Friday April 12, 2013

Slow news day as I'm really not interested in Charlie Sheen's return to the Two And A Half Men lot, Brandi Glanville's laser burned face or the fact that the final 5 contestants on American Idol are all female (I read that and am standing by my decision to remove the show from my Series Manager).

Veep returns this weekend.  I was a fan of season 1 and am looking forward to the premiere on Sunday night.

ABC premieres a new show called Bet On Your Baby on Saturday.  A friend of mine worked on the show and told me about it a while back.  Bummer that it's slotted for Saturday night, but hopefully people tune in.   Here's the description per ABC: 

All parents think they know their baby well, but are they willing to bet on it? ABC's Bet On Your Baby will reveal the answer to that question each week in an hour-long program featuring five memorable families with toddlers between the ages of two to three-and-a-half years old, who will play to see how well they can guess their child's next move in the hopes of earning money towards their college fund.

On Sunday night, Discovery Channel will premiere one of its new shows, Naked Castaway.  The first person to walk the length of the Amazon River, Ed Stafford, undertakes an extreme physical and mental survival challenge as he lands naked and alone on the island of Olorua. He has no food, water, knives or tools -- only a camera to document his experience.  Olorua is an uninhabited island in the eastern division of Fiji. Struggling with limited resources, stifling sickness and mysterious island creatures, Stafford tries to survive on the island for 60 days.

Not sure how I missed this one, but LaToya Jackson is getting her own show on OWN.  Jackson settles into a new home and, at 56, dives back into the dating scene on Life With La Toya, premiering at 10:30 p.m. Saturday, April 13. The second episode, airing April 20, is titled "A Message from Michael," and her brother Michael's children will appear on one episode.  It remains unclear how much past and current Jackson family infighting will be referenced. While La Toya has had her share of very public differences with siblings and her parents, the press release for the series says she now is the family's "fun-loving aunt, devoted daughter, peace-making sister."

TLC has announced a Saturday "property block" featuring these gems:

Four Houses, a 12-part series in which four homeowners are invited to preview, critique and score each other’s homes for the chance to win US$10,000.

Insane Bathrooms, which premieres April 27 at 10 p.m. EST. The show looks at unique bathrooms, from “a bathroom suite inspired by a Lalique chandelier and worthy of a 1930′s movie queen, to a couple who have transformed every bathroom in their boutique hotel into a themed-design based on their favorite movies and TV shows,” according to TLC.

Twisted and Listed, premiering May 4 at 10 p.m. EST. Set in the Seattle real estate market, the show follows realtor Theresa Michaels, who tackles problem properties that no one else will touch.

Honey Do, where a team of handy men come to the aid of a wife whose husband is struggling to deal with her ‘to-do’ list of home renovations. The series premieres with back-to-back 30-minute episodes on May 11 at 10 p.m.

**Note: I have a friend who was offered a role on this show and passed upon checking out who the other cast members were going to be.

Surreal Estate premieres on May 18 at 10 p.m. The program follows homebuyers searching for one-of-a-kind properties that appeal to their unique tastes, such as “a house in the shape of a pyramid, a converted missile silo, and a home whose interiors are loosely based off of a Dr. Seuss adventure.”