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TV Guide Gets Raw with Sushi TV

5/16/2005 10:35 AM Eastern

TV Guide Channel is turning Japanese for its upcoming original series.

Premiering in late June, Sushi TV is a compilation of competitions and bizarre challenges from Nippon with a focus on people who engage in eating challenges to those who sweat the most, according to network officials.

The show is part of an original-programming slate late this month and next that features live red-carpet coverage of the 59th Annual Tony Awards in New York June 5 from 7 p.m.-8 p.m. (EST).

On the specials side, TV Guide will serve up a trio of one-hour entries next month at 8 p.m.: 25 Things You Don’t Know About Reality TV, including insights into Survivor, Fear Factor and Extreme Makeover (June 12); a preview of warm-weather-month viewing called Summer TV (June 19); and Summer Movies Hunks & Babes (June 26), a countdown of the 15 hottest stars on the silver screen.

The program-navigation service will also bring back a second season of Seeing Stars, in which Ricky Kalmon encounters people on the street and hypnotizes them into believing they are TV personalities, debuting May 31 at 8 p.m.

And TV Guide will roll out the sophomore campaign of Look-a-Like, which transforms regular folk into the celebrities they resemble, June 8. The new season will be preceded by a marathon of six first-season episodes June 5, following the network’s Tony Awards coverage.

Speaking of marathons, viewers can catch up with nine one-hour installments of Open Call, the show that spoofs Tinseltown’s casting process, Memorial Day (May 30) from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. The encores will be followed by a new episode in which the search is on for “TV’s Next Late-Night Host.”

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