Winter 2008/2009 reality TV schedule

It’s the first day of December, and just as the year has almost evaporated, most fall shows are winding down or have already concluded. And that means it’s time for a new group of reality series to take their place. A few, like Top Chef 5, kicked off late last month or in the fall, but starting tomorrow night, there’s a brief deluge of new shows that will try to find footings until American Idol hauls its mammoth ass front and center in mid-January.

Below is a chronological list of announced debut dates and regular air times for winter debuts, and after that is a list of announced or renewed shows that don’t yet have specific air dates. This list is updated frequently, so bookmark it and return often to keep up; feel free to link to this, but not to steal it, like some rat bastards do.

Times listed are ET, although as always, networks sometimes change their week-to-week schedules. For up-to-date news on more popular shows, click the [news] link that follows it.

  • 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 Real Housewives of Orange County [Bravo, Nov. 25, Tuesdays at 10] news
  • I Survived [Bio, December 1, Mondays at 9]
  • Bad Girls Club 3 [Oxygen, Dec. 2, Tuesdays at 10]
  • Secret Millionaire [Fox, December 3 at 8, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 9]
  • The Contender 4 [Versus, Dec. 3, Wednesdays at 10] news
  • A Double Shot of Love [MTV, Dec. 9, Tuesdays at 10] news
  • Intervention [A&E, Dec. 15 at 10, Mondays at 9]
  • Momma’s Boys [NBC, Dec. 16 at 10, Mondays at 9 but 10 p.m. as of Jan. 5]
  • Smile You’re Under Arrest [Fox Reality, Dec. 27, Saturdays at 7]
  • Bromance [MTV, Dec. 29, Mondays at 9]
  • The City [MTV, Dec. 29, Mondays at 10] news
  • Countdown to the Crown [TLC, Jan. 2, Fridays at 10] news
  • Underdog to Wonderdog [Animal Planet, Jan. 3, Saturdays at 8]
  • Confessions of a Teen Idol [VH1, Jan. 4, Sundays at 8]
  • Rock of Love Bus with Bret Michaels [VH1, Jan. 4, Sundays at 9] news
  • Superstars of Dance [NBC, Sunday, Jan. 4 at 9, Mondays at 8]
  • The Bachelor 13 [ABC, Jan. 5, Mondays at 8] news
  • Daddy’s Girls [MTV, Jan. 5, Mondays at 9:30]
  • True Beauty [ABC, Jan. 5, Mondays at 10]
  • DietTribe [Lifetime, Jan. 5, Mondays at 10]
  • The Biggest Loser 6 [NBC, Jan. 6, Tuesdays at 8] news
  • Homeland Security USA [ABC, Jan. 6, Tuesdays at 8]
  • Dirty Jobs [Discovery, Jan. 6, Tuesdays at 9] news
  • 13: Fear is Real [The CW, Jan. 7, Wednesdays at 8]
  • Ghost Hunters International [Sci Fi, Jan. 7, Wednesdays at 9]
  • The Real World Brooklyn [MTV, Jan. 7, Wednesdays at 10] news
  • The Principal’s Office [truTV, Jan. 8, Thursdays at 10]
  • Greg Behrendt’s Wake-Up Call [SoapNet, Jan. 8, Thursdays at 11]
  • Howie Do It [NBC, Jan. 9, Fridays at 8]
  • Tool Academy [VH1, Jan. 11, Sundays at 10]
  • Man vs. Wild [Discovery, Jan. 12, Mondays at 10] news
  • American Idol 8 [Fox, Jan. 13, Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 8] news
  • Chopped [Food Network, Jan. 13, Tuesdays at 10]
  • Celebrity Rehab presents Sober House [VH1, Jan. 15, Thursdays at 10] news
  • Randy Jackson Presents America’s Best Dance Crew 3 [MTV, Jan. 15, Thursdays at 10]
  • Treasure Quest [Discovery, Jan. 15, Thursdays at 10]
  • Solitary 3 [Fox Reality, Jan. 17, Saturdays at 9]
  • Platinum Weddings [WeTV, Jan. 18, Sundays at 10]
  • Adam Gertler: Will Work for Food [Food Network, Jan. 19, Mondays at 8:30]
  • Paranormal State [A&E, Jan. 19, Mondays at 10]
  • NASCAR Wives [TLC, Jan. 24 at 10, series continues in spring]
  • I Love Money 2 [VH1, Jan. 26, Mondays at 9] news
  • Eddie Griffin: Going for Broke [VH1, Jan. 26, Mondays at 10]
  • Baldwin Hills [BET, Jan. 27, Tuesdays at 10]
  • Hell’s Kitchen 5 [Fox, Jan. 29, Thursdays at 9] news
  • Toughest Cowboy [Spike, Jan. 29, Thursdays at 11]
  • Around the World for Free [WGN America, January]
  • Chris & John to the Rescue! [Logo, January]
  • Gone Country 3 [CMT, January 2009]
  • RuPaul’s Drag Race [Logo, Feb. 2, Mondays at 10]
  • For the Love of Ray J [MTV, Feb. 2 at 10:30, Mondays at 10]
  • Dog the Bounty Hunter [A&E, Feb. 4, Wednesdays at 9:30]
  • The Exterminators [A&E, Feb. 4, Wednesdays at 10:30]
  • Street Customs [TLC, Feb. 5, Thursdays at 9]
  • Heli-Loggrs [TLC, Feb. 5, Thursdays at 10]
  • Jockeys [Animal Planet, Feb. 6, Fridays at 9]
  • How’s Your News [MTV, Feb. 8, Sundays at 10:30]
  • The Girls of Hedsor Hall [MTV, Feb. 9, Mondays at 9]
  • Wingman [Fine Living, Feb. 10, Tuesdays at 9]
  • T.I.’s Road to Redemption [MTV, Feb. 10 at 9, Tuesdays at 9:30]
  • Survivor 18 [CBS, Feb. 12, Thursdays at 8] news
  • Making the Band 4 [MTV, Feb. 12, Thursdays at 9] news
  • The Millionaire Matchmaker [Bravo, Feb. 12, Thursdays at 10]
  • Battle of the Bods [Fox Reality, Feb. 14, Saturdays at 8]
  • The Amazing Race 14 [CBS, Feb. 15, Sundays at 8] news
  • The Real Housewives of New York City [Bravo, Feb. 17 at 11, Tuesdays at 10] news
  • High School Reunion 5 [TV Land, Feb. 18, Wednesdays at 10] news
  • Little Miss Perfect [WEtv, Feb. 17, Wednesdays at 10]
  • Sin City Law [Sundance Channel, Feb. 19, Thursdays at 9]
  • America’s Next Top Model 12 [CW, Feb. 25, Wednesdays at 8] news
  • American Loggers [Discovery, Feb. 27, Fridays at 10]

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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.