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Funny, Sexy & Unique
Best May Television


by Raeanne Rubenstein & Solana Hawkenson




As I’m sure you all know, loyal viewers, Dish loves television! Be it Romance, Drama, Fantasy, Documentary, Sci Fi, Comedy,  or Reality, we just can't get enough! We are
also fans of the actors that bring the best shows to life for us, of which there are so many on on TV these days. Think handsome (Jon Hamm, Madmen), beautiful (Kerry Washington, Scandal), undead, (the delicious Ian Somerhalder, Vampire Diaries) the lovably psychotic ((Michael C. Hall, Dexter)  and the wacky (Jane Lynch, Glee) for starters. Plus, there’s one more characteristic a show must have in order to capture our hearts. It has to be good! Really, really good!

Except for the Summer time, when the networks roll out a raft of fun shows designed, not to inform us or make us think particularly, but simply to entertain. And this Summer’s line-up is no exception. Check out these shows premiering this May - light-hearted, funny, sexy and definitely unique. How about Family Tools, for example? Or The Big Brain Theory? I Hate My Yard? America’s Cutest Cat? and Rock My RV starring rocker Bret Michaels for a start?

So wherever you are when the urge to watch TV strikes, whether on the beach with your iPad or in your living room keeping company with your TV, we hope you'll check them out. After all, it's Summer, so enjoy it!



FAMILY TOOLS

FAMILY TOOLS | ABC, premieres Wednesday, May 1, at 8:30 et/pt
Jack Shea (Kyle Bornheimer) has never had much luck when it comes to his career. In the Police Academy, he accidentally shot himself. In the Army, he accidentally shot someone else. And Seminary School didn’t work out so well when he started suggesting “punch ups” for the Bible.

But Jack is forced to put his constantly-changing dreams on hold when his dad Tony (JK Simmons), has a heart attack and is forced to retire from his hometown handyman business. Now, armed with big dreams, power tools and a slacker assistant Darren (Edi Gathegi), Jack becomes the new “Mr. Jiffy-Fix”.  But it’s not easy: Jack has a tendency to bite off more than he can chew and it doesn't help that his dad is always telling him what to do. But if Jack can find his way, with a little help from his family including his outspoken Aunt Terry (Leah Remini), his teenage cousin, Mason (Johnny Pemberton), and Darren's flirty sister, Stitch (Danielle Nicolet) he just might finally make his father proud.

The big brain theory

THE BIG BRAIN THEORY: PURE GENIUS | Discovery, Wednesday, May 1, at 9 et/pt
The Big Brain Theory: Pure Genius is hosted by actor and producer Kal Penn, and will feature a seemingly impossible engineering challenge  each week,  which must be solved by the contestants. Competitors will have just 30 minutes to come up with a solution to a problem, using their own intellects to complete the challenge. Based on logic and design, the expert panel of judges will determine the best engineering concept and select two captains to lead their team to execute the project. The team with the best design will remain safe, but the losers will face the judges who will determine which member will be eliminated. The cameras will not only capture the tension and pressure in the design workshop, but will also go inside the living quarters where all the competitors must reside – dealing with each other’s quirks and habits. The winner of the competition will earn $50,000 and a one-year contract to work at WET, the industry leader behind some of the world’s most innovative water-based designed environments and experiences including the Fountains of Bellagio in Las Vegas.

ZACH STONE IS GONNA BE FAMOUS

ZACH STONE IS GONNA BE FAMOUS | MTV, airs Thursdays, beginning May 2, 9:30 et/pt
Zach Stone Is Gonna Be Famous is an all-new, half-hour single-camera scripted comedy series starring comedian Bo Burnham as Zach Stone, a fresh-out-of-high school teenager who opts to pursue a life of fame and stardom instead of attending college. The series follows Zach, who hires a camera crew to film him throughout his daily life -- even though he possesses no real talent. From Zach's attempts to become a celebrity chef or a ring-tone recording artist, to purposefully going missing, he'll try any avenue to get noticed and stop at nothing until he achieves fame. Chaos, awkwardness and embarrassment ensue in this clever and timely series that serves as a comedic send-up of today's culture of instant celebrity.

AMERICA’S CUTEST CAT

AMERICA’S CUTEST CAT | Animal Planet, airs Saturday, May 4 at 9 et/pt
From talking cats to hungry kittens to felines that seem to disappear, this show counts down the cutest clips in the Web-o-sphere to crown one and only one cat or kitten as “America’s Cutest”. With viral videos of the craziest and quirkiest cats a mere mouse-click (forgive the pun) away, Animal Planet will settle the cuteness debate by counting down the Top Five videos in eight pre-determined categories, such as "Are You Talking to Meow?" and "Copy Cats." Taking into consideration online views and commentary from Animal Planet personalities and feline experts, the top cats from each category will then compete to determine the winner.

