Netflix announced a new dating reality series, Sexy Beasts, on which people go on dates while in prosthetic makeup that disguises their actual appearance. It reminds me of both NBC’s charming First Dates and Fox’s trashy Mr. Personality.
Netflix has two new travel reality shows—World’s Most Amazing Vacation Rentals, with Million Dollar Listing’s Luis Ortiz, Jo Franco, and Megan Batoon; and Fresh, Fried and Crispy, with Daym Drops—that are perfect light escapes that also offer ideas for travel.
Netflix used its platform to suggest Carole Baskin is a murderer and ignore Joe Exotic’s racism. Now it’s going to help gay Bachelor Colton Underwood rehabilitate his image. My thoughts about the power Netflix has to portray people however they want.
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.
Netflix’s Blown Away has not changed significantly in season two, which is both a relief and, honestly, a bit of a disappointment.
Netflix’s new Best Leftovers Ever is a calmer and more competent version of Nailed It, while Britain’s Best Home Cook is a new show for Bake-Off’s Mary Berry but doesn’t live up to its predecessor. Yet both have plenty to enjoy.
If you watch Bravo or E! reality shows that follow wealthy people, none of what Bling Empire offers will be surprising. Yet it’s also a thoroughly enjoyable—and just wait until you meet Anna Shay.