From updates on President Trump’s health to the vice presidential debate, I think it’s safe to say that this week will be focused a lot more on that kind of important and urgent reality than reality TV.
But if you need a break from that news, there are still a few reality show premieres coming our way, including a fantastic new Netflix docuseries, and several documentary specials with topics that range from deadly traffic jams at the peak of Mount Everest to horror movies. All of those premieres are below, so let’s get to them.
Couples from 90 Day Fiance: Happily Ever After will be featured on HEA Strikes Back! (TLC, Mondays at 10), which includes their thoughts about the episodes and self-shot footage of their lives together.
Deaf U (Netflix, Friday) follows college students at Gallaudet University who happen to be deaf. I definitely recommend it—it’s a fantastic and entertaining series. I’ll have a full review later this week.
Ellen’s Game of Games returns (NBC, Tuesdays at 9) with 20 episodes filmed this summer, which is also when Don’t Be Tardy filmed. It returns (Bravo, Tuesdays at 10) with Kim and her family traveling the country in an RV for five weeks.
In scarier news, Eli Roth’s History of Horror returns for a second season (AMC, Saturdays at 10). AMC says—in one of my favorite press release sentences of the year—that season two will be “exhuming landmark films and cult classics while chewing on the entrails of recent horror cinema.”
CBS has the scripted drama FBI, and now it has a new unscripted series, The FBI Declassified (CBS, Tuesdays at 10), which is narrated by Alana de la Garza, an actor from the fictional series.
Discovery has two specials related to Mount Everest this weekend:
- To Live Or Die on Everest (Discovery, Friday, Oct. 9, at 9), which focuses on the 11 people who died in 2019 when there were so many people on Everest there was a line to reach the summit, as a viral image showed.
- Everest’s Greatest Mystery (Discovery, Sunday, Oct. 11, at 9), on which “a team of expert mountaineers undertake an epic adventure to solve the mystery of George Mallory and Andrew Irvine, two explorers who perished on their journey to Everest’s peak in 1924,” and may have actually been the first to summit, years before Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay.
Investigation Discovery is going to “rewrite” the O.J. Simpson murder trial by focusing on Nicole Brown Simpson. O.J. & Nicole: An American Tragedy (ID, Monday, Oct. 5, at 10). has “firsthand accounts from Nicole’s closest family and friends as they reveal her most intimate thoughts from her own diary, proving that this crime is not about the man who walked away unscathed, but about the woman who did not have that option,” according to the network.
By the way, if you have not yet seen O.J.: Made in America, fix that as soon as you can; it was on my list of the best unscripted TV of 2016 because of how exceptionally well it tells the story (which I thought I already knew, but realized I knew very little at all).
Our president is, thankfully, getting the best care and treatment possible, from a medical facility that has everything it needs to provide that care. But that wasn’t the case early on during this health emergency, with “doctors and nurses on the front lines were among the countless Americans left unprotected amid a desperate shortage of personal protective equipment,” Frontline says. It investigates America’s Medical Supply Crisis (PBS, Tuesday, Oct. 6, at 10, and streaming) and asks, “Why was the United States left scrambling for critical medical equipment”?
Lin-Manuel Miranda’s father is profiled in Siempre, Luis (HBO, Tuesday, Oct. 6, at 9), which HBO describes as “a portrait of the pioneering activist Luis A. Miranda Jr. … a decades-long fighter for Latino communities, a key player in the New York and national political arena.”
The Infiltrators (PBS, Monday, Oct. 5, at 10) is “the true story of two young immigrants who get detained by Border Patrol—on purpose—and put in a shadowy for-profit detention center.” Their goal: “to stop deportations.”
Wild Card: The Downfall of a Radio Loudmouth (HBO, Wednesday, Oct. 7, at 9) is about “the rise and fall of prominent New York sports radio personality Craig Carton,” according to the network.