Good Monday morning. It’s December, and temperatures here in the 40s have been replaced by temperatures in the 80s. That’s Florida, and it is not meant to brag: there is also 95 percent humidity this morning, so I am sticking to myself as I type this. It’s very festive.
Before we get to this week’s premiers, I’ve just published my quarterly guide to reality TV show premiere dates. Because I update it every time networks send out announcements with premiere dates, it currently reaches all the way into May, when The Amazing Race 31 will premiere in Survivor’s timeslot.
So check that out. But first, here’s what’s ahead in reality TV this week.
While it’s just one hour long, it will be repeated immediately (?), and that repeat will be followed by the start of a week-long Drag Race marathon.
The marathon is on a different network, Logo, and begins at 10 p.m. ET Friday with the very first episode of the show ever, and continues until the following Friday at 5. That’s the night when RuPaul’s Drag Race All-Stars returns—on VH1.
In other holiday competition reality TV, Netflix has three new holiday-themed episodes of the delightful show Nailed It! starting on Friday.
And for a real holiday treat, there’s Homicide for the Holidays (Oxygen, Dec. 9 at 8, then Sundays at 7), which has three episodes of murders at Christmas.
The return of Top Chef, The Profit, Vanderpump Rules, and more
Also back this week:
- The Profit (CNBC, Tuesdays at 10), including an episode that follows upon The Casery episode.
- Vanderpump Rules, for its seventh season (Bravo, Mondays at 9)
- Top Chef Kentucky (Bravo, Thursdays at 9), which will move around Kentucky and then go to China for its finale.
- Deal or No Deal (CNBC, Wednesday at 8, then Wednesdays at 9) is back from the dead, and one of its briefcase-holding models is a former Survivor contestant.
- Who Do You Think You Are? (TLC, Mondays at 9), which dives into the family history of Regina King, Josh Duhamel, Mandy Moore, and Matthew Morrison.
The actor Megan Fox follows her curiosity around the world on her new show Legends of the Lost with Megan Fox (Travel Channel, Tuesdays at 8).
Bravo is airing a new show two nights a week: it’s called Unanchored (Bravo, Mondays and Tuesdays at 10), and follows “nine best friends” (how can you have nine best friends?!) who spend three weeks on a boat in the Bahamas.
Botched is back (E!, Thursdays at 10) with Dr. Terry Dubrow and Dr. Paul Nassif doing more reconstructive surgery.
Maine Cabin Masters (DIY, Mondays at 9) follows people renovating cabins, and Fantomworks (MotorTrend Network, Wednesdays at 9) airs its final season of people restoring cars.
Finally this week, four more festive reality shows:
- Love After Lockup (WEtv, Fridays at 9), which follows couples after one of them gets out of prison.
- Border Live (Discovery, Wednesdays at 9) which is live at U.S.-Mexico border, embedded with law enforcement and people who live there.
- Deadly Legacy (ID, Sundays at 10), which focuses on John Wayne Gacy’s murders and his eight unidentified victims.
- Paranormal Lockdown (Destination America, Tuesdays at 9) watches as two people lock themselves in haunted locations.
In 2015, Sandra Bland was pulled over by a Texas cop for failing to use her turn signal when changing lanes. She died in jail three days later, hanging from a noose in her jail cell, which prompted protests over law enforcement’s behavior.
Her story is the subject of Say Her Name: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland (HBO, Monday, Dec. 3, at 10), and its “filmmakers tracked the story for two years, drawing on key documents, jail footage and interviews with those closest to the events,” according to HBO.
Always at the Carlyle (Starz, Monday, Dec. 3, at 9 p.m.) focuses on a hotel in New York City that housed many celebrities; those interviewed for the film, according to Starz, include “George Clooney, Anjelica Huston, Tommy Lee Jones, Vera Wang, Anthony Bourdain, Roger Federer, Wes Anderson, Sofia Coppola, Jon Hamm, Lenny Kravitz, Naomi Campbell and Elaine Stritch.”