Good Tuesday morning! A few more spring shows are ending this week, including tonight’s finale of this wonderful series and Thursday’s conclusion The Amazing Race 29, which thankfully is not the conclusion of the CBS series.
But there’s a lot of big new television coming in to take its place, though this is only the beginning!
Summer shows starting this week
It’s summer and time for big network shows to return—and big cable shows, too. This week:
- America’s Got Talent (NBC, Tuesdays at 8) kicks off with a new host and the return of last year’s new fourth judge.
- NBC gets into the dance competition game with World of Dance (NBC, Tuesdays at 10), which is hosted by Jennifer Lopez. The difference between it and So You Think You Can Dance, which returns in two weeks, is that World of Dance features existing dance teams competing in their own genre and style. There’s also a $1 million prize.
- Masterchef is back (Fox, May 31, Wednesdays at 8), paired with yet another Gordon Ramsay show imported from the UK: The F Word (Fox, May 31, Wednesdays at 9), which is not just Ramsay screaming “fuck” for an hour. Instead, it features family members and friends battling in the kitchen, and celebrities cooking with Gordon Ramsay.
- The thirteenth season of Food Network Star (Food Network, June 4, Sundays at 9) starts with Giada De Laurentiis and Bobby Flay giving the finalists one last audition, and introducing the winner of Comeback Kitchen.
- Fear Factor returns (MTV, May 30, Tuesdays at 10), rebooted for a new generation.
What happened when people migrated to the United States
Did you know that 10 percent of the Union army were men born in Germany? I did not! That’s just one of the pieces of information that a new four-hour, two part series has to share about the United States’ history as the most immigrant-rich society on Earth. That is, of course, particularly resonant today as we freak out about immigrants, even as many of our families made the same journey.
America: Promised Land is told through reenactments and interviews with experts and descendants of early immigrants, and, the network says,
“…chronicles the massive immigration patterns of ethnic groups to the United States through the telling of historical events including the Dutch Fur Trade; the creation of the postage stamp by Irish immigrants; the California Gold Rush; Germans coming to the aid of the Union Army in vast numbers during the Civil War; The Great Migration of African-Americans to the North and West and the building of the Transcontinental Railroad which reduced America’s East to West travel time from six months to one week.
Additionally, the series sheds a realistic light on the struggles and hardships that some populations endured during their journey to America, such as the transport of enslaved people during the transatlantic slave trade and Italian communities in New York being targeted by criminal organizations. Through the exploration of immigrant’s strife, triumphs and contributions to society, America: Promised Land offers an authentic look at patterns of migration with an emphasis on the massive movements of people since the Industrial Revolution.”
Part one debuted yesterday, but is being repeated multiple times tonight (7, 8, and 11:03 p.m. ET tonight, plus 12:03 3:04, and 4:02 a.m. tomorrow), along with the premiere of part two (History, 9 p.m. and 1 a.m.).
Also this week
- There are three hours of American Ninja Warrior on Sunday, as NBC broadcasts its annual “USA vs. The World” special (NBC, June 4 at 8). Three teams—North America, Europe, and Latin America—of six ninjas will compete on the Las Vegas Mt. Midoriyama course. NBC proposes “one of the ninjas makes history.”
- There are 18 new episodes of Xtreme Waterparks starting this weekend (Travel Channel, June 4, Sundays at 9), with footage from water parks and slides from around the world.
- Shark Week is coming later this summer on Discovery, but this week, its sibling network Discovery Life is airing its eighth annual Psych Week (I missed the first seven!). It coincides with the end of Mental Health Awareness Month, and features these special programs.
- Dumb: The Story of Big Brother Magazine (Hulu, June 3) is not about the television show, but about the magazine that Hulu calls “the irreverent, boundary-pushing” magazine “whose taboo-breaking stunts and unapologetically crass humor spawned MTV’s Jackass and a generation of skaters.”
- This week’s episode of NOVA (PBS, May 31 at 9) focuses on the science of what happened in Flint, Michigan, when politicians tried to save money, which led to thousands of children being poisoned. PBS says “Poisoned Water” is about “the science behind this manmade disaster— from the intricacies of water chemistry, to the biology of lead poisoning, to the misuse of science itself.”