Monday, April 30, 2012

Our Picks for the Best New Cable Shows to Watch

Photo by Theo Wargo/Oxygen

Over the last few weeks all of the basic cable channels have been holding their upfronts. During these industry meetings the new slate of shows is presented in hopes of selling "upfront" ad space to the mega brands that attend. But for us, it's a chance to preview the new shows and pick the ones we're looking forward to. Here's our list of the offerings we most want to see in the upcoming months.

All the Right Moves (Oxygen)
You know we love us some So You Think We Can Dance. And the biggest success story to hail from the Dance is getting his own TV show. On All the Right Moves, Travis Wall is trying to launch his own dance company called Shaping Sound. And Oxygen is following his every graceful move. He's joined by Cirque du Soleil choreographer Teddy Forance, SYTYCD season one winner Nick Lazzarini and Dancing with the Stars' Kyle Robinson.

Life After Top Chef (Bravo)
The self-explanatory title says it all. The Magical Elves are taking viewers around the country to visit some of the best of the best from Top Chef. They'll go inside the restaurants and follow up on the careers of Jen Carroll, Richard Blais, Fabio Viviani, Spike Mendelsohn and more.

Blind Dinner Party (Food Network)
Our favorite Drop Dead Diva actress, Margaret Cho, is hitting the food circuit. On her new show Blind Dinner Party, she brings together seven complete strangers for a meal and what promises to be some interesting dinner conversation.

Best Sandwich in America (Travel Channel)
Who doesn't like a sandwich? Some contend it's the perfect food. This summer Man vs. Food's Adam Richman will go on a quest for the best thing to compliment sliced bread. Restaurants across the county compete to be named “Adam Richman’s Best Sandwich in America.” It's set to premiere on June 12.

Silicon Valley (Bravo)
Silicon Valley is kind of a Real Housewives for the nerd set. Entrepreneur Randi Zuckerberg (yes, she's the sister of Facebook founder Mark) has created this docu-drama following a bunch of techies up north.

Mile High (Travel Channel)
Mike McGuiness is 6'7" and his goal is to get enough frequent flyer miles that he never has to fly coach again. And so Mike and his friend David Arquette are traveling around the world in hopes of getting into the airline executive club on Mile High.

Design Star All Stars (HGTV)
We love a good interior design competition (The White Room Challenge is our current favorite show) and so we're pretty excited at the latest all-stars series. HGTV is reuniting some of the runners up from past seasons for Design Star All Stars. The premiere is July 31.

Check back in a few weeks for our look at the network upfronts and our picks for shows on the big four.

For related stories check out:
Our Favorite Routines from So You Think You Can Dance
Competitors Get a Shot at Redemption on Top Chef: Texas
Margaret Cho Discusses Drop Dead Diva's Return 

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