summer television

The other day, Fox revealed their new celebrity dating show, “The Choice“, debuting this summer. It’s “The Voice” meets “The Dating Game” sprinkled with a little “So You Think You Can Dance” courtesy of Cat Deeley. The British host will be serving double duty this summer for FOX by returning to SYTYCD and hosting this new reality guilty pleasure.

So what is “The Choice“? It’s your opportunity to go on a date with a “celebrity”. The six-episode series will feature singles pitch themselves as the ideal love connection to celebrity bachelors/bachelorettes who are seated with their backs turned to them a la “The Voice” during the blind auditions. If more than one celebrity turns around, the non-famous single person will get to choose who they want. From there, it goes to some sort of “Speed Choice” round, but I’ll wait for Cat Deeley to describe that part when the show airs. This post is to reveal all the celebrities involved.

Appearing on the show are 20 male celebs and 4 female ones. They range from professional athletes, to reality stars to actors. If you’ve ever wanted to date Mike “The Situation”, Olympian Jeremy Bloom or middle child Joe Jonas, then “The Choice” is the “choice” for you. Check out all the stars willing to sell themselves out for some television airtime. Truth be told, there are actually a couple of hotties. I’d even sign up for an opportunity to win them over.

check out all the celebrity contestants after the jump

I’ve been meaning to write about this awesome new show since the second I finished watching the first episode, but wanted to wait a couple of episodes before I promote the heck out of it. Even more so after watching Oxygen’s new show “The Glee Project” last night, which BTW wasn’t all that. When I first heard another music-themed reality show was on the way, I groaned. That all changed, the second I caught five minutes of the show. I’m not even exaggerating when I say I’ve been pimping this show to everyone. I can’t stop raving about it and have converted a few to fans. Good move on Bravo’s part for offering the first episode for free on iTunes.

What makes “Platinum Hit” different from the rest of the music-related competition show, is it focuses on the art of songwriting rather than vocals. Each week, the judges, which include Jewel (who BTW rocks some amazing clothes each week) and Kara DioGuardi, maintain that they’re judging the lyrics and theme of the track rather than the performance. That being said, almost all of them can sing very well. As you know, I’m a self-professed reality junkie and nothing gets me off more than watching super-talented individuals show off their craft. It’s absolutely mesmerizing. Those are my kind of reality shows. What “Project Runway” did for the fashion world, I foresee “Platinum Hit” doing for the geniuses behind the scenes- the underrated songwriters.

As interesting as it is to watch contestants write hooks and verses, the appealing cast puts this show high on the “addictive thermometer“. There’s no denying everyone is talented, but most of them are also very likable with a couple of extremely polarizing characters thrown in the mix for some drama. But even they’re appealing due to their lyrical powers and memorable one-liners. My two favorites so far are “She’s a ghetto bitch from the hood” and “Yo, Rain Man where’s that been the last hour you were trying to hook a keyboard up and bring everybody Chai lattes“, referring to an amazing line for a verse.

check out my favorites after the jump

Rookie Blue Greenlit For Second Season

In: Donovan, TV Shows

Who says you can’t launch a successful new drama show on network television over the summer. The fresh-faced cops of Rookie Blue will be fighting crime for a second season. ABC gave the rookie cop drama an early renewal after performing well through its first three airings.

It’s averaging about 7 million viewers per week, which isn’t a huge number but for summer standards, it’s spectacular. I’m sure the eyeballs hooked watching Wipeout earlier only help with the Blue’s success. Over the past few summers, network have stayed away from launching original scripted programming and resorted to offering us mindless hours of reality TV. But with cable television providing programs that do well with critics and viewing audiences in True Blood and Mad Men, network television had to follow suit.

Quinn Taylor, head of movies, miniseries and acquisitions for ABC released the following statement: “We’re very pleased that the show has connected with viewers, especially considering the challenge of finding an audience in the summer, and we are excited to pick it up for a second season.”

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