New Reality, Friday 8-9PM, NBC

By EW Staff
Updated September 10, 2010 at 04:00 AM EDT

Inspired by a playground opening she attended during a 2006 trip to Costa Rica, actress Cheryl Hines (Curb Your Enthusiasm) threw herself into school-renovation projects, which evolved into Pride. ”I didn’t have a plan,” says Hines, who’s also an exec producer. ”I was hoping to donate some soccer balls and jump ropes. And then after I drove down and really looked at the [first] school, I realized this is a bigger problem.” A team of experts — including a SWAT commander, actress/interior designer Susie Castillo (House of Payne), comedian Kym Whitley (‘Til Death), and a journalist — make over one school each week (doing everything from planting flowers to cleaning bathrooms), but not without help from its constituents. ”We can’t go in and do it ourselves,” Hines says. ”That’s not what this show is about. It’s about inspiring the community to come together.” OCT. 15