Build a sex room, follow a band of anarchists and build a sandcastle: here’s what’s streaming on Netflix, Crave and more this week

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With so many different streaming platforms and cable deals to browse through, choosing what to watch has never been harder. To make it easier for you, here are our top tune-up tips for the week ahead.

TUESDAY

The Incredible Race Canada

After a three-year absence due to COVID-19, the eighth season of “The Amazing Race Canada” begins. The US version of the series has found new ways to innovate when teams have had to navigate 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 favorites 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 form, always an asset in the Race.

9 p.m. EST, CTV and CTV.ca

WEDNESDAY

Big brother

The summer staple of reality TV returns for its 24th season. Not much is known about the group who will be living in a house equipped with HD cameras and microphones. The winner will walk away with $750,000.

8 p.m., Global & StackTV.ca

The Challenge: United States

It’s 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 for a prize of 500,000 $. For those unfamiliar, “The Challenge” is not a new concept. It has been running for 37 seasons and was originally launched as a way for MTV to capitalize on its “real world,” “Road Rules” and, later, “Are You The One?” castings, bringing back favorites and heroes in a fierce 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, in fact, one of the top contenders for the 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’re looking for. It is based on the case of a woman who was killed in a hit-and-run in 1990. The woman had several different aliases and three siblings who were all kidnapped by their stepfather years earlier. There are more shocking chapters in the story, but beware: this one is not for the faint-hearted.

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THURSDAY

Generation gap

Kelly Ripa hosts the latest comedy quiz show and it has some serious celebrity endorsement. Produced by late-night host Jimmy Kimmel and reality genius Mark Burnett, it pairs kids with adults to ask the next generation questions about pop culture. Brilliant idea. I can’t believe someone hasn’t already done this.

9 p.m., CTV and CTV.ca

FRIDAY

Boo, bitch

This bizarre supernatural series stars Lana Condor (from “To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before”) as Erika Vu, a high school girl who decides to have one last crazy night out. The night apparently gets too wild as Erika wakes up dead the next day. The only good thing about being a ghost (at least in Erika’s case) is that she fubakky gets the popularity she’s always dreamed of by using her own mortality as the catalyst for social media stardom. The show works because it doesn’t take itself too seriously.

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Black bird

This six-part psychological thriller is inspired by real events and based on a true crime memoir. It is about a high school football hero and son of a police officer, Jimmy Keene (played by Taron Egerton), who is convicted of drug trafficking. It is then that he is offered a choice. He can either walk into a maximum-security prison and befriend suspected serial killer Larry Hall (Paul Walter Hauser), or he can just serve 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 piece that HGTV hasn’t really touched on yet. From a rock ‘n’ roll themed dungeon to a new-age spa space, Rose builds naughty nooks to inspire viewers to create their own. It’s safe to say that a condominium will never sound the same again.

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Supreme team

Following its premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival earlier this month, this documentary series about the New York crime syndicate of the same 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 also promises to address “the broader cultural dynamic the band had on hip hop and society at large.”

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SUNDAY

Who do you think you are?

Lisa Kudrow (yes, from “Friends”) brought the concept for this show to the US from the UK. Each week, a different celebrity sets out to find their family tree with the help of genealogists, historians and experts. The premiere features Billy Porter, and as the series progresses we’ll learn more about Allison Janney, Zachary Levi, Nick Offerman, Zachary Quinto, and Bradley Whitford.

7 p.m., CTV and CTV.ca

Race against the tide

Maestro Fresh Wes returns to host the new season of this sand-sculpting reality series. Each week, competitors have six hours to create impressive sand structures in the Bay of Fundy before the rising tide washes away their work. The last artist standing wins $10,000.

8:30 p.m., CBC and CBC Gem

SkyMed

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 air on Paramount Plus south of the border.

9 p.m., CBC and CBC Gem

The anarchists

In 2015, Jeff Berwick, a Canadian entrepreneur, started a conference in Acapulco, Mexico with the aim of promoting anarchy. Namely, the absence of government with the promotion of autonomy. The event, dubbed “Anarchapulco”, attracted libertarians, fugitives and families who wanted to “deschool” their children. This HBO series takes place over six years and chronicles the strange series of events.

10 p.m., Craves

Murtz Jaffer is a Toronto-based entertainment writer and freelance contributor for The Star. Follow him on Twitter: @murtzjaffer

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