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Two new Netflix series, a Deadliest Catch special, and more reality TV this week

Two new Netflix series, a Deadliest Catch special, and more reality TV this week

It’s Tuesday, the delayed start to a work week that hopefully will not conclude with another massive hurricane hitting the United States.

Here’s your look at what shows are premiering this week, including season five of Below Deck (Bravo, Sept. 5, Tuesdays at 10), which goes back to the Caribbean with cast members including Captain Lee Rosbach (read my interview with him), and the new season of Total Bellas (E! Sept. 6, Wednesdays at 9), on which Nikki and John Cena move to Phoenix to make a season of TV—I mean, help out with Brie and Daniel’s first pregnancy.

A profile of a retiring Deadliest Catch captain

Johnathan Hillstrand, who co-captains the FV Time Bandit with his brother Andy and has been a fixture on Deadliest Catch since its second season, is retiring from crab fishing.

Discovery will air a special episode of the show tonight at 10 that “will dive deep into the career of this fabled skipper,” the network says. “How did he climb to the top of one of the world’s toughest jobs and stay there? The special will dig into John’s highs and lows, what makes the captain tick and see if he’s got any surprises up his sleeve.”

Two new Netflix series

Friday, Netflix debuts two brand-new documentary series: Fire Chasers and The Confession Tapes.

The Confession tapes tells six stories of people who are incarcerated because they confessed to crimes—crimes they say they did not commit. As its title suggests, it relies on the actual tapes of their confessions, in addition to new interviews and other footage.

Watch its compelling trailer here.

Fire Chasers follows the people who fight California’s devastating fires, by embedding camera crews with the Cal Fire and the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

Netflix says the show also includes the stories of “those of new recruits training to join their brothers in the blaze; the women who’ve chosen to train at ‘Fire Camp’ while serving time at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation in Corona; and California artists Jeff Frost and Andrea Dale, who document the apocalyptic-looking damage in photos and artifact retrieval.”

Also this week

  • A new series that focuses on conversation and debate about “a timely, provocative topic” starts Friday, and its celebrity guests include Shark Tank star Mark Cuban and Viceland’s Eddie Huang. Third Rail with Ozy (PBS, Fridays at 8:30) is hosted by Emmy-winning journalist Carlos Watson, whose other guests will include Roxane Gay, Malcolm Gladwell, and Amber Rose.
  • The Naked Truth: Debt Trap (Fusion, Sunday, Sept. 10 at 9) looks at our $1.4 trillion in student loan debt—and “who is cashing in on the rise in student debt, and who get hurts the most.”

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  • Andy Dehnart is the creator of reality blurred and a writer and teacher who obsessively and critically covers reality TV and unscripted entertainment, focusing on how it’s made and what it means. Learn more about Andy.


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