Good Monday morning! Here are reality shows and documentaries making their debuts—or returns—this week.
The third season of MTV’s Challenge spin off The Challenge: Champs vs. Stars (MTV, Tuesdays at 10) will tweak the formula by mixing teams of celebrities—including Drake Bell, Brooke Hogan, and Big Brother’s Jozea Flores—and returning MTV cast members.
Logo TV—remember that?—is launching a spin-off of RuPaul’s Drag Race on its web site starting tomorrow. Out of the Closet (LogoTV.com, Tuesday), goes into the homes and actual closets of six past contestants: Acid Betty, Aja, Alexis Michelle, Kimora Blac, Manila Luzon, and Sasha Velour. Logo says it will “explore their wardrobes and learn what inspires their fashion as well as the process that went into some of their most iconic and ‘wig-snatching’ looks.”
History’s weapon-creating competition has a spin-off, too: Forged in Fire: Knife or Death (History, Tuesdays at 10), on which “stab and chop their way through some of the most daunting obstacle courses ever seen,” according to the network.
Mike Holmes, former host of Fox’s Home Free, has a new series, Holmes: Next Generation (DIY, Tuesdays at 9), in which they all “rescue homeowners from do-it-yourself projects gone wrong.”
Meanwhile, two “backcountry builders” create things out of stuff they find on Last Outpost (Discovery, Tuesdays at 10).
Also back this week: Jay Leno’s Garage (CNBC, Thursdays at 10), Stone House Revival (DIY, Wednesdays at 9), and the second season of Dope (Netflix, April 20).
Finally, there’s an ambitious new series Civilizations (PBS, Tuesdays at 8), which PBS says “tells the story of art from the dawn of human history to the present day.”
Weed Week, Bill Nye, and more unscripted specials
In documentaries and other nonfiction specials:
- Friday is 4/20, so that means it’s Weed Week on Viceland, which has weed-themed episodes of Viceland shows, including F*ck That’s Delicious, and marathons of Weediquette and Bong Appetit. In addition, Viceland is offering “a bunch of our weed shows for free” without a cable login.
- The death of an Oscar-nominated actor is the subject of Natalie Wood: An American Murder Mystery (ID, Monday, April 16, at 10), an ID special that “retraces the events that led to that fateful night, from her rise to fame to her tumultuous relationship with her famous beau, to exclusive interviews with those who were on the scene, hoping to finally uncover what really happened during her final moments,” according to the network.
- The backlog of untested rape kits—hundreds of thousands—is the subject of I Am Evidence (HBO, Monday, April 16, at 8), a documentary by Trish Adlesic and Geeta Gandbhir, who examine “how a flawed system has historically mistreated sexual assault survivors and showing how victims” and how “advocates and some forward-thinking law enforcement officials are challenging the status quo,” according to HBO.
- The Independent Lens documentary What Lies Upstream (PBS, Monday, April 16, at 10) is a “detective story that uncovers the troubling truth behind a massive chemical spill that left 300,000 people without drinking water for months,” according to PBS.
- Bill Nye: Science Guy (PBS, Wednesday, April 18, at 10) is a profile of the TV icon with “intimate and exclusive access—as well as plenty of wonder and whimsy” that examines his new mission as he “takes on those who deny climate change, evolution and a science-based worldview,” according to PBS. “The Science Guy show is over, and I’ve got to move on to something bigger,” Nye said.