Good Monday morning. I hope you had a relaxing and restful weekend, if you do not work on weekends. I had wonderful time with friends, and a surprisingly good time cleaning my garbage disposal with this thing, which felt like a Mr. Wizard experiment and was far more fun than I ever thought it could be.
On to this week’s look at reality shows, documentaries, and nonfiction specials that are premiering this week—including live broadcast of the change in seasons.
One of the biggest and most impactful unscripted series of the past decade returns to Netflix on Friday with part two: Making a Murderer follows the aftermath of season one.
Alton Brown’s classic series is back: Good Eats: Reloaded (Cooking Channel, Oct. 15, Mondays at 9) features original episodes—including from the 1990s—that have been updated with new information and content, including present-day Alton talking to his old self.
On the same network is Man’s Greatest Food (Cooking Channel, Wednesdays at 9), which follows Roger Mooking as he travels the country.
Also back is the addictive 90 Day Fiance (TLC, Sundays at 8). Season six follows six couples’ stories.
If you’re a fan of game shows, a new documentary series starts Sunday: Cover Story (GSN, Sundays at 7), takes deep dives into “the fascinating personalities, memorable moments and outrageous scandals” that game shows have given us.
Startups created by millennials are profiled on T-Pain’s School of Business (Fuse, Tuesdays at 11), while Outrageous Acts of Science (Science, Wednesdays at 10) lets scientists try to figure out what’s happening in crazy viral videos.
Fall, live, from New England, plus three docs
A woman has been in prison for 15 years because of her now-dead ex-boyfriend’s crimes. Cindy Valdez’s brother, Rudy, tells her story in his documentary The Sentence (HBO, Monday, Oct. 15, at 8).
The Eugenics Crusade (PBS, Tuesday, Oct. 16, at 9) is not about the Nazi’s horrifying efforts to create racial purity—but about the “effort to breed a ‘better’ human race [that] flourished in the United States in the decades prior to World War II,” according to PBS’ description of the documentary about this practice. Incredibly, “the manifestos written by the American movement’s proponents and the policy victories they achieved were a direct inspiration to the Führer,” PBS says.
Kemper on Kemper: Inside the Mind of a Serial Killer (Oxygen, Saturday, Oct. 20, at 7) is about the serial killer Edmund Kemper, who was known as the “Co-Ed Killer” and murdered 10 people, including his mother and grandparents. He’s also a character on Netflix’s Mindhunter.
Fall has arrived in parts of the United States, and PBS will show that to us live on AutumnWatch: New England (PBS, Oct. 17, 18, and 19, from 8-9), which will unfold over three nights. It’s hosted by Samantha Brown along with the BBC’s Chris Packham and wildlife photographer Bob Poole, who will be live in Squam Lake, New Hampshire, and also throw to pre-taped packages.