Good morning! I hope you had a restful weekend and masked up if you were around other people. As much as I love watching reality TV, I’d sure love for this whole thing to be under control in a month or two so I can do other things, and getting there doesn’t take much effort at all.
But since we’re stuck inside for now, here’s your weekly preview of reality TV and documentary premieres and other highlights for the next seven days.
First up: The finale of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 5 airs this week (VH1, Friday at 8)—it was only eight episodes, instead of 10 like the last All Stars season. Just three days after it airs, we’ll get a new season of Drag Race.
A year and three months after it last aired, Hoarders returns with new two-hour episodes (A&E, Mondays at 8). Last season was Hoarders best season ever, thanks to expanded screen time: each story now gets a full two hours, instead of half of an hour-long episode.
For Hoarders season 11, the therapists and experts are spending a few more days with each hoarder, which will hopefully mean even more positive change in their lives.
Also returning is Intervention (A&E, Mondays at 10), which last year focused only on opioid addiction in Philadelphia. Now, it returns to just profiling people with addiction—and an intervention, of course.
Elsewhere, a new reality show is about people who go to a “wellness retreat” and are nine people “who are desperate to find happiness at any cost,” TBS says. It’s called Lost Resort (TBS, Thursdays at 10).
Netflix’s latest dating show focuses on “young adults on the autism spectrum” who are looking for connection. It’s called Love on the Spectrum (Netflix, Wednesday).
Ready for karaoke? That’s the competition on ¡A cantar!, aka Sing On! Spain (Netflix, Friday).
Returning for new seasons and with new subject matter are:
- All-Star Best Thing I Ever Ate (Food Network, Mondays at 9), on which Food Network stars talk about their favorite dishes
- Street Food: Latin America (Netflix, July 21), which profiles people who create street food in Mexico, Brazil, Peru, and other Latin American countries.
Fear City: New York vs The Mafia (Netflix, July 22) is a series that focuses on “how the feds took down the five mafia empires of New York City at the height of their powers during the 1980s,” Netflix says.
“Cultural creators,” whether musicians or artists, are profiled on Beyond the CANVAS (PBS, Sundays at 10:30).
Surviving Joe Exotic (Animal Planet, Saturday, July 25, at 10) is a special about “the emotional stories of animals that made it out of the zoo for a second chance at life.”
Tiger King didn’t really focus on the animals, so I’m interested to see this.
While it doesn’t have access now to Joe Exotic—he’s in prison, after all—it will have “never-before-seen footage of Joe filmed for Animal Planet’s Wolves and Warriors in 2018,” the network said.
We Are the Radical Monarchs (PBS, Monday, July 20, at 9) follows girls of color who’ve created a new, Girl Scout-like organization in Oakland that’s focused on activism. The documentary “follow[s] the two founders as they face the challenge to grow the organization,” PBS says.
NatGeo’s Shark Fest began last night, and premieres a new show every night at 8 p.m. ET. That includes tonight’s premiere of Sharks vs. Dolphins: Blood Battle, and Sharkcano on Tuesday. (NatGeo doesn’t have a schedule on their site, but did list all its premieres in a press release.)
My Pregnant Husband (TLC, Thursday, July 23, at 10) follows two couples, each of which includes a transgender man who’s pregnant. TLC says each couple “faces unprecedented trials as they attempt to bring a child into their lives, whether it’s coming out to neighbors who didn’t know the husband was transgender or almost getting arrested by police officers who mistake a pregnant belly for stolen goods.”
Finally this week, Wild India (BBC America, Saturday, July 25, at 8) is a nature documentary about a part of Southern India that “is home to mountain rainforests, coral reefs, and a vast and diverse animal population” that includes 25 percent of India’s animal species. It’s narrated by—who else?!—Sir David Attenborough.