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Next week: Labor Day brings reality TV marathons, and some fall shows debut

Labor Day weekend has arrived with a bunch of reality TV marathons. Although a few shows debut new seasons this week, it won’t be the official start of the fall TV season until it arrives in mid-Sept. It’d be nice if fall weather showed up, too.

The Past: last week’s most-read stories

  1. Big Brother 11’s Michele is on Playboy’s sex-on-TV reality show Foursome
  2. Survivor contract, rule book are back online
  3. Survivor contestant contract: the waivers, agreements that cast members, families sign
  4. Survivor rules: the contract that details pay, tie-breakers, prohibited behavior, and more
  5. Julie Chen confronts liar Matt about his wife’s disease lie

The Forward: what to look for this week

  • Friday, Sept. 3
    Animal Planet’s Cove spin-off mini-series Blood Dolphins airs its first episode in its normal timeslot [9 p.m.] after previewing it last week. Meanwhile, the second episode of Survivorman Les Stroud’s new show, Beyond Survival, will air [Discovery, 9 p.m.]. On it, he–and a camera crew this time–visit tribes in remote locations so he can learn their traditions and cultures.
  • Sunday, Sept. 5
    After a weak competition looking for a new designer, HGTV looks for “the nation’s best non-professional handyman” who will get a development deal for a show with the network. All-American Handyman [HGTV, 10 p.m.] is a competition between 15 men and five women, and those five women apparently don’t get to be represented in the show’s title. Also Sunday, two NFL players’ reality series end tonight: Chad Ochocinco’s series The Ultimate Catch concludes first [VH1, 9 p.m.], although its outcome has been spoiled by tabloid reports about his dating life. It’s followed by the second season finale of Terrell Owens’ The T.O. Show [VH1, 10 p.m.]. Meanwhile, there’s a new show about people who eat compulsively eat odd certain foods: Freaky Eaters [TLC, 10 p.m.] debuts with two back-to-back episodes that look at people who are addicted to cheeseburgers and, in the second episode, sugar.
  • Monday, Sept. 6
    Labor Day means reality TV marathons, including one that highlights hard-working people’s jobs through the eyes of host Mike Rowe: Dirty Jobs [Discovery, 9 a.m. to 3 a.m. Tuesday]. After Whale Wars reruns its season [Animal Planet, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.], the network airs a special about Pete Bethune’s experiences on board a Japanese ship and in Japan, where he was imprisoned for months [Animal Planet, 10 p.m.]. Another marathon follows someone who spends time on water, but in a different way: extreme angler Jeremy Wade looks for fish that are the subject of rumors and myths on River Monsters [Animal Planet, Sunday at 11 a.m. to Monday at 5 a.m.]. Little People, Big World reruns episodes all day [TLC, 6 a.m.] until the debut of its sixth and final season [TLC, 8 p.m.].
  • Also, there are day-long marathons of Destination Truth [SyFy, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.], Kourtney & Khloe Take Miami [E!, noon to 5 p.m.], Pawn Stars [History, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.], The Real Housewives of New Jersey [Bravo, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.], Made [MTV, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.], Teen Mom [MTV, 1 to 5 p.m.], Jersey Shore [MTV, 5 to 11 p.m.], The T.O. Show [VH1, 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.], Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations [Travel Channel, 9 a.m. Sunday to 3 a.m. Tuesday], and Hoarders [A&E, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.].

    Hoarders returns following its marathon with the first two episodes of its third season [A&E, 9 p.m.], which are sure to be awesome–it’s a fantastic if horrifying show. Also tonight, The Real Housewives of New Jersey reunion concludes [Bravo, 9 p.m.] and is followed by the debut of Thintervention with Jackie Warner [Bravo, 10:15 p.m.], the new weight loss series that won’t focus on Jackie Warner’s personal life.

  • Tuesday, Sept. 7
    My Trip to Al-Qaeda [HBO, 9 p.m.] is based on The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 author Lawrence Wright’s one-man play that “chronicling fundamentalist Islam’s rise to power, as well as Wright’s struggle to maintain objectivity as a journalist in the wake of 9/11,” according to HBO. Later, Chopped [Food Network, 10 p.m.] continues its champions round as winners compete for $50,000.
  • Wednesday, Sept. 8
    Top Chef DC leaves DC for Singapore, its first-ever international finale city, where one person will be eliminated prior to the actual finale. Earlier, Julie Chen does double-duty this week, showing up to dump someone from Big Brother 12 [CBS, 8 p.m.] earlier than usual and start the final HOH competition. Also, the long-awaited actually high fashion version of America’s Next Top Model, its 15th season, debuts [The CW, 8 p.m.], while Black Gold returns for its third season [TruTV, 10 p.m.].
  • Thursday, Sept. 9
    Destination Truth returns fo its fourth season [SyFy, 9 p.m.] as Josh Gates and company go in search of poltergeists at Pompeii. Big Brother 12 [CBS, 8 p.m.] completes its three-part HOH competition with the stupidest part, the stupid “guess the answers to questions you couldn’t possibly know the answers to.” At least this year, I won’t care who wins or loses it. Finally, everyone’s friend Andy Cohen brings back his awkward yet still celebrity-drawing chat show Watch What Happens Live at a special earlier time [Bravo, 10 p.m.].

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