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Reality TV Shows and Docu-Series That You Have to Watch in 2020

Reality Shows You Need to Watch in 2020

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2020 seems to be the year for “reality TV.”

While many staple franchises like The Bachelor, Catfish, and The Voice continue reigning supreme, Netflix and other streaming services are gaining momentum with their innovative and addictive offerings.

It seems like the only thing anyone has talked about lately has been Netflix’s Love Is Blind and The Circle. 

If you’re a reality TV fan or just want to know what all the buzz is about, check out our list of reality TV shows that are addictive and necessary to watch in 2020.

Special shout-out to a few docu-series for making the list!

Love is Blind (Netflix)

Would you be able to marry someone you’ve never seen and only knew 40 days? Well, that’s essentially the basis of Netflix’s Love is Blind. The dating show is on a whole other level as contestants meet in pods without seeing each other, get engaged, and then meet and live together for 40 days before getting married. Is true love possible in such a short time? The series has seen so many reactions including people who think the show is ridiculous to those getting emotional at how it is an accurate description of our current dating climate. The trailer teases that “ethnicity, race, physical appearance,” none of it matters when it comes to true love. See the funniest tweets from the show right here!

The Circle (Netflix)

The Circle is described as Big Brother meets Catfish and questions the authenticity of the image people put out there. Is what we see on social media true? How can we tell? It’s an interesting social experiment of our time as a handful of strangers live in the same apartment building, but they never meet face-to-face as they interact only through a social app that allows them to portray themselves as whoever they want to be. Players then try to figure out who is lying, rate each other, and the lowest-rated ones get eliminated or blocked from the game. You can read our interview with The Circle’s Best Friend Bill now!

 

Love Island (iTV)

Getting inspiration from The Bachelor, Love Island finds singles arriving at a luxurious villa and completing tasks to stay standing and walk away with the grand prize.

Cheer (Netflix)

Cheer isn’t a reality TV series, per se, but the docu-series has taken the world by storm and allows viewers to tap into the world of competitive cheerleading as it follows the nationally ranked 40-member Navarro College Bulldogs Cheer Team fro Texas as they prepare for a competition in Florida. Five individual members are profiled throughout the 6-episodes.

 

Lego Masters (FOX)

In 2020, you can make a reality TV show competition out of anything even putting together LEGOS, which takes a lot of precision and skill, by the way. Hosted by Will Arnett, the series finds teams of LEGO enthusiasts competition for the top prize as they build and showcase their intricate creations and meet challenges of building sets like “a dream theme park.”

Next in Fashion (Netflix)

 (Queer Eye’s Ran France leads the fashion competition series at Netflix alongside Alexa Chung. 18 contestants are split into 9 teams and compete against each other during weekly specials. It’s no Project Runway, but Next in Fashion is the next big thing.

The Goop Lab

Again, The Goop Lab, about Gwyneth Paltrow’s lifestyle and wellness brand is more docu-series than reality series, but it’s gotten a lot of attention for the practices it brings up including psychedelics, energy work, and other topics it explores that are “out there.” Also, people were intrigued by the woman who created a vagina candle, obviously.

The Masked Singer

It’s a singing competition unlike you’ve ever seen before. Nick Cannon hosts, Ken Jeong, Jenny McCarthy, Nicole Scherzinger and Robin Thicke serve as judges in a show that finds celebrities from all walks of life dressing up in elaborate costumes to conceal their identity and singing. Everyone must guess based on the vocals and a few clues.

What reality TV shows and docu-series would you add to the list?

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Was ‘La Brea’ Renewed For Season 3?

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La Brea fans, you have something to celebrate.

NBC has given an early season 3 renewal to the prehistoric sci-fi series. The network gave the green light right just before season 2 kicked off on Jan. 31, returning from hiatus with two back-to-back episodes. (Read our review!)

Per TVLine, La Brea will get six episodes in the third season with the possibility of scoring more down the line. And if no additional episodes are green-lit, six feels like a solid number that would be enough to provide a solid conclusion for dedicated fans.

