Summer 2012 reality TV debut schedule

For me, the start of summer is not Memorial Day, but by the start of So You Think You Can Dance, as spring ends with the conclusion of American Idol. But it’s June when the onslaught of new and returning reality shows will really hit, from last summer’s awesome surprise The Glee Project to ABC’s improved-upon version of Big Brother, The Glass House.

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 May 24, see the spring 2012 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.

May

  • So You Think You Can Dance [Fox, May 24 at 8, Wednesdays at 8] news
  • Duets [ABC, May 24, Thursdays at 8]
  • On the Fly [TLC, May 24, Thursdays at 9] news
  • Tattoo School [TLC, May 24, Thursdays at 10]
  • Gene Simmons Family Jewels [A&E, May 28, Mondays at 9]
  • Cake Boss [TLC, May 28, Mondays at 9]
  • Monster In-Laws [A&E, May 28, Mondays at 10]
  • Extreme Couponing [TLC, May 28, Mondays at 10]
  • Witness: G.I. Homecoming [National Geographic Channel, May 28, Mondays at 10]
  • The Catalina [The CW, May 29, Tuesdays at 8]
  • Design Star [HGTV, May 29, Tuesdays at 9] news
  • Dogs in the City [CBS, May 30, Wednesdays at 8]
  • Coming Home [Lifetime, May 30, Wednesdays at 9]
  • Final Offer [Discovery, May 31, Thursdays at 10]
  • L.A. Hair [WEtv, May 31, Thursdays at 10]
  • Mountain Men [History, May 31, Thursdays at 10]

June

  • Whale Wars [Animal Planet, June 1, Fridays at 9] news
  • Secret Millionaire [ABC, June 3, Sundays at 8]
  • Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition [ABC, June 3, Sundays at 9]
  • BBQ Pitmasters [Destination America, June 3, Sundays at 9]
  • Ice Road Truckers [History, June 3, Sundays at 9]
  • Call of the Wildman [Animal Planet, June 3, Sundays at 10]
  • Hell’s Kitchen 10 [Fox, June 4, Mondays and Tuesdays at 8]
  • Masterchef [Fox, June 4, Mondays and Tuesdays at 9]
  • The Real Housewives of New York City [Bravo, June 4, Mondays at 9] news
  • Push Girls [Sundance Channel, June 4, Mondays at 10]
  • Love in the Wild [NBC, June 5, Tuesdays at 9]
  • The Glee Project [Oxygen, June 5, Tuesdays at 10] news
  • Storage Wars [A&E, June 5, Tuesdays at 10]
  • Kendra on Top [WEtv, June 5, Tuesdays at 10]
  • Million Dollar Listing: Los Angeles [Bravo, June 6, Wednesdays at 9]
  • Cajun Pawn Stars [History, June 6, Wednesdays at 9]
  • Fast ‘n’ Loud [Discovery, June 6, Wednesdays at 10]
  • My Big Redneck Vacation [CMT, June 6, Wednesdays at 10:30]
  • Take Me Out [Fox, June 7, Thursdays at 8]
  • The Choice [Fox, June 7, Thursdays at 9]
  • Cajun Justice [A&E, June 7, Thursdays at 10]
  • Lives on Fire [OWN, June 8, Fridays at 9]
  • Flying Wild Alaska [Discovery, June 8, Fridays at 10]
  • DC Cupcakes: Takes New York [TLC, June 8, Fridays at 10]
  • Million Dollar Neighborhood [OWN, June 9, Saturdays at 9]
  • Redneck Island [CMT, June 9, Saturdays at 10]
  • Real Life: The Musical [OWN, June 9, Saturdays at 10]
  • Mob Wives Chicago [VH1, June 10, Sundays at 8]
  • Our America with Lisa Ling [OWN, June 10, Sundays at 10]
  • Tia & Tamera [Style, June 11, Mondays at 8]
  • Chicagolicious [Style, June 11, Mondays at 9]
  • Barter Kings [A&E, June 12, Tuesdays at 9]
  • Love & Hip-Hop: Atlanta [VH1, June 18, Mondays at 8]
  • Teen Mom [MTV, June 12, Tuesdays at 10] news
  • Taboo [National Geographic, June 17, Sundays at 10]
  • Made #DreamBigger [MTV, June 18, Mondays at 4]
  • RuPaul’s Drag U [Logo, June 18, Mondays at 9] news
  • The Glass House [ABC, June 18, Mondays at 10] news
  • Miss Advised [Bravo, June 18, Mondays at 10]
  • Danger by Design [Science, June 18, Mondays at 9]
  • Bristol Palin: Life’s a Tripp [Lifetime, June 19, Tuesdays at 10]
  • Snooki & JWOWW [MTV, June 21, Thursdays at 10] news
  • The Great Escape [TNT, June 24, Sundays at 10]
  • Mobster Confessions [Discovery, June 25, Mondays at 9]
  • Craft Wars [TLC, June 26, Tuesdays at 10]
  • Hollywood Exes [VH1, June 27, Wednesdays at 9]
  • The Real World: St. Thomas [MTV, June 27, Wednesdays at 10] news
  • Wipeout [ABC, June 28, Thursdays at 9] news
  • Trip Flip [Travel Channel, June 28, Thursdays at 9]
  • Chasing UFOs [National Geographic, June 29, Fridays at 9]

