Fox and NBC are at it again.
The Peacock has decided to move up the premiere date for its musical quizzer “The Singing Bee” just days after Fox said it would bow its own tune-themed gameshow in July.
“Singing Bee,” announced at NBC’s May upfront, had been slated to air in the fall. On Friday, however, NBC said it will premiere “Bee” on July 10 at 9:30, following a 90-minute edition of “America’s Got Talent.”
That’s one day before Fox is scheduled to debut “Don’t Forget the Lyrics,” its own take on a singing competition in which knowledge of song lyrics is key.
What’s more, both nets are planning two-night premieres for their respective shows. NBC will run “Singing Bee” on Tuesday and Wednesday, while Fox will air “Lyrics” on Wednesday and Thursday.
If this song and dance sounds familiar, there’s a reason.
A few years ago, Fox and NBC found themselves in a kerfuffle over similarly themed boxing shows. Fox rushed to get its show on the air first, angering NBC execs at the highest levels.
In the end, it didn’t matter: Both shows failed to find an audience on network TV (though NBC’s project, “The Contender,” found a second life on ESPN).