May 13, 2011

TV TimeZ

WHAT SHOULD I WATCH?
Discovery Channel: Swamp Brothers at 10p 
ABC:   Shark Tank,  Primetime: What Would You Do?, 20/20
CBS:  Flashpoint, CSI: NY, Blue Bloods
CW:   Smallville
FOX:  Kitchen Nightmares
NBC:  Friday Night Lights, Dateline NBC


Sunday's Premiere:The Style Network: Jerseylicious at 8p
Sunday's Finales:ABC: Extreme Makeover: Home Edition at 8p; Desperate Housewives at 9p
BET: The Family Crews at 8p
CBS: Survivor: Redemption Island at 8p
FOX: The Cleveland Show at 930p

Next Monday is NBC's official Upfront presentation in New York, though this week the network ordered several pilots for the fall season, and renewed three others:
  • Whitney - Multi-camera comedy from Universal Media Studios based on the stand-up comedy of Whitney Cummings and the roller-coaster ride a young couple goes through in a committed relationship. 
  • Up All Night (formerly known as the untitled Emily Spivey, Alpha Mom) - Single-camera comedy headlined by Christina Applegate offering an irreverent look at parenthood through the eyes of a sharp-tongued working mom (Applegate) and her stay-at-home husband (Will Arnett) as well as her opinioned parents.  Maya Rudolph also co-stars.  Universal Media Studios is producing.
  • Smash - Musical drama based on an idea of Steven Spielberg's centered on a group of people putting on a Broadway musical about Marilyn Monroe.  Debra Messing and Katharine McPhee are starring; Universal Media Studios and DreamWorks TV are producing.
  • Prime Suspect - American adaptation of the popular and award-winning British series starring Helen Mirren.  The new version has Maria Bello in the lead role as a female detective who works in a tough New York precinct dominated by men. 
  • The Playboy Club is set in 1963 with the plot centered on the opening of the first Playboy Club in Chicago. 
  • Awake, a drama that follows the simultaneous and parallel lives of a detective who cannot let go after a horrible car accident.
  • Grimm, a dark cop drama set in a world where characters from Grimm’s Fairy Tales are real. 
  • NBC also granted spy series Chuck a fifth season renewal for at least 13 episodes.  Warner Bros. Television produces.
  • And according to EW, Parenthood has been renewed for a third season.
  • Starting June 7, NBC wants more of its singing competition series The Voice and is expanding each live episode to two full hours.  Through June 28, The Voice will air from 9p-11p following America's Got Talent. 
A new edition of Say Yes to the Dress: Bridesmaids launches on TLC July 8 at 10p.  The latest chapter in TLC's franchise will offer viewers a behind-the-scenes look at the bridesmaids' salon at Bridals by Lori in Atlanta where sometimes difficult bridesmaids are searching for their perfect gowns.  TLC ordered six 30m episodes.  Prior to this new series premiere, TLC debuts the second season of Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta at 9p.  NorthSouth Productions is behind both Say Yes to the Dress: Bridesmaids and Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta.

Over-the-top bachelorette parties in Las Vegas are the focus of Oxygen's new weekly fall series, Bachelorette Party: Las Vegas.  The series shadows the VIP event planners working for the Palms Casino Resort as they prepare and execute outrageous bachelorette weekends for the brides and their bridal party. The series was developed by Gavin Polone of Pariah and PB&J Television.