airlines pilots, flight attendants, and airport employees as they experience heartwarming passenger stories, occasional outbursts, weather-related anxiety and heightened security measuresall while trying to meet everyone's urgent timetable. A&E Network brings the viewer behind the counter, onto the tarmac and into cockpit for this real life series."
(Fridays at 10:00/9:00c on VH1; premiered May 15)
How VH1 describes it: "People will do just about anything to become famous. Welcome to VH1's new social experiment that delights in pushing people's limits to find out just how much they'll take for TV fame and fortune. Each weekly episode invites real people and celebrities to participate in what they believe to be casting calls and pilot tapings for the latest, hottest new reality shows coming to the tube. What they don't know is that every audition is 100% fake. Each concept is pulled off by our cast of professionally trained improv actors posing as the show's producers and talent. No matter how much "B.S." is doled out by our cast of accomplices, eager reality show wannabes and celebrities always seem ready to believe any bogus concept for their chance at fame."
BRITNEY & KEVIN: CHAOTIC
(Tuesdays at 9:00/8:00c on UPN; season finale airs June 14)
How UPN describes it: "Britney and Kevin's new series shares their courtship, engagement and wedding through exclusive, never-before-seen private home videos, shot mostly by the couple with their own camera. This fun, uniquely personal series gives viewers a rare glimpse inside the pair's relationship and life together. The footage begins shortly after Britney and Kevin first met in Los Angeles and headed off to Europe together on tour, leading up to and including their wedding day. UPN is also shooting new footage and commentary with Britney and Kevin that will guide viewers through their story."
DOG THE BOUNTY HUNTER
(Tuesdays at 9:00/8:00c on A&E; new season premiered April 5)
How A&E describes it: "Fugitives beware! "Dog the Bounty Hunter" returns for its second season of heart-stopping adventures starring real-life bounty hunter Duane "Dog" Chapman and his loyal family and cohorts. This season, watch Dog and his crew capture notorious outlaws and sympathetic fugitives alike -- all while doing their best to take care of their marriages, families and communities. Tune in!"
(Sundays at 9:00/8:00c on A&E; new season premiered March 6)
How A&E describes it: "FAMILY PLOTS is now in its second season of ground-breaking entertainment with a full hour of back-to-back episodes. The series chronicles the curious comings and goings of a real Southern California family-run mortuary."
THE FIRST 48
(Thursdays at 10:00/9:00c on A&E; season finale TBA)
How A&E describes it: "For homicide detectives, the clock starts ticking the moment they are called. Their chance of solving a case is cut in half if they don't get a lead inTHE FIRST 48.Each passing hour gives suspects more time to flee, witnesses more time to forget what they saw, and crucial evidence more time to be lost forever. This new A&E series,THE FIRST 48,follows detectives from around the country during these first critical hours as they race against time to find the suspect. Gritty and fast-paced, it takes viewers behind the scenes of real-life investigations with unprecedented access to crime scenes, autopsies, forensic processing, and interrogations."
I MARRIED A PRINCESS
(Mondays at 11:00/10:00c on Lifetime; season finale airs June 27)
How Lifetime describes it: "Once upon a time, there lived a beautiful princess. One day, she met a hunky Hollywood movie star and the two fell in love and got married. Wait until you see their crazy fairy-tale life up close and personal! Don't miss "I Married a Princess," featuring real-life royalty and actress Catherine Oxenberg ("Dynasty"), her husband and leading man Casper Van Dien ("Starship Troopers") and their five rambunctious kids."
(Sundays at 10:00/9:00c on A&E; premiered March 6)
How A&E describes it: "A new documentary series, INTERVENTION profiles people who are losing the battle with their addictions, and whose friends and families feel the only remaining option is to hold an intervention. Each documentary follows the lives of these addicts, taking an unflinching look at the impact of their addictions on their everyday lives, all the while the addicts are unaware that an intervention is being planned. Each airing ends with the friends, family and a professional interventionist urging the addict to get treatment. If the individual should choose treatment, the addict immediately enters a widely respected treatment facility."
