Summer 2010 reality TV debut schedule

Yes, it’s the first unofficial day of summer, and along with the heat, humidity, and hurricanes comes a heck of a lot of reality shows: more than 20 in the next week alone.

The following is a frequently-updated list of officially announced debut dates for new and returning reality series. For shows that premiered before the end of May, see the spring 2010 reality TV debut schedule. And the first TV broadcasts of documentaries are in the 2010 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.

May

  • So You Think You Can Dance 7 [Fox, May 27 at 8, Tuesdays at 8 and Wednesdays at 9] news
  • Police Women: Memphis [TLC, May 27, Thursdays at 9]
  • The OCD Project [VH1, May 27, Thursdays at 10]
  • Mall Cops: Mall of America [TLC, May 27, Thursdays at 10]
  • Cake Boss [TLC, May 31, Mondays at 9]
  • True Beauty 2 [ABC, May 31, Mondays at 10]
  • Dad Camp [VH1, May 31, Mondays at 10]

June

  • Hell’s Kitchen 7 [Fox, June 1, Tuesdays at 8] news
  • America’s Got Talent 5 [NBC, June 1, Tuesdays at 8, Wednesdays at 9] news
  • One Big Happy Family [TLC, June 1, Tuesdays at 9]
  • Losing it with Jillian [NBC, June 1, Tuesdays at 10]
  • The Little Couple [TLC, June 1, Tuesdays at 10]
  • Jersey Couture [Oxygen, June 1, Tuesdays at 10]
  • Ghost Hunters Academy [SyFy, June 2, Wednesdays at 9]
  • Toddlers and Tiaras [TLC, June 2, Wednesdays at 10]
  • Whale Wars [Animal Planet, June 4, Fridays at 9] news
  • The Next Food Network Star 6 [Food Network, June 6, Sundays at 9] news
  • Kate Plus 8 [TLC, June 6, Sundays at 9]
  • Ice Road Truckers [History, June 6, Sundays at 9] news
  • Bridezillas [WEtv, June 6, Sundays at 9]
  • Top Shot [History Channel, June 6, Sundays at 10]
  • My Fair Wedding with David Tutera [WEtv, June 6, Sundays at 10]
  • Last Comic Standing 7 [NBC, June 7 at 8, Mondays at 9] news
  • Last American Cowboy [Animal Planet, June 7, Mondays at 10]
  • Pawn Stars [History, June 7, Mondays at 10]
  • Dance Your Ass Off 2 [Oxygen, June 7 at 11, Mondays at 10]
  • I Didn’t Know I Was Pregnant [TLC, June 9, Wednesdays at 9]
  • You’re Cut Off! [VH1, June 9, Wednesdays at 9]
  • Bridal Bootcamp [VH1, June 9, Wednesdays at 10]
  • The Singing Bee [CMT, June 9 at 10:30, Wednesdays at 10]
  • Work of Art: The Next Great Artist [Bravo, June 9 at 11, Wednesdays at 10] news
  • Bethenny Getting Married? [Bravo, June 10, Thursdays at 10]
  • Design Star 5 [HGTV, June 13, Sundays at 10] news
  • Kourtney and Khloe Take Miami [E!, June 13, Sundays at 10]
  • Holly’s World [E!, June 13, Sundays at 10:30]
  • Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List [Bravo, June 15, Tuesdays at 9] news
  • Cupcake Wars [Food Network, June 15, Tuesdays at 9]
  • Double Exposure [Bravo, June 15, Tuesdays at 10]
  • The Fabulous Beekman Boys [Planet Green, June 16, Wednesdays at 9]
  • Top Chef: Washington, D.C. [Bravo, June 16, Wednesdays at 9] news
  • Bert the Conqueror [Travel Channel, June 16, Wednesdays at 10]
  • Battle of the Wedding Designers [TLC, June 18, Fridays at 10]
  • Last Chance Highway [Animal Planet, June 19, Saturdays at 8]
  • The Real L Word [Showtime, June 20, Sundays at 10]
  • Inedible to Incredible [TLC, June 21, Mondays at 10]
  • Wipeout [ABC, June 22, Tuesdays at 8] news
  • Boston Med [ABC, June 24, Thursdays at 10]
  • Raising Sextuplets [WEtv, June 24, Thursdays at 10]
  • Intervention [A&E, June 28, Mondays at 9]
  • Obsessed [A&E, June 28, Mondays at 10]
  • The Real World: Back to New Orleans [MTV, June 30, Wednesdays at 10] news
  • Man Shops Globe [Sundance Channel, June]

