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NBC makes the summer a sweet reality

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MUMBAI: US broadcaster NBC gets real this Summer with four new reality shows.

I Want To Be A Hilton is a fresh, humorous -- and sometimes poignant ode to the glamour and style of New York as reflected by its host and mentor Kathy Hilton. She is matriarch of one of the most ubiquitous families in the world that owns a hotel chain. The unscripted series charts the foibles and flirtations encountered by 14 eccentric young contestants as they vie for the opportunity to live the glamorous caviar-and-champagne lifestyle. Immersing them in the New York society scene,

Hilton educates the contestants in the do's-and-don'ts of haute couture, etiquette and even how to handle an unforgiving press. At the conclusion of each episode, Hilton eliminates the candidates based on the results of weekly challenges. The finalist wins an extravagant prize package and the opportunity to live the high life, a la a Hilton, for a year. The series is produced by Endemol USA.

The Law Firm from multiple Emmy Award-winning producer David E. Kelley The Practice features real lawyers competing against each other while trying actual court cases with in front of real judges and juries -- resulting in outcomes that are final, legal and binding for the parties. Premier trial attorney and legal analyst Roy Black is the managing partner of The Law Firm.

As managing partner, Black will decide which of the 12 "legal eagles" will be eliminated in each episode. Smart, strong-willed and fiercely competitive, the attorneys work together in different teams each week, battling tight deadlines, intense pressure and even each other as they strategise, prepare and try their cases. The compelling cases include First Amendment issues, wrongful death cases and neighbor disputes, among others. Distinguished judges will decide some of the cases, while a jury determines the others. In the end, the top attorney will win a prize of $250,000.

Meet Mister Mom kicks off in August. Under-appreciated Moms are given a surprise luxury vacation while Dad is left to run the household and mind the kids for a week in the hilarious comedy reality show.This show is every Mom's fantasy and every Mom's revenge. Each episode showcases the comedy that ensues when two very busy families realize just how irreplaceable Mom is in their daily lives. Humorously told from the children's perspectives, every episode will also include valuable information for families on how to better manage their lives together.

Soon after the game begins, the Moms are whisked away to a spa for a week of exciting adventures and rejuvenation, leaving Dad and the kids to juggle the daily tasks of the household. The Dads from each family compete head-to-head to see who can best handle the pressure of keeping the family together despite a jam-packed schedule. All the while, the Moms are secretly watching the madness on closed-circuit TV.

The Biggest Loser which also premieres in August is the first reality series in which everybody loses. The show offers severely overweight participants the opportunity to undergo a radical physical makeover without any kind of surgery. Caroline Rhea Sabrina, the Teenage Witch returns to host the second season of the series that challenges and encourages overweight contestants as they compete for a grand prize of $250,000 in a safe and recommended manner through comprehensive diet and exercise.

The life-altering and one-hour reality series gathers contestants from across the country to face real life temptations while provided with approved weight-loss skills and resources to help them transform their bodies, health -- and ultimately, their lives.

A twist in how the competition is "weighted" this season will be the battle of the sexes created when the 14 hopeful yet strong-willed contestants discover themselves divided into the red team (women) and the blue team (men). Together they'll face challenges, temptations, weigh-ins and eliminations -- until the final contestant remains to claim the title of "the biggest loser."

All contestants work out under the supervision of physicians and nutritionists, in addition to the professional trainers Jillian Michael (red team) and Bob Harper (blue team) assigned to each team.

The fourth new reality show is Tommy Lee Goes To College. The University of Nebraska at Lincoln ) welcomes a motley new student to its campus notorious rocker Tommy Lee. At 19, Lee formed the heavy metal band Motley Crue. Hits like Dr. Feelgood sent him on a meteoric rise to fame and fortune. He had no time for college as he was busy touring the world and living the fast life for two glorious decades.

Cut to Tommy Lee today -- twice divorced and a single father of two boys. Most men in their midlife crisis buy sports cars and date young women. Lee wants something different, something money can't buy. He wants academic redemption. So he heads off to UNL, but it won't be class as usual when the new student is Tommy Lee.

Each of the six half-hour episodes will find Lee floundering in a new fish-out-of-water situation quintessential collegiate challenges such as finding his roommate Matt, trying out for the marching band and cramming for finals in true Tommy Lee fashion with his hot tutor, Natalie, in tow.

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