PIZZA CUZ

PIZZA CUZ | Cooking Channel, begins Monday, May 6 at 9 et/pt
The Cooking Channel takes viewers along for a mouth-watering journey of exploration of pizza across the country, as seen through the eyes and taste buds of pizza aficionados Francis Garcia and Sal Basille, owners of the growing pizza empire Artichoke Basille's Pizza in New York City. Over the course of six episodes, the irresistible smell of pizza takes the pair, from San Francisco to Philadelphia, Michigan to Oregon, and to their own backyard of Brooklyn, tasting and discovering everything and anything related to pizza along the way.

 NEWLYWEDS: THE FIRST YEAR

NEWLYWEDS: THE FIRST YEAR | BRAVO, Mondays, May 6, 9 et/pt
In its latest docu-series Newlyweds: The First Year, Bravo goes where no network has gone before –- deep inside the lives of four newlywed couples, documenting their most personal moments over the course of 365 days. Partnering with Emmy Award-Winning and Oscar-nominated documentarian Lauren Lazin, the eight-episode series follows each couple and captures everything from their wedding day to their one-year anniversary, chronicling all of the trials and tribulations that arise along the way.  With 50% of all marriages ending in divorce, viewers will watch these couples put love to the test in each compelling, hour-long episode. Although the couples' paths never cross, their stories offer a common thread that allows viewers to relate to the joys and challenges of married life. With issues ranging from fertility struggles and the difficult merging of finances, to major cultural differences and family drama, it’s hard to guess which of these couples will survive their first year of marriage?

I HATE MY YARD

I HATE MY YARD | DIY Network, airs Tuesdays, beginning May 7, at 10 et/pt
What's worse than stepping outside into a yard you hate? On DIY Network's I Hate My Yard, host Sara Bendrick whips unruly outdoor spaces into shape—no matter how bad they are to begin with—with economical, yet clever, landscape designs. The show features an array of new products and useful take-away information for any homeowner looking to turn their yard into an outdoor oasis. With a little help from Sara, yard-hating homeowners will see what it takes to get the outdoor space they've always dreamed of, meanwhile having a lot of fun while doing it.

MODEL EMPLOYEE

MODEL EMPLOYEE
| VH1, Wednesdays, May 8, 10:30 et/pt
Model Employee is a reality competition series where eight models get the chance to compete for their dream job, to be the spokesperson of an iconic American brand. This job will give the winner unparalleled exposure and an opportunity for a huge contract, unprecedented fame, and career longevity. But in order to represent the brand, the winning  model must to prove they know the company inside and out! Each week, the pampered models will be tested by having to perform the jobs that make the company function. Those who prove able to handle these entry-level jobs along with demonstrating top notch modeling poise, will have the opportunity to interview with the company's top executives to become the face of The Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino. The show is hosted by supermodel Chrissy Teigen, who is joined by judges Jimmy Smith of Amusement Park Entertainment; Vanessa Branch, the first Orbit Gum Girl, who "fabulously" cleaned up dirty mouths for 8 years; and Patrick Miller, Vice President of Marketing at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino.


Family Tree

FAMILY TREE
| HBO, premieres Sunday, May 12 at 10:30 et/pt
Written and created by Christopher Guest & Jim Piddock, the new comedy series is a single-camera, documentary-style show in the manner of Guest's acclaimed feature films (such as "Best in Show," "Waiting for Guffman" and "A Mighty Wind"). Unemployed and unattached, Tom Chadwick (Chris O'Dowd) is surprised when he's bequeathed an old chest of curios by his great-aunt Victoria, although he and his sister Bea (Nina Conti) can't remember ever meeting her. He finds an old black-and-white photo in the chest that his father, Keith (Michael McKean), believes is Tom's great-grandfather, Harry. With the help of Mr. Pfister (Jim Piddock), his avuncular neighbor, and Pete (Tom Bennett), an old school friend, Tom tracks down Neville St. Aubrey (Christopher Fairbank), a strange expert in the field of antique photos, who discovers intriguing and revealing information about Tom's ancestor. Meanwhile, Pete tries to get Tom's love life back on track by setting him up with a "model pretty" date. He's just not sure what kind of model.


RESALE ROYALTY

RESALE ROYALTY | STYLE, Sundays, May 12, 9 et/pt
Get ready to sneak a peek inside Women's Closet Exchange, one of the biggest and best upscale resale shops in the country! “Resale Royalty” follows WCE owner Sue McCarthy and her daughters Diana Ford and Laura Maurice as they run their award-winning secondhand-fashion operation. The St. Louis-based mother-daughter trio works tirelessly to bring designer brands at affordable prices to their fashion-savvy clientele. With more than 25 years of experience in the resale business, Sue has big plans for the future, but she'll need her daughters to help manage the expanding empire. However, mixing family and business is never easy, as their differing personalities will put their business relationships to the test. From spectacular closet buys of posh socialites to exclusive shopping tours across the country, Resale Royalty is an exploration of high-end fashion events, insider trends, designer insight and the highs and lows associated with a demanding business overseen by an eccentric staff... who are also family.

