Channel Surfing
by Laura Nachman
Bucks County Courier Times
June 21, 2005


To welcome the first day of summer, here are some viewing recommendations for the season.


“Friends” star Lisa Kudrow teams up with “Sex and the City” producer Michael Patrick King for “The Comeback” on HBO Sundays at 9 p.m.  The debut was hilarious.


The guys from the cult classic “Hot Wet American Summer” reunite for “Stella” on Comedy Central Tuesdays at 10 p.m. Michael Ian Black of VH1 fame is the most recognizable name in the cast.


Morgan Spurlock of “Supersize Me” tries his McDonald’s experiment in a series of situations in “30 Days” on FX Wednesdays at 10 p.m.


“Starlet” judge, Vivica A. Fox must put her money where her mouth is as the star of “Missing” on Lifetime Sundays at 10 p.m.  “Mr. Kelly Ripa,” Mark Consuelos co-stars.


The subjects of “Supernanny” will probably grow up and enter “Brat Camp” on ABC beginning July 13.


“Being Bobby Brown” makes its highly anticipated (at least by me) debut June 30 on Bravo at 10 p.m.  As the Black Eyed Peas say in their new song “You play Bobby and I’ll play Whitney.”


Tommy Hilfiger determines which designer will make “The Cut” on CBS Thursdays at 8 p.m.


Somehow, “Big Brother” has made it to six seasons.  The latest edition begins July 7.   “Real World 17” debuts on MTV tonight at 10 p.m.  This season is set in Austin, Texas; where MTV threatened to take “Real World: Philadelphia,” when they were having problems with the Philly unions.


Spielberg goes “Into the West” on TNT every weekend.  The debut weekend got good ratings.


Tang anyone? (I was more of an Aspen apple soda person.)  MTV does “The Real World” 70’s style with “That 70’s House” beginning July 5.


Paris Hilton’s mom, Kathy joins the television business in “I Want to Be a Hilton” on NBC tonight. Before she became known as Paris and Nicky’s mother, Kathy Hilton was an actress.


Another edition of “Surreal Life” begins July 10 on VH1. Omarosa, Janice Dickinsen, and Jose Canseco lead the house.


Denis Leary returns for season two of “Rescue Me” on FX tonight.

Croydon’s Laura Fiocco, 24, a student at Bucks County Community competes in the finale of “Gimme the Mike” on UPN 57 Sunday at 9 p.m.  Fiocco won the first week’s competition with her rendition of “RedneckWoman.” The grand prize winner gets a new car, a recording contract, a karaoke machine and more.

Bucks county resident Diego Castellanos of 6ABC is the new vice president of the Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia.  His show, “Puerto Rican Panorama” is entering its 35th years in September.



Laura Nachman of will be interviewed on “Biography:  The Brady Bunch” Friday at 8 p.m. on A & E.