Fall 2009 reality TV show debut schedule

The fall television season is almost upon us, not that the weather has relented. Some cable networks already debuting shows that will carry us through Thanksgiving, and networks are getting ready to give us what we expect from them in the fall, with a few changes.

The following is a list of debut dates for new and returning reality series. For shows that premiered before Aug. 19, see the summer 2009 reality TV schedule. And the first TV broadcasts of documentaries are in the 2009 TV documentary schedule.

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.

Aug.

  • Top Chef Las Vegas [Bravo, Aug. 19, Wednesdays at 10] news
  • Black Gold [truTV, Aug. 19, Wednesdays at 10]
  • Project Runway 6 [Lifetime, Aug. 20, Thursdays at 10] news
  • Models of the Runway [Lifetime, Aug. 20, Thursdays at 11] news
  • Jockeys [Animal Planet, Aug. 21, Fridays at 10]
  • All Jacked Up [CMT, Aug. 22]
  • What Would Brian Boitano Make? (American Masters) [Food Network, Aug. 23, Sundays at 1]
  • Out of Egypt [Discovery Channel, Aug. 24, Mondays at 9]
  • The Rachel Zoe Project [Bravo, Aug. 24, Mondays at 10]
  • Crash Course [ABC, Aug. 26, Wednesdays at 9]

Sept.

  • Rehab: Party at the Hard Rock Hotel [truTV, Sept. 1, Tuesdays at 10]
  • So You Think You Can Dance 6 [FOX, Sept. 9, Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 8] news
  • America’s Next Top Model [The CW, Sept. 9, Wednesdays at 8] news
  • The Day Before… [Sundance Channel, Sept. 9 to 12, 10 p.m. nightly]
  • The Locator [WEtv, Sept. 12, Saturdays at 9]
  • Making His Band news [MTV, Sept. 12, Saturdays at 9]
  • Adoption Diaries [WEtv, Sept. 12, Saturdays at 10]
  • Heart of the City [BET, Sept. 12, Saturdays at 10]
  • Eddie Griffin: Going for Broke [VH1, Sept. 14, Mondays at 10]
  • The Biggest Loser 8 news [NBC, Sept. 15, Tuesdays at 8]
  • Survivor Samoa [CBS, Sept. 17, Thursdays at 8] news
  • Extreme Cuisine with Jeff Corwin [Food Network, September 17, Thursdays at 9]
  • Alone in the Wild [National Geographic Channel, Sept. 19, Sundays at 10]
  • Dancing with the Stars 9 [ABC, Sept. 21, Mondays at 8, Tuesdays at 9] news
  • Brick City [Sundance Channel, Sept. 21 to 25 at 10 p.m.]
  • The Naughty Kitchen [Oxygen, Sept. 22, Tuesdays at 10]
  • King of Clubs [Playboy TV, Sept. 25, Fridays at 9]
  • Rescue Ink Unleashed [National Geographic Channel, Sept. 25, Fridays at 10]
  • The Amazing Race 15 [CBS, Sept. 27, Sundays at 8] news
  • Extreme Makeover: Home Edition [ABC, Sept. 27, Sundays at 8] news
  • Firsthand [Fuel TV, Sept. 27, Sundays at 8]
  • My Fair Wedding [WEtv, Sept. 27, Sundays at 10]
  • The Hills [MTV, Sept. 29, Tuesdays at 10] news
  • The City [MTV, Sept. 29, Tuesdays at 10:30] news
  • King of the Crown [TLC, Sept. 30, Wednesdays at 9]
  • Bank of Mom and Dad [SOAPnet, Sept. 30, Wednesdays at 10]
  • The Shift [Investigation Discovery, Sept. 30, Wednesdays at 10]

Oct.

