This week: Big Brother gets a familiar visitor, while Top Chef changes times

Here’s what people read last week, in case you missed it, and a look at what to look for this week:

The Past: last week’s most-read stories

  1. Mary Murphy still hasn’t been asked back to SYTYCD
  2. Mary Murphy details her limited role on So You Think You Can Dance: “I’m back in the pool”
  3. Top Shot host Colby Donaldson: “I certainly don’t want to rip Probst off”
  4. Rachel Zoe’s Taylor fired or quit
  5. Reality Steve cut from rebroadcasts of E!’s Bachelor special

The Forward: what to look for this week

  • Sunday, August 16
    Two summer competition series end tonight: Next Food Network Star will name another star [Food Network, 9 p.m.], while someone will shoot their way to becoming the first Top Shot winner [History, 10 p.m.].
  • Monday, August 16
    The success of Pawn Stars likely contributed to the creation of this new show: Hard Core Pawn [TruTV, 10 p.m.], which follows the staff of Detroit’s American Jewelry and Loan. Let’s hope it’s actually true, unlike some of the other shit TruTV airs (Operation Repo, ahem). Also tonight, Too Fat for 15: Fighting Back [Style, 8 p.m.] airs its second episode of following four teenagers at a boarding school that focuses on weight loss.
  • Tuesday, August 17
    I still love Wipeout [ABC, 8 p.m.], and cannot get enough of watching people bounce off of things, but I’ve found myself getting increasingly bored after the qualifier and first half-hour. Meanwhile, in its effort to extend its season as long as possible, America’s Got Talent [NBC, 9 p.m.] airs an episode featuring judge favorites for a wildcard episode. Having returned for its fourth season last week, Flipping Out [Bravo, 9 p.m.] continues to follow Jeff Lewis and his staff as they are hilariously dysfunctional. It’s definitely the best workplace documentary series on the network–and makes the show that follows it, the once-interesting Rachel Zoe Project [Bravo, 10 p.m.] seem even more boring by comparison.
  • Wednesday, August 18
    The producers of Big Brother [CBS, 8 p.m.] have decided to bring someone back into the house, and just reading a tweet about it makes my head hurt. It looks like that will come with lots of drama, but still, must we suffer more? Meanwhile, the cooking competition Masterchef [Fox, 8 p.m.] moves to its new night and gives Gordon Ramsay a whole new crop of people to be disappointed in. Having been narrowed down during the previous episodes, the finalists actually start the competition tonight. Finally, if you look for Top Chef DC at 9, you’ll see a repeat of last week’s episode, but stick around, because the show has been moved back into its usual, later timeslot [Bravo, 10 p.m.]. Finally, the modeling competition for older women, She’s Got the Look [TV Land, 10:30 p.m.] returns for its third season following the conclusion of Hot in Cleveland.
  • Thursday, August 19
    After the death of one of its stars, Billy Mays, Pitchmen [Discovery, 9 p.m.] returns, and although its producer suggested there might be a format change, it will continue to follow Anthony “Sully” Sullivan as he lets people pitch ideas to him, and turns some into infomercials. Also tonight, Project Runway [Lifetime, 9 p.m.] airs its fourth episode. I haven’t watched a single one, which is kind of sad, but with shows like Work of Art to fill the void, I don’t miss it.

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.