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Fox has announced that other that new season of So You Think You Can Dance that will start tomorrow, they’ll have another new season on Fall! For Dance show lovers, this year is your good year. In the beginning of the year, there was Superstars of Dance, then new season of Dancing with the Stars (which crowned Shawn Johnson on the finale last night), Summer’s SYTYCD starting tomorrow on Fox, then both Dancing with the Stars and SYTYCD on Fall! It can’t get any better 🙂 By the way, if you are interested in auditioning for Fall’s SYTYCD, check out the open call schedule at fox.com/dance

Summer is drawing near, and that means Summer TV Shows are coming too! I always like summer tv shows because  they’re not heavy on drama, most of them even reality shows (I know i’m a reality-junkie). Anyways, from the information that I can gather so far, here’s the list of Summer TV Shows:

NBC:

  • Kings, new episode returns in June date TBA
  • Merlin, series Premiere Sunday, June 21st 8/7c
  • I’m Celebrity Get Me Out of Here, series Premiere, Monday, June 1st 8/7c
  • America’s Got Talent, series Premier, Tuesday, June 23 8/7c
  • The Philanthropist, series Premiere Wednesday, June 24th 10/9c
  • The Great American Road Trip, series Premiere Tuesday, July 7th 8/7c

ABC:

  • Wipeout, Premieres Wednesday, May 27 8/7c
  • I Survived Japanese Game Show, Premieres Wednesday, July 8 9/8c
  • The Superstar, Premieres Tuesday, June 23 8/7c
  • Dating in the Dark, Premieres Monday, July 20 10/9c
  • The Superstars Premieres Tuesday, June 23 8/7c

FOX:

  • So You Think You Can Dance premiers Thursday, May 21 8/7c

CBS:

  • Big Brother premiers Thursday, July 9 8/7c

So far great line up, for NBC and ABC. Can’t wait for summer. I can’t find any info about new summer shows on CW, I guess they’ll just do reruns.

I’ve been ranting about cancellation of some of my favorite tv shows for quite sometime. I don’t want to get started on it again, but it looks like there are more to come. USA Today has compiled a list of TV shows that’s in, out, or in the bubble.
tv-line-up
For more information, go to USA Today where you can also vote to save your favorite tv shows.

There’s a glimpse of hope that Futurama will be back to FOX. The show that aired for about 5 years on FOX was cancelled on 2002 due to poor ratings (according to FOX) and it was because of inconsistent air time by FOX (according to me). I ranted about that on this post. Anyways, Futurama doesn’t lose its fans (like me) and continue to support the show by buying the DVDs. The good sales of DVD signals FOX that it’s a good time to ressurect this great comedic cartoon for its 6th season. See the video of the interview with actor Billy West, the voice of Fry, here.

So following up on the cancelled tv shows, here’s a schedule when the last few episodes of the shows will air (credit to Yahoo!TV):

ABC

“Eli Stone” – 7 episodes, the first 2 will air on Tuesdays, Dec 9 and 16, the last 5 are TBA.

“Pushing Daisies” – 5 episodes, the first 2 will air on Wednesdays, Dec 10 and 17, the last 3 are TBA.

“Dirty Sexy Money” – 5 episodes, the first 2 will air on Wednesdays, Dec 10 and 17, the last 3 are TBA.

“Opportunity Knocks” – 6 episodes, No air dates have been announced, but they are likely to air over the summer.

CBS

“The Ex List” – 0 episodes

The CW

“Easy Money” – 0 episodes

“Valentine” – 0 episodes

“In Harm’s Way” – 0 episodes

FOX

“Do Not Disturb” – 0 episodes

NBC

“My Own Worst Enemy” – 2 episodes, will air on regular schedule Mondays, Dec 8 and 15.

“Lipstick Jungle” – 3 episodes, the first episode will air on Friday, Dec 12, and the last 2 will air on January.

“Crusoe” – 6 episodes, not technically “cancelled,” but NBC only ordered 13 episodes. So the scheduled air date for Crusoe is as followed:
‘Heroes and Villains’ airs Saturday, 12/6 at 8pm ET
‘Name of the Game’ airs Saturday, 12/20 at 8pm ET
‘Smoke and Mirrors’ airs Saturday, 12/27 at 8pm ET
‘The Hunting Party’ airs Saturday, 1/10 at 8pm ET
‘The Traveler’ airs Saturday, 1/17 at 8pm ET
‘The Return’ airs Saturday, 1/31 at 8pm ET

“Knight Rider” – 17 episodes, will air on regular schedule. The show’s season (and possible series) finale will air Wednesday, 2/25.

