Television: ‘Reality’ rules


Unscripted series exploded in the summer, circa 2000. That’s when "Survivor" made its mark while most of TV slumbered in repeats.

Now "reality" shows and competitions run year-round, everywhere, yet summer still boasts its own. Already back are Fox’s "So You Think You Can Dance" and NBC’s "America’s Got Talent" and "Last Comic Standing." More are on the way.

New unscripted shows

n "Abby’s Studio Rescue" (8 p.m. tonight,Lifetime). "Dance Moms" star now whips underperforming studios into shape.

n "Kid President: Declaration of Awesome" (7 p.m. June 21, Hub). Young Web star interviews celebs (Jamie Foxx, Gene Simmons).

n "CeeLo Green’s The Good Life" (10:30 p.m., June 23, TBS). "The Voice" coach promotes his best friends’ group, Goodie Mob.

n "Buying Naked" (10 p.m., June 28, TLC). Nudists seek dream houses in clothing-optional communities.

n "My Dysfunctional Family" (July 5, CMT). Relationship "fixer" works with out-of-whack relatives.

n "Celebrity Damage Control" (July 10, Reelz). Stars rebuild their public image after crimes or misbehavior.

n "Dating Naked" (July 17, VH1). Exotic locales host dates between clothes-free strangers.

n "#Candidly Nicole" (July 17, VH1). Nicole Richie’s AOL web series comes to cable. Š

n "Leann & Eddie" (July 17, VH1). Tabloid couple Rimes and Cibrian hit TV, too.

n "Seven Deadly Sins" (11 p.m., Aug. 7, Showtime). Documentarian Morgan Spurlock explores each vice.

New seasons

n "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" (9 p.m. June 19, TLC)

n "Wipeout" (7 p.m., June 22, ABC)

n "Drunk History" (July 1, Comedy Central)

n "Man Finds Food" (July 2, Travel)

n "Hotel Hell" (July 21, Fox)

Competition series

n "Funniest Wins" (10 p.m., June 20, TBS). Marlon Wayans welcomes celebs to coach would-be comedians.

n "Rising Star" (9 p.m., June 22, ABC) Josh Groban hosts singers rated in real time by viewer votes. Judges: Brad Paisley, Kesha, Ludacris.

n "Next Great Baker" (9 p.m., June 24, TLC)

n "Big Brother" (8 p. m., June 25, CBS). Housemates scheme.

n "The Quest" (July 31, ABC). Immersive game uses projections, animatronics in fantasy castle.

n "Wizard Wars" (Aug. 19, Syfy). Magicians compete before celebrity judges.


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