May 15th, 2013
10 amateur bakers will compete in 3 challenges – “Signature Bake,” “Technical Bake,” and “Showstopper Bake” to make it to “Star Baker” of the week. The final 3 “Star Bakers” will bake off for a $250,000 grand prize and a publishing contract for their own cookbook. “The American Baking Competition” will be hosted by Jeff Foxworthy. The American Baking Competition premieres Wednesday, May 29 @ 8:00pm on CBS.
May 13th, 2013
Stephen King’s novel “Under the Dome” is being brought o life on TV this summer by Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment. What would happen if the town you live in is suddenly cut off from the rest of the world by a transparent dome that mysteriously appears? How would everyone get along?
Read more about “Under the Dome” here.
Under the Dome premieres Monday, June 24 @ 10:00pm on CBS.
May 11th, 2013
When a high school student is found dead in her home 16-year-old troubled Danny (Avan Jogia) becomes the prime suspect. Will his childhood friends Jo and Lacey (Maddie Hasson and Kylie Bunbury) stand by him? The drama also stars, Kimberly Quinn, Sam Robards, Ashton Moio and Denise Richards. (My first gut reaction when reading the show description is that the lead character sounds similar to Norman Bates in “Bates Motel.”)
Twisted premieres Tuesday, June 11 @ 9:00pm on ABC Family.
May 10th, 2013
Why are dinosaurs suddenly showing up in Vancouver? A team of animal experts and scientists are called upon to answer that question in “Primeval New World.” The Special Projects Group, led by Evan Cross (Niall Matter), includes Mac Rendell (Danny Rahim), a security specialist, Toby Nance (Crystal Lowe), a physics prodigy and Dylan Weir (Sara Canning), a predator control expert. The team receives a “little” help from the government in the form of Lieutenant Ken Leeds (Geoff Gustafson) who used to head up a department that, at one time, investigated alien life forms and anomalies. Amanda Tapping (“Sanctuary” and “Stargate”) is on board to direct several episodes.
Primeval: New World premieres Saturday, June 8 @ 10:00pm on SYFY.
May 8th, 2013
Colin Ferguson, most known for his character Sheriff Jack Carter in “Eureka,” has signed on to appear in the fourth season of “Haven.” Ferguson will portray William, a stranger whose secret agenda leads him to FBI-turned-cop Audrey Parker (Emily Rose) who, it seems, IS the Colorado Kid. Deadline reports the fourth season of “Haven” will pick up 6 months after the season three cliffhanger where the town was pummeled by a violent meteor storm and Audrey and Duke (Eric Balfour) vanished into thin air leaving injured Nathan (Lucas Bryant) alone in Haven. For added interest, look for Stephen King Easter eggs (references) throughout the season. Click here to see some previous references.
“Haven” is based on Stephen King’s novella “The Colorado Kid.” Look for the season four premiere on SYFY this fall, probably in October.
May 8th, 2013
The cast of Sinbad
Newcomer Elliot Knight takes on the role of legendary character “Sinbad.” Lord Akbari (Naveen Andrews) casts a curse on Sinbad when he accidently kills his son forcing Sinbad to leave his home. The curse doesn’t allow Sinbad on dry land for more than a day so he takes to the seas on a quest to search for an antidote for the curse. The Providence, a trusty, seaworthy ship, becomes his new home and travelers he meets along the way become his friends including a sailor named Gunnar (Elliot Cowan), Rina (Marama Corlett), a jewel thief, Nala (Estella Daniels) the aristocrat and the doctor/cook, Anwar (Dimitri Leonidas).
Sinbad premieres Saturday, June 8 @ 9:00pm on SYFY.
May 6th, 2013
Hosted by The Rock
From the title alone, I thought this would be a competition for a new action hero. We will need one soon. All the great action heroes are getting up there in age.
I was partly right – it is a competition show for a possible purse of $1 million. Nine contestants will be mentally, physically and morally tested by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson to see if they have what it takes to become “The Hero” (whatever that means.)
The Hero premieres Thursday, June 6 @ 8:00pm on TNT.
May 6th, 2013
I’m all in for a game of hide and seek especially when what I’m seeking is a briefcase stuffed with $100,000. The game master is even going to give me a bottle of water, a GPS and a stranger to assist me in this wilderness game. But am I going to have to share my find with this stranger? I may have to ditch him along the way.
72 Hours series premieres Thursday, June 6 @ 9:00pm on TNT.
May 5th, 2013
Abe, Jeremiah, Kate, Rebecca and Sabrina are young Amish men and women who took the opportunity to leave the lives they know behind, trading their horses and buggies for taxi cabs as they pursue a different type of lifestyle. In season two, the group has decided not to return home but to stay in Florida and try to make a fresh start all the while struggling with culture shock, finances, career choices and romance. Breaking Amish: Brave New World premieres Sunday, May 12 @ 10:00pm on TLC.
May 4th, 2013
Stern, Klum, Brown and Mandel on AGT
Season 8 of America’s Got Talent boasts new beginnings in 2013 with two new judges and a new venue, but, if it’s up to him, it will be all about returning judge and “King of All Media” Howard Stern.
“Didn’t you guys get the memo? I’m the star of the show,” Stern jokes.
With one season under his belt, Stern is officially no longer the new kid on the block thanks to the additions of Heidi Klum and Melanie “Scary Spice” Brown. The 2 new additions replace the beloved Sharon Osbourne who left after last season with irreconcilable differences with the network. When asked why she wanted to join the series, Klum said judging came naturally. “I guess it is a part of my personality. I want to tell everyone how they’re looking and what they should be doing,” Klum said. “How can you say no to America’s Got Talent?”
On a rare serious note, Stern praised the dynamic of the new judges and host Nick Cannon. “I want to say, its delightful working with this panel. It’s so much fun. Some days they get very long, but when you have nice people like this, it’s actually quite pleasant.”
Another new beginning is that this season of America’s Got Talent will move from its longtime home city of L. A. and head east to New York’s famed Radio City Music Hall. “Many of America’s greatest performers have graced this legendary stage, and now AGT will have the rare opportunity to discover greatness in this renowned venue,” Paul Telegdy, president of alternative and late night programming, NBC Entertainment, said. “This move takes the show to a new and even more exciting level.”
“This show has now gone to a new level in so many ways,” returning judge Howie Mandel said. “We have more opinions, more critiques. … This is bigger and better and more exciting than any other season we’ve ever had.”
The critiques also apply to the judges, such as Brown, who was booed when she took the stage for her first taping in New Orleans. Her mistake was telling a popular hometown brass hand, Lagniappe, that she wasn’t a fan of brass music. The crowd naturally went wild, booing her and telling her to “Go home.” Mel reportedly was upset. What did she think was going to happen when she dissed the hometown favorites? She should not have been surprised that she got booed. She needs to grow thicker skin, or get out of the judging business. This comes after the show producers sent out press release after press release to encourage these jazz acts and musicians to audition, and none of the judges know a thing about jazz, and one of them admits to not even liking jazz. Gee, let’s make fools of people who very well may have canceled paying gigs to spend all day to audition for a shot at this and humiliate them on national TV.
Despite the publicity surrounding the judges’ panel already, Stern said the focus is still on getting the best talent on the show. “I said this year I would love to find an international superstar,” Stern said. “That’s my goal this year, and I know the other judges join me in that and we take the job quite seriously.”
America’s Got Talent premieres on Tuesday, June 4 at 8:00pm and will begin airing live twice a week on July 23.