HOLLYWOOD — NBC’s keeping its summer real, as the net loads up its Monday and Tuesday lineups with a mix of returning and new reality entries.
New editions of “For Love or Money, “Last Comic Standing” and “Who Wants to Marry My Dad” are returning, and two long-delayed newbies will bow: The Joel Silver-produced reality contest “Next Action Star” and sitcom “Come to Papa,” starring Tom Papa.
Including those series and new editions of “Dateline NBC,” Peacock topper Jeff Zucker said at least 50% of the net’s summer sked would consist of original fare.
Peacock summer announcement comes a day after CBS outlined its strategy for the warm months, which also included new editions of reality stalwarts “Big Brother” and “The Amazing Race” as well as new entry “The Will” (Daily Variety, April 2).
NBC will launch summer with a two-hour premiere of the third version of “For Love or Money” on Monday, June 7, at 9 p.m. Reality skein, from Nash Entertainment and 3 Ball Prods., is exec produced by Bruce Nash, J.D. Roth, Todd Nelson and John Foy.
The following night, controversial reality entry “Last Comic Standing” — which made waves last month after guest judges Drew Carey, Brett Butler and Anthony Clark alleged improprieties in the casting of the show (Daily Variety, March 8) — returns with a two-hour premiere.
NBC Studios, Peter Engel Prods. and Giraffe Prods. are behind the show, exec produced by Peter Engel, Barry Katz, Jay Mohr, Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz.
Then there’s the second installment of “Who Wants to Marry My Dad,” which returns to NBC beginning Monday, June 14, at 10 p.m.
The “Meet My Folks” spinoff comes from NBC Studios and Nash Entertainment; Bruce Nash and Scott Satin exec produce.
And on Tuesday, June 15, at 8 p.m., Peacock finally brings to air “The Next Action Star,” a talent hunt to find potential male and female action heroes. The winner appears in an NBC telepic.
“Next Action Star” comes from NBC Studios, Silver Pictures TV and GRB Entertainment. The show and companion “Last Comic Standing” will face formidable reality competish on CBS beginning July 6, when “Big Brother” and “Amazing Race” bow.
New to the net’s Thursday night lineup, “Come to Papa” will air At 8:30 p.m. behind “Friends” repeats beginning June 3. Show stars Papa as a newspaper reporter who hopes to become successful and move out of Jersey. Laffer comes from Warner Bros. TV and NBC Studios; Greg Malins and Andy Ackerman exec produce. “Come to Papa” was created by Malins and Papa.