When is it OK for CBS to look a lot like Animal Planet or Discovery? Right after Memorial Day, naturally.
Enter "Dogs in the City," a breezy summer fill-in CBS will unleash May 30 at 8 p.m., featuring "dog guru" Justin Silver, who is described as "a master at resolving issues between canines and their owners -– no matter whose behavior is at fault."
Except, as Silver makes clear, it's the humans who are invariably the real problem, and thus ripe for ridicule -- whether that's a guy who appears to love his dog more than he does his significant other or a modeling agency owner who insists on bringing her snapping, ill-tempered beast to her office with her.
Silver is good-looking and has an easy-going quality, while eschewing the more mystical elements that surround some of the pet-wrangling types on TV, a la "The Dog Whisperer's" Cesar Millan.
Practically speaking, most people love dogs almost as much as they enjoy watching strangers make imbeciles of themselves because of them. In TV terms, this is called "win-win."
So welcome to summer, "Dogs in the City." Who's a good show? That's right. Yes you are. Now go fetch some viewers. And just be sure to clean up before you leave.
Produced by CBS’s Raquel Prods. in association with Shed Media USand Carol Mendelsohn Prods. Julie Weitz, Carol Mendelsohn, Jen O’Connell and Nick Emmerson are exec producers.