Winter 2005/2006 reality show schedule

It’s winter: time for presents, resolutions, the Olympics (in February), and American Idol. Surprisingly enough, the other networks aren’t running away from FOX’s two-ton reality beast with their tails between their legs. Instead, a number of new and returning shows will air new episodes in January; other debuts have already happened this month, while still more will come after the Olympics.

Here’s a rundown of what to expect this winter from the world of reality TV. This list will be updated frequently as new premiere dates are announced. All times are ET and p.m., unless otherwise noted. And since networks like to make changes frequently, check your on-screen guide first.

  • Fear Factor [NBC, Dec. 6, Tuesdays at 8]
  • Party Party [Bravo, Dec. 6, Tuesdays at 9]
  • Queer Eye: The Wedding Season [Bravo, Dec. 6, Tuesdays at 10]
  • Project Runway 2 [Bravo, Dec. 7, Wednesdays at 10]
  • Celebrity Fit Club 3 [VH1, Jan. 1, Sundays at 9]
  • Flavor of Love [VH1, Jan. 1, Sundays at 10]
  • Rollergirls [A&E, Jan. 2, Mondays at 10]
  • The Biggest Loser: Special Edition [NBC, Jan. 4, Wednesdays at 9]
  • Dancing with the Stars 2 [ABC, Jan. 5, Thursdays at 9]
  • Ice Diaries [TLC, Jan. 6, Fridays at 10]
  • The Bachelor 9 [ABC, Jan. 9, Mondays at 10]
  • There and Back: Ashley Parker Angel [MTV, Jan. 9, Mondays at 10:30]
  • Beauty and the Geek 2 [The WB, Jan. 12, Thursdays at 9]
  • Flight Attendant School [Travel Channel, Jan. 12, Thursdays at 9]
  • American Idol 5 [FOX, Jan. 17, Tuesdays at 8 and Wednesdays at 9]
  • Skating with Celebrities [FOX, Jan. 18 at 9, Mondays at 8]
  • #1 Single [E!, Jan. 22, Sundays at 10]
  • Gastineau Girls [E!, Jan. 31, Tuesdays at 10]
  • Survivor Panama: Exile Island [CBS, Feb. 2, Thursdays at 8]
  • Project Jay [Bravo, Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 10, special]
  • The Amazing Race 9 [CBS, Feb. 28, Tuesdays at 9]

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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.