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Summer reality TV

“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”

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”

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”


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 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”

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”

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 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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