Okay, yes, the image above is not for a reality TV show. And this story is your weekly look at reality TV and other nonfiction entertainment that’s debuting this week.
The show pictured probably can’t even be called nonfiction, like the show that will precede it on truTV’s Tuesday nights, Adam Ruins Everything, which itself is absolutely fantastic and worth watching.
But I’m still mentioning At Home with Amy Sedaris (truTV, Tuesdays at 10:30) because it’s the most delightful new show of the fall. It’s a light parody of cooking and DIY shows—reality TV!—but it’s mostly zany and ridiculous.
Both of the episodes I’ve seen so far had a moment when the Jenga tower of absurdity that Amy Sedaris just keeps adding on to becomes so unstable that I start laughing until I hyperventilate. It’s wonderful.
Definitely check it out—and after you watch the trailer, read on for more traditional reality TV debuts.
Also premiering this week
Most fall shows have debuted by now, but a few more start this week:
- VH1 attempts to scare reality stars on its competition Scared Famous (Mondays at 9). Here’s my full review of the show.
- Another segment from James Corden’s The Late Late Show becomes a reality competition with: Drop the Mic (TBS, Oct. 24, Tuesdays at 10:30) has celebrities facing off in rap battles. That follows the reboot of The Jokers Wild, which is hosted by Snoop Dogg.
Two documentaries about photographers, one nude
Cameraperson (PBS, Monday night, check local listings) is a documentary by and about cinematographer Kirsten Johnson. PBS says it “combines documentary, autobiography, and ethical inquiry” with footage from her 25+ years of being behind a camera.
Nude (Starz, Oct 29 at 10) asks, to quote someone in the trailer, “what is vulgar and what is artistic?” It follows renowned fashion photographer David Bellemere who has been “[c]ommissioned by NU Muses founder Steve Shaw to shoot a fine art calendar of nude photographs to debut at Art Basel in Miami,” according to Starz, which says the film “explores perceptions of nudity in art.”
It was directed and produced by people who worked on another Starz project: The Chair, one of my favorite series ever: it’s produced by Josh Shader, and its director and producer is Anthony B. Sacco, who won a DGA award for his work on The Chair and also filmed that iconic Shark Week shot.