It’s Monday, and time for your weekly look at the reality television that’s premiering this week—which has more than 20 options.
And those are just shows premiering this week, never mind all the shows that are still airing.
Just as Love Island ends its first season Wednesday (surprisingly, it’ll be back next summer), Bachelor in Paradise returns (ABC, Mondays at 8) to make sure this summer is not without a dating series featuring people in their bathing suits. It, too, has been renewed for next summer (unsurprisingly).
This season, there will be a first on BIP: a same-sex relationship involving “queer queen” Demi Burnett.
Also back for new seasons this week:
- Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood (VH1, Mondays at 8)
- The Real Housewives of Orange County (Bravo, Tuesdays at 9)
- Black Love (OWN, Saturdays at 9)
- The Little Couple (TLC, Tuesdays at 9)
- Growing Up Chrisley (USA Network, Tuesdays at 10:30)
- Miz and Mrs. (USA Network, Tuesdays at 10)
And these shows are also returning:
- Intervention (A&E, Tuesdays at 9)
- Hard Knocks (HBO, Tuesdays at 10), which this year follows the Oakland Raiders’ training
- T-Pain’s School of Business (Fuse, Tuesdays at 11)
- Dating #NoFilter (E!, Tuesdays at 11)
If you like supernatural and/or mystery reality television, here are some shows:
- Mystic Britain (Smithsonian Channel, Mondays at 9), on which Clive Anderson and an anthropologist explore “ancient places.”
- Paranormal Survivor (Travel Channel, Mondays at 10)
- Expedition Unknown (Discovery, Wednesdays at 9)
- American Mystery (Travel Channel, Wednesdays at 10), which looks into unsolved mysteries
- Strange World (Travel Channel, Sundays at 10), which follows the filmmaker Christopher Garetano as he explores unsolved mysteries
- Code of the Wild (Travel Channel, Tuesdays at 10), on which brothers explore unsolved mysteries
- Contact (Discovery, Wednesdays at 10; Science Channel, Thursdays at 9), which follows investigators who explore potential alien contact with earth
There’s also the unscripted TV show with the most descriptive title: Traveling The Stars: Action Bronson and Friends Watch Ancient Aliens (Viceland, 9 p.m. nightly Monday through Thursday).
A new series follows women who dance in Atlanta but are seeking “financial freedom.” It’s called Beyond the Pole (WE tv, Thursdays at 10).
Two new home renovation shows are premiering: Flipping Exes (Bravo, Tuesdays at 10), which follows a house-flipping couple who are also—you guessed it—exes, while Mountain Mamas (HGTV, Saturdays at 11) follows real estate agents in Montana.
A new live series hosted by Ann Curry will look try to solve medical mysteries. It’s called Chasing the Cure (TNT, Thursdays at 9); I’ll have an interview with its showrunner on Thursday.
“The first English-language reality show about a Latino family” living in the United States is how The Riveras (Universo, Sundays at 10) has been described by its network. It follows the kids of Jenni Rivera.
A five-part series about a powerful conservative Christian group is the subject of the documentary series The Family (Netflix, Aug. 9).
Meek Mill’s struggles with the justice system get attention on the new series Free Meek (Amazon Prime Video, Aug. 9).
The Food That Built America (History, Aug. 11, 12, and 13 at 9) tells “the incredible stories of innovation and rivalries behind food industry tycoons Milton Hershey, John and Will Kellogg, Henry Heinz, C.W. Post, the McDonald brothers and more,” according to the History Channel.
“The world’s biggest white-collar heist involving government corruption at the highest level, abuse of power and international money laundering”—that’s how Starz describes Kleptocrats (Starz, Monday, Aug. 5, at 9).
The Distant Barking of Dogs (PBS, Monday, Aug. 5, at 10) is a documentary that follows a 10-year-old and his grandmother, who stay in a Ukrainian village as others flee from war.
Manson: The Women (Oxygen, Saturday, Aug. 10, at 7) attempts “to understand exactly how one of the most daunting madmen in history charmed his way into the lives of the women who formed his family,” according to Oxygen.