Superhuman (FOX)


Superhuman (FOX) – Premieres 12th June

A talent show where 5 seeming regular folk try to impress the studio audience and panel of judges the with their unique abilities, where the most impressive wins $50k.

Each of the contestants abilities demonstrate heightened mental capacities ranging from observational skills, maths, memory and the like. To show off their skills the are put through a live test where after completing it receive the verdicts from judges that include a neuroscientist who theorises on how their skills have come about.

After the 5 have completed their tests the judges pick the top three performers, then the crowd gets to vote on who of the remain three wins the prize.

For a talent show the uniqueness makes to more watchable than you’d expect, and yet it’s vaguely similar to the challenges last seen on an episode of You Bet.


The F Word (FOX)


The F Word (FOX) – Premieres 31st May

A US version of the former Channel 4 format, where Gordon Ramsey hosts a show that’s a mix between a cooking competition, chat show and pre-recorded skits in a live setting.

The competition aspect has two teams of amateur cooks facing off against each other where the best team at the end of the series wins $100k. The teams are judged by the diners, and the two teams with the highest approval rating get invited back for the grand final.

Breaking up the competition, Ramsey interviews a couple of the celebrity guests in the restaurant, does a quick 60 second recipe where after he shows off failed attempts from the public that were posted on Twitter, meets up with a celeb for a bit of off site cooking and does a some hidden camera pranking on some folks.

It’s pretty much identical to the original UK version, and while at times it there are a few awkward moments it does what you’d expect.


Love Connection (Fox)


Love Connection (FOX) – Premieres 25th May – Renewed

A reboot of the 1980’s US show, where a singleton is matched up with three people to go on a date with. It begins with the showing of the three video profiles of the upcoming dates and the studio audience are then asked to vote on who they believe is the most compatible.

After the video profiles are shown, the singleton is asked about the dates they went on with the three while chatting to their dates via a video wall about how their evenings went. When that section is concluded, the singleton then gets to pick which one of the three they want to go on another date with.

When the persons date selection is then revealed they are told that if their selection matches what the audience picked they’ll get an additional $10k to take home, but if the pick is different then they can either stick with the person they selected or go with the date the audience selected and take the money. And when that’s done they get a new person in and do it all again.

All-in-all it’s a run of the mlll dating game show.


Beat Shazam (Fox)


Beat Shazam (Fox) – Premieres 25th May – Renewed

Music based game show hosted by Jamie Foxx where three teams of two go through three rounds of music quizzery in the chance of winning up to $1million.

In the first round the teams go through three categories where they have to recognise a song in the quickest time to get the cash linked to the tune. After the categories have been completed the team with the lowest score is eliminated.

In the second round the remaining two teams have their current cash total carried over, and they continue through another three categories with increasing prize pots. At the end of that round the winning team goes through to the final round, and the losers, while being eliminated, get to keep half the cash total they earned.

The final round see the remaining team go up against Shazam, where they have 5 songs to recognise, and each correct answer gets the and additional $25k. After the five songs they are offered the chance to go for a 6th song, where if they get it right it doubles their total (or if they’ve answered all five correctly gives them the chance to win the $1million), and if they answer incorrectly halves their prize.

For a music quiz it isn’t that dissimilar to Tracks, apart from this is offering a far greater cash prize. It’s an easy enough bit of TV to sit through.


You The Jury (Fox)


You The Jury (Fox) – Premieres 7th April – Cancelled

Court based reality goings on, where within 45 minutes a real civil case is played out in front of a studio audience, and then when the prosecution and defence have stated their case the verdict is decided by the results of a telephone phone-in.

Ignoring the dubious use of using a telephone vote to decide cases that are rushed through in about 30 minutes of debate, where any nuance is lost due the hurried nature of everything. This is pretty much a take on Judge Judy but where finding anything near justice is given a backseat to raise the profiles of the lawyers.

While being crap, it is however a fine example of things that phone voting shouldn’t be used for.


Shots Fired (FOX)


Shots Fired (FOX) – Premieres 22nd March – Cancelled

Crime drama where after a black police officer shoots down an unarmed white man, the justice department open an investigation to find out what happened.

As the investigator and special prosecutor look into the case, they being to find out that the locals have a general distrust of the officers in the town and slowly find out that the police are ignoring a murder of a black teenager.

While this is being uncovered the officer under investigation is on the receiving end of incriminating video footage being released to the press making the shooting look racially motivated.

The show is similar to any Law & Order type show you can think of, and goes along at a slow pace where you begin to lose interesting in what’s actually happening.


Kicking & Screaming (FOX)


Kicking & Screaming (FOX) – Premieres 9th March

Another reality survival competition, this time ten folks who have never even been camping are paired up with a survival expert to live in a Fijian jungle for a month. Where the last team remaining will win $250K between them.

The competition itself has more in common with show like Survivor opposed to Alone. The teams are set a challenge and the last to finish are put up for elimination, while the winning team gets the choice of picking what team the losers go up against in the elimination round or chose the prize on offer and allowing the rest of the team to vote who will go up.

Then in the elimination round the two teams go head-to-head in a challenge and the losing team leaves the competition.

As reality competitions go it’s a pretty bland offering and only slightly better than Stranded With A Million Dollars.