Next week: Emmy reality host, show winners, Sundance’s five-night series Brick City debuts

Here’s what happened last week, and what to watch next week:

The Past

The Forward

  • Sunday, Sept. 20
    The Emmys air tonight [CBS, 8 p.m.], and we’ll find out which reality host and show win (Probst again? Padma and Tom? Phil?). Thankfully, the reality show hosts aren’t hosting this year; instead, they’re hosted by reality TV fan (and, you know, actor) Neil Patrick Harris. Also Sunday, Design Star winner Antonio Ballatore makes over his entire (tragic) house in five days on the one-hour special The Antonio Project [HGTV, 10 p.m.]
  • Monday, Sept. 21
    Dancing with the Stars debuts [ABC, 8 p.m.], but the real Monday entertainment will come from Sundance Channel’s amazing new five-part series Brick City [Sundance, 10 p.m.]. It airs over five nights this week, so watch every night.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 22
    Hell’s Kitchen [Fox, 8 p.m.] airs two back-to-back episodes, but they might as well just air the rest because it’s so tedious and predictable now. The Colony [Discovery, 10 p.m.] ends the experiment; initially, I loved the show and its premise, but it didn’t keep me hooked so I’ve only watched on and off. Because reality TV thrives on dysfunctional workplaces, The Naughty Kitchen with Chef Blythe Beck [Oxygen, 10 p.m.] debuts; it’s a docudrama following the chef and the staff of her Dallas restaurant.
  • Wednesday, Sept. 23
    The 200th episode of the documentary series True Life [MTV, 10 p.m.] airs, and keeps MTV a bit more classy with some actual reality. I know it’s not reality TV, but watch Modern Family [ABC, 9 p.m.]. It’s one of the best new series of the fall.
  • Thursday, Sept. 24
    On Survivor Samoa [CBS, 8 p.m.], Jeff Probst throws a cast member out of a challenge for the first time ever. Also, let’s hope Russell H. goes home so a nutball doesn’t consume the whole season for the second season in a row.

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about the writer

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.