Happy Monday morning! We’re three days away from Valentine’s Day, so know that if we were in the same homeroom, I’d definitely give you one of those little paper valentine cards, and not because my teacher was forcing me to.
Here’s your look at reality TV that’s premiering this week, along with a few documentaries that are also airing on TV. Yay unscripted TV!
A new dating series will be premiering on Valentine’s Day: Dating Around (Netflix, Feb. 14). Each episodes follows a different person who will go on five dates.
The actor Sam Neill has an unscripted show that premieres on Valentine’s Day, but has nothing to do with romance: The Pacific: In the Wake of Captain Cook (Ovation, Thursdays at 10) follows him as he retraces James Cook’s exploration.
I’ll have an interview with Sam on Thursday, so watch for that.
Also look out for a review of Lorena (Amazon, Feb. 15), a new documentary series that promises it “reveals the hidden truths in the notorious case of John Wayne and Lorena Bobbitt and challenges the long-held narrative that surrounded this event.” If you don’t remember that, it involves sexual assault and a severed penis.
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills (Bravo, Tuesdays at 10) return this week, as does the RHOA spin-off Don’t Be Tardy… It premieres Sunday and then moves to a new timeslot (Bravo, Sunday at 9, then Fridays at 9).
Other families are back, including the extended Duggar family with their show Counting On (TLC, Mondays at 9), and Paul Teutul Sr. and Paul Teutul Jr, who return to TV again for American Chopper (Discovery, Tuesdays at 10).
There’s more Paranormal Caught on Camera (Travel Channel, Wednesdays at 10), on which experts look at alleged footage of ghosts and things, and try to figure out what it actually is.
The series Unmasking a Killer, which is about the Golden State Killer, will marathon Sunday, Feb. 17, starting at 4 p.m., and be followed by two new episodes (HLN, Sunday and Monday, Feb. 17 and 18, at 9) that tell the story of the investigation that led to the arrest of Joseph James DeAngelo.
In Their Own Words (National Geographic, Sunday, Feb. 17, at 8) is three one-hour episodes, each of which tells the story of a major news event but does so “moment by moment and in first person without using any narrators nor talking heads,” according to NatGeo. The episodes focus on the Narco Wars, Bernie Madoff, and the Deepwater Horizon disaster.
Presidents at War premieres on Presidents Day eve and airs over two nights (History, Sunday and Monday, Feb. 17 and 18, at 8). The two episodes “tell the story of World War II through the remarkable experiences of eight men who served in active duty—Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush,” all of whom later became president.
Twins marrying twins, Studio 54, and two other docs
- Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood (Starz, Monday, Feb. 11, at 9) tells the story of Scotty Bowers, who “would cater to the sexual appetites of celebrities—straight, gay and omnivorous—for decades.” Decades!
- Our Twinsane Wedding (TLC, Monday, Feb. 11, at 10) shows the weddings of twins Brittany and Briana Deane to twins Joshua and Jeremy Salyers, who got married last year in Twinsburg, Ohio, during the Twins Days Festival. (They’re twins, FYI.)
- Studio 54 (A&E, Monday, Feb. 11, at 10) says it has “unprecedented access to [Studio 54 co-founder Ian] Schrager, who tells the whole unvarnished story for the first time”
- The Oscar-nominated documentary short Period. End of Sentence. will premiere on Netflix (Feb. 12). It “follows a group of women and girls in rural India who work together to operate a machine installed in their village to make sanitary pads and combat the crushing stigma of menstruation.” Interestingly, Netflix says that the doc “is the brainchild of high school English teacher Melissa Berton, and several of her former high school students, including six who serve as executive producers.”