Good Monday morning! It’s the third day of August, which somehow feels impossible. It also feels impossible that several big network reality shows are now in production, and also that the first of those premieres this week.
So let’s take a look at what’s premiering this week, from Big Brother 22 to a documentary reality series that goes behind the scenes at ICE to a mash-up between two of Food Network’s competition shows. There’s also a Disney+ documentary about the man who wrote many of modern Disney movie’s most memorable songs.
Ready or not, here comes Big Brother All Stars 2
The big premiere of the week is big for two reasons: One, it’s the second all-star season in a major network reality show franchise’s 20-year history, and two, the fact that it’s happening at all.
Big Brother 22: All-Stars (CBS, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays at 8) will launch Wednesday with a live move-in, just like BB:OTT did—though that was streaming, and this is on CBS.
BB22’s premiere will come about six weeks later than the show would normally premiere, and in the middle of a pandemᎥc. It’s also a show that frequently hosts and tolerates racism and bigotry, and is premiering two months after the death of George Floyd and a lot of white people’s awakening to racism that Black people face every day.
How will all this affect the season? How will being in production right now affect the cast and crew?
And will Big Brother succeed in being the silly, dumb summer show it wants to be? Will the all-stars be allowed to play, or will the producers use silly, dumb twists to play with the game?
We’ll find out soon.
Honestly, I could have used a break from the show, and not just because of the negativity and shit it brings into the world. But speaking of that, it hasn’t even premiered and has already resulted in flare-ups online. Some toxic fans and former cast members already fired up the misogyny by blaming a female player for rumored casting decisions. Ugh.
Chopped: Beat Bobby Flay, and other reality show premieres
Documentary filmmakers got extraordinary access behind the scenes of ICE, and their work has already irritated ICE before the show has premiered. Immigration Nation (Netflix, Monday) focuses on immigration and deportation, and the people involved on all sides.
Netflix is also premiering World’s Most Wanted (Netflix, Wednesday), which sounds like America’s Most Wanted except for people who are international fugitives from justice.
Plus, it has Sing On: Germany (Netflix, Friday), a karaoke competition, and Tiny Creatures (Netflix, Friday), a nature documentary series that follows tiny cute animals.
Sex Next Door (Quibi, Monday) follows sex workers who “give clients intimate experiences ranging from the pleasurable to the painful” and “give a deep dive into their personal lives,” according to Quibi.
A new remotely filmed show, What’s It Worth? (A&E, Tuesdays at 9), has Jeff Foxworthy looking for “unique posessions and collectables” from his home.
After that, A&E premieres Extreme Unboxing (A&E, Tuesdays at 10), which follows people who “buy large boxes of discounted merchandise.”
Two of Food Network’s competition join up for a special tournament series: Chopped: Beat Bobby Flay (Food Network, Sundays at 9) will bring back 16 Chopped champions, one of whom will face Bobby Flay in the Chopped kitchen.
Returning for new seasons:
- Chopped Sweets (Food Network, Tuesdays at 10)
- ¡Nailed It! México (Netflix, Friday)
- Selling Sunset (Netflix, Friday)
- Backyard Envy (Bravo, Tuesdays at 10)
- Marrying Millions (Lifetime, Wednesdays at 10), which will have five new couples along with Bill and Brianna, and Gentille and Brian
- License to Kill (Oxygen, Saturdays at 6)
- Catfish: The TV Show (MTV, Wednesdays at 8), which will do all of its pretend catfish hunting remotely
- True Life Presents: QuarantᎥne Stories (MTV, Wednesdays at 9)
The CW is importing another series from the UK: Being Reuben (The CW, Fridays at 9), which follows a 14-year-old social media influencer.
Howard Ashman, the songwriter who wrote lyrics for Aladdin, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, and Little Shop of Horrors, among many films, is the subject of the new documentary Howard (Disney+, Friday). Disney+ says it’s “is an intimate look at the Disney Legend’s life, his creative drive, and the process behind the music.”
Surviving Jeffrey Epstein (Lifetime, Sunday, Aug. 9, at 8 and Monday, Aug. 10, at 9) will highlight the survivors of Jeffrey Epstein’s “sexual Ponzi scheme to bring in underaged girls,” who talk about what happened to them, and “the aftermath the survivors are experiencing with no justice to be served,” according to Lifetime.
Black and white Bravo stars will participate in a 90-minute conversation called Race in America: A Movement Not a Moment (Bravo, Sunday, Aug. 9, at 10).
On the Trail: Inside the 2020 Primaries (HBO Max, Thursday) is a cinema verité documentary look at 10 female journalists who are covering the 2020 presidential campaign.
Dominic Fike’s new album comes out on Friday, and so does a documentary about the record deal he signed at 22 and the success he’s had since. It’s called This is Dominic Fike: The Next Big Thing? (FX, Friday, Aug. 7, at 10, and on Hulu).
The French football player Nicolas Anelka and his “controversial legacy” is the subject of Anelka: Misunderstood (Netflix, Wednesday).
A new network, VENN, which is an acronym for Video game Entertainment and News Network, launches Wednesday and will have several unscripted shows in its lineup, including the unboxing competition Dare Package.
American Chopper‘s Paul Teutul Senior and Junior are returning for a special (Discovery, Tuesday, Aug. 4, at 9), on which “they return to the garage where it all started in hopes of building a custom bike together for the first time in over a decade,” Discovery says.