Summer 2013 reality TV debut schedule

Summer has arrived, and it will bring us new (such as ABC’s Whodunnit?) and old favorites (like Top Shot, finally), giving screen time to everyone from Honey Boo Boo to whatever malcontents CBS finds for the new season of Big Brother.

This is a frequently-updated list of officially announced debut dates of both new and returning reality series. Please send updates, additions, and corrections to me any time. For shows that premiered before May 27, see the spring 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.

May

  • The Bachelorette 9 [ABC, May 27, Mondays at 8] news
  • Cake Boss [TLC, May 27, Mondays at 9]
  • Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition [ABC, May 28, Tuesdays at 8]
  • Family S.O.S. with Jo Frost [TLC, May 28, Tuesdays at 9]
  • Brooklyn DA [CBS, May 28, Tuesdays at 10]
  • American Restoration [History, May 28, Tuesdays at 10]
  • The American Baking Competition [CBS, May 29, Wednesdays at 8]
  • Top Shot [History, May 29, Wednesdays at 10] news
  • Pawn Stars [History, May 30, Thursdays at 9]
  • Marriage Boot Camp: Bridezillas [WEtv, May 31, Fridays at 9]
  • Randy to the Rescue [TLC, May 31, Fridays at 9]
  • Bridezillas [WEtv, May 31, Fridays at 10]
  • Treehouse Masters [Animal Planet, May 31, Fridays at 10]
  • Pregnant & Dating [WEtv, May 31, Fridays at 10]

June

  • Celebrity Ghost Stories [BIO, June 1, Saturdays at 9]
  • Fish Tank Kings [Nat Geo Wild, June 1, Saturdays at 9]
  • Golden Sisters [OWN, June 1, Saturdays at 10]
  • The Haunting Of… [BIO, June 1, Saturdays at 10]
  • The Real Housewives of New Jersey [Bravo, June 2, Sundays at 8] news
  • Food Network Star [Food Network Star, June 2, Sundays at 9] news
  • Keeping Up with the Kardashians [E!, June 2, Sundays at 9] news
  • Princesses: Long Island [Bravo, June 2, Sundays at 9]
  • Call of the Wildman [Animal Planet, June 2, Sundays at 9]
  • BBQ Pitmasters [Destination America, June 2, Sundays at 9]
  • Top Hooker [Animal Planet, June 2, Sundays at 10]
  • The Wanted Life [E!, June 2 at 10:30, Sundays at 10]
  • Man Fire Food [Cooking Channel, June 3, Mondays at 9:30]
  • Push Girls [Sundance, June 3, Mondays at 10]
  • America’s Got Talent [NBC, June 4, Tuesdays at 9, Wednesdays at 8]news
  • Total Blackout [SyFy, June 4, Tuesdays at 9]
  • Hardcore Pawn [truTV, June 4, Tuesdays at 9]
  • Exit [SyFy, June 4, Tuesdays at 10]
  • Pretty Wicked Moms [Lifetime, June 4, Tuesdays at 10]
  • Swamp Murders [ID, June 4, Tuesdays at 10]
  • The Alectrix [MTV, June 4, Tuesdays at 11]
  • Toddlers & Tiaras [TLC, June 5, Wednesdays at 9]
  • Beverly Hills Pawn [Reelz, June 5, Wednesdays at 9]
  • Chef Robl&eacute & Co. [Bravo, June 5, Wednesdays at 10]
  • Southern Fried Homicide [ID, June 5, Wednesdays at 10]
  • Redneck Island [CMT, June 5, Wednesdays at 10:30, Saturdays at 9]
  • The Hero [TNT, June 6, Thursdays at 8]
  • 72 Hours [TNT, June 6, Thursdays at 9]
  • Race to the Scene [Reelz, June 6, Thursdays at 9]
  • L.A. Hair [WEtv, June 6 at 10, Thursdays at 9]
  • HGTV Star [HGTV, June 9, Sundays at 8] news
  • Mountain Men [History, June 9, Sundays at 9]
  • Ice Road Truckers [History, June 9, Sundays at 10]
  • Storage Hunters [truTV, June 9, Sundays at 10, 9 p.m. as of July 21]
  • Fast N’ Loud [Discovery, June 10, Mondays at 9]
  • Last Call: Food Brawl [Destination America, June 10, Mondays at 10]
  • The Winner Is [NBC, June 10 and 17 at 10, Thursdays at 9 as of July 11]
  • The Freshmen Class [Cooking Channel, June 10, Mondays at 10:30]
  • Chopped [Food Network, June 11, Tuesdays at 10] news
  • Shipping Wars [A&E, June 11, Tuesdays at 10]
  • My Teen is Pregnant & So Am I [TLC, June 11, Tuesdays at 10]
  • Ghost Hunters [SyFy, June 12, Wednesdays at 9]
  • Couples Therapy [VH1, June 12, Wednesdays at 10]
  • I’m Having Their Baby [Oxygen, June 12, Wednesdays at 10]
  • Dig Wars [Travel Channel, June 12, Wednesdays at 10]
  • Intervention [A&E, June 13, Thursdays at 9] news
  • House of Curves [WEtv, June 13, Thursdays at 10]
  • Hardcore Pawn: Chicago [truTV, June 18, Tuesdays at 9:30]
  • Blood and Oil [Discovery, June 18, Tuesdays at 10]
  • Fight Master: Bellator MMA [Spike, June 19, Wednesdays at 10]
  • Mountain Monsters [Destination America, June 22, Saturdays at 10]
  • Celebrity Wife Swap [ABC, June 23, Sundays at 8] news
  • Whodunnit? [ABC, June 23, Sundays at 9]
  • Morgan Spurlock: Inside Man [CNN, June 23, Sundays at 10]
  • Naked & Afraid [Discovery, June 23 at 10:20, Sundays at 10]
  • POV [PBS, June 24, Mondays at 10]
  • Catfish: The TV Show [MTV, June 25, Tuesdays at 10] news
  • Big Brother 15 [CBS, June 26, Tuesdays at 9, Wednesdays at 8, Sundays at 8; after July 4, no Tuesdays but Thursdays at 9] news
  • Iyanla: Fix My Life [OWN, July 27, Saturdays at 9]
  • Obsessed with the Dress [WEtv, July 27, Saturdays at 9]
  • Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s [OWN, July 27, Saturdays at 10]
  • Say Yes to the Dress: Bridesmaids [TLC, June 28, Fridays at 9]

