Good Monday morning! Here’s your look at the week ahead in reality television premieres, specials, and noteworthy episodes.
Iron Chef returns
Iron Chef America is back on Food Network next Sunday, reimagined as Iron Chef Gauntlet (Food Network, April 16, Sundays at 9), a competition between seven people, only one of whom may become an Iron Chef, but perhaps not.
The seven people competing to become Iron Chef include Top Chef‘s Stephanie Izard, and they’ll face a rather complicated game, according to Food Network:
“In the first five Iron Chef Gauntlet episodes, the competitors endure two grueling rounds of cooking starting with the Chairman’s Challenge where host Alton Brown delivers a themed challenge and is the sole decision maker on the most and least successful chef. The winner then selects a competitor to join the bottom chef in the Secret Ingredient Challenge, where they must cook three dishes featuring the secret ingredient presented on the altar. A panel of rotating judges send the least successful chef home each week, while the winner is sent back to battle. In the finale on Sunday, May 21st at 9pm, the last chef standing has the Iron Chef title in reach – but first, the chef must run the Gauntlet – three rapid-succession Secret Ingredient battles, each against one legendary Iron Chef: Bobby Flay, Masaharu Morimoto or Michael Symon. Only if the finalist receives more points than the Iron Chefs combined will history be made, joining the coveted ranks of Iron Chefs, otherwise they will leave the kitchen in utter defeat.”
Along with the premiere, the network will air two related specials: a new series, Iron Chef Eats (Food Network, Sundays at 10), on which “familiar faces from Iron Chef reveal their favorite food spots from around the country,” and a retrospective, The Legend of Iron Chef (April 16 at 8 p.m.).
Two Housewives reunions, two themed events
Also this week:
- The three hours of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills reunion starts this week (April 11, Tuesdays at 9), and Bravo is promising “lingering resentments over Pantygate” and a guest appearance by Kim Richards.
- The Real Housewives of Atlanta beats RHOBH by having a four-hour, four-part reunion, a Bravo first (April 16, Sundays at 8). Bravo promises “shocking revelations about where allegiances truly lie.”
- There are new seasons of the weapon-making competition Forged in Fire (History, April 11, Tuesdays at 9), Storage Wars (A&E, April 12, Wednesdays at 9), and Iyanla: Fix My Life (OWN, April 15, Saturdays at 9).
- Dog people, Nat Geo WILD has an entire weekend of programming for you: BarkFest, which starts April 14, features special episodes of shows such as The Incredible Dr. Pol and Pet Talk, and also features two new specials: Puppies vs. The World and Boss Dog.
- Discovery Channel has a week-long stunt this week, which it is calling “Epic Week,” which it describes as “a seven-day celebration featuring super-sized episodes of the network’s top series and new specials.” That includes two show premieres and one documentary:
- Street Outlaws (Discovery, April 10, Mondays at 9)
- Deadliest Catch (Discovery, April 11, Tuesdays at 9)
- Sacred Cod (Discovery, April 13 at 9)
The Great War
World War I is the subject of three-episode, six-hour The Great War (PBS, Monday through Wednesday at 9), which PBS says:
“tells the rich and complex story of World War I through the voices of nurses, journalists, aviators and the American troops who came to be known as ‘doughboys.’ The series explores the experiences of African-American and Latino soldiers, suffragists, Native-American ‘code talkers’ and others whose participation in the war to ‘make the world safe for democracy’ has been largely forgotten.”
Here’s a trailer, which mentions aspects of the war I don’t remember from history classes, from treatment of black men who volunteered to fight at time when they weren’t treated equally in our society to the suppression of free speech: