Dallas Cakes (Food Network)

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Dallas Cakes (Food Network) – Premieres 30th April

A programme that is similar in structure to Ridiculous Cakes!, where in the episode it follows three Dallas based bakers as they create gargantuan elaborate cakes.

In the show it follows each of the bakers from when they receive the brief from their client. Then shows them as they come up with an idea that fits the wants of the client, and follows them as they make and then finally deliver the cake to the overjoyed recipients.

For what it is the show does what you’d expect, and with it following such a well used format it doesn’t offer anything different from other similar programmes.

2.2/10

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AMC Visionaries: James Cameron’s Story of Science Fiction (AMC)

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AMC Visionaries: James Cameron’s Story of Science Fiction (AMC) – Premieres 30th April

Documenting the history of science fiction in popular culture. James Cameron interviews directors where they talk about the how the films they made were inspired, how they created the look, and the influences they incorporated within the making of it.

In between the short clips of the interviews the show then interviews actors, critics and authors. Where they talk about how certain science fiction themes have evolved over time and how the genre takes it influences from current events. Along with the making of the films the directors are talking about, and explaining certain aspects of the plot and its relevance to the time it was set in.

With the mix between showing some of the history of science fiction along with the interviews with the directors, it makes the programme an interesting watch.

6.2/10

Very Superstitious With George Lopez (A&E)

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Very Superstitious With George Lopez (A&E) – Premieres 30th April

A reality show hosted by George Lopez, where he looks into various superstitions to find out how they came about, and why they’re still being used today.

During the programme George meets up with people who all take a specific superstition or belief seriously, where he chats with them about how they started to believe in what they do, and how they think it will effect their life. Along with this George also chats to a few folk on the street, finding out if they have any superstitions, as well has George chatting about his upbringing and how it has left him curious about small rituals people have.

Even for a 20 minute show this is a bit of a grind to get through, as the two main segments become drawn out. Leaving the programme to be pretty forgettable.

1.8/10

Alaska’s Deadliest (Nat Geo Wild)

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Alaska’s Deadliest (Nat Geo Wild) – Premieres 27th April

Like The Mighty Northwest this is another wildlife documentary, but one that is centred on the animals that are native to Alaska.

In the show it looks at a variety of animals as they go about their daily business, where the narration informs the viewers about the dangers it faces, how the animal survive and how their specialised features help them in the environment. Along with showing how the young animals learn to survive on their own.

As the show is almost identical in structure and quality to The MIghty Northwest, it also suffers the same problem that other shows have done this genre better. Though if you like The MIghty Northwest this is more of the same.

2.0/10

The Mighty Northwest (Nat Geo Wild)

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The Mighty Northwest (Nat Geo Wild) – Premieres 27th April

A narrated nature documentary that focuses on the animals that live in the northwest region of the United States.

In the programme it follows a range of animals, as it shows how they hunt, procreate, and look after their young and themselves. Along with covering those aspects it also show the evolutionary quirks the animal has and how it benefits them within their habitat. As well as showing how their interaction with other animals can either be beneficial or deadly.

For a nature documentary this is a standard affair that’s in a format which has been done better by folks like David Attenborough. It’s something where if you’re interested in the subject material it’s viewable enough, though it’s not something you’d go out of you way to watch.

2.1/10

Alaska’s Grizzly Gauntlet (Nat Geo Wild)

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Alaska’s Grizzly Gauntlet (Nat Geo Wild) – Premieres 27th April

A nature show where the host, survivalist Les Stroud, heads off to a remote part of Alaska to track animals as they go about their business in their natural habitat.

After Les is dropped off in the location, he soon finds the animal the local wilderness guides have told him about, and be begins to document them. In the show Les ends up following about three different animals who each offer the opportunity to witness various aspects of that animals lifecycle.

As nature documentaries go it’s an interesting enough watch, with Stroud ending up in a few sketchy moments as he tries to get as close as he can to the animals. Though that said it’s really one for those that are after this specific kind of show to watch.

2.8/10

Man Up (Comedy Central)

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Man Up (Comedy Central) – Premieres 27th April

A comedy with a slight Nathan For You vibe that follows Theo Von, a fella who hosts a podcast that helps out men with their problems.

In the show Theo meets up with fella that has contacted him with a situation they need his help with. From there Theo meets him and then does some left field solutions to solve their problem.

While this is similar to Nathan For You with its setup of a person helping folk who find themselves in a quandry. The main difference between the two is that this is entirely scripted where Nathan actually deals with real life people. That said with it being 15 minutes long it does go along at a decent pace, and does have a few funny moments in it.

3.0/10