Next week: Celebrity Apprentice returns along with a bunch of new series debuts

Catch up on what you missed last week, and find out what to look forward to next week:

The Past

In Bravo news, I tried to figure out why hossin’ is a chowin’ for Shear Genius’ new host, we learned that Kim Zolziak is not a lesbian (just someone who’s still dating a married man), the network renewed a bunch of shows, and the next season of Top Chef now has a home.

Also this week, Jason and Molly got married and had Chris Harrison as their narrator, but not many viewers. And if you need fame and/or money, you can get paid $500 to have sex and become a reality star. That’s a lot easier than going on The Bachelor.

The Forward

  • Friday, March 12
    Jo Frost tackles her 99th and 100th episodes of screaming children and bad parents with two back-to-back new episodes of Supernanny [ABC, 8 p.m.]
  • Sunday, March 14
    A ridiculous number of new shows debut tonight: Next Food Network Star Guy Fieri hosts a new game show Minute to Win It [NBC, 7 p.m.], which debuts with two back-to-back episodes. More importantly, Donald Trump returns to kick and kiss the asses of celebrities on The Celebrity Apprentice 3 [NBC, 9 p.m.]. On cable, drivers who suck get their cars literally destroyed on America’s Worst Driver [Travel Channel, 10 p.m.], while Next Design Star winner Antonio Ballatore gets his own prime-time show in The Antonio Treatment [HGTV, 10 p.m.], which debuts with two back-to-back episodes, the second of which follows his renovation of Mario Lopez’s home gym. Kendra returns for the second season of Kendra [E!, 10 p.m.], and she’s followed by Pretty Wild [E!, 10:30 p.m.], which kicks off with an episode about Alexis Neiers’ arrest for burglary. Not all is fun and games: Fatal Attractions tells the stories of pets that killed their owners [Animal Planet, 10 p.m.], while TLC rips off A&E with a special called Hoarding: Buried Alive [TLC, 10 p.m.].
  • Monday, March 15
    Jessica Simpson and her friends travel the globe on The Price of Beauty [VH1, 10 p.m.], which is followed by Transform Me [VH1, 10:30 p.m.], a show on which women are made over by transgendered individuals. One of MTV’s actual reality series, True Life, returns [10 p.m.] with an episode titled “I Need a Transplant.”
  • Tuesday, March 16
    The crappy top 12 on American Idol 9 [Fox, 8 p.m.] will likely mangle the Rolling Stones’ songs on the first performance show of the finals. Just to make sure we didn’t give The Bad Girls Club any credibility, there’s a reunion hosted by Perez Hilton [Oxygen, 10 p.m.]. That’s followed by Love Games: Bad Girls Need Love Too [Oxygen, 11 p.m.], a dating series with, you guessed it, cast members from the show (Amber, Kendra, and Sarah) dating from a pool of 13 obviously clueless men. Later, Marriage Under Construction [HGTV, 11 p.m.] is a docudrama that follows newlyweds who buy and renovate a house.
  • Wednesday, March 17
    The Real World DC concludes its run [MTV, 10 p.m.] and ends the 23rd season of the show that I still can’t believe is still on. A better bet at that time is Destination Truth [SyFy, 10 p.m.], which returns as Josh Gates and crew take advantage of St. Patrick’s Day and go to Ireland to look for a leprechaun.
  • Thursday, March 18
    There’s no Survivor tonight, so give Community and Parks & Recreation a shot on NBC; they’re worth it. Later, the documentary Afghan Star [HBO, 9 p.m.] follows four contestants on Afghanistan’s version of Idol and their struggles not just to win, but to deal with the repercussions of their participation in a conservative society that freaks out and charges dancing women with breaking the law.

The Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

NBC's super-fun December a capella singing competition The Sing-Off is returning, but without its star judge, Ben Folds, and only as a two-hour special. Those are really depressing changes for a series that proved itself to be a super-fun show when it returned last December.


A film director talks about becoming a reality TV character

Anna Martemucci

What is it like to have your life turned into reality TV? Director Anna Martemucci, one of the two directors featured on Starz' exceptional reality series, talks about that, the competition, and her collaboration with her husband and brother-in-law.

Plus: How the show's producers tried to keep the $250,000 competition fair.

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.