KNIEVEL'S WILD RIDE
(Tuesdays at 10:00/9:00c on A&E; premiered April 5)
How A&E describes it: ""Knievel's Wild Ride" features the extraordinary exploits of daredevil Robbie Knievel. This new real-life series gives an exuberant and unfiltered look into the day-to-day life of our generation's greatest living daredevil, a guy who lives hard, plays hard, and most certainly works hard. Each episode revolves around Robbie's preparation for his next jump. There are no rules and no fabrications; the life-or-death stakes are very real."
(Tuesdays at 8:00/7:00c on PAX; season finale airs May 31)
How PAX describes it: "In some cases, they are the accused � in other cases, they are the accusers. Both will be given a fair shake on PAX TV�s new primetime series, �Lie Detector.� Hosted by TV journalist and talk show personality Rolonda Watts (�Inside Edition,� �The Rolonda Show�), this provocative and often surprising series examines the truth behind real-life stories ripped from the headlines, using the most powerful instrument to detect deception � the polygraph."
MEET THE BARKERS
(Wednesdays at 10:00/9:00c on MTV; season finale airs June 8)
How MTV describes it: "MTV: Music Television greenlights the new reality series, "Meet the Barkers" featuring Travis Barker of Blink 182, his new wife Shanna Moakler, the former Miss USA, and their family. In this new series, MTV cameras follow Travis and Shanna who are living the rock n' roll/Hollywood fantasy life together while simultaneously adjusting to parenthood -- and all that comes with it."
NASCAR DRIVERS: 360
(Fridays at 10:00/9:00c on FX; season finale airs June 24)
How FX describes it: "NASCAR Drivers: 360 is a weekly, one-hour series that will give viewers an unvarnished look at nine drivers, their families and teams, primarily focusing on their lives away from the tracks."
PENN & TELLER: BULLSHIT
(Mondays at 10:00/9:00c on Showtime; season finale airs July 25)
How Showtime describes it: "Winner of the prestigious 2004 Writer's Guild Award for Best Comedy/Variety Series, PENN & TELLER: BULLSHIT!, continues its controversial muckraking throughout season three by confronting many of the institutions society holds dear."
THE REAL WORLD/ROAD RULES CHALLENGE
(Mondays at 10:00/9:00c on MTV; season finale airs June 27)
How MTV describes it: "Executive Produced by Jonathan Murray and produced by Bunim/Murray Productions, Inferno II is the tenth season of the Real World/Road Rules Challenge. The series features 20 legendary veterans of MTV�s The Real World and Road Rules divided into two teams: the Good Guys and the Bad Asses. The teams will compete for more than $300,000 dollars worth of cash and prizes."
(Mondays at 8:00/7:00c on PAX; premiered April 18)
How PAX describes it: "In each weekly one-hour episode, two everyday people undergo a complete makeover, setting out to fool their unsuspecting family or friends, with the help of a skilled �fakeover� crew led by award-winning Hollywood make-up effects artist Kevin Yagher (�Aeon Flux,� �Face/Off,� �Hulk,� �Matrix� sequels). Using prosthetic techniques, body sculpting wardrobe and unique movie magic accessories, Yagher and his team miraculously transform men into women, young into old and ordinary people into cultural icons."
PREMIERING IN JUNE
SPORTS KIDS MOMS & DADS
(Wednesdays at 10:00/9:00c on Bravo; premieres June 1)
How Bravo describes it: "Bravo took viewers backstage for "Showbiz Moms & Dads" and then into the dog show arena for "Showdog Moms & Dads" and now we're headed to the rinks, fields, courts, and sidelines of America's aspiring athletes in "Sports Kids Moms & Dads." In this eight-part documentary series, "Sports Kids Moms & Dads" follows families' daily struggles and conflicts as their child athletes struggle to excel in the highly stressful, competitive, "win at all costs" world of sports. The series examines the highs and lows of competition and parental "coaching" and uncovers that Moms and Dads are often more distraught by defeat than their resilient offspring. Despite injuries and setbacks, these young athletes exhibit fierce determination and discipline matched only by the undying passion for their respective sports."
