The Amazing Race Canada
After a three-year absence due to COVID-19, the eighth season of “The Amazing Race Canada” premieres. The American version of the series found new ways to innovate when teams had to race through a pandemic and it will be interesting to see how things play out here. That said, after an initial review of this year’s contestants, the early favourites have to be Beverley Cheng and Veronica Skye, a pair of fitness enthusiasts from Toronto and Vancouver, and “Big Brother Canada” winner Tychon Carter-Newman and his father Cedric Newman. Both teams appear to be in phenomenal shape, always an asset on the Race.
9 p.m. EST, CTV & CTV.ca
The reality summer staple returns for its 24th season. Not much is known about the group that will be living in a house fitted with HD cameras and microphones. The winner will walk away with $750,000.
8 p.m., Global & StackTV.ca
The Challenge: USA
This is a reality TV lover’s dream. CBS has finally decided to put its superior reality programming to good use as this new series sees 28 contestants from “Survivor,” “Big Brother,” “The Amazing Race” and “Love Island” compete against each other for a $500,000 prize. For those unfamiliar, “The Challenge” is not a new concept. It has been on for 37 seasons and was initially started as a way for MTV to capitalize on its “Real World,” “Road Rules” and, later, “Are You The One?” casts, bringing back favourites and heroes in a cutthroat mental and physical competition. Now CBS is bringing the concept to prime time and on its main network. Easily the pick of the week and, reality-wise, an early contender for pick of the year.
8 p.m., CBS
Girl in the Picture
If true crime is what you prefer in the reality sphere, this startling Netflix doc might be what you are looking for. It’s based on the case of a woman who was killed in a hit-and-run in 1990. The woman had several different pseudonyms and three siblings who were all kidnapped by their stepfather years earlier. There are more shocking chapters to the story, but be warned: this one isn’t for the faint of heart.
Kelly Ripa hosts the latest comedy quiz show and this one has some serious celebrity backing. Produced by late-night host Jimmy Kimmel and reality genius Mark Burnett, it pairs kids with adults to ask pop culture questions from the other’s generation. Brilliant idea. Can’t believe someone hasn’t done it already.
9 p.m., CTV & CTV.ca
This strange supernatural series stars Lana Condor (from “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before”) as Erika Vu, a high school senior who decides to have one last wild night out. The night apparently gets too wild as Erika wakes up dead the next day. The one good thing about being a ghost (at least in Erika’s case) is that she fubakky gets the popularity she was always craving by using her own mortality as a catalyst for social media stardom. The show works because it doesn’t really take itself too seriously.
This six-episode psychological thriller is inspired by actual events and based on a true crime memoir. It’s about a high school football hero and policeman’s son, Jimmy Keene (played by Taron Egerton), who is convicted for dealing drugs. That’s when he is presented with a choice. He can either enter a maximum-security prison and befriend a suspected serial killer, Larry Hall (Paul Walter Hauser) or simply serve out his 10-year minimum-security sentence. The series also stars Greg Kinnear and the late Ray Liotta.
Apple TV Plus
How to Build a Sex Room
This racy reality series features designer Melanie Rose offering her take on the one room HGTV hasn’t really tackled yet. From a rock ’n’ roll-themed dungeon to a new-age spa space, Rose constructs naughty nesting nooks to inspire viewers to create their own. Guess you could say a condominium will never sound the same.
After premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival earlier this month, this doc series about the New York crime syndicate of that name features interviews with “Supreme Team” leaders Kenneth “Supreme” McGriff and Gerald “Prince” Miller. The series is co-directed by Grammy winner Nasir “Nas” Jones and promises to also address “the broader cultural dynamics the group had on hip hop and society at large.”
Who Do You Think You Are?
Lisa Kudrow (yes, from “Friends”) brought the concept of this show to the States from the U.K. Each week, a different celebrity goes on a search of their family tree with the help of genealogists, historians and experts. The premiere features Billy Porter and, as the series moves forward, we will learn more about Allison Janney, Zachary Levi, Nick Offerman, Zachary Quinto and Bradley Whitford.
7 p.m., CTV & CTV.ca
Race Against the Tide
Maestro Fresh Wes returns to host the new season of this sand-sculpting reality series. Each week, contestants have six hours to create impressive sand structures at the Bay of Fundy before the rising tide washes away their work. The last artist standing takes home $10,000.
8:30 p.m., CBC & CBC Gem
This new high-stakes medical drama tells the story of a diverse group of first responders in the North. It follows nurses and pilots who fly air ambulances in Manitoba. The cast includes Natasha Calis (“Nurses”), Aason Nadjiwan (“Batwoman”) and Kheon Clarke (“Riverdale”). The series will also stream on Paramount Plus south of the border.
9 p.m., CBC & CBC Gem
In 2015, Jeff Berwick, a Canadian entrepreneur, started a conference in Acapulco, Mexico, with the intent to promote anarchy. Namely, the absence of government with the promotion of self-rule. The event, dubbed “Anarchapulco,” drew libertarians, fugitives and families who wanted to “unschool” their children. This HBO series unfolds overs six years as it chronicles the strange series of events.
10 p.m., Crave
Murtz Jaffer is a Toronto-based entertainment writer and a freelance contributor for the Star. Follow him on Twitter: @murtzjaffer