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A 28-day Kardashians marathon starts, 12 reality shows debut, and more reality TV this week

A 28-day Kardashians marathon starts, 12 reality shows debut, and more reality TV this week

It’s Monday morning, the last in August 2017, and my thoughts are with everyone in Texas affected by Harvey, especially since it’s not over yet. “Catastrophic, unprecedented, and life threatening flooding continues” this week, as the National Weather Service said.

To donate $10 instantly to the Red Cross’ fund, text HARVEY to 90999. There are many other organizations helping with relief efforts that need donations, too. See this article or this thread if you’d like to help.

For more information, read and watch the great reporting that Texas journalists and media outlets have been doing—even as their offices and homes are flooded. Those stories range from providing information to literally saving lives.

I’ve been reading The Houston ChronicleThe Texas Tribune, The Dallas Morning News, and KUT. Two stories of note:

  1. A Reporter’s Tale in Houston: When a Story Becomes Your Own Disaster
  2. Why Houston isn’t ready for Hurricane Harvey

For those of us fortunate to be with power and without flood waters, here’s your weekly look at less-consequential reality that will be on television this week.

10 years of the Kardashians in 28 days

All day, every day for nearly one month: that’s how long it will take for E! to air every single episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians between now and its Sept. 24 10-year anniversary special.

Starting today and ending Sept. 24—28 days total!—E! will air episodes from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. for its “Kardash-a-thon,” breaking midday every day from noon to 2 for the E! show Daily Pop.

The marathon will include all the show’s spin-offs: Kourtney & Khloe Take Miami, Kourtney & Kim Take New York, Kourtney & Kim Take Miami, Khloe & Lamar, and Kourtney & Khloe Take The Hamptons.

That sounds overwhelming and crazy, I know.

So here’s an even crazier challenge/request: Watch every episode and pitch me a Confessional piece about it for reality blurred. Are you a Kardashians fan who wants to share your love with the world? Or a hater who wants to examine just why you hate them? Or maybe the marathon will turn your to love, or vice versa,  over 28 days.

The new season starts Oct. 1.

12 new and returning reality shows

Between now and next Monday, which is Labor Day, 12 shows will return or debut.

Here they are, with descriptions in quotes coming from their respective networks’ press releases:

  1. Black Love (OWN, Aug. 29 at 10, then Saturdays at 9). The show, previewed below, “highlights love stories from the Black community and seeks to answer the question, ‘What does it take to make a marriage work?'”
  2. Dare To Live (MTV, Aug. 29, Tuesdays at 11). Rory Kramer “will take one of today’s top artists on an outrageous, thrill-seeking adventure, tailored to get each artist out of their comfort zone.”
  3. Misfit Garage (Discovery, Aug. 30, Wednesdays at 9). “follows the crew at Fired Up Garage … as they set out to prove themselves as the #1 shop in the world for custom street rods”
  4. Garage Squad (Velocity, Aug. 30, Wednesdays at 10). “National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) driver Bruno Massel, lead builder Joe Zolper and co-host Heather Storm … bring their expertise and necessary tools to work around the clock to transform their client’s rides.”
  5. The Best Thing I Ever Ate (Cooking Channel, Sept. 3, Sundays at 8). “Ever wonder what the biggest food stars and chefs eat in their free time—when they’re paying?”
  6. Mighty Cruise Ships (Smithsonian Channel, Sept. 3, Sundays at 8). Behind the scenes on “a series of first-class cruises” that “travel to remote islands, exotic cities, untamed coasts and historic wonders” as their “crews work to ensure smooth sailing.”
  7. The X Factor UK (AXS TV, Sept. 3, Sundays at 9). The UK singing competition air in the US 24 hours after episodes are broadcast in the UK; Simon Cowell, Sharon Osbourne, Nicole Scherzinger, and Louis Walsh judge.
  8. Mighty Trains (Smithsonian Channel, Sept. 3, Sundays at 9). Follows “some of the most expansive train lines and their crews as they work to transport passengers comfortably, punctually and in style.”
  9. Diesel Brothers (Discovery, Sept. 4, Mondays at 9). “Heavy D, Diesel Dave, The Muscle and Red Beard, along with the rest of the Diselsellerz crew are bringing you bigger builds, awesome truck giveaways, and more hilarious pranks in the all-new season.”
  10. Expecting (UP TV, Sept. 4, Mondays at 9). Couples film “themselves, to give the audience a peek into one of life’s most exciting and personal journeys”: pregnancy and childbirth.
  11. Road to 9/11 (History, Sept. 4, 5, and 6 at 9). A three-night documentary that presents “a 360 degree overview of events that led to the attack” that “weaves together the complex global connections and webs that were developing over two decades.”
  12. Gear Dogs (Discovery, Sept. 4, Mondays at 10). The owner of a “hot rod and car resto-mod shop” opens “a community garage that’s open to hobbyists and auto mechanics (aka ‘Dogs’) looking to test their build skills.”

Also this week

  1. Richard Linklater: Dream is Destiny airs on PBS (Sept. 1 at 9) as part of American Masters, and looks at the director, who PBS calls “a poster boy for the fiercely independent style of filmmaking that emerged out of Austin, Texas in the late 1980s and 1990s.”
  2. Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman (Discovery, Thursday, Aug. 31 at 9) is based on this book and tells the stories of “a Montana rancher, two Kansas farmers, and a Louisiana fisherman” who work “to preserve the landscapes that sustain their livelihoods,” according to Discovery. The documentary is narrated by Tom Brokaw and directed by Susan Froemke and John Hoffman.
  3. A documentary I previously mentioned, Forbidden: Undocumented & Queer in Rural America, was rescheduled and now airs Friday, Sept. 1 at 8 on Logo. It “follows Moises Serrano, an undocumented immigrant and gay man born in Mexico and raised in North Carolina, fighting for the American dream.” Logo has established for viewers who want to take action after watching the doc.
  4. Veterans who are experiencing PTSD and other effects of their service find relief in the ocean—”the one place I can go to for peace,” as one says—are the subject of Netflix’s documentary Resurface, which debuts Sept. 1.

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