(Tuesdays at 9:00/8:00c on Bravo; new season premieres June 7)
How Bravo describes it: "It's more tears, more drama, and more celebrity hair when Jonathan Antin returns for a second installment of the successful Bravo series "Blow Out." Season one chronicled the renowned hairstylist as he laid his reputation on the line to pursue his dream of establishing Jonathan Salon in Beverly Hills. Now with two thriving salons under his belt, season two chronicles Antin as he goes global with the worldwide launch of Jonathan Product - and the pressure is back on tenfold. As his name is his product - anything less than the best is unacceptable and tensions build as Antin's product team races to meet deadlines and still meet the talented stylist's towering expectations."
QUEER EYE FOR THE STRAIGHT GUY
(Tuesdays at 10:00/9:00c on Bravo; new season premieres June 7)
How Bravo describes it: ""Queer Eye for the Straight Guy's" summer season is big in scope and emotion and kicks off June 7th with the premiere of the World Series Champion Boston Red Sox episode featuring players Kevin Millar, Johnny Damon, Tim Wakefield, Jason Varitek and Doug Mirabelli. Also this summer the Fab 5 take on 2 year-old quintuplets, help a veterinarian plan an ambush wedding for his veterinarian fiance and help the tent master of the Big Apple Circus live the traveling life in style."
(Mondays at 11:05/10:05c on Spike TV; premieres Friday, June 10 at 10:00/9:00c)
How Spike TV describes it: "Spike TV and NBA Entertainment (NBAE) have teamed up to produce a new, original series delving into the behind-the-scenes world of various NBA first-year neophytes in "NBA Rookies. "The six-episode series, premiering Friday, June 10 (9:00pm-10:00pm ET/PT) features got milk? Rookie of the Year Emeka Okafor (Charlotte Bobcats), and got milk? NBA All-Rookie Team members Dwight Howard (Orlando Magic), Andre Iguodala (Philadelphia76ers), and Jameer Nelson (Orlando Magic). Other NBA rookies prominently featured include J.R. Smith (New Orleans Hornets), and Devin Harris (Dallas Mavericks)."
RUSSELL SIMMONS PRESENTS: DEF POETRY
(Fridays at 11:30/10:30c on HBO; new season premieres June 10)
How HBO describes it: "Mos Def returns to host a fifth season of Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry, Friday, June 10 at 11:30 pm."
(Wednesdays at 10:00/9:00c on FX; premieres June 15)
How FX describes it: "FX recently placed a six episode order from award-winning filmmaker Morgan Spurlock for 30 Days, a documentary-style unscripted series. The adapted-for-television format is based on Spurlock's award-winning documentary Super Size Me, will place an individual in a living environment that is antithetical to their upbringing, beliefs, religion or profession. Topics for the six episodes will deal with social and behavioral differences in America ranging from ethnic to religious to economic. Spurlock, who created the concept, will host and narrate the series."
PARTY AT THE PALMS
(Wednesdays at 10:00/9:00c on E!; premieres June 15)
How E! describes it: No official description has been released other than it is an unscripted series about the nightlife at the famed Las Vegas casino.
THE REAL WORLD
(Tuesdays at 10:00/9:00c on MTV; new season premieres June 21; launch special airs Monday, June 6 at 10:30/9:30c)
How MTV describes it: ""Don't Mess With Texas," the locals are fond of saying--and that goes double for Austin, the site of this season's Real World. Shacked up in a tricked-out former warehouse in the heart of downtown, the new seven strangers are sure to explore Austin's legendary 'Sixth Street' nightlife--which happens to be just around the corner from their house. With the usual blend of very different roommates, tension will inevitably arise, as will romance. Trust us, you won't want to miss the 16th season of this groundbreaking series."
PIMP MY RIDE
(Sundays at 9:00/8:00c on MTV; new season premieres June 26)
How MTV describes it: "After another unforgettable season of turning less-than-luxurious rides into pimped out masterpieces with �Pimp My Ride,� MTV will head back into the garage with rapper and car enthusiast Xzibit and the guys from West Coast Customs to make the dreams of a few young automotively-challenged fans come true."
