NBC Summer Programming: 'America's Got Talent,' 'Love in the Wild,' 'It's Worth What?'
NBC Summer Programming: 'America's Got Talent,' 'Love in the Wild,' 'It's Worth What?'
Meghan Carlson
Meghan Carlson
Senior Writer, BuddyTV
NBC revealed its summer programming plans via press release this morning. The network will bring back summer staple America's Got Talent as well as Jerry Seinfeld's The Marriage Ref, as well as unveil new game shows and reality series like It's Worth What? and Love in the Wild.

Here are the available schedules and descriptions for NBC's new and returning summer shows. Personally, I'm most excited about Love in the Wild, as I've written about before. And after sitting in on an America's Got Talent auditions taping a couple weeks ago, I'm excited to see if any of the insane acts I saw will make it to air when the competition series returns on May 31.

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America's Got Talent: Piers, Sharon and Howie return with their big red Xs for a sixth season on Tuesday, May 31 at 9pm. After its two-hour debut, the series will scale back to one hour on Tuesdays from June 7 through June 28, then begin two-hour Tuesday editions starting July 5 and one-hour Wednesday broadcasts on June 1.

It's Worth What?
: From the people who brought you Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?, NBC describes this game show hosted by Cedric "The Entertainer" as one that "taps into America's love for cost and value, such as the hidden gems found in one's attic." The description of the rules (A pair of contestants goes a series of challenges that escalate in level of difficulty; are tasked with discerning the price of the items in each round for a chance to win $1 million) makes it sound like a mix between The Price is Right and Antiques Roadshow. Premiere date and time TBA.

The Marriage Ref:
Seinfeld's "comedy" panel series returns for a second season Sunday, June 26 at 10pm, this time with some new rules meant to up the stakes, and the level of discomfort, for the real-life married couples. Not only will their fights still get judged by the revolving panel of celebrities, but this season the couples will appear in-studio and face the celebrity panel in person, and each dispute will get a "clear winner." That's when it gets weird: "At the end of each episode, the studio audience will vote to make one of the winners "The Rightest of the Right." That person will receive $25,000 and their own billboard, in their hometown, declaring they are right." Because nothing promotes marital harmony like $25,000 all for oneself and permanent public bragging rights. We're hoping for an end-of-season reunion special that catches up with each inevitably divorced pair.

The Voice: 
The singing reality series debuts Tuesday, April 26 at 9pm and will continue with new episodes through the end of June. Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton will each select singers to "mentor into artists" during the blind auditions. It's like Celebrity Apprentice meets American Idol: Once they have their teams, the star coaches will bring in their personal songwriters, producers, and high-powered friends to help their teams evolve. Carson Daly will do his best Seacrest as host of the "three stages" of the competition, and America will ultimately vote and choose "The Voice," who will receive the grand prize of a recording contract and $100,000.

Still Standing: Based on the "hit Israeli series of the same name" this game show gives contestants the chance to win by out-guessing 10 opponents in 10 " fast-paced and dramatic trivia battles." The game starts with each player standing behind a coin whose value ranges between $1.00 and $50,000, and that value is hidden until they lose and are literally dropped through a trapdoor on the stage. I don't understand what any of that means yet, but combining trivia and trapdoors (oh hi, Million Dollar Money Drop!) is a surefire way to get me to watch anything. Premiere date and time TBA.

Love in the Wild: This "adventure dating series" will drop ten single men and ten single women into the remote jungles of Costa Rica to "paddle down crocodile-infested waters, navigate through bat infested caves, and hang 200 feet above the rain forest floor as they descend down one of the most majestic waterfalls all in the hope of finding that special someone." HA! And the eliminations will make for even more drama: "The couples will come together to reveal whether a connection has formed with their current partner, or if they would like to switch and get to know someone else. At the end of every episode, two heartbroken singles will be sent home." The winners will obviously fall in love and get married. So it's Bachelor Pad meets Survivor, and is sure to be a schadenfreude-tastic delight. Premiere date and time TBA.

What do you think of these new series, and which returning series are you most excited to see? For its ridiculous Bachelor essence and outdoor torture elements, Love in the Wild has already earned a season pass from me.

(Image courtesy of NBC)

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