CBS announced the cast of Celebrity Big Brother 3 during The Amazing Race, and the 11 “celebrity” houseguests are, as is to now be expected, mostly people we know from reality TV shows.
How do I choose what to recap? Plus: Naked and Afraid casting, and Real Housewives of Melbourne streaming
In this Ask Andy, I answer questions about The Real Housewives of Melbourne, Naked and Afraid, and Big Brother UK—which leads to a discussion of how and why I recap certain shows but not others.
Bravo announced Top Chef Houston’s cast, all-star judges, and guest judges, plus its air date and other details. But the exciting news is that Peacock’s Top Chef Family Style is coming to Bravo.
March, which is on The CW right now, follows a marching band at an HBCU that knows how to put on a great show. The show has compelling characters, but is not yet up to the standard Cheer or Last Chance U have set.
The four teams that didn’t return to The Amazing Race 33 have now explained why—and one of the teams actually returned but had to leave before the race resumed. Meanwhile, the missing challenge has been explained: it was an unaired Speedbump task.
Besides rebooting The Mole, Netflix is bringing back Iron Chef as Iron Chef: Quest for an Iron Legend, which will have five new Iron Chefs.
The Amazing Race 33 resumed with the two eliminated teams rejoining the race, and the teams navigating Switzerland in a mostly uninspired leg.
recent reality TV reviews
Other critics’ takes on reality TV
- Alison Herman on Chef’s Table creator David Gelb’s “vital role in canonizing chefs as singular visionaries”
- Morgan Jenkins on the “mean-girl dynamics of Selling Sunset“
- Megan Garber on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives‘ “rallying cry for a country that is losing touch with itself”
- Melanie McFarland on Paris Hilton’s “struggles with her engineered image”
- Megan Garber on how reality TV “got obsessed with disguise”
- Joe Reid on the ‘legitimately helpful’ Sex, Love & Goop
- Richard Brody’s list of “62 Films That Shaped the Art of Documentary Filmmaking”
- Michael Ordoña on The Challenge and its real-life drama
- Daniel D’Addario’s review of Paris Hilton’s new Netflix show
- Melanie McFarland on how HBO Max’s cheeky and addictive FBoy Island is calling out reality dating shows
- Emily Yahr on how Rachel Lindsay’s Bachelor revelations “could lead to meaningful change”
- Brittany Luse asks, “Why Am I Watching Married At First Sight Instead of Planning My Wedding?”
- Kate Aurthur on the Erika Jayne and Tom Girardi doc The Housewife and the Hustler
- Alissa Wilkinson on Mark Wahlberg’s new reality show
- Caroline Framke on David Attenborough as “Nature’s Voice of Reason”
- Margaret Lyons on “cheesy documentary reenactments”
- Nina Metz on documentary series’ unnecessary bloat
- Helen Rosner on Stanley Tucci and Searching for Italy
News from around the web
- Producers of reality TV are sharing their salaries and working conditions—and calling out both shows and production companies—on @nonfictionunite.
Ex On the Beach season 1 cast member Chris Pearson died after being stabbed
- Chopped Junior winner and Top Chef Junior contestant Fuller Goldsmith died at age 17. In February, the four-time cancer survivor announced that leukemia had returned.
- Bobby Flay will apparently leave Food Network after he and the network couldn’t come to contract renewal terms
- After Padma Lakshmi previously defended filming Top Chef in Texas, and Gail Simmons, Padma, and Tom Colicchio all participated in an abortion rights rally, and Gail spoke at the rally and said “you can imagine, I had mixed feelings” about filming Top Chef in Houston.
- Cynthia Bailey is leaving The Real Housewives of Atlanta
- Canada’s Drag Race judge Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman “found himself falling victim to the same kinds of machinations he’d been re-creating” on UnReal, a profile of him said.
- Alanis Morissette is the subject of a forthcoming HBO documentary that she now disavows
- The next Bachelor star is one of the men on Michelle’s forthcoming season