Warm weather’s here, summer lineup heats up

Posted April 30, 2009, at 5:28 p.m.

This week warm temperatures teased us with signs of summer and drew us out of our winter blues. Lawns are beginning to green, many streets have been swept of the sand that kept our cars from sliding around, and piles of brush and leaves are appearing on the sides of the road in anticipation of spring cleanup.

But while many are eager to get outside and brush off the winter cobwebs, I’m eager to see what the reality summer lineup is going bring.

With no writers strike to delay the sitcoms and dramas, what role will reality play in our warm-weather TV watching?

My prediction — more dating shows. What says summer better than budding romance, bikini-clad girls, and steamy poolside scenes?

But before we go there, we’ve got some of the spring season still set to debut.

Last week, I mentioned VH1’s “New York Goes to Work” and Bravo’s “The Fashion Show,” which looks more dreadful with every preview I see.

VH1 also is set to air “Charm School With Ricki Lake” at 9 p.m. May 11. Lake will attempt to make a group of former “Real Chance of Love” and “Rock of Love Bus” contestants more aware of the world around them by making them participate in real-life, meaningful events, like volunteering for nonprofit organizations.

Bravo’s fourth “Real Housewives” expedition goes to New Jersey at 11 p.m. May 12, and then you’ve got almost a week to prepare for season five of “The Bachelorette” at 9 p.m. May 18.

At the end of the month, we’ll see “So You Think You Can Dance,” also in its fifth season, on Fox. Let’s see if they can match the talent of “America’s Best Dance Crew” and crown a winner that has been as successful as the Jabbawockeez, who, by the way, opened for New Kids on the Block in Portland and were fantastic!

A nonreality reminder that I’ll take the opportunity to give: Go see the Maine-made documentary “The Way We Get By,” now playing at Railroad Square Cinema in Waterville. In a way, it is reality TV because you’ll never find a more real trio of characters than the troop greeters featured in this film. It’s a moving and powerful story, so be sure to bring some tissues.

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