Wed, July 29
In this eight-episode summer laugher produced by David Spade, wannabe reality stars believe they’ve been cast in a new unscripted series, not knowing that their costars are really seasoned improv actors who are itching to find out how long their unsuspecting “castmates” will last before they figure out that they’re still fameless.
In a rare break from the ongoing competition, the series celebrates its 10th anniversary in this new two-hour edition. Expectedly, segments include performances by past winners and runners-up of note -- including ventriloquist Terry Fator and singer Jackie Evancho -- and appearances by some of the show's former judges, Piers Morgan among them. Current cast members Mel B, Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel and Howard Stern also comment, as does host Nick Cannon.
While waiting to learn whether she has been accepted to any of the colleges she applied to, Sue (Eden Sher) tries to clear her head by making Sue-venir potpourri sachets for her classmates in "The Waiting Game." Seeking some solitude to write a novel, Brick (Atticus Shaffer) kicks Axl (Charlie McDermott) out of the bedroom. Mike (Neil Flynn) refuses to admit he was rocking out in his car, even after his entire family catches him in the act. Patricia Heaton also stars.
Even if you're a Very Important Person, you still have an appetite -- and the remaining 10 contestants get family-style meals ready for such individuals in the new episode "Family Reunion." There's good reason for the food being of that nature, as the chefs discover when they learn who the diners are. The losing team gets a very specific mission: to prepare dishes that include gnocchi in brown sage butter sauce. Gordon Ramsay is the host and a judge.