* I always knew sports was filled with drama — but daytime drama? Today a few members of the Milwaukee Brewers — J.J. Hardy, Chris Capuano, Bill Hall and Jeff Suppan — are making cameos on CBS’ The Young and the Restless. Since the show is set in Wisconsin, the teammates show up in support of regular character Jack Abbott’s (Peter Bergman) run for state senate. Both Hardy and Capuano have since had injuries, so hopefully the bad acting and multiple takes of simple lines didn’t tax them too much. The Brew Crew’s appearance follows on the heels of last week’s appearance on Guiding Light by former NFLer Mark “Stinky” Schlereth. Schlereth played Detective Roc Hoover, a name that could only exist on a soap opera (or perhaps in a porn film). At least both of these appearances are a tad more realistic than the time Yogi Berra played a brain surgeon on General Hospital.
* How many times have you heard someone screw up the lines to a famous song that everyone has heard hundreds of times? And how many times have you done it yourself? FOX is playing on that tendency in its new game show Don’t Forget the Lyrics!, premiering July 11 at 9:30pm ET/PT and July 12 at 8:30pm ET/PT. In the half-hour show, contestants choose songs from different genres, decades and musical artists. Then they will sing alongside the studio band as the lyrics are projected on screen. Suddenly, the music stops and the words disappear, and the poor soul is expected to belt out the rest of the lyric correctly. Top prize is a million bucks, so start paying more attention to your albums.
* Discovery Channel’s Bear Grylls, host of Man vs. Wild, is becoming a pretty hot commodity, making the rounds on nighttime talk shows. Last Friday’s episode of Man vs. Wild, which found Bear tromping through the muck of the Everglades, became the most watched episode to date. The show airs Fridays at 9pm ET/PT. Upcoming episodes include this Friday’s, in which Bear is forced to eat a sheep’s eyeball in Iceland; June 29, where he must eat a tiger scorpion in Mexico; the July 6 episode where he must drink his own urine to prevent dehydration in the rough Australian bush; July 13, which finds him stuffing grass down his clothes to stay warm in the rainy Amazon; and July 20, where he must skin a deer carcass to stay warm in Scotland (that’s better than having to eat haggis, I guess).
* USA Network will be auctioning off the fashions from its hit summer series The Starter Wife, with 70 percent of the proceeds benefiting Dress for Success Worldwide, the non-profit organization that promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and career development tools. The auction features clothing and accessories from designers like Hermes, Versace and Jil Sander. Apparently there will also be “summer’s must-have item,” the Starter Wife pink tank top, billed as an “invaluable piece for any woman’s wardrobe.” Ten percent of tank top proceeds benefit Dress for Success. The ongoing, online auction is here, and is available through June 29 at 3pm ET.