2008 Reality TV Summer Preview: Coming soon to a TV near you
By Christopher Rocchio, 05/08/2008
Temperatures aren't the only thing rising this summer, as the new season also means the dawn of several new reality series and the return of some old favorites that have been on vacation.
Not all of this summer's reality shows have formal premiere dates yet, but the following is Reality TV World's 2008 Reality TV Summer Preview, highlighting all of the currently known shows that will be premiering in coming months as well as where and when to tune in.
In addition, some shows that debuted recently -- including Hell Kitchen's fourth season; Farmer Wants a Wife; The Real World: Hollywood; Step It Up & Dance; Can You Duet; Top Chef: Chicago; Duel's second season A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila's second season; and Deadliest Catch's fourth season -- will continue to air new episodes into or during the Summer 2008 programming season.
American Gladiators, Season 2 (premieres Monday, May 12 at 8PM ET/PT on NBC) The revival of this campy competition series will be back for a second season as part of NBC's "All American Summer" programming schedule that will include the network's coverage of the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing. American Gladiators and the Olympics aren't as different as you might think, with both featuring grueling tests of endurance, flashy spandex outfits and drug testing.
The Bachelorette, Season 4 (premieres Monday, May 19 at 9PM ET/PT on ABC) DeAnna Pappas got rejected by The Bachelor eleventh-season star Brad Womack... TWICE! Now ABC is giving the Southern belle her own opportunity to find love -- and break some hearts along the way -- with the return of this The Bachelor spin-off, the last installment of which aired more than three years ago and starred Jen Scheftt. Ironically, Scheftt rejected both of her final suitors and supported Womack's decision to do the same.
So You Think You Can Dance, Season 4 (premieres Thursday, May 22 at 8PM ET/PT on Fox) Mary Murphy screaming, Nigel Lythgoe getting face time and Cat Deeley doing her best Ryan Seacrest impression aren't the only things the fourth season of this reality series has to offer, as viewers will once again have the opportunity to crown the best dancer America has to offer. Adam Carolla need not apply.
Last Comic Standing, Season 6 (premieres Thursday, May 22 at 9:30PM ET/PT on NBC) NBC is pulling out the big guns to find comedians for the sixth season of this reality series, with more than a dozen current and former network sitcom stars serving as talent scouts. However it's home viewers who will once again get the chance to crown the king of funny -- or at least we're assuming it'll be a king since the show has yet to have a female winner.
Million Dollar Password (premieres Sunday, June 1 at 8PM ET/PT on CBS) Regis Philbin loves hosting game shows that award $1 million prizes, as the former Who Wants to Be a Millionaire host will helm this new game show that NBC is billing as a combination between classics Password and Pyramid.
Bridezillas, Season 5 (premieres Sunday, June 1 at 9PM ET/PT on WEtv) The fifth season of this reality series debuts just in time for all those summer weddings on your itinerary, and this time the tyrannical brides-to-be apparently have some competition from family members, including a "Momzilla" in the premiere episode. Hopefully the happy couple made sure mom contributed her portion of the bill before she flipped out.
The Next Food Network Star, Season 4 (premieres Sunday, June 1 at 10PM ET/PT on Food Network) Food Network turned up the heat in the kitchen for the fourth season of this reality series, as Iron Chef America star Bobby Flay will become a regular member of the judging panel. However the "steaks" are still the same, with the culinary contestants having to prove they have what it takes to star in his or her own series on the network.
The Mole, Season 5 (premieres Monday, June 2 at 10PM ET/PT on ABC) The Mole is back, we just don't know who it is yet. But viewers will no doubt be on the trail in this show's first non-celebrity edition in six years, in which a group of 12 contestants will compete in new missions at new locations while trying to determine who among them is attempting to sabotage their chances at winning the grand prize.
Legally Blonde The Musical: The Search for Elle Woods (premieres Monday, June 2 at 10PM ET/PT on MTV) While blondes may have more fun, they also apparently work hard, which this new Grease: You're the One that I Want-like reality series will prove by searching for Laura Bell Bundy's replacement as Broadway's Elle Woods. However unlike NBC's Grease,the show's director and choreographer will ultimately pick the competition's winner to assure viewers don't kill the musical at the box office before it even opens.
30 Days, Season 3 (premieres Tuesday, June 3 at 10PM ET/PT on FX) A lot can happen in 30 days -- just ask Morgan Spurlock, who will return as the host for the third season of this reality series, the last installment of which aired more than two years ago. This season's "30 days" experiences will include everything from working in a coal mine and living in a wheelchair to being a same-sex parent and living on an Indian reservation.
