Fall 2007 reality show debuts and schedule

The leaves may not be changing colors yet, and it’s certainly not getting any cooler, but the fall television season is almost upon us, even as summer reality shows end their runs. Some are new (on cable), some are old (on broadcast networks), and a few kicked off over the past month and continue into the fall (mostly on MTV). If there’s a trend this fall, it’s the return of old favorites, kind of like last fall. This year, though, especially on the networks, there are a few more new shows than last year.

The following is a frequently updated list of noteworthy new and returning reality shows scheduled to air this fall 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:

  • The Real World Sydney [MTV, Aug. 1, Wednesdays at 10]
  • The Hills [MTV, Aug. 13, Mondays at 10]
  • Newport Harbor [MTV, Aug. 15, Wednesdays at 10:30]
  • American Princess [WE, Aug. 19, Sundays at 10]
  • Life of Ryan [MTV, Aug. 27, Mondays at 10:30]
  • The Contender 3 [ESPN, Sept. 4, Tuesdays at 10]
  • Tim Gunn’s Guide to Style [Bravo, Sept. 6, Thursdays at 10]
  • The Biggest Loser 4 [NBC, Sept. 11, Wednesdays at 8]
  • Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team 2 [CMT, Sept. 19, Fridays at 8]
  • Nashville [Fox, Sept. 14, Fridays at 9]
  • Beauty and the Geek 4 [The CW, Sept. 18, Tuesdays at 8]
  • America’s Next Top Model 9 [The CW, Sept. 19, Wednesdays at 8]
  • Kid Nation [CBS, Sept. 19, Wednesdays at 8]
  • Kitchen Nightmares [Fox, Sept. 19, Wednesdays at 9]
  • Ultimate Fighter 6 [Spike, Sept. 19, Wednesdays at 10]
  • Survivor China [CBS, Sept. 20, Thursdays at 8]
  • Dancing with the Stars 5 [ABC, Sept. 24, Mondays at 8, Tuesdays at 9]
  • The Bachelor 11 [ABC, Sept. 24, Mondays at 10]
  • The Hitmen of Music Row [Great American Country, Sept. 26, Wednesdays at 8]
  • Extreme Makeover: Home Edition [ABC, Sept. 30, Sundays at 8]
  • Queer Eye [Bravo, Oct. 2, Tuesdays at 9]
  • Better Half [Bravo, Oct. 3 at 11, Wednesdays at 10]
  • Last One Standing [Discovery Channel, Oct. 4, Thursdays at 9]
  • America’s Most Smartest Model [VH1, Oct. 7, Sundays at 9]
  • Pageant Place [MTV, Oct. 10, Wednesdays at 10:30]
  • Endurance: Fiji [Discovery Kids, Oct. 13, Saturdays at 8:30]
  • The Search for the Next Elvira [Fox Reality, Oct. 13, Saturdays at 9]
  • Girl Meets Cowboy [WE, Oct. 14, Sundays at 10]
  • The Salt-N-Pepa Show [VH1, Oct. 15, Mondays at 10]
  • The Search for the Next Great American Band [Fox, Oct. 19, Fridays at 8]
  • College Hill: Interns [BET, Oct. 20, Tuesdays at 10]
  • Phenomenon [NBC, Oct. 24, Wednesdays at 8]
  • Run’s House [MTV, Oct. 25, Thursdays at 10]
  • Making Menudo [MTV, Oct. 25, Thursdays at 10:30]
  • Keyshia Cole 2: The Way It Is [BET, Oct. 30, Tuesdays at 10:30]
  • There’s Something About Miriam [Fox Reality, Oct. 31]
  • The Shot [VH1, Nov. 4, Sundays at 10]
  • Real Housewives of Orange County [Bravo, Nov. 6, Tuesdays at 10]
  • Project Runway 4 [Bravo, Nov. 14, Wednesdays at 10]
  • Varsity Inc [ESPN2, Nov. 29, Thursdays at 11]

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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.