NBC, UPN warm up summer reality skeds

'Model,' 'Love,' 'Restaurant,' 'Marry' eyes air dates

NBC has set premiere dates for its next round of summer alternative skeins, while UPN has ordered a second season of reality entry “America’s Next Top Model.”

“Model” has turned into a surprise summer hit for UPN, posting some of the netlet’s best-ever numbers among young women. Show has improved UPN’s Tuesday 9 p.m. timeslot by 108% in women 18-49 compared to its 2002-03 season-to-date average.

Show follows supermodel Tyra Banks as she and other industry experts narrow down a group of 12 women, who live together and compete for a modeling contract. Ken Mok and Banks exec produce the show, which comes from 10 by 10 Entertainment and Ty Ty Baby Prods.

As for NBC, the network will debut “For Love or Money 2” on July 14 — just one week after original entry “For Love or Money” airs its finale.

“FLoM2” will run in the same slot as its predecessor, Mondays at 9 p.m. Sequel, which was shot even before the original hit the airwaves, will revolve around 15 men as they vie for the affection of a woman — and $1 million (Daily Variety, May 20).

Skein comes from Nash Entertainment and 3 Ball Prods. Nash is also behind “Who Wants to Marry My Dad?,” which premieres immediately following “FLoM2” on July 14 at 10 p.m. (the slot currently inhabited by “Meet My Folks”).

A spinoff of Nash’s “Folks,” “Marry My Dad” revolves around a group of adult children who comb through a roster of potential wives for their single dad. Papa will propose to his pre-selected honey at the end of the show’s five-episode run.

Then there’s “The Restaurant,” the eatery-based reality show starring heartthrob chef Rocco DiSpirito, which will air Sundays at 10 p.m. starting July 20.

“Restaurant” will take the slot currently inhabited by Dick Wolf’s nonfiction entry “Crime & Punishment,” which will move to an as-yet-undetermined new home.

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