Next week: Animal attack survival stories, and ba-nanas die as Rachel Zoe says bye for now

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

The Past

The Forward

  • Friday, Oct. 9
    Ever wonder what happens when a viscous crazy beast attacks someone–as in, an alligator tears off a man’s arm, or a black widow bites someone? Survivors tell their stories on the new series I’m Alive [9 p.m., Animal Planet], which airs two back-to-back episodes. The episodes include reenactments, so it’s not pure unscripted TV, but chances are there’s not a camera around when an alligator bites someone’s arm off.
  • Saturday, Oct. 10
    Diddy ends his latest series in his Saturday night exile timeslot [MTV, 9 p.m.], while the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders kick off the fourth season of Making the Team [CMT, 9 p.m.].
  • Sunday, Oct. 11
    On The Amazing Race [CBS, 8 p.m. again?], someone will lose their passport. Please let it be that dickhead Lance. Also tonight, E! debuts two more shows I won’t watch: The Girls Next Door [10:30 p.m.], which features new concubines for Hef, and Leave it to Lamas [11 p.m.], which is about Lorenzo and Shayne Lamas and their family.
  • Monday, Oct. 12
    In a six-episode series that first aired in Canada, an entire town in British Columbia eats locally–food grown within 100 miles–for 100 days. The 100 Mile Challenge [Planet Green, 10 p.m.] is based on the book The 100-Mile Diet. Also tonight, Rachel Zoe and company say goodbye to this season. [Bravo, 10 p.m.] Die. Die. Die. Ba. Nanas. Die. Die. That’s followed by the return of an even nuttier and more unlikable people on Million Dollar Listing [Bravo, 11 p.m.].
  • Tuesday, Oct. 13
    Hell’s Kitchen ends its latest season [Fox, 8 p.m.] with a two-hour finale that preempts So You Think You Can Dance. Unacceptable! Barry Levinson’s documentary about the Baltimore Colts marching band that kept playing even after their team moved, The Band That Wouldn’t Die, debuts as part of ESPN’s 30 for 30 series [ESPN, 8 p.m.].
  • Wednesday, Oct. 14
    The title of tonight’s episode of America’s Next Top Model [CW, 8 p.m.] is “Petite Ninja Wariors.” Another law enforcement agency gets its own reality series with the debut of Alaska State Troopers [National Geographic Channel, 10 p.m.].

The Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

NBC's super-fun December a capella singing competition The Sing-Off is returning, but without its star judge, Ben Folds, and only as a two-hour special. Those are really depressing changes for a series that proved itself to be a super-fun show when it returned last December.


A film director talks about becoming a reality TV character

Anna Martemucci

What is it like to have your life turned into reality TV? Director Anna Martemucci, one of the two directors featured on Starz' exceptional reality series, talks about that, the competition, and her collaboration with her husband and brother-in-law.

Plus: How the show's producers tried to keep the $250,000 competition fair.

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.