It’s Monday morning, and time for a look at the reality TV shows coming to TV this week. Actually, there are more reality show specials and documentaries than new or returning series—but still plenty to watch, never mind everything else that’s premiered recently.
Let’s start with the five series, and with Amazing Race host Phil Keoghan.
Phil is hosting the new Explorer (National Geographic, Mondays at 10), which will feature on-location reporting from him and also from a team of correspondents.
A new country music competition, Real Country (USA, Tuesdays at 10) starts this week, with an interesting format: three artists compete every episode, and the winner gets $10,000 and a spot in the finale, which will award its winner $100,000 and a performance at the Grand Ole Opry.
Ann Curry’s back with We’ll Meet Again (PBS, Tuesdays at 8). You may recall that I mentioned she was back two weeks ago, but PBS moved the premiere date to this week.
Watch two brothers dig expensive holes on the return of The Curse of Oak Island (History, Tuesdays at 9).
Netflix has a reality series about dogs that’s titled Dogs (Netflix, Friday).
Okay, on to the specials and documentaries, starting with the Shahs of Sunset reunion, which starts Thursday (Bravo, Nov. 15 at 9), and ends two weeks later, on Nov. 29.
Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath is back later this month, but first are two specials:
- “The Jehovah’s Witnesses” (A&E, Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 9), during which Leah and Mike Rinder meet with former Jehovah’s Witnesses
- “Emotional Aftermath” (A&E, Sunday, Nov. 18, at 8), on which the network says “Leah, Mike and their closest family members share—for the first time—the emotional toll leaving Scientology has taken on them and their families as well as the challenge of unlearning the systems and practices that were engrained in them for decades.”
Charlamagne Tha God will let his therapy session with Dr. Jessica Clemons be broadcast live tonight: In Session with Dr. Jess (VH1, Monday, Nov. 12, at 10). Why? Besides sounding like a pilot for a potential series—it’s produced by the production company behind Live PD—VH1 says “Charlamagne hopes to address the stigma surrounding mental health and embolden others to reveal new sides of their stories and personal struggles.”
Thai Cave Rescue (PBS, Wednesday, Nov. 14, at 9) is NOVA’s look at the rescue of a soccer team—12 kids and one adult—from a flooded cave in Thailand.
The Clinton Affair (A&E, Nov. 18, 19, and 20 at 9) is a six-hour documentary series that “investigates the history leading up to the impeachment trial and chronicles the role each of these forces played in this story of sex, power, money, lies and ideological warfare,” according to A&E. It also “comprehensive interviews with the people closest to the events including a timely, in-depth reflection on the topic with Monica Lewinsky.” (Update: This story was updated to reflect the new title A&E has given to the documentary, which was previously known as “The Impeachment of Bill Clinton”.)
Meanwhile, the Showtime series Enemies: The President, Justice & The FBI looks back at history and the many conflicts between presidents and the FBI (Showtime, Sundays at 8).
An 11-year-old’s testimony sent his father to prison for the murder of his mother, and the special A Murder in Mansfield (ID, Saturday, Nov. 17, at 9) tells the story of “the notorious 1989 murder of Noreen Boyle in Mansfield, Ohio,” and her “son Collier’s journey for answers and peace in the aftermath of his mother’s death nearly three decades ago,” according to ID.
It’s been 40 years since 900+ followers of Jim Jones died, and Jonestown: Terror in the Jungle (Sundance, Nov. 17 and 18 at 9 p.m.) looks at “Jim Jones’ transformation from charismatic preacher and champion of civil rights into egomaniacal demagogue who led the biggest mass suicide in American history,” according to Sundance Channel. The two-night special is based on this book and includes looks at “secret FBI and CIA recordings, unreleased photographs and previously classified documents,” the network says.
Up and Vanished (Oxygen, Sunday, Nov. 18, at 7) is a TV version of the podcast that looked at the murder of Tara Grinstead. Oxygen says that “Payne Lindsey and his team will pick up where the podcast left off, which was with an investigation that lead to the arrest of two men who plead not guilty and are still awaiting trial.”