She's Got the Look (premieres Wednesday, June 4 at 10PM ET/PT on TV Land) Modeling-themed reality competition shows can't be accused of being ageist anymore, as this new series will follow 10 woman 35 or older as they strut their stuff on the runway (with a walker) while keeping their (failing) sights set on becoming the next great supermodel (on Social Security).
Meerkat Manor: The Next Generation (premieres Friday, June 6 at 9PM ET/PT on Animal Planet) Talk about anthropomorphic. The fourth season of this reality series could double as a chapter in human civilization, as the Kalahari Desert is up for grabs among the meerkats following the death of matriarch Flower. With rival meerkat gangs, romances and the struggle to survive, it doesn't get much more real than that (unless you're on The Hills).
Your Place or Mine? (premieres Sunday, June 8 at 8PM ET/PT on TLC) It's a question asked across the country on countless weekend nights -- however this new game show doesn't deal with sexual surroundings and will instead pit two families against each other for a chance to win newly furnished rooms for their homes or the ability to steal rooms from their competitors. Plus its hosted by Cameron Matheson, another former Dancing with the Stars celebrity participant to cash in on his exposure from the show.
HGTV Design Star, Season 3 (premieres Sunday, June 8 at 9PM ET/PT on HGTV) Designing with a country twang never looked so good, as the 10 designers competing in the third season of this reality series will call Nashville home and attempt to show-off their creativity, ingenuity and skills in the hopes of landing the grand prize of his or her own HGTV television show.
Ice Road Truckers, Season 2 (premieres Sunday, June 8 at 9PM ET/PT on History Channel) The slippery roads may have changed, but the journey will be just as treacherous in the second season of this reality series. While the first season followed truckers hauling diamond mining equipment across frozen lakes just miles from the Arctic Circle, the diamond mines that own those winter roads outside of Yellowknife, Canada reportedly would not allow the second season to do the same. So instead, the truckers will be moving oil exploration machinery on an ice road in the Northwest Territories' Inuvik Region.
Master of Dance (premieres Monday, June 9 at 8PM ET/PT on TLC) Hosted by Joey Lawrence (see Cameron Matheson, Your Place or Mine?), this new reality series will pit five dancers against each other in an elimination-style tournament to see who can adapt their moves on the fly -- as the musical accompaniment quickly changes. While it adds to the glut of reality-themed dance shows, at least it's not on ABC.
Nashville Star, Season 6 (premieres Monday, June 9 at 9:30PM ET/PT on NBC) Not only does the sixth season of this reality competition series have a new home on NBC -- it will also feature several new faces and format changes, including host Billy Ray Cyrus; judges and musical mentors Jewel, John Rich and Jeffrey Steele; duets and trios have the chance to perform; and a lower minimum age requirement of 16-years-old. Yee-haw!
Celebrity Circus (premieres Wednesday, June 11 at 9PM ET/PT on NBC) Reality television has given celebrities the opportunity to sing, dance, ice skate, live together, ride bulls and even attend rehab -- so why should the chance to undertake circus stunts seem so farfetched? Plus it's cast reads like a who's who of celebrity reality show participants, some of which will undoubtedly create must-see-TV when they're shot out of a human catapult or juggle knives.
Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List, Season 4 (premieres Thursday, June 12 at 9PM ET/PT on Bravo) Kathy Griffin won't let her Emmy Award go to her head, as the fourth season of this reality series will continue to follow the comedian as she lives life on the D-List. In addition to offending everyone, Griffin will also officiate a wedding and woo Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, whom she recently split from after a brief romantic relationship that presumably only fueled her petulance for poking fun at others.
Gene Simmons Family Jewels, Season 4 (premieres Sunday, June 15 at 9PM ET/PT on A&E) As this reality series enters its fourth season, the demonically face-painted KISS frontman has basically become family to viewers -- who only grew closer to him when he competed on NBC's The Celebrity Apprentice earlier this year. Since he was away from former Playboy bunny Shannon Tweed -- who he's been happily UNmarried to for more than two decade -- Simmons whisks her away for the honeymoon they never had.
Intervention, Season 5 (premieres Monday, June 16 at 9PM ET/PT on A&E) Can't stop chasing the pink dragon, popping pills, downing booze or smoking dope? Never fear, the fifth season of this reality series is here! While the end result could potentially save each subject's life, viewers will get to see what it's like to hit rock bottom without actually having to.
