Good Monday morning. Here’s your look at what’s ahead in reality TV and documentary premieres—and finales—this week.
The Emmy awards air tonight (NBC, 8 p.m.), with Michael Che and Colin Jost hosting. We’ll find out who won the reality competition Emmy; all of the other reality TV and documentary awards were distributed last Sunday. (See which shows—and which host—won.)
Fox is counter-programming the Emmys with Inside the Manson Cult: The Lost Tapes (Fox, Monday, Sept. 17, at 8), which it says “goes inside Spahn’s Ranch, where the Manson cult lived, to offer an intimate and terrifying look into America’s most murderous group.”
America’s most talented group—or individual—will be announced as America’s Got Talent ends season 13 this week (NBC, Tuesday and Wednesday at 8), with one of the 10 finalists being awarded $1 million.
Also concluding its season: MasterChef (Fox, Wednesday at 8)
Life Below Zero returns for season 11 (National Geographic, Tuesdays at 9) and has a new cast member, Ricko DeWilde, in addition to regulars Sue Aikens, the Hailstones, Jessie Holmes, Andy Bassich, and Glenn Villeneuve.
Total Divas (E!, Wednesdays at 9) adds Paige for its eighth season, which will also follow The Bella Twins, Naomi, Lana, Natalya, and and Nia Jax.
Black Ink Crew (VH1, Sept. 19 at 9, then Wednesdays at 10) is also back for a new season.
Former Celebrity Apprentice cast member Tom Arnold attempts, allegedly, to look for undisclosed recordings of Donald Trump. But The Hunt for the Trump Tapes With Tom Arnold (Viceland, Tuesdays at 10:30) comes off as more ridiculous than serious.
Andrew Zimmern visits food trucks around the country on Big Food Truck Tip (Food Network, Wednesdays at 10), while Design Star season one winner David Bromstad is back helping lottery winners buy massive houses on My Lottery Dream Home (HGTV, Fridays at 9). (HGTV doesn’t have their new promo for the show online, but it’s amazing.)
In other nonfiction TV, the documentary 93 Queen (PBS, Monday, Sept. 17, at 10) premieres tonight and “follows a group of tenacious Hasidic women who are smashing the patriarchy in their community by creating the first all-female volunteer ambulance corps in New York City.”
And on Friday, there’s a new documentary Rashida Jones directed about her father, Quincy Jones. Watch its trailer:
It’s called Quincy (Netflix, Sept. 21) and “threads personal vérité moments with private archival footage,” according to Netflix. It looks at his 70-plus-year career in music as a producer, writer, composer, and more; he has EGOT status and has more Grammy nominations than anyone else, ever.
Rashida said, “He is such a man of action and accomplishments, but we were so lucky to spend real time with him, to let him reflect on life and the larger picture. I feel honored to be able to share that with audiences all over the world.”