Spring 2014 reality TV debut schedule

Spring has officially arrived, even if the temperatures haven’t, so it’s time for our quarterly, frequently-updated list of officially announced debut dates of both new and returning reality series. Of all the debuts this month, there are 10 shows I think you should check out.

Please send updates, additions, and corrections to me any time. For shows that premiered before March 1, such as Survivor Cagayan, see the winter 2014 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.

March

  • Hillbilly Blood [Destination America, March 1, Saturdays at 9]
  • Shear Madness [Nat Geo WILD, March 1, Saturdays at 10]
  • Deion’s Family Playbook [OWN, March 1, Saturdays at 10]
  • Going Wild [NatGeo Wild, March 3, Mondays at 8]
  • Southern Charm [Bravo, March 3, Mondays at 10]
  • The Little Couple [TLC, March 4, Tuesdays at 10]
  • Preachers’ Daughters [Lifetime, March 5, Wednesdays at 9]
  • Bring It! [Lifetime, March 5, Wednesdays at 10]
  • Flipping Out [Bravo, March 5, Wednesdays at 10] news
  • The Face [Oxygen, March 5, Wednesdays at 10]
  • Chicagoland [CNN, March 6, Thursdays at 10]
  • Beat Bobby Flay [Food Network, March 6, Thursdays at 10]
  • Ice Cold Gold [Animal Planet, March 6, Thursdays at 10]
  • Cesar 911 [Nat Geo WILD, March 7, Fridays at 9]
  • Sydney ER [Discovery Fit & Health, March 7, Fridays at 9]
  • Marriage Boot Camp [WEtv, March 7, Fridays at 9]
  • The Vanilla Ice Project [DIY Network, March 8, Saturdays at 10]
  • Break’n Reality [Ovation, March 9, Sundays at noon]
  • Reinas de Realty [mun2, March 9, Sundays at 8]
  • Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey [Fox, March 9, Sundays at 9; National Geographic Channel, March 10, Mondays at 10]
  • Death Row Stories [CNN, March 9, Sundays at 9]
  • Chopped Tournament of Stars [Food Network, March 9, Sundays at 9]
  • Catch A Contractor [Spike, March 9, Sundays at 10]
  • Online Dating Rituals of the American Male [Bravo, March 9, Sundays at 10]
  • Lindsay [OWN, March 9, Sundays at 10]
  • My Five Wives [TLC, March 9, Sundays at 10]
  • The People’s Couch [Bravo, March 10, Mondays at 11:30]
  • The Freshman Class: Santa Cruz [Cooking Channel, March 11, Tuesdays at 8]
  • The Real Housewives of New York City [Bravo, March 11, Tuesdays at 9] news
  • Chrisley Knows Best [USA, March 11, Tuesdays at 10]
  • Hell’s Kitchen [Fox, March 13, Thursdays at 8]
  • Breaking Boston [A&E, March 13, Thursdays at 10]
  • Naked and Afraid [Discovery, March 16, Sundays at 9]
  • Buying the Bayou [Destination America, March 16, Sundays at 10]
  • Total Divas [E!, March 16, Sundays at 9]
  • Dancing with the Stars [ABC, March 17, Mondays at 8]
  • Lords of the Car Hoards [Discovery, March 17, Mondays at 10]
  • Storage Wars [A&E, March 18, Tuesdays at 9]
  • Chasing Maria Menounos [Oxygen, March 18, Tuesdays at 10]
  • Save My Bakery [Food Network, March 19, Wednesdays at 8]
  • Money Talks [CNBC, March 19, Wednesdays at 10]
  • Whose Line is it Anyway? [The CW, March 21, Fridays at 8]
  • American Dream Builders [NBC, March 23, Sundays at 8]
  • Bizarre Foods America [Travel Channel, March 24, Mondays at 9]
  • The Safecrackers [truTV, March 24, Mondays at 10]
  • Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge [Syfy, March 25, Tuesdays at 10]
  • Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan [BBC America, March 25, Tuesdays at 10]
  • The Story of the Jews with Simon Schama [PBS, March 25 and April 1 at 8]
  • America’s Worst Tattoos [TLC, March 27, Thursdays at 10]
  • Black Ink Crew [VH1, March 31, Mondays at 9:30]
  • House of Food [MTV, March 31, Mondays at 10]
  • This is Hot 97 [VH1, March 31, Mondays at 10:30]