Psychic Kids: Children of the Paranormal (premieres Monday, June 16 at 10PM ET/PT on A&E) This new Paranormal State spin-off will prove just how creepy kids with psychic abilities can really be, as it will follow youth who need to have their otherworldly powers explained to them. Since their parents aren't any help, psychologist and Columbia University professor Dr. Lisa Miller comes to the rescue and helps the kids cope with seeing dead pets and reading their classmate's minds.
Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood, Season 3 (premieres Tuesday, June 17 at 10PM ET/PT on Oxygen) The bed-and-breakfast business was fun while it lasted, but it's back to Tinseltown for Tori Spelling, Dean McDermott and little Liam in the third season of this reality series -- which will follow the couple as they buy a new home in Hollywood; pursue new business ventures; search for a preschool for Liam; and prepare for the birth of their second child.
Flipping Out, Season 2 (premieres Tuesday, June 17 at 10PM ET/PT on Bravo) If viewers had a hard time watching obsessive-compulsive house-flipper Jeff Lewis as he visited spiritual healers, fretted about his beloved cat and berated his ex-boyfriend/current business partner -- imagine how it must have been for Lewis to see it unfold. But he's turning over a new leaf for the second season of this reality series, in which Lewis and his staff as they purchase homes and quickly renovate them before flipping them for a profit.
Black Gold (premieres Wednesday, June 18 at 10PM ET/PT on truTV) From the creator of Deadliest Catch and Ice Road Truckers, this new reality series will follow the high stakes world of drilling for American crude. Of course it's a dangerous job, as the workers in search of the Texas Tea must construct rigs and avoid iron pipes flying in every direction in order to strike oil -- and millions of dollars -- without losing their lives.
Randy Jackson Presents: America's Best Dance Crew, Season 2 (premieres Thursday, June 19 at 10PM ET/PT on MTV) Yo dawg, the second season of this reality series is back with new dance crews from across the country competing for the chance to show-off their moves somewhere other than the street in an effort to claim the $100,000 grand prize. The first season was just alright for me... just okay... little pitchy.
Wipeout (premieres Tuesday, June 24 at 8PM ET/PT on ABC) If the almost 20-year run of America's Funniest Home Videos has taught us anything, it's that viewers love to watch the physical misfortunes of others -- as long as they're not seriously hurt. This new reality series will capitalize on that, as it will follow contestants as they make their way through obstacle courses designed to produce what the network described as "the most crashes, face plants, impacts and wipeouts ever seen on television."
The Two Coreys, Season 2 (premieres Sunday, June 22 at 10PM ET/PT on A&E) If you didn't get enough of Corey Haim or Corey Feldman in the 1980s -- and we know you didn't! -- this reality series is back for a second season, which will follow the two as they reconcile their friendship and attempt to get Lost Boys 2 of the ground. One thing about living in Santa Carla I never could stomach... all the damn vampires -- and Coreys.
I Survived a Japanese Game Show (premieres Tuesday, June 24 at 9PM ET/PT on ABC) American reality show concepts have apparently become so mundane that contestants need to be shipped halfway around the world so viewers can see something fresh. Enter this new reality series, which will follow 10 Americans who are whisked away to Japan to compete in the "ultimate Japanese game show." Banzai!
The Baby Borrowers (premieres Wednesday, June 25 at 8PM ET/PT on NBC) Playing house has never been so real for the five young couples participating in the American adaptation of this British import, which will follow the young lovebirds as they are put on the fast-track to adulthood. With their baby growing from an infant to elder over the course of three weeks, the couples will either learn that they're ready for parenthood or in need of more birth control.
Shear Genius, Season 2 (premieres Wednesday, June 25 at 10PM ET/PT on Bravo) If you thought it was tough styling your bed head every morning, imagine how the contestants in the second season of this Project Runway-like reality series must feel. Creating fashionable coifs can be a hair-raising challenge, especially when you consider the clients that some of the stylists have to deal with on a regular basis.
Hopkins (premieres Thursday, June 26 at 10PM ET/PT on ABC) Similar to ABC's Summer 2000 Hopkins 24/7 reality series, this update will follow life at Baltimore's Johns Hopkins Hospital -- from sexy female surgeons that will remind you of Grey's Anatomy to grumpy-but-briliant doctors like House.
