Next week: American Idol consumes an additional night

Another week has gone by, and soon it’ll be another month. Here’s what to look forward to during the last full week of February.

The Past

The Forward

  • Sunday, Feb. 21
    Everybody Hates Chris actor Terry Crews gets his own docudrama, The Family Crews [BET, 9 p.m.], which follows his at-home life with his wife and five kids, while another celebrity docudrama, Keeping up with the Kardashians [E!, 10 p.m.] ends its fourth season. Tonight’s Amazing Race episode [CBS, 8 p.m.] has a great title: “When the Cow Kicked Me in the Head.” With this group, a kick to the head shouldn’t cause much damage at all.
  • Monday, Feb. 22
    The Buried Life [MTV, 10 p.m.] guys try to play basketball with Barack Obama, while the Cake Boss gets a best-of special [TLC, 9 p.m.] (already?).
  • Tuesday, Feb. 23
    Dirty Jobs [Discovery, 9 p.m.] ends its season with a look at the crew, as behind-the-scenes footage helps Mike Rowe try to find employment for his camera operators and other crew members during their hiatus. Meanwhile, American Idol 9 [Fox, 8 p.m.] begins to stomp all over the schedule with a two-hour performance episode during which the women will perform.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 24
    The top 24 contestants who have penises get to sing tonight on American Idol 9 [Fox, 8 p.m.].
  • Thursday, Feb. 25
    American Idol 9 [Fox, 8 p.m.] airs its first of three Thursday night results shows, and dumps two men and two women while facing off against a new episode of Survivor Heroes vs. Villains [CBS, 8 p.m.]. Later, there’s a new season of Police Women [TLC, 9 p.m.], but this one focuses on those in Maricopa County (the home of Phoenix) who are fortunate enough to have controversial and scary sheriff Joe Arpaio as their boss.

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.