On National Geographic Channel’s Race to the Center of the Earth, which is from the creators of The Amazing Race, four teams of three people race across four different routes, trying to win $1 million. But it’s very different from Amazing Race.
Great reality TV shows, outstanding documentary series, must-read stories about reality show stars and productions, and must-listen reality podcasts—everything that reality blurred editor and TV critic Andy Dehnart recommends. (Learn more about Andy.)
Nicole Byer, Jacques Torres, and Whes all return for Nailed It! Double Trouble, which brings pairs of contestants to compete together, but leaves the core of Nailed It alone.
Norm calls The Real World Homecoming: New York a time machine, but for me it’s a wormhole between this pandemic year and my teenage years, allowing instant passage back and forth, so we can live in two places at once. And it’s perfect.
It’s been seven years since HGTV aired Design Star, and the show’s return, as Design Star: Next Gen, is a vast improvement over its predecessor, though it will only be on Discovery+ after the premiere.
Nadiya Bakes is classic instructional cooking TV, like Barefoot Contessa but for baking, anchored by Great British Bake-Off winner Nadiya Hussain’s love of her craft.
Tough As Nails, which is occupying Survivor’s timeslot this spring, has an innovative format, entertaining and dramatic challenges, and a great cast.
I have three nonfiction, reality-focused podcasts to recommend to you: Anything for Selena, Twenty Thousand Hertz, and Still Processing.