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Scott D. Pierce
Scott D. Pierce writes about television for the Salt Lake Tribune. Vice president of the Television Critics Associationn, he's covered TV in Utah since 1990.

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TAKE ME OUT: Multi-talented entertainer George Lopez (L) will host TAKE ME OUT, the provocative and unpredictable new dating series premiering Thursday, June 7 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2012 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Ray Mickshaw
Thursday TV in Utah: Fox gives us a pair of dopey dating shows

I know it's television's summer season and the broadcast networks sort of give up. Or, at least, try to get us to watch stuff we'd never watch in the fall or winter.

But even if we're bored, are we really going to watch Fox two - count 'em, two - dopey dating shows. Dopey can be fun. But sometimes it's just dopey.

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Here's what to expect:

Take Me Out (7 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13): George Lopez hosts this dating show in which 30 women search for "a match made in heaven."

Each week, the women meet several bachelors who must impress them with their looks, personality and sense of humor. Each woman stands at a lighted podium with a switch that controls her fate for a date. Iif she thinks it's a match, she keeps her light on; if her attraction has been short-circuited, then it's lights out and she waits for the next potential Mr. Right.

As the rounds continue and the guy reveals more about himself, the women continue to turn their lights out, leaving only the flirty females still fascinated by him. At this point, the guy takes control of the game. Now, it's his chance to eliminate the ladies by turning out the lights of those women he's just not into. During the last round, the guy will pose one final question to the two remaining women and will choose one. Then the two will be whisked away on a romantic fantasy date. The remaining 29, plus one new woman, return during the next game for another chance at finding the guy who will light up their lives.

The Choice (8 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13): This is "The Dating Game" crossed with "The Voice.

Celebrity bachelors sit in rotating chairs, choosing women they want to date based on hearing their voices. When a bachelor likes what he hears, he pulls his "love handle" (really) and spins around to see the woman. If more than one celebrity pulls the handle, the woman gets to decide who she wants to date.

After each bachelor picks three women, we move to the "speed round," and each woman has seconds to convince the celebrity to choose her. One is eliminated.

In the final round, host Cat Deeley ("So You Think You Can Dance") asks the finale two women "Dating Game"-like questions and the celebrity picks one to take out on a date.

In the premiere, the guys are Pauly D ("Jersey Shore"), Jason Cook ("General Hospital") and skier/football player Jeremy Bloom.

Elsewhere on TV ...

Duets (7 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): The duos sing "songs that inspire."

Tron: Uprising (7 p.m., Disney XD): Debut of this animated series.

Breaking Pointe (7 p.m., CW/Ch. 30): Ronald must decide whether to stay at Ballet West with his brother or leave with his girlfriend; Ronnie seeks advice about his contract; Katie travels to Ballet Idaho for an audition; the dancers work on an erotic ballet.

Saving Hope (8 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Canadian medical series about doctors, patients and ghosts. Really.

Rookie Blue (9 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Dov walks into a robbery in progress and shoots a black teen, sparking outrage.



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