So, Monk, Burn Notice, Psych, and Eureka are currently on midseason break and will be back sometime early next year. I haven’t got the official date on the new episodes, but I’ll keep an eye on it and I’ll update this post when I have the info. Other than the regulars, the networks will have new shows (especially those networks who axed a lot of shows – you know who you are), so here’s a list of new or returning shows on some major TV networks:

CBS:

  • Flashpoint (Fri, Jan. 9, 9 pm EST)
  • Harper’s Island (Thu, April 9, 10 pm EST)
  • Game Show in My Head (Sat, Jan. 3, 8 pm EST)
  • Survivor (Thu, Feb. 12, 8 pm EST)
  • The Amazing Race, the 14th season (Sun, Feb. 15, 8 pm)

ABC:

  • ABC News’ Primetime: What Would You Do? (Tue, Jan. 6, 10 pm EST)
  • Castle (Mon, Mar. 9, 10 pm EST) – a new detective type of show
  • Cupid (Tue, Mar. 24, 10 pm EST)
  • The Unusuals (Wed, Apr. 8, 10 pm EST) – a story about a cop with twisted sense of humor

CW:

  • Gossip Girl (Mon, Jan. 5, 8 pm EST)
  • One Tree Hill (Mon, Jan. 5, 9 pm EST)
  • 90210 (Tue, Jan. 6, 8 pm EST)
  • Privileged (Tue, Jan. 6, 9 pm EST)
  • Reaper (Tue, Mar. 17, 9 pm EST) – I’m so excited about this show coming back!
  • 13 Fear is Real (Wed, Jan. 7, 8 pm EST)
  • Smallville (Thu, Jan. 15, 8 pm EST)
  • Supernatural (Thu, Jan. 15, 9 pm EST)

NBC:

  • Chuck (Mon, Feb. 2, 8 pm EST) – with 3D episdoe
  • Heroes (Mon, Feb. 2, 9 pm EST)
  • Medium (Mon, Feb. 2, 10 pm EST) – gah, I want My Own Worst Enemy!!!
  • Knight Rider (Wed, Feb. 4, 8 pm EST) – season finale on Feb. 25, new show (TBA) will air on Mar. 4
  • Life (Wed, Feb. 4, 9 pm EST)
  • ER (Thu, Mar. 12, 9 pm EST) – season finale
  • Kings (Thu. Mar. 19, 10 pm EST) – on 2-hour series premier Mar. 19, the show will start on 9 pm EST

FOX:

  • 24 (Mon, Jan. 12, 9 pm EST) – There will be 2 part of season premiere: Sun, Jan. 11 8-10 pm EST for part 1, and Mon, Jan. 12 8-10 pm EST. After that, the show will air regularly every monday at 9 pm EST.
  • House (Mon, Jan 19, 8 pm EST)
  • American Idol (Tue & Wed, Jan. 13 & 14, 8 pm EST)
  • Fringe (Tue, Jan. 20, 9 pm EST)
  • Lie to Me (Wed, Jan. 21, 9 pm EST)
  • Bones (Thu, Jan. 15, 8 pm EST)
  • Hell’s Kitchen (Thu, Jan. 29, 9 pm EST)
  • Are You Smarter than 5th Grader? (Fri, Jan. 16, 8 pm EST)
  • Don’t Forget the Lyrics (Fri, Jan. 16, 9 pm EST)
  • Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles (Fri, Feb. 13, 8 pm EST)
  • Dollhouse (Fri, Feb. 13, 9 pm EST)
  • MadTV (Sat, Jan. 3, 11 pm EST)
  • Hole in the Wall (Sun, Jan. 18, 7 pm EST)

That’s a long list of new episodes/new shows to watch. For more info on the new series, visit the network’s official website. So, which shows are you going to tune in?

MSN TV reports this news, and I’m not happy 😡. I never watched Lipstic Jungle, but I know I watch My Own Worst Enemy and I like it. Like me, many people are bummed and even enraged with this poor decision of NBC, one of them even called NBC = No Brainer Company, lol. Currently NBC has 9 out of 13 episodes planned of Enemy and is not going to order the rest. So it looks like we’ll never see the end of Edward/Henry saga. Also, MadTV on Fox is cancelled too, and ABC axed Dirty Sexy Money, Eli Stones, and Pushing Daisies (despite the protests and online petition).

