While April is arriving this week and spring has just started, broadcast TV networks have now all announced their debut dates for summer series.
So if you want to know when your favorite summer show—Big Brother, The Bachelorette, America’s Got Talent, American Ninja Warrior, et cetera—is going to air, check out this list.
But that’s summer. Here’s your look at what’s ahead this week in reality TV.
A return and a goodbye
- The return of The Amazing Race (CBS, Thursdays at 10) comes Thursday as the show moves to an not-exactly-ideal night and timeslot for its 29th season, which, for the first time, features teams formed at the starting line. Will the new format reinvigorate the show and bring viewers back? Or is this the end for The Amazing Race? I’ll have a longer story about the show’s future prospects on Thursday.
- Duck Dynasty (A&E, Wednesday at 9) ends its run forever with two back-to-back episodes (though a best-of show and reunion will air next week). Good riddance to the show that lied to its viewers about how scripted and fake it was; spawned too many awful, scripted copycat shows; and didn’t care about its stars’ bigotry. Bye.
The Rock, Ovarian Psycos, and two other docs
- Rock and a Hard Place (HBO, Monday, March 27 at 10) features and is executive produced by Dwayne Johnson, aka The Rock. It “looks at incarcerated young people who are granted a second chance: the opportunity to trade an extensive prison sentence for a fresh start by completing the famed Miami-Dade County Corrections & Rehabilitation Boot Camp, a one-of-a-kind, six-month program in which drill sergeants push inmates to their limit, encouraging them to learn from past mistakes and become constructive members of society who are substantially less likely to return to prison,” according to HBO.
- Ovarian Psycos (PBS, Monday, March 27 at 10) had me at its title. The documentary follows the “fierce, unapologetic and feminist women of color from the Eastside of Los Angeles who confront injustice, build community, and redefine identity through a raucous, irreverently named bicycle crew: The Ovarian Psycos Cycle Brigade,” according to Independent Lens, which is broadcasting it tonight.
- Robert Klein Still Can’t Stop His Leg (Starz, Friday, March 31 at 10) is about the comedian, and, “blends vérité and archival footage with fresh interviews to look at Robert Klein in the 21st century,” according to Starz, and “offers an affectionate profile of a comedy giant, capturing the humanity that brought his humor to life and made his comedy a touchstone for a generation.”
- Fatherless (Fusion, April 2, Sunday at 9) is the story of Baron Vaughn, an actor on Grace and Frankie who will be the voice of Servo on the new Mystery Science Theatre 3000, who grew up with a single mother and is now trying to find his father.
All reality TV premieres this week
- Twiz & Tuck (Viceland, March 27, Mondays at 10:30)
- Chopped: Star Power Tournament (Food Network, March 28, Tuesdays at 10)
- Jungletown (Viceland, March 28, Tuesdays at 10)
- The Deed: Chicago (CNBC, March 29, Wednesdays at 10)
- This Old House (PBS, March 30)
- The Amazing Race 29 (CBS, March 30, Thursdays at 10)
- Five Came Back (Netflix, March 31)
- Gold Rush: Parker’s Trail (Discovery, March 31, Fridays at 9)
- Dr. Miami (WE tv, March 31, Fridays at 10)