Good Monday morning! I hope August is going well for you so far. I’m still in the thick of TCA in LA, so I’m not watching much TV (the irony!), but here’s your weekly look at highlights in reality TV and nonfiction programming.
Three returning and two new shows
- Carpool Karaoke (Apple Music, Aug. 8) finally debuts on Apple Music, for all those people who subscribed to Apple Music to watch reality shows.
- NFL Films embeds with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for Hard Knocks (HBO, Aug. 8, Tuesdays at 10), HBO Sports’ long-running, beautifully filmed series.
- Alma and her kids are back with Wahlburgers (A&E, Aug. 9, Wednesdays at 9).
- Boats dredge for gold on Bering Sea Gold (Discovery, Aug. 11, Fridays at 9).
- Two dog trainers find rescue dogs and train them to help people in need on the heartwarming Rescue Dog to Super Dog (Animal Planet, Aug. 12, Saturdays at 10).
Back to high school
Last Chance High (Viceland, Aug. 8, Tuesdays at 10) is an updated version of an online Vice News series that “focused on the students at Moses Montefiore Academy, a school for the most troubled youth on Chicago’s tumultuous West Side,” according to the network.
This version has updated “episodes of the series [that] pick up in 2016 as the school is closing amidst Chicago’s most violent period in 20 years, following up on the teachers as they reconnect and attempt to reach out to their former students and save them from the streets.”
Weed, a honey badger, and O.J.’s Bronco
Here are three specials airing this week:
- The Profit Marcus Lemonis is following up last fall’s special Cuba episode with one that focuses on weed, though once again he will not invest his own money, just explore an industry. On “The Profit: Marijuana Millions” (CNBC, Aug. 8 at 10) Marcus travels to California, where he “meets with several pot entrepreneurs, from small-scale startups to multi-million dollar enterprises, all seizing on this extraordinary business opportunity” that followed the legalization of marijuana in California.
- History gets into summer stunt programming with Car Week, which starts with The Cars that Made America (Aug. 13, 14, 15 at 8), which is hosted by Dale Earnhardt Jr. It also includes a special Pawn Stars (Monday, Aug. 14, at 10) on which Rick Harrison “test-drives the infamous O.J. Simpson Bronco,” History says. Here’s Car Week’s full schedule.
- Honey Badger Grit (Smithsonian Channel, Wednesday, Aug. 9, at 8) follows an 18-month-old honey badger who “must battle through sharp thorns, tackle venomous scorpions and fight off African honey bees in order to eat the necessary three pounds of food a day.”