But I assure you, fans of the shows won’t let their beloved shows get axed so easily. Just like Save The Mole campaign, people are making online petitions trying to save the tv shows. Even though I doubt how effective it will be (The Mole was cancelled despite the protests), but I signed the petition for My Own Worst Enemy. If you want to sign the petition for Enemy too, click here. For Lipstic Jungle, click here, and for Pushing Daisies, click here.

A little update: I read from somewhere (forgot the source) that Brooke Shields, the star of Lipstic Jungle, said that the show isn’t cancelled. Her producers confirmed the news to her, and are trying to figure out what caused the misunderstanding.

As I’ve analyzed before, it looks like TV networks only cares the rating of the show when the show is playing. The only care on how many “warm bodies” watch it, they don’t care if people actually record it on DVR because the time slot isn’t allowing people to watch it or it clashes with other tv shows. That doesn’t mean that people don’t watch the show, they watch it, just later. I really hope that TV networks take this into account, and they will figure out how to count the “rating” of recorded shows. Then they will see that they’ve made a huge mistake.

/rants off

So I just watched Hole in the Wall sneak peak, and I love it. Even without the sneak peak, I’m sure I’ll watch it 😛 Anyway, this show really use the same format as the japanese version: the Human Tetris, even the players’ suit and helmet. So the players (2 groups of 3) have to face each other in 3 rounds, and the team with most points after 3 rounds can get into the bonus round. But there’s a catch on bonus round, the guy/girl to do the job is blind folded and the teammates must give him/her directions. It’s really funny!

Anyway, if you miss the sneak peak, there’ll be another sneak peak on Tuesday after the premier of Fringe. But Hole in the Wall itself will premier on Thursday (9/11) at 8pm EST. So don’t miss it!

So FOX is going to air their version of Human Tetris this coming September (I’ll keep you posted on the exact date of the season premier). If you don’t know what Human Tetris is, check this video out.

For those of you who cannot wait until FOX air Hole in the Wall, you can catch the Ellen Degeneres’ version of it “Thru the Wall of Take a Fall”:

Human Tetris is game show invented by Japanese (duh) and become a big hit like Takeshi Castle so that many countries make their own version of the game.

On her show, Ellen sometimes play another japanese game show, the “Marshmallow” game. Well, she’s not actually playing the game, it’s some women from the audience who play.

It’s just hilarious, I never knew human face can be that distorter. 😆

The Japanese version:

This marshmallow game also has affected everyone. And because the game is fairly simple and easy to play, people can play it at home too, like this video below:

Even by kids:

I just finished watching ABC’s new shows: Wipeout and I Survived a Japanese Game Show, and I love them! They are so funny and crazy (in a good way), and the games really require physical stunts. I’ve been a fan of Japanese culture for a while, and believe it or not, they are way crazier than Americans. They are more willing to dress silly and try crazy things. I even dedicate a page for japanese game show along with weekly recap, check it out here.

From the first time I saw the trailer of Wipeout, I immideately know that it’s the American version of MXC on Spike TV. The show is called Takeshi Palace in Japan. I’ve watched MXC palace few times, and I like it, but sometimes I just don’t get the jokes, because they’re Japanese jokes and slang. And the people who dub it change it to be more American, but it’s not working. So when I see the American version of Takeshi palace w/ real american people and in English, I know I just have to watch it. Their games are similarly silly and crazy, but the rules are quite different. But it’s ok, I still like it. The hosts also give funny jokes about the players, like giving them nicknames and such. The winner of each episode will win $50,000, same price of Fear Factor. This makes me think that this show is similar to fear factor, but it’s not to conquer fear, but more like challenge physical strength and willingness to get dirty.

After wipeout, the next show is “I survived a japanese game show” (I’ll call it jgs for short). In this show, they take 10 Americans to Japan. The contestants have no idea what kind of reality show they’re going into. They have to battle in a crazy and wacky japanese show wearing silly outfits. The winning team gets a pleasant prize (this week they got a helicopter tour of Tokyo) and they are safe from elimination. The losing team will get “punishment,” and they have to choose 2 people to battle in a game to decide who goes home. The last person standing will win $250,000, pretty sweet. This show is outrageously funny. I laughed out so loud, I forget everything that I had been through today (it hasn’t really been a pleasant day).

There’s another japanese show that’s going to be played on FOX called Hole in the Wall. I watched the japanese version on youtube , and I just couldn’t stop laughing. Watch it here:

For more videos of the game, just search “human tetris” on youtube, and you’ll see more version of this game played in many countries. Interested in participating? FOX is actually is trying to find players. Can’t wait to watch this one too. I even dedicate a page for japanese game show, check it out here.


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