Summer 2014 reality TV debut schedule

Last week’s conclusions of Survivor, The Voice, and American Idol signal the start of reality TV’s summer flood. This year, it includes the return of shows from So You Think You Can Dance to Big Brother, and will hopefully bring us surprises like last summer’s sleeper hits.

The frequently-updated list below includes the officially announced debut dates of new and returning series. Times are ET/PT; because TV networks change their schedules and repeat episodes, check your guide or other TV listings. For up-to-date news, analysis, and recaps on more popular shows, click the [news] link.

If you notice something is missing or has changed, please send any updates, additions, or corrections to me. For all the shows that premiered before May 26, check out the spring 2014 schedule.

May

  • Masterchef [Fox, May 26, Mondays at 8] news
  • American Ninja Warrior [NBC, May 26, Mondays at 9]
  • Lizard Lick Towing [truTV, May 26, Mondays at 10]
  • BBQ Pit Wars [Destination America, May 26 at 10, Saturdays at 10]
  • America’s Got Talent [Fox, May 27, Tuesdays at 8] news
  • Extreme Weight Loss [ABC, May 27, Tuesdays at 8]
  • Little Women: LA [Lifetime, May 27, Tuesdays at 9]
  • Boundless [Esquire Network, May 27, Tuesdays at 10]
  • So You Think You Can Dance [Fox, May 28, Wednesdays at 8] news
  • Big Ballet [Ovation, May 28, Wednesdays at 10]
  • North Woods Law [Animal Planet, May 29, Thursdays at 9]
  • Our America with Lisa Ling [OWN, May 29, Thursdays at 10]
  • No Limits [Animal Planet, May 30, Fridays at 8]
  • Marriage Boot Camp [WE, May 30, Fridays at 9]
  • Treehouse Masters [Animal Planet, May 30, Fridays at 10]
  • Bet on Your Baby [ABC, May 31, Saturdays at 8]
  • Sing Your Face Off [ABC, May 31, Saturdays at 9]
  • My Tiny Terror [Animal Planet, May 31, Saturdays at 9]

June

  • The Real Housewives of Atlanta: Kandi’s Wedding [Bravo, June 1, Sundays at 8] news
  • Food Network Star [Food Network, June 1, Sundays at 9] news
  • Mountain Men [History Channel, June 1, Sundays at 9]
  • Return to Amish [TLC, June 1, Sundays at 9]
  • Last Seen Alive [Investigation Discovery, June 1, Sundays at 9]
  • Timber Kings [Destination America, June 1, Sundays at 10]
  • Copycat [MTV, June 2, Mondays at 6:30]
  • Ladies of London [Bravo, June 2, Mondays at 10]
  • American Restoration [History Channel, June 2, Mondays at 10]
  • Famous in 12 [The CW, June 3, Tuesdays at 8]
  • Man Fire Food [Cooking Channel, June 3, Tuesdays at 8]
  • Storage Wars [A&E, June 3, Tuesdays at 9]
  • Top Gear [History Channel, June 3, Tuesdays at 9]
  • Siberian Cut [Discovery, June 3, Tuesdays at 10]
  • Shipping Wars [A&E, June 3, Tuesdays at 10]
  • Restaurant Stakeout [Food Network, June 4, Wednesdays at 9]
  • Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman [Science, June 4, Wednesdays at 10]
  • Untying the Knot [Bravo, June 4, Wednesdays at 10]
  • America Unplugged [Sportsman Channel, June 5, Thursdays at 8]
  • It Takes a Church [GSN, June 5, Thursdays at 9]
  • Party Down South [CMT, June 5, Thursdays at 10]
  • Life with La Toya [OWN, June 7, Saturdays at 10]
  • Finding Bigfoot [Animal Planet, June 8, Sundays at 9]
  • Keeping up with the Kardashians [E!, June 8, Sundays at 9]
  • Sister Wives [TLC, June 8, Sundays at 9]
  • Frankenfood [Spike, June 8, Sundays at 10]
  • Big Smo [A&E, June 11, Wednesdays at 10:30]
  • Escape Club [E!, June 8, Sundays at 10]
  • What’s in the Barn? [Velocity, June 10, Tuesdays at 10]
  • Duck Dynasty [A&E, June 11, Wednesdays at 10] news
  • Junk Gypsies [Great American Country, June 12, Thursdays at 9]
  • Monumental Mysteries [Travel Channel, June 13, Fridays at 9]
  • Dog and Beth: On the Hunt [CMT, June 14, Saturdays at 9]
  • American River Renegades [Animal Planet, June 15, Sundays at 8]
  • Kim of Queens [Lifetime, June 17, Tuesdays at 10]
  • Here Comes Honey Boo Boo [TLC, June 19, Thursdays at 9]
  • The Pool Master [Animal Planet, June 20, Fridays at 9]
  • Cold Justice [TNT, June 20, Fridays at 9]
  • America’s Cutest [Animal Planet, June 21, Saturdays at 10]
  • Wipeout [ABC, June 22 at 7, Sundays at 8]
  • Rising Star [ABC, June 22, Sundays at 9]
  • Naked and Afraid [Discovery, June 22, Sundays at 10]
  • Street Outlaws [Discovery, June 23, Mondays at 9]
  • POV [PBS, June 23, Mondays at 10]
  • Fat N’ Furious: Rolling Thunder [Discovery, June 23, Mondays at 10]
  • Cee Lo Green’s The Good Life [TBS, June 23, Mondays at 10:30]
  • Next Great Baker [TLC, June 24, Tuesdays at 9]
  • Abby’s Studio Rescue [Lifetime, June 24, Tuesdays at 9]
  • Motor City Masters [truTV, June 24, Tuesdays at 10]
  • Big Brother 16 [CBS, June 25, Wednesdays at 8, Thursdays at 9, and Sundays at 8] news
  • Cousins Undercover [HGTV, June 25, Wednesdays at 8]
  • Million Dollar Listing Miami [ABC, June 25, Wednesdays at 9]
  • Brew Dogs [Esquire, June 25, Wednesdays at 9]
  • Best Bars in America [Esquire, June 25, Wednesdays at 10]
  • NY Med [ABC, June 26, Thursdays at 10]
  • Beyond Scared Straight [A&E, June 26, Thursdays at 10]
  • Buying Naked [TLC, June 28, Saturdays at 10]

