Next week: Family members visit remaining Survivors, The Simpsons show up on Top Chef

Last week, I lost a body part. That pretty much sums it up the week for me, but here’s what it looked like in reality TV news, and what to look forward to next week:

The Past

Meanwhile, Idol’s producer got pissed off at the contestants, but not at himself for running the show into the ground with its declining ratings and time overruns, neither of which really matter because it’s making money.

We also learned which Idols are the most popular, that someone leaked information about Survivor, and that CBS dissed me.

The Forward

  • Sunday, May 9
    The Amazing Race 16 ends its season [CBS, 8 p.m.] with a one-hour finale during which the cowboys, the models, or the bros will win $1 million. Later, The Celebrity Apprentice contestants will play interior decorator and redecorate apartments [NBC, 9 p.m.], and Donald Trump will fire someone who’s not as famous as someone else.
  • Monday, May 10
    TLC edges more into Food Network’s territory with Chocolate Wars [TLC, 10 p.m.], which is like its cake-off competition but with chocolate. Meanwhile, The Real Housewives of New Jersey [Bravo, 10 p.m.] bring up Danielle’s past, and they really need to pick up the drama, because the New York cast is piling it on. Who cares if it closely resembles a bus full of fourth graders?
  • Tuesday, May 11
    Ice Cube’s entry in ESPN’s 30 for 30, Straight Outta L.A., debuts [ESPN, 8 p.m.] and focuses on the Raiders’ move to L.A. and “the unlikely marriage between the NFL’s rebel franchise and America’s glamour city,” according to ESPN.
  • Wednesday, May 12
    America’s Next Top Model concludes its 14th season at a special time [The CW, 9 p.m.], while Top Chef Masters [Bravo, 10 p.m.] has a super-sized 75-minute episode that has a Simpsons-themed quickfire: Matt Groening and Hank Azaria will judge the challenge as the chefs create dishes inspired by certain characters.
  • Thursday, May 13
    Survivor Heroes vs. Villains [CBS, 8 p.m.] gets ready for its Sunday finale with visits from the final six’s family and/or friends, who will apparently be the reward for a challenge, though CBS’ press release has an awkwardly phrased sentence that suggests they could actually spend time with them during the challenge, too: “The final six get the chance to earn time with their loved ones in a fiercely fought reward challenge.”

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.

Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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.