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Back on TV this week and next: Double Dare, Big Brother, Nailed It!, Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir, and more

Back on TV this week and next: Double Dare, Big Brother, Nailed It!, Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir, and more

In this week’s round-up of upcoming reality show premieres, there are two weeks worth of shows. They span this week and next, when there will be a U.S. holiday in the middle of the week.

Double Dare, the kids’ game show that encouraged kids to get messy and paved the way for a generation who loved watching their peers competing on crazy obstacle courses, returns tonight (Nickelodeon, Mondays at 8). It has a new host, and we’ll find out tonight how true to the original the rest of the show is staying.

Big Brother 20 starts this week, hashtag #BB20, hashtag #disappointment, for those who haven’t yet given up on it. This season’s twist/theme have been announced, as has its cast of hamsters, who’ve been inside the soundstage house since last week.

If you need some pure joy in your life, watch season one of Nailed It!, which returns Friday for its second season. It’s a baking competition where everyone is going to fail, so everyone just has fun. (Its delightful six-episode first season and is nominated for a TV critics’ award.)

The CW has its two regular summer magic shows returning this week: Penn & Teller: Fool Us (The CW, Mondays at 8), on which Penn and Teller try to figure out how tricks are done, and Masters of Illusion (The CW, Fridays at 8), on which people pausing on their DVRs at home try to figure out how tricks are done.

Here are five food-themed shows coming soon:

  1. Olympic commentating duo Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir switch to reality TV hosting tonight with the new show Wedding Cake Championship (Food Network, Mondays at 9).
  2. Andrew Zimmern’s quest to find  Bizarre Foods (Food Network, Tuesdays at 9 starting July 3)
  3. Michael Symon’s new road trip series Burgers, Brew & ‘Que (Cooking Channel, Tuesdays at 9 starting July 3).
  4. Somebody Feed Phil: The Second Course (Netflix, starting July 6), the second Netflix season of Everybody Loves Raymond creator Phil Rosenthal’s culinary travels
  5. Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee (Netflix, July 6) is the latest season of Seinfeld creator Jerry Seinfeld’s talk show on wheels, and perhaps doesn’t belong in this food-themed list but I put it there anyway.

Kristin Cavallari returns to television with her show Very Cavallari (E1, Sundays at 10 starting July 8). It follows her life as she launches a store and lives with her husband, Jay Cutler.

And Dr. Pol is back helping animals on The Incredible Dr. Pol (NatGeo WILD, Saturdays at 9 starting July 6).

If British mysteries are more your think, there’s Shoreline Detectives (Acorn, June 25), which explores “historical wonders” along the UK’s coast, “including submerged Elizabethan ship wrecks, prehistoric stone forts, Roman villas, medieval villages, 18th century merchant ships, and drowned forests,” according to Acorn. (Acorn is like Netflix but for British TV.)

On Evel Live (History, Sunday, July 8, at 8 p.m.), “American professional motorsports icon Travis Pastrana will honor legendary daredevil Evel Knievel by attempting three of his most dangerous feats in Las Vegas, Nevada, all while riding a modern day recreation inspired by the motorcycle Knievel used,” according to History.

Five more serious shows and documentary specials:

  • Cultureshock (A&E, Mondays at 9) is a new documentary series looks at big moments in pop culture, starting with Michael Jackson.
  • In Defense Of (Oxygen, Mondays at 9) “explores the complex relationships between notorious defendants and the attorneys who represented them”
  • Believer (HBO, Monday, June 25, at 8) follows Imagine Dragons’ lead singer Dan Reynolds, who’s Mormon and realizes that he has “been silent for too long” and thus decides “to explore and influence how The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints treats its LGBTQ members,” according to HBO.
  • Detroit: Comeback City (History, Sunday, July 1, at 9) follows the story of Detroit through “real Detroiters who recount the stories of their relatives who helped build the city and the country,” according to the network.
  • The Rape of Recy Taylor (Starz, July 2 at 9) tells the story of a black woman raped by six white men, who, according to Starz, “spoke up and fought for justice with help from Rosa Parks and legions of women” in Alabama in 1944.

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