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Readers have been writing in asking about the fall premiere dates of their favorite returning reality shows, and some new ones. Here's a schedule as best we've been able to piece together. I'm sure we're missing some shows, but some are missing for good reason -- they're either not fall shows, or the premiere date is still up in the air.
While "Project Runway" has been renewed and will return, as we said here, it won't be a regular fall premiere. We've heard that the show is more likely to return late in 2007. Things got interesting this week, though, when host Heidi Klum posted to her Web site that the show would return Nov. 14. I contacted Bravo for comment, and a spokeswoman replied "No, we have not locked a date. (Nov. 14) was posted to Heidi's Web site in error and has now been removed. Sorry for any confusion."
As we reported last week , "Amazing Race" is also being held for midseason, likely January or February.
In case you haven't noticed, ‘Rock Star’ did not return to the summer slot it's had the last two years, and we've heard nothing about the show returning.
Donald Trump will be working with celebrities on the next “Apprentice,” which is scheduled for midseason, but has no premiere date, or official cast, just yet.
And just because someone will ask ... "American Idol" won't return until January, as always.
Sept. 4: "The Contender," 10 p.m., ESPN
Sept. 6: "Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?" season premiere, 8 p.m., Fox
"Don't Forget the Lyrics" season premiere, 9 p.m., Fox
"Tim Gunn's Guide to Style" premiere, 10 p.m., Bravo
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Sept. 11: "Biggest Loser" season premiere, 8 p.m., NBC
Sept. 14: "Nashville," 9 p.m., Fox
Sept. 18: "Beauty and the Geek" season premiere, 8 p.m., CW
Sept. 19: "Kid Nation" series premiere, 8 p.m. CBS
"America's Next Top Model" season premiere, 8 p.m., CW
"Kitchen Nightmares," 9 p.m., Fox
Sept. 20: "Survivor China" season premiere, 8 p.m., CBS
Sept. 24: "Dancing With the Stars" season premiere, 8 p.m., ABC
"The Bachelor" season premiere, 10 p.m., ABC
Sept. 25: "Singing Bee" season premiere, 8:30 p.m., NBC
Sept. 26: "Ultimate Fighter" season premiere, 10 p.m., Spike
Sept. 28: "Deal or No Deal" season premiere, 8 p.m., NBC
Oct. 7: "Extreme Makeover Home Edition" season premiere, 8 p.m., ABC
Oct. 13: "Search for the Next Elvira" series premiere, 9 p.m., Fox Reality
Oct. 19: "Search for the Next Great American Band," 8 p.m., Fox
Q: I was watching the first episode of “Big Brother 8” and they already had previews of things that haven't happened on the show yet. I thought the show was filmed in real time, so how do they already have clips from future shows? —Laura, Buffalo
A: “Big Brother” is one of the few shows that does not conclude new episodes with previews of upcoming episodes, simply because it does air in real time. Well, sort of. First, the premiere episode airs several days after the houseguests have actually entered the house, so clips you saw on The Early Show or elsewhere came from those few days.
As to the rest of the season, the only places where you’ll see things happening in real time are on the live feeds online, or on the nightly three-hour “Big Brother After Dark” series on Showtime Too, which is essentially just a broadcast of the live feeds. In addition, the voting and eviction occurs live on Thursdays, as does the new HOH competition.
But after that, everything gets delayed. Viewers watch the food competition and nominations for eviction on Sunday nights, but those events both take place on Fridays, giving its editors a few days to work.
Even more incredibly, the “golden power of veto” competition doesn’t occur air until Tuesdays, but it generally takes place on Saturdays. The veto ceremony is shown on Tuesdays, too, suggesting that it comes shortly after the competition, but it doesn’t occur until a few days later, typically on Mondays.
Occasionally, the schedule varies, especially during the typical double-eviction week, but for the most part, the houseguests sit around from Mondays to Thursdays, waiting for the live eviction — and giving them plenty of time to generate drama from their boredom. —A.D.
Q: "Hell's Kitchen," what is up with Jean Philippe? Twice this season the so-called French guy slipped into a British accent. Still entertaining though. —Shelley, San Diego
A: The maitre d’ on “Hell’s Kitchen” is Jean-Philippe Susilovic, a real person who’s been working for Gordon Ramsay since 1995. He’s most recently been the manager of Petrus, one of Ramsay’s restaurants in the UK.
Jean-Philippe is from Brussels, Belgium, as FOX’s web site notes, and people speak both Dutch and French in Belgium. Of course, he’s also lived and worked in the United Kingdom for some time, which might explain the accent that you assume is evidence that he’s some kind of fraud.
By the way, two years ago this month, Jean-Philippe “plunged 50 feet from his apartment building in a freak accident” that occurred when he “was trying to break into his flat,” as The Scotsman reported. He was in a coma for a few days, but has since recovered. —A.D.
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