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Summer 2017 reality TV schedule and guide

The unbearable heat has arrived, caused in part by DVRs overwhelmed with the amount of reality TV that’s just begun: Yes, it is summer, and time for summer reality TV, from America’s Got Talent to Big Brother to Bachelor in Paradise, so here is your guide to debut dates for all those shows.

New for this summer: brief descriptions of each show! That feature was suggested by a reader, and I thought it was a great idea (though it also turned out to be a lot of work!). Descriptions are in italics, and anything that’s in quotes comes directly from the network’s press release about the show. Clickable titles will take you to all my stories about that show.

This reality TV show schedule lists debut dates and time slots for new and returning reality shows that debut this summer and beyond. I frequently update it with officially announced days and times, so bookmark this page and check back—or click the link on the top of any reality blurred page to visit this list any time.

Times are ET/PT; because TV networks change their schedules and repeat episodes, check your guide or other TV listings. For all the reality shows that premiered before June 1, 2017, see the spring 2017 schedule.

If you have any updates, additions, or corrections, please e-mail me. Thanks!

June 2017

  • Beach Bites with Katie Lee (Cooking Channel, June 1, Thursdays at 10). Highlights “regional surfside cuisine”
  • Alaska Homicide (Discovery, June 2, Fridays at 10). A former Alaska State Trooper investigates cold cases.
  • Food Network Star (Food Network, June 4, Sundays at 9). The prize for this cooking competition is a Food Network show. 
  • Incredible Edible America with the Dunhams (Food Network, June 5, Mondays at 10). Ventriloquist “Jeff Dunham and his food-blogging wife Audrey Dunham are hitting the highway on a culinary road trip of a lifetime.”
  • The Profit (CNBC, June 6, Tuesdays at 10) Marcus Lemonis invests his own money in small businesses.
  • Ink Master: Shop Wars (Spike, June 6, Tuesdays at 10) This season, the tattooing competition’s contestants are pairs from tattoo shops around the country.
  • Devil’s Canyon (Discovery, June 6, Tuesdays at 10). Men search for gold filmed without camera crews.
  • States of Undress (Viceland, June 6, Tuesdays at 10.) “Hailey Gates continues her exploration of global fashion far beyond the runway.”
  • I Am Homicide (ID, June 6, Tuesdays at 10). Retired detective Garry McFadden looks at his past cases.
  • Little Women Atlanta: Monie Gets Married (Lifetime, June 7, Wednesdays at 9). A spin-off from Little Women: Atlanta that follows Monie and Morlin’s wedding planning. 
  • Rite of Passage (El Rey, June 8, Thursdays at 9). An Australian journalist “embarks on a journey of self-discovery as he tries to unlock what it means to be a man.”
  • King of the Road (Viceland, June 8, Thursdays at 10). Teams of skaters travel and try to earn points by completing ridiculous stunts.
  • American Boyband (Viceland, June 8, Thursdays at 10:30). Follows “a group of young musicians and artists (self-described as an all-American boy band) who all met on a Kanye West fan forum.”
  • Tiny House Nation (FYI, June 10, Saturdays at 9). The show’s stars help families design and construct their own mini dream homes, each no larger than 500 square feet.”
  • Zombie House Flipping (FYI, June 10, Saturdays at 10). Renovators remake abandoned houses in Florida.
  • Celebrity Family Feud (ABC, June 11, Sundays at 8). Celebrity families try to guess poll results.
  • American Grit (Fox, June 11, Sundays at 9). John Cena and ex-military men and women help contestants find their grit.
  • Steve Harvey’s Funderdome (ABC, June 11, Sundays at 9). “[A] seed-funding competition reality series where two budding entrepreneurs go head-to-head to win over a live studio audience to fund their ideas, products or companies.”
  • $100,000 Pyramid (ABC, June 11, Sundays at 10). Celebrities and contestants try to get each other to guess words in this revival of the classic sitcom.
  • American Ninja Warrior (NBC, June 12, Mondays at 8). Athletes tackle obstacles on a physically demanding course.
