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Fear Factor returns; Amazing Race, Bachelor conclude; and more reality TV this week

Ludacris introducing a stunt on MTV's first season of Fear Factor. (Photo by MTV)

The Amazing Race (CBS, Wednesday at 9) and The Bachelor Winter Games (ABC, Tuesday and Thursday at 8) both end their seasons this week, though half of The Bachelor Winter Games airs this week, since it’s just a special four-episode event. The Bachelor will end with a three-hour finale that includes a one-hour “World Tells All” reunion.

Returning this week is Fear Factor (MTV, Feb. 25, Sundays at 7), which is dropping its focus on millennials and instead becoming the “season from hell,” with teams that include twins, ex-lovers, students, and families.

Two new food series are debuting:

  1. Ugly Delicious (Netflix, Feb. 23), which follows chef David Chang as he “travels the world with writers and chefs, activists and artists, who use food as a vehicle to break down cultural barriers, tackle misconceptions and uncover shared experiences.”
  2. Man vs. Master (FYI, Feb. 19, Mondays at 10), is a competition between chefs who want to apprentice for a celebrity chef—who they’ll have to compete against in order to win that prize.

There’s a new show following the newly married couple of Sacramento Kings player Iman Shumpert and songwriter and recording artist Teyana Taylor: Teyana & Iman (VH1, Feb. 19, Mondays at 10).

Three documentary series, plus three specials

Finally, there are three documentary series that take deep dives into very different subjects:

And three one-time broadcasts:

  1. The role of HBCUs (historically black colleges and universities) “have played in American history, culture, and national identity” is the subject of Tell Them We Are Rising (PBS, Monday, Feb. 19, at 9, and online Feb. 20).
  2. The Oscar-nominated documentary short Traffic Stop will air tonight (HBO, Monday, Feb. 19, at 8). It’s described by HBO as “an intimate portrait of one woman in the wake of her traumatic arrest.”
  3. A&E is taking in-depth looks at two cults and their leaders in two separate specials: Warren Jeffs: Prophet of Evil (A&E, Monday, Feb. 19, at 9) and Jonestown: The Women Behind the Massacre (A&E, Feb. 26 at 9).