Winter 2012 reality TV debut schedule

The year is coming to a close, as are fall series such as Survivor and The X Factor, so it’s time to see what new shows will get us through the cold winter months (it’s a frigid 77 here in Florida right now), which range from American Idol to the resurrection of Fear Factor.

The following is a frequently-updated list of officially announced debut dates for new and returning reality series (please feel free to send updates, additions, and corrections). For shows that premiered before Dec. 1, see the fall 2011 schedule.

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

December

  • D.U.I. [TLC, Dec. 1, Thursdays at 9]
  • The Ambush Cook [OWN, Dec. 3, Saturdays at noon]
  • Party at Tiffany’s [OWN, Dec. 3, Saturdays at 10]
  • Chef Roble & Co. [Bravo, Dec. 4, Sundays at 10]
  • Alaska State Troopers [National Geographic, Dec. 4, Sundays at 9]
  • T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle [VH1, Dec. 5, Mondays at 9]
  • Candy Queen [TLC, Dec. 5, Mondays at 10]
  • Love Games: Bad Girls Need Love Too [Oxygen, Dec. 5, Mondays at 10]
  • Teen Mom 2 [MTV, Dec. 6, Tuesdays at 10] news
  • Moonshiners [Discovery, Dec. 6, Wednesdays at 10]
  • Hidden City [Travel Channel, Dec. 6, Tuesdays at 10]
  • Storage Wars: Texas [A&E, Dec. 6, Tuesdays at 10:30]
  • Sons of Guns [Discovery, Dec. 7, Wednesdays at 9]
  • The Great Big American Auction [ABC, Dec. 8, 10-11 p.m.]
  • Beyond Scared Straight [A&E, Dec. 8, Thursdays at 10]
  • Fear Factor [NBC, Dec. 12, Mondays at 8] news
  • Rollin’ with Zach [OWN, Dec. 12, Mondays at 8]
  • NY Ink [Dec. 29, Thursdays at 9]
  • Hook, Line & Sisters [TLC, Dec. 29, Thursdays at 10]
  • Alaska: The Last Frontier [Discovery, Dec. 29, Thursdays at 10]

January

  • Mob Wives [VH1, Jan. 1, Sundays at 8]
  • Rachael vs. Guy Celebrity Cook-Off [Food Network, Jan. 1, Sundays at 9]
  • Baseball Wives [VH1, Jan. 1, Sundays at 9]
  • Finding Bigfoot [Animal Planet, Jan. 1, Sundays at 10]
  • Extreme Clutter [OWN, Jan. 1 at 11, Mondays at 10]
  • The Bachelor 16 [ABC, Jan. 2, Mondays at 8] news
  • Hoarders [A&E, Jan. 2, Mondays at 9] news
  • Intervention [A&E, Jan. 2, Mondays at 10]
  • It’s a Brad, Brad World [Bravo, Jan. 2, Mondays at 10]
  • The Biggest Loser 13 [NBC, Jan. 3, Tuesdays at 8] news
  • Celebrity Wife Swap [ABC, Jan. 3, Tuesdays at 9] news
  • Jamie’s American Road Trip [BBC America, Jan. 3, Tuesdays at 10]
  • Campus PD [G4, Jan. 3, Tuesdays at 10]
  • Dog the Bounty Hunter [A&E, Jan. 4, Wednesdays at 9] news
  • Steven Segal Lawman [A&E, Jan. 4, Wednesdays at 10]
  • Project Runway All-Stars [Lifetime, Jan. 5, Thursdays at 9] news
  • Jersey Shore [MTV, Jan. 5, Thursdays at 10] news
  • American Stuffers [Animal Planet, Jan. 5, Thursdays at 10]
  • My Cat from Hell [Animal Planet, Jan. 7, Saturdays at 8]
  • Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan [Nat Geo Wild, Jan. 7, Saturdays at 8]
  • Pit Boss [Animal Planet, Jan. 7, Saturdays at 9]
  • Ax Men [History, Jan. 8, Sundays at 9]
  • Gator Boys [Animal Planet, Jan. 8, Sundays at 9]
  • Cajun Pawn Stars [Jan. 8, History, Sundays at 10]
  • First Week In [Discovery, Jan. 9, Mondays at 9]
  • Caged [MTV, Jan. 9, Mondays at 10]
  • Shipping Wars [A&E, Jan. 10, Tuesdays at 9]
  • Tabatha Takes Over [Bravo, Jan. 10, Tuesdays at 10]
  • Dance Moms [Lifetime, Jan. 10, Tuesdays at 9]
  • 24 Hour Catwalk [Lifetime, Jan. 10, Tuesdays at 10]
  • Face Off 2 [Syfy, Jan. 11, Wednesdays at 10]
  • American Restoration [Jan. 11, History, Wednesdays at 10]
  • Kitchen Nightmares [Fox, Jan. 13, Fridays at 8] news
  • Our Big Fat Weight Loss Story [Style, Jan. 14, Saturdays at noon]
  • Undercover Boss [CBS, Jan. 15, Sundays at 8 until Feb. 17, then Fridays at 8] news
  • Ragin’ Cajuns [Discovery, Jan. 17, Tuesdays at 10]
  • Ink Master [Spike, Jan. 17, Tuesdays at 10]
  • Remodeled [The CW, Jan. 18, Wednesdays at 9]
  • American Idol [Fox, Jan. 18, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8] news
  • Shark Tank [ABC, Jan. 20, Fridays at 8] news
  • Bayou Billionaires [CMT, Jan. 21, Saturdays at 9]
  • My Big Redneck Wedding [CMT, Jan. 21, Saturdays at 9:30]
  • Bad Girls Club: Las Vegas [Oxygen, Jan. 23, Mondays at 10]
  • All Star Dealers [Discovery, Jan. 24, Tuesdays at 8]
  • Joan and Melissa: Joan Knows Best? [WEtv, Jan. 24, Thursdays at 9]
  • The Challenge: Battle of The Exes [MTV, Jan. 25, Wednesdays at 10] news
  • Bering Sea Gold [Discovery Channel, Jan. 27, Fridays at 10]
  • RuPaul’s Drag Race [Logo, Jan. 30, Mondays at 9]
  • Sorority Girls [TLC, Jan. 31, Tuesdays at 9]

