Storm Chasers, Monty Python series start, while Flipping Out, Housewives depart

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

The Past

The Forward

  • Friday, Oct. 16
    Just when it didn’t seem possible for Discovery to air yet another show about people who have crazy fishing jobs, here comes Lobstermen [Discovery Channel, 10 p.m.],
  • Saturday, Oct. 17
    The Househusbands of Hollywood reunite [Fox Reality, 9 p.m.] before the cancelled reality-focused network airs its final Really Awards [10 p.m.], which will be hosted by Vivica A. Fox with Lance Bass on the red carpet, and will hopefully actual involve reality this year, instead of last year’s pointless scripted drivel.
  • Sunday, Oct. 18
    Crazy people chase tornadoes in the third season debut of Storm Chasers [Discovery 10 p.m.], which I plan to start watching now that I’ve seen this insane trailer. Holy crap.
  • Monday, Oct. 19
    Monty Python: Almost the Truth is a six-part series that debuts tonight and looks in-depth at the comedy group, using interviews with its members and the celebrities they influenced [IFC, 9 p.m.]. A “two night special event” starts when Extreme Paranormal‘s “team descends to the eeries depths of a remote haunted lake to summon the spirit of a mass murderer” [A&E, 10 p.m., continues Oct. 26]. If you want to get even more scared, ponder why Josh got a haircut on Million Dollar Listing [Bravo, 10 p.m.] and Chad did not.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 20
    PBS’ Independent Lens airs a documentary about a famous mining town and its impact in Butte, America [PBS, check local listings]. Also, there are two season finales tonight: Shark Tank [ABC, 8 p.m.], and Flipping Out [Bravo, 10 p.m.]
  • Wednesday, Oct. 21
    So You Think You Can Dance [Fox, 8 p.m.] gets its top 20, finally. Now it’s time for the really amazing dancing to begin.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 22
    The Real Housewives of Atlanta [Bravo, 10 p.m.] ends its second season, but I stopped watching a few weeks ago. I just can’t get into it or the O.C. season, whereas the New Jersey and New York seasons were like televised versions of crushed up Ritalin.

Survivor San Juan Del Sur's dark cloud is lifted

John Rocker

In its third episode, Survivor San Juan Del Sur improved significantly as John Rocker faced off against an Amazing Race villain. But the Exile Island reward challenge remains a drag on the series.


Why Dick Donato left Big Brother 13

Dick Donato

The Big Brother villain known as "Evel Dick" has finally revealed why he left the show during its 13th season: he learned he was HIV positive.

Also: Dick claims he had no choice but to leave the game.

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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.