Happy Monday morning!
After an onslaught of new and returning reality shows last week, there are fewer debuts this week—though several specials and documentaries airing this week.
Michael Carbonaro does magic for unsuspecting people on The Carbonaro Effect (truTV, Thursdays at 10). For insight into what happens behind the scenes, read my interview with Michael from earlier this year.
Following a week-long marathon on Logo, a new season of Drag Race will debut on Friday: RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 4 (VH1, Fridays at 8) will bring back these 10 queens. Each episode will be 90 minutes long.
Also on Friday, there’s a new unscripted/panel show The Fix (Netflix, Dec. 14), which tries to “to solve the world’s biggest problems” using two teams of comedians, led by D.L. Hughley and Katherine Ryan. The show is hosted by Jimmy Carr.
If you’ve had enough treacly holiday dramas and reality shows, there’s the new documentary series The Innocent Man (Netflix, Dec. 14), which is based on John Grisham’s book about two murders in the 1980s for which a former minor-league baseball player was convicted and sentenced to death. Spoiler alert: He was innocent.
A Challenge wedding, faith, climate change, and more
Several documentaries and specials air this week, ranging from an MTV star’s wedding to people working to stop climate change despite a former NBC star’s refusal to act:
- The Challenge: CT’s Getting Married (MTV, Tuesday, Dec. 11, at 9) is a two-episode special that follows the drama around the marriage of Challenge regular CT and Lili, who have a kid together. MTV says “his immediate family [is] having issues with the engagement and not sure if they will come to the wedding.”
- Out of Many, One (Netflix, Dec. 12) is a documentary short film about immigration in the United States of America.
- Sacred (PBS, Monday, Dec. 10, at 10) is a documentary that “explores faith as a primary human experience, revealing how people across the world turn to ritual and prayer to navigate the milestones and crises of private life,” and it does that with “more than 40 diverse stories from 25 countries,” according to PBS.
- Susan Powell: An ID Murder Mystery (ID, Wednesday, Dec. 12, at 9) explores the disappearance of a woman and the investigation of her husband, who ended up killing himself and their two sons.
- Showtime is airing four music-themed documentaries this week, with one each night from Tuesday to Friday. Details are here.
- Paris to Pittsburgh (National Geographic, Wednesday, Dec. 12, at 9) is narrated by The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’s Rachel Brosnahan, and and “showcases cities, states, businesses and citizens taking their own action in the face of federal inaction” on climate change, according to the network. Watch this preview: