Both fall and the fall television season have officially arrived today, and along with it, the biggest reality TV shows, too: The Voice, Survivor, and The Masked Singer, plus many cable favorites, ranging from Halloween Baking Championship to Life Below Zero.
Adam Levine is gone from The Voice, and in his place for season 17 is Gwen Stefani, who coaches along with John Legend, Kelly Clarkson, and Blake Shelton (NBC, Mondays and Tuesdays at 8). It goes head-to-head with the allegedly refreshed Dancing with the Stars, which premiered last week
The biggest reality TV showdown of the year occurs Wednesday, when Survivor and The Masked Singer face off (CBS and Fox, 8 p.m.).
Fox’s new hit show, which was promoted poorly during the Emmys, will have a two-hour premiere, while Survivor: Island of the Idols has a 90-minute premiere, followed, as usual, by Big Brother’s finale.
In other big broadcast reality TV: Shark Tank is back for season 11 (ABC, Sundays at 9), and earlier on Sundays is the venerable America’s Funniest Home Videos (ABC, Sundays at 7).
On cable, we’re starting the holiday baking shows, so get ready! The first three shows:
- Halloween Baking Championship (Food Network, Mondays at 9), hosted by John Henson and judged by Carla Hall, Katie Lee and Zac Young.
- Halloween Cake-Off (Food Network, Mondays at 10), which is holiday-themed Chopped for cake-baking, hosted by Duff Goldman.
- Halloween Wars (Food Network, Sundays at 9), hosted by Jonathan Bennett, which has teams of people, including cake and sugar artists and pumpkin carvers, attempt to build big, themed displays.
…and two Halloween specials:
- Kids Baking Championship: Tricks and Treats (Food Network, Thursday, Sept. 26, at 9) brings back four bakers to compete in a special Halloween-themed challenge.
- Outrageous Pumpkins (Food Network, Sunday, Sept. 29, at 10) is a competition for $10,000 between four pumpkin carvers.
Life Below Zero is back for a new season of following Sue Aikens and others in Alaska (National Geographic, Tuesdays at 9).
On Netflix, there’s Abstract: The Art of Design (Sept. 25), which says it “goes inside the minds of the world’s greatest designers, showcasing the most inspiring visionaries from a variety of disciplines whose work shapes our culture and future,” and a new season of Explained (Sept. 26), which tries to explain “current events and social trends.”
On CNN, This is Life with Lisa Ling (CNN, Sundays at 10) returns for a new season of visiting communities of people in the U.S., and is preceded by a new season of Declassified: Untold Stories of American Spies (CNN, Sundays at 9), which is self-explanatory.
Adios Amor: The Search for Maria Moreno (PBS, Friday, check local listings) profiles “Maria Moreno, an eloquent migrant mother of 12 who became an early and outspoken fighter for farmworker rights,” according to PBS.
Buzz (HBO, Wednesday, Sept. 25 at 9) is a profile of the journalist and author Buzz Bissinger, who’s responsible for Friday Night Lights, among other work. The film follows Buzz “as he experiences a sexual awakening while collaborating with Caitlyn Jenner on her tell-all memoir,” according to HBO. Watch its trailer: