Good Monday morning. It’s difficult to say that it’s a good morning when we wake up to more horror, this time in Las Vegas, and this time not due to a natural disaster or the suffering the continues from those disasters, but to yet another mass shooting—and yet another moment to remind us of our collective unwillingness to do anything about it.
Many people are working tirelessly to affect change, but mass shootings are so common now there’s a documentary series about them that just started airing on Friday. Perhaps, just perhaps, television can contribute a little, too, and help to stop this cycle of insanity and heartbreak?
Swim Team: what happens when kids get a chance
Swim Team (PBS, Monday, Oct. 2, at 10; check your local listings) follows the Jersey Hammerheads, a team of teenagers in New Jersey formed by one kid’s parents because there weren’t other options for their son, who has autism.
“So many people don’t give our kids a chance to do anything,” one parent says. Swim Team shows what happens when you do give kids a chance.
The documentary, airing as part of PBS’ POV, also illustrates how “face financial burdens, compounded by an underfunded public school system ill-equipped to support special-needs children and young adults,” according to the network.
Also this week
22 new shows begin airing this week. Here they are, with brief descriptions in quotation marks that come from networks’ press releases.
- Halloween Wars: Hayride of Horror (Food Network, Oct. 2, Mondays at 10). “[T]wo teams of master food artists—working in cake, sugar and a whole lot of carved pumpkin—face off in three nights of Halloween fright, creating delicious and scary treats and immersive worlds of Halloween horror.”
- Finding Your Roots (PBS, Oct 3, Tuesdays at 8). Celebrities exploring their family history during season four include “Aziz Ansari, Scarlett Johansson, Ted Danson, Larry David, Ava DuVernay, Bryant Gumbel, Garrison Keillor, William H. Macy, Suzanne Malveaux, Ana Navarro, Amy Schumer, Mary Steenburgen, [and] Christopher Walken.”
- Ink Master: Angels (Spike, Oct. 3, Tuesdays at 10). Four contestants from season eight (Ryan Ashley, Kelly Doty, Nikki Simpson, Gia Rose) “travel the country and go head to head with some of America’s most talented tattoo artists.”
- Cyberwar (Viceland, Oct. 3, Tuesdays at 10). “VICE reporter Ben Makuch … guides us through conversations with members of elite defense institutions, cyber-security experts and notorious hackers.”
- Expedition Unknown: Hunt for Extraterrestrials (Travel Channel, Oct. 4, Wednesdays at 9). Josh Gates travels “across North America, South America, Africa and Europe, searching for evidence of life beyond our planet and the truth behind longstanding extraterrestrial legends.”
- Little Women: Dallas (Lifetime, Oct. 4, Wednesdays at 9). This season, “the girls have separated into two distinct cliques and drama is brewing.”
- Rehab Addict (HGTV, Oct. 4, Wednesdays at 9). “Nicole [Curtis] and her team save historic homes in Detroit and restore them to their stately beauty.”
- Wheelers and Dealers (Velocity, Oct. 4, Wednesdays at 9). “[A]utomotive valuation expert Mike Brewer and new master mechanic and fabricator Ant Anstead go to work finding, fixing and flipping a wide variety of unique used cars”
- Real Estate Wars (Bravo, Oct. 5, Thursdays at 10). “[T]his series follows two top rival real estate teams, The McMonigle Team and Relegance Group, as they fight for supremacy in this distinct and wealthy enclave.”
- Sex.Right.Now. with Cleo Stiller (Fusion, Oct. 5, Thursdays at 10). “award-winning health correspondent Cleo Stiller seeks to answer deeply personal questions—without stigma or judgement—that tackle body confidence, sex and relationships, health, and identity”
- Shade: Queens of NYC (Fusion, Oct. 5, Thursdays at 10:30). “a vérité follow documentary format” that promises to “move past the glam, glitz, and lip syncing and provide an intimate look inside the New York drag community.”
- Don’t Be Tardy… (Bravo, Oct. 6, Fridays at 8). “Kim and Kroy are back and better than ever as nothing seems to slow down with their band of six kids, three dogs, wild humor and outrageous fun.”
- Live PD (A&E, Oct. 6, Fridays and Saturdays at 9). Dan Abrams hosts as camera crews are embedded live with “police departments from across the country in real time as they patrol their communities.”
- Tanked (Animal Planet, Oct. 6, Fridays at 9). Follows Wayde King and Brett Raymer “of Acrylic Tank Manufacturing (ATM), one of the country’s most successful builders of elaborate aquariums.”
- Texas Flip N Move (DIY, Oct. 6, Fridays at 9). Real estate agents “must enlist house movers to literally pick up the old home and haul it to a new location” before selling it.
- Choccywoccydoodah (Cooking Channel, Oct. 6, Fridays at 11). “follows the internationally acclaimed Brighton, UK based cake shop and its team of talented and quirky chocolatiers”
- Ghost Adventures: Hauntings of Vicksburg (Travel Channel, Oct. 7, Saturdays at 9). “Paranormal investigator Zak Bagans and the Ghost Adventures team heads to haunted Vicksburg, Mississippi, exploring the lasting impact the Civil War’s Siege of Vicksburg has had on the city.”
- Haunted USA (Travel Channel, Oct. 7, Saturdays at 10). A “tour of the historically spookiest and most spirited destinations in the country”
- America’s Funniest Home Videos (ABC, Oct. 8, Sundays at 8). Alfonso Ribeiro hosts the 28th season of the clip show.
- 90 Day Fiancé (TLC, Oct. 8, Sundays at 9). “hopeful couples will take a chance on love and bring their potential spouses-to-be stateside. Using a special K-1 visa, they are required to get married at the end of only 90 days or else, by law, be forced to return to their home countries.”
- Xtreme Screams (Travel Channel, Oct. 8, Sundays at 9). “thrill-seekers’ screams” are “heard at exhilarating rides, attractions and experiences around the world”
- Edge of Alaska (Discovery, Oct. 8, Sundays at 10). The final season, which focuses on McCarthy, Alaska, and “a local businessman [who] has made a decision that will change isolated McCarthy forever: he is selling off the entire town to the highest bidder.”