Guy’s Family Road Trip (Food Network)

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Guy’s Family Road Trip (Food Network) – Premieres 18th August

Another Guy Fieri culinary travel show like Guy And Hunters European Vacation, where instead of trekking across Europe with his son he’s taking the whole family in a motor home across the US.

As the family stop off in each location of their trip they head out to visit local restaurants, county fairs and producers to sample the food and drink and to see how it’s made.

If you’ve seen Guy And Hunters European Vacation then this is more of the same.

2.6/10

The Murder of Laci Peterson (A&E)

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The Murder of Laci Peterson (A&E) – Premieres 15th August

Crime documentary that looks into the case of Laci Peterson who went missing on Christmas Eve 2002, and which led to her husband Scott getting found guilty of her murder and given the death sentance where he is still currently on death row.

The programme begins with showing the known timeline of the day that Laci was last seen, then begins to delve into what happened after Laci was reported missing. And the show interviews family members, police officers involved and reporters that followed the case. From there it begins to show that the news coverage began to warp the public opinion of those involved, and that the police may have not done the most thorough of jobs in finding out what happened.

As a crime documentary it has more in common with Making A Murderer and The Keepers, as in how it introduces the crime and how the investigation played out. It’s a solid opening episode.

6.3/10

I Hart Food (Food Network)

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I Hart Food (Food Network) – Premieres 14th August

Youtube personality Hannah Hart hosts a food show that is more than a little similar to programmes such as Haylie’s America, Beach Bites and Man Finds Food.

In it Hannah visits a US town and goes around visiting local restaurants, shops and fairs where she talks to the cooks creating regional dishes. While chatting to them she finds out how the dishes are made before then sampling them.

It’s a run-of-the-mill food/travel show.

2.7/10

Baller Wives (VH1)

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Baller Wives (VH1) – Premieres 14th August

VH1s unwanted answer to WAGS where it follows the wives of their mainly retired NFL spouses, as they go about their business living in a gated community in Florida.

From the off there is a division amongst the women stemming from some sort of dog related incident, meaning every time the group converge in a bar it ends up in a slanging match. After the first meet it then skips three months, where there is another party they attend and exactly the same thing happens again. To break up the coverage of arguments it also throws in the usual interviews and follows the women doing their own thing.

It’s is unrelentingly tedious.

0.9/10

Xtreme Underwater (Travel Channel)

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Xtreme Underwater (Travel Channel) – Premieres 12th August

A travel programme that show various underwater locations and activities where folks go to on their holidays. For each venue or activity it follows a couple as they either stay at the venue or partake in the water based activity, while a voiceover gives out a load of related information.

It’s a regular travel show that does feature some unique locations, though with it being 45 minutes long it does start becoming a bit of a chore to get through.

2.5/10

The Cars That Made America (History)

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The Cars That Made America (History) – Premieres 13th August – Miniseries

Using the same format as Barbarians Rising, this is a 3 part show that looks at how the car gained its popularity in the US. Using talking head snippets from NASCAR racers, historians and biographers, along with archival footage from the era. This reenacts how the car industry was born and follows the people behind the major companies, showing the innovations they made to vehicle development and the production process. 

While it’s not as interesting as the straight drama of Harley And The Davidsons, it’s an interesting enough watch if the birth of the automotive industry is your thing.

4.7/10

Shinesty (MTV2)

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Shinesty (MTV2) – Premieres 20th July

A documentary that focuses on the staff of Shinesty, a company that produces garish clothing for the masses. In it the staff go about their business trying to increase the brand awareness or developing new products, then it follows them putting their plan into action.

There’s also the usual interviews with the people within the company either talking about what they’re doing or about how they ended up working there. The set up is more than a littler similar to Human Resources, where it’s made to be a comedic documentary, and while not as funny it’s an ok enough bit of viewing.

3.8/10