Good Monday morning! It’s time for your weekly look at what’s ahead in reality TV and televised documentaries, from an Emmy winner to a new Netflix true crime series.
Catfish reopens a celebrity case
I’ve been watching Catfish weekly this season, usually just to yell at the television, such as last week, when two people got engaged after knowing each other for one month, before ever meeting or even video chatting, or the week before, when Max age-shamed an admittedly awful man who’d been catfishing many different women, but Max’s primary problem seemed to be that the guy was in his 40s.
For its midseason finale (MTV, Wednesday, May 17 at 8), Catfish moves away from those kinds of stories to examine the 2013 catfishing of former NBA player Chris “Birdman” Anderson.
“Nev and Max embark on the biggest case of their lives as they track down the infamous Catfisher, Shelly Chartier, to uncover new truths in an investigation of the celebrity catfishing of Paris Roxanne and NBA star, Chris “Birdman” Andersen.”
43 episodes of Destination Truth, now on Travel
Almost seven years after it first debuted on Syfy, Destination Truth will find a new home at Travel Channel, which is re-airing 43 episodes of the show on Fridays at 9, starting this week.
They’re not airing in order: the first episode is season two, episode eight, “Orang Pendek & Worm Monster.” They’ll also have a slightly new name: Josh Gates’ Destination Truth.
In Travel’s press release, Gates calls these episodes “some of my most unusual, thrilling, weird, and often hilarious travel adventures. It’s all about real investigations of fascinating mysteries – from sightings of cryptozoological creatures to otherworldly phenomena, we point our compass toward the unexplained. It’s a wild ride, and the truth, as they say, is out there.”
Reality shows debuting this week
- The Emmy-winning show Born This Way returns (A&E, May 16, Tuesdays at 9). Read an interview with its producers.
- The Challenge: Champs vs. Pros (MTV, May 16, Tuesdays at 9) will pit Challenge veterans against some actual athletes in a brand-new spin-off competition.
- That guy who uses celebrities dead relatives against them is back on Hollywood Medium with Tyler Henry (E!, May 17, Wednesdays at 8).
- First in Human: The Trials of Building 10 (Discovery, May 18, Thursdays at 9) is a docuseries narrated by Jim Parsons about medical breakthroughs.
- Before a new season of Food Network Star comes Food Network Star: Comeback Kitchen (Food Network, May 21, Sundays at 8), on which seven previous finalists try to earn a spot on the show.
Also this week
- Black Ink Crew: Behind the Ink (VH1, Wednesday, May 17, at 8) counts down the “craziest moments” in the show’s history.
- A new three-part series, Food: Delicious Science (PBS, May 17, Wednesdays at 10), “breaks down the natural history, chemistry and biology of food, offering a completely new view of what we eat and why we eat it,” according to PBS. It’s “a savory global journey with hosts Dr. Michael Mosley, a physician and PBS veteran documentarian with an interest in dietary science, and James Wong, a botanist whose childhood in the jungles of Borneo sparked a lifelong passion for plants and their uses.”
- American Masters is airing documentaries about “culinary legends James Beard, Julia Child, Jacques Pépin, and Alice Waters,” which will air May 19 and 26. (The ones about Julia Child and Alice Waters are repeats of previously broadcast films.)
- There’s a new documentary about the second James Bond: Becoming Bond (Hulu, May 20) is a “documentary/narrative hybrid chronicling the stranger-than-fiction true story of George Lazenby, a poor Australian car mechanic who, through an unbelievable set of circumstances, landed the role of James Bond in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service,” according to Hulu.
- The Keepers arrives on Netflix (May 19). Watch a preview.