Monday, May 6th
Rihanna 777, concert special from 8 to 9pm on FOX
– Last November, Rihanna invited dozens of journalists on her 777 tour, consisting of seven concerts in seven countries in seven days, via a 777 aircraft. Headlines during the extravaganza deemed the trip a “fiasco,” with press complaining that Rihanna was unavailable and they were tired. Not shockingly, this one-hour special about the whole shebang is even less interesting than those grumpy-on-the-scene reports.
Newlyweds: The First Year, series premiere at 10pm on Bravo
– In Bravo’s latest trashy reality series, Newlyweds: The First Year goes deep inside the lives of four newlywed couples and documents their most personal moments over the course of 365 days. Partnering with Emmy Award-Winning and Oscar-nominated documentarian Lauren Lazin, the eight-episode series follows each couple and captures everything from their wedding day to their one-year anniversary, chronicling all of the trials and tribulations that arise as a newlywed. With 50% of all marriages ending in divorce, viewers will watch these couples put love to the test in each compelling, hour-long episode. Although the couples’ paths never cross, their stories offer a common thread that allows viewers to relate to the joys and challenges of married life. With issues ranging from fertility struggles and merging of finances to major cultural differences and family drama, which of these couples will survive the first year of marriage?
Dear Mom, Love Cher, special at 10pm on Lifetime
– To celebrate Mother’s Day, Lifetime will premiere the documentary Dear Mom, Love Cher, revealing the extraordinary life story and perseverance of Cher’s mother, Georgia Holt. The hour-long special provides a rare peek into Cher’s fascinating family history and features in depth interviews with Holt, her daughters Cher and Georganne LaPiere Bartylak, and grandchildren Chaz Bono and Elijah Blue Allman. The documentary begins with Holt’s humble beginnings in rural Arkansas, where she first dreamt of stardom as a little girl and continues through her six tumultuous marriages while pursuing a career among Hollywood’s elite as a singer and actress. Holt endures a series of dramatic personal and professional triumphs and setbacks but survived and overcame the odds—no matter the challenge—to successfully raise two loving daughters. One of the daughters would live out the dream Holt could never fulfill for herself and go on to become one of the world’s biggest stars. Dear Mom, Love Cher includes unprecedented access to the family and features a never-before-heard duet performance with Holt and Cher, along with the long-lost recordings Holt taped more than three decades ago that Cher has re-mastered for commercial release later this year, making her mother’s lifelong dream a reality.
Wednesday, May 8th
Million Dollar Listing New York, season premiere at 10pm on Bravo
– Million Dollar Listing New York follows three real-estate agents as they give viewers an inside look into the aggressive, high-stakes world of New York City’s real estate market. Ryan Serhant and Fredrik Eklund return for Season 2, accompanied by up-and-coming agent Luis D. Ortiz, a high-energy agent, originally from Puerto Rico, who’s looking to take Manhattan by storm. The properties are more luxurious than ever, with 10 million dollar townhomes, 15 million dollar penthouses, and building developments exceeding the 50 million dollar mark. From the agents dealing with the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, to sabotaging each other’s open houses, and enacting revenge against one another and a spectacular island-sized wedding that takes one of them off the dating market forever, this season’s drama is sure to be as big as their commissions.
Thursday, May 9th
Wipeout, season premiere at 8pm on ABC
– Nothing says summer like the Big Balls and two completely new Wipeout courses featuring crazy obstacles like the Fail Boxes, Tropic Blunder, Octopushy, Miami Pound Machine, Wipeout City and Sugar Smacks, along with a totally brand-new Wipeout Zone as well. This year the themes get even bigger and wilder with “Brains vs. Brawn,” “Beauty Queens,” “Dirty Jobs” and “Exes,” plus returning fan favorites, “Hotties vs. Nerds,” “Family Edition,” “Blind Date” and “Boss & Employee.” As we tune in each week we’ll see 24 energetic new contestants of all ages, shapes and sizes go head to head through four rounds of demanding but hilarious obstacle courses to win the title of “Wipeout Champion” and the $50,000 grand prize. The final contestants who make it to the end will face their biggest challenge yet when they race to the finish for the fastest time in the brand new Wipeout Zone which has been completely redesigned resulting in some of the biggest Wipeouts to date. In the end, only one contestant will be victorious, while everyone else will Wipeout! The dynamic duo of John Henson and John Anderson host with Jill Wagner returning to take over Vanessa Lachey’s co-hosting duties on the obstacle course.
Friday, May 10th
Bob Saget: That’s What I’m Talkin’ About, comedy special from 10 to 11pm on Showtime
– This is the best comedy special ever—if you’re an 11-year-old boy. For anyone else, it’s a drag to watch Saget try to shock us with words like poop and wiener, corny double entendres, and hopelessly dated jokes from his Full House years. Just now discovering what LOL means, he asks “Does anybody actually laugh out loud?” Well, certainly not after watching this special.