I'm beginning to think the fall season will come as a relief, a break from the congestion of summer's TV glut. Everyone's in the game these days, with a seemingly endless supply of new and returning shows on cable, while the networks keep launching reality concepts in hopes of finding the next breakthrough. (Sorry, CBS, but that Survivor rip-off Pirate Master isn't it.) Each week brings a fresh crop of contenders, so here's a sampling of the latest wave of the summer season, an eclectic mix of drama, reality and documentary. The good news? There's something for nearly everyone.
Hey Paula Thursdays, 10 pm/ET, Bravo The hook: Getting a peek into the celebrity fishbowl of Paula Abdul's hectic life.Was I hooked? Hardly. Celebreality is the emptiest form of guilty pleasure, and this pathetic time-waster is no different. As perky Paula pouts and pr
Yes, fellow Pop-tarts! Today's the day that America's favorite "Straight Up" songbird turns the big four-five! And, boy, has she come a long way in her four-and-a-half decades. Just 18 years ago, she was cat-scratching up the animated dance floor with MC Skat Kat... and now she's giving pony-hawk hair advice to Sanjaya Malakar. Our girl is moving on up!Say what you will about P.Ab, but shes looking better than ever. I guess botchulism to the forehead and never having been drunk before really does pay off.Happy birthday, Paula. You may be 5 years over the proverbial hill, but youll forever be our girl!A REMINDER to set your TiVos and/or DVRs (and/or VCRs for the technologically inept) to Bravo on June 28th, for Hey Paula is coming to a small screen near you in 221 hours, 57 minutes, and 48 seconds