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August begins with these 16 reality TV premieres and 8 documentaries

Greetings and good morning! After a July that brought us more than 100 premieres of new seasons or new reality shows, never mind the ongoing summer Olympics, August arrives with more than 70 shows scheduled so far, and plenty more to be added to our summer reality TV premiere list.

One of the Mythbusters is back with a new series: Tory Belleci joins mechanic Faye Hadley and race car driver Bisi Ezerioha as they test car-related myths on Motor Mythbusters (MotorTrend, Wednesdays).

By the way, if you haven’t already looked at what’s up for bid in the first-ever Mythbusters prop auction, there are some great pieces of TV history—and it all benefits a great cause.

Small Town News: KPVM Pahrump (HBO, Mondays at 9) is a reality TV workplace show that focuses on a small, privately-owned news station and its “colorful cast of characters.”

VH1 gets into the true-crime genre with a new and completely necessary entry, My True Crime Story (VH1, Mondays at 10), which has people telling the story of being “mixed up in headline-grabbing crimes,” according to VH1.

The 2006 documentary Cocaine Cowboys becomes a six-part documentary series, Cocaine Cowboys: The Kings of Miami (Netflix, Wednesday), while Top Secret UFO Projects: Declassified (Netflix, Wednesday) will surely declassify top-secret things.

In celebrity-ish reality TV, we have:

  • Brat Loves Judy (WEtv, Thursdays at 9), which follows Da Brat and her girlfriend Jesseca ‘Judy’ Dupart,
  • Luke Bryan: My Dirt Road Diary (IMDb TV, Friday), which follows the American Idol judge via “incredibly personal footage”,
  • and Cooking with Paris (Netflix, Wednesday) is a show that seems like Netflix saw HBO Max’s Selena + Chef and decided they wanted their own, just with Paris Hilton instead of Selena Gomez.

In home TV, there’s:

  • Breaking Bland (HGTV, Wednesdays at 9), which follows designer Mary Welch Fox Stasik’s attempt to help people make their spaces less boring,
  • For The Love of Kitchens (Discovery+, Fridays), which follows a design company whose headquarters are an old English mill,
  • and Ranch to Table (Discovery+, Fridays) follows Elizabeth Poett, who runs a ranch and makes dishes from her ranch.

And finally, Money Hungry is a taste-test reality competition (Food Network, Aug. 8 at 10, then Tuesdays at 10).

Returning for new seasons:

  • My Feet Are Killing Me (TLC, Wednesdays at 10)
  • Heartbreak Island (Discovery+, Saturday), season two of the New Zealand show
  • Car Masters: Rust to Riches (Netflix, Wednesday)
  • Drain the Oceans (National Geographic, Mondays at 9)

Documentaries that are airing or becoming available this week, plus descriptions from their respective networks:

  • Pier Kids (PBS, Monday, Aug. 2, at 10): “On the Christopher Street Pier in New York City, homeless queer and trans youth of color forge friendships and chosen families, withstanding tremendous amounts of abuse while working to carve out autonomy in their lives.”
  • Into the Lost Desert (Tubi): “follows extreme desert explorer Max Calderan as he crosses the Rub’ al Khali on foot”
  • Betrayal at Attica (HBO Max): “the State of New York shot and killed 39 of its own citizens, injured hundreds more, and tortured the survivors” and “Radical lawyer Elizabeth Fink tells the story of the Attica prison rebellion, and how she exposed the cover up that went on for decades.”
  • Pray Away (Netflix, Tuesday): “Survivors and ex-leaders of the so-called ‘conversion therapy’ movement speak out about its harm to the LGBTQ community and its devastating persistence.”
  • Shiny_Flakes: The Teenage Drug Lord (Netflix, Tuesday): “Max S. reveals how he built a drug empire from his childhood bedroom in this story that inspired the series How to Sell Drugs Online (Fast).
  • Obama: In Pursuit of a More Perfect Union (HBO, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 9) is a three-part documentary that “chronicles the personal and political journey of President Barack Obama, as the country grapples with its own racial history,” according to HBO.
  • Val (Amazon, Friday): “Who is Val Kilmer? He’s Batman. He’s Iceman. He’s Jim Morrison. And he’s a lifelong filmmaker.”
  • In their Own Words: Diana, Princess of Wales (PBS, Sunday at 8) “tells the story of the beloved woman who defied expectations and used the power of her celebrity to change lives”

That’s everything on my list. Have a great week!

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