Some big stuff is going down on competition series next week, from the rebirth of a cable competition to a scandal on a network series that few people are watching.
The Past: last week’s most-read stories
- Project Runway’s results may have alienated the show’s remaining fans
- Skating with the Stars cast: six people, no stars
- Survivor contestants pee in their own pool
- Why Survivor Why Survivor has 20 people instead of 16, and why there’s usually a final three
- Executive producer Jon Murray explains why Project Runway changed this season
The Forward: what to look for this week
- Friday, Nov. 5
Tonight, Tony Danza’s year of teaching high school English ends–or, at least, the reality show following him does. Teach concludes [A&E, 10 p.m.] with back-to-back final episodes, which comes after A&E gave the tragically low-rated show a slight reprieve. Also, Next Food Network Star runner-up Tom Pizzica gets his own series, Outrageous Food [10 p.m.], on which he searches out and helps prepare insane food, such as a 105-pound hamburger and a 52-inch burrito.
Earlier, Supernanny returns [ABC, 8 p.m.] for its final season of the naughty step, while Operation Wild debuts its second season [Planet Green, 9 p.m.] of following Florida Fish and Wildlife commission officers who patrol the swamps that we Floridians call home.
- Saturday, Nov. 6
Downsized [WE tv, 9 p.m.] follows a family of seven kids and two parents whose lived have been impacted not by a reality show (yet), but by the recession. There’s no twist, just their financially devastated lives on display for all to see.
- Sunday, Nov. 7
Kate Gosselin returns in one of her periodic specials, Kate Plus 8 [TLC, 9 p.m.], for her clan’s trip to Alaska to cross-promote Sarah Palin’s upcoming TLC reality series. Later, Kendra returns [E!, 10 p.m.] for a third season, and she’s followed by Married to Rock [E!, 10:30 p.m.], a new Housewives-like series that follows four women married to rock stars. And of course, I use the word “stars” very loosely.
- Tuesday, Nov. 9
The Fashion Show [Bravo, 10 p.m.] tries again, and hopefully won’t just be a bad Project Runway clone this time. Besides having a new co-host, the show has a brand-new format, too. Is it enough to get Bravo back into the fashion reality competition game that it started? Also tonight, Bad Girls Club ends its fifth season [Oxygen, 9 p.m.] with an episode called “Punching Out,” and Spike gets into the finding-stuff reality series game with Auction Hunters [Spike, 10 p.m.].
- Wednesday, Nov. 10
On Survivor Nicaragua [CBS, 8 p.m.], the newly merged tribe is going after one of its idol-holders. CBS’ episode description says that one person “makes a difficult decision that backfires, allowing another castaway the opportunity to devise a strategy to flush out the hidden immunity idol and blindside a rival.” Also, Top Chef Just Desserts [Bravo, 10 p.m.] gets down to its finalists going into next week’s finale.
- Thursday, Nov. 11
The Apprentice [NBC, 10 p.m.] teased a scandal at the end of last week’s episode, and the preview, at least, suggested Trump will fire someone for texting and getting money as a result from someone outside the competition. Crazy.