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Good Monday morning. It’s December, and temperatures here in the 40s have been replaced by temperatures in the 80s. That’s Florida, and it is not meant to brag: there is also 95 percent humidity this morning, so I am sticking to myself as I type this. It’s very festive.
Before we get to this week’s premiers, I’ve just published my quarterly guide to reality TV show premiere dates. Because I update it every time networks send out announcements with premiere dates, it currently reaches all the way into May, when The Amazing Race 31 will premiere in Survivor’s timeslot.
So check that out. But first, here’s what’s ahead in reality TV this week.
A new Drag Race competition airs Friday night at 8
It’s now commonplace for canceled series to come back to life via reboots and revivals, but several beloved dramas are going big for their returns: feature-length films.
The cast of Downton Abbey just wrapped a big-screen version, a Breaking Bad film is starting production (still TBD: whether it will live on TV or in theaters), and shooting has commenced on an HBO movie of its Western drama Deadwood. And while AMC’s The Walking Dead continues without Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln), who last appeared on the November 4 episode, the character returns in a series of — you guessed it — movies.
The announcement came moments after Andrew Lincoln’s last appearance as Rick on the zombie-apocalypse show.
What’s sparking this trend? The wish to satisfy the hunger of
Despite its James Franco double shot, the first season of The Deuce TV show ran in the middle of HBO’s pack of shows. Does this porn industry series, from George Pelecanos and David Simon, have what it takes to attract a larger audience in its second season? Will The Deuce be cancelled or renewed for season three? Stay tuned. **Status update below.
An HBO 1970s period piece, The Deuce stars Franco, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Gary Carr, Gbenga Akinnagbe , Margarita Levieva, Dominique Fishback, Emily Meade, Lawrence Gilliard Jr., Chris Bauer, Michael Rispoli, and Chris Coy. A fictional historical drama, inspired by real-life twins who would go on to operate business fronts for the Gambino family, The Deuce centers on the rise of modern-day pornography in 1970s New York City.
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American Ninja Warrior spins off another series on another network with American Ninja Warrior Junior (Universal Kids, Saturdays at 7).
(Marc Maron. Photo by Mark Davis.)
“Hamilton” may be the hottest ticket in town, but don’t underestimate the popularity of Marc Maron. The host of the influential “WTF” podcast and star of Netflix’s “GLOW” opened the first of five shows Thursday at Acme Comedy Co. with the sold-out audience eager to see such a high-profile name in a venue that seats less than 300 patrons. Even Har Mar Superstar showed up.
“I’m trying to process a few things,” said Maron as a way of explaining why he wasn’t booked at a theatre. Loosely translated, that means he was testing new material, a step that’s necessary for even the best of comics, but sometimes frustrating for fans.
That wasn’t the case Thursday. Not all of his 90-minute set was polished, but Maron’s rage — he always seems like he’s in
The end of summer doesn’t have to be sad. Sure, the beach balls and patio BBQ have to get tucked away, and the days are sure to get longer and colder real soon. But fall brings with it the promise of amazing new shows — all kicking off with that most glorious of TV holidays: the Labor Day Marathon Binge.
Whether you’re catching up on your favorite TV shows or getting ready to settle in for a fine season of sports — CBS’ live stream of the Fantasy Football Today Telethon on CBS Sports HQ is a great place to start — or indulging in some great movies, tons of options are available to make the last weekend of Summer 2018 a breezy ride into the new season.
Cold Justice is back on the case. Today, Oxygen announced the TV show will return with new episodes in August.
The docuseries follows “veteran prosecutor Kelly Siegler and her rotating team of seasoned detectives – Johnny Bonds, Steve Spingola, Aaron Sam, Tonya Rider and Abbey Abbondandolo, as they dig into small town murder cases that have lingered for years without answers or justice for the victims.”
New episodes of Cold Justice premiere on Oxygen on August 4th at 6 p.m. ET/PT.
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New York, NY – July 10, 2018 – Oxygen Media, the network for high-quality crime programming, kicks off a brand new season of true crime investigative series “Cold Justice” on Saturday, August 4 at 6 pm ET/PT. From executive producer Dick Wolf and award-winning producers Magical Elves, the series follows veteran prosecutor Kelly Siegler and her rotating team of seasoned
Summer has arrived, the days are long, I’m sweating, and reality television offers plenty of reasons to stay inside: almost 20 reality shows debut or return this week.
Let’s start with Gordon Ramsay, who ended his show Kitchen Nightmares four years ago but is now back with a show that sounds surprisingly similar: To Hell and Back (Fox, Wednesdays at 9), on which he tries to rescue restaurants in less than a day. I’ll have a review Wednesday.
Netflix’s successful and emotional reboot of Queer Eye is out with its second season on Friday.
Alone (History, Thursdays at 10) returns for its first all-star season, with returning participants trying to outlast each other in Mongolia. Look for