Spring 2006 reality show debut schedule

We’re already well into 2006, and while American Idol 5 destroys the competition on network TV, the cable networks will be actively debuting new shows and bringing back old favorites. And one or two networks will be brave enough to add old and new shows to their primetime schedules.

These are the new and returning shows that we’re expecting this spring. 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.

  • College Hill 3 [BET, March 2, Thursdays at 9]
  • Miracle Workers [ABC, March 6, Mondays at 10]
  • Pros vs. Joes [Spike TV, March 6, Mondays at 10]
  • America’s Next Top Model 6 [UPN, March 8, Wednesdays at 8]
  • Black. White. [FX, March 8, Wednesdays at 10]
  • Top Chef [Bravo, March 8 at 11, Wednesdays at 10]
  • Cheerleader Nation [Lifetime, March 12, Sundays at 10]
  • Face the Family [Lifetime, March 12, Sundays at 11]
  • Nashville Star 4 [USA Network, March 14, Tuesdays at 10]
  • American Inventor [ABC, March 16, Thursdays at 8]
  • The Surreal Life 6 [VH1, March 19, Sundays at 10]
  • Hogan Knows Best [VH1, March 19, Sundays at 10]
  • Blow Out [Bravo, March 21, Tuesdays at 9]
  • The Real Housewives of Orange County [Bravo, March 21, Tuesdays at 10]
  • Unan1mous [FOX, March 22, Wednesdays at 9:30]
  • Survival of the Richest [The WB, March 31, Fridays at 8]
  • Texas Ranch House [PBS, May 1 to 4, 8 to 10 p.m.]
  • Ivana Young Man [Oxygen, April 29 at 8, two-hour special]
  • The Contender 2 [ESPN, June]

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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.