The series averaged about 5.4 total weekly viewers, including DVR audiences, in its first season run, however, its midseason return fared rather poorly with 2.1 million and 2 million for both episodes, respectively. All of that could change once playback numbers are factored in proving that the drama was worth saving after all.

The series, which premiered in September 2021—and fills the sci-fi gap left behind by shows like Timeless and Debrisfollows a group of people who fall through a mysterious sinkhole in Los Angeles and find themselves transported to 10,000 B.C.

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Will There Be a Season 4 of ‘Big Sky’?

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Big Sky ended on a high note on Wed, Jan. 18, wrapping up a whirlwind season filled with murder, mystery, and deception.

And naturally, fans are already craving more, especially as each season of the series delves into a new storyline centered in Helena, Montana, and involving Dewell & Hoyt’s Cassie Dewell and Jenny Hoyt. 

As of now, ABC has not renewed Big Sky for a fourth season, and it may be months before we get any insight into the matter. 

In terms of ratings, the series kept steady with 2.4 million viewers and a 0.2 demo, which means ABC could go either way with their decision. 

The fact that they brought in the big guns like Reba McEntire and Jensen Ackles for this season likely means the network believes in the series—and it’s hard to argue with the dedicated fanbase that has stuck around through every twisted and over-the-top plot.

The third season wrapped up many lingering storylines, giving fans closure to the mystery plaguing the season, however, there’s always more to explore when it comes to the dynamics between the core characters. And something tells me, there’s no shortage of criminal activity in Helena.

While Cassie and Cormac finally made things official, fans were likely hoping to see a bit more romance for Jenny and Ackles’ Beau. The show has been toying with their chemistry, sparking a “will they or won’t they” debate, but when it finally came down to solidifying their relationship, they left it open-ended. While it may have been frustrating to fans, it’s likely the show’s hope that it’s enough to convince ABC to green light another season to allow them to explore these relationships further.

When TV Insider asked Ackles if he’d return for a fourth season, he explained, “I don’t know. They haven’t even picked up the show yet for Season 4, so I don’t know if anybody’s coming back for Season 4 yet. That’s above my pay grade.”

However, he added, “But if they do decide to pick up a Season 4 — which I would hope they would, I think the show’s really great, and I think it’s got a lot of story left to tell — I don’t know. They had me for one season. They were probably like, well, let’s just bring him in for one, and we’ll see how it goes, and then we’ll go from there. So they’re waiting to hear what happened with the show, and then they’ll probably talk to [showrunner] Elwood [Reid] and try to figure out what to do with the characters, those that are returning and those that they want to return.”

Seems promising! 

Once ABC gives the word—we’ll update this post accordingly. In the meantime, don’t be shy, read our review of the Big Sky Season 3 finale right here. 

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Why Is Taylor Kinney Leaving ‘Chicago Fire’?

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Shocking news Firehouse 51—Taylor Kinney is exiting Chicago Fire.

Deadline reported the news on Friday, Jan. 20, revealing that the actor, who anchors the show as Kelly Severide, will be taking a break from the series.

Kinney has been a staple on the Dick Wolf drama since its inception in 2012 and is a huge reason why the series has retained such a dedicated viewership. 

While an official reason was not provided, and a rep for the show did not offer a comment, sources close to production told the outlet that Kinney is taking a “leave of absence” to deal with a personal matter. No word on what the situation is. 

The cast and crew were reportedly informed of the leave right before the news broke, with the writer’s room likely having to rewrite scripts to accommodate the change.

It’s unclear whether this will be a permanent leave, nor is there any info about how he will be written out for now. 

Kinney has not addressed the news himself as of writing. 

This is the latest shocking exit in the #OneChicago world as Jesse Lee Soffer, who plays Jay Halstead on Chicago PD, exited earlier this season, while Brian Tee hung up his coat earlier this season on Chicago Med after portraying Ethan Choi since 2015.

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