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The Impractical Jokers movie, a Top Chef spin-off, and other reality TV premieres this week

The Impractical Jokers movie, a Top Chef spin-off, and other reality TV premieres this week
Impractical Jokers Joe Gatto, Sal Vulcano, Brian Quinn, and James Murray at the WarnerMedia Upfront in 2019. (Photo by truTV)

Good morning! We’ve almost arrived at the end of June, and summer reality TV is in abundance, like sunshine and thunderstorms. There are quite a few shows and a bunch of documentaries premiering this week.

First, after Top Chef Portland ends its season, Bravo will premiere a new spin-off: Top Chef Amateurs (Bravo, Thursdays at 9). Gail Simmons hosts as two non-chef contestants compete in past Top Chef challenges.

Drag queens from RuPaul’s Drag Race and original The Brady Bunch cast members will recreate the episode “Will the Real Jan Brady Please Stand Up?” on Dragging the Classics: The Brady Bunch (Paramount+, Wednesday). Kylie Sonique Love will play Jan Brady, Shea Couleé will play Marcia Brady, Bianca Del Rio will play Carol Brady, Nina West will play Alice, and Kandy Muse will play Cindy Brady.

YouTuber Bretman Rock will try to survive in the Hawaiian wilderness for a month on 30 Days With: Bretman Rock (YouTube, Wednesdays).

Discovery is continuing its relentless push of Martha Stewart with a brand-new show, Martha Gets Down and Dirty (Discovery+, Thursday), on which Martha gives gardening and entertaining tips from her house.

So Freakin’ Cheap (TLC, Mondays at 10) follows families who look for deals, while Big Timber (Netflix, Friday) follows loggers on Vancouver Island, and Dogs with Extraordinary Jobs (Smithsonian, Wednesdays at 8) is self-explanatory.

The Impractical Jokers movie will premiere this week (truTV, Thursday, July 1, at 10:30), and be preceded (at 10 p.m.) by an “awards show,” on which the four guys will look back on moments over their first 200+ episodes.

Returning for new seasons are Good Bones (HGTV, Tuesdays at 9) and America’s Top Dog (A&E, Tuesdays at 8).

Summer of Soul: …Or, When The Revolution Could Not Be Televised (Hulu, Friday) is Questlove’s documentary about the Harlem Cultural Festival, which took place in the summer of 1969 and filmed, but “the footage was never seen and largely forgotten–until now,” Hulu says.

Josh Gates will go live for three hours on three different networks on Wednesday to explore the forthcoming government report about the existence of UFOs. It’s called UFOs Declassified: Live (Discovery/Science/Travel, Wednesday, June 30, at 8). Later in the week, Roswell: The Final Verdict (Discovery+, Fridays) explores the incident in New Mexico.

On Kevin Hart’s Muscle Car Crew (MotorTrend, Friday), the comedian and his friends “learn to navigate the challenges of owning classic vehicles and make us laugh along the way,” MotorTrend says.

The true-crime series Sophie: A Murder in West Cork (Netflix, Wednesday) is about the murder of a French woman, while Relentless (Discovery+, Monday) is about both a missing person and “a filmmaker who becomes dangerously ensnared by the story she’s documenting,” Discovery says.

The One and Only Dick Gregory (Showtime, Sunday, July 4, at 9) profiles “the activist, pop-culture icon and thought leader who changed the lives of millions across the world through constant disruption and awareness,” as Showtime calls him.

The Bat Man of Mexico (PBS, Wednesday, June 30, at 8) is Nature’s profile of an ecologist trying to save bats—which will save Mexico’s production of tequila, because bats are central to pollination.

The People vs. Agent Orange (PBS, Monday, June 28, at 10) “follows two women, one American and one French-Vietnamese, and their mutual bond and fight to hold the chemical industry accountable for a devastating legacy,” according to Independent Lens.

Germany’s Neo-Nazis & the Far Right (PBS, Tuesday, June 29, at 10) is Frontline’s exploration of “far-right extremism and violence in Germany.”

The Legend of the Underground (HBO, Tuesday, June 29, at 9) focuses on “several bold and charismatic, non-conformist youth” in Nigeria who “spark a cultural debate that challenges the ideals of gender conformity and human rights,” according to HBO.

That’s everything on my list for this week. Enjoy your TV!

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