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Summer reality TV

“On the Lot”
“On the Lot”

The premise: Steven Spielberg’s “American Idol”-like show for filmmakers. After the judges narrow 50 semi-finalists to 16 finalists, America gets to vote for their favorite.

Network: Fox

Start date: May 22

Celebrity face: Carrie Fisher, Garry Marshall and Brett Ratner judge.

The winner gets: $1 million contract with DreamWorks

Brought to you by: Steven Spielberg and Mark Burnett (Fox)
So You Think You Can Dance
“So You Think You Can Dance”

The premise: Thousands audition for the chance to be anointed America’s best dancer, but only one can win. It’s “American Idol” for the dance set.

Network: Fox

Start date: May 24

Celebrity face: Cat Deeley, the British, female Ryan Seacrest

The winner gets: $250,000 in cash and an offer to dance in a music video with an artist to be determined.

Brought to you by: “American Idol” producers Simon Fuller and Nigel Lythgoe (Fox)
America’s Got Talent
“America’s Got Talent”

The premise: Everyone from horse trainers to kid singers to people who dance inside giant balloons compete to be crowned the best act in America on this variety talent show.

Network: NBC

Start date: May 29

Celebrity faces: Jerry Springer hosts; David Hasselhoff and Sharon Osbourne judge.

Winner gets: $1 million

Brought to you by: Mean “American Idol” judge Simon Cowell (NBC Universal)
Pirate Master
“Pirate Master”


The premise: Sixteen people (including a former Navy rescue swimmer and an extra from “Pirates of the Caribbean 3”) live on a pirate ship and compete against each other to find buried treasure hidden on various Caribbean islands.

Network: CBS

Start date: May 31

The celebrity face: Australian actor/musician Cameron Daddo hosts.

The winner gets: $1 million in buried treasure (Literally.)

Brought to you by: Reality TV guru Mark Burnett (CBS)
The Next Best Thing: Who is the Greatest Celebrity Impersonator?
“The Next Best Thing: Who is the Greatest Celebrity Impersonator?”

The premise: Thousands compete to be named the best celebrity impersonator in America.

Network: ABC

Start date: May 30

Celebrity face: Nobody you’ve heard of.

Winner gets: $100,000

Brought to you by: Peter Engel of “Last Comic Standing” (ABC)
American Inventor
“American Inventor”

The premise: Problem-solving Americans pursue the “great American dream” by subjecting their inventions to the scrutiny of judges like George Foreman and Spanx creator Sara Blakely.

Network: ABC

Start date: June 6

Celebrity face: George Foreman is the biggest name they’ve got.

The winner gets: $1 million and the opportunity to have his/her invention mass-produced.

Brought to you by: “American Idol’s” mean judge, Simon Cowell, and British entrepreneur Peter Jones (ABC)
Last Comic Standing
“Last Comic Standing”

The premise: Our fearless judges scour the English-speaking world for the funniest comedian.

Network: NBC

Start date: June 13

Celebrity face: Comedian Bill Bellamy hosts.

The winner gets: $250,000, an exclusive deal with NBC Universal and a half hour comedy special on Bravo

Brought to you by: “Saved by the Bell” producer Peter Engel and Janet Lipsitz who brought “Project Runway” and “Top Chef” to Bravo (NBC Universal)
The Age of Love
“The Age of Love”

The premise: Thirty-year-old tennis star and handsome bachelor Mark Philippoussis looks for a mate from a group of women in their early 20s and a group of women in their 40s proving once and for all whether men prefer kittens or cougars.

Network: NBC

Start date: June 18

Celebrity face: Host Mark Consuelos of “All My Children”

The winner gets: Mark Philippoussis

Brought to you by: The guys behind “Supernanny,” “Extreme Makeover” and “Survivor” (NBC)
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