February

  • Beast Tracker [Discovery, Feb. 1, Tuesdays at 9]
  • Who Do You Think You Are? [NBC, Feb. 3, Fridays at 8]
  • The Voice 2 [NBC, Feb. 5, post-Super Bowl; Mondays at 8] news
  • The Real Housewives of Orange County [Bravo, Feb. 7 Tuesdays at 9] news
  • Doomsday Preppers [National Geographic, Feb. 7, Tuesdays at 9]
  • Jersey Couture [Oxygen, Feb. 7, Tuesdays at 10]
  • Swamp People [History, Feb. 9, Thursdays at 9]
  • Mudcats [History, Feb. 9, Thursdays at 10]
  • Billy the Exterminator [A&E, Feb. 11, Saturdays at 10]
  • Hillybilly Handfishin’ [Animal Planet, Feb. 12, Sundays at 8]
  • Parking Wars [A&E, Feb. 11, Saturdays at 9]
  • Comic Book Men [AMC, Feb. 12, Sundays at 10]
  • Full Metal Jousting [History, Feb. 12, Sundays at 10]
  • Undercover Boss: Abroad [TLC, Feb. 13, Mondays at 9 and 10]
  • Top Shot 4 [History, Feb. 14, Tuesdays at 10] news
  • Survivor One World [CBS, Feb. 15, Wednesdays at 8] news
  • The Amazing Race 20 [CBS, Feb. 19, Sundays at 8] news
  • Jerseylicious [Style, Feb. 19, Sundays at 8]
  • Celebrity Apprentice 5 [NBC, Feb. 19, Sundays at 9] news
  • Big Rich Texas [Style, Feb. 19, Sundays at 9]
  • Khloe & Lamar [E!, Feb. 19, Sundays at 10]
  • Ice Loves Coco [E!, Feb. 19, Sundays at 10:30]
  • Bethenny Ever After [Bravo, Feb. 20, Mondays at 9]
  • The Ring Leader [Bravo, Feb. 27, Mondays at 10]
  • America’s Next Top Model: British Invasion [The CW, Feb. 29, Wednesdays at 9] news
  • Sons of Guns [Discovery, Feb. 29, Wednesdays at 9]
  • Basketball Wives [VH1, February]

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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.