We’re two weeks away from the official start of the fall TV season, but reality TV doesn’t seem to care. While some summer shows are wrapping up—Bachelor in Paradise and Are You The One: Come One, Come All both end their seasons tonight—there are plenty of unscripted shows premiering this week.
The Brady Bunch was filmed in a studio, so the actual house’s interior isn’t anything like the TV version, but now The Brady kids are reuniting and joining with HGTV stars to renovate that house and make it look like the set. The resulting show is A Very Brady Renovation (HGTV, Mondays at 9).
Also on HGTV: One of a Kind (HGTV, Sept. 9 at 10:30, then Mondays at 10), which folllows Grace Mitchell as she renovates homes for families in Fort Worth, Texas.
Terrace House: Tokyo 2019-2020 (Netflix, Sept. 10) returns for a new season, starting with six strangers who move in together in Tokyo.
Bachelorette star Rachel Lindsay co-hosts MTV’s new Catfish-like reality show, which is called Ghosted: Love Gone Missing (MTV, Tuesdays at 9). She and co-host Travis Mills will help people find those who’ve ghosted them. What could go wrong?
Also on MTV: Teen Mom 2 is back (MTV, Tuesdays at 8).
Ken Burns’ latest epic documentary series starts Sunday night, and continues for two weeks. It’s about—and titled—Country Music (PBS, Sept. 15 to 20 and Sept. 22 to 25, 8 to 10 p.m.).
Netflix premieres the new documentary series The Mind, Explained (Sept. 12), which is pretty self-explanatory, and also season two of The Chef Show (Sept. 13) with Jon Favreau and chef Roy Choi.
In murder reality TV:
- A Wedding and a Murder (Oxygen, Sept. 9 at 9, Mondays at 8), which tells the stories of marriages gone bad
- Murder in the Bayou (Showtime, Fridays at 9), which looks into the murders of eight women near Jennings, Louisiana.
BYUtv is premiering five feel-good reality shows this week:
- Dinner Takes All (BYUtv, Tuesdays at 7 ET/4 PT), a cooking competition between two families
- Battle of the Ages (BYUtv, Tuesdays at 8 ET/5 PT), a game show featuring two families competing in challenges
- The Fixers (BYUtv, Wednesdays at 7 ET/4 PT), on which builders go places where their help is needed
- Random Acts (BYUtv, Wednesdays at 9 ET/6 PT), a hidden camera series that highlights random acts of kindness—well, as random as acts performed for cameras can be.
- Making Good (BYUtv, Wednesdays at 9:30 ET/6:30 PT), whose host volunteers and helps various groups and people.
Two shows take us behind the scenes with athletes: Red Bull Peaking (The CW, Fridays at 9) promises “intimate portraits” of “athletes in the 72-hour period before, during and immediately after an event,” according to the CW, while NFL: The Grind (EPIX, Wednesdays at 9) promises “an up close and personal, inside look at life in the NFL – on and off the field.”
Loch Ness Monster: New Evidence (Travel Channel, Sunday, Sept. 15, at 8) is a special following a scientist from New Zealand who uses DNA test to try to determine if there is something big living in the lake, or not.
Two twins were filmed for eight years, starting when they were 17, for the documentary Out of Omaha (Starz, Monday, Sept. 9, at 9). It explores “how much it takes to overcome disadvantages rooted in historic injustice,” according to Starz.
Grit (PBS, Monday, Sept. 9, at 10) is about a teenager who “galvanizes her neighbors to fight against the corporate powers accused of one of the largest environmental disasters in recent history,” according to POV.
First responders lip syncing to music: that’s Lip Sync to the Rescue (CBS, Monday, Sept. 9, at 8), which is hosted by Cedric the Entertainer and CBS says will be “an interactive countdown special featuring first responders channeling their inner pop stars and lip-syncing to hit music, a trend that began with the viral video sensation #LipSyncChallenge.”
There’s more to the Hatfields vs the McCoys story than legend, and The Feud (PBS, Tuesday, Sept. 10, at 9, and at PBS.org) will explore it in-depth. American Experience executive producer Mark Samels said in a press release, “No part of the country has suffered more from crude stereotypes than Appalachia, and no event played a bigger role in creating those negative images than the feud. It’s a story that resonates as deeply today as ever before.”
The next 30 for 30 documentary is about Dennis Rodman and his life. It’s called Rodman: For Better or Worse (ESPN, Tuesday, Sept. 10, at 9).
On the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, there are two new kid-focused documentaries:
- In the Shadow of the Towers: Stuyvesant High on 9/11 (HBO, Wednesday, Sept. 11, at 9) is about the kids who were students at a high school several blocks from the World Trade Center on 9/11, and how that day affected their lives then and now, as adults.
- Children who didn’t experience or don’t know about Sept. 11 are the target audience for the short film What Happened on Sept. 11 (HBO Family, Wednesday, Sept. 11., at 6 p.m.), which HBO says uses “personal stories from survivors and family members, classroom scenes exploring 9/11 through artwork, poetry and interviews with educators, along with archival news footage and powerful photos” to tell the story.
Hello, Privilege, It’s Me, Chelsea (Netflix, Sept. 13) follows Chelsea Handler has she explores the way white has “benefited her own life and career,” according to Netflix.
Voces (PBS, Fridays, check local listings) returns for its fifth season of “exploring Latino arts, culture and history,” according to PBS. First up is Raúl Juliá: The World’s a Stage (PBS, Sept. 13), a portrait of the Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning actor.