A look back at last week’s reality TV news, and a look ahead at what’s on the air next week:
- This week, we learned that an MTV show’s cast trashed a $4 million house, Taylor quit or got fired from Rachel Zoe and Miss Jay might be demoted if Top Model gets a new old judge next season. In other business news, we found out which reality shows make the most money and who the highest-paid men on TV are (hint: reality stars). Kathy Ireland revealed a secret and Donald Trump announced the not-so-secret star of a new dating show he’s producing. We also got a preview of Speidi’s book and learned of the tragic death of a Wipeout contestant, which a web site shamelessly used to get itself more attention.
- Sunday, Nov. 15
The title of the History Channel’s special mini-series WWII in HD [9 p.m.] explains it all: The 10-hour Gary Sinise-narrated series, which airs two hours each night through Thursday, follows 12 Americans who participated in the second world war using color, never-before-seen high-definition footage. Also Sunday, Three Foot Giant [Bio, 10 p.m.] profiles a 30-year-old who’s three feet tall, following him as he goes on a date and throws out the first pitch at a baseball game, while TLC airs four hours of one-hour specials about conjoined twins starting at 7 p.m. ET. Finally, National Geographic launches its Expedition Week with Search for the Amazon Headshrinkers [NatGeo, 9 p.m.], a documentary that includes “45-year-old archive footage captured by explorer Edmundo Bielawski, purportedly the only known footage that shows the process of an actual — recently deceased — human head being shrunk,” according to the network.
- Monday, Nov. 16
I’m watching Million Dollar Listing [Bravo, 10 p.m.], mostly because it’s fun to hate the cast members, but it seems so contrived now, particularly almost everything Josh Flagg does or says. He’s just not a good actor. Anyway, after a new episode of Josh, Chad, and Madison, Bravo gives us a new food show: Chef Academy [11 p.m.], a docudrama that follows Jean Christophe Novelli as he opens, well, a chef academy.
- Tuesday, Nov. 17
Being Neil Armstrong [BBC America, 8 p.m.] follows an author’s search for information about the first man on the moon, who has dropped out of the public eye. Later, on The Hills [MTV, 10 p.m.], that crazypants Heidi Montag decides to get secretly pregnant by her crazypants husband Spencer Pratt. I can’t believe I’m agreeing with Spencer here, but I hope he gets his balls clipped before she gets near him.
- Wednesday, Nov. 18
Top Model ends its 13th cycle [The CW, 8 p.m.] and produces yet another model who will immediately fade into obscurity. That’s followed by a one-hour special with never-before-seen footage, in case you care.
- Thursday, Nov. 19
Survivor Samoa‘s episode [CBS, 8 p.m.], is titled “The Day of Reckoning.” Hmm. On a more serious note, a new documentary, Terror in Mumbai [HBO, 8 p.m.], looks at the terrorist attacks in India last year, and the footage, narrated by Fareed Zakaria, includes “exclusive audio tapes of the intercepted phone calls between the young gunmen and their controllers in Pakistan, and testimony from the sole surviving gunman,” according to HBO.