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.

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.

Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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.