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Behind the Music and Cesar Millan’s return to TV and a Gold Rush spin-off: this week’s reality TV premieres

Behind the Music and Cesar Millan’s return to TV and a Gold Rush spin-off: this week’s reality TV premieres
Ricky Martin is the first musician profiled in Behind the Music's return (Image from Behind the Music via Paramount+)

Good Monday morning! Is it just me, or does it feel we’re now living in fast-forward? It’s somehow almost August! Maybe it’s just the contrast with last year, when time felt like it was paused.

In any case, the flood of new reality TV shows and seasons—more than 100 this month alone!—continues this week. So here are your reality TV and documentary premieres for July 26 to Aug. 1, 2021.

The Olympics are underway, and so is Olympic-related content, including a new series, On Her Turf at the Olympics (Peacock, nightly at 7 until Aug. 1), that is following female athletes in Tokyo.

For an entirely different kind of competition, we have Fboy Island (HBO Max, Thursday), a dating series with three women looking for love among 24 men, half of whom are the titular “fuckboys.”

Amber Pike and Matt Barnett after getting married on the finale of Love is Blind
Amber Pike and Matt Barnett after getting married on the finale of Love is Blind (Image from Love is Blind via Netflix)

Love is Blind is not yet back for a new season, but the popular season-one cast—or some of them, at least—are back for what Netflix describes as “an anniversary party.” It’s called Love is Blind: After the Altar (Netflix, Wednesday).

HGTV’s Celebrity IOU is spinning off a new series, Celebrity IOU: Joyride (Discovery+, Monday), on which “master mechanic Ant Anstead and car guru Cristy Lee team up with celebrities … to create automotive masterpieces for someone special in their lives.” It’s almost like celebrities don’t have enough money to show their friends how much they care, so they have to get a TV show to do it for them. Huh.

Because we need to encourage people to pretend they’re detectives, there’s Citizen P. I. (Discovery+, Tuesdays), which Discovery says profiles “people who dive headfirst into the rabbit hole to solve violent crimes.”

Tattoo artists help cover up bad tattoos on Tattoo Redo (Netflix, Wednesday), and Zoë François helps home bakers on Zoë Bakes (Discovery+, Fridays).

Gold Rush spins off another show, Gold Rush: Winter’s Fortune (Discovery, Fridays at 8), which Discovery says “will follow fan favorites including Tony Beets, Rick Ness, Dave Turin, Fred Lewis and Dustin Hurt as they go about their winter prospecting.”

Cesar Millan is back with a new show, which sounds exactly like his old shows, Cesar 911 and Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan. The new show is Cesar Millan: Better Human, Better Dog (National Geographic Channel, Fridays at 9, repeating Sundays at 8 on NatGeo WILD and Wednesdays on Disney+).

Behind the Music (Paramount+, Thursdays) is also back with both new episodes—Ricky Martin is the first musician who will be profiled—plus “remastered” old episodes.

There’s also a new in-depth music show on another streaming service: Watch the Sound with Mark Ronson (Apple TV+, Friday), on which Ronson “uncovers the untold stories behind music creation.”

Returning for new seasons this week:

  • Glow Up (Netflix, Friday)
  • The Wine Show (Sundance Now/AMC+/Acorn TV, Thursday)
  • One Week to Sell (HGTV, Fridays at 9)
  • Dino Hunters (Discovery, Fridays at 9)

Here are all the feature documentaries premiering on TV this week, with descriptions from their respective networks:

  • Mayor (PBS, Monday, May 26, at 10), from POV: “a nuanced perspective of the Palestinian struggle for autonomy through the eyes of former civil engineer-turned-mayor, Musa Hadid”
  • Buddy Guy: The Blues Chase the Blues Away (PBS, Tuesday, July 27, at 9): American Masters’ profile of “living legend George ‘Buddy’ Guy, a blues master who transcended his early years as a sharecropper in Lettsworth, Louisiana to become one of the most influential guitarists of all time”
  • In their Own Words: Chuck Berry (PBS, Tuesday, July 27, at 8) “explores the life and legacy of the rock and roll pioneer”
  • Vice Versa: Crusaders (Vice, Wednesday, July 28, at 9) says it “uncovers a massive cover-up of corruption, abuse and mind control within a global religious organization: the Jehovah’s Witnesses.”
  • Dr. Death: The Undoctored Story (Peacock, Thursday). focuses on Dr. Christopher Duntsch, “who was sentenced to life imprisonment after maiming, harming, or killing 33 patients who came in for complex but routine spinal surgeries”
  • Myth & Mogul: John DeLorean (Netflix, Friday): “explores the rise and fall of automotive icon John Delorean, the poster boy of late ‘70s corporate greed”
  • Romeo Santos: King Of Bachata (HBO Max, Friday). “traces the ascent of the disenfranchised genre from the oppressed countryside of the Dominican Republic to its unprecedented international recognition—culminating in a record-breaking concert starring Romeo Santos”
  • Mr. SOUL! (HBO Max, Sunday): “the first national variety show to provide expanded images of African Americans on television, shifting the gaze from inner-city poverty and violence to the vibrancy of the Black Arts Movement.”

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