Winter 2006/2007 reality show debuts and schedule

As far as reality TV is concerned, winter means the return of American Idol. But other networks–most of them cable–will also be debuting new reality shows this winter. Although a couple new shows have debuted over the past few weeks, a number of new series debut this week, and then another batch of new shows will hit in January.

Below are series and airtimes that have been officially announced. 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 change their schedules just to mess with us, check your on-screen guide before DVRing.

  • The Real World Denver [MTV, Nov. 22, Wednesdays at 10]
  • Trial by Choir [TLC, Nov. 26, Sundays at 10]
  • The Great American Christmas (reality film) [USA Network, Nov. 28, 9]
  • Corkscrewed [Fox Reality, Nov. 29, Wednesdays at 8:30]
  • Supernanny [ABC, Dec. 4, Mondays at 9]
  • Bad Girls Club [Oxygen, Dec. 5, Tuesdays at 10]
  • Dirty Dancing [WE, Dec. 6, Wednesdays at 10]
  • twentyfourseven [MTV, Dec. 6, Wednesdays at 10:30]
  • My Bare Lady [Fox Reality, Dec. 7, Wednesdays at 8]
  • The House of Tiny Terrors (six-night series) [TLC, Dec. 10, nightly at 8 through Dec. 15]
  • Beauty and the Geek [CW, Jan. 3, Wednesdays at 8]
  • Grease: You’re the One That I Want [NBC, Jan. 7, Sundays at 8]
  • The Surreal Life: Fame Games [VH1, Jan. 7, Sundays at 9]
  • The Apprentice 6 [NBC, January 7 at 9:30, Sundays at 9]
  • I’m From Rolling Stone [MTV, Jan. 7, Sundays at 10]
  • Shooting Sizemore [VH1, Jan. 7, Sundays at 10:30]
  • I Love New York [VH1, online Jan. 2, TV Jan. 8, Mondays at 9]
  • ego trip’s The (White) Rapper Show [VH1, Jan. 8, Mondays at 10:30]
  • Nashville Star 5 [USA Network, Jan. 11, Thursdays at 10]
  • My Super Sweet 16 [MTV, Jan. 15, Mondays at 9]
  • The Hills [MTV, Jan. 15, Mondays at 10]
  • DanceLife [MTV, Jan. 15, Mondays at 10:30]
  • The Real Housewives of Orange County [Bravo, Jan. 16, Tuesdays at 10]
  • American Idol 6 [Fox, Jan. 17, Tuesdays at 8 and Wednesdays at 9]
  • Maui Fever [MTV, Jan. 17, Wednesdays at 10:30]
  • Engaged & Underage [MTV, Jan. 22, Mondays at 9:30]
  • Road Rules [MTV, Jan. 30, Tuesdays at 9]
  • Two-A-Days [MTV, Jan. 30, Tuesdays at 10]
  • Top Design [Bravo, Jan. 31 at 11, Wednesdays at 10]
  • Juvies [MTV, Feb. 8, Thursdays at 10]

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about the writer

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.