Next week: 1,300-pound stingray, old people, and the beginning of the end for The Hills
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- In between teary exit from Dancing with the Stars, there were a number of revelations last week, with varying degrees of believability: VH1 admitted its stupidity, Donald Trump explained his decision-making, and David Archuleta said he has gay friends as a defense against his awkward comments about a gay club appearance.
- Friday, April 23 Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution ends its first season [ABC, 9 p.m.], concluding a series that has an impressive goal but is a too heavy-handed in its production to be really engaging. If you like logs and are crushed about the season finale of American Loggers [Discovery, 10 p.m.], never fear, as Swamp Loggers returns from its second season hiatus [Discovery, 9 p.m.].
- Sunday, April 25
Animal Planet’s most-popular show ever, River Monsters, returns for a second season [Animal Planet, 9 p.m.] with two back-to-back episodes. The series follows Jeremy Wade as he explores mysteries about scary freshwater fish, and the first episode is about the 1,300-pound freshwater stingray. Also tonight, The Amazing Race is back [CBS, 8 p.m.] after being pre-empted last week.
- Monday, April 26
Two food-focused series return tonight: Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern goes to Thailand [Travel Channel, 10 p.m.], while Diners, Drive-Ins, & Dives [Food Network, 10 p.m.] lets Guy Fieri eat more on camera. Appetizing.
- Tuesday, April 27
The Hills returns [MTV, 10 p.m.] for its sixth and final season, and it’s followed by the second-season debut of The City [MTV, 10:30 p.m.], which will carry the fake-reality flag after its sibling series retires. Also tonight, one of the most awesomely weird series you’ll ever seen, Food Party [IFC, 10 p.m.] returns. It’s like Pee-Wee’s Playhouse but with food, kind of. It’s followed by the second-season debut of Dinner with the Band [IFC, 10:30 p.m.], a show that combines band interviews (Rufus Wainwright tonight) with a cooking show.
- Wednesday, April 28
Senior citizens and retirees living in Sun City, Arizona, become reality TV stars with the debut of Sunset Daze [WeTV, 10 p.m.], which airs two back-to-back half-hour episodes.
- Thursday, April 29
Survivor Heroes vs. Villains [CBS, 8 p.m.] has just four episodes left, including the usual Sunday finale, so expect the drama to ramp up, if that’s even possible. Also tonight, Bullrun [Speed, 10 p.m.], Sober House 2 [VH1, 10 p.m.], and LA Ink [TLC, 10 p.m.] end their seasons.