Your weekly preview of reality TV premieres, which this week mostly includes documentaries and holiday specials—but there are a few shows returning, and one new Disney+ series.
During Amazing Race’s first city sprint—which involved racing around Manila and completing tasks, kind of like every other leg of The Amazing Race, just without those tasks being labeled as Detours or Roadblocks—the alliance struck again.
In this edition of The Confessional, Victor Plank Harms, who’s worked behind the scenes on reality TV from Paradise Hotel Denmark to Impractical Jokers: After Party, writes about the differences and similarities between producing reality in Europe and the US.
Survivor’s Wednesday timeslot is going to Phil Keoghan’s show Tough As Nails—and that’s a show I really enjoyed and looked forward to all summer, so I’m thrilled it’s returning.
The host of Big Brother, Julie Chen Moonves, gifted both cast and crew Bibles, granola, and BB22-branded face masks with a religious message on them.
The Great Christmas Light Fight, The Challenge: Double Agents, and special episodes of The Masked Singer and My Lottery Dream Home are among the reality shows and documentary specials premiering this week.
A Survivor winner and a Big Brother winner are among the 50+ reality TV cast members participating in the Hearts of Reality fundraiser for Give Kids the World. And several of those cast members have been socializing with each other, without masks, despite the charity’s rules.