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NYC Prep burning up the buzz

NYC Prep looks to shock tonight on TV while America’s Got Talent returns with a new host, Mr. Mariah Carey — Nick Cannon.

But first, the math equation for the day: Jon minus Kate plus 8 equals what?

Jon and Kate Plus 8 will be on hiatus until August

Even higher ratings than ever before for Jon and Kate Plus 8, would be my guess. As expected, Jon and Kate announced they were getting a divorce on national TV. Given all of the uproar about their marriage of late, it would have been more surprising had the couple stayed together, going about business as usual as if this was…well…a TV show. I just hope someone really is looking out for the best interest of the kids.

On the lighter side, Cake Boss got in trouble with his mama last night when he agreed to make a stripper cake for a bachelorette party. The figures were molded out of modeling chocolate and they were incredible and, shall we say, well endowed. Mama was not happy.

The Bachelorette ended with a surprise last night as favorite Jake was left without a rose while sleazy Wes, who admitted to being there purely for the publicity was asked to stay. But don’t count Jake out yet. From the previews it appears that he comes back if only to tell Jillian what everyone else already knows about Wes. Is that a good thing or a bad thing? It’s nice that he wants to protect her, but knocking down another guy to bolster his own case is kind of nasty, too. What do you think?

Today’s top TV picks:

The Superstars debuts on ABC

The Superstars

Anyone remember Battle of the Network Stars? The Superstars is kind of like that only not quite as much fun. Each celebrity will be paired with a pro athlete and they’ll work as a team to compete in a series of physical challenges. The team with the worst finishing time is eliminated until only one winner is left at the end of the six weeks. The eight athletes are Jennifer Capriati, Brandi Chastain, Robert Horry, Jeff Kent, Kristi Leskinen, Lisa Leslie, Bode Miller and Terrell Owens. The eight celebrities are David Charvet, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Dan Cortese, Paige Hemmis, Julio Iglesias, Jr., Joanna Krupa, Ali Landry and Estella Warren. And if you only recognize a quarter of those names, you’re not alone.

Watch The Superstars at 8:00 on ABC. And don’t miss our interview with Ali Landry later today!

America’s Got Talent

It’s the two-hour season premiere of America’s wildest talent show. It’s going to be tough to compete with the Susan Boyle hubbub generated by the British version but Piers Morgan says they have a couple of “future legends” in the bunch. In addition to great talent, you’ll also be treated to the worst and the weirdest as Piers joins David Hasselhoff and Sharon Osbourne behind the judges’ podium and Nick Cannon takes the stage as host.

Watch America’s Got Talent at 9:00 on ABC.

NYC Prep takes Gossip Girl to the real test

NYC Prep

If you like Gossip Girl, you’ll love NYC Prep, ABC’s new reality show that follows six teens from New York’s Upper East Side as they deal with the trials and tribulations of the idle rich. Shopping, dating, shopping, drinking, shopping — school — but you won’t see that on camera since filming inside their ultra elite private schools was forbidden. You could feel sorry for these kids with their lack of parental support, the pressure to get into a great college, living life under a microscope, but chances are, you won’t. You’ll be appalled by their lack of morals, scruples and how they’re wasting a great education, and that’s what’s going to make this show Bravo’s next hit.

Watch NYC Prep at 10:00 on Bravo.

Casting call

Casting has begun for a new season of The Next Food Network Star. Casting locations will include:
Phoenix, AZ — Wednesday, July 8, 2009 from 10am-4pm
Embassy Suites Phoenix/Scottsdale
4415 East Paradise Village Parkway, Phoenix, AZ 85032
Chicago, IL — Sunday, July 12, 2009 from 10am-4pm
Affinia Chicago Hotel
166 East Superio, Chicago, IL 60611

Austin, TX — Friday, July 17, 2009 from 10am-4pm
Hyatt Regency Downtown
208 Barton Springs Road, Austin, TX 78704 San Francisco, CA — Sunday, July 26, 2009 from 10am-4pm
W San Francisco
181 Third Street, San Francisco, CA 94103 New York, NY — Friday, July 31, 2009 from 10am-4pm
530 W. 57th Street, New York, NY 10019 Los Angeles, CA — Monday, August 10, 2009 from 10am-4pm
Saddle Ranch
8371 West Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069 San Diego, CA — Monday, August 17, 2009 from 12pm — 5pm
W San Diego
421 W. B Street, San Diego, CA 92101 Atlanta, GA — Monday, August 24, 2009 from 10am-4pm
W Atlanta Midtown
188 14th St. NE, Atlanta, GA 30361

For details visit

Photo credit:
Jon & Kate Plus 8 – Pictured: Jon, Kate and the kids. Photo: TLC/Michael Pilla
The Superstars — Bode Miller, Jeff Kent, Dan Cortese. Photo: ABC/Adam Larkey
NYC Prep — Pictured: (l-r) Camille, Sebastian, Jessica, PC, Kelli, Taylor — Bravo Photo: Virginia Sherwood

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