Here’s the summer schedule NBC plans with debut dates with my comments. What’ unusual is the schedule includes three scripted dramas. Scripted shows in the summer in recent years have tended to tank on broadcast TV though cable has had more luck (e.g. “Burn Notice” on USA Network.)
Much of this maneuvering has been done to help Conan O’Brien, who takes over June 1 at 11:35 p.m. on “The Tonight Show.” The season finale of “Medium” will air at 10 p.m. on the day of Conan’s debut. The last episode of the year for “Law & Order: SVU” will air the next day. And the last original episode from original “Law & Order” will air Wednesday.
June 1: I’m A Celebrity . . . Get Me Out of Here! at 8p (They’re bringing THIS back? Scary!)
June 4: The Listener at 10p (We have the Mentalist on CBS. We have extra observant obsessive compulsive Monk on USA Network. We have a dude who can discern liars in Fox’s “Lie to Me.” We have a gal who sees premonitions in dreams in “Medium.” Now we have a paramedic who can read minds like that dude in “Heroes.”)
June 8: Law & Order: Criminal Intent at 9p
June 21: Merlin at 8p (here’s the NBC description. Not my idea of fun but surely someone will care: “Merlin is an exciting fantasy series set in the mythic city of Camelot, but inspired by 21st Century storytelling.”)
June 23 and June 24: America’s Got Talent at 9p both nights
June 24: The Philanthropist at 10p (This one sounds cool: “Teddy Rist loves women, money and power. After the tragic death of his only child, Teddy has an awakening and becomes the world’s first vigilante philanthropist – a renegade billionaire who uses his wealth, connections and power to help people in need.” If you want more info on the difficulties getting this show off the ground, read up at the Washington Post.)
July 1: Great American Road Trip at 8p. (This sounds like “The Amazing Race: Family Edition,” the disaster of a season, part II. Seven families go to iconic spots around the country to compete in challenges and get eliminated one family at a time.)
-I caught up with Rene Miller, who is going to start an 11 a.m to 3 p.m. Sunday shift on Clark Atlanta 91.9. She had spent seven years on Jazz Flavors in the 1990s and seven years at Smooth Jazz on 107.5. She’s now seeking other TV and radio gigs as well as speaking engagements. This is a foot in the door for her and keep her on the radio, even if it is once a week. “Once radio is in your blood, you bleed radio,” she said. Noting that 91.9 is celebrating its 35th year on the air, “I’m excited to be on a heritage jazz station.” The music mix, she said, will be a blend of contemporary and mainstream jazz.
-Good ratings last night for the “E.R.” featuring the return of George Clooney and Julianna Margulies: 10.7 million, the best in ages for the show, which is ending its 15-year run soon. Of course, the show used to regularly draw 30 million a year in its heyday. It’s now lucky to draw 7 to 8 million some weeks. “Grey’s Anatomy” on ABC had its lowest ratings ever.
-790/The Zone is always up for a funny promotion. For ACC tix, five folks had to dribble a basketball for hours. Three people managed to do so for five straight hours-but only one, Carlos Trevino, won. Here’s the video from Fox 5’s “Good Day Atlanta.”
Note Suchita Vadlamani accidentally calls it “Stats Bra” instead of “Stats Bar.”
And speaking of Fox 5, let’s humor former “Road Warrior” Brett Martin with his latest Youtube creation:
And here’s parts of the Jon Stewart/Jim Cramer smackdown from Thursday: