Bachelor in Paradise returns this week (ABC, Mondays and Tuesdays at 8). Last summer, it premiered with a cloud of controversy hanging over it. This summer, it premieres days after one of its contestants has been accused of sexual misconduct.
This season will also include cast members from the franchise, including the recent spin-off Bachelor Winter Games.
Following it on Tuesday at 10 is a new show from ABC that looks really promising, Castaways, which I’ll review soon.
Also back is Are You The One? (MTV, Wednesdays at 10) which has a new twist.
In food reality TV, there’s the return of Kids Baking Championship (Food Network, Mondays at 9) and Worst Cooks in America (Food Network, Sundays at 9).
And for food shows that aren’t competitions, there’s Reality Cupcakes (Food Network, Mondays at 10), which follows a New York cupcake baker and Cheap Eats (Cooking Channel, Wednesdays at 10), which follows Ali Khan’s attempt to eat for under $35.
The UK series Robot Wars was revived in 2016, and now it’s airing in the U.S. (Science Channel, Wednesdays at 10).
A death with an unusual explanation
Premiering tonight on ID at 8 p.m. is a two-hour special, Sugar Town, about the death of a 22-year old man, Victor White III. He died in the back of a police car, where he’d been placed after being handcuffed and frisked.
Police say he committed suicide—by shooting himself in the chest.
Watch a preview:
Sugar Town, ID says, “chronicles the White family’s search for justice for their son’s suspicious death while in police custody. The mystery becomes far more unsettling than any single tragedy, revealing a larger story of power, corruption and racial injustice nestled within a divided southern town, with Iberia Parish Sheriff Louis Ackal—a man shrouded in controversy—at the center.”
Victor White III’s father, the Rev. Victor White, told TV critics at the TCA summer press tour late last month about why his family pushed back agains the system:
“I believe that a family that is impacted by the systemic differences, that we should stand forth and educate ourselves. A lot of us aren’t educated and especially in the African-American community, we don’t have the resources. They don’t have the resources. They’re not made available to us. But yes, I think that we should stand up and really go forth, take a look at it. If we see injustice, and we just fight to the end, until that we can actually see a difference being made. And if we don’t, then we should make a difference. We should be the change that we want to see.”
One other mysterious death, and two other documentaries, also debut this week:
- In I Am Paul Walker (Paramount Network, Aug. 11, Saturdays at 9) the actor’s “family opens up for the first time to share untold stories and never-before-seen family footage.”
- When the Beat Drops (Logo, Aug. 9) is about the man behind “bucking,” which Logo describes as “an electric and subversive underground dance scene.”
- The Disappearance of Crystal Rogers (Oxygen, Saturdays at 7) looks at the death of a mother of five which leads investigators to other unsolved murders.