While there are many reality shows airing right now, it’s a relatively quiet week for unscripted premieres.
Two cable series, Rustic Rehab (HGTV, Thursdays at 11) and Ancient Aliens (History, Fridays at 9), return for new seasons.
There’s a new game show, My Partner Knows Best (Lifetime, Wednesdays at 10), that gives couples “hilarious challenges based on real-life relationship obstacle.” It’s hosted by actors and married couple Jason Biggs and Jenny Mollen.
At the same time as the Married at First Sight couples reveal whether they’ll be divorcing or not (Lifetime, Tuesday at 9), The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills reunite, though this is just the first episode of their three-part reunion (Bravo, the next three Tuesdays at 9).
Here’s what’s happening in each episode, according to Bravo:
“The reunion kicks off on Tuesday, April 24 at 9pm ET/PTwith the ladies diving into unresolved issues.Erika discusses the public’s reaction to her book and reveals surprising news. Meanwhile, Lisa Rinna explains the reason behind her change in behavior, but not everyone in the group is buying it. When Lisa Vanderpump, Kyle and Dorit attempt to delve into their seemingly derailed friendship this season, hurt feelings come to a head.
On Tuesday, May 1 at 9pm ET/PT, strong emotions persist as Dorit and Teddi struggle tosort out a year of misunderstandings. Kyle reveals the devastating details of her house burglary last Christmas. Then, Camille Grammer joins the ladies and brings an unexpected gift for Andy. And Lisa Vanderpump finds herself in the hot seat when she defends her reaction to Dorit’s betrayal.
As the reunion concludes onTuesday, May 8 at 9pm ET/PT, Andy explores the reasons behind Lisa Vanderpump’s fall-out with Dorit. As the ladies relive their trip to Berlin, they question why Lisa Vanderpump was so upset with Kyle for not remembering her grandmother’s name. Kyle gets emotional when discussing her sisters’ lack of support around her new projects. All the while, Teddi and Erika confront each other over pretend amnesia.”
Barbie, Rachel Dolezal, and two other docs
- For Tiny Shoulders: Rethinking Barbie (Hulu, April 27), filmmakers had “unprecedented access to the inner workings of a toy giant during Barbie’s biggest reinvention,” according to Hulu, and the film “surveys 60 years of women in popular culture through the lens of this 11.5 inch, Zelig-like plastic icon.”
- The Rachel Divide (Netflix, April 27) is about Rachel Dolezal, the black activist whose parents outed her as being white. In this documentary, Netflix says “Rachel Dolezal, her family and her critics reckon with the aftermath of a national debate sparked by questions about her racial identity.”
- Writer, activist, and farmer Wendell Berry is profiled in the Independent Lens documentary Look & See: Wendell Berry’s Kentucky (PBS, Monday, April 23, at 10, and online April 24). PBS describes it like this: “Filmed across four seasons in the farming cycle, Look & See: Wendell Berry’s Kentucky combines observational scenes of farming life and interviews with farmers and community members with lyrical and evocative shots of the surrounding landscape.”
- The Turpin 13: Family Secrets Exposed (Oyxgen, April 28, Saturdays at 6) is hosted by Soledad O’Brien and takes “a deep dive into the story surrounding the Turpin family and the parents, David and Louise, who have been charged with keeping their children shackled and starved within the four walls of their” home, according to Oxygen.