July

  • Biker Battleground Phoenix [History, July 1, Tuesdays at 10]
  • Nathan For You [Comedy Central, July 1, Tuesdays at 10:30]
  • Drugs, Inc. [National Geographic Channel, July 2, Wednesdays at 9]
  • My Dysfunctional Family [CMT, July 5, Saturdays at 10]
  • Monster Fish [NatGeo WILD, July 7, Mondays at 9]
  • Ice Road Truckers [History, July 7, Mondays at 10]
  • Married at First Sight [FYI, July 8, Tuesdays at 9]
  • Restaurant Startup [CNBC, July 8, Tuesdays at 10]
  • Turtleman’s Kentucky [Animal Planet, July 8, Tuesdays at 10]
  • American Muscle [Discovery, July 9, Wednesdays at 9]
  • Rowhouse Showdown [FYI, July 9, Wednesdays at 9]
  • Beverly Hills Pawn [Reelz, July 9, Wednesdays at 9]
  • Mansion Hunters [Reelz, July 9, Wednesdays at 10]
  • Tiny House Nation [FYI, July 9, Wednesdays at 10]
  • Leah Remini: It’s All Relative [TLC, July 10, Thursdays at 10]
  • World Food Championships [FYI, July 10, Thursdays at 10]
  • Pawnography [History, July 10, Thursdays at 10]
  • Snack-Off [MTV, July 10, Thursdays at 10:30]
  • The Feed [FYI, July 12, Saturdays at 9]
  • Bad Dog! [Animal Planet, July 12, Saturdays at 8]
  • The Real Housewives of New Jersey [Bravo, July 13, Sundays at 8] news
  • Stan Lee’s Superhumans [H2, July 13, Sundays at 9]
  • Game of Crowns [Bravo, July 13 at 9:15, Sundays at 9]
  • Lone Star Lady [A&E, July 13, Sundays at 10]
  • Brain Games [National Geographic Channel, July 14, Mondays at 9]
  • Going Deep with David Rees [National Geographic Channel, July 14, Mondays at 10]
  • Underground BBQ Challenge [Travel Channel, July 15, Tuesdays at 9]
  • Chopped Teen Tournament [Food Network, July 15, Tuesdays at 10]
  • The Sorrentinos [TVGN, July 15, Tuesdays at 10]
  • B.O.R.N. to Style [FYI, July 15, Tuesdays at 10]
  • Make or Break: The Linda Perry Project [VH1, July 16, Wednesdays at 10]
  • Young Marvels [Ovation, July 16, Wednesdays at 10]
  • Teen Mom 2 [MTV, July 16, Wednesdays at 10]
  • Virgin Territory [MTV, July 16, Wednesdays at 11]
  • Dating Naked [VH1, July 17, Thursdays at 9]
  • Candidly Nicole [VH1, July 17, Thursdays at 10]
  • LeAnn & Eddie [VH1, July 17, Thursdays at 10:30]
  • Hotel Hell [Fox, July 21, Mondays at 9]
  • Way Out West [truTV, July 21, Mondays at 10]
  • Food Fighters [NBC, July 22, Tuesdays at 8]
  • Who Do You Think You Are? [TLC, July 23, Wednesdays at 9]
  • Bring It! [Lifetime, July 23, Wednesdays at 9]
  • Bring It [Lifetime, July 23, Wednesdays at 10]
  • BAPs [Lifetime, July 23, Wednesdays at 10]
  • Good Grief [Lifetime, July 23, Wednesdays at 11]
  • Project Runway 13 [Lifetime, July 24, Thursdays at 9] news
  • Doomsday Preppers [National Geographic, July 24, Thursdays at 9]
  • Epic Meal Empire [FYI, July 26, Saturdays at 10]
  • Ice Lake Rebels [Animal Planet, July 27, Sundays at 10]
  • Alaskan Bush People [Animal Planet, July 28, Mondays at 9]
  • Knife Fight [Esquire, July 29, Tuesdays at 10]
  • Raising Asia [Lifetime, July 29, Tuesdays at 10]
  • Penn & Teller: Fool Us [The CW, July 30, Wednesdays at 8]
  • The Director’s Chair [El Rey Network, July 30, Wednesdays at 9]
  • The Quest [ABC, July 31, Thursdays at 8]
  • Beat Bobby Flay [Food Network, July 31, Thursdays at 10]

