Here are last week’s stories you should read, and a summary of stuff that’s coming up next week.
- Last week was a week of surprises: An amazing Tribal Council pulled Survivor outs of its slump; So You Think You Can Dance is changing its format; Pamela Anderson impressed us with her dancing but a former dancer didn’t impress us with her hosting; MTV wants international viewers of Jersey Shore to “get juiced”; the infamous White House party crashers will appear on Bravo after all; Miley Cyrus did a good job mentoring;Puck crashed his car and may have been drunk; NBC gave Conan the finger again; and a show that helped revive MTV finally got cancelled, leaving one of its stars to insist she’ll go on to do work she’s not qualified to do.
- Friday, March 26
Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution [ABC, 8 p.m.] re-airs its first episode and debuts its second episode, during which Jaime “raise[s] the ire of school parents with a shocking, no-nonsense display of the fat that’s being fed to their children.”
- Sunday, March 28
Discovery’s Life continues [8 p.m.] with episodes about fish and mammals, while less-evolved creatures complete their courtship rituals during the finale of Frank the Entertainer…In a Basement Affair [VH1, 8 p.m.]. Speaking of doomed romances, Fatal Attractions [Animal Planet, 10 p.m.] concludes its first season of telling stories about people and their not-so-domestic pets with an episode about chimps.
- Monday, March 29
Pawn Stars [History, 10 p.m.] returns for its third season with two back-to-back episodes, while Kell on Earth [Bravo, 10 p.m.] ends her first season of drama in the world’s most disorganized office, but Kelly Cutrone will be back to boss around people on The City next month–and since we’ve now really seen inside People’s Revolution, it should be interesting to see how fake the MTV version is.
- Tuesday, March 30
TLC officially debuts yet another series about little people, one that was previewed earlier this year. Little Chocolatiers [TLC, 10 p.m.] follows a Salt Lake City couple who make chocolate.
- Wednesday, March 31
The Fox Reality Channel is dead, but Nat Geo Wild has taken its place, and tonight debuts Rebel Monkeys [Nat Geo Wild, 8 p.m.], which follows a gang of monkeys that makes life hell for residents in Jaipur, India. And I know I’ve said this for two weeks now–clearly, I’m anxious for it to end, in addition to being frustrated by outdated MTV listings–but The Real World DC actually concludes tonight [MTV, 10 p.m.], for real this time. A reunion follows.
- Thursday, April 1
Oh, it’s my favorite day of the year. Tonight, the new series Fugitive Chronicles [A&E, 10 p.m.] uses “gritty reconstructions, archival footage, fugitive narrative recreated from real testimony and exclusive taped interviews with law enforcement officials” to tell the stories of, well, fugitives. Earlier, the fall-out from Survivor Heroes vs. Villains‘ [CBS, 8 p.m.] insane Tribal Council will surely have an impact on the game play; the episode is titled “I’m Not A Good Villain,” which isn’t much of a clue/spoiler, because it pretty much refers to everyone on that tribe.