Six Degrees with Mike Rowe, which is now on Discovery Channel after premiering on Discovery+, has the host of Dirty Jobs explaining how his show “is sponsored by the oil and natural gas industry.”
After Survivor’s first-ever auction, which made me miss the Survivor auction even more, Jeff Probst showed up to camp to trade shelter for food on Survivor: The Australian Outback’s 11th episode, “Let’s Make a Deal.”
Tough As Nails season three will start filming just over a month after season two concludes. I’m glad it’s coming back, as it’s been a worthy replacement for Survivor this spring.
Project Runway host Karlie Kloss is out for season 19, and the Magical Elves have disappeared as producers. But Christian Siriano is returning, as are the three judges.
Despite the challenges of filming during the last year, The Quest went to Napa Valley to film season two for Disney+.
Last week, there were more than 20 reality TV premieres, many of which were competition series, such as Top Chef. This week’s unscripted TV premieres are almost entirely documentary series and feature docs.
Jerri Manthey and Colby Donaldson won a reward that sent them to the Great Barrier Reef, which led to Colby breaking the law while making a strategic move on Survivor: The Australian Outback episode 10, “Honeymoon or Not.”
The physical distancing on Top Chef Portland’s set changes from moment to moment, an inconsistency that’s similar to the mixed messages that reality TV shows produced during C0VID-19 have been sending.
Other critics’ takes on reality TV
- Margaret Lyons on “cheesy documentary reenactments”
- Nina Metz on documentary series’ unnecessary bloat
- Helen Rosner on Stanley Tucci and Searching for Italy
- Melanie McFarland on Marriage or Morgage and its “bad decisions”
- Helen Rosner on “the timeless fantasy of Stanley Tucci eating Italian food”
- Caroline Framke on “How Hollywood is complicit in the violence against Asians in America”
- Josef Adalian on Paramount+’s nostalgia strategy
- David Ansen on the “groundbreaking documentary movies” of the past year
- Robert Daniels says “FX’s Hip Hop Uncovered rambles without saying much about the genre”
- Sarah D. Bunting on Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel and its “new take on the genre”
News from around the web
- More than 130 documentary filmmakers wrote a letter PBS’s CEO about its “commitment to diversity” and over-reliance on Ken Burns. Burns said he supports their efforts.
- Jen Shah was arrested while filming Real Housewives of Salt Lake City and charged “with conspiracy to commit wire fraud in connection with telemarketing and conspiracy to commit money laundering”
- Drop the Mic producer Jensen Karp went viral last week for his Cinnamon Toast Crunch tweets—and then came the stories of abuse, including on the show
- The DGA Award-nominated reality TV directors
- World of Dance was cancelled by NBC
- Dr. Tiffany Moon on preparing for The Real Housewives of Dallas—and why it “was so toxic to me”
- Guy Fieri’s comfort-food reality show is MTV’s Ridiculousness. That and other insights in this interview.
- Bling Empire will return for a second season and Selling Sunset has been renewed for two more seasons, Netflix announced
- Rachel Lindsay Deletes Instagram Following Harassment From Bachelor Nation
- BBCAN removed houseguest Ethan before the game started
- Hilary Farr is getting her own HGTV series, in addition to Love It Or List It