July

  • American Ninja Warrior [NBC, July 1, Mondays at 8]
  • Battleground Afghanistan [National Geographic Channel, July 1, Mondays at 9]
  • Bizarre Foods America [Travel Channel, July 1, Mondays at 9]
  • Eyewitness War [National Geographic Channel, July 1, Mondays at 10]
  • Below Dek [Bravo, July 1, Mondays at 10]
  • Donut Showdown [Cooking Channel, July 3, Wednesdays at 10]
  • Warlocks Rising [Discovery, July 5, Fridays at 9]
  • Bikinis & Boardwalks [Travel Channel, July 7, Sundays at 7]
  • Bar Rescue [Spike, July 7, Sundays at 10]
  • Get Out Alive With Bear Grylls [NBC, July 8, Mondays at 9]
  • Lizard Lick Towing [truTV, July 8, Mondays at 10]
  • Kentucky Bidders [truTV, July 8, Mondays at 10:30]
  • Interior Therapy with Jeff Lewis [Bravo, July 9, Tuesdays at 9] news
  • Storage Wars: New York [A&E, July 9, Tuesdays at 9] news
  • Property Envy [Bravo, July 9, Tuesdays at 10]
  • Wheeler Dealers: Trading Up [Velocity, July 10, Wednesdays at 9]
  • The Challenge: Rivals II [MTV, July 10, Wednesdays at 10] news
  • Inside: Secret America [National Geographic Channel, July 10, Wednesdays at 10]
  • Crown Chasers [TLC, July 10, Wednesdays at 10]
  • R&B Divas LA [TV One, July 10, Wednesdays at 10]
  • Summer Camp [USA, July 11, Thursdays at 8]
  • Airplane Repo [Discovery, July 11, Thursdays at 10]
  • Tia & Tamera [Style, July 14, Sundays at 8]
  • Hillbillies for Hire [CMT, July 14, Sundays at 9]
  • Whose Line is it Anyway? [The CW, July 16, Tuesdays at 8]
  • Giuliana & Bill [Style, July 16, Tuesdays at 8]
  • Joe Rogan Questions Everything [Syfy, July 16, Tuesdays at 9]
  • Ink Master [Spike, July 16, Tuesdays at 10]
  • Catering Wars [Lifetime, July 16, Tuesdays at 10]
  • Notorious Hauntings [Syfy, July 16, Tuesdays at 10]
  • Here Comes Honey Boo Boo [TLC, July 17, Wednesdays at 9] news
  • Bulloch Family Ranch [UP, July 17, Wednesdays at 10]
  • Wedding Island [TLC, July 17 at 10, Thursdays at 10]
  • Project Runway 12 [Lifetime, July 18, Thursdays at 9] news
  • A Step Away [NUVOtv, July 18, Thursdays at 9]
  • Sister Wives [TLC, July 21, Sundays at 9]
  • Container Wars [truTV, July 21, Sundays at 9:30]
  • Breaking Amish: LA [TLC, July 21, Sundays at 10]
  • Brother vs. Brother [HGTV, July 21, Sundays at 10]
  • Breaking Pointe [The CW, July 22, Mondays at 9]
  • Supermarket Superstar [Lifetime, July 22, Mondays at 10]
  • Dallas Car Sharks [Velocity, July 23, Tuesdays at 8:30]
  • Who Do You Think You Are? [TLC, July 23, Tuesdays]
  • The Vineyard [ABC Family, July 24, Wednesdays at 9]
  • Top Chef Masters 5 [Bravo, July 24, Wednesdays at 10] news
  • Sanya’s Glam and Gold [WEtv, July 25, Thursdays at 10]
  • Sanya’s Glam & Gold [July 25, WEtv, Thursdays at 10]
  • Gator Boys [Animal Planet, July 28, Sundays at 10]
  • Inside the American Mob [National Geographic Channel, July 28, Sundays at 10]
  • LA Sugar [E!, July 30, Tuesdays at 9]
  • Capture [The CW, July 30, Tuesdays at 9]
  • The Profit [CNBC, July 30, Tuesdays at 10]
  • Hooked Up with Tom Colicchio [NBC Sports Network, July 31, Wednesdays at 7]
  • Shark Hunters [NBC Sports Network, July 31, Wednesdays at 9]

