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This week: a Jersey Shore reunion, a COPS milestone, and many reality shows return

Jeff Lewis and his new daughter Monroe Christine Lewis. (Photo by Bravo)

It’s the start of a busy week in reality TV, so I hope you had a restful weekend.

Returning this week are Leah Remini and other ex-Scientologists; Project Runway with its new twist; season 10 of Flipping Out which will feature new cast member Jeff Lewis’ baby; America’s Got Talent’s live shows; the 1,000 episode of COPS; and more.

Oh, and let’s not forget Bachelor in Paradise (ABC, Mondays at 8). A season that may have otherwise been ignored except by Bachelor Nation may see more interest (and ratings?) thanks to a production shutdown and long overdue attention to how these kinds of shows treat their contestants.

Jersey Shore’s cast reunites—will others follow?

Reboot and reunion mania has overtaken Hollywood, and now that Snooki, JWoww, Pauly D, Mike The Situation, and Sammi Sweetheart have been off television for five years, they’re getting back together on Reunion Road Trip: Return to the Jersey Shore (E!, Aug. 20 at 9:30).

Even if you don’t care about Jersey Shore, however, Reunion Road Trip may be a way for casts you do love to reunite.

That’s what’s really interesting to me: What’s airing on Sunday is the pilot episode for a series that could feature reality TV casts and/or casts from scripted shows road tripping together, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Just the road trip part makes me nostalgic for Road Rules—so much nostalgia!

There’s so much happening this week

  1. America’s Got Talent has finally reached its live shows (NBC, Tuesdays at 8) after lots of ludicrous judge cuts/judge reprieves.
  2. The TCA Award-winning show Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath returns for its second season (A&E, Tuesdays at 9).
  3. Project Runway has new models (Lifetime, Aug. 17, Thursdays at 9) and Flipping Out has a new baby (Bravo, Aug. 17, Thursdays at 9).
  4. A&E explores The Murder of Laci Peterson in a six-episode series (Tuesdays at 10), while The Disappearance of Natalee Holloway will be the subject of an Oxygen series (Saturdays at 9).
  5. New documentary series follow the kids of supermodels (Growing Up Supermodel, Lifetime, Wednesdays at 10) and the wives of pro athletes (Baller Wives, VH1, Mondays at 10).
  6. The Real Housewives of Dallas returns for a second season (Bravo, Aug. 14, Mondays at 10).
  7. The Great Food Truck Race gives Tyler Florence something to do again (Food Network, Aug. 20, Sundays at 9).
  8. Wild West (BBC America, Aug. 19, Saturdays at 9) is a three-part series about the landscape of the west in America. It’s produced by a producer from Planet Earth II and Life and “will shine a light on the landscapes, wildlife and people of this vibrant world in new and compelling ways,” the network says.
  9. COPS—the show that started on Fox in the 1980s and now airs on Spike—will broadcast its 1,000th episode, which is a special hosted by Terry Crews (Spike, Aug. 19 at 8).

20 years after her death, Princess Diana tells her story

On the special Diana: In Her Own Words, Princess Diana—who died 20 years ago this month—tells her own story.

That’s thanks to archival footage and “extremely rare recordings, most of which have never before been broadcast,” according to National Geographic.

The effect is both haunting and insightful, at least in this trailer.