Next week: the first-ever Bachelor wedding, plus Top Model and Sober House return

Here’s a look back at stories you may have missed from the past week, and what’s coming up on reality TV next week.

The Past

The Forward

  • Friday, March 5
    Celebrities learn about their genetic histories on Who Do You Think You Are? [NBC, 8 p.m.], an import of a UK series. Tonight, Sarah Jessica Parker learns about her family tree. In honor of the Oscars, Joel McHale and The Soup [E!, 10 p.m.] give out The Soup Awards, which will undoubtedly include clips from great/awful moments from reality TV.
  • Saturday, March 6
    A new documentary, Magic & Bird: A Courtship of Rivals [HBO, 8 p.m.], looks at the rivarly and friendship between Magic Johnson and Larry Bird.
  • Monday, March 8
    Last Sunday, Jason and Molly got married, so tonight, we get the first ever The Bachelor wedding [ABC, 8 p.m.], which will undoubtedly include lots of product placement. On cable, there are a number of season (and in some cases, maybe series) finales tonight: The Buried Life [MTV, 10 p.m.] guys end their season of bucket list activities, while Fantasia’s series Fantasia For Real ends with an episode and a clip show [VH1, 10 p.m.]. Also done are MTV’s fake reality series My Life as Liz [MTV, 10:30 p.m.] and the second season of Pawn Star$ [History, 10 p.m.]
  • Tuesday, March 9
    Two season finales tonight: Chopped [Food Network, 10 p.m.] ends its third season, having grown into a show that really works and that I really like, except when that one stupid judge complains about the size of his appetizer or that other stupid judge complains about red onions. Grow up. Speaking of growing up, the unforgivable, moronic series Bad Girls Club ends its fourth season [Oxygen, 10 p.m.].
  • Wednesday, March 10
    America’s Next Top Model is back for its 14th season [The CW, 8 p.m.], and the 90-minute season premiere includes clips from international editions of the show. Oh, and Tyra Banks. After that, there’s the debut of High Society [The CW, 9:30 p.m.], a reality series that follows Tinsley Mortimer and her friends. Meanwhile, former couples reunite to see if there’s any possibility of getting back together on First Love, Second Chance [TV Land, 9 p.m.], and The Real Housewives of Orange County reunite [Bravo, 9 p.m.], and Andy Cohen tries to prove himself to be a capable host. Try harder, Andy.
  • Thursday, March 11
    The final Thursday American Idol [Fox, 8 p.m.] airs tonight, and The Real Housewives of Orange County‘s reunion wraps up [Bravo, 9 p.m.]. And Dr. Drew leaves formerly drunk and high celebrities to their own devices on Sober House [VH1, 10 p.m.], which debuts its second season with a familiar cast.

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.