After an uninspired 2005 summer built on Tommy Lee and Paris Hilton's mom, NBC is looking to juice its off-season ratings a little this year.
The network has announced premiere dates for three unscripted series -- "Last Comic Standing," "Treasure Hunters" and "America's Got Talent" -- that will join the scripted drama "Windfall" on its summer schedule. By the end of June, NBC will have at least one original show on Monday through Thursday nights.
"This summer's alternative lineup represents all the high-energy and fun-filled programming viewers crave," says Craig Plestis, the network's alternative-programming chief. "We purposely intended to showcase these promising projects during these months to allow them to cultivate a dedicated audience."
The return of "Last Comic Standing," with new host Anthony Clark ("Yes, Dear") will be first out of the gate with a two-hour premiere Tuesday, May 30. It will move to its regular time period, 9 p.m. ET Tuesdays, the following week. Aside from Clark, who replaces Jay Mohr, the show will retain its format from past seasons, with a dozen comics vying for a talent deal with NBC and a Bravo comedy special while living together.
"Treasure Hunters," an "Amazing Race"-meets-Indiana Jones competition, will debut Sunday, June 18 and move to its regular timeslot the following night. Teams will set out in search of a buried treasure, traveling to historic sites along the way. At each stop, they'll have to solve some sort of clue before being able to move on to the next spot on the map.
Finally, the Simon Cowell-produced "America's Got Talent" will premiere Wednesday, June 21. The wide-ranging talent competition will air at 9 p.m. Wednesdays following a two-hour premiere, with half-hour results shows at 8:30 Thursdays beginning July 13.
NBC previously announced a Thursday, June 8 premiere for "Windfall," which follows a group of people who win shares of a huge lottery jackpot.