Good Monday morning. Here’s your look ahead at reality TV highlights for the next seven days.
On Friday, The Great British Baking Show ends its latest season. Sadly, it’s also the end of GBBO on PBS, even though the first two seasons still haven’t aired in the US—nor has the Channel 4’s latest season.
Also ending: Alone season five (History, Thursday at 10), though there will be a reunion next week.
A&E’s award-winning Born This Way returns (A&E, Wednesdays at 8)—though Born This Way season four will be shortened and condensed: with fewer, doubled-up episodes, the season will be over Sept. 5. The season will focus on Cristina and Angel’s impending wedding.
In the timeslot following will be the premiere of Raising Tourette’s (A&E, Wednesdays at 10), a new series that focuses on teenagers with Tourette Syndrome. Five families will be followed for the show, which is also produced by Bunim-Murray Productions, just like Born this Way.
Also back this week: The Real Housewives of Dallas (Bravo, Wednesdays at 9), which has its usual: Cary Deuber, Stephanie Hollman, LeeAnne Locken, Brandi Redmond, D’Andra Simmons, and Kameron Westcott.
Dick Wolf, the producer of Law & Order franchise and NBC’s Chicago drama franchise, is producing A&E’s new series Nightwatch Nation (A&E, Thursdays at 10), which follows EMTs working the overnight shift in four different cities.
In home improvement television, Trading Spaces designer Genevieve Gorder is back on TV, partnering with a real estate expert who will “show property owners how to turn their short-term rentals into moneymaking showstoppers.” The show is called Stay Here (Netflix, Aug. 17).
Also, an HGTV special, Flip or Flop: Paradise, returns as a new series, Rustic Rehab (HGTV, Thursdays at 8), on which HGTV says “David and Chenoa Rivera will transform outdated properties near Northern California’s idyllic Sierra Nevada Mountains into beautiful family homes.”
Netflix is debuting Magic for Humans (Aug. 17), on which a magician/comedian “explores a variety of social and political topics” using magic and comedy.
Also returning is Alaskan Bush People (Discovery, Sundays at 9).
The 2016, Simon Cowell-produced series The Investigator: A British Crime Story comes to Netflix on Friday (Aug. 19), and looks in-depth at the murder of a woman whose husband was convicted for killing her, even though her body was never found.
Three documentaries airing on TV this week:
- Frontline’s two-part, four hour documentary Our Man in Tehran (PBS, Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 13 and 14, at 9) follows New York Times’ Tehran bureau chief Thomas Erdbrink as he reports from Iran, where “Iranians to reveal the intricacies of their private worlds and the challenges of living under theocratic leaders,” according to PBS.
- Lynyrd Skynyrd: If I Leave Here (Showtime, Saturday, Aug. 18, at 9) tells the story of the “Sweet Home Alabama” band using the “rare interviews and never-before-seen archival footage,” according to Showtime.
- Minding the Gap (Hulu, Aug. 12) was filmed in Illinois over 12 years by Bing Liu, who uses footage from his hometown to explore “his skateboarder friends’ turbulent upbringings and the complexities of modern-day masculinity,” according to Hulu.