Next week: Two Andy Cohen reunions, and My Super Sweet 16 becomes a horror movie

A quick look at the last seven days and the seven days ahead:

The Past

The Forward

  • Friday, Oct. 23
    The already-scary reality series My Super Sweet 16 has been adapted into a scripted film, My Super Psycho Sweet 16, which debuts tonight [MTV, 10 p.m.] Its producer told the NYDN, “Let’s give these kids what’s coming to them.”
  • Saturday, Oct. 24
    Leading up to their Nov. 14 fight, Manny Pacquiao and Miguel Cotto will be followed on HBO’s series 24/7 [HBO 10:15 p.m.]. Bon Jovi’s Lost Highway tour is the subject of a black-and-white documentary, Bon Jovi: When We Were Beautiful [Showtime, 9 p.m.]. Also tonight, the third season of The Academy debuts [Fox Reality Channel, 10 p.m.], and follows people being trained to become Orange County firefighters.
  • Sunday, Oct. 25
    Antonio Sabato, Jr. ends his televised search for love [VH1, 10 p.m.], and Diddy his series Starmaker [MTV, 10 p.m.] Football is scheduled to end at 5, which means The Amazing Race [CBS, who knows] should debut around Halloween.
  • Monday, Oct. 26
    A special episode of So You Think You Can Dance [Fox, 8 p.m.] will consist of performances from each of the top 20, and may feature Paula Abdul for some unknown reason. Cake Boss returns [TLC, 10 p.m.] for a second season, while Real Chance of Love ends its second season [VH1, 9 p.m.].
  • Tuesday, Oct. 27
    Muhammad and Larry, Albert Maysles entry in the 30 for 30 sports documentary series, debuts [ESPN, 8 p.m.], and follows the relationship between Muhammad Ali and Larry Holmes before their 1980 fight. Also tonight, Jen Arnold and Bill Klein return in their docudrama The Little Couple [TLC, 10 p.m.], and the cast of Flipping Out reunites [Bravo, 10 p.m.], which means one awesome thing: Andy Cohen hosting! Actually, Jeff Lewis is a great foil for Andy, so it should be more fun than a usual AC reunion.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 28
    TV Guide product placement serves as the inspiration for the quickfire challenge on Top Chef Las Vegas [Bravo, 10 p.m.], while Natalie Portman shows up for the elimination challenge.
  • Thursday, Oct. 29
    The Real Housewives of Atlanta reunite [Bravo, 10 p.m.] for the first part of their two-hour reunion, which means we get Andy Cohen twice in a week, and he’s even promised to irritate me. Awesome.

The Sing-Off loses its star

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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.