Channel Surfing

By Laura Nachman
Bucks County Courier Times

May 30, 2006

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Don’t fret over the television season being “over.”  There is no such thing as “over” in today’s “Summerland.” 


Last summer’s sleeper, “The Closer” with Kyra Sedgwick returns to TNT.


Dennis Leary’s “Rescue Me” fires up on FX.  Leary provides one of the voices in “Over the Hedge.”


“So You Think You Can Dance” returns to Fox for season two this week (Somebody else besides Ryan Seacrest is hosting).  “Hell’s Kitchen” (insert joke about my cooking) with Gordon Ramsey returns for its second go around.


Ricki Lake (“Go Ricki”) is back on television as host of “Gameshow Marathon” on CBS.  This sounds fun – Tim Meadows, Lance Bass, Paige Davis, Leslie Nielsen, and Kathy Najimy, and Brande Roderick(?) will compete in classic game shows each week.


“Rock Star” and “Big Brother All-Stars” with Julie “news credibility is for losers” Chen return to CBS.


NBC hopes “America’s Got Talent” with producer Simon Cowell and “The Last Comic Standing” returns for the third time, sans Jay Mohr. Anthony Clark from the just-canceled CBS show “Yes, Dear” is the new host.  Also, Luke Perry and others experience a lottery “Windfall” this summer.  Maybe Ian Ziering should start buying some powerball tickets.


Kathy Griffin’s “My Life on the D List” returns for season two in June.  Last summer’s season probably took her off the D list, but why ruin a good joke?


VH1 would probably shut down if it didn’t have a former “Brady” on its air, so the second season of “My Fair Brady” with Christopher Knight and Adrianne Curry returns.


HBO’s popular “Entourage” returns for season three. I’m still bitter “The Comeback” won’t return.


6ABC with Jim Gardner won the 11 p.m. weeknight May sweeps battle with a 10 rating/17 share.  NBC10 with Renee Chenault-Fattah and Tim Lake was second with an 8 rating/14 share, and CBS3 with Larry Mendte and Alycia Lane was third with a 7 rating/13 share.  CBS3 must be disappointed because it had the highest network lead-in from 10:45 – 11:00 p.m. with an 11 rating/17 share.  


At 10 p.m., Fox29 with Dave Huddleston and Dawn Stensland had a 7 rating/10 share.  The WB17 News Powered by NBC10 with Vince DeMentri and Lori Delgado had a 2 rating/3 share.


Each rating point equals around 29,000 households.