VIVA LA BAM
(Sundays at 9:30/8:30c on MTV; new season premieres June 26)
How MTV describes it: "Finally, also returning are the antics of skateboarding pro and former �Jackass� star Bam Margera as he lives at home and wreaks havoc on his unsuspecting friends and family in a new season of �Viva La Bam.�"
(Sundays at 10:00/9:00c on MTV; new season premieres June 26)
How MTV describes it: "Ashton Kutcher will also return to host another season of �Punk�d� as he once again takes aim on his hapless celebrity friends with more over-the-top pranks."
THE ANDY MILONAKIS SHOW
(Sundays at 10:30/9:30c on MTV; premieres June 26)
How MTV describes it: No official description has been released other than it is an unscripted series about the off-kilter young comedian's activities (which include creating absurd short films of himself and his surroundings) after being trapped in his apartment on Manhattan's Lower East Side.
BEING BOBBY BROWN
(Thursdays at 10:00/9:00c on Bravo; premieres June 30)
How Bravo describes it: "This much-anticipated, eight episode unscripted series explores the exclusive world of the Grammy-winning performer, Bobby Brown. It's his prerogative and his take on his life, family, music, and motivations. The series, shot documentary-style, also allows fans and critics alike to see the real Bobby Brown - as a family man and husband, apart from the headline scandals and allegations that have plagued, and at times overshadowed, the successful musician's career. The series also features Brown's wife, pop superstar Whitney Houston and the rest of his immediate and extended family and offers an opportunity for viewers to see the lives of these icons from the inside. The series will also demystify Brown's relationships with Houston; their daughter, Bobbi Kristina; his children from previous relationships, La Princia and Bobby Jr.; and his brother Tommy, Bobby's personal manager."
PREMIERING IN JULY
(Fridays at 9:00/8:00c on MTV2; premieres July 8)
How MTV2 describes it: "There�s a new vision coming to MTV2 this summer: �Stankervision.� The extreme sketch comedy show that�s guaranteed to leave a funny taste in your mouth brings a potent combination of pranks, sketches, animation, claymation, man-on-the street and much more. Stankervision features Waco, Roger Black, Greg Epps, Zac Pope and Yucko the Clown of Howard Stern fame. This underground comedy troupe formerly known as �The Damn Show� from Athens, Georgia delivers a fresh blend of wildly irreverent, completely inappropriate comedy to the MTV2 audience. And they wouldn�t want it any other way!"
(Fridays at 9:30/8:30c on MTV2; new season premieres July 8)
How MTV2 describes it: "What happens when one all-American teenager is left home alone for the weekend while hidden cameras follow every move? We find out when �Damage Control� finds a new home on MTV2. Faced with compromising situations thanks to the Damage Control team of actors, the parents watch from next door with host, and Simple Plan lead singer, Pierre Bouvier, trying to guess just what their son or daughter might do next. With cash at stake, how well do these parents know their kids� we find out on �Damage Control.�"
THE PRINCES OF MALIBU
(Sundays at 8:30/7:30c on FOX; premieres July 10)
How FOX describes it: "Also in July, it's destination: Malibu and an insider's view of two brothers who are always on vacation as FOX presents the new unscripted series THE PRINCES OF MALIBU, premiering Sunday, July 10 (8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT). This series, filled with humor and some universally relatable family issues, uncovers the comedy that inevitably arises when a pair of free-wheeling adult brothers live at home with their mother and stepfather. The difference here is that their home is a luxurious 22-acre compound by the sea, and their stepfather happens to be legendary musician, arranger and producer DAVID FOSTER. Brothers BRANDON and BRODY JENNER, sons of Olympian Bruce Jenner and songwriter LINDA THOMPSON, who's now married to Foster, are driving their step-dad to distraction. While Foster is hard at work, the boys, along with their friend SPENCER PRATT, are working hard at spending his money � running up tabs at expensive restaurants and partying day and night. Foster is finally putting his foot down. He wants Brandon and Brody to grow up and get out."
