A Bake-Off winner’s cooking show and five other shows premiering this week


April has really come and (almost) gone, hasn’t it? It feels like both a flash and also the longest month ever. During this week of transition between April and May, only seven reality shows are airing or launching new seasons.

There are also several documentaries coming to TV and streaming, including a follow-up to Autism: The Musical, which first aired 14 years ago. Let’s get to the premieres of this week.

Robert Irvine on Restaurant: Impossible with the owners of Josephine's Cooking, Josephine and Victor
Robert Irvine, right, on Restaurant: Impossible with the owners of Josephine’s Cooking, Josephine and Victor. (Photo by Food Network)

Robert Irvine checks in to see how the restaurants of RestaurantImpossible are facing now (Food Network, Thursday, April 30 at 9 a.m.).

Nadiya Hussain’s 2019 BBC show, winner of the Great British Baking Show Nadiya’s eating time is coming to Netflix (Netflix, Wednesday). The show looks like a classic cooking show, but focuses on “showcasing simple yet delicious recipes that won’t break the budget and can be slotted into our busy lives”, according to the BBC.

Many Disney+ reality shows have managed to be heartwarming (charming, nostalgic) and also self-serving corporate infomercials, like the cute Be our leaderwhich is hosted by Angela Kinsey.

It continues this week with Accessory Culture (Disney+, Fridays), which the streaming platform describes as a reunion of “iconic Disney movie props” and the cast and crew who once used or designed them for Disney movies and Disney park attractions. theme. Among these Disney properties: The Nightmare Before ChristmasPirates of the Caribbean (the ride, not the movie), tronand Mary Poppins.

PBS, Spy in the Wild, spy pup, spy crocodiles
Spy Pup, a robotic dog with a camera as an eye, and two newborn spy crocodiles (inset) from PBS’s Spy in the Wild. (Photo by Richard Jones/John Downer Productions)

spy in nature is back with more animatronic antics of animal versions that have cameras inside, and captures an up-close look at the lives of hummingbirds, Komodo dragons and other animals (PBS, Wednesdays at 8 a.m. ).

Two Bravo shows are also back:

  • The Real Housewives of the Potomac (Bravo, Sundays at 8 a.m.); its cast consists of Gizelle Bryant, Karen Huger, Ashley Darby, Robyn Dixon, Monique Samuels and Candiace Dillard Bassett, plus new addition Wendy Osefo. Bravo delayed the premiere to this summer.
  • Married to Medicine Los Angeles (Bravo, Sunday at 9 a.m.), which will follow Dr. Britten Cole, Dr. Imani Walker, Shanique Drummond and Jazmin Johnson, and new cast members Dr. Kendra Segura and Lia Dias

In documentary television, Autism: the sequel (HBO, Tuesday, April 28 at 9 a.m.) follows HBO’s 2006 show Autism: The Musical, which followed five kids who created their own musical. In the sequel, HBO says, “the original subjects, now in their early twenties, navigate what independence means to them as they navigate the challenges and triumphs of adulthood.”

The immunologist who discovered how our immune system can help beat cancer is featured in Jim Allison: breakthrough (PBS, Monday, April 27 at 10 a.m.).

PBS describes the Independent Lens documentary by noting that when Allison “began his work, immunology was not considered a real science by academics and traditionalists. Colleagues who respected his intentions thought he was wasting his time. Nevertheless, he followed his star, never forgetting the suffering of his mother, who died of lymphoma when he was 11. Jim Allison: Breakthrough traces his remarkable life from childhood in small town Texas to to blaze a trail that would save the lives of hundreds of thousands of people around the world.

A secret love (Netflix, Wednesday) is the story of the relationship between Terry Donahue and Pat Henschel; Terry was part of the professional baseball league that inspired A league aparta movie that left out Terry’s same-sex relationship because the women had to be in the closet.

Murder at Mercy (Netflix, Wednesday) is about the 16-year-old girl sentenced to life in prison for killing a man who paid her for sex. She was released from prison last year; she is too wrote a book subtitled “My Search for Redemption in the American Prison System.”

The secret of the dead: the construction of Notre-Dame (PBS, Tuesday April 28 at 8 p.m.) is “a major historical and scientific investigation into the construction of Notre-Dame de Paris, which began in the 12th century and ended several hundred years later”, including its yesterday’s builders. and today,” says PBS.

Mummy Mysteries (Travel Channel, Mondays at 10 a.m.) follows experts as they delve into the stories of Egypt’s “most infamous mummies.” In other non-travel related Travel Channel reality shows, fear of destination (Travel Channel, Wednesdays at 10 a.m.) is back with a new season.


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