April

  • Giuliana & Bill [E!, April 1, Tuesdays at 8]
  • 19 Kids & Counting [TLC, April 1, Tuesdays at 9]
  • Million Dollar Listing New York [Bravo, April 2, Wednesdays at 9]
  • Dallas Car Sharks [Velocity, April 2, Wednesdays at 9]
  • American Pickers [History, April 2, Wednesdays at 9]
  • Treasure King [Reelz, April 2, Wednesdays at 10]
  • Amazing America with Sarah Palin [Sportsman Channel, April 3, Thursdays at 8]
  • My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding [TLC, April 3, Thursdays at 9]
  • Showdown of the Unbeatables [National Geographic Channel, April 4, Fridays at 9]
  • Mountain Monsters [Destination America, April 4, Fridays at 10]
  • Guntucky [CMT, April 5, Saturdays at 9]
  • Prepper Hillbillies [Destination America, April 5, Saturdays at 10]
  • Married to Medicine [Bravo, April 6, Sundays at 9]
  • River Monsters [Animal Planet, April 6, Sundays at 9]
  • Kitchen Casino [Food Network, April 7, Mondays at 9]
  • Mystery Diners [Food Network, April 7, Mondays at 10]
  • Women of Homicide [TLC, April 9, Wednesdays at 9]
  • The Challenge: Free Agents [MTV, April 10, Thursdays at 10] news
  • Kitchen Nightmares [Fox, April 11, Fridays at 8] news
  • Boss Hog [Discovery, April 11, Fridays at 10]
  • Sex Sent Me to the ER [TLC, April 12, Saturdays at 9]
  • Dr. Oakley, Yukon Vet [Nat Geo WILD, April 12, Saturdays at 9]
  • BBQ Pitmasters [Destination America, April 12, Saturdays at 9]
  • Love in the City [OWN, April 12, Saturdays at 10]
  • America’s Best Cook [Food Network, April 13, Sundays at 9]
  • Rocky Mountain Bounty Hunters [Animal Planet, April 13, Sundays at 10]
  • Years of Living Dangerously [Showtime, April 13, Sundays at 10]
  • Real Housewives of Orange County [Fox, April 14, Mondays at 9] news
  • The Writers’ Room [Sundance, April 14, Mondays at 10]
  • Knife Fight [Esquire, April 15, Tuesdays at 9]
  • Celebrity Wife Swap [ABC, April 15, Tuesdays at 10]
  • Lucky Bastards [Esquire Network, April 16, Wednesdays at 10]
  • Ultimate Fighter [Fox Sports 1, April 16, Wednesdays at 10]
  • Unusually Thicke [TVGN, April 16, Wednesdays at 10]
  • Life Before Zero [National Geographic Channel, April 17, Thursdays at 9]
  • Cesar Millan: Love My Pit Bull [NatGeo WILD, April 18, Fridays at 9]
  • Rewrapped [Food Network, April 21, Mondays at 8]
  • Deadliest Catch [Discovery, April 22, Tuesdays at 9] news
  • Chow Masters [Travel Channel, April 22, Tuesdays at 9]
  • True Tori [Lifetime, April 22, Tuesdays at 10]
  • Dual Survival [Discovery, April 23, Wednesdays at 9]
  • Trip Flip [Travel Channel, April 23, Wednesdays at 9]
  • R&B Divas: Atlanta [TV One, April 23, Wednesdays at 10]
  • Saving Private K-9 [Sportsman Channel, April 24, Thursdays at 8:30]
  • My Cat From Hell [Animal Planet, April 26, Saturdays at 8]
  • Fish Tank Kings [NatGeo WILD, April 28, Mondays at 9]
  • Hotel Impossible [Travel Channel, April 28, Mondays at 10]
  • 16 and Pregnant [MTV, April 29, Tuesdays at 11] news
  • Hollywood Exes [VH1, April 30, Wednesdays at 9]

May

  • Chopped Canada [Food Network, May 1, Thursdays at 9]
  • The First 48: The Killer Speaks [A&E, May 1, Thursdays at 10]
  • Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives [Food Network, May 2, Fridays at 10]
  • OMG EMT! [TLC, May 3, Saturdays at 10]
  • Food Court Wars [Food Network, May 4, Sundays at 8]
  • Hungry Investors [Spike, May 4, Sundays at 10]
  • Cutthroat Kitchen [Food Network, May 4, Sundays at 10]
  • Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta [VH1, May 5, Mondays at 8]
  • Freakshow [AMC, May 6, Tuesdays at 10]
  • Alaskan Bush People [Discovery, May 6, Tuesdays at 10]
  • Small Town Security [AMC, May 6, Tuesdays at 11]
  • Hollywood Exes [VH1, May 7, Wednesdays at 9]
  • Catfish [MTV, May 7, Wednesdays at 10]
  • La La’s Full Court Life [VH1, May 7, Wednesdays at 10]
  • Marrying the Game [VH1, May 7, Wednesdays at 11]
  • Restaurant: Impossible [Food Network, May 7, Wednesdays at 10]
  • Iyanla: Fix My Life [OWN, May 10, Saturdays at 9]
  • Guy’s Grocery Games [Food Network, May 11, Sundays at 8]
  • Bad Girls Club Chicago [Oxygen, May 13, Tuesdays at 8]
  • Riot [Fox, May 13 at 9, Tuesdays at 8 starting May 27]
  • Kodiak [Discovery, May 14, Wednesdays at 10]
  • The Carbonaro Effect [truTV, May 15, Thursdays at 10]
  • The Bachelorette 10 [ABC, May 19 at 9:30, Mondays at 8] news
  • I Wanna Marry “Harry” [Fox, May 20, Tuesdays at 9]
  • Bad Sex [Logo, May 20, Tuesdays at 10]
  • Road Trip with G Garvin [Cooking Channel, May 21, Wednesdays at 9]
  • Last Comic Standing [NBC, May 22, Thursdays at 9]
  • L.A. Hair [WEtv, May 22, Thursdays at 9]
  • Big Rig Bounty Hunters [History, May 22, Thursdays at 10]
  • Chrome Underground [Discovery, May 23, Fridays 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.