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:

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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