Spring 2011 reality TV debut schedule

Since it’s April, it’s probably time for the spring reality TV show debut schedule. Like March, April is packed with debuts, particularly on cable, while the broadcast shows are mostly continuing with shows that span the entire spring.

Below is a frequently-updated list of officially announced debut dates for new and returning reality series (feel free to send updates, additions, and corrections, which are always welcome). For shows that premiered before April 1, see the winter schedule.

Times listed are ET, and, as always, TV networks change their schedules sometimes, so check your cable guide or other TV listings for changes or repeats. For up-to-date news on more popular shows, click the [news] link that follows it.

April

  • Relapse [A&E, April 4, Mondays at 9]
  • Kidnapped By The Kids [OWN, April 4, Mondays at 9]
  • Addicted to Food [OWN, April 5, Tuesdays at 10]
  • Pregnant in Heels [Bravo, April 5, Tuesdays at 10]
  • The Fabulous Beekman Boys [Planet Green, April 5, Tuesdays at 10]
  • Mythbusters [Discovery, April 6, Wednesdays at 9]
  • Extreme Couponing [TLC, April 6, Wednesdays at 9]
  • Top Chef Masters 3 [Bravo, April 6 at 11, Wednesdays at 10] news
  • Tori & Dean: sTORIbook Weddings [Oxygen, April 6, Wednesdays at 10]
  • Mounted in Alaska [History, April 7, Thursdays at 10]
  • The Judds [OWN, April 10, Sundays at 9]
  • Shark Men [National Geographic Channel, April 10, Sundays at 9]
  • River Monsters [Animal Planet, April 10, Sundays at 10]
  • Khloé & Lamar [E!, April 10, Sundays at 10]
  • The Dance Scene [E!, April 10, Sundays at 10:30]
  • Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution [ABC, April 12, Tuesdays at 8]
  • Deadliest Catch [Discovery, April 12, Tuesdays at 9] news
  • Braxton Family Values [WE tv, April 12, Tuesdays at 9]
  • Royally Mad [BBC America, April 12, Tuesdays at 10]
  • Love Games: Bad Girls Need Love Too [Oxygen, April 18, Mondays at 10]
  • 24 Hour Restaurant Battle [Food Network, April 21, Thursdays at 10]
  • Dual Survival [Discovery, April 22, Fridays at 9]
  • Setup Squad [Logo, April 25 at 11:30, Mondays at 9]
  • The Voice [NBC, April 26 at 9, Tuesdays at 8] news
  • Randy Jackson Presents: America’s Best Dance Crew [MTV, April]
  • Audrina [VH1, April]
  • Saddle Ranch [VH1, April]
  • Wedding Wars [VH1, April]

May

  • Spouse vs. House [TLC, May 4, Wednesdays at 10]
  • Pawn Queens [TLC, May 5, Thursdays at 10]
  • My Cat From Hell [Animal Planet, May 7, Saturdays at 9]
  • Swamp Brothers [Discovery, May 13, Fridays at 10]
  • The Real Housewives of New Jersey [Bravo, May 16, Mondays at 9] news

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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.