Next week: 1,300-pound stingray, old people, and the beginning of the end for The Hills

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The Past

Also, Ryan Seacrest said Crystal almost quit, E! said Seacrest is “Superman,” a semi-finalist said Crystal was “betrayed,” and Crystal said she never considered quitting.

The Forward

  • Friday, April 23
    Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution ends its first season [ABC, 9 p.m.], concluding a series that has an impressive goal but is a too heavy-handed in its production to be really engaging. If you like logs and are crushed about the season finale of American Loggers [Discovery, 10 p.m.], never fear, as Swamp Loggers returns from its second season hiatus [Discovery, 9 p.m.].
  • Sunday, April 25
    Animal Planet’s most-popular show ever, River Monsters, returns for a second season [Animal Planet, 9 p.m.] with two back-to-back episodes. The series follows Jeremy Wade as he explores mysteries about scary freshwater fish, and the first episode is about the 1,300-pound freshwater stingray. Also tonight, The Amazing Race is back [CBS, 8 p.m.] after being pre-empted last week.
  • Monday, April 26
    Two food-focused series return tonight: Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern goes to Thailand [Travel Channel, 10 p.m.], while Diners, Drive-Ins, & Dives [Food Network, 10 p.m.] lets Guy Fieri eat more on camera. Appetizing.
  • Tuesday, April 27
    The Hills returns [MTV, 10 p.m.] for its sixth and final season, and it’s followed by the second-season debut of The City [MTV, 10:30 p.m.], which will carry the fake-reality flag after its sibling series retires. Also tonight, one of the most awesomely weird series you’ll ever seen, Food Party [IFC, 10 p.m.] returns. It’s like Pee-Wee’s Playhouse but with food, kind of. It’s followed by the second-season debut of Dinner with the Band [IFC, 10:30 p.m.], a show that combines band interviews (Rufus Wainwright tonight) with a cooking show.
  • Wednesday, April 28
    Senior citizens and retirees living in Sun City, Arizona, become reality TV stars with the debut of Sunset Daze [WeTV, 10 p.m.], which airs two back-to-back half-hour episodes.
  • Thursday, April 29
    Survivor Heroes vs. Villains [CBS, 8 p.m.] has just four episodes left, including the usual Sunday finale, so expect the drama to ramp up, if that’s even possible. Also tonight, Bullrun [Speed, 10 p.m.], Sober House 2 [VH1, 10 p.m.], and LA Ink [TLC, 10 p.m.] end their seasons.

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.