Channel Surfing
by Laura Nachman
Bucks County Courier Times
June 26, 2007
It's time for another season of summer television.

Denis Leary's firefighter drama “Rescue Me” is back on FX Wednesdays at 10 p.m.

HBO's premiere of “John from Cincinnati” suffered from the bizarre “Sopranos” ending that drove people away from the television. HBO is also counting on “Entourage” and “Big Love” to pick up the slack from the departure of Tony and company.

“Kathy Griffin: “My Life on the D List” airs on Bravo Tuesdays at 10 p.m. Griffin made a strong case for being named a co-host on “The View” with her recent hilarious appearance on “Larry King Live.”

The has-beens get their chance again with “Scott Baio is 45 and Single” on VH1, Bret Michaels of Poison in “Rock of Love” on VH1 and Corey Feldman and Corey Haim in “The Two Coreys” on A & E.

The has-beens of tomorrow populate “Big Brother” on CBS.

“Top Chef” also does well for Bravo, and “Hey Paula” finally premieres Thursday at 10 p.m. with Paula Abdul.

“So You Think You Can Dance” continues to succeed for Fox. NBC's “America's Got Talent” with new host Jerry Springer and new judge Sharon Osbourne hasn't missed a beat, as it's the top rated show of the summer. Of course, it still has “The Hoff,” David Hasselhoff.

The top-rated cable show, “The Closer” with Kyra Sedgwick, continues on TNT and the network's new drama “Saving Grace” with Holly Hunter looks promising.

Tyler Perry's “House of Payne” on TBS is a hit, and it has no worries of getting canceled. It received an unprecedented 100-episode order from the network.

ESPN's miniseries about the New York Yankees set against the turbulent summer of 1977, “The Bronx is Burning,” debuts July 9.

During the day, you can still get your Bob Barker fix on reruns of “The Price is Right” on CBS at 11 a.m. I hope they don't select Rosie O'Donnell as his replacement. She would take too much attention away from the contestants. I continue to hope that Bob reconsiders and returns in the fall.

So far, the summer flops have been “On the Lot” on Fox and “Pirate Master” on CBS.


In an ongoing effort to address the high number of murders committed in Philadelphia, NBC 10 News presents the fifth installment of “Making a Safer City: Do Something,” Thursday at 7 p.m.

Former CN8 host Cyndi Edwards co-hosts the show “Daytime” for the NBC affiliate in Tampa, Florida.


Last week, I omitted Meredith Vieira's name in my list of people who have co-hosted “The View.” I also forgot to list her among my top Merediths of May a few weeks ago (Meredith Baxter from “Cold Case,” Meredith from “The Office,” and Meredith Grey from “Grey's Anatomy.”) I think it's because I hate to spell her name!

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June 26, 2007 5:58 AM