From campy classics to reality returns, we round up the top 10 shows to watch this week
1. Grease Sing-Along – Sunday, June 7, 8:30 p.m., CBS
CBSHaving more or less run out of scripted TV series, CBS has transformed Sunday nights into movie nights, featuring selections from the Paramount Studios catalogue. This week, the network serves up a special sing-along version of iconic 1978 musical Grease, featuring follow-along lyrics to all the songs so that viewers can join in the fun and sing and dance with Sandy, Danny, the Pink Ladies and the T-Birds.
2. Manson Speaks: Inside the Mind of a Madman – Sunday, June 7, 9 p.m., History
HistoryIt’s well-documented that Charles Manson was behind the so-called “Helter Skelter” murders, but this program takes the story in a different direction, instead exploring a hypothesis about Manson’s motives that greatly changes the scope of his crimes. Retired LAPD detective Cliff Shepard takes the lead here, in a special that features 26 hours of previously unreleased phone conversations with Manson.
3. 90 Day Fiancé: The Other Way – Monday, June 8, 6 p.m. & 10 p.m., TLC | Season Premiere
TLCIf you’ve spent pandemic life becoming utterly addicted to outside-the-box dating battles like Love Is Blind and Too Hot to Handle, know that you’re not alone. There’s a ravenous appetite for shows that turn the reality romance genre on its head, finding bold new ways to capture courtship in action.
The second season of this 90 Day Fiancé spinoff certainly fits that mold. Does love really conquer all? Or will the pressure of giving up your entire life and moving to a foreign country prove too much for born-and-bred Americans?
Follow along as the show provides updates on two of the first-season couples still struggling to make their relationships work, while also getting to know a few new love seekers. In addition to culture clashes, several would-be lovebirds are also dealing with an age gap; that in mind, the most intriguing returnees from season one would have to be 60-something Jenny, who moved from California to India for 30-something Sumit, only to learn he was already tied up in an arranged marriage. Initially opting to head back home, she’s now ready to give him a second chance.
4. The Bachelor: The Greatest Seasons – Ever! – Monday, June 8, 8 p.m., City & ABC | Series Premiere
CityAt a time when broadcast television is hard up for fresh programming, The Bachelor is a gift that keeps on giving.
Though the coronavirus pandemic postponed production on the next season of The Bachelorette, the franchise yielded the previously taped The Bachelor Presents: Listen to Your Heart—and now, producers are mining their eventful past to sate fans’ boundless appetite for true love and trashy romance.
Premiering Monday, The Bachelor: The Greatest Seasons—Ever! finds host and producer Chris Harrison encapsulating an entire season of the reality dating show in each three-hour episode.
Working with a skeleton crew at the famed Bachelor Mansion, he adds present-day perspective to what happened back then.
5. World of Dance – Tuesday, June 9, 10 p.m., CTV; 10:01 p.m., NBC
Facebook/World of DanceWorld of Dance is showing off some new moves this year. “It’s the same money—it’s $1 million—but the stakes feel so much higher,” says Scott Evans, host of the popular competition judged by multihyphenate superstar Jennifer Lopez, Dancing With the Stars alum Derek Hough and Grammy-nominated R&B artist Ne-Yo.
As with the previous three seasons, the show not only dangles a very large financial carrot in front of the contestants but can propel an artist to real career advancement. While that’s a nail-biter in itself, perhaps the biggest plot twist this year was whether or not the show would come together before COVID-19 entered the global stage.
“Lucky” doesn’t quite begin to cover how Evans and the rest of the cast and crew feel about their fortunate timing. “It was like the dance gods smiled upon us,” the host reflects of finishing on Friday the 13th, just ahead of Hollywood’s mass shuttering. “The last episode was right before everything shut down. At that point, we were all just trying to figure out what is going on. It would have been irresponsible of us to have an audience, so we had our final night with just us, taking it back to the very beginning. But it was such an incredible show of spirit. These dancers came out, in the midst of all of that madness, and gave it everything they had.”
6. Double Shot at Love – Thursday, June 11, 6 p.m. & Midnight, MTV Canada | Season Premiere
MTV CanadaIs there any TV bromance so profoundly bromantic as the one between Jersey Shore’s DJ Pauly D and Vinny Guadagnino? Season two of this spinoff dating show features the pair of lotharios heading off to Las Vegas in search of a good party and some new ladies to canoodle. The original plan was to make this one a totally separate series called DJ Pauly D and Vinny’s Vegas Pool Party, and even though it was ultimately folded into the Double Shot franchise, you’ll notice a fresh approach this time around.
For one, there’s no direct competition between the boys, just the common goal of booze, sex and debauchery for all. That should make for a more relaxed atmosphere, though one conceivable source of tension does exist in the form of their party-mates—a few of the ladies they romanced and rejected during that first season: Brittani “B-lashes” Schwartz, Derynn Paige, Maria Elizondo, Marissa Lucchese, Susan “Suzi” Baidya and season-one finalist Nikki Hall will all live and work with the guys—perhaps throwing a wet towel on their dating plans, or perhaps spicing things up. Either way, we’re betting Pauly and Nikki being in close quarters again is going to result in serious drama for the ex-lovers themselves or the other ladies who were once vying for the heart of this bronzered Adonis.
7. Don’t – Thursday, June 11, 9 p.m., ABC | Series Premiere
ABCHost Adam Scott invites contestants to do... nothing. Seriously—this Ryan Reynolds-produced game show challenges families to quirky tasks such as Don’t Blink, Don’t Look Back, Don’t Play Ball in the House. If they win, there’s cash. If they fail, the consequences will be silly.
8. Alone – Thursday, June 11, 10 p.m. & 12:30 a.m., History | Season Premiere
HistoryThe ultimate wilderness competition is back, and for the second year in a row, things are gonna get chilly. This year’s 10 survivalists will again be left on their lonesome in the Arctic, hoping to outlast the elements for 100 days and claim that $1 million. In tonight’s premiere, they’re introduced to the region’s array of predators.
9. F Is For Family – Friday, June 12, Netflix | Season Premiere
NetflixBill Burr’s raunchy, relatable ’70s cartoon returns for season four, and co-creators Burr and Michael Price (The Simpsons) have managed to corral Jonathan Banks (from Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul) to play Frank’s sure-to-be-curmudgeonly father.
10. George Michael: Freedom – Friday, June 12, 5:25 p.m., HBO Canada
HBO CanadaFinished not long before his death in 2016, this documentary delves into the titular singer’s Listen Without Prejudice, Vol. 1 album. In it, Mr. Michael sits down for a two-and-a-half-hour interview, opening up about a number of deeply personal topics.