Winter 2009/2010 reality TV show debut schedule

December is a day a way, although you would have thought it started in October based on the way Christmas decorations showed up. As early holiday presents, networks are offering debuts of a bunch of series in December, even as other shows wrap up, and then January will bring even more debuts.

The following is a frequently-updated list of debut dates for new and returning reality series. For shows that premiered before Nov. 30, see the fall 2009 reality TV debut schedule. And the first TV broadcasts of documentaries are in the 2009 TV documentary schedule.

Times listed are ET, and, 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.

December

  • Intervention [A&E, Nov. 30, Mondays at 10]
  • Hoarders [A&E, Nov. 30, Mondays at 10]
  • Pawn Stars [History, Nov. 30, Mondays at 10]
  • Britain’s Missing Top Model [BBC America, Dec. 1, Tuesdays at 9]
  • Bad Girls Club 4 [Oxygen, Dec. 1, Tuesdays at 10]
  • Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares 5 [BBC America, Dec. 2, Wednesdays at 8]
  • Dog the Bounty Hunter [A&E, Dec. 2, Wednesdays at 9]
  • Steven Seagal: Lawman [A&E, Dec. 2, Wednesdays at 10]
  • Launch My Line [Bravo, Dec. 2 at 11, Wednesdays at 10]
  • BBQ Pitmasters [TLC, Dec. 3, Thursdays at 10]
  • I Survived [BIO, Dec. 6, Sundays at 9]
  • Campus PD [G4, Dec. 9, Wednesdays at 11]
  • American Ninja Warrior [G4, Dec. 12 and 18 at 6]
  • Ghost Intervention [TLC, Dec. 12, Saturdays at 9]
  • The Jacksons [A&E, Dec. 13, Sundays at 9]
  • Keeping up with the Kardashians [E!, Dec. 13, Sundays at 10]
  • Giuliana & Bill (season one) [E!, Dec. 13 at 11, Sundays at 10:30]
  • The Sing Off [NBC, Dec. 14, 15, 16, 21 at 8]
  • Bank of Hollywood [E!, Dec. 14, Mondays at 10]
  • Psychic Kids: Children of the Paranormal [A&E, Dec. 15, Tuesdays at 9]
  • Paranormal State [A&E, Dec. 15, Tuesdays at 10]
  • Motor City Motors [Discovery, Dec. 28, Mondays at 10]
  • The Real World DC [MTV, Dec. 30, Wednesdays at 10] news

January

  • The Squeeze [MSNBC, Jan. 1, Fridays at 10]
  • Frank the Entertainer…In a Basement Affair [VH1, Jan. 3, Sundays at 8]
  • Platinum Weddings [WEtv, Jan. 3, Sundays at 9]
  • Giuliana & Bill (season two) [Style, Jan. 3, Sundays at 9]
  • Worst Cooks In America [Food Network, Jan. 3, Sundays at 10]
  • Secrets of Aspen [VH1, Jan. 3, Sundays at 10]
  • The Bachelor 14 [ABC, Jan. 4, Mondays at 8] news
  • Be Good Johnny Weir [Sundance Channel, Jan. 4, Mondays at 10]
  • Blood, Sweat & Takeaways [Planet Green, Jan. 4, Mondays at 10]
  • The Biggest Loser 9 news [NBC, Jan. 5, Tuesdays at 8]
  • Wild Recon [Animal Planet, Jan. 5, Tuesdays at 9]
  • Last Restaurant Standing [BBC America, Jan. 5, Tuesdays at 9]
  • Man Vs. Wild [Discovery, Jan. 6, Wednesdays at 9]
  • Ghost Hunters International [SyFy, Jan. 6, Wednesdays at 9]
  • Conviction Kitchen [Planet Green, Jan. 6, Wednesdays at 10]
  • Shark Tank [ABC, Jan. 8, Fridays at 9]
  • Manhattan Marriage Project with Gino Filippone [TLC, Jan. 8, Fridays at 10]
  • Operation Wild [Planet Green, Jan. 8, Fridays at 10]
  • Celebrity Rehab 3 [VH1, Jan. 10, Sundays at 10] news
  • Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations [Travel Channel, Jan. 11, Mondays at 10]
  • Fantasia for Real [VH1, Jan. 11, Mondays at 10]
  • Let’s Talk About Pep [VH1, Jan. 11, Mondays at 10:30]
  • American Idol 9 [Fox, Jan. 12, Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 8] news
  • Our Little Genius [FOX, Jan. 13 at 9, Wednesdays at 9]
  • Little Miss Perfect 2 [WEtv, Jan. 12, Tuesdays at 10]
  • High School Reunion 6 [TV Land, Jan. 13, Wednesdays at 10] news
  • Solving History with Olly Steeds [Discovery, Jan. 13, Wednesdays at 10]
  • The First 48 [A&E, Jan. 14, Thursdays at 9]
  • Project Runway 6 [Lifetime, Jan. 14, Thursdays at 10] news
  • Carnie Wilson: Unstapled [GSN, Jan. 14, Thursdays at 10]
  • Models of the Runway [Lifetime, Jan. 14, Thursdays at 11] news
  • Pit Boss [Animal Planet, Jan. 16, Saturdays at 10]
  • The Buried Life [MTV, Jan. 18, Mondays at 10]
  • Millionaire Matchmaker [Bravo, Jan. 19, Tuesdays at 10]
  • Paranormal Cops [A&E, Jan. 19, Tuesdays at 10:30]
  • Meteorite Men [Science Channel, Jan. 20, Wednesdays at 9]
  • Jeff Probst’s Live for the Moment [CBS, Feb. 28 at 8, one episode]
  • Randy Jackson Presents America’s Best Dance Crew 5 [MTV, Jan. 28]
  • Taking The Stage [MTV, Jan. 28]
  • Kitchen Nightmares [Fox, Jan. 26 and Feb. 2 at 9, Fridays at 9 starting Jan. 29] news
  • Seducing Cindy [FOX Reality, Jan. 30, Saturdays at 9]
  • Four Weddings [TLC, Jan. 30, Saturdays at 10]

February

  • RuPaul’s Drag Race 2 [Logo, February 1, Mondays at 9]
  • Kell on Earth [Bravo, Feb. 1, Mondays at 10]
  • Blood, Sweat & T-Shirts [Planet Green, Feb. 1, Mondays at 10]
  • The Michael Vick Project [BET, Feb. 2, Tuesdays at 10]
  • Shear Genius 3 [Bravo, Feb. 3 at 11, Wednesdays at 10] news
  • Undercover Boss [CBS, Feb. 7 following Super Bowl, Sundays at 9]
  • Celebrity Fit Club 7: Boot Camp [VH1, Feb. 8, Mondays at 9]
  • Survivor Heroes vs. Villains [CBS, Feb. 11, Thursdays at 8] news
  • The Amazing Race 16 [CBS, Feb. 14, Sundays at 8] news
  • Prison Wives [Investigation Discovery, Feb. 14 at 8, Wednesdays at 10]
  • Bullrun [Speed, Feb. 18, Thursdays at 10]
  • The Family Crews [BET, Feb. 21, Sundays at 9]
  • The Marriage Ref [NBC, Feb. 28 at 10:30, Thursdays at 10]

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