Spring 2013 reality TV debut schedule

It is spring, at least according to the calendar, so it’s time for our quarterly look at what’s ahead in reality TV: new and returning, amazing and horrifying.

This frequently-updated list of officially announced debut dates includes new and returning reality series. Please send updates, additions, and corrections to me any time. For shows that premiered before April–and a lot of shows debuted in March–see the winter 2013 schedule.

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

April

  • The Real Housewives of Orange County [Bravo, April 1, Mondays at 8] news
  • The Gossip Game [VH1, April 1, Mondays at 9]
  • Find Me My Man [Oxygen, April 2, Tuesdays at 9]
  • Forever Young [TV Land, April 3, Wednesdays at 10]
  • My Crazy Obsession [TLC, April 3, Wednesdays at 10]
  • Best Ink [Oxygen, April 3, Wednesdays at 10]
  • America’s Worst Tattoos [TLC, April 4, Thursdays at 9]
  • Tabatha Takes Over [Bravo, April 4, Thursdays at 10]
  • NY Ink [TLC, April 4, Thursdays at 10]
  • Vice [HBO, April 5, Fridays at 11]
  • Chopped All-Stars [Food Network, April 7, Sundays at 9] news
  • River Monsters [Animal Planet, April 7, Sundays at 9]
  • T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle [VH1, April 8, Mondays at 10]
  • Ready for Love [NBC, April 9, Tuesdays at 9]
  • Don’t Be Tardy [Bravo, April 9, Tuesdays at 9, Tuesdays at 10 as of May 7]
  • The Kandi Factory [Bravo, April 9, Tuesdays at 10, Sundays at 10 as of May 5]
  • Iyanla: Fix My Life [OWN, April 13, Saturdays at 9]
  • Hillbilly Blood [Destination America, April 13, Saturdays at 10]
  • Life with LaToya [OWN, April 13, Saturdays at 10:30]
  • Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown [CNN, April 14, Sundays at 9]
  • I Love Jenni [mun2, April 14, Sundays at 9]
  • Naked Castaway [Discovery, April 14, Sundays at 10]
  • Overhaulin’ [Discovery, April 15, Mondays at 9]
  • Storage Wars [A&E, April 16, Tuesdays at 9] news
  • Deadliest Catch [Discovery, April 16, Tuesdays at 9] news
  • American Hoggers [A&E, April 16, Tuesdays at 10]
  • Who Gets the Last Laugh [TBS, April 16, Tuesdays at 10]
  • Locked Up Abroad [National Geographic Channel, April 17, Wednesdays at 9]
  • Off Pitch [VH1, April 17, Wednesdays at 10]
  • Chasing Ice [National Geographic Channel, April 19, Fridays at 8]
  • Spoiled Rotten Pets [National Geographic Channel, April 20, Saturdays at 9]
  • Four Houses [TLC, April 20, Saturdays at 9]
  • Raising Whitley [OWN, April 20, Saturdays at 10]
  • I’m Married to A… [VH1, April 21, Sundays at 8]
  • Dog and Beth: On the Hunt [CMT, April 21, Sundays at 8]
  • Ice Cold Gold [Animal Planet, April 21, Sundays at 10]
  • What Would Ryan Lochte Do? [E!, April 21, Sundays at 10]
  • Married to Jonas [E!, April 21, Sundays at 10:30]
  • Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta [VH1, April 22, Mondays at 8]
  • Brain Games [National Geographic Channel, April 22, Mondays at 9]
  • Knife Fight [Esquire Network, April 23, Tuesdays at 9]
  • The Getaway [Esquire Network, April 23, Tuesdays at 10]
  • Backyard Oil [Discovery, April 23, Tuesdays at 10]
  • Ke$ha: My Crazy Beautiful Life [MTV, April 23, Tuesdays at 11]
  • Give You the Business [Food Network, April 25, Thursdays at 10]
  • Betsey + Lulu [Style, April 29, Mondays at 8]
  • Resale Royalty [Style, April 29, Mondays at 9]
  • Crowd Rules [CNBC, April 30, Tuesdays at 9]
  • Airport 24/7: Miami [Travel Channel, April 30, Tuesdays at 9]
  • The Little Couple [TLC, April 30, Tuesdays at 10]

May

  • Mythbusters [Discovery, May 1, Wednesdays at 9]
  • The Big Brain Theory: Pure Genius [Discovery, May 1, Wednesdays at 10]
  • Karma’s a Bitch [ID, May 2, Thursdays at 10]
  • Newlyweds: The First Year [Bravo, May 6, Mondays at 10]
  • Only in America with Larry the Cable Guy [History, May 8, Wednesdays at 9]
  • Wipeout [ABC, May 9, Thursdays at 8] news
  • Mountain Movers [National Geographic Channel, May 9, Thursdays at 8]
  • Small Town Security [AMC, May 9, Thursdays at 10]
  • Long Island Medium [TLC, May 12, Sundays at 9]
  • Breaking Amish: Brave New World [TLC, May 12, Sundays at 10]
  • Ultimate Survival Alaska [National Geographic Channel, May 12, Sundays at 10]
  • So You Think You Can Dance [Fox, May 14, Tuesdays at 8] news
  • Crowd Rules [CNBC, May 14, Tuesdays at 9]
  • Does Someone Have to Go? [Fox, May 15 at 9, Thursdays at 8]
  • Bad Girls All Star Battle [Oxygen, May 21, Tuesdays at 9]
  • Masterchef [Fox, May 22, Wednesdays at 8] news
  • Showville [AMC, May 23, Thursdays at 9]
  • Rock My RV With Bret Michaels [Travel Channel, May 26, Sundays at 9]

Survivor San Juan Del Sur's dark cloud is lifted

John Rocker

In its third episode, Survivor San Juan Del Sur improved significantly as John Rocker faced off against an Amazing Race villain. But the Exile Island reward challenge remains a drag on the series.


Why Dick Donato left Big Brother 13

Dick Donato

The Big Brother villain known as "Evel Dick" has finally revealed why he left the show during its 13th season: he learned he was HIV positive.

Also: Dick claims he had no choice but to leave the game.

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.