Good Sunday evening! I hope you’ve had a relaxing weekend full of great television. While I’ve had a rather nice two days—connecting with friends via Zoom and in fully-vaccinated person, and spending some time outside before Florida really starts roasting—I’m still feeling quite a bit of this.
So let’s get to your preview of this week’s reality TV and documentary series premieres.
PBS’s long-running reality series Antiques Roadshow couldn’t do a true roadshow last year, so it’s instead taking appraisers into the homes of celebrities in TV, film, literature, music, and sports.
Here’s a list of the 17 celebrities appearing on Antiques Roadshow: Celebrity Edition (PBS, Mondays at 8).
The Real Housewives of New York City (Bravo, Tuesdays at 9) are back, minus Dorinda and Tinsley, but plus radio host and former Fox News host Eboni K. Williams, who’s the show’s first-ever Black cast member. Returning are Leah McSweeney, Luann de Lesseps, Ramona Singer, and Sonja Morgan.
Also on Tuesday, The Real Housewives of Dallas two-part reunion begins (Bravo, Tuesday, May 4 at 10:30, and May 11 at 10).
The ballroom competition series Legendary (HBO Max, Thursdays) is back with its second season. Dashaun Wesley returns to MC, and all four judges return, too.
I appreciated the performances and talent in the first season, from the contestants and from Dashaun Wesley, but found the judging to be an almost unwatchable mess, so I’m looking forward to seeing how, if at all, the show has changed. It was almost universally praised by other critics, so perhaps it will be just the same!
Also returning for new seasons:
- Kids Say the Darndest Things (CBS, Wednesdays at 8)
- Best Baker in America (Food Network, Mondays at 9)
- My Lottery Dream Home (HGTV, Fridays at 8)
- Million Dollar Listing New York (Bravo, Thursdays at 9) adds its first female broker, Kirsten Jordan
- Catfish: The TV Show (MTV, Tuesdays at 9)
- Survivalists (BYUtv, Tuesdays at 9ET/6PT)
- The Secret of Skinwalker Ranch (History, Tuesday at 10, then Tuesdays at 9).
- Top Gear America (MotorTrend App, Fridays)
- Homestead Rescue: Raney Ranch (Discovery, Thursdays at 8)
American Ninja Warrior: Women’s Championship (NBC, Sunday, May 9, at 7) is a special episode of the competition that will have 12 female contestants competing on two courses, with a $25,000 prize going to the winner.
Happily Wherever (HGTV, Fridays at 8:30) seems like House Hunters except the couples see what they can afford where they currently live versus two other places.
Human: The World Within (PBS, May 5 at 9, then Wednesdays at 10). “Experts at the vanguard of science and medicine show how the fantastic feats humans are capable of trace back to the body’s incredible resilience”
Unbreakable (Fuse, Tuesdays at 11) “follows the lives of young adults with disabilities as they overcome extraordinary obstacles to reach their dreams,” according to Fuse in a description that borders on inspiration porn.
From Cradle to Stage (Paramount+, Thursdays) is hosted by Dave Grohl and Virginia Hanlon Grohl, who visit with an artist and that person’s mother to “explore each artists’ upbringing and the tools they received,” according to Paramount+.
Amy Tan: Unintended Memoir (PBS, Monday, May 3, at 9) is American Masters’ profile of The Joy Luck Club author’s life and writing career.
The Son of Sam: A Descent into Darkness (Netflix, Wednesday) focuses not on serial killer David Berkowitz, but on a journalist, Maury Terry, “who went down a rabbit hole and never came out” while trying to prove that Berkowtiz didn’t act alone, according to Netflix.
Citizen Penn (Discovery+, Thursday) follows Sean Penn’s humanitarian efforts following the 2010 earthquake in Haiti.
Far East Deep South (WORLD, Tuesday, May 4, at 8, and then streaming on PBS and WORLD Channel) is part of the documentary series America ReFramed, and “follows Charles Chiu and his family… as they travel from California to Mississippi to find answers about Charles’ father, K.C. Lou.” which “leads to stunning revelations and a crash course on the surprising history of Chinese immigrants in the segregated South,” according to WORLD.
Escaping Eritrea (PBS, Tuesday, May 4, at 10) is Frontline’s look at the authoritarian, east African country, and includes “secretly shot footage from inside the country and [interviews with] people who’ve escaped.”
Assassins (Starz, Monday, May 3, at 8) “examines the circumstances surrounding the murder of Kim Jong-nam, the half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, and if the two killers are trained assassins or innocent pawns in a greater conspiracy,” Starz says.
That’s everything on my list! Hope you enjoy whatever you watch.