August

  • Masters of Illusion [The CW, Aug. 1, Fridays at 8]
  • Redwood Kings [Animal Planet, Aug. 1, Fridays at 9]
  • Gator Boys [Animal Planet, Aug. 3, Sundays at 7]
  • Rich Kids of Beverly Hills [E!, Aug. 3, Sundays at 10]
  • Bachelor in Paradise [ABC, August 4, Mondays at 8] news
  • Jersey Belle [Bravo, Aug. 4, Mondays at 10]
  • 4th and Loud [AMC, Aug. 5, Tuesdays at 10]
  • Skin Wars [GSN, Aug. 6, Wednesdays at 9]
  • Top Chef Duels [Bravo, Aug. 6, Wednesdays at 10] news
  • Extreme Guide to Parenting [Bravo, Aug. 7, Thursdays at 9:30]
  • 7 Deadly Sins [Showtime, Aug. 7, Thursdays at 11]
  • Human Resources [Pivot, Aug. 8, Fridays at 10:30]
  • Die Trying [National Geographic, Aug. 9, Wednesdays at 10]
  • 4th And Loud [AMC, Aug. 12, Tuesdays at 9]
  • Sisterhood of Hip Hop [Oxygen, Aug. 12, Tuesdays at 9]
  • Wahlburgers [A&E, Aug. 13, Wednesdays at 10]
  • T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle [VH1, Aug. 18, Mondays at 9]
  • Below Deck [Bravo, Aug. 12, Tuesdays at 9]
  • Rachael vs. Guy: Kids Cook-Off [Food Network, Aug. 17, Sundays at 8]
  • The Great Food Truck Race [Food Network, Aug. 17, Sundays at 9]
  • Wicked Tuna: North vs. South [National Geographic, Aug. 17, Sundays at 10]
  • Atlanta Exes [VH1, Aug. 18, Mondays at 9:30]
  • Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles [ABC, Aug. 20, Wednesdays at 9]
  • Preachers of L.A. [Oxygen, Aug. 20, Wednesdays at 10]
  • Epic Ink [A&E, Aug. 20, Wednesdays at 10:30]
  • The Incredible Dr. Pol [NatGeo WILD, Aug. 23, Saturdays at 9]
  • Survive the Tribe [National Geographic, Aug. 24, Thursdays at 10]
  • Chopped Ultimate Tournament [Food Network, Aug. 26, Tuesdays at 10]
  • Mud Lovin Rednecks [Animal Planet, Aug. 27, Wednesdays at 8]

September

  • My Friends Call Me Johnny [Esquire Network, Sept. 3, Wednesdays at 10]
  • The Chair [Starz, Sept. 6, Saturdays at 11 (at 10 after Oct. 4)]
  • Utopia [Fox, Sept. 7 at 8; Tuesdays and Fridays at 8]
  • Total Divas [E!, Sept. 7, Sundays at 9]
  • Hell’s Kitchen 13 [Fox, Sept. 10, Wednesdays at 8]
  • The Biggest Loser 16 [NBC, Sept. 11, Thursdays at 8]
  • The Roosevelts: An Intimate History [PBS, Sept. 14 to 20 at 8]
  • The Voice 7 [NBC, Sept. 22, Mondays and Tuesdays at 8] news
  • Antiques Roadshow [PBS, Sept. 22, Mondays at 8]
  • Finding Your Roots [PBS, Sept 23, Tuesdays at 8]
  • Survivor San Juan Del Sur [CBS, Sept. 24, Wednesdays at 8] news
  • Life on the Reef [PBS, Sept 24, Wednesdays at 10]
  • Shark Tank [CBS, Sept. 26 at 8, Fridays at 9] news
  • The Amazing Race 25 [CBS, Sept. 26, Fridays at 8] news
  • Pit Bulls & Parolees [Animal Planet, Sept. 27, Saturdays at 10]

October

  • A Chef’s Life [PBS, Oct. 5, Sundays]
  • The Profit [Oct. 14, Tuesdays at 10]
  • Car Matchmaker [Esquire Network, Oct. 14, Tuesdays at 9]
  • White Collar Brawlers [Esquire Network, Oct. 14, Tuesdays at 10]
  • Fake Off [truTV, Oct. 27, Mondays at 10]

November

  • The Car Chasers [CNBC, Nov. 5, Wednesdays at 10]
  • Masterchef Junior [Fox, Nov. 7, Fridays at 8]

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.