1. TV Tonight! Its Thursday in the Summer so that means Burn Notice but also, maybe, check out ABC’s new Time Machine Chefs at 9 or the premiere of The CW’s The Next (see below for our show description).
- CBS has the elimination episode of Big Brother at 9.
- NBC has the return of new Saving Hope at 9 and new Rock
BottomCenter at 10.
- Fox has NFL Preseason Football (Cincinnati Bengals at Atlanta Falcons) from 8-11.
- ABC has new Wipeout at 8, the premiere of Time Machine Chefs (chefs use tools available from another time period) at 9 and Rookie Blue at 10.
- The CW has another new episode of Oh Sit! at 8 (look for our Keep or Delete Review later toda
- y) and the series premiere of The Next at 9 (see our show description below).
- On cable, Discovery continues with Shark Week with tonight’s offerings including: Great White Invasion: Reloaded at 8; Great White Highway at 9 and Shark Week’s 25 Best Bites at 10; USA Network has new Burn Notice at 9 (Fiona works for the CIA … that will go well) and Suits at 10; Braxton Family Values returns for a new season on WE tv at 9; and Food premieres a new show, Extreme Chef at 10.
2. New Show Description. Today we’re covering The CW’s newest show, The Next, a combination of all of the music competition shows that have come before it. With a Jonas brother!
The Next (The CW, premiering on Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 9pm). Premise: Somewhat established local acts get a celebrity mentor and then a shot to go head to head against other established local musical acts, then move up to a larger area of domination and so on, all for the eventual shot at a record deal. The 4 celebrity mentors are Gloria Estefan, John Rich, Nelly and Joe Jonas. From Fox, “In each episode of THE NEXT, four music industry superstars — Gloria Estefan, John Rich, Nelly, and Joe Jonas — will drop in on the lives of four up-and-coming local musicians … These aspiring stars are not plucked from obscurity; they are proven artists on the brink of success. They just need a little help making the leap from opening act to headliner. Over the course of 72 hours, each superstar will groom one contestant — while taking over their lives … When that 72-hour mentoring session is up, the four newly groomed artists will go head-to-head at a well-known local venue … One winner will be chosen and that contestant will move on to represent their city in the semi-finals. Then it’s on to the next city and four more contestants. As an extra twist to the competition, even the contestants who don’t win in their home cities will still have a chance to compete in the finals – viewers across the country will be able to vote for their favorite among the performers who didn’t make the first cut, and the contestant with the most votes will go on to the finals … the vocalist left standing at the end will be rewarded a recording contract with Atlantic Records.”
On My DVR’s take: Like Duets, I just wish this show had bigger named mentors to bring gravitas to the show’s street cred. How relevant is Nelly today? And does anyone take any Jonas brother seriously? At least Gloria Estefan and John Rich have true superstar status in their respective genres. This show has real potential and I like the fact that the artists will already be local celebrities, it adds a believability factor to a music competition that is often missing (e.g., the shows that pretend that certain established contestants haven’t had prior record deals or any taste of success) and we’re also likely to be missing the gag reels of oddities and goofballs that shows like American Idol revel in for the first few weeks. At the end of the day, will the mentors be more Kelly Clarkson (Yay!) or more Robin Thicke (groan). We’ll see after the first episode. Check back for On My DVR’s Keep Or Delete Review!
3. Comedy Central Fall Premiere Schedule. Find out when Tosh and South Park return at the clicky.
4. Casting and Show News! The woman behind “Quirky Girl With Zooey Deschanel,” Abby Elliott, has announced she is leaving SNL for greener pastures; which stinks because it was my favorite skit on SNL. Boo hiss!!! Its been a tough summer for the aged skit show with many talented people leaving. In happier news, the awesome John Barrowman (Torchwood) has joined on to The CW’s new Fall show, Arrow. In top secret role news, Mad Men‘s John Slattery has seemingly joined the new season of Arrested Development. Michael J. Fox (The Good Wife) is shopping around a new comedy to which I say, if he can take the grind, we’d love to have him back on a full time basis! Last, Lucy Lawless (Spartacus; Xena) has been cast as a potential love interest for Ron Swanson on this season’s Parks & Rec. A&E has cancelled (finally, amiright?) Gene Simmons Family Jewels after 7 seasons.
5. Scooby Doo and John Cena Too!!! Scooby Doo and Mystery Incorporated are headed to Wrestlemania to solve a mystery. That’s the premise of the new joint venture movie between the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and Warner Bros. for a new Scooby Doo movie. It will feature voice acting by WWE stars including Triple H, John Cena, Kane, The Miz and Vince McMahon, among others. The release will be direct to video and Lil’ TV Watcher could not be more excited!
6. Boardwalk Empire Season 3 Clip Trailer!