August

  • Hatfields and McCoys: White Lightning [History, Aug. 1, Thursdays at 10]
  • Top Model 20 [The CW, Aug. 2, Fridays at 8] news
  • Tanked [Animal Planet, Aug. 2, Fridays at 10]
  • Saint Hoods [Discovery, Aug. 2, Fridays at 10]
  • Psychic Tia [A&E, Aug. 3, Saturdays at 10]
  • Shark Week [Discovery, starts Aug. 4 at 8]
  • T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle [VH1, Aug. 5, Mondays at 9]
  • Deep Fried Masters [Destination America, Aug. 5, Mondays at 10]
  • Marrying The Game [VH1, Aug. 5, Mondays at 9:30]
  • The Shed [Food Network, Aug. 5, Mondays at 10]
  • Hot Listings Miami [Style, Aug. 6, Tuesdays at 9]
  • The Legend of Shelby The Swamp Man [History, Aug. 6, Tuesdays at 9]
  • Barter Kings [A&E, Aug. 6, Tuesdays at 10]
  • Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles [Bravo, Aug. 7, Wednesdays at 9]
  • Eat, Drink, Love [Bravo, Aug. 11, Sundays at 9]
  • Drugs, Inc. [National Geographic Channel, Aug. 11, Sundays at 9]
  • Cutthroat Kitchen [Food Network, Aug. 11, Sundays at 10]
  • Bad Ink [A&E, Aug. 11, Sundays at 10]
  • The Real Housewives of Miami [Bravo, Aug. 12, Mondays at 9] news
  • Hotel Impossible [Travel Channel, Aug. 12, Mondays at 10]
  • Amish Mafia [Discovery, Aug. 13, Tuesdays at 9]
  • Cash Dome Pawn [truTV, Aug. 13, Tuesdays at 9:30]
  • Doomsday Preppers [National Geographic Channel, Aug. 13, Tuesdays at 9]
  • Doomsday Castle [National Geographic Channel, Aug. 13, Tuesdays at 10]
  • Tickle [Discovery, Aug. 13, Tuesdays at 10]
  • Heroes of Cosplay [SyFy, Aug. 13 at 10:30, Tuesdays at 10]
  • Porter Ridge [Discovery, Aug. 13, Tuesdays at 10:30]
  • Let it Ride [National Geographic Channel, Aug. 14, Wednesdays at 9]
  • Duck Dynasty [Bravo, Aug. 14, Wednesdays at 10] news
  • Owner’s Manual [AMC, Aug. 15, Thursdays at 9]
  • The Pitch [AMC, Aug. 15, Thursdays at 10]
  • Say Yes to the Dress [TLC, Aug. 16, Fridays at 10]
  • The Incredible Dr. Pol [Nat Geo WILD, Aug. 17, Saturdays at 9]
  • The Great Food Truck Race [Food Network, Aug. 18, Sundays at 9]
  • America the Wild [NatGeo WILD, Aug. 18, Sundays at 10]
  • Basketball Wives [VH1, Aug. 19, Mondays at 8]
  • Modern Dads [A&E, Aug. 21, Wednesdays at 10:30]
  • Teen Mom 3 [MTV, Aug. 26, Mondays at 10] news
  • Face Off [SyFy, Aug. 27, Tuesdays at 10] news
  • Storage Wars: Texas [A&E, Aug. 27, Tuesdays at 9] news
  • Cheer Perfection [TLC, Aug. 28, Wednesdays at 9:30]
  • Surviving Evil [ID, Aug. 28, Wednesdays at 10]
  • Tough Love: CoEd [VH1, Aug. 28, Wednesdays at 10]
  • Patrick Dempsey: Racing Le Mans [Velocity, Aug. 28, Wednesdays at 10]
  • Gold Rush: South America [Discovery Channel, Aug. 29, Fridays at 9]
  • Alaska Steel Men [Discovery Channel, Aug. 30, Fridays at 10]

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.


Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

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