Normally I look forward to summer lineups of shows. Lots of inconsequential programming that rots my brain while I sit in front of a fan and sip margaritas. But I already rotted my brain while bundled up with hot cocoa during the writers' strike. So the prospect of watching some of the recently announced CBS summer programming doesn't exactly thrill me. The Greatest American Dog? Really? A doggie beauty pageant? Is this what we've come to? Worse? Jingles, a competitive reality show where people try and come up with jingles for products. Isn't that what advertisers are for? I fast-forward through commercials. I'm not going to sit through an entire show about them, and if I do, it's going to be Mad Men, not this. Of course there's also another season of Big Brother. Poor Julie Chen, and poor me. I've been watching this irritating season and could really use some time to decompress before another season starts.
To be fair, there are a couple of interesting prospects on the map. The Regis Philbin hosted Million Dollar Password, which has celebs helping contestants figure out words. They even got Betty White who was a frequent guest on the original series since she was married to Password host Allen Ludden. For this game show geek, that's kinda cool. And then there's Swingtown, which is not a dancing reality series, but instead a '70s era drama about the sexual and social revolution. Translation: Lots of wife swapping. Promising. Also, Flashpoint, a drama about cops who fight off gangs and difuses bombs. Since I don't have The Shield to watch, this just may fill the void. Let's hope its good and gritty and goes well with margaritas.
Ooh, how does this taste, Top Chef? CBS has managed to out-product-placement the most product placement-y reality show of our time with a new show called Jingles. Hosted by American Idol season 2 cast-off Kimberly Caldwell (yeah, I know), the Mark Burnett-produced series will see aspiring songwriters competing by writing and singing commercial jingles for a variety of products -- take that, Top Chef Glad Wrap pantry! Leave this to the professionals!