Next week: Headhunters rescue soldiers and a Real Worlder goes back to Iraq

A look back at the first week in November and a look ahead at next week:

The Past

The Forward

  • Friday, Nov. 6
    If you’re still looking for Halloween scares, Ghost Adventures [Travel Channel, 9 p.m.] returns for a second season and visits Pennhurst State School and Hospital. Or just go see Paranormal Activity: that shit is scary. Also frightening: Platinum Babies [WEtv, 9 p.m.], which is about couples who spend tons of money on their kids–and not on future therapy bills.
  • Sunday, Nov. 8
    Keeping Up with the Kardashians airs a special [E!, 9 p.m.] about Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom’s wedding, because of course, that hasn’t gotten enough attention already. Tool Academy concludes its second season [VH1, 9 p.m.], when the final two tools compete for $100,000 and the title of Mr. Awesome.
  • Monday, Nov. 9
    Anatomy of a Takedown: Washington Sniper [Discovery Channel, 9 p.m.] follows police investigator Barney Forsythe as he tracks the DC snipers. Jon & Kate Plus Eight airs an hour of “viewer’s top moments” [TLC, 9 p.m.]. But what if my top moment is the day the show goes off the air?
  • Tuesday, Nov. 10
    So You Think You Can Dance [Fox, 8 p.m.] airs another two-hour performance episode, which doesn’t bode well for the way these have been dragging, but at least viewers get to start voting to save contestants from the judges’ Wednesday eliminations.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 11
    On Veterans’ Day, two very different documentaries look at contributions of men and women in the military. The debut of The Airmen and the Headhunters [PBS, 8 p.m., check local listings] is based on a a book subtitled “A True Story of Lost Soldiers, Heroic Tribesmen and the Unlikeliest Rescue of World War II” that is about a World War II bomber crew rescued by headhunters in Borneo. Return to Duty [MTV, 9 p.m.] follows Real World Brooklyn star Ryan Conklin as he goes back to Iraq for his second tour. MTV says it is “a documentary honoring young veterans and active duty servicemen and women.” Also for Veterans’ Day, HGTV’s Carter Oosterhouse and Monica Pedersen play Extreme Makeover: Home Edition on transitional homes for veterans located in Philly and St. Louis.[HGTV, 8 p.m.] Also tonight: The debut of Coca-Cola: The Real Story Behind the Real Thing [CNBC, 9 p.m., repeats at 10, 12 a.m., 1 a.m.], which CNBS says “reveals never-before-seen labs, secret archives and high-tech product testing” and “the men and women whose mission it is to put the buzz back in the bottles.”
  • Thursday, Nov. 12
    Project Runway 6‘s finale begins [Lifetime, 10 p.m.] as Tim Gunn climbs into some product placement and visits the three designers as they work on their collections.

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.