Dance Machine (premieres Friday, June 27 at 8PM ET/PT on ABC) In ABC's quest to set the world record for most dance-themed reality shows on one network, this new series will feature six different people from various walks of life who face each other in a series of one-on-one dance offs for the chance to win a $100,000 prize. While Friday nights have traditionally proven to be a graveyard for reality shows (see: Fox's Nashville),this show will also try to buck that trend. Good luck.
Greatest American Dog (premieres Thursday, July 10 at 8PM ET/PT on CBS) America's Next Top Model goes to the dogs in this new reality series, which will follow a group of pageant pooches and their respective owners as they compete against each other in a series of canine-themed challenges. With a $250,000 grand prize on the line, that's enough to make any dog's tail wag.
The N's Student Body (premieres Friday, July 11 at 10PM ET/PT on The N) Laila Ali is turning last Spring's Dancing with the Stars appearance into a hosting gold mine -- and this new reality competition series is only the latest notch in her belt, as it will follow a group of teens as they attempt to whip their lives into shape both physically and mentally.
Ashley Paige: Bikini or Bust (premieres Friday, July 11 at 10PM ET/PT on Bravo) Ashley Paige went from in-demand bikini designer on the verge of opening her own L.A. boutique to barely being able to afford rent. However this new reality series is apparently just the ticket to rejuvenate her career, as it will follow the designer as she attempts to regain control of both her personal and professional life.
Big Brother 10 (premieres Sunday, July 13 at 8PM ET/PT on CBS) Despite recently airing its first ever Winter edition due to the Writers Guild of America strike, this long-running reality series will still be back for its traditional summer run. Since its ninth season was pretty lackluster, here's hoping the warmer temperatures can also add some heat to the competition.
I Love Money (premieres Sunday, July 13 at 9PM ET/PT on VH1) Former Flavor of Love, I Love New York and Rock of Love contestants have proven they love money, or else why would they even entertain the thought of dating Flavor Flav, Tiffany "New York" Pollard or Bret Michaels. However this latest "Celebreality" series will follow 17 former contestants from the aforementioned shows as they compete in a series of challenges to get rich quick without having to fake affection.
Say Yes to the Dress, Season 2 (premieres Tuesday, July 15 at 8PM ET/PT on TLC) The employees at New York's Kleinfeld bridal salon are back in the second season of this reality series, which will air just in time to help brides-to-be search for their perfect wedding dress as they prepare to walk down the aisle this summer.
Rock the Reception (premieres Tuesday, July 15 at 8:30M ET/PT on TLC) For most people dancing plays a small role in their life, except for the first time they two-step as bride and groom. Enter So You Think You Can Dance guest judges and choreographers Napoleon and Tabitha D'Umo, who in this new reality series will teach two engaged couples a professionally choreographed routine to serve as the first dance at their wedding reception.
Must Love Kids (premieres Tuesday, July 15 at 9PM ET/PT on TLC) An affinity for children isn't a bad quality for a guy to have when meeting a woman -- especially if it's one of the three single moms in this new reality series, which will follow them on their quest to find future husbands unconcerned with the fatherhood that comes with it. Hopefully the single moms at least wait until the second date to broach the subject.
Project Runway, Season 5 (premieres Wednesday, July 16 at 9PM ET/PT on Bravo) The fifth-season of Bravo's flagship reality series will also be its swan song after Lifetime Networks and Project Runway's Weinstein Company production company surprised Bravo by announcing a five-year deal to bring cable's top-rated reality show to Lifetime beginning with its sixth season. Auf Wiedersehen!
Run's House, Season 5 (premieres Wednesday, July 16 at 10PM ET/PT on MTV) Joseph "Rev. Run" Simmons and his family have apparently gotten use to their daily doings being chronicled for a reality series, the fifth season of which will document everything from Rev. Run on tour with Kid Rock while his wife Justine cares for their adopted daughter to the various comings and going of their other children.
Family Foreman (premieres Wednesday, July 16 at 10PM ET/PT on TV Land) Everybody knows George Foreman is a former heavyweight boxing champion and grill master, but this new reality series will show viewers his softer side as a patriarch attempting to balance his various business ventures with his personal life on his family's multi-acre Texas ranch. With four sons also named George, viewers will need a scorecard to keep up.
High School Musical: Summer Session (premieres Sunday, July 20 at 8PM ET/PT on ABC) The newest addition to Disney's High School Musical franchise, this reality competition series will follow a group of finalists selected to attend the show's "summer music program," where they'll hone their skills and compete against one another in various challenges in an effort to avoid elimination. It will be hosted by Nick Lachey, who would probably settle for a role in a high school musical based on the way his singing career has gone as of late.
