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Fox Lines Up Summer Slate

Mar 27, 2009  •  Post A Comment

Fox is planning a surprise-free summer this year, with no new reality show launches, at least according to the network’s current plans.
As expected, off-season tentpole “So You Think You Can Dance” will once again be the centerpiece of Fox’s summer schedule. The network Friday reconfirmed its previous announcement that season five of the dance competition will step up starting May 21.
“Dance” will air Wednesdays from 8-10 p.m. and Thursdays at 9 throughout the summer.
Fox’s greatest-hits theme to summer continues July 21 with the return of “Hell’s Kitchen,” which will air Tuesdays at 8 during the second half of the off-season.
The network also is dusting off “Don’t Forget the Lyrics” to fill the 8 p.m. Friday slot starting May 22. The singing competition will serve as a lead-in to “Mental,” a new low-budget scripted series Fox is testing out during the summer, also beginning May 22.
“Mental” is airing in the same 9 p.m. Friday timeslot CBS has used for its own low-budget scripted drama, “Flashpoint,” this season.
Fox will replace “Lyrics” with “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader” on July 3.
Since Fridays are one of TV’s lowest-rated nights, particularly in the summer, the scheduling of “Mental” suggests Fox executives don’t have high hopes for the Fox TV Studios drama. The network may also want to see if the show can maintain any sort of pulse in the timeslot, since in success, a low-cost drama on Fridays would be a nice way for the network to solve one of its toughest timeslot challenges.
Missing from the lineup: “The Moment of Truth,” the controversial gameshow that premiered to strong ratings last year but hasn’t been seen lately. Fox has around a dozen episodes of the show on the shelf.
NBC has already announced its summer slate, while ABC and CBS are expected to reveal their plans soon.
(Editor: Baumann. Updated 10:30 a.m. to add “Moment of Truth” in penultimate paragraph.)

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