Fall 2012 reality TV debut schedule

Summer lingers in the form of Big Brother and America’s Got Talent and other series, but the wave of fall reality shows starts next week, as The Voice and The X Factor battle it out. So, here’s the quarterly list of show debut dates and times.

This frequently-updated list of officially announced debut dates includes new and returning reality series (send updates, additions, and corrections to me any time). For shows that premiered before September, see the summer 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, analysis, and recaps on more popular shows, click the [news] link that follows it.

September

  • Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations [Travel Channel, Sept. 3, Mondays at 9]
  • T.I. and Tiny: The Family Hustle [VH1, Sept. 3, Mondays at 9]
  • Fast ‘n’ Loud [Discovery, Sept. 3, Mondays at 10]
  • Flipping Out [Bravo, Sept. 4, Tuesdays at 9]
  • Ghost Hunters [SyFy, Sept. 5, Wednesdays at 9]
  • Texas Car Wars [Discovery, Sept. 6, Thursdays at 10]
  • Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team [CMT, Sept. 7, Fridays at 9]
  • Cheer [CMT, Sept. 7, Fridays at 10]
  • My Fair Wedding with David Tutera: Unveiled [WE tv, Sept. 8, Saturdays at 9]
  • Broadway or Bust [PBS, Sept. 9, Sundays at 8]
  • Long Island Medium [TLC, Sept. 9, Sundays at 9]
  • Breaking Amish [TLC, Sept. 9, Sundays at 10]
  • Basketball Wives L.A. [VH1, Sept. 10, Mondays at 8]
  • Hoarders [A&E, Sept. 10, Mondays at 9] news
  • The Voice 3 [NBC, Sept. 10, 11, 12 at 8, Mondays and Tuesdays at 8] news
  • The X Factor 2 [Fox, Sept. 12, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8] news
  • Sons of Guns [Discovery, Sept. 12, Wednesdays at 9]
  • Family Guns [National Geographic Channel, Sept. 12, Wednesdays at 10]
  • The Real Housewives of Miami [Bravo, Sept. 13, Thursdays at 10]
  • Shark Tank [ABC, Sept. 14, Fridays at 8; starting Nov. 2, Fridays at 9] news
  • Ghost Adventures [Travel, Sept. 14, Fridays at 9]
  • Ultimate Fighter [FX, Sept. 14, Fridays at 9]
  • Bayou Billionaires [CMT, Sept. 15, Saturdays at 9]
  • Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s [OWN, Sept. 15, Saturdays at 9]
  • Redneck Rehab [CMT, Sept. 15, Saturdays at 10]
  • Iyanla, Fix My Life [OWN, Sept. 15, Saturdays at 10]
  • Rehab with Dr. Drew [VH1, Sept. 16, Sundays at 8] news
  • Hot Set [SyFy, Sept. 18, Tuesdays at 10]
  • Survivor Philippines [CBS, Sept. 19, Wednesdays at 8] news
  • The Challenge [MTV, Sept. 19, Wednesdays at 10] news
  • Bling It On [TLC, Sept. 20, Thursdays at 10]
  • Secret Princes [TLC, Sept. 21, Fridays at 10]
  • Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars [ABC, Sept. 24, Mondays and Tuesdays at 8] news
  • Chrissy & Mr. Jones [VH1, Sept. 24, Mondays at 9:30]
  • Amazing Race 21 [CBS, Sept. 30, Sundays at 8] news

