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Channel Surfing – July 1

All the tube news that’s fit to surf …

Office Space star Ron Livingston is set to boldly go into another kind of space with ABC’s new sci-fi series Defying Gravity. The show, scheduled to premiere this summer, revolves around a group of international astronauts who are sent on a “mysterious” six-year mission through the solar system.

AOL’s PopEater wonders if farmer Kevin Skinner might be America’s Got Talent‘s version of Susan Boyle. Judge for yourself via the video of Skinner’s performance.

– MTV has given a season-two greenlight to 16 & Pregnant, the fantastic documentary series that follows teen moms-to-be as they deal with pregnancy and the realities of raising babies when they’re still kids themselves. The network has also announced a first season finale special, 16 & Pregnant: Life After Labor, that will be hosted by Dr. Drew Pinsky on July 23. In it, all six teen moms from the inaugural episodes will chat about their experiences and answer questions from a live audience.

– After his stint on Celebracadara (and a memorable guest gig on Southland), C. Thomas Howell will return to reality TV as the host of CMT’s All Jacked Up on Aug. 22. The show, in which the Soul Man star travel around the country “in search of outlandish, funny and extreme stunts, sports, events, people and inventions,” sorta sounds like Jackass-meets-America’s Got Talent-ish.

– Sci Fi (soon to be SyFy) is developing a remake of the short-lived Fox drama Alien Nation.

– The new Lifetime dramedy Drop Dead Diva (which premieres on July 12) will feature guest appearances by Liza Minnelli and Delta Burke, who will play feuding sisters. Rosie O’Donnell will also play a judge in the episode, which is set to air on Sept. 20.

– The big ratings winners of the week among premieres: HBO’s Hung, which was HBO’s biggest premiere in two years with 2.8 million viewers, and Oxygen’s Dance Your Ass Off, which, with 1.3 million viewers, was the highest-rated premiere in Oxygen’s history. PS – Check out the TVScreener.com reviews of Hung and Dance Your Ass Off.

– And NBC News’s upcoming series The Wanted (July 20) sounds like a real-life version of The A-Team, as “an elite team with backgrounds in intelligence, unconventional warfare and investigative journalism” tries to hunt down terrorists and war criminals.

– And tonight in primetime:

– Discovery Channel’s season marathon of Pitchmen episodes, featuring the late Billy Mays, continues all day, leading into the first season finale at 10PM ET
– Animal Planet premieres Monster Inside Me, all about parasites that prey on humans, at 9PM ET
Wipeout. ABC, 8PM. More big red balls
– The Reno 911! deputies think aliens have come to town (10:30PM, Comedy Central)
– Teddy has company woes of his and tries to help a young girl who needs a kidney transplant on The Philanthropist (10PM, NBC)
– The Fashion Show crew gets busy designing sleepy-time wear (10PM, Bravo)
– One pair feuds while another hooks up on The Real World: Cancun (10PM, MTV)
– There are back-to-back new eps of Tattoo Highway on A&E (10 and 10:30PM)
– And E! has home videos of young Michael Jackson and his family on Michael Jackson: An E! Entertainment Special (10PM)

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