Fox Schedules a Sleepy Summer

... Fox has announced its summer schedule and ZZZZZZzzzzzzzz... So You Think You Can Dance premieres May 26, Masterchef premieres June 7, and Hell's Kitchen premieres July 19. And then there are a lot of repeats. So go ahead, take a vacation this summer. You've earned it. [Fox via press release]

... Recently I examined 20 pilots currently in-production that sound pretty darned good. At the top of my list was NBC's REM, a new thriller from Lone Star creator Kyle Killen. It stars Jason Isaacs as a cop who gets in an accident and wakes up in two realities. Now we have more info on what those two realities are: In one, he learns that he killed his son... and in the other he killed his wife. Ouch! In other REM news, Wilmer Valderrama (The '70s Show) and BD Wong (Law & Order: SVU) have joined the cast. I'm liking Wong in this, not so sure about Wilmer. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Michael Chiklis did it, so why not Julie Benz? The No Ordinary Family star has followed Chiklis's lead and found a new gig to fall back on should the ABC superhero drama get yanked (and it's looking more and more likely). Benz (Dexter) has joined an untitled CBS pilot about a surgeon who is guided through the challenges of life by the spirit of his deceased wife. Benz would play the sister of the surgeon. Also, and this may be off-topic, but Benz is hot. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Score two for super-trashy reality television masquerading as legit primetime programming! ABC has renewed both The Bachelor and The Bachelorette for new seasons—their 16th and 7th, respectively. Let's hope Brad gets a third chance to find love! [EW]

... Curb Your Enthusiasm's Cheryl Hines has booked a role on the ABC pilot Suburgatory. The comedy is about a young girl who moves from the big city to the 'burbs. Alan Tudyk is among the cast members who've already signed. [EW]

... Kyle MacLachlan (Twin Peaks) and Scott Foley (Cougar Town) have joined the CBS drama The Doctor. You'll never guess what this show is about! [Deadline Hollywood]

... Criminal Minds's Paget Brewster has been cast on NBC's My Life As An Experiment. But pardon me while I get excited about something else: Canadian actor Jon Dore has been cast as the lead on that show! Dore is the hilarious star of meta-comedy The Jon Dore Show, and will play a man who undergoes weird experiments as part of his job as a journalist. Congratulations, Mr. Dore! [Deadline Hollywood]

... Supernatural creator Eric Kripke has said that the TV adaptation of The Sandman is no longer a go, at least for this season. Kripke was attached to the graphic-novel-to-TV project and hopes to do it in the future. [THR]

... Quentin Tarantino has sued Alan Ball (creator of True Blood) over Ball's birds. Q lives next door to Ball in some fancy neighborhood you could never afford, and Ball's collection of exotic birds are squawking loud enough to make the Pulp Fiction director take legal action. Only the hard-hitting news here, fellas. [TMZ]

... Finally, Noah Emmerich has joined Stephen Gaghan's NBC pilot S.I.L.A., a complex drama surrounding crime, law, and corruption in Los Angeles. You'll remember Emmerich as the CDC doctor on The Walking Dead. [Deadline Hollywood]


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Yeah, I like Hell's Kitchen too - not sleepy for me at all.
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It's good to know that Hell's Kitchen is back for another season! Can't wait to see Chef Ramsey yelling athte contestants, calling them everything in the book.
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Benz is not hot, just medium. Maggie Q and Grace Park, now they are hot!!!!!
And Hell's kitchen is as retarded as all the dance shows! Just moronic!
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Love Hell's Kitchen too, the only reality show I watch
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well i guess everyone has thier own opinions and here is mine, i like hells kitchen and am glad its coming back, so to all the haters, thats why there are other channels to watch, or grab you a movie, or sit in the dark, really dont care
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Sure are a lot of crummy shows in development. And they'd never do a TV show worthy of the title The Sandman.
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I resent that Tim. I live across the street from both Ball and Tarantino. Not close enough to hear the birds, but close enough to hear the fighting. I'm always like, "shut up you stupids!!"
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going to miss Paget Brewster on Criminal Minds
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I dont know why so many people like American Idol but dont like SYTYCD... Watch people dance is so much better then watch them singing... and of all the dancing competitions is the only one i like
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I still can't believe that Paget Brewster is leaving CM:(
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I'll be watching FOX all summer long and enjoying it!!!
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REM sounds good!! But I have to admit that I - saying this feeling very guilty pleasuresk - like SYTYCD and Hell's Kitchen... *shame* :P
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I hope half these pilots don't get made. Nothing but doctor and cop shows...again.
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Ugh, reality shows and doctor shows. REM sounds good though.
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so basically ignore Fox until the fall season starts back? gotcha. there's not many good shows on in the summer anyway, True Blood is all i can think of right now. i'm actually not liking REM much now.. there's been enough alternate reality/universe shows in the past decade.. plus i'm not a fan of Wilmer Valderrama at all so that makes me less interested. The new Julie Benz (yes, very hot) show sounds craaaaaaaaap. ABC keeps The Bachlor/ette and DWTS but might cancel a good show? lame. and The Doctor? like we need another medical/law/cop show on air.
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REM sounds really interesting. I'm really happy about Wilmer Valderrama being cast in it too, the guy looks completely different than when he played Fezz, and he's an awesome actor. And Tim I disagree - Julie Benz was hot in buffy.. she was a little hot in the first season of dexter.. at this point she's just annoying to look at.
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Love Scott Foley glad he got a new show. He was awesome in The Unit and Grey's Anatomy
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Why is Gordon Ramsay still on TV? Hasn't his 15 minutes run out yet?
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@Patrick,

Four words - Breaking Bad and Entourage
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Sandman would suck as a tv series anyway
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Since when has summer programming been exciting?
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