Here’s your preview of unscripted television and documentaries that are coming this week, including some that celebrate Mother’s Day on Sunday.
Reality shows debuting this week
- Southern Charm Savannah (Bravo, May 8, Mondays at 10) is a spin-off of the Bravo series that’s—you guessed it!—in Savannah.
- The Therapist (Viceland, May 8, Mondays at 10:30) is Dr. Siri Sat Nam Singh, who “sits down with some of today’s most influential musicians and artists to take a deeper look into their psyches, their pasts and their presents to discover what makes them tick,” according to Viceland.
- If there’s anyone who can help us look more closely at race in America, it’s Charles Barkley. At least, that’s TNT’s idea with the four-hour, two night series American Race (TNT, May 11 and 12 at 9), which promises “thoughtful but spirited dialogue with a diverse cross section of Americans.” The Root gave the show a poor review, saying Barkley “is a black man who has routinely used the platform he already has to speak of his own in such false, dehumanizing and totally unhelpful way,” and the show “is more about Barkley’s education than about informing many of us. It is a lot of surface-level conversation in the tone of an after-school special.”
- It’s another Bravo show that’s the same as all the other Bravo shows on Invite Only Cabo (Bravo, May 14, Sundays at 9), which “follows celebrity hair stylist Larry Sims as he invites a handful of his closest friends, some who have never met, on what seems like a once-in-a-lifetime getaway.” His closest friends—who have never met!
- E! goes behind the scenes at the West Hollywood gay bar for What Happens at The Abbey (E!, May 14, Sundays at 10), for a show that sounds like E!’s attempt at its own Vanderpump Rules.
On Mother’s Day, watch animals mother
To celebrate Mother’s Day on Sunday, Nat Geo WILD will air a special Safari Live (Sunday, May 14, from 9 to 11 a.m.) that will highlight “the animal moms of the African wilderness.” As the title suggests, the show goes live from a safari in Africa to show animals in real-time.
That evening is Animal Moms, a three-part special (NatGeo WILD, Sunday, May 14 at 8 p.m.), which starts with “Happy Birthday!”, which features “the heartwarming moments immediately following birth, when animal moms establish their magical bonds with their newborns as they welcome them into the world.” It continues at 9 with “Terrible Twos,” which shows “animal moms’ tactics for tackling tantrums, the way they handle bullies and their ingenious methods for child care,” and concludes at 10 with “Home Schooled,” a special that shows “how animal mothers teach their young how to communicate, behave and find food.”
Also this week
- A special Love & Hip Hop Atlanta, titled “Dirty Little Secrets 2,” (VH1, Wednesday, May 10, at 8 p.m.) includes interviews “with various cast members and producers from the series,” VH1 says, and “will reveal some of the most surprising and jaw-dropping secrets from all six seasons, deleted and extended scenes and hilarious outtakes.”
- There’s a special episode of Chopped (Food Network, May 9 at 10 p.m.) on which celebrity chefs are paired with their moms, in celebration of Mother’s Day.
- The documentary Get Me Roger Stone, about the adviser to Donald Trump, debuts on Netflix (Friday, May 12).
- This documentary about stray cats in Instanbul, Kedi, will debut on YouTube Red (May 10).