Fall 2005 reality show schedule

This fall, most of the prime-time network reality TV shows will seem very familiar. The major broadcast networks are all staying with the familiar, bringing back old series but with new twists. There won’t be a single new reality series on a broadcast network, at least at first. (Scripted shows are a different story.)

The most unfamiliar thing will be FOX’s schedule, as the network is not airing a single reality series this fall. Of course, FOX will make up for it in the spring, when it airs roughly 7,512 hours of American Idol 5. Other notable fall changes include the lack of NBC’s Fear Factor.

Below is a list of reality series airing this fall along with their debut date and regular timeslot. Also included are the finales or specials of summer shows that trickle into the fall. This list will be updated frequently, especially as cable networks announce debuts for new and returning series, so check back often.

  • My Fair Brady [VH1, Sept. 11, Sundays at 9:30]
  • Wife Swap [ABC, Sept. 12, Mondays at 8]
  • The Biggest Loser 2 [NBC, Sept. 13, Tuesdays at 8]
  • The Reality Show [MTV, Sept. 13, Tuesdays at 10:30 p.m.]
  • Survivor Guatemala: [CBS, Sept. 15, Thursdays at 8]
  • Starting Over season three: [syndicated, check local listings]
  • Dancing with the Stars: Dance-off: [ABC, Tuesday, Sept. 20, 8:30 p.m.; results Thursday, Sept. 22, 9 p.m.]
  • Big Brother 6 finale: [CBS, Sept. 20, 9 p.m.]
  • The Apprentice: Martha Stewart: [NBC, Sept. 21, Wednesdays at 8]
  • Top Model: [UPN, Sept. 21, Wednesdays at 8, repeated Tuesdays at 8]
  • The Apprentice 4: [NBC, Sept. 22, NBC, Thursdays at 9]
  • Supernanny [ABC, Sept. 23, Fridays at 8]
  • Extreme Makeover: Home Edition [ABC, Sept. 25, Sundays at 8]
  • The Amazing Race 8 [CBS, Sept. 27, Tuesdays at 9]
  • Making the Band 3, season 2 [MTV, Oct. 6]
  • Project Runway 2 [Bravo, Dec. 7]

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.


Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.