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Pre- and post-Super Bowl reality TV, and other premieres this week

Pre- and post-Super Bowl reality TV, and other premieres this week

Happy Monday, friends! Stay warm this week if you’re in the path of the polar vortex in the U.S., and the midwest especially.

One of the biggest television events of the year is this week: the Super Bowl on CBS, which has this year given the coveted post-Super Bowl timeslot to a reality show: the premiere of The World’s Best (CBS, Sunday, Feb. 3, after the game, then Wednesdays at 8, and then Wednesdays at 9 starting Feb. 20).

It’s a competition series from Mark Burnett that features “The Wall of the World.”

It’s not an actual wall, but an expanded panel of 50 judges, and I assume the way it’s attempting to differentiate itself from America’s Got Talent.

I am excited to see RuPaul judge a network reality show.

RuPaul Charles, The World's Best judge
RuPaul Charles, one of the three judges on CBS’ post-Super Bowl show The World’s Best (Photo by Monty Brinton/CBS)

Before the sports, the usual Puppy Bowl (Animal Planet, Sunday, Feb. 3, at 3 p.m.). Read my interview with its referee to learn about how it’s filmed—over an entire week!

The night before, the second-annual Dog Bowl will take place, featuring older dogs who also need rescuing (Animal Planet, Saturday, Feb. 2, at 8).

There’s also a new faux bowl this year: “The Poppy Bowl,” which is a marathon of Dr. Pimple Popper episodes (TLC, Feb. 3, 5 to 11 p.m. ET).

If you’re a fan of Dr. Pimple Popper—or just pimple popping!—may I suggest you check this out? You can buy a few and have your own Poppy Bowl party.

Update: Hallmark Channel is bringing back the Kitten Bowl, plus a new spin-off featuring older cats.

Kitten Bowl VI (Hallmark, Sunday, Feb. 3 at 2 p.m.) “will feature kittens rescued from across the country,” while Cat Bowl (Hallmark, Saturday, Feb. 2, at 10 p.m.) “uses entertainment programing to showcase animals available for adoption in neighborhoods all across America.”

Other reality TV this week

Other reality TV premieres this week include two crime series: Fatal Attraction (TV One, Mondays at 9), which looks at romance that turns into murder, which is followed by For My Man (TV One, Mondays at 10), which tells the “stories of women who have been arrested for a crime they committed in the name of love,” according to the network.

Thursday, History brings back Swamp People for its 10th season (Thursdays at 9) and Truck Night in America for a second season of truck owners using them to compete against each other (Thursdays at 10).

And, of course, Celebrity Big Brother is continuing; its schedule is here.

Also this week, the documentary The King (PBS, Monday, Jan. 28, at 9) follows Eugene Jarecki as he “takes the King’s 1963 Rolls-Royce on a musical road trip across America in search of not only Elvis’s legacy but the fate of the American Dream and the consequences of ‘cashing in’ to try to achieve it,” according to Independent Lens.

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  • Andy Dehnart is the creator of reality blurred and a writer and teacher who obsessively and critically covers reality TV and unscripted entertainment, focusing on how it’s made and what it means. Learn more about Andy.

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