They aren't Voice-like numbers, but The Choice was the highest-rated new series on Thursday.
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The Fox dating series bowed to 4.2 million viewers and a 1.7 in the adults 18-to-49 demographic to win the 9 o'clock hour against Duets, which averaged ...
With new summer programming like what's on display tonight, it's enough to make you miss reruns. (Well, hello, CBS! We can always count on you to do things the traditional way — at least until Big Brother returns next month.)
You could do worse than re-watching Leonard's date with Penny on The Big Bang Theory, or Person of Interest's Reese protecting Astro from last season's The X Factor or Cho's first meeting with Samaire Armstrong on The Mentalist. You could do far worse.
You could, for example, watch your brain cells atrophy by tuning into Fox's hardly-fit-for-cable combo of goofy new meat-market dating shows. (The Dating Game's Jim Lange, I miss you.) In Take Me Out (8/7c), which might as well be called Date Or No Date, it's the guy on display, trying to charm a "flirty 30" bevy of bimbos before they turn out the light on their podium, signaling their disinterest.
Celebrities — they're just like us! They run errands. They hang out with friends. And sometimes they have a little trouble meeting "the one." Enter The Choice (premiering Thursday at 9/8c), Fox's new celebrity dating show that bears a striking resemblance to that NBC singing competition of, almost, the same name. However, instead of asking four celebrities to sit in chairs and press a button when they hear the voice of the next singing superstar, this time the four celebrities are asked to pull the "love handle" every time they hear the voice of their possible next paramour. But how do the bachelors and bachelorettes determine who to pick based on voice alone? And why would celebrities sign up for such a crazy blind-date scenario? TVGuide.com went straight to the source and talked with 22-year-old rapper/Dancing with the Stars contestant/ The Choice bachelor Romeo about how he was "kidnapped" for the show, why his cheating technique failed and what it took to get him to pull his love handle...
Radio and TV pioneer Fred Allen once quipped, "Imitation is the sincerest form of television." But he didn't live to see today's reality-TV wars, which erupted again this spring after CBS accused ABC of ripping off Big Brother and Fox announced plans to tweak NBC's The Voice.
Joe Jonas and Nelly have joined Gloria Estefan and John Rich on The CW's upcoming singing competition.
Formerly titled The Star Next Door, The Next: Fame Is at Your Doorstep comes from executive producer Queen Latifah and follows...