Holey Moley’s first season was great fun. Season two is even better, which is to say it’s far more insane and more like Wipeout—yet also more of a legitimate competition.
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Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Adam Scott, and Ben Stiller are certainly not the world’s best escape room team, but with Jack Black as their game master, they are quite entertaining.
Fox’s Ultimate Tag, hosted by JJ, TJ, and Derek Watt, is significantly better than similar reality shows that came before it. But it’s also not the next American Ninja Warrior or American Gladiators.
The Big Flower Fight is the latest entry in Netflix’s attempt to wow the world with mediocre versions of popular reality TV shows, and it has plagiarized all the wrong things from The Great British Baking Show.
Tirdy Works, a new reality show on truTV, has non-stop moose turd puns but also a lot of warmth and heart. It’s the shit, and I highly recommend it.
Buddy vs. Duff 2’s finale had Duff Goldman and Buddy Valastro competing in a challenge with a Star Wars theme, and we could’ve guessed who’d win even before it started.
American Idol 18’s top-20 episode was filmed remotely but was surprisingly great, and set a very high bar for at-home editions of reality TV competitions.
Actual Brad Pitt was on HGTV with the Property Brothers, on a new show that has the Property Brothers do makeovers alongside actual A-list stars.
Carla Hall, Vivian Howard, Marcus Samuelsson, Eric Ripert, and other chefs watch—and comment on—episodes of Julia Child’s The French Chef in this new show. Highly recommended.
With its comedian contestants and absurdly silly dances, E!’s The Funny Dance Show is a fun hour.
Netflix’s Tiger King: Murder Mayhem, and Madness is as unsubtle as this headline, and is addictively watchable. But what is its point?
Making the Cut has sheared away the minutiae of the clothing-designing process, and replaced it with twirling, cinematic shots of New York and Paris. A review of the Amazon Prime Video reality competition.
I’m thrilled to have Top Chef back and the premiere was a fun watch, but it also felt surprisingly stale after the reinvention of Project Runway and the pomp of Survivor: Winners at War.
Buddy vs. Duff 2 is not the odd and flimsy competition that season one was. It’s a lot more playful and fun—though it’s still a little sketchy.
Bravo’s Project Runway is in its 18th season, its second of its new era, while Netflix’s new entrant, Next in Fashion, doesn’t exactly reinvent the fashion competition.