NBC touts reality summer

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Families all over the country this summer will be waving the old Red, White, and Blue and cheering for American athletes competing on the other side of the world in the Olympic Games in Beijing, China. In order to stoke the patriotic fire, NBC--which has exclusive broadcast rights to the popular worldwide competition--thinks it's a good idea to stuff its summer schedule with reality shows.

Under the banner of "NBC's All-American Summer," the programming schedule for the warm months of the year will include the returns of American Gladiators, Last Comic Standing, Nashville Star, and America's Got Talent, as well as the premieres of Baby Borrowers, Fear Itself, and Celebrity Circus. A list of each show's premiere date is below.

Although most television viewers know about the returning shows (the titles are pretty much self-explanatory), the new shows may need a bit of a refresher.

Baby Borrowers is a bit of a misnomer, given that the participants also "borrow" toddlers, teens, and senior citizens. The reality show lets young couples--really young, ages 18-20--experience the "joys" of parenthood by taking care of babies and the other age groups previously mentioned over a span of three weeks.

Celebrity Circus is pretty much Dancing with the Stars with no dancing and a lot more circus performances. Celebrities will partner up with circus pros and then do the whole "get voted off" thing after each episode. The show's judges and celebrities will be revealed at a later date.

Finally, Fear Itself is an original horror anthology series that will run 13 episodes. The show will feature actors Brandon Routh (Superman Returns), Cynthia Watros (Lost's Libby), and others in self-contained tales of terror.

Premiere dates for NBC's All-American Summer are below.

May 12-- two-hour premiere of American Gladiators 8-10 p.m.

May 22--season premiere of Last Comic Standing 9:30-11 p.m.

May 29--series premiere of Fear Itself--10-11 p.m.

June 9--season premiere of Nashville Star 9:30-11 p.m.

June 11--two-hour premiere of Celebrity Circus 9-11 p.m.

June 24--season premiere of America's Got Talent 9-11 p.m.

June 25--series premiere of The Baby Borrowers 8-9 p.m.