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This week’s reality TV premieres, March 18 to 24

This week’s reality TV premieres, March 18 to 24
Elizabeth Holmes, the founder of Theranos, is the subject of The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley (Photo via HBO)

Good Monday morning! It’s a lighter week for reality TV premieres—at least compared to the past few weeks and their spring deluge of new shows and new seasons.

Since spring technically starts this week, on Wednesday, we’re getting a new season of Baking Championship. On Spring Baking Championship (Food Network, Mondays at 9), Clinton Kelly hosts, and Nancy Fuller, Duff Goldman, and Lorraine Pascal judge.

Fox tries a new game show this week, hosted by Rob Lowe, that has contestants sitting in a “capsule capable of rotating 360 degrees” instead of in a chair.

So basically, on Mental Samurai (Fox, Tuesdays at 9), people get flung around while trying to answer questions.

A new season of Restored by the Fords (HGTV, Tuesdays at 9) will be followed by a new show, One of a Kind (HGTV, Tuesdays at 10), which follows an interior designer, Grace Mitchell, who’s redesigning spaces in Fort Worth, Texas.

A journalist explores “legendary and notorious mysteries” on the new series Mission Declassified (Travel Channel, Sundays at 10), while Mysteries of the Abandoned (Science Channel, Tuesdays at 9) returns for its look at ghost towns.

BYUtv launches two new unscripted shows this week: Battle of the Ages (BYUtv, Wednesdays at 8:30) says it “pits two multi-generational family teams against each other in mental and physical challenges.”

Immediately afterward, there’s the competition Dinner Takes All (BYUtv, Wednesdays at 9), in which “two teams of five family members go head-to-head to cook their ‘best Sunday dinner.'”

In documentary series, Action (Showtime, Sundays at 8) is about the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s decision to allow sports betting; it follows gamblers and bookies during last fall’s football season.

Prince Charles at 70 (PBS, Sunday, March 24, at 8) has a self-explanatory title: The documentary has “exclusive access to Prince Charles during his 70th birthday year,” according to PBS, along with interviews with his sons and others who best know “Britain’s longest serving heir to the throne.”

Finally, the story of Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes is the subject of a best-selling book, and a national obsession. Tonight, that obsession gets fed with a feature documentary.

The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley (HBO, Monday, March 18, at 9) is Alex Gibeny’s exploration of how she went from being labeled “the next Steve Jobs” as the founder of a $9 billion company to the person responsible for what the SEC said was a “massive fraud.”

HBO says the film “reveals what happened and explores the psychology of deception behind Silicon Valley’s ‘fake it till you make it’ mindset.”

Watch its trailer:

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