I’ll admit it: I watch waaaaaaay too much TV. And I thought I had seen it all, until I stumbled on a few series I had no idea even existed. For example, New Kids on the Block has a new reality show that takes place on a cruise ship. Why are we not ALL talking about this ALL the time? Sure, with hundreds of cable channels, not to mention Netflix, and only so many hours of the day, it’s possible that some very important shows slip through the cracks. Part of the problem is that we all collectively watch and discuss a certain number of shows. Other series completely fall off our radar, and never get the media coverage/social media fanaticism they may (or may not) deserve.
Now, I’m not here to tell you to watch all of these shows you’ve probably never heard of, but I am here to remind you that these shows currently exist. And should you be so inclined to witness what it’s like to go on a boy band cruise (yes, please), or watch the making of some insane balloon sculptures, those options are just a few remote-control clicks away. So have a serious talk with your DVR, and figure out if you should add these shows to your current rotation.
Rock This Boat: NKOTB, Pop Channel
Actual show description: Three thousand fans of New Kids on the Block board a cruise to Bermuda with boy band in the series premiere of this reality show spotlighting the antics of devoted fans and the pop stars they adore.
That’s right, for people who are still ridiculously obsessed with New Kids On The Block (and honestly, who isn’t still obsessed?), the show will take the guys, a cruise ship, and a whole boat-load of fans and document everything that happens when they hang out together on the high seas. This show is currently airing right now, on Wednesdays at 8pm. You’re welcome.
Hog Dawgs, Sportsman Channel
Actual show description: Women hunters who eradicate nuisance animals.
Um, so basically, this show is about, eh, a group of very strong women who hunt “problem” animals, like coyotes, alligators, and wild boars. The show primarily takes place in Florida, where all of these animals are in fact a problem (if you’ve ever lived in Florida, you know that every body of water comes complimentary with a least like five alligators). There’s already an open casting call out for season 2 of the show, if you’re OK with this kind of thing.
Actual show description: Short course off-road racing, the genesis of desert racing brought to the masses in an action packed, head-to-head sprint race format. For some, the challenge is too alluring to walk away from. With countless teams loaded with resources, only the fastest, smartest and toughest need apply.
Though I don’t know the first thing about NASCAR and racing, I do know that it’s still a pretty popular past time for many. But, how about off-road, short course, desert racing? Well, if that’s more your speed (pun intended), you can watch Recourse on MavTV, which offers an inside look at the “grueling, 15-round series, known as the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series.”
MavTV boasts that it’s based around an “action-oriented family audience,” but nowhere on their movie line up do they list the Disney Channel Original movie, Motocrossed. What gives??
Bobby’s Balloon House, Baby First Channel
Actual show description: Get ready for an adventure of shapes and colors in “Bobby’s Balloon House!” Bobby will amaze viewers again and again as he makes almost any shape out of a balloon.
If you’re one of these people who boasts, “Oh yeah, I’ll watch anything” are you brave enough to sit through a guy making balloon animals for an entire half hour? If you said, YES, then order the Baby First Channel right now (though, it might be best to actually have a baby before you do this).
An Officer and A Movie, American Heroes Channel
Actual show description: An Officer and A Movie pairs host Lou Diamond Phillips with retired and active duty officers who lived through major battles or have an expertise in the conflicts depicted in iconic military flicks.
From what I gather, it’s like Mystery Science Theater 3000, but they only talk about war movies. Like, what’s the best submarine movie out there? (Answer, Das Boat, but I disagree. The Life Aquatic is a submarine movie, right?).
Deep Fried Masters, Destination America
Actual show description: After deep-fried Oreos, Twinkies and the latest craze, Cronuts — what could possibly be next? Destination America is transporting viewers to a classic American tradition – the state fair – with DEEP FRIED MASTERS.
Simple question, where do we sign up for this? Food shows are addictive enough as it is, but a food show about deep frying food? YES to that. If you can’t stand the wait for brand new deep fried episodes, their website has recipes. Most popular one? Deep fried fluffer nutter.
Schitt’s Creek, Pop Channel
Actual show description: When outrageously wealthy video store magnate Johnny Rose, his soap-star wife Moira and their two twenty-something children suddenly find themselves broke, they have no choice but to move to a small backwoods town Johnny once bought as a joke.
Nice wordplay there with the naming. But OK, in all seriousness, this half-hour comedy stars Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara, so it’s probably going to be funny (even with a ridiculous title like that)