Here’s your look ahead at reality TV this week, from The Bachelor’s finale to the debut of Hip Hop Squares.
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Reality TV highlights this week
- The Bachelor ends (ABC, 8 p.m.) with a finale and reunion—though of course, it’ll live on in the tabloids and in return appearances.
- Are You The One? ends its search for love and money matches (MTV, Wednesday at 9), but immediately afterward, the show gets—for the first time in its five seasons—a reunion special. It’s hosted by Terrence J.
- After the blind auditions conclude over three hours Monday and Tuesday, The Voice will air a special best-of episode (NBC, Wednesday at 8) that’ll be up against Survivor (CBS, Wednesday at 8), which will have its first tribe swap of the season. Survivor, by the way, had its lowest debut ever last week, and the competition could hurt it even more.
- Canadians get a new season of Big Brother Canada (Global, March 15, Wednesdays at 9, Thursdays at 8, Mondays at 9). As always, I suggest following @hamsterwatch on Twitter for the latest from Big Brother houses.
- Hollywood Squares is reborn as Hip Hop Squares (VH1, March 13, Mondays at 10), with hip hop stars instead of D-list celebrities. Watch a preview.
- The new series Adam Carolla and Friends Build Stuff Live (Spike, March 14, Tuesdays at 10) may be the most self-explanatory title in reality TV history.
- There’s a special The Real Housewives of New York City episode titled “How They Got Here” (Bravo, Wednesday at 9) that likely recaps past seasons in anticipation of the new season’s debut.
- This kick-ass Face Off all-star season continues with a challenge to make “comedic fantasy duos” (Syfy, Tuesday at 10).
Helen Mirren narrates real-life horror
“This is an unabashed, unadulterated view of war. The brutality of man’s inhumanity to man is blatantly uncovered, exposing war as it is, not as it seems to be.” That’s what Sheila Nevins, president of HBO Documentary Films said about tonight’s documentary, Cries from Syria.
I’ll be watching, mostly because I barely understand what’s happening or has happened in Syria, even though it’s affecting millions of people, and also affecting policies here in the U.S.
Helen Mirren narrates the film, which is directed by Evgeny Afineevsky and “draws on hundreds of hours of war footage from Syrian activists and citizen journalists, as well as testimony from child protestors, revolution leaders, human rights defenders, ordinary citizens and high-ranking army generals who have defected from the government,” according to HBO.
HBO added, “Their collective stories are a cry for attention and help from a world that little understands their reality or agrees on what to do about it.”
Water, Water, Water
A new documentary about California’s water crisis—and the people profiting from it—debuts Wednesday in 171 countries (National Geographic, March 14 at 9). Water & Power: A California Heist looks at why California was plunged into drought and crisis over its water supply, and what we don’t know about it.
One week later, NatGeo will follow that documentary with the new series Parched (National Geographic, March 14, Tuesdays at 9) “that investigates water wars from West Virginia and Michigan to Syria and India” and “explores the corporate, political and social interests that are responsible for our water-limited future,” according to the network.