Some networks have prepared special episodes for Memorial Day. Here my updates
BRAVO – PLATINUM HIT
Monday, May 30 at 10pm ET/PT
“Platinum Hit” follows 12 up-and-coming musicians as they battle through a series of innovative songwriting challenges testing their creativity, patience and drive. From dance track to love ballad, every episode will feature a different theme that will require the contestants to write and perform lyrics from multiple genres. Their intimate life stories and personal drama will unfold within the show and in their lyrics as they compete and live together. In the end, only one will be crowned the ultimate hitmaker and walk away with a $100,000 cash prize, publishing deal with Sony, BMI Songwriters The Writing Camp and a recording deal with RCA/Jive. Two of the most accomplished songwriters share their experience and expertise as Jewel hosts the series as well as gives her feedback as a judge alongside Kara DioGuardi who is the head judge each week. Keith Naftaly, SVP of A&R for RCA/Jive Label Group at Sony Music Entertainment, will be featured throughout the series to help judge the competition and some of the most influential musicians will serve as guest judges including: Leona Lewis, Natasha Bedingfield, Donna Summer, Jermaine Dupri, Taio Cruz and Ryan Tedder.
MILLION DOLLAR DECORATORS
Tuesday, May 31 at 10pm ET/PT
“Million Dollar Decorators,” Bravo’s latest docu-series, explores the work and personal lives of Los Angeles-based interior decorators Martyn Lawrence Bullard, Kathryn Ireland, Jeffrey Alan Marks, Mary McDonald and Nathan Turner as fans get an all-access pass inside some of the most stunning homes in the world. From creating the perfect party for a photo shoot with premiere design magazine, ELLE DECOR, to decorating the Osbourne’s new Hollywood apartment, the cast navigates the high-pressured design industry for their wealthy, famous, and extremely demanding clients.
4TH AND FOREVER
Thursday, May 26th at 9pm ET
“4th and Forever” chronicles the 2010 football season of Long Beach Polytechnic High School, touted by Sports Illustrated as the “Sports School of the Century.” The nine episode series (hour long premiere, followed by eight half hour installments) documents the trials and tribulations of the promising team helmed by Head Football Coach Raul Lara, whose nearly 20 years of coaching experience at Long Beach Poly includes 100 wins in nine seasons as Poly’s Head Coach. Poly’s historic program also boasts the largest roster of high school players who have gone on to the NFL and an alumni list that reads like a who’s who of sports and entertainment. Graduates include Philadelphia Eagles’ wide receiver DeSean Jackson and offensive lineman Winston Justice; the Arizona Cardinals’ linebacker Pago Togafau, Washington Redskins’ safety Omar Stoutmire and the Houston Texans’ linebacker Darnell Bing. The school has also been the home to the San Diego Padres’ Hall of Fame baseball star Tony Gwynn; the Philadelphia Phillies’ Chase Utley; the Seattle Mariners’ Milton Bradley and former professional tennis player Billie Jean King. More recent graduates include Samantha Larson, who at 18, became the youngest non-Nepalese woman to summit Mount Everest. Other notable attendees include actor John Wayne, actress Cameron Diaz and rapper Snoop Dogg. Shot on location in Long Beach, California and throughout Southern California, the series will explore how the team is a point of pride for a community that struggles with poverty, drugs, and gangs and will document the personal relationships the players have with their “families” on and off the field. For Coach Lara, whose full-time job is working the graveyard shift as a Deputy Probation Officer, the football program provides its players a way out; everyone is pushing ahead for that “golden ticket” – a college scholarship and a better life.
MEMORIAL DAY MARATHON
Monday, May 30 from 7 a.m. to 12 a.m. ET
It’s the holiday that means summer is here, so why not improve your outdoors! DIY Network will air their best outdoor programs all day long to inspire viewers to improve their outdoor living space, including Yard Crashers, Indoors Out, 10 Best Outdoor Projects: Fire, 10 Best Outdoor Projects: Water, Turf War, House Crashers, and Desperate Landscapes.
Prime time line-up includes:
8:00 p.m. ET
A young couple has done the best they can to create their dream kitchen, but the end result doesn’t quite live up to their vision. Lucky for them, they’re about to get crashed. This kitchen is getting kicked up with new high ceilings, a gigantic cupboard with a sliding barn door, new cabinets and countertops, bamboo floors and all new appliances. And the final touch? The outdoor porch beside the kitchen will be used to create a new dining area with a custom bamboo slat wall treatment that’s lit from behind.
8:30 p.m. ET
A small, outdated kitchen goes through one serious remodel when the whole space is gutted and walls come down. In three days, old white cabinets, ugly white tile and dated appliances are torn out, making way for a brand-new indoor/outdoor kitchen. Josh and his crew are bringing in all new appliances, custom cabinets, a rich travertine floor and backsplash, new countertops and giant folding glass doors that lead to a raised deck with an outdoor kitchen. Plus, the team recycles old framing from the demolition to create a fired art piece for the new deck.
10 BEST OUTDOOR PROJECTS: WATER
9:00 p.m. ET
Looking to give your outdoor space a bit of a splash? Check out DIY Network’s 10 Best Outdoor Projects: Water. We’re rounding up the latest and greatest backyard projects that have anything to do with water. From waterfalls to the waterfront, quick fixes on pool decks to million dollar masterpieces, there’s something for every water lover to enjoy-including swim up bars. Our experts show you the tricks of the trade on DIY Network’s 10 Best Outdoor Projects: Water.
10 BEST OUTDOOR PROJECTS: FIRE
9:30 p.m. ET
Looking for some ideas to add a little spark to your outdoor space? Check out DIY Network’s 10 Best Outdoor Projects: Fire. We’re counting down 10 of the hottest ways to transform any backyard. From fancy fire pits and grills to outdoor kitchens complete with a pizza oven, there is something for everyone. Tune in to see how our experts turn up the heat on DIY Network’s 10 Best Outdoor Projects: Fire.
10:00 p.m. ET
As they kick off this competition, Team One’s ready to transform their weed-filled backyard into an Asian-inspired composite terrace. First, the team molds together recycled glass to create a beautiful countertop for an outdoor kitchen. Next, the team hoists a large basalt boulder into the yard to give the space height and beauty. The crew also constructs a raised planter box out of wood and concrete, and an overhang structure comes together using tongue-and-groove panels. Then over in Team Two’s yard, a dilapidated deck is repurposed into a decorative arbor, and colorful concrete is added to the design. The team also forms a precast fire pit with a sheet of water running behind it. Then, three sheets of plexiglass make for a tranquil water feature and three metal troughs are welded into separate fire features.
11:00 p.m. ET
On DIYs new one-hour special Backyard Blowout, we help homeowners Jason Cruze and his wife Allison turn their simple wooden patio into an amazing backyard – all in one week – for his birthday. Host Jay Baker and his crew converge on their backyard and create an outdoor living space anyone would be proud to have – with a few special amenities. The yard, which is really a simple sitting area, is completely transformed with a stone fire pit, hand-hewn pergola, pizza oven, flat screen TV, dining area, and whiskey barrel wet bar.