Spring 2012 reality TV debut schedule

After a bonus day, March has arrived, meaning it’s time for our quarterly update about new reality TV show debuts that are coming over the next few months, as the air gets warmer and networks get more desperate for ratings. Many shows that debuted early this year are still going strong, from The Voice to Dance Moms, and a bunch even debuted in February (see the winter schedule for those), so calling these spring debuts is pretty arbitrary. Alas.

The following is a frequently-updated list of officially announced debut dates for new and returning reality series (send updates, additions, and corrections to me any time). For shows that premiered before March 1, see the winter 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.

March

  • Q’Viva! The Chosen [Fox, March 3, Saturdays at 8]
  • Hollywood Girls Night [TV Guide Network, March 4, Sundays at 9]
  • The Kandi Factory Special [Bravo, March 4 at 10]
  • Love Broker [Bravo, March 5, Mondays at 10]
  • Storage Wars: Texas [A&E, March 6, Tuesdays at 9]
  • On Death Row [Investigation Discovery, March 6, Tuesdays at 10]
  • Million Dollar Listing New York [Bravo, March 7, Wednesdays at 10]
  • My Crazy Obsession [TLC, March 7, Wednesdays at 10]
  • The Ultimate Fighter Live [FX, March 9, Fridays at 9]
  • America the Wild with Casey Anderson [NatGeo Wild, March 11 at 8, Mondays at 9]
  • Shahs of Sunset [Bravo, March 11, Sundays at 10]
  • Fashion Star [NBC, March 13 at 9, Tuesdays at 10] news
  • Undercover Boss: Abroad [OWN, March 13, Tuesdays at 8 and 9]
  • Interior Therapy with Jeff Lewis [Bravo, March 14, Wednesdays at 9]
  • Sweet Genius [Food Network, March 15, Thursdays at 10]
  • The First 48: Missing Persons [A&E, March 15, Thursdays at 10]
  • Frozen Planet [Discovery, March 18, Sundays at 8]
  • Unchained Reaction [Discovery, March 18, Sundays at 10]
  • Dancing with the Stars 14 [ABC, March 19, Mondays at 8, Tuesdays at 9] news
  • La La’s Full Court Life [VH1, March 19, Mondays at 9]
  • Bad Girls Club Las Vegas [Oxygen, March 19, Mondays at 10]
  • The Little Couple [TLC, March 20, Tuesdays at 10]
  • Couples Therapy [VH1, March 21, Wednesdays at 9]
  • Duck Dynasty [A&E, March 21, Wednesdays at 10]
  • House of Consignment [VH1, March 21, Wednesdays at 10]
  • My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding [TLC, March 23, Fridays at 10]
  • Leave it to Niecy [TLC, March 25, Sundays at 10]
  • Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. [PBS, March 25]
  • Mythbusters [Discovery, March 25, Sundays at 9]
  • Long Island Medium [TLC, March 25, Sundays at 9]
  • 16 and Pregnant [MTV, March 27, Tuesdays at 10] news
  • Best Ink [Oxygen, March 27, Tuesdays at 10]
  • Bomb Patrol: Afghanistan [G4, March 27, Tuesdays at 10]
  • Mary Mary [WEtv, March 29, Thursdays at 10]
  • The Pauly D Project [MTV, March 29, Thursdays at 10:30] news
  • Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s [OWN, March 31, Saturdays at 9]
  • Beverly’s Full House [OWN, March 31, Saturdays at 10]

April

  • River Monsters [Animal Planet, April 1, Sundays at 9]
  • Wicked Tuna [National Geographic Channel, April 1, Sundays at 10]
  • Giuliana & Bill [Style, April 3, Tuesdays at 8]
  • Shannen Says [WEtv, April 3, Tuesdays at 9]
  • No Kitchen Required [BBC America, April 3, Tuesdays at 10]
  • Betty White’s Off Their Rockers [NBC, April 4, Wednesdays at 8]
  • Truck Stop USA [Travel Channel, April 5, Thursdays at 8]
  • Sand Masters [Travel Channel, April 5, Thursdays at 9]
  • Ghost Adventures [Travel Channel, April 6, Fridays at 9]
  • Texas Women [CMT, April 7, Saturdays at 9]
  • Southern Nights [CMT, April 7, Saturdays at 10]
  • Wilson Phillips: Still Holding On [TV Guide Network, April 8, Sundays at 9]
  • Meat Men [Food Network, April 9, Mondays at 11]
  • Hotel Impossible [Travel Channel, April 9, Mondays at 10]
  • Mama’s Boys of the Bronx [TLC, April 9, Mondays at 10]
  • Deadliest Catch [Discovery, April 10, Tuesdays at 9] news
  • Sold! [History, April 11, Wednesdays at 9]
  • Randy Jackson Presents America’s Best Dance Crew [MTV, April 11, Wednesdays at 10]
  • Baggage Battles [Travel Channel, April 11, Wednesdays at 10]
  • America Revealed [PBS, April 11, Wednesdays at 10]
  • Say Yes to the Dress: Bridesmaids [TLC, April 13, Fridays at 9]
  • Tanked [Animal Planet, April 14, Saturdays at 9]
  • Tough Love: New Orleans [VH1, April 15, Sundays at 9]
  • Top Gear [BBC America, April 16, Mondays at 9]
  • Richard Hammond’s Crash Course [BBC America, April 16, Mondays at 10]
  • Jennie Garth: Little Bit Country [CMT, April 20, Fridays at 9]
  • Melissa & Tye [CMT, April 20, Fridays at 9:30]
  • The Real Housewives of New Jersey [Bravo, April 22, Sundays at 10] news
  • American Guns [Discovery, April 25, Wednesdays at 9]
  • Whale Wars: On Viking Shores [Animal Planet, April 27, Fridays at 8] [news]
  • Flipped Off [A&E, April 28, Saturdays at 9]
  • Rambug [A&E, April 28, Saturdays at 10]
  • My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding [TLC, April 29, Sundays at 10]

May

  • My Mom is Obsessed [OWN, May 4, Fridays at 9]
  • Goldfathers [National Geographic Channel, May 4, Fridays at 10]
  • Tanisha Gets Married [Oxygen, May 7 at 11, Mondays at 10]
  • Around The World In 80 Plates [Bravo, May 9, Wednesdays at 10]
  • The Bachelorette [ABC, Mondays at 8] news
  • Food Network Star [Food Network, May 13, Sundays at 9] news
  • Sister Wives [TLC, May 13, Sundays at 9]
  • Weight of the Nation [HBO, May 14 and 15]
  • Pregnant In Heels [Bravo, May 15, Tuesdays at 10]
  • Keeping Up with the Kardashians [E!, May 20, Sundays at 9]
  • Mrs. Eastwood & Company [E!, May 20, Sundays at 10]
  • American Ninja Warrior [G4, May 20, Sundays at 9; NBC, May 21, Mondays at 9]
  • Hollywood Treasure [SyFy, May 22, Tuesdays at 10]

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.