The biggest reality TV premiere of the week—maybe year, at least in terms of exposure and potential number of viewers—was last night, after the Super Bowl.
That show, The World’s Best, continues this Wednesday, airing Wednesdays at 8 on CBS until it moves an hour later to follow Survivor on Feb. 20. Here’s my full review of the first episode.
Also this week, one of my favorite new shows of last year is expanding: ¡Nailed It! Mexico (Netflix, Friday) is a spin-off—same format, different host and judges—with home bakers from Mexico.
There’s a new live series: My Great Big Live Wedding with David Tutera (Lifetime, Tuesdays at 10), which will have a live wedding every week.
And a new interactive series, World’s Most Amazing Dog (Facebook, Feb. 7), which will be judged by America’s Got Talent favorite Preacher Lawson, and judged by reality TV favorite Lisa Vanderpump.
Ride with Norman Reedus (AMC, Sundays at midnight) returns as The Walking Dead star tours the world on his motorcycle. Appearing this season are his fellow Walking Dead stars Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Andrew Lincoln, and Steven Yeun, plus Marilyn Manson, Sean Patrick Flanery, and others.
Journalist Elvis Mitchell tours the world with actors and filmmakers to visit places that inspire them on Elvis Goes There (EPIX, Mondays at 10).
Other shows premiering this week:
- Welcome Home (BYUtv, Tuesdays at 10), on which “designers and volunteers furnish and decorate modest living spaces for struggling families coming out of homelessness and abuse shelters,” according to BYUtv.
- America’s Lost Vikings (Science, Sundays at 10) examines “how far the Vikings explored into America,” Science says.
- Deadly Cults (Oxygen, Sundays at 8) is self-explanatory.
Meanwhile, Winner Cake All, the Food Network show with the best title, airs a crossover episode tonight with Guy’s Grocery Games. The contestants on Giada De Laurentiis’ series will create cakes to celebrate the 250th episode of Guy’s Grocery Games (Food Network, Monday, Feb. 4, at 10).
Then, on Guy’s Grocery Games (Food Network, Wednesday, Feb. 6, at 9), three winners return, and the winner of their competition faces off against Iron Chef Alex Guarnaschelli.
Princesses, racist memorabilia, and other documentaries
There are two new princess-focused documentaries airing on TV this week:
- Margaret: The Rebel Princess (PBS, Sunday, Feb. 10 and 17, at 10) is a two-part, two-hour look at Queen Elizabeth’s sister, Princess Margaret. PBS says “her story parallels her era, when the rules of social norms were being rewritten and a freer, more egalitarian society was emerging.”
- Kate vs. Meghan: Princesses at War? has a question mark because it’s speculating on conflict between Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle (TLC, Tuesday, Feb. 5, at 10).
And also these three feature documentaries:
- Black Memorabilia (PBS, Monday, Feb. 4 at 10) “explores the world of racist material, both antique and newly produced, that propagate demeaning representations of African Americans and promotes white supremacy” and focuses on people “who reproduce, consume and reclaim these racially-charged items,” according to Independent Lens.
- Song of Parkland (HBO, Thursday, Feb. 7, at 7 p.m.) follows the drama teacher and class at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School as they continue to produce a children’s musical that they were rehearsing when 17 teachers and students were killed by a gunman.
- If you’re in the mood for another Dirty John story, there’s Seduced by Evil (Oxygen, Saturday, Feb. 9, at 8). It tells the story of Derek Alldred, who Oxygen says “sought out relationships with unsuspecting women and entangled them in a web of lies to deplete their savings and support his fabricated life.”