Kimberly Caldwell will host, Gene Simmons will judge now-delayed CBS series Jingles

Jingles, the upcoming product placement-as-competition series that’s being produced by Mark Burnett, will not air on CBS this summer. While it was scheduled to debut July 27, it’s been held back “indefinitely” because executives “felt they haven’t had enough time to promote” it, TV Week reports.

However, CBS has just announced that Kimberly Caldwell, the co-host of TV Guide Network’s Reality Chat and former American Idol finalist, will host the show. It’s a serious step up for her, and will probably be a complete trainwreck.

In addition, entertainingly obnoxious and extremely overexposed star Gene Simmons will judge the show, CBS announced, along with “advertising and marketing gurus Linda Kaplan Thaler and Julie Roehm,” i.e., two people you’ve never heard of. However, you have heard their work. Kaplan, according to CBS, is responsible for “I’m a Toys ‘R’ Us kid” jingle, while Roehm came up with Dodge’s “Grab life by the horns” tagline.

CBS Postpones Debut of Burnett’s ‘Jingles’ [TV Week]
Rock Legend Gene Simmons Passes Judgment on “Jingles”… [CBS press release]

Survivor San Juan Del Sur's dark cloud is lifted

John Rocker

In its third episode, Survivor San Juan Del Sur improved significantly as John Rocker faced off against an Amazing Race villain. But the Exile Island reward challenge remains a drag on the series.


Why Dick Donato left Big Brother 13

Dick Donato

The Big Brother villain known as "Evel Dick" has finally revealed why he left the show during its 13th season: he learned he was HIV positive.

Also: Dick claims he had no choice but to leave the game.

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