THE SURREAL LIFE 5
(Sundays at 9:00/8:00c on VH1; new season premieres July 10 at 9:00/8:00c)
How VH1 describes it: "Yes, folks -- the circus has come to town! But instead of lion tamers, bearded ladies and fire-eaters, we've got a sheep-herding Perfect Stranger from Mypos, a notorious reality diva, a pair of exotic beauty queens, a spicy hip-hop songstress, a fearless Motorcross freestyler, and a "juiced-up" baseball legend... The ultimate TV sideshow is about to begin -- on SURREAL LIFE 5!"
HOGAN KNOWS BEST
(Sundays at 9:30/8:30c on VH1; premieres July 10 at 10:00/9:00c)
How VH1 describes it: "Hulk Hogan's famous "Grr" extends way beyond the wrestling ring and into his home. Not only is he a world famous wrestler - he's also a very "red state" suburban dad who lives on a 20,000-square-foot estate in Florida with wife Linda, 16 year-old daughter Brooke, who he won't allow to date and 14 year-old son Nick, who wants to be a race car driver. "HOGAN KNOWS BEST" takes you inside the Hogan household as Hulk and Linda wrestle with being PG parents in an increasingly R-rated world."
(Wednesdays at 9:00/8:00c on ABC; premieres July 13 at 8:00/7:00c)
How ABC describes it: "What would you do with a teen that curses at you, breaks the law in your house and doesn�t listen to anything you say? Six families with out of control teenagers make the tough choice and decide to send their kids to Sagewalk Wilderness Therapy Camp, a boot camp-style program in the wilds of Oregon, in the desperate hope that, once it�s over, they�ll get back the children they once knew and loved. The show is the latest U.K. sensation -- where it aired on Channel 4 -- to cross the Atlantic to American audiences."
(Thursdays at 9:00/8:00c on ABC; premieres July 14)
How ABC describes it: "Once stigmatized as the last resort of desperate souls and lonely hearts, today internet dating services are a billion-dollar industry used by an estimated 40 million Americans. "Hooking Up," a new five-part documentary series from the producers of the award-winning ABC News series "Hopkins 24/7," "Boston 24/7" and "NYPD 24/7," takes an intimate look at the sometimes bewildering, often hilarious, and occasionally frightening world of online dating. Like the "24/7" series, "Hooking Up" puts a particular aspect of our culture under a microscope, focusing in this case on the yearnings, trials and tribulations of 12 Manhattan women. Their experiences - the connections, the rejections, the dating disasters - are a reminder that, for better or worse, every date is an adventure into uncharted territory."
MINDING THE STORE
(Sundays at 10:00/9:00c on TBS; premieres July 17)
How TBS describes it: "MINDING THE STORE opens with Mitzi Shore reluctantly handing over the reins of her legendary Comedy Store to her youngest son Pauly, in the hopes that maybe he can pump some life back into it. With his plans of renovations, new promotions and A-list talent, Pauly�s goal of making the comedy club great again proves to be a daunting task, especially since his mom just can�t seem to let him take over completely. Equally as daunting are Pauly�s attempts to regain his professional footing as an actor, taking classes and telling his agent to put him up for serious, more dramatic roles. He also runs into problems as he tries to juggle relationships with the women in his life and finally date someone �appropriate.�"
(Wednesdays at 9:00/8:00c on A&E; premieres July 20)
How A&E describes it: "An inside look at the tattoo craze that has infiltrated mainstream America. Cameras catch the doings at the Palms Hotel in Las Vegas, where the first-ever tattoo parlor in a casino has opened. We follow shop owner John Huntington and his staff of eccentric tattoo artists, and discover why their customers have made the fateful decision to mark themselves forever."
CRISS ANGEL: MINDFREAK
(Wednesdays at 10:00/9:00c on A&E; premieres July 20)
How A&E describes it: No official description has been released other than it is an unscripted series about the magician's unannounced on-the-street performances and public demonstrations.
