A new year = new reality TV recommendations for you. Plus: Betty White on Match Game, and Amazing Race's unusual start
Dear newsletter friends,
Happy new year! I hope you’ve had a wonderful start to the new year, and that this is a wonderful year for us all.
I think my favorite week of the year is the one between Christmas and New Year’s: post-holiday rush, very few TV show premieres, and a general slowing down, at least in my lines of work. I would like at least three more of those weeks, please!
All of these reality TV shows premiered this week: I counted 28 reality TV shows and/or new seasons in the last three days alone, and almost 100 this month! 😱
And then there are all these documentaries, too.
That’s a lot to potentially watch, but I have a few recommendations for you, so let’s get to to those.
Recaps and reviews
This week, I reviewed and/or recapped:
Reality TV news
In other news:
On New Year’s Eve, the world lost Betty White, but her work—including in unscripted TV—lives on. Game Show Network is airing an eight-hour marathon of her Match Game episodes this Saturday at 9 a.m. ET.
🤩 I recommend
Coming up next week: Reviews of Guy Fieri’s new show, which is kind of a trainwreck, and the new season of Cheer; plus another Amazing Race recap, as my plan is to do that all season.
🌄 This is Reality in Focus issue 272, first sent Jan. 7, 2022, and it’s ready for a fantastic year.
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