Good Monday morning, everyone! I’m still humming the Trading Spaces theme song after Saturday’s premiere—and the marathon of old shows. Here’s my recap of the first new episode, which featured Doug and Hildi.
A lot of premieres are coming this second week of April, so let’s get to those.
First, Big Brother winner Derrick Levasseur is back on TV with his own show, which he talked to me about in this interview. It’s called Breaking Homicide (Investigation Discovery, Sundays at 9), and it follows Derrick and forensic psychologist Kris Mohandie as they investigate unsolved murders.
Deadliest Catch is back (Discovery, Tuesdays at 9) with its 200th episode, which will be commemorated in a live episode airing at 8 p.m. on April 10, just before the 14th season premiere.
Bravo is extending another one of its Real Housewives-style franchises with Southern Charm New Orleans (Bravo, Sundays at 9), which follows “an elite circle of friends” in “prominent families,” because why focus on anyone other than rich people? The New Orleans Advocate has a great story about the show and its characters, and I don’t just say that because I’m quoted in it.
Also on Bravo, MDLNY’s Ryan Serhant is getting his own show, Sell It Like Serhant (Bravo, Wednesdays at 10), on which he gives people advice about how to sell things. Like their own show to Bravo, perhaps?
The show that made news after its cast and crew were arrested in an airport will debut this week Staten Island Hustle (CNBC, Wednesdays at 10) “follows a group of animated friends and businessmen from Staten Island who have yet to come up with an idea or product too far-fetched for them to invest in,” according to the network. I’m usually in for any CNBC show, but the trailers make it look intolerable.
On opposite ends of the cooking and television spectrum are new seasons of Chef’s Table (Netflix, April 13), which focuses on pastry chefs, and Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition (Food Network, Sundays at 9), which focuses on actors exaggerating how badly they cook. This season’s cast includes La Toya Jackson, Oscar Nunez, Bronson Pinchot, and Ian Ziering.
The game shows Snoop Dogg Presents The Joker’s Wild (TBS, Sundays at 10) and Drop the Mic (TBS, Sundays at 10:30) both return,
And finally, three shows take deep dives into our society and its problems:
- The Circus (Showtime, Sundays at 8) is back but without Mark Halperin, who was fired. Alex Wagner, who appeared on the first season will be joining series regulars John Heilemann and Mark McKinnon for their weekly dive into politics and people.
- Following her documentary about gender identity, Katie Couric returns with America Inside Out (National Geographic Channel, Wednesdays at 10), which NatGeo says “follows Couric as she travels the country to sit down with the people shaping the most pivotal, evolving, contentious and often confusing topics in American culture today.”
- Former Daily Show writer and correspondent Wyatt Cenac, who also appears on TBS’ People of Earth, has a new series: Problem Areas (HBO, Fridays at 11:30), on which he travels the country and “investigates systemic issues.”
‘GI Jews’, Elvis, Leopold & Loeb, and shoe shiners
Five documentaries airing this week take in-depth looks at people ranging from those who fought in World War II to people who shine shoes around the world.
- GI Jews: Jewish Americans in World War II is about the more than half million Jewish Americans who served in World War II (PBS, Wednesday, April 11, at 10, and online April 12). PBS says it “features original interviews with Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, Henry Kissinger, the late Bea Cohen and others that reveal their fight against fascism, as well as their more personal war to liberate loved ones in Europe.”
- Andre the Giant (HBO, Tuesday, April 10, at 10) takes a detailed look at “the life and career of one of the most beloved legends in WWE history,” according to HBO.
- Elvis Presley: The Searcher (HBO, Saturday, April 14, at 8) is a three-hour documentary about Elvis and HBO says will be “taking the audience on a comprehensive creative journey from his childhood through the final 1976 Jungle Room recording sessions.”
- Leopold and Loeb, the rich college students who killed a kid to see if they could get away with it, are the subjects of The Perfect Crime (PBS, Tuesday, April 10, at 9).
- A “joyous and quirky film” about people for whom “shining shoes is a calling and a passion, a way to be one’s own boss and connect with other people,” according to Independent Lens. The film is The Art of the Shine (PBS, Monday, April 9, at 10).