October

  • 30 for 30 [ESPN, Oct. 2, Tuesdays at 8]
  • Guiliana & Bill [Style, Oct. 2, Tuesdays at 8]
  • Chef Race: U.K. vs. U.S. [BBC America, Oct. 2, Tuesdays at 9]
  • Airport 24/7: Miami [Travel Channel, Oct. 2, Tuesdays at 9]
  • Chasing the Dream [Golf Channel, Oct. 2, Tuesdays at 10]
  • Life After Chef [Bravo, Oct. 3, Wednesdays at 10] news
  • Couples Therapy [VH1, Oct. 3, Wednesdays at 10]
  • Jersey Shore [MTV, Oct. 4, Thursdays at 10] news
  • Beyond Scared Straight [A&E, Oct. 4, Thursdays at 10]
  • Monsters Inside Me [Animal Planet, Oct. 5, Fridays at 8]
  • Parking Wars [A&E, Oct. 6, Saturdays at 9]
  • Billy the Exterminator [A&E, Oct. 6, Saturdays at 10]
  • Pit Bulls & Parolees [Animal Planet, Oct. 6, Saturdays at 10]
  • Big Rich Texas [Style, Oct. 7, Sundays at 8]
  • Jane’s Journey [Animal Planet, Oct. 9, Tuesdays at 8]
  • Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition [Lifetime, Oct. 9, Tuesdays at 9]
  • My Shopping Addiction [Oxygen, Oct. 9, Tuesdays at 10]
  • Duck Dynasty [A&E, Oct. 10, Wednesdays at 10]
  • Little Shop of Gypsies [TLC, Oct. 11, Thursdays at 10]
  • A Haunting [Destination America, Oct. 12, Fridays at 10]
  • This Is How I Made It [MTV, Oct. 13, Saturdays at noon]
  • Our Longest Drive [Golf Channel, Oct. 16, Tuesdays at 10:30]
  • My Life is a Lifetime Movie [Lifetime, Oct. 17, Wednesdays at 10]
  • I’m Married to A… [VH1, Oct. 17, Wednesdays at 11]
  • Sweet Genius [Food Network, Oct. 18, Thursdays at 10]
  • Buying Ala$ka [Destination America, Oct. 21, Sundays at 10]
  • RuPaul’s All Stars Drag Race [Logo, Oct. 22, Mondays at 9]
  • Richard Hammond’s Crash Course [BBC America, Oct. 22, Mondays at 10]
  • The Houstons [Lifetime, Oct. 24, Wednesdays at 9]
  • Kitchen Nightmares [Fox, Oct. 26, Fridays at 8] news
  • Gold Rush [Discovery, Oct. 26, Fridays at 9]
  • Jungle Gold [Discovery, Oct. 26, Fridays at 10]
  • Health Inspectors [Food Network, Oct. 26, Fridays at 10:30]
  • The Haunting Of [Bio, Oct. 27, Saturdays at 10]
  • The Baby Wait [Logo, Oct. 30, Tuesdays at 10]

November

  • Undercover Boss [CBS, Nov. 2, Fridays at 8] news
  • Pit Boss [Animal Planet, Nov. 3, Saturdays at 9]
  • Next Iron Chef [Food Network, Nov. 4, Sundays at 9]
  • The Real Housewives of Atlanta [Bravo, Nov. 4, Sundays at 9] news
  • The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills [Bravo, Nov. 5, Mondays at 9] news
  • Start-Ups: Silicon Valley [Bravo, Nov. 5, Mondays at 10]
  • Dangerous Grounds [Travel Channel, Nov. 5 at 10, Tuesdays at 9]
  • Love Games: Bad Girls Need Love Too [Oxygen, Nov. 5 at 11, Mondays at 10]
  • Moonshiners [Discovery Channel, Nov. 7, Wednesdays at 10]
  • Top Chef Seattle [Bravo, Nov. 7, Wednesdays at 10] news
  • LOLwork [Bravo, Nov. 7, Wednesdays at 11]
  • The Mind of a Chef [PBS, Nov. 9, Fridays]
  • Redneck Island [CMT, Nov. 10, Saturdays at 9]
  • Chainsaw Gang [CMT, Nov. 10, Saturdays at 10]
  • Big Texas Heat [CMT, Nov. 10, Saturdays at 10:30]
  • Finding Bigfoot [Animal Planet, Nov. 11, Sundays at 10]
  • Made in Chelsea [Style, Nov. 12, Mondays at 8]
  • Catfish: The TV Show [MTV, Nov. 12, Mondays at 11]
  • World of Jenks [MTV, Nov. 12, Mondays at 11]
  • Frontier Earth [Animal Planet, Nov. 13, Tuesdays at 8]
  • Total Blackout [SyFy, Nov. 13, Tuesdays at 9]
  • Doomsday Preppers [National Geographic Channel, Nov. 13, Tuesdays at 9]
  • Million Dollar Decorators [Bravo, Nov. 13, Tuesdays at 10]
  • Baggage Battles [Travel Channel, Nov. 14, Wednesdays at 8]
  • BBQ Pitmasters [Destination America, Nov. 17, Saturdays at 9]
  • Sister Wives [TLC, Nov. 18, Sundays at 9]
  • Married to the Army: Alaska [OWN, Nov. 18 at 9, Sundays at 10]
  • The Layover with Anthony Bourdain [Travel Channel, Nov. 19, Mondays at 9]
  • Marrying the Game [VH1, Nov. 19, Mondays at 9:30]
  • Extreme Makeover: Holiday Edition [ABC, Nov. 26, Mondays at 9] news
  • Invention USA [History, Nov. 28, Wednesdays at 10]

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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.