MOTIVE

MOTIVE | ABC, premieres
Tuesday, May 21 and then moves to Thursdays at 9 et/pt
Motive is a new Canadian police drama that will begin airing on ABC this month. The series follows Detective Flynn, a working class single mother, in her crime investigations. It is described by producers as more of a “whydunit” than a “whodunit". The format for the series is inspired by the popular 1980s detective show Columbo. Starring starring Kristin Lehman, Louis Ferreira, Lauren Holly, Brendan Penny, and Roger Cross.

SAVE ME

SAVE ME
| NBC starring Anne Heche, beginning Thursday, May 23, at 8 et/pt
Welcome to the Midwestern suburbs, where exciting things never happen. Well, almost never. After a near-death experience (choking on a hero sandwich), Beth is revived only to realize she now has a direct line to God. Of course, her husband Tom is skeptical and dismissive - and his mistress is not happy that her lover's wife is now a prophet! But when inexplicable things begin to happen, everyone's beliefs are tested. Beth starts to say and do things that entrance her friends but shock her family, but she isn't going to be your typical "fire and brimstone" prophet. Let's just say “if God had a Desperate Housewife as His mouthpiece, Beth would be it!” They say “He works in mysterious ways”. And this one is a real mystery! Emmy nominee Anne Heche stars in this uniquely spirited new comedy from John Scott Shepherd and Emmy-winning director Scott Winant.


ROCK MY RV

ROCK MY RV | TRAVEL starring Bret Michaels, airs Sundays beginning May 26 at 9 et/pt
Legendary rocker Bret Michaels will host the all-new Rock My RV series on the Travel Channel. Fans of star know him as a long-time RV devotee, and now Travel Channel is revealing, for the first time, just how deep his passions run. Michaels, a hands-on enthusiast, leads a team of skilled, custom RV designers and fabricators who transform ordinary RVs into the most outrageous, badass, hooked-up mobile mansions on the road. “Between touring and traveling, I spend a lot of time on the road, and my tricked-out, custom coach is my home away from home,” says Michaels. “I crisscross the country and live in my tour bus, and I know how to take an RV from ordinary to extraordinary. I can’t wait to put my expertise to use and show people how to make their RVs rock.”

 BEHIND THE CANDELABRA

BEHIND THE CANDELABRA | HBO, Sunday May 26 at 9 et/pt
Before Elvis; before Elton, Madonna or Lady Gaga, there was Liberace. Starring Matt Damon, Rob Lowe and Michael Douglas, Behind the Candelabra offers an inside look at the six-year relationship between Liberace (Douglas)  and his much younger lover, Scott Thorson (Damon). The HBO movie is a film adaption of the autobiographical novel “Behind the Candelabra: My Life with Liberace” by Scott Thorson, published in 1988.

THE AMERICAN BAKING COMPETITION

THE AMERICAN BAKING COMPETITION | CBS, Wednesdays, May 29, 8 et/pt
A new competition baking series on CBS, The American Baking Competition will feature 10 skilled amateur Americans competing in baking challenges with one ultimately being crowned the winner. Proving the joy of baking's broad appeal, the six female and four male home bakers have varied lives and jobs, including a firefighter, photographer, homemaker, attorney, advertiser, home health care provider, college student, retiree, project manager and a baking enthusiast trying to go pro. Each week, the show will feature these passionate home bakers competing in three unique challenges - "Signature Bake," "Technical Bake" and "Showstopper Bake." The contestant who out-bakes the rest is that week's "Star Baker," while the one whose creations fail to impress is eliminated. The final challenge will be between the three remaining contestants, one of whom will go on to be crowned the best amateur baker in America and win the $250,000 grand prize. The winner will also be awarded a publishing contract with Simon & Schuster to publish their own cookbook.

 Tyler Perry’s LOVE THY NEIGHBOR

Tyler Perry’s LOVE THY NEIGHBOR | OWN, Wednesdays, May 29, 9 et/pt
Tyler Perry's Love Thy Neighbor, the new situation comedy by writer and director Tyler Perry is a wonderfully fresh show about a middle class family, and their daily joys, struggles, triumphs and fumbles. Hattie Mae Love lives in the simple home that she and one of her husbands bought some time ago. Linda, her daughter, splits her time between Hattie's home, and the apartment she sometimes shares with her on-again, off-again husband Lionel. Danny, Linda's son, is his mother's pride and joy, being young, handsome, smart and looking for a job. After graduating from college, Danny finds himself on his grandmother Hattie Mae's sofa. Floyd, the uncle, through his late brother's marriage to Hattie Mae, is an ever-present thorn in the family's side. Like old luggage, they can never seem to get rid of him. In the first season of this comic tale, Hattie Mae has had enough of grown people living in her house. She puts her foot down and shows the toughest love there is by sending Linda and Danny to the door. Danny moves in with his friend Sam, and Linda eventually helps out down at Hattie Mae's Love Train Diner. All in all, Love Thy Neighbor is a collection of stories that warm the heart, provoke thought, and always serves up a heap of laughs. Through all the changes, there is one constant, and that is the universal language called Love. It's all about love!


www.Dishmag.com / Issue 146 - December 2017
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