Summer 2008 reality TV schedule

Summer used to offer a break from television until reality TV invaded eight years ago and changed that. While broadcast networks have extremely few reality series scheduled in the fall, that’s not the case this summer. Almost 30 new and returning series will air on network TV and cable, most of which will debut in June. However, some that will fill the summer months have already started broadcasting, and others kick off next week even as spring shows finish their runs.

Here’s a look at how you can fill your summer in front of the TV. What shows are you most looking forward to?

Times listed are ET; while this list will be updated frequently, networks do change their schedules frequently. For up-to-date news on featured shows, click the [news] link that follows it.

  • Farmer Wants a Wife [CW, April 30, Wednesdays at 9]
  • Man vs. Wild [Discovery, May 2, Fridays at 9] news
  • American Gladiators [NBC, May 12, Mondays at 8] news
  • The Bachelorette 4 [ABC, May 19 at 9, Mondays at 8] news
  • So You Think You Can Dance 4 [FOX, May 22 at 8, Wednesdays at 8 and Thursdays at 9] news
  • Last Comic Standing 6 [NBC, May 22 at 9:30, Thursdays at 8:30] news
  • The Academy: LASD Class #368 [Fox Reality, May 24, Saturdays at 9]
  • Denise Richards: It’s Complicated [E!, May 26, Mondays at 10]
  • Bridezillas [WEtv, June 1, Sundays at 9]
  • The Next Food Network Star 4 [Food Network, June 1, Sundays at 10] news
  • The Mole 3 [ABC, June 2, Mondays at 10] news
  • Legally Blonde The Musical: The Search For Elle Woods [MTV, June 2, Mondays at 10]
  • 30 Days [FX, June 3, Tuesdays at 10] news
  • She’s Got the Look [TVLand, June 4, Wednesdays at 10]
  • Design Star 3 [HGTV, June 8, Sundays at 9] news
  • Ice Road Truckers [History, June 8, Sundays at 9] news
  • Master of Dance [TLC, June 9, Mondays at 8]
  • Nashville Star 6 [NBC, June 9, Mondays at 9:30] news
  • Celebrity Circus [NBC, June 11, Wednesdays at 9]
  • Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List [Bravo, June 12 at 9, Thursdays at 10] news
  • Intervention [A&E, June 16, Mondays at 9]
  • America’s Got Talent 3 [NBC, June 17, Tuesdays at 9] news
  • Flipping Out [Bravo, June 17, Tuesdays at 10]
  • Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood [Oxygen, June 17, Tuesdays at 10]
  • Randy Jackson Presents: America’s Best Dance Crew 2 [MTV, June 19, Thursdays at 10]
  • The Two Coreys [A&E, June 22, Sundays at 10]
  • Baby Borrowers [NBC, June 25, Wednesdays at 8]
  • Shear Genius 2 [Bravo, June 25, Wednesdays at 10] news
  • Dance Machine [ABC, June 27, Fridays at 8]
  • I Love Money [VH1, July 6, Sundays at 9] news
  • Greatest American Dog [CBS, July 10, Thursdays at 8]
  • Queen Bees [The N, July 11, Fridays at 9]
  • Ashley Paige: Bikini or Bust [TLC, July 11, Fridays at 10]
  • Big Brother 10 [CBS, July 13, Sundays and Wednesdays at 8, Tuesdays at 9] news
  • Brooke Knows Best [VH1, July 13, Sundays at 10]
  • Rock the Reception [TLC, July 15, Tuesdays at 8:30]
  • Must Love Kids [TLC, July 15, Tuesdays at 9]
  • From G’s to Gents [MTV, July 15, Tuesdays at 10]
  • Family Foreman [TLC, July 16, Wednesdays at 10]
  • Reality Bites Back [Comedy Central, July 17, Thursdays at 10]
  • High School Musical: Get in the Picture [ABC, July 20, Sundays at 8]
  • Take Home Nanny [TLC, July 21, Mondays at 8]
  • Date My Ex: Jo & Slade [Bravo, July 21, Mondays at 10] news
  • How to Look Good Naked [Lifetime, July 22, Tuesdays at 10]
  • Buzzin’ [MTV, July 23, Wednesdays at 10:30]
  • Long Way Down [Fox Reality, Aug. 2, Saturdays at 9]
  • Battleground Earth [Planet Green, Aug. 3, Sundays at 10]
  • Sunset Tan [E!, Aug. 3, Sundays at 10:30]
  • I Want To Work For Diddy [VH1, August 4, Mondays at 9]
  • Luke’s Parental Advisory [VH1, August 4, Mondays at 10:30]
  • New York Goes to Hollywood [VH1, August 4, Mondays at 10] news
  • Million Dollar Listing [Bravo, August 5 at 11, Tuesdays at 10]
  • Real Vice Cops Uncut [Spike, August 6, Wednesdays at 10]

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.

Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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.