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Two Survivor episodes, Floribama Shore, and other reality TV this week

NBC's A Very Pentatonix Christmas Special incldues America's Got Talent winner Darci Lynne (center) along with Kevin Olusola and Kirstin Maldonado. (Photo by Chris Haston/NBC)

Good Monday morning. I hope you had a terrific Thanksgiving and weekend, celebrating gratitude, family, friends, and good food while remembering the holiday’s origin story is really a lie.

I also hope you were able to avoid being trampled by your fellow humans while shopping for deals.

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And Amazon has a bunch of reality show seasons on sale, including Project RunwayBorn This WayDance Moms, Brain GamesLittle Women: LA, and more.

For shows that are currently airing, read on for highlights from the week ahead.

Reality TV this week

Survivor no longer airs the Thanksgiving clip show, and is giving us a post-Thanksgiving gift: two full episodes. Wednesday’s episode of Survivor Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers is titled “Buy One, Get One Free,” and that’s a clever title because it’s actually two back-to-back, hour-long episodes (CBS, Wednesday, 8 to 10 p.m.).

Tonight, MTV will see if there’s any appetite left for a reality show full of drinking and debauchery without competitions, as they revive the Jersey Shore format with Floribama Shore (MTV, Nov. 27, Mondays at 10). It follows eight people partying in Florida, and if you’re the audience for this show, you’re probably not reading words about it

Also tonight, Fashion Police ends its mockery of celebrities’ clothing forever. The show started in 1995 and starred Joan Rivers, who died in 2014. Her daughter, Melissa Rivers, will host the final episode (E!, Monday, Nov. 27, at 8 p.m.) along with NeNe Leakes, Margaret Cho, Giuliana Rancic, and Brad Goreski, and E! says it will include “insider scoop from the cast and crew” and “never-before-seen footage … including an unaired 80’s themed episode with Joan and the gang.”

A few shows will start new seasons this week (see the full debut calendar), including The Menendez Murders: Erik Tells All (A&E, Nov. 30, Thursdays at 10), on which Erik Menendez talks about killing his parents.

Two specials and a documentary

Two documentaries and two one-off specials worth checking out this week:

  1. America’s Got Talent winner Darci Lynne Farmer, Jennifer Hudson, and Kermit the Frog will all appear on the holiday special “A Very Pentatonix Christmas,” which stars the winning a capella group from The Sing Off season three (NBC, Monday, Nov. 27, at 10).
  2. Dog the Bounty Hunter was cancelled in 2012, but A&E will air a special about Beth Chapman’s throat cancer. Dog and Beth: Fight of Their Lives (A&E, Monday, Nov. 27, at 9) “will follow Dog and Beth from diagnosis through surgery and her journey to recovery,” the network said in a press release.
  3. Meth Storm (HBO, Monday, Nov. 27, at 10) sounds like the title of a Syfy B-movie, but is actually “the story of rural, economically-disadvantaged users and dealers whose addiction to ICE and lack of job opportunities have landed them in an endless cycle of poverty and incarceration, and follows police and DEA agents struggling to stop the cartels,” according to HBO.
  4. Woman on Fire (Starz, Monday, Nov. 27, at 9) is about Brooke Guinan, a firefigther in New York City whose father and grandfather were also firefighters. She is the city’s first openly transgender firefighter, and the documentary looks at how “[t]ransitioning from male to female in what is still an overwhelmingly macho profession proves a challenge for her coworkers and her family, while her boyfriend reckons with the impact of Brooke’s newly public profile on his parents,” according to Starz.

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