Next week: SYTYCD’s finalists announced, Kathy Griffin and Kate Gosselin both return

Back by popular demand, it’s past forward, our look at what happened last week in reality TV, and what’s going on next week.

The Past

There was also bizarre news, from someone impersonating the AP to spread rumors about David Archuleta to Kelly Bensimon’s completely ironic anti-bullying home video. And there’s the news that next season of The Amazing Race is overpopulated with beauty queens.

The Forward

  • Friday, June 4
    Tonight, one of my favorite cable reality series, Whale Wars, returns [Animal Planet, 9 p.m.]. Here’s why you should watch it.
  • Sunday, June 6
    Your DVR may overheat tonight if your tolerance for cable reality series doesn’t get overloaded first. Besides the MTV Movie Awards, which is once again produced by uber reality producer Mark Burnett, we have the debut of Bridezilla‘s seventh season [WE, 9 p.m.], Ice Road Truckers‘ fourth season [History, 9 p.m.], My Fair Wedding‘s third season [WE, 10 p.m.], History’s first competition series Top Shot [History, 9 p.m.], and two episodes of the Kate Gosselin series of specials known as Kate Plus Eight [TLC, 9 p.m.]. But my DVR will give priority to the two-hour premiere of The Next Food Network Star [Food Network, 9 p.m.], and the return of Bob and Susie.
  • Monday, June 7
    Last Comic Standing, the competition series no one really missed, returns tonight for its seventh season [NBC, 8 p.m.]. A better bet is the scripted series Lie to Me, which is back on Fox at the same time, and is a fantastic procedural. American Pickers returns for its second season [History, 10 p.m.] of searching for antiques and the people who own them, while cult favorite Pawn Stars also returns for its third season [History, 10 p.m.]. The new season of Dance Your Ass Off debuts [Oxygen, 11 p.m.], while the Sundance award-winning documentary Smash His Camera, which is about paparazzo Ron Galella, also debuts [HBO, 9 p.m.].
  • Tuesday, June 8
    Bravo warms us up for next week’s return of My Life on the D-List by airing Kathy Griffin’s latest stand-up special [Bravo, 11 p.m.], which is titled “Kathy Griffin Does the Bible Belt.” That’s the fourth hour of Kathy, as the new special will be preceded by repeats of three other specials starting at 7. Meanwhile, Losing it With Jillian moves to its regular timeslot [NBC, 8 p.m.], as Jillian Michaels moves in with a new family each week to kick them into shape and, of course, make them cry. America’s Got Talent [NBC, 9 p.m.] continues its audition episodes with new judge Howie Mandel, who’s fitting in flawlessly, and may even cause us to forget The Hoff.
  • Wednesday, June 9
    Top Chef Masters ends its second season [Bravo, 10 p.m.], and then the network and Magical Elves will launch a new series, Work of Art: The Next Great Artist [Bravo, 11 p.m.], that is a competition between artists. Meanwhile, spoiled girls get cut off from the people funding their lives in a new series You’re Cut Off! [VH1, 9 p.m.]. Also, Man v. Food returns for its third season [Travel Channel, 9 p.m.].
  • Thursday, June 10
    So You Think You Can Dance charges ahead and reveals its top 10 [Fox, 9 p.m.]. The Real Housewives of New York City gather for the first of their two-part reunion [Bravo, 9 p.m.], which will probably include yelling, fighting, crying, and Andy Cohen awkwardly trying to defuse the tension. Afterwards, Bethenny escapes from the other women and gets her own series, Bethenny’s Getting Married? [Bravo, 10 p.m.].

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.

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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.