Fall 2008 reality TV schedule

With new reality shows debuting throughout the summer, there isn’t really a clear seasonal break any more. But it’s been more than a week since a new show has debuted, and an onslaught of cable and network reality TV debuts are coming up soon, so it’s time for the fall schedule.

Below is a list of announced debut dates and regular air times for fall debuts, and after that is a list of announced shows that don’t yet have specific air dates; this list is updated frequently, so bookmark it and return often to keep up. Times listed are ET, although as always, networks sometimes change their week-to-week schedules. For up-to-date news on featured shows, click the [news] link that follows it.

  • Gone Country [CMT, August 15, Fridays at 8]
  • Outsider’s Inn [CMT, August 15, Fridays at 9]
  • The Hills [MTV, August 18, Mondays at 10] news
  • Making the Band 4 [MTV, Aug. 19, Tuesdays at 9] news
  • Architecture School [Sundance Channel, Aug. 20, Wednesdays at 9]
  • Dragon’s Den [BBC America, August 21, Thursdays at 9]
  • The Principal’s Office [truTV, August 21, Thursdays at 9]
  • Jacked: Auto Theft Task Force [A&E, August 21, Thursdays at 10]
  • Glam God With Vivica A. Fox [VH1, August 21, Thursdays at 10]
  • The Cho Show [VH1, August 21, Thursdays at 11]
  • Tabatha’s Salon Takeover [Bravo, August 21, Thursdays at 11] news
  • Busted [MTV, Aug. 25, Mondays at 6]
  • High School Stories [MTV, Aug. 25, Mondays at 6:30]
  • America’s Toughest Jobs [NBC, Aug. 25, Mondays at 9 (four episodes); Sept. 19, Fridays at 8]
  • My Super Sweet 16 Presents: Exiled [MTV, August 25, Mondays at 10:30]
  • Janice Dickinson’s Modeling Agency [Oxygen, August 26, Tuesdays at 10]
  • Grizzly Man Diaries [Discovery Channel, Aug. 29, Fridays at 9]
  • America’s Next Top Model 11 [The CW, Sept. 3, Wednesdays at 8] news
  • Top Design 2 [Bravo, Sept. 3, Wednesdays at 10] news
  • Kitchen Nightmares [Fox, Sept. 4 at 8, Thursdays at 9]
  • Dogtown [National Geographic Channel, Sept. 5 at 9, Fridays at 10]
  • Sandhogs [History, Sept. 5, Fridays at 10]
  • The Locator [WEtv, Sept. 6, Saturdays at 9]
  • Rachel Zoe Project [Bravo, Sept. 8 at 11, Mondays at 10]
  • Challenge: The Island [MTV, Sept. 10, Wednesdays at 10]
  • Hole in the Wall [Fox, Sept. 11, Thursdays at 8]
  • Solo: Lost at Sea [National Geographic Channel, Sept. 15, Mondays at 10]
  • The Biggest Loser 6: Families [NBC, Sept. 16, Tuesdays from 8 to 10] news
  • Survivor Gabon [CBS, Sept. 18, Thursdays at 8] news
  • In Harm’s Way [The CW, Sept. 21 at 7, Nov. 2 at 6:30]
  • Dancing with the Stars 7 [ABC, Sept. 22, Mondays at 8 and Tuesdays at 9] news
  • Opportunity Knocks [ABC, Sept. 23, Tuesdays at 8]
  • Extreme Makeover: Home Edition [ABC, Sept. 28 at 7, Sundays at 8] news
  • The Amazing Race 13 [CBS, Sept. 28, Sundays at 8] news
  • World’s Toughest Fixes [National Geographic Channel, Sept. 28 at 9]
  • Dragon’s Den 3 and 4 [BBC America, Oct. 2, Thursdays at 9]
  • Tim Gunn’s Guide to Style [Bravo, Oct. 2 at 11, Thursdays at 10] news
  • Wife Swap [ABC, Oct. 3, Fridays at 8] news
  • Supernanny [ABC, Oct. 3, Fridays at 9]
  • Real Housewives of Atlanta [Bravo, Oct. 7, Tuesdays at 10] news
  • Rock Bottom [Fuse, Tuesdays at 11]
  • L.A. Ink [TLC, Oct. 9, Thursdays at 10]
  • Gimme My Reality Show! [Fox Reality, Oct. 11 at midnight, Saturdays]
  • Rock of Love Girls: Charm School [VH1, Oct. 12, Sundays at 9] news
  • The Pickup Artist 2 [VH1, Oct. 13, Sundays at 10]
  • The Chef Jeff Project [Food Network, Oct. 12, Sundays at 10]
  • Scream Queens [VH1, Oct. 13, Mondays at 10]
  • Little People, Big World [TLC, Oct. 13, Mondays at 8]
  • Toughest Race on Earth: Iditarod [Discovery, Oct. 14, Tuesdays at 10]
  • Hulk Hogan’s Celebrity Championship Wrestling [CMT, Oct. 18, Saturdays at 8]
  • Ski Patrol [truTV, Oct. 20, Mondays at 8]
  • Living with the Wolfman [Animal Planet, October 21, Tuesdays at 10]
  • Stylista [The CW, Oct. 22, Wednesdays at 9]
  • Celebrity Rehab 2 [VH1, October 23, Thursdays at 10] news
  • Coolio’s Rules [Oxygen, October 28, Tuesdays at 10]
  • Real Chance of Love [VH1, Nov. 3, Mondays at 9]
  • First Class All the Way [Bravo, Nov. 3, Mondays at 10]
  • Eddie Griffin: Going for Broke [VH1, Nov. 3, Mondays at 10]
  • Gotti’s Way [VH1, Nov. 3, Mondays at 10:30]
  • Whale Wars [Animal Planet, Nov. 7, Fridays at 9]
  • My Bare Lady 2 [Fox Reality, Nov. 8, Saturdays at 10]
  • Ruby [Style, Nov. 9, Sundays at 8]
  • Keyshia Cole: The Way It Is [BET, Nov. 11, Tuesdays at 10]
  • Blush: The Search for the Next Makeup Artist [Lifetime, Nov. 11, Tuesdays at 10]
  • Top Chef 5 [Bravo, Nov. 12, Wednesdays at 10] news
  • Cha$e [Sci Fi, November 11, Tuesdays at 10]
  • Estate of Panic [Sci Fi, Nov. 12, Wednesdays at 10]
  • Split Ends 4 [Style, Nov. 22, Saturdays at 8]

The Quest ends its journey stronger than it began

Verlox from The Quest

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Plus: an interview with the actor who played Verlox and the ogre.


Shark Tank is getting a spin-off

Shark Tank

Companies that get deals on the show will be followed for this new spin-off.

Also: Before the show began, Shark Barbara Corcoran was cast and then replaced--but then she sent this amazing e-mail and won the job.

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.