This week: Brad finally picks someone on The Bachelor; Destination Truth goes live

In case you’re all discombobulated from the time change, here’s what you may have missed last week while you were changing the time and checking your smoke detectors, and what you should make sure your clocks are set for this week.

The Past: last week’s most-read stories

  1. Dustin Zito’s Fratpad gay porn past revealed on first episode of The Real World
  2. Russell Hantz cries and whines his way out of Survivor
  3. Jeff Probst says Russell Hantz will probably return to Survivor
  4. Celebrity Rehab star Mike Starr died
  5. Richard Hatch gets 9 months in prison, will miss Celebrity Apprentice finale

The Forward: what to watch this week

  • Sunday, March 13
    Once again, The Amazing Race [CBS, 8 p.m.] coincidentally ends up airing an episode in a country that has just had a natural disaster. After spending last episode in Japan, the teams just depart from there today, but hopefully the show will once again treat that well with some kind of post-episode message. Meanwhile, Secret Millionaire [ABC, 8 p.m.] became the surprise, breakthrough hit last Sunday, easily beating all of the other network reality series.

    As Big Love wraps up its uneven five-season run tonight and next week on HBO, the reality version of that show, Sister Wives, returns for is second season [TLC, 9 p.m.] with an episode titled “Browns Out of Hiding.” Tonight’s episode of Chopped all-stars [Food Network, 9 p.m.] features Food Network stars: Anne Burrell, Duff Goldman, Robert Irvine, and Claire Robinson. So, in other words, Food Network stars who would agree to do the show.

  • Monday, March 14
    It’s the night we’ve all been waiting for! The Bachelor ends its season as Brad picks someone for real this time [ABC, 8 p.m.]. Follow me on Twitter, where I’ll be posting Bachelor Poetry, a semi-regular Twitter-only feature that highlights the absurd yet poetic things people say on the show by turning them into short poems.
  • At the same time, the Basketball Wives gather for the second part of their reunion [VH1, 8 p.m.] and then the network debuts Wedding Wars [VH1, 9 p.m.], a competition series on which couples battle to win a wedding.

  • Tuesday, March 15
    The spring’s fakest new reality series, Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best?, ends its first season [WE tv, 9 p.m.], which will hopefully be its last. Later, we get yet another cable reality series about a large family: Four of a Kind [Lifetime, 11 p.m.] follows identical quadruplet sisters, all of whom are 17 and in their senior year of high school.
  • Wednesday, March 16
    Survivor Redemption Island [CBS, 8 p.m.] airs its first Russell Hantz-free episode this season, although he’ll probably be mentioned as everyone dances on his game grave. The episode is titled “We Hate Our Tribe,” and the episode description says “unlikely castaways unite over their shared frustration with their tribe members.” I assume that won’t be the two people on Redemption Island.
  • Later, the surprisingly great competition series Face Off ends its first season [SyFy, 10 p.m.]. It’s basically Top Chef for makeup artists, and because their medium is visually interesting and the producers have created inspired challenges, it’s been fun to watch. At the same time, the remaining Top Chef All Stars [Bravo, 10 p.m.] go snorkeling for conchs.

  • Thursday, March 17
    Destination Truth goes live for four hours tonight [SyFy, 7 p.m.] as Josh Gates and his team head to Ireland to search for the banshee ghost. The special is in honor of St. Patrick’s Day and will be contained to Duckett’s Grove Castle, where the team will be joined by members of Fact of Faked: Paranormal Files and Ghost Hunters International. Meanwhile, Kathy Griffin’s Bravo reality series may have been cancelled, but she’s back on the network with another comedy special tonight [Bravo, 9 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.

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.