Happy Monday morning. There has been a tremendous amount of news these past few days in reality TV alone—visit the home page and scroll down to see what I mean—including about a show that premieres this week.
This round-up of premieres looks ahead at this week—and at shows that premiered last week, too.
Also, in case you missed it, I published the fall reality TV schedule and guide; you can always access the latest one via the reality TV schedule link that’s at the top of every page.
Flipping Out returns tomorrow (Bravo, Tuesdays at 10), but it’s now under the shadow of a very ugly split between Jeff and Jenni. On Friday, Jeff said he thinks the show will be cancelled, presumably after this season. Here’s why.
After a summer of reading, The Great American Read returns tomorrow (PBS, Tuesdays at 8) with a series of episodes focusing on beloved books. The finale will reveal which of these books was chosen as America’s Best-Loved Novel.
E! is currently airing every episode of a new show that follows a group of supermodels. Model Squad airs a new episode every night this week; catch up on E! Online.
And supermodel Rachel Hunter looks “for the secrets to lasting beauty and a complete sense of well-being” on her new show, Rachel Hunter’s Tour of Beauty (Ovation, Thursdays at 10).
Watch a preview of tonight’s heartwarming episode of Diesel Brothers, on which the guys try to turn an ugly situation into something good.
In food TV, a new season of Top Chef Junior started this past weekend (Universal Kids, Saturdays at 6), while Tyler Florence has a new series called Bite Club (Food Network, Thursdays at 10), in which five chefs show up to a restaurant in their city, and two of them judge the other three’s cooking.
There’s also the new series Bake It Like Buddy (Discovery Family, Saturdays at 9), on which two families of bakers have a bake-off at Carlo’s Bakery.
Also last week, a new season of Marriage Boot Camp Reality Stars started (WE tv, Fridays at 9).
And last night, Ashlee Simpson-Ross and Evan Ross, the son of Diana Ross, debuted their new show, Ashlee+Evan (E!, Sundays at 10), which follows their lives together.
The kids football program founded by Luther Campbell, aka Uncle Luke, is followed for the new documentary series Warriors of Liberty City (Starz, Sundays at 8).
A new documentary series, Unspeakable Crime: The Killing of Jessica Chambers (Oxygen, Saturdays at 7), looks at the murder of a 19-year-old woman and the black man accused of killing her.
Back for new seasons are Dr. K’s Exotic Animal ER (NatGeo WILD, Sundays at 9), Aloha Builds (DIY, Mondays at 10), Iron Resurrection (Velocity, Sept. 4, Tuesdays at 9), and Flip or Flop Atlanta (HGTV, Thursdays at 9).
Pet photographers are followed on the new series Pupparazzi (NatGeo WILD, Saturdays at 10), and people who wrangle snakes are the subject of Snake City (NatGeo WILD, Fridays at 9).
Several shows look at what’s affecting and/or plaguing us now:
- I Love You, America with Sarah Silverman (Hulu, Sept. 6), which follows the comedian as she “aims to venture out of our echo chambers and connect unlike-minded people,” according to Hulu.
- Two recovering addicts help others who have no resources to help themselves on Dopesick Nation (Viceland, Wednesdays at 10).
- The Circus returns for a new season (Showtime, Sundays at 8) that takes hosts John Heilemann, Mark McKinnon and Alex Wagner back to the campaign trail for the midterm elections.
This Friday, Netflix has two new shows that resemble shows we’ve come to expect from cable networks: Car Masters: Rust To Riches, which follows a group of people who overhaul cars, and World’s Most Extraordinary Homes, which looks at “beautifully unconventional homes” around the world.
Hooking up, Roe vs. Wade, life after prison, and other docs
- Reversing Roe (Netflix, Sept. 13) arrives at a time when a new Supreme Court justice may be confirmed. Netflix says it “helps viewers understand the motivations behind both keeping and reversing this landmark court decision—and what’s at stake for both sides.”
- In Swiped: Hooking Up in the Digital Age (HBO, Monday, Sept. 10, at 10), Nancy Jo Sales follows 2015 Vanity Fair article “Tinder and the Dawn of the Dating Apocalypse” by exploring “the online dating industry’s impact on gender issues” and “how it has changed the way people date, mate and think about the apps on their phones,” according to HBO.
- Deaf Out Loud (A&E, Wednesday, Sept. 12, at 8) is produced by Marlee Matlin and “follows three predominantly deaf families as they raise their children in a hearing world,” according to the network.
- Three people who’ve been released from prison are followed for two years in the documentary Land of the Free (Starz, Monday, Sept. 10, at 9).
- On the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, the History Channel will offer “a unique perspective on the tragic events through interwoven stories of survivors from two floors of the World Trade Center, some closest to the impact zone.” The documentary is called 9/11: Escape From the Towers (Tuesday at 9).
- The Oslo Diaries (HBO, Thursday, Sept. 13, at 8) looks behind the scenes at the secret 1992 meetings—which lasted 1,100 days—between Israeli and Palestinian officials.