Phil Keoghan Tests the Mettle of Everyday Americans in CBS’ Tough As Nails

ALSO: Stateless, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Ultimate Tag, The Challenge, and more.
  • Phil Keoghan and the contestants of Tough as Nails. (CBS)
    Phil Keoghan and the contestants of Tough as Nails. (CBS)

    How would you do if you were asked to complete the kind of manual jobs performed by skilled laborers every day? Likely not as well as the twelve jacked contestants competing against each other on the new CBS reality competition Tough as Nails. Phil Keoghan (The Amazing Race) co-created and hosts the new series, which premieres tonight. Also today: Cate Blachett is behind a harrowing new Netflix limited series set in Australia’s immigrant detention system, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills return from a month-long break, and Billy Eichner fills in for a vacationing Jimmy Kimmel. Here’s what’s new and noteworthy on TV this Wednesday:

    SERIES PREMIERE: While fans will have to wait until fall for a new season of The Amazing Race, Phil Keoghan is back tonight with Tough As Nails, a new reality competition that tests the mental and physical toughness of its contestants at real-life job sites across the country. Primetimer’s Alex Welch has this preview. 8:00 PM ET on CBS

    LIMITED SERIES PREMIERE: Yvonne Strahovski (The Handmaid's Tale) stars in Stateless, a harrowing story set inside Australia’s immigrant detention program. Cate Blanchett co-created the series and appears in a supporting role. Read our review. Streaming on Netflix

    SPECIAL PRESENTATION: Lifetime is gearing up for next week’s Season 11 premiere of Married at First Sight tonight with a brand new Married at First Sight Matchmaking Special, in which this coming season’s five couples will be paired, followed by the MAFS Kick-Off Special, hosted by Entertainment Tonight’s Kevin Frazier. The fun begins at 8:00 PM ET on Lifetime

    NEW EPISODE: They're baaack... The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills return from a month-long hiatus with Kyle helping Kim through a delicate medical procedure, and Lisa and Erika having a distinctively Beverly Hills “procedure” of their own. 9:00 PM on Bravo

    NEW EPISODE: Two new contestants will walk away with $10,000 tonight on Ultimate Tag, but they'll need to beat four others to the punch. Sibling trio J.J., T.J. and Derek Watt host. 9:00 PM ET on FOX

    NEW EPISODE: One player engages in sloppy political maneuvering tonight in a new episode of The Challenge: Total Madness, while another takes a shocking gamble to save a friend. 8:00 PM ET on MTV

    NEW EPISODE: Billy Eichner takes Jimmy's seat tonight on Jimmy Kimmel Live, with scheduled guests Amy Schumer and democratic candidate for U.S. Senate Jaime Harrison, who is challenging Lindsey Graham for his seat in November. 11:35pm on ABC

    Jed Rosenzweig is the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Primetimer. Follow him on Twitter @jedrosenzweig.

    TOPICS: Tough as Nails, CBS, Phil Keoghan, Reality TV