Survivor’s timeslot will go to a comedian dog whisperer this summer

CBS will give Survivor‘s timeslot to dogs, literally, this summer, as it debuts a new series that sounds very much like Cesar Millan’s Dog Whisperer. It’ll air Wednesdays at 8 starting May 30, likely concluding about when Big Brother takes over the timeslot in early July.

Dogs in the City stars “New York City dog guru Justin Silver, a master at resolving issues between canines and their owners,” according to a press release, which says Justin “has a creative and instinctive ability to connect with his canine customers while solving dilemmas for their two-legged masters.”

CBS doesn’t mention that he’s also a comedian, one who started a charity to raise money for rescue organizations. Here’s a video from a 2011 fundraiser.

Appearing on Fox News in 2010 in a segment that is the kind of thing that gives people the idea for developing a reality show, a dog owner asks him if a collar is too tight and he says, “Chill out, lady.” Watch that segment:

Review: Married at First Sight

Marriage At First Sight

In an era of Tinder and Grindr, instant acceptance or dismissal of a potential partner, or instant sex with another body, Married at First Sight offers the thrill of watching strangers deal with the very basics of relationships.

Beyond the headline-grabbing premise, the series has turned out to be a stripped-down, authentic exploration of something very interesting. Read the full review.

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.