VENUS & SERENA: FOR REAL
(Wednesdays at 10:00/9:00c on ABC Family; premieres July 20)
How ABC Family describes it: "What is it like to lead the lifestyle of tennis pros and also deal with the glamour of being celebrities? Find out in this reality series featuring sisters Venus and Serena Williams. The six episodes follow these two young women coming of age, as they find their place in the world outside of tennis. You'll see them interacting with their family and friends, find out what they do for fun, and also see them at their best on the court."
(Mondays at 10:00/9:00c on E!; premieres in July 25)
How E! describes it: No official description has been released other than it is an unscripted series about New Line Cinema's upcoming horror film "The Scorned," the cast of which includes several former reality TV stars.
LAGUNA BEACH: THE REAL ORANGE COUNTY
(Mondays at 10:00/9:00c on MTV; new season premieres July 25; launch special airs July 11)
How MTV describes it: "It's one of the wealthiest, most beautiful beachside communities in the world and MTV has unlimited access to the tight-knit power clique of eight rich, beautiful teenagers that live there. Their lives intertwine in ways you won't believe, until you drop in for a visit. Laguna Beach is paradise--a little slice of heaven on earth--why would anyone want to leave? The answer will come as you watch the best friends share experiences through parties, relationships, love and small town injustice. This is where the angst and the tumultuous affairs are the stuff of prime time drama, except this is all REAL. And that's just the tip of the iceberg. Welcome to paradise, otherwise known as Laguna Beach, California."
(Wednesdays at 8:00/7:00c on Sci Fi; premieres July 27)
How Sci Fi describes it: "The Channel's new (8pm-10:30pm ET/PT) 'SCI FI Wednesday' block, premiering July 27, 2005, takes the genre to new heights with the series debut of 'Master Blasters' (8pm). Does your hobby require an FAA launch window? The new daredevil stepchild of the reality genre pits crews of amateur rocket scientists against SCI FI's 'Master Blasters,' a team headed by father and son rocket men Dan and Terry Stroud. The 'Master Blasters' team and their opposition are challenged to a space race of a different kind: design, build and launch some very bizarre things into the stratosphere. From rocket-bolstered sofas to fuel injected portable toilets, "one small step for man" becomes one giant leap for mad science!"
(Wednesdays at 9:00/8:00c on Sci Fi; new season premieres July 27)
How Sci Fi describes it: "At 9pm Jason and Grant, SCI FI's favorite moonlighting plumbers, return for a new season of 'Ghost Hunters.' Season 2 promises to bring even more excitement, oddities and goose bumps with brand new investigations and undoubtedly, more strange paranormal behavior."
PREMIERING IN AUGUST
MEET MISTER MOM
(Tuesdays at 8:00/7:00c on NBC; premieres August 2)
How NBC describes it: "Under-appreciated Moms are given a surprise luxury vacation while Dad is left to run the household and mind the kids for a week in the hilarious new comedy reality show "Meet Mister Mom." This show is every Mom's fantasy and every Mom's revenge. Each episode showcases the comedy that ensues when two very busy families realize just how irreplaceable Mom is in their daily lives. Humorously told from the children's perspectives, every episode will also include valuable information for families on how to better manage their lives together. Soon after the game begins, the Moms are whisked away to a spa for a week of exciting adventures and rejuvenation, leaving Dad and the kids to juggle the daily tasks of the household. The Dads from each family compete head-to-head to see who can best handle the pressure of keeping the family together despite a jam-packed schedule. All the while, the Moms are secretly watching the madness on closed-circuit TV."
KATHY GRIFFIN: MY LIFE ON THE D-LIST
(Wednesdays at 10:00/9:00c on Bravo; premieres August 3)
How Bravo describes it: ""Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List" is a six-episode, one hour unscripted series that takes a hilariously unabashed look at the talented comic's life and surreal celebrity encounters that serve as fodder for her successful stand-up comedy specials and sell-out live performances. Each episode will include a portion of Griffin's stand-up act or public appearance, as well as the behind-the-scenes negotiations and preparations that go into each performance. It's an insider's look at the indignities and encounters that can only happen when one is a well-known and under-appreciated comic doing what it takes to make a living. The series will also feature Griffin's "peeps," who include: her husband, Matt; her assistant, Jessica; her live-in decorator, Mike; her "gays" Dennis and Tony; her overworked public relations team; her parents; her out-of-town in-laws; and a host of others who manage to both help and hinder Griffin's quest for fame."
