Fall 2010 reality TV debut schedule

Summer is officially over, although it still feels like summer–and it feels like I just compiled the list of summer reality show debuts. But here comes the fall reality TV.

This is a frequently-updated list of officially announced debut dates for new and returning reality series. For shows that premiered before the start of September, see the summer schedule. And don’t forget that the first TV broadcasts of documentaries have their own schedule: 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.

September

  • Hoarders [A&E, Sept. 6, Mondays at 9]
  • Thintervention with Jackie Warner [Bravo, Sept. 6, Mondays at 10]
  • America’s Next Top Model 15 [The CW, Sept. 8, Wednesdays at 8] news
  • The Day Before [Sundance Channel, Sept. 8, Wednesdays at 10]
  • Destination Truth [SyFy, Sept. 9, Thursdays at 9]
  • World of Jenks [MTV, Sept. 13, Mondays at 10]
  • Survivor Nicaragua [CBS, Sept. 15, Wednesdays at 8] news
  • Top Chef Just Desserts [Bravo, Sept. 15 at 11, Wednesdays at 10] news
  • The Apprentice 7 [NBC, Sept. 16 at 9, Thursdays at 10] news
  • Real and Chance: The Legend Hunters [VH1, Sept. 19, Sundays at 9]
  • Dancing with the Stars [ABC, Sept. 20, Mondays at 8, Tuesdays at 9] news
  • The Biggest Loser 10 [NBC, Sept. 21, Tuesdays at 8] news
  • Hell’s Kitchen 8 [Fox, Sept. 22, Wednesdays at 8] news
  • School Pride [NBC, Sept. 24, Fridays at 8]
  • The Amazing Race 17 [CBS, Sept. 26 at 8:30, Sundays at 8] news
  • Undercover Boss [CBS, Sept. 26 at 10, Sundays at 9] news
  • Sister Wives [TLC, Sept. 26, Sundays at 10]
  • Expedition Wild with Casey Anderson [Nat Geo Wild, Sept. 27, Mondays at 9]
  • Faces of a Vanishing World [Ovation, Sept. 27, Mondays at 10]
  • Billy the Exterminator [A&E, Sept. 28, Tuesdays at 10]

October

  • Teach: Tony Danza [A&E, Oct. 1, Fridays at 10 p.m.]
  • Next Iron Chef 3 [Food Network, Oct. 3, Sundays at 9]
  • Real Housewives of Atlanta [Bravo, Oct. 4, Mondays at 9] news
  • House of Glam [Lifetime, Oct. 5 at 11, Tuesdays at 10 p.m.]
  • Mythbusters [Discovery, Oct. 6, Wednesdays at 9]
  • Dog the Bounty Hunter [A&E, Oct. 6, Wednesdays at 9]
  • Steven Seagal Lawman [A&E, Oct. 6, Wednesdays at 10]
  • The Challenge: Cutthroat [MTV, Oct. 6, Wednesdays at 10] news
  • Harry Loves Lisa [TV Land, Oct. 6, Wednesdays at 10]
  • Dog Whisperer [National Geographic Channel, Oct. 8, Fridays at 8]
  • Swamp Loggers [Discovery, Oct. 8, Fridays at 9]
  • Cake Boss [TLC, Oct. 11, Mondays at 9]
  • Parking Wars [A&E, Oct. 12, Tuesdays at 10:30]
  • Storm Chasers [Discovery, Oct. 13, Wednesdays at 10]
  • Real Housewives of Beverly Hills [Bravo, Oct. 14, Thursdays at 10] news
  • Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team [CMT, Oct. 15, Fridays at 8]
  • Paranormal State [A&E, Oct. 17, Sundays at 9]
  • Psychic Kids: Children of the Paranormal [A&E, Oct. 17, Sundays at 10]
  • Bret Michaels: Life As I Know It [VH1, Oct. 18, Mondays at 9]
  • Dirty Jobs [Discovery, Oct. 19, Tuesdays at 9]
  • The Millionaire Matchmaker [Bravo, Oct. 19, Tuesdays at 9]
  • Ghost Lab [Discovery, Oct. 21, Thursdays at 10]
  • Dean of Invention [Planet Green, Oct. 22, Fridays at 10]
  • Dead Set [IFC, Oct. 25 to 29, midnight each night; Oct. 31 from 8 to 11 p.m.]
  • American Restoration [History, Oct. 25, Mondays at 9]
  • Bidder Rivals [Discovery, Oct. 26, Tuesdays at 10]
  • Hollywood Treasure [Syfy, Oct. 27, Wednesdays at 10]
  • The Fairy Jobmother [Lifetime, Oct. 28 at 11, Thursdays at 10 p.m.]
  • Pit Bulls and Parolees [Animal Planet, Oct. 30, Saturdays at 10]
  • Million Dollar Listing [Bravo, October]

November

  • Wreck Chasers [Discovery, Nov. 1, Mondays at 8]
  • My Big Friggin Wedding [VH1, Nov. 1, Mondays at 9]
  • Mario Lopez: Saved By The Baby [VH1, Nov. 1, Mondays at 10:30]
  • Circus [PBS, Nov. 3]
  • Operation Wild [Planet Green, Nov. 5, Fridays at 9]
  • Downsized [WEtv, Nov. 6, Saturdays at 9]
  • Kendra [E!, Nov. 7, Sundays at 10]
  • Married to Rock [E!, Nov. 7, Sundays at 10:30]
  • Plastic Makes Perfect [Nov. 13, Saturdays at 3]
  • Sarah Palin’s Alaska [TLC, Nov. 14, Sundays at 9] news
  • What the Sell [TLC, Nov. 14, Sundays at 10]
  • Pawn Queens [TLC, Nov. 18, Thursdays at 10]
  • Brew Masters [Discovery, Nov. 21, Sundays at 10]
  • Jilted [WEtv, Nov. 21, Sundays at 10]
  • Bridalplasty [E!, Nov. 28, Sundays at 9]
  • Strange Days with Bob Saget [A&E, Nov. 30, Tuesdays at 10]

December

  • Top Chef All-Stars [Bravo, Dec. 1, Wednesdays at 10] news
  • Storage Wars [A&E, Dec. 1, Wednesdays at 10]
  • Gold Rush: Alaska [Discovery, Dec. 3, Fridays at 10]
  • Gene Simmons Family Jewels [A&E, Dec. 5, Sundays at 9]
  • The Hasselhoffs [A&E, Dec. 5, Sundays at 10]
  • Bama Belles [TLC, Dec. 5, Sundays at 10]
  • Brandy and Ray J: A Family Business [VH1, Dec. 5, Sundays at 11]
  • Tabatha’s Salon Takeover [Bravo, Dec. 6, Mondays at 10]
  • Ramsay’s Best Restaurant [BBC America, Dec. 7, Tuesdays at 9]
  • Cupcake Wars [Food Network, Dec. 7, Tuesdays at 9]
  • Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys [Sundance Channel, Dec. 7, Tuesdays at 10]
  • American Ninja Warrior 2 [G4, Dec. 8, Wednesdays 8 to 11]
  • Intervention [A&E, Dec. 13, Mondays at 9]
  • Bondi Rescue [Fuel, Dec. 13, weeknights at 11]
  • 24/7 Penguins/Capitals: Road to the NHL Winter Classic [HBO, Dec. 15, Wednesdays at 10]
  • The Peacemaker: L.A. Gang Wars [A&E, Dec. 16, Thursdays at 10]
  • My Strange Addiction [TLC, Dec. 29, Wednesdays at 9]

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