Good Monday morning. I hope you had a great weekend, whether you spent it binge-watching Making a Murderer part two or not. (If you did, what did you think? Here’s my review.)
Here’s your look at what’s ahead in reality TV premieres—and two finales—this week.
An early reality TV hit and the show that launched Animal Planet is back this week, as original episodes of The Crocodile Hunter will air every night at 8, with commentary from Terri Irwin. Check Animal Planet’s schedule for details.
That’s leading up to this weekend, when Animal Planet launches its new logo and strategy with a return to the Irwin family. Crikey! It’s the Irwins (Animal Planet, Sundays at 8) follows Terri, Bindi, and Robert Irwin at the Australia Zoo and on their trips around the world.
Also on that network this weekend, Tia Torres is back helping animals and people on Pit Bulls & Parolees (Animal Planet, Saturdays at 9), and the next night comes the debut of Amanda To the Rescue (Animal Planet, Sundays at 9), which follows a family who rescues dogs and other animals that other people won’t help.
Bravo has a new event reality series—meaning that it’s four episodes airing over four nights. Welcome to Waverly (Bravo, Monday to Thursday, 10 p.m.) follows seven city folk who move to the country to see what happens when Hollywood producers’ ideas of stereotypes clash.
Fans of Bachelor in Paradise might want to check out the new spin-off of Married at First Sight, which seems very similar. Married at First Sight: Honeymoon Island (Lifetime, Tuesday at 10, then moving to 9 p.m.) will have some people from the original series, but also other single people, on an island, where they’ll do the usual island romance things.
At the same time, a new dating show follows a group of people usually ignored by dating reality TV shows: black men and women in their 30s and 40s. It’s called Ready to Love (OWN, Tuesdays at 10).
Also this week, T.I. & Tiny: Friends and Family Hustle is back for a new season (VH1, Mondays at 9), as is Street Outlaws: Memphis (Discovery, Mondays at 9).
Friday, the documentary series Terrorism Close Calls (Netflix, Oct. 26) launches with “exclusive access to the agents involved in disrupting” terrorist plots.
Native America (PBS, Oct. 23, Oct. 30, and Nov. 13 at 9) is a four-hour series “explores Great Nations and reveals cities, sacred stories and history long hidden in plain sight.” It was produced “with the active participation of Native American communities and filmed in some of the most spectacular locations in the hemisphere,” according to PBS.
Also this week, two PBS series end:
- The Great American Read announces the winner of the book popularity contest (PBS, Tuesday at 8)
- Vivian Howard ends her reality series A Chef’s Life with A Chef’s Life: The Final Harvest (PBS, Monday, Oct. 22, at 9).
Women in Hollywood, girls kidnapped by Boko Haram, and three other docs
The kidnapping of 276 girls from their school in Nigeria made news in 2014, and Stolen Daughters: Kidnapped by Boko Haram (HBO, Monday, Oct. 22, at 8) profiles the 82 girls released last year—”how the young women are adapting to life after their traumatic imprisonment and how the Nigerian government is handling their reentry into society,” according to HBO.
Half the Picture (Starz, Monday, Oct. 22, at 8) is about Hollywood’s treatment of women: not on screen, but as employees. It includes interviews with directors Ava DuVernay and Jill Soloway, plus experts who, according to Starz, “establish the magnitude of this employment discrimination issue as women are shut out — across the board — of an industry that systemically denies them their expression and point of view.”
When their schools fail to help them, three high school seniors decided to help their fellow students get into college. Their story is told in the new feature documentary Personal Statement (PBS, Tuesday, Oct. 23, at 8), which PBS says “follows them through their senior year as they struggle to get themselves and their peers to college” as “they have decided to become the very resource they don’t have themselves.”
The Apology (PBS, Monday, Oct. 22 at 10). Three women tell their stories 70 years after being “among the 200,000 girls and young women kidnapped and forced into military sexual slavery by the Imperial Japanese Army during World War II,” according to PBS.
Flying Supersonic (PBS, Wednesday, Oct. 24, at 9) looks back at the Concorde and its history, from development to flight, and includes “stories from those inside the choreographed effort to design and build Concorde in two countries at once—and the crew members who flew” those planes.