The Stagers (premieres Sunday, July 20 at 10PM ET/PT on HGTV) With the housing market in a horrible state, homeowners will try anything to give their dwelling a facelift to attract potential purchasers. Enter the crew featured in this new reality series, which will follow a home-staging company as they do various prep work with the goal of making a house sell as quickly and as profitably as possible.
Take Home Nanny (premieres Monday, July 21 at 8PM ET/PT on TLC) If you have a large family event looming and need someone to help teach some manners to your unruly kids, who you gonna call? Well you could call the Ghostbusters, but Emma Jenner would probably be more helpful. This new Supernanny-like reality series will follow her she uses a fresh approach to raising fresh children just in time for that family event.
Wanna Bet (premieres Monday, July 21 at 9PM ET/PT on ABC) Celebrities love to gamble -- and while it's usually with their careers, this new reality show will give them the chance to wager on the success or failure of some of the wildest stunts, tricks and mental challenges dreamed up and performed by average Americans, with everything they win going to charity.
Date My Ex: Jo & Slade (premieres Monday, July 21 at 10PM ET/PT on Bravo) Jo De La Rosa is finally hoping to achieve "housewife" status via this new reality dating series, which will follow the former The Real Housewives of Orange County starlet as she looks for love in Los Angeles. However it won't be that simple for dudes looking to date De La Rosa -- as they'll also have to get past her ex-fiance Slade Smiley, who still serves as her manager when it comes to both men and music.
Buzzin' (premieres Wednesday, July 23 at 10:30PM ET/PT on MTV) Attempting to prove that it will give just about any young person their own reality show, this new MTV series will follow musical artist Shwayze as he continues to try and crack the music industry with his best friend, producer and musical partner Cisco Adler and their friend/tour manager Warren. Sounds riveting...
Criss Angel Mindfreak, Season 4 (premieres Wednesday, July 23 at 10PM ET/PT on A&E) America's favorite dolled-up illusionist is back for the fourth season of this reality series, which will follow him as he is cremated alive, walks through steel and invites skeptics to be part of a deadly challenge where one wrong move could cost him his life. A fifth season is still pending based on the outcome of an upcoming live episode, in which he'll attempt to walk on Nevada's Lake Mead.
Jingles (premieres Sunday, July 27 at 9PM ET/PT on CBS) Ever wonder where those annoyingly catchy commercial ditties come from? This new Mark Burnett-created game show has the answer, as it will follow a team of contestants who are given weekly advertisement-writing assignments before having to perform the campaign they concocted, which will be voted on by home viewers. Hopefully viewers remember it's a show about commercial creation and not just one long advertisement, or else they may change the channel.
Food Detectives (premieres Tuesday, July 29 at 9PM ET/PT on Food Network) Ted Allen has proved his food and wine expertise on both Queer Eye and Top Chef, however this new Mythbusters-like reality series will follow him in his latest job as a food sleuth -- exploring the connection between science and food with the aid of culinary technicians.
Sunset Tan, Season 2 (premieres Sunday, August 3 at 10:30PM ET/PT on E!) Achieving an orange glow has never looked so glamorous, as the second season of this reality series will continue to follow the employees of the Los Angeles tanning salon. Since its first season ended with "The Olly Girls" -- Holly Huddleston and Molly Shea -- being ousted from their position as promoters for the salon, what reason is there to watch now?
I Want to Work for Diddy (premieres Monday, August 4 at 9PM ET/PT on VH1) If you ever aspired to be Fonzworth Bentley this new The Apprentice-like reality competition series is just for you, as it will follow candidates as they compete for a job working for Sean Combs. For starters, remember his current moniker is "Diddy" -- not Sean John, Puff Daddy, Puffy, P. Diddy or whatever else he's been known to call himself.
New York Goes to Hollywood (premieres Monday, August 4 at 10PM ET/PT) Now that she's found herself a man -- and we use that term loosely -- Tiffany "New York" Pollard is back on the prowl in this I Love New York spin-off, although this time it's a job in Tinsel Town that she's after and not a new piece of man candy. She may want to take some acting classes before she gets her hopes up.
Luke's Parental Advisory (premieres Monday, August 4 at 10PM ET/PT on VH1) Luther "Luke" Campbell fronted 2 Live Crew and is the CEO of an adult-oriented website, but Mr. Nasty himself has recently been looking to settle down. This new reality series will follow Campbell as he prepares for a trip down the aisle and serves as father for his two teenage daughters, neither of which will presumably be good for business.
