Good Monday morning! Here’s your look at the debuts of new shows and specials you might want to check out this week.
American Grit is back—but different
One of my favorite shows from last summer, American Grit, returns to Fox (Sunday, 9 p.m.) but with a completely new twist.
I went on location with the show, and when I learned of them, I was really skeptical/worried, and it turns out, John Cena was worried too. But between his reassurance and the trailers (below), I’m hopeful the show can retain its uplifting spirit and deliver moments like this.
On Friday, I’ll publish more about what I saw and learned on set last November.
8 reality and game shows debuting this week
Among the shows debuting this week, here are eight stand-outs from the summer reality TV schedule, which has all debuts this week and this summer.
- Marcus Lemonis returns to invest in small businesses on The Profit (CNBC, June 6, Tuesdays at 10) invests his own money in small businesses.
- There’s a new format for the next season of Ink Master: Shop Wars (Spike, June 6, Tuesdays at 10), which brings pairs of people from various tattoo shops to compete.
- Devil’s Canyon (Discovery, June 6, Tuesdays at 10) is another gold-searching show, but this time, the men are alone and filming themselves.
- Little Women Atlanta gets a spin-off this week: Monie Gets Married (Lifetime, June 7, Wednesdays at 9).
- American Boyband (Viceland, June 8, Thursdays at 10:30). This show follows “a group of young musicians and artists (self-described as an all-American boy band) who all met on a Kanye West fan forum,” according to the network, which is an intriguing description.
- Back for another summer of fun: Celebrity Family Feud (ABC, June 11, Sundays at 8) and $100,000 Pyramid (ABC, June 11, Sundays at 10).
- ABC tries another Shark Tank-ish show with Steve Harvey’s Funderdome (ABC, June 11, Sundays at 9), on which “two budding entrepreneurs go head-to-head to win over a live studio audience to fund their ideas, products or companies,” according to ABC.
Four revealing documentaries
- On Sunday, Daily Show correspondent and comedian Jordan Klepper Solves Guns (Comedy Central, June 11 at 10 p.m.). At least, that’s the title of his special. Comedy Central says he “believes he can fix America’s gun problems…in one hour. His strategy is simple: change the minds of every gun owner in the United States one person at a time.”
- Becoming Cary Grant (Showtime, Friday at 9) is a documentary told by Cary Grant, through his unpublished biography and “newly-discovered personal footage,” according to Showtime. The doc follows “his long journey from childhood poverty to global fame” and “reveals the man behind the mask of subtle charm and suave sophistication.”
- In If You’re Not in the Obit, Eat Breakfast (HBO, Monday at 9), Carl Reiner, who’s 95, talks to other people over 90 “to show how the twilight years can be among the happiest and most rewarding,” according to HBO.
- Sebastian Junger’s next documentary feature Hell on Earth: The Fall of Syria and the Rise of ISIS has its television premiere (National Geographic, June 11 at 9) in the U.S. and 170 other countries. Junger and cinematographer Nick Quested “capture the Syrian war’s harrowing carnage, political and social consequences and, most importantly, its human toll, while painting an alarming picture of the west’s role in the creation of ISIS,” according to NatGeo.