  • Speeders Fight Back [truTV, Oct. 1, Thursdays at 10]
  • DietTribe 2 [Lifetime, Oct. 2, Fridays at 9]
  • First In [BET, Oct. 2, Fridays at 10]
  • Wedded to Perfection [TLC, Oct. 2, Fridays at 10]
  • Superfetch [Animal Planet, Oct. 3, Saturdays at 8]
  • Celebrity Ghost Stories [Documentary Channel, Oct. 3, Saturdays at 10]
  • Next Iron Chef 2 [Food Network, Oct. 4, Sundays at 9]
  • Dirty Jobs [Discovery, Oct. 6, Tuesdays at 9]
  • Ghost Lab [Discovery Channel, Oct. 6, Tuesdays at 10]
  • Parking Wars [A&E, Oct. 6, Tuesdays at 10]
  • The Bureau [Investigation Discovery ID, Oct. 7, Wednesdays at 9]
  • Man Shops Globe [Sundance Channel, Oct. 7, Wednesdays at 10 p.m.]
  • Clean House [Style, Oct. 7, Wednesdays at 10]
  • Design Squad [PBS, Oct. 7]
  • I’m Alive [Animal Planet, Oct. 9, Fridays at 10]
  • Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan [National Geographic Channel, Oct. 9, Fridays at 9]
  • Girls Next Door [E!, Oct. 11, Sundays at 10]
  • Leave it to Lamas [E!, Oct. 11, Sundays at 10:30]
  • The 100 Mile Challenge [Planet Green, Oct. 12, Mondays at 9]
  • Gone Too Far [MTV, Oct. 12, Mondays at 10]
  • Million Dollar Listing [Bravo, Oct. 12 at 11, Mondays at 10]
  • Alaska State Troopers [National Geographic Channel, Oct. 14, Wednesdays at 10]
  • Bartender Wars [Fine Living Network, Oct. 16, Fridays at 10:30]
  • Storm Chasers [Discovery Channel, October 18, Sundays at 10]
  • All Worked Up [truTV, Oct. 19, Mondays at 9]
  • Living with Ed [Planet Green, Oct. 21]
  • Lock ‘N Load [Showtime, Oct. 21, Wednesdays at 8]
  • The Academy: Orange County Fire [FOX Reality, Oct. 24, Saturdays at 9]
  • Pacquiao/Cotto 24/7 [HBO, Oct. 24, Saturdays at 10:15 p.m.]
  • Monica [BET, Oct. 27, Tuesdays at 10]
  • Inside DTP [BET, Oct. 27, Tuesdays at 10:30]
  • Ghost Adventures Live [Travel Channel, Oct. 30, 8 p.m. to 3 a.m.]

Nov.

  • Sex Rehab with Dr. Drew [VH1, Nov. 1, Sundays at 10] news
  • Styl’d [MTV, Nov. 1, Sundays at 10]
  • For The Love of Ray J 2 [VH1, Nov. 2, Mondays at 9]
  • I Want to Work for Diddy 2 [VH1, Nov. 2, Mondays at 10]
  • Madventures [Travel Channel, Nov. 2, Mondays at 10]
  • Tabatha’s Salon Takeover [Bravo, Nov. 3, Tuesdays at 10]
  • Flowers Uncut [TLC, Nov. 4, Wednesdays at 10]
  • The Real Housewives of Orange County [Bravo, Nov. 5, Thursdays at 10] news
  • Ghost Adventures [Travel Channel, Nov. 6, Fridays at 9]
  • Table for 12 [TLC, Nov. 10, Tuesdays at 8]
  • Tough Love 2 [VH1, Nov. 15, Sundays at 9]
  • WWII in HD [History, Nov. 15 at 9, five nights]
  • Chef Academy [Nov. 16 at 11, Mondays at 10]
  • Happily Ever Faster [TLC, Nov. 20, Fridays at 10]
  • Meet the Natives [Travel Channel, Nov. 22, Sundays at 10]
  • Let’s Dance [ABC, Nov. 23 at 9:30, Mondays at 9]

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