Smash Lab, Season 2 (premieres Tuesday, August 5 at 10PM ET/PT on Discovery Channel) This reality series' second season will feature new engineers Nathaniel Taylor and Greg "Gadget" Abbott but will follow the same simple format as its first installment -- take existing technology, smash it, and discover new, inventive ways it can be used.
Million Dollar Listing, Season 2 (premieres Tuesday, August 5 at 11PM ET/PT on Bravo) California's high-end real estate business is apparently just as glamorous for the realtors peddling the property as it is for the buyers, as the second season of this new reality series will follow three young realtors over the course of nine months as they attempt to sell multi-million dollar properties in the exclusive neighborhoods of Hollywood, Malibu and Beverly Hills.
Man vs. Wild, Season 3 (premieres Wednesday, August 6 at 10PM ET/PT on Discovery Channel) Now that survival expert Bear Grylls has been told staging certain scenes is a big no-no, the third season of this reality series will follow him as he actually does battle with the wild -- from parachuting into boulder strewn desert canyons on the Baja Peninsula to surviving the rugged conditions and 2000-foot sea cliffs in the west coast of Ireland.
Some Assembly Required, Season 2 (premieres Thursday, August 7 at 9PM ET/PT on Discovery Channel) Washable crayons and fire trucks don't grow on trees, a point proven in the second season of this reality series that will continue to show viewers the process of making and manufacturing items used in everyday life by introducing viewers to the people behind the building process.
Hope for Your Home (premieres Saturday, August 9 at 8:30PM ET/PT on TLC) If buyers aren't attracted to the fixer-upper you're trying to peddle as a piece of property worth purchasing, this new reality series is right up your alley -- as it will follow real-estate expert Kirsten Kemp Beck as she helps homeowners in financial need by giving them the critical resources necessary to make improvements on their property.
Outsider's Inn (premieres Friday, August 15 at 9PM ET/PT on CMT) Maureen McCormick, Bobby Brown and Carnie Wilson loved the Southern lifestyle so much they've decided to introduce it to others via this spin-off, which will follow the Gone Country first-season participants as they operate a bed-and-breakfast in rural Tennessee. The Great Smokey Mountains will never be the same.
Into the Unknown with Josh Bernstein (premieres Monday, August 18 at 8PM ET/PT on Discovery Channel) Since he's proven himself skilled at digging for the truth on History Channel, who better to lead viewers into the unknown than Josh Bernstein. He'll do just that via this new reality series, which will follow the international explorer as he travels around the world in search of hidden treasures, mysteries and natural wonders.
The Principal's Office (premieres Thursday, August 21 at 9PM ET/PT on truTV) This new reality series will give viewers a look at students who violate the rules and the school administrators who devote their lives to chasing them down --hoping to help them before they land in prison instead of the principal's office.
Tabatha's Salon Takeover (premieres Thursday, August 21 at 10PM ET/PT on Bravo) Tabatha Coffey didn't win Shear Genius' first-season, however that hasn't stopped Bravo from having her star in this new Kitchen Nightmares-like reality, which will follow her as she attempts to improve hair salons across America.
Who Are You Wearing? (premieres Friday, August 22 at 10PM ET/PT on TLC) Nothing like being thrown into the fire right out of the gate, as this new reality series will pit aspiring designers against one another for the opportunity to design and dress a celebrity for a red carpet event. At least the list of celebrity designers is largely comprised of reality stars, meaning the red carpet event is more likely an evening at Red Lobster.
Making It Home: Greensburg (premieres Saturday, August 23 on TLC) How many reality shows can Greensburg, KS have? This new series ups the amount to two, as it already houses Greensburg -- a Leonardo DiCaprio-produced reality series that airs on Planet Green. No Leonardo in this new reality series, but it will follow Trading Spaces designer Doug Wilson and carpenter Faber Dewar as they help rebuild homes in the Kansas town after they were destroyed by a May 2007 tornado.
The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency, Season 4 (premieres Tuesday, August 26 at 10PM ET/PT on Oxygen) Tyra Banks couldn't stand Janice Dickinson as an America's Next Top Model judge, and her fellow The Surreal Life fifth-season participants couldn't stand her as a housemate. So suffice it to say the models featured on the fourth season of this reality series will also ask for a plane ticket home after spending some time in a Hollywood Hills mansion with her.