Good Monday morning! I hope you’ve staying cool and safe in this monstrous heat and humidity, which is somewhat typical for us in Florida, sweating as we walk five feet from one air-conditioned box to another.
Both the summer heat and reality TV are going strong (yeah, I don’t have a better transition) right now, but this week is bringing a few more premieres of series, and several brand-new documentaries and specials, from dogs to planets to sharks. Here’s what to expect.
Let’s start with sharks: Next weekend, on Sunday, Shark Week begins on Sunday. One of the shows is a scripted film, but don’t worry, it’s not pretending to be a documentary like the Megalodon thing. Shark Week 2019’s full schedule—with 20 hours of shark programming!—is here.
If you’d rather look up than under water, you might want to watch The Planets (PBS, Wednesdays at 9), which uses both computer-generated images and “extraordinary footage captured by orbiters, landers, and rovers to reveal the beauty and grandeur of each planet like never before,” according to PBS. Two back-to-back episodes air tonight.
The Bachelorette’s JoJo Fletcher and Jordan Rogers get their own series that follows their attempts to help people renovate houses so they can make money renting out their spaces. The show is called Cash Pad (CNBC, Tuesdays at 10).
CNBC has another new real estate reality show, too: Listing Impossible (CNBC, Thursdays at 10), which follows an agent who’s trying to sell houses that haven’t sold in years.
Worst Bakers in America (Food Network, Mondays at 10) is back with Lorraine Pascale and new co-host Jason Smith (who replaces Duff Goldman) trying to help eight people who can’t bake.
If you’ve seen the Netflix series about dogs, called just Dogs, you might be interested in Amazing Dogs (Smithsonian Channel, July 28, Sundays at 8), which explores how dogs went from wild animals to our companions. Watch a preview:
A 90 Day Fiance spin-off starts tonight: The Family Chantel (TLC, Mondays at 10) follows Pedro and Chantel as they live together in Atlanta and work on their relationship.
A mother with 2,000 children? That’s the story told in The Great Mother aka “La Gran Madre” (Starz, Monday, July 22, at 9), which focuses on Nora Sandigo, who tries to keep families together by being the legal guardian to 2,000 American children who were born in the U.S. to undocumented immigrants.
A 23-year-old who “survived genocide and sexual slavery committed by ISIS” is the subject of the documentary On Her Shoulders (PBS, Monday, July 22, at 9), which PBS says also explores how, after she tells her story, “she must navigate bureaucracy, fame and people’s good intentions.”
Serial Killer: Devil Unchained (ID, Mondays at 9) is a three-part, six hour series which follows “filmmaker and investigative journalist Maria Awes” as she talks to “former real estate broker Todd Kohlhepp,” his family, and his victims, about the crimes he committed.
Cajun Navy (Discovery Channel, Tuesday, July 23, at 10) “follows a group of men and women who, when everyone else flees deadly storms and floodwaters, run towards it and do the work of saving their community and its people from utter destruction,” according to Discovery.
The Great Hack (Netflix, July 24) is the latest film from Startup.com directors Karim Amer and Jehane Noujaim, who are now examining “the dark world of data exploitation, offering astounding access to the personal journeys of key players in the explosive Cambridge Analytica/Facebook data scandal,” according to Netflix.
Who Killed Garrett Phillips? (HBO, July 23 and 24, at 8) is about the death of a 12-year-old, and the five years after it, during which his soccer coach and mother’s ex-boyfriend was arrested for his murder. Director Liz Garbus’ film “looks at the case from the initial investigation through the arrest and numerous legal twists and turns” and “[raises] troubling questions of racial bias and issues surrounding policing and the criminal justice system,” according to HBO.
Wild City: Singapore (BBC America, Saturday, July 27, at 9) is a nature doc about the city’s animals, narrated, of course, by Sir David Attenborough.
Angel Brinks: The Real Bling (WE tv, Thursday, July 25, at 10) profiles the “fashion maven” who “rushes to fulfill insanely demanding design requests for clients, including some of the most iconic celebrities, such as Cardi B, Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, Lil’ Kim, Missy Elliot, K.Michelle and” more.
Finally for this week, Uncovered: The McMartin Family Trials (Oxygen, Saturday, July 27, at 7) examines the case that got national attention/hysteria: seven teachers accused of molesting pre-schoolers, but no eventually no convictions because the kids’ “claims were unsupported, many people believed the children’s testimonies were coerced and the lives of the families involved were shattered,” Oxygen says.