July

  • Shark Wranglers [History, July 1, Sundays at 10]
  • Four Houses [TLC, July 2, Mondays at 10]
  • America’s Lost Treasures [National Geographic Channel, July 4, Wednesdays at 9]
  • Dog Whisperer with Cesar Milan [Nat Geo Wild, July 7, Saturdays at 8]
  • Big Ang [VH1, July 8, Sundays at 8]
  • Bounty Wars [Discovery, July 8, Sundays at 10]
  • Opening Act [E!, July 9, Mondays at 10]
  • Destination Truth [SyFy, July 10, Tuesdays at 8]
  • Jamie’s Food Revolution [BBC America, July 10, Tuesdays at 9]
  • Trust Us with Your Life [ABC, July 10, Tuesdays at 9]
  • NY Med [ABC, July 10, Tuesdays at 10]
  • Beverly Hills Nannies [ABC Family, July 11, Wednesdays at 9]
  • The Franchise [Showtime, July 11, Wednesdays at 10]
  • Picked Off [History, July 11, Wednesdays at 10]
  • Big Brother [CBS, July 12, Thursdays at 9, Sundays at 8, Wednesdays at 8] news
  • The Real L Word [Showtime, July 12, Thursdays at 10]
  • Property Wars [Discovery, July 12, Thursdays at 10]
  • Strange Sex [TLC, July 15, Sundays at 10]
  • Small Town Security [AMC, July 15, Sundays at 11]
  • American Gypsies [National Geographic, July 17, Tuesdays at 9]
  • Virgin Diaries [TLC, July 18 and 25 at 10]
  • Mama Drama [VH1, July 18, Wednesdays at 10]
  • Project Runway 10 [Lifetime, July 19, Thursdays at 9] news
  • Great Lake Warriors [History, July 19, Thursdays at 10]
  • 3 [CBS, July 22, Sundays at 9]
  • Bachelor Pad [ABC, July 23, Mondays at 8] news
  • In the Big House [Logo, July 23, Mondays at 10]
  • I’m Having Their Baby [Oxygen, July 23, Mondays at 11]
  • Love Broker [Bravo, July 24, Tuesdays at 10]
  • Top Chef Masters [Bravo, July 25, Wednesdays at 10] news
  • WakeBrothers [MTV, July 25, Wednesdays at 11]
  • Hillybilly Handfishin’ [Animal Planet, July 29, Sundays at 8]
  • Off the Hook: Extreme Catches [Animal Planet, July 29, Sundays at 9]
  • All the Right Moves [Oxygen, July 31, Tuesdays at 9]

August

  • Bar Rescue [Spike, Aug. 5, Sundays at 9]
  • Flip Men [Spike, Aug. 5, Sundays at 10]
  • Shipping Wars [A&E, Aug. 7, Tuesdays at 9]
  • Here Comes Honey Boo Boo [TLC, Aug. 8, Wednesdays at 10]
  • Shark Week: 25th anniversary [Discovery, starts Aug. 12 at 9]
  • High School Moms [TLC, Aug. 12, Sundays at 10]
  • United Bates of America [TLC, Aug. 13, Mondays at 9]
  • Hotel Hell [Fox, Aug. 13 and 14, then Mondays at 8]
  • Intervention [A&E, Aug. 13, Mondays at 9]
  • Stars Earn Stripes [NBC, Aug. 13, Mondays at 9]
  • Gallery Girls [Bravo, Aug. 13, Mondays at 10]
  • Big Tiny [TLC, Aug. 13, Mondays at 10]
  • Counting Cars [History, Aug. 13 at 10:30, Tuesdays at 10]
  • Get to Work [Sundance Channel, Aug. 13, Mondays at 10:30]
  • Top Gear [History, Aug. 14, Tuesdays at 9]
  • Hard Time [National Geographic Channel, Aug. 14, Tuesdays at 9]
  • Oh Sit! [The CW, Aug. 15, Wednesdays at 8]
  • Storage Wars [A&E, Aug. 15, Wednesdays at 9]
  • Toy Hunter [Travel Channel, Aug. 15 at 10, Wednesdays at 9]
  • The Next [The CW, Aug. 16, Thursdays at 9]
  • Braxton Family Values [WE tv, Aug. 16, Thursdays at 9]
  • Extreme Chef [Food Network, Aug. 16, Thursdays at 10]
  • A Chance to Dance [Ovation, Aug. 17, Fridays at 10]
  • Survivorman [OWN, Aug. 19, Sundays at 9]
  • One Car Too Far [Discovery, Aug. 19, Sundays at 9]
  • Nail Files [TV Guide Channel, Aug. 19, Sundays at 9]
  • Married to Jonas [E!, Aug. 19, Sundays at 10]
  • Lovetown, USA [OWN, Aug. 19, Sundays at 10]
  • Flip Men [Spike, Aug. 19, Sundays at 10]
  • Battle for the Border [Animal Planet, Aug. 19 at 11, Fridays at 10]
  • R&B Divas [TV One, Aug. 20, Mondays at 10]
  • Beyond Scared Straight [A&E, Aug. 20, Mondays at 10]
  • Face Off [SyFy, Aug. 21, Tuesdays at 9] news
  • Dangerous Encounters [Nat Geo Wild, Aug. 22, Wednesdays at 8]
  • Abandoned [National Geographic Channel, Aug. 22, Wednesdays at 9]
  • Dirty Jobs Down Under with Mike Rowe [Discovery, Aug. 22, Wednesdays at 10]
  • America’s Next Top Model: College Edition [The CW, Aug. 24, Fridays at 8] news
  • Bering Sea Gold: Under the Ice [Discovery, Aug. 24, Fridays at 9]
  • Yukon Men [Discovery, Aug. 24, Fridays at 10]
  • Lost Treasure Hunters [Animal Planet, Aug. 24, Fridays at 10]
  • The Incredible Dr. Pol [Nat Geo Wild, Aug. 25, Saturdays at 10]

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