July

  • Carrier [PBS, July 6, Tuesdays at 9]
  • The Choir [BBC America, July 7, Wednesdays at 10]
  • Big Brother 12 [CBS, July 8, Thursdays, Sundays, and Wednesdays at 8] news
  • Ochocinco: The Ultimate Catch [VH1, July 11, Sundays at 9]
  • The T.O. Show [VH1, July 11, Sundays at 10]
  • Ghost Hunters International [SyFy, July 14, Wednesdays at 9]
  • Chasing Mummies: The Amazing Adventures of Dr. Zahi Hawass [History Channel, July 14, Wednesdays at 10]
  • Mary Knows Best [SyFy, July 15, Thursdays at 9]
  • Paranormal Investigators [SyFy, July 15, Thursdays at 10]
  • Celebrity Ghost Stories [Bio, July 17, Saturdays at 9]
  • Pit Boss [Animal Planet, July 17, Saturdays at 10]
  • My Ghost Story [Bio, July 17, Saturdays at 10]
  • Strange Sex [TLC, July 18, Sundays at 10]
  • RuPaul’s Drag U [Logo, July 19, Mondays at 9]
  • If You Really Knew Me [MTV, July 20, Tuesdays at 11]
  • Confessions: Animal Hoarding [Animal Planet, July 21, Wednesdays at 9]
  • 24 Hour Restaurant Battle [Food Network, July 21, Wednesdays at 10]
  • I Survived [Bio, July 25, Sundays at 9]
  • Breakthrough with Tony Robbins [NBC, July 27, Tuesdays at 8]
  • Masterchef [Fox, July 27, Tuesdays at 9]
  • Growing Up Twisted [A&E, July 27, Tuesdays at 10]
  • Plain Jane [The CW, July 28, Wednesdays at 9]
  • Jersey Shore [MTV, July 29, Thursdays at 10] news
  • Your Chance to Dance [CMT, July 31, Fridays at 9]
  • Rock ‘N’ Roll Fantasy Camp [VH1, July]
  • Snow Men [TLC, July]

August

  • Scream Queens 2 [VH1, August 2, Mondays at 10]
  • Shaq Vs. [ABC, August 3, Tuesdays at 9]
  • 19 Kids & Counting [TLC, Aug. 3, Tuesdays at 9]
  • Bad Girls Club: Miami [Oxygen, Aug. 3, Tuesdays at 9]
  • Scrappers [Spike, Aug. 3, Tuesdays at 10]
  • L.A. Ink [TLC, Aug. 11, Wednesdays at 10]
  • The Rachel Zoe Project [Bravo, Aug. 3 at 11, Tuesdays at 10]
  • Real Housewives of D.C. [Bravo, Aug. 5, Thursdays at 9] news
  • The Squad: Prison Police [A&E, Aug. 5, Thursdays at 10]
  • The Girls Next Door: The Bunny House [E!, Aug. 8, Sundays at 10:30]
  • Bachelor Pad [ABC, August 9, Mondays at 8] news
  • Too Fat for 15: Fighting Back [Style, Aug. 9, Mondays at 8]
  • Wild Nights with Mireya Mayor [Nat Geo Wild, Aug. 9, Mondays at 9]
  • Dating in the Dark [ABC, August 9, Mondays at 10]
  • Flipping Out [Bravo, Aug. 10, Tuesdays at 9] news
  • Hair Battle Spectacular [Oxygen, Aug. 10, Tuesdays at 10]
  • Hard Knocks: New York Jets [HBO, August 11, Wednesdays at 10]
  • American Chopper: Father vs. Son [TLC, Aug. 12, Thursdays at 9]
  • BBQ Pitmasters [TLC, Aug. 12, Thursdays at 10]
  • The Great Food Truck Race [Food Network, Aug. 15 at 10 p.m., Sundays at 9]
  • Scenic Route [Ovation, Aug. 16, Mondays at 8]
  • Surviving the Cut [Discovery, Aug. 18, Wednesdays at 10]
  • Pitchmen [Discovery, Aug. 19, Thursdays at 9]
  • Keeping Up with the Kardashians [E!, Aug. 22, Sundays at 10]
  • The Spin Crowd [E!, Aug. 22, Sundays at 10:30]
  • She’s Got the Look 3 [TV Land, August 25, Wednesdays at 10]
  • Beyond Survival with Les Stroud [Discovery, Aug. 27, Fridays at 10]
  • Blood Dolphins [Animal Planet, Aug. 27 at 11, Fridays at 9]
  • Border Wars [National Geographic Channel, Aug. 29, Sundays at 9]
  • Chopped: Champions [Food Network, Aug. 31, Tuesdays at 10]
  • Jerseylicious [Style, Sept. 5, Sundays at 8]
  • Mel B: It’s a Scary World [Style, Sept. 5, Sundays at 9]

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.