Fox invites old pals for summer
'Truth,' reality lead slate featuring no new programsFox 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 "So You Think You Can Dance," "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?" 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" starring Hugh Laurie 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.