THE GIRLS NEXT DOOR
(Sundays at 9:00/8:00c on E!; premieres August 7)
How E! describes it: No official description has been released other than it is an unscripted series which eight-part series chronicles the lives of Hugh Hefner's girlfriends at the Playboy Mansion.
(Sundays at 10:00/9:00c on E!; premieres August 7)
How E! describes it: No official description has been released other than it is an unscripted series in which the children of the rich and famous (including the kids of Yahoo! CEO Terry Semel and rocker Pat Benatar) are sent to work a cattle drive.
RENOVATE MY FAMILY
(Mondays at 8:00/7:00c & 9:00/8:00c on FOX; new episodes begin August 8)
How FOX describes it: "Families also change � and always for the better � on the unscripted series RENOVATE MY FAMILY, which returns with all-new episodes [this summer]. Hosted by JAY McGRAW, RENOVATE MY FAMILY is not just a home-improvement show � it's a life-improvement program that visits families who have encountered some challenge along the way. Whether it be weight issues, physical disabilities or a house that is crumbling, RENOVATE MY FAMILY can overcome any obstacle, get families back on track and help them forge ahead toward their goals. A team of makeover professionals � a stylist, an interior designer, a construction crew, and even experts who re-invent cars and pamper pets � help restore and redecorate the lives of families in need."
MY SUPER SWEET 16
(Mondays at 10:30/9:30c on MTV; new season premieres August 15)
How MTV describes it: "MY SUPER SWEET 16 follows young people, and their friends and families, for the planning of their coming-of-age celebrations."
TOMMY LEE GOES TO COLLEGE
(Tuesdays at 9:00/8:00c on NBC; premieres August 16)
How NBC describes it: "The University of Nebraska at Lincoln (UNL) welcomes a motley new student to its campus - notorious rocker Tommy Lee. At 19, Lee formed "Motley Crue," sending him on a meteoric rise to fame and fortune - who had time for college when Lee was busy touring the world and living the fast life for two glorious decades? Cut to Tommy Lee today -- twice divorced and a single father of two boys. Most men in their midlife crisis buy sports cars and date young women. Lee wants something different, something money can't buy - he wants academic redemption. So he heads off to UNL, but it won't be class as usual when the new student is Tommy Lee. Each of the six half-hour episodes will find Lee floundering in a new fish-out-of-water situation - quintessential collegiate challenges such as finding his roommate Matt, trying out for the marching band and cramming for finals in true Tommy Lee fashion with his hot tutor, Natalie, in tow."
(Wednesdays at 10:00/9:00c on ABC Family; premieres August 24)
How ABC Family describes it: "Slackers beware! ABC Family teams up with one lucky family to help them straighten out their not-so-lucky slacker by kicking them out of the house. Parents who are tired of their free-loading sons and daughters will be giving them some tough love and just ten days to learn responsibility and grow up. During that time, each slacker will have to take on challenges designed by their parents such as taking on a job to earn their keep, managing a budget and furnishing their own apartment to prove they can make it in the real world."
Additional premieres may be announced at a later date. And let us know if we forgot anything!
Revision History: (May 31) ABC Family gives its untitled school project the moniker "Stuck With U"; Bravo moves "Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List's" premiere from July 27 to August 3; MTV sets "Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County's" premiere as July 25; TBS sets "Minding the Store's" premiere as July 17. (June 1) VH1 sets "The Surreal Life 5's" premiere as July 10. (June 7) ABC sets "look@love's" premiere as July 14. (June 8) FOX moves "Renovate My Family's" return from June 30 to August 8. (June 13) ABC renames "look@love" to "Hooking Up." (June 17) E! sets "Kill Reality's" premiere as July 25. (June 20) MTV2 sets "Stankervision" and "Damage Control's" premieres as July 8. (June 22) ABC Family moves "Venus and Serena: For Real's" premiere from July 21 to July 20. (July 8) ABC Family sets "Kicked Out's" premiere as August 24.