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NBC to air new 'The Singing Bee' reality competition series this fall


By Christopher Rocchio and Steve Rogers, 05/15/2007 

NBC has announced The Singing Bee, a new reality competition series that will see how well contestants can accurately sing lyrics to popular songs in a karaoke-style showdown, will be part of the broadcast network's 2007-2008 primetime programming schedule.

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The Singing Bee will air as part of "Game Night," NBC's name for a new rotating block of reality TV and game show programming it plans to air on Friday nights beginning this fall.  The Singing Bee won't be part of "Game Night's" original fall lineup, instead the six-episode hour-long series will air in the Fridays at 8PM ET/PT timeslot after the network's 1 vs. 100 game show finishes an initial eight-week fall run in the time period.

In each episode of The Singing Bee, contestants must be completely perfect when singing the lyrics to popular songs, even once the band stops playing accompanying music.  While some contestants will no doubt use their impeccable knowledge of popular music to correctly remember the lyrics -- albeit while probably singing out of tune -- other contestants will stumble through their performances to the delight of the viewing audience.

The Singing Bee is produced by the Gurin Company and Juma Entertainment, LLC. Phil Gurin and Robert C. Horowitz will serve as executive producers.

In addition to The Singing Bee, NBC has also announced that several other new and returning reality series will air as part of the broadcast network's 2007-2008 primetime programming schedule, including a fourth edition of The Biggest Loser and  World Moves, a new reality competition series executive produced by American Idol judge Randy Jackson that will feature dance teams from around the world auditioning for their shot to come to Los Angeles and compete for an international touring contract. 

Noticeably absent from the 2007-2008 primetime programming schedule NBC has released is a seventh edition of Donald Trump's The Apprentice reality series, however according to the network, that doesn't mean it has decided to cancel the series.

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