Summer 2007 reality show debuts and schedule

Summer doesn’t officially begin for another month, but it’s time for summer reality shows to show up and romance us for the months when we’re trapped indoors by the stifling heat. After lingering spring reality shows conclude this week, we’ll see the return of a number of familiar summer flings–Big Brother, Hell’s Kitchen, Kathy Griffin, and many others–in addition to some fresh meat.

The following is a frequently updated list of noteworthy new and returning reality shows scheduled to air this summer whose networks have officially announced their debut dates and timeslots. Times are in ET; as always, check listings first, as networks change their minds frequently:

  • On the Lot [Fox, May 22 and 24 at 9; then Mondays at 8 and Tuesdays at 8]
  • The Academy [Fox Reality, May 24, Thursdays at 8]
  • The Next Best Thing [ABC, May 30, Wednesdays at 8]
  • Reunited: The Real World Las Vegas [MTV, May 30, Wednesdays at 10]
  • So You Think You Can Dance [Fox, May 24, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8]
  • The Simple Life 5 [E!, Monday, May 28, Sundays at 10]
  • Pirate Master [CBS, May 31, Thursdays at 8]
  • The Next Food Network Star 3 [Food Network, June 3, Sundays at 9]
  • Hell’s Kitchen 3 [Fox, June 4, Mondays at 9]
  • America’s Got Talent [NBC, June 5 at 9, Tuesdays at 8]
  • Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List [Bravo, June 5, Tuesdays at 10]
  • American Inventor 2 [ABC, June 6, Wednesdays at 9]
  • Top Chef 3 [Bravo, June 6, Wednesdays at 10]
  • Miami Ink [TLC, June 12, Tuesdays at 10]
  • Last Comic Standing 5 [NBC, June 13, Wednesdays at 9]
  • Bridezillas [We, June 17, Sundays at 9]
  • Ice Road Truckers [The History Channel, June 17, Sundays at 10]
  • My Super Sweet 16 [MTV, June 18, Mondays at 9]
  • Age of Love [NBC, June 18, Mondays at 10]
  • Making the Band 4 [MTV, June 18, Mondays at 10]
  • Split Ends [Style, June 23, Sundays at 6]
  • Dirty Jobs [Discovery, June 26, Tuesdays at 9]
  • Hey Paula [Bravo, June 28]
  • Big Brother 8 [CBS, July 5, Sundays and Thursdays at 8, Tuesdays at 9]
  • The Mole (rebroadcast) [Fox Reality, July 2-6, Monday-Friday 9 ET/6 PT]
  • The Surreal Life 1-4 [TV Guide Network, July 2, weeknights at 10]
  • Build it Bigger [Discovery, July 10, Thursdays at 10]
  • The First 48 [A&E, July 12, Thursdays at 9]
  • SWAT [A&E, July 12, Thursdays at 10]
  • A Model Life with Petra Nemcova [TLC, July 13, Tuesdays at 10]
  • Victoria Beckham: Coming to America [NBC, July 16 at 8]
  • America’s Next Producer [TV Guide Network, July 18, Wednesdays at 8]
  • Design Star 2 [HGTV, July 22 at 10, Sundays at 9]
  • Who Wants to be a Superhero 2 [SciFi, July 25, Wednesdays at 9]
  • Welcome to the Parker [Bravo, July 26 at 11, Thursdays at 10]
  • The Two Coreys [A&E, July 29, Sundays at 10]
  • Murder [Spike, July 31, Tuesdays at 10]
  • Flipping Out [Bravo, July 31, Tuesdays at 10]
  • Mission: Manband [VH1, August 6, Mondays at 10]

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.