Fox sets summer slate sans new shows

'Moment of Truth' returns to air

UPDATED 7:21 p.m. PT April 7, 2008

Fox is bringing back its top-rated game show "The Moment of Truth" to air in the summer as part of its just-announced schedule.

The network has ordered seven hours of "Truth," hosted by Mark L. Walberg, to run starting May 27. Fox also plans original episodes of "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?" "So You Think You Can Dance" and the conclusion of "Hell's Kitchen."

Sources say the network also will move "Kitchen Nightmares" into a late-summer slot. "Nightmares" premiered in the fall but struggled in a competitive Wednesday time period. "Nightmares" is expected to drop in once Gordon Ramsay's other reality show, "Hell's Kitchen," concludes.

The only things missing from Fox's summer schedule are new shows. The summer lineup includes all familiar titles and is expected to stay that way.

"We're not doing new shows because we don't have to," said Preston Beckman, vp scheduling at Fox, which has won the past two summers in the ratings. "We're in a place where we don't need to blow up the schedule with a bunch of new shows, throwing stuff against the wall."

One notable omission is the longtime reality project "When Women Rule the World," where a group of strong-minded women dominate male contestants. The show previously was pushed from a midseason launch to a June 2 premiere.

Instead, June 2 will launch repeats of "Bones" and "House" on Mondays. "Truth" leads into "Kitchen" on Tuesdays starting May 27. "So You Think You Can Dance" will air for two hours on Wednesdays and Thursdays beginning May 22, with "5th Grader" taking over the 8 p.m. Thursday hour starting June 12.

Friday is movie night, Saturdays are led by new episodes of "America's Most Wanted" and "Cops," and Sundays will have animated comedy repeats.

The complete summer lineup follows:

MONDAY (beginning June 2)

8-9:00 p.m.  "Bones"
9-10:00 p.m. "House"

TUESDAY (beginning May 27)

8-9:00 p.m. "The Moment of Truth"
9-10:00 p.m. "Hell's Kitchen"

WEDNESDAY (beginning May 28)

810:00 p.m. "So You Think You Can Dance"

THURSDAY (beginning May 22)

8-10:00 p.m. "So You Think You Can Dance"
8-9:00 p.m. "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?" (June 12)
9-10:00 p.m. "So You Think You Can Dance" (June 12)

FRIDAY

8-10:00 p. Fox movie special

SATURDAY

8-8:30 p.m. "Cops"
8:30-9:00 p.m. "Cops"
9-10:00  "America's Most Wanted"
11:00 - Midnight "MadTV"
Midnight - 12:30 "Talkshow with Spike Feresten"

SUNDAY (beginning June 1)

7-8:00 p.m. "Don't Forget the Lyrics!"
8-8:30 p.m. "The Simpsons"
8:30-9:00 p.m. "King of the Hill"
9-9:30 p.m. "Family Guy"
9:30-10:00 p.m."American Dad"
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