Next week: Kirstie Alley, Jamie Oliver, Virgin flight attendants, and new Dancing stars

Here are last week’s must-read stories, and a list of notable shows airing next week.

The Past

Also, we learned that the regular Apprentice will return with a fun hook to the recession, Paula Abdul rejected an ABC revival of an old show, American Idol had its lowest ratings ever, and Bachelors have sex with an average of three women during each season.

The Forward

  • Saturday, March 20
    In a few weeks, the Fox Reality Channel will become National Geographic Wild, and tonight it concludes its final two original series: Seducing Cindy [9 p.m.] and Solitary 4.0 [10 p.m.].
  • Sunday, March 21
    Discovery’s Life debuts [8 p.m.] on seven different networks. If you’re interested in staring at odd living creatures doing amazing things, there’s also the season three debut of Kimora: Life in the Fab Lane [Style, 9 p.m.], the fifth season premiere of Gene Simmons Family Jewels [A&E, 9 p.m.], the premiere of Kirstie Alley’s Big Life [A&E, 10 p.m.], and Style’s Jersey Shore knock-off Jerseylicious [Style 10 p.m.] On network TV, the first episode of Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution [ABC, 10 p.m.] will be previewed before re-airing Friday along with its second episode. On the show, the “Naked Chef” will attempt to reform Americans’ shitty eating habits.
  • Monday, March 22
    Dancing with the Stars [ABC, 8 p.m.] returns with a cast that doesn’t suck too much
  • Tuesday, March 23
    The final 11 American Idol 9 contestants tackle songs of teen idols [Fox, 8 p.m.], which few if any of them will become because this season sucks.
  • Wednesday, March 24
    Survivor Heroes vs. Villains got preempted last week and this week gets bumped to Wednesday for its episode [CBS, 8 p.m.]. Meanwhile, Fly Girls, a docudrama that follows flight attendants on Virgin America, debuts tonight [The CW, 9 p.m.], and The Real World DC tonight [MTV, 10 p.m.] is followed by a “Shit They Should Have Shown” special [11 p.m.] and the finale and reunion next week. (This was corrected; for the second week in a row, my listing has been incorrect thanks to changing listings. Apologies.)
  • In news about good television, Mythbusters returns with its eighth season [Discovery, 9 p.m.] as Adam and Jamie test whether you can kill someone by throwing soda out the window of your car, while Grant and Tory say goodbye to temporary team member Jessi as they test “the death defying hang” from movies.

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.