Good morning! From LHHA to KUWTK, there are lots of reality TV shows returning and premiering this week, including a live look inside animal ERs.
But let’s start with what’s ending: Temptation Island (USA, Tuesday at 10) ends its season with dramatic reveals about how the experience has changed the couples. The next night, Project Runway All Stars (Lifetime, Wednesday at 9) and American Beauty Star (Lifetime, Wednesday at 10) both end their seasons.
The producers of Big Brother are behind a new competition reality series: Million Dollar Mile (CBS, Wednesdays at 9) follows contestants who run a mile-long obstacle course as other athletes try to stop them.
For some inexplicable reason, it’ll be hosted by Tim Tebow. For very clear reasons, it’ll follow Survivor: Edge of Extinction on Wednesdays. That timeslot isn’t a guarantee of success; World’s Best floundered there, probably because it was a useless show that just shamelessly copied AGT.
I appreciate that CBS is giving us more reality TV in the spring, instead of just in the summer, and I like the idea of a reality TV block on Wednesdays. I just hope that Million Dollar Mile isn’t just a bad knock-off of American Ninja Warrior; we’ve already had that with Titan Games.
NatGeo WILD gets into the live reality TV game with Animal ER Live (NatGeo WILD, Saturdays and Sundays at 9), which promises “animal emergencies in real time.” These vets and doctors do great work, I’m sure, but do we need to see it live?
Jesus Christ, the person not the exclamation, is the subject of a documentary series: Jesus: His Life (History, Mondays at 8), is produced by Nutopia, the same company that produced One Strange Rock for NatGeo last year (and that show was amazing). Each episode focuses on Jesus’ life through the perspective of someone close to him; the trailer suggests it’s very reenactment heavy, with contributions from experts.
Each episode focuses on Jesus’ life through the perspective of someone close to him; the trailer suggests it’s very reenactment heavy, with contributions from experts.
Back for new seasons are shows that immerse us in the lives of their stars: Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta (VH1, Mondays at 8) will see the return of cast member Scrapp DeLeon. The show is the highest-rated unscripted series on cable.
On Little Women: Atlanta (Lifetime, Thursdays at 9), “The Cheeks, Briana Barlup and Emily Fernandez, return to Atlanta, to take on their long-time foes The Tiny Twinz,” according to Lifetime.
Also back this week with new seasons:
- Keeping Up with the Kardashians (E!, Sundays at 9), which is airing its 16th season.
- Flip or Flop Vegas (HGTV, Thursdays at 9), for its third season of following house flippers Bristol and Aubrey Marunde.
- Impractical Jokers (truTV, Thursdays at 10), on which four guys try to embarrass each other with very public practical jokes.
In documentary TV, there’s a new doc about why we’re all so tense—and why Americans now have lower life expectancy than most developed countries.
One Nation Under Stress (HBO, Monday, March 25, at 9) is hosted by neurosurgeon Dr. Sanjay Gupta, who “sets out to discover what is happening and why,” and learning about “why we’re experiencing so much stress, how it affects the brain, body and behavior, and the long-term consequences for the health of the nation,” according to HBO.
Tigerland (Discovery Channel, March 30 at 9) “tells the story of two remarkable men separated by half a century who through sheer force of will and determination dedicated their lives to altering the fate of the tiger,” according to Discovery.
The Legend of Cocaine Island (Netflix, March 29) follows a Florida man who “hatches a plan to retrieve a possibly mythical $2-million stash of cocaine from its reported Caribbean hiding place,” according to Netflix.
Women, War & Peace II (PBS, Monday and Tuesday, March 26 and 26, at 9), is a follow-up to the 2011 documentary series, and features four docs all directed by women. PBS says they all tell “stories about women who risked their lives for peace, changing history in the process.”
The episodes/films are as follows; the quoted descriptions come from PBS:
- Wave Goodbye to Dinosaurs (PBS, March 25 at 9), directed by Eimhear O’Neill. “Discover the story of the Catholic and Protestant women who come together during Northern Ireland’s bloody conflict to form an all-female political party and fight to ensure that human rights, equality and inclusion shape the historic Good Friday Agreement peace deal.”
- The Trials of Spring (PBS, March 25 at 10), directed by Gini Reticker. “Follow three Egyptian women as they put their lives and bodies on the line fighting for justice and freedom. The film tells the story of Egypt’s Arab Spring, the human rights abuses that came to define it and the women willing to risk everything.”
- Naila and the Uprising (PBS, March 26 at 9), directed by Julia Bacha. “Discover the story of a courageous, non-violent women’s movement that formed the heart of the Palestinian struggle for freedom during the 1987 uprising, known as the first Intifada. One woman must make a choice between love, family and freedom. Undaunted, she embraces all three.”
- A Journey of a Thousand Miles: Peacekeepers (PBS, March 26 at 10), directed by Geeta Gandbhir and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy. “Embark on a risky year-long UN peacekeeping mission into earthquake-ravaged Haiti with an all-female Bangladeshi police unit. Leaving their families behind, these police officers shatter stereotypes as they rise in the name of building peace.”
Finally, The Piketon Family Murders (Oxygen, Sunday, March 31, at 7) examines the 2016 murders of eight members of a family who were killed in their sleep in different houses—and who some people turned against after they were dead. Their murders remained a mystery until last November, when four people were arrested for first-degree murder.