Next week: gators get rescued, Deadliest Catch returns, and Bravo gets its Jon and Kate

It’s time for our weekly look back at the past week in reality TV and ahead at the next week. Lots of weeks.

The Past

Meanwhile, Celebrity Apprentice got even more zany with its muggles and wizards, muggles and wizards, and in the most shocking news of the week, TLC revealed who they insist is America’s favorite mom (hint: not someone anyone thinks of as America’s favorite mom).

The Forward

  • Friday, April 9
    Tonight, CMT launches two new reality shows that follow people with dangerous jobs: Gator 911 [CMT, 9 p.m.], which follows Gator Country owner Gary Saurage as he rescues gators from various places, and Danger Coast [CMT, 9:30 p.m.], which follows Miami-Dade Fire Rescue’s Marine Operations Bureau. There’s another new docudrama debuting tonight: Private Chefs of Beverly Hills [Food Network, 10 p.m.], which follows a company that provides chefs for private events and such. Speaking of food, Gordon Ramsay revisits places he tried to rescue on Kitchen Nightmares: Revisited [Fox, 9 p.m.], and may or may not scream at them.
  • Sunday, April 11
    Undercover Boss [CBS, 9 p.m.] ends its first season with an episode featuring 1-800-FLOWERS. On cable, brother and sister Ray J and Brandy let viewers into their lives and business on Brandy and Ray J: A Family Business [VH1, 9 p.m.], while seven best friends who happen to be in relationships with NBA players are followed on Baskeball Wives [VH1, 9:30 p.m.]. In exciting news, tonight’s episode of The Amazing Race [CBS, 8 p.m.] is titled “The Dumb Did Us In.” Ohplease ohplease ohplease let Brent and Caite go home, or at least fall into a well.
  • Monday, April 12
    Steve and JoAnn Ward counsel six pairs of people who are in relationships on Tough Love: Couples [VH1, 9 p.m.], and by “counsel,” I mean “swear at them.”
  • Tuesday, April 13
    Bravo gets into the Jon and Kate game with 9 By Design [Bravo, 11 p.m.], a series that follows a couple in New York with seven kids that they shuffle around as they renovate places. Deadliest Catch returns [Discovery, 9 p.m.] for a season that will include tragedy, and Tiny & Toya return for a second season [BET, 10 p.m.]. Finally, American Idol [Fox, 8 p.m.] is down to 88-minute episodes, clearing the way for Glee’s return–woo!

Review: Married at First Sight

Marriage At First Sight

In an era of Tinder and Grindr, instant acceptance or dismissal of a potential partner, or instant sex with another body, Married at First Sight offers the thrill of watching strangers deal with the very basics of relationships.

Beyond the headline-grabbing premise, the series has turned out to be a stripped-down, authentic exploration of something very interesting. Read the full review.

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.