  • So You Think You Can Dance (Fox, June 12, Mondays at 8). The dance competition returns with non-child contestants.
  • Superhuman (Fox, June 12, Mondays at 9). Kal Penn “tests the abilities of ordinary people to use their extraordinary skills to win a $50,000 grand prize.”
  • Counting On (TLC, June 12, Mondays at 9). The 19 Kids and Counting spin-off follows Jessa and Ben.
  • Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge (NBC, June 12, Mondays at 10). Teams tackle a special version of the Spartan Race course.
  • The Big Fat Truth (Z Living, June 13, Tuesdays at 8). Biggest Loser producer J.D. Roth’s “mission to find some big fat truths about weight loss.”
  • Face Off (Syfy, June 13, Tuesdays at 9). A long-running special effects makeup competition.
  • Emogenius (GSN, June 14, Wednesdays at 9). A game show that “features two pairs of contestants who face off to put their emoji-solving skills to the test for a chance to win $10,000.”
  • Alaskan Bush People (Discovery, June 14, Wednesdays at 9). A family lives in isolation.
  • To Tell the Truth (ABC, June 14, Wednesdays at 10). Celebrities try to guess which contestant is behind honest on this classic game show revival.
  • Homestead Rescue (Discovery, June 14, Wednesdays at 10). Marty Raney and his kids help people improve their off-the-grid properties.
  • Alone (History, June 15, Thursdays at 10). This season, teams of two are stranded and try to outlast each other.
  • The Great British Baking Show (PBS, June 16, Fridays at 9). The UK’s charming and witty baking competition airs its finals season with its original judges and hosts.
  • Botched (E!, June 18, Sundays at 9). Doctors try to “fix the failed plastic surgeries that have crippled the lives and spirits of patients.”
  • America’s War on Drugs (History, June 18 to 21 at 9 p.m.). A four-night documentary series that “uncovers the origins of the drug war and its unexpected effects on American culture, institutions and politics.”
  • Reno, Set, Go! (Discovery Family, June 19, Mondays at 10). Deserving people are “surprise[d] when friends and family work together to pull off a covert room makeover.”
  • The Story of China (PBS, June 20, Tuesdays at 10). A series that “surveys the 4,000-year story of the world’s oldest continuous state, from prehistory to the present.”
  • Little Big Shots: Forever Young (NBC, June 21, Wednesdays at 8). Steve Harvey interviews senior citizens who show off their talents.
  • Big Pacific (PBS, June 21, Wednesdays at 8). The Pacific Ocean’s “rare and dazzling creatures” are filmed “in a way never before seen on television.”
  • Great Yellowstone Thaw (PBS, June 21, Wednesdays at 9). Learn how “wolves, grizzlies, beavers and great gray owls survive one of the greatest seasonal changes on the planet.”
  • Outrageous Acts of Danger (Science, June 21, Wednesdays at 10). A host “puts himself in a death-defying situation” where “the laws of physics dictate that he will escape unscathed.”
  • Escape the Night (YouTube Red, June 22). The second season of the hybrid scripted/reality murder mystery.
  • Boy Band (ABC, June 22, Thursdays at 8). Singers compete to form a new boy band.
  • Hollywood Game Night (NBC, June 22, Thursdays at 8). Jane Lynch hosts party games that regular people play with celebrities.
  • The Wall (NBC, June 22, Thursdays at 9). A game show on which pairs of people play a large-scale version of Plinko.
  • How It’s Made: American Made (Science, June 22, Thursdays at 9). The show “goes inside U.S. factories to see how some of world’s most essential and innovative products are created.”
  • The Gong Show (ABC, June 22, Thursdays at 10). A revival of the talent show that features ridiculous acts.
  • Kendra On Top (WE tv, June 23, Fridays at 10:30). Season six of the series that follows the reality star, who this season is dealing with her mother writing a tell-all book.
  • 90 Day Fiancé: Happily Ever After? (TLC, June 25, Sundays at 8). Follows “couples from previous seasons of the original series who gave up everything for a shot at love and the American dream.”
  • Street Outlaws: New Orleans (Discovery, June 26, Mondays at 9). “[A] fledgling group of street racing bandits in The Big Easy as they try to prove to the entire world that they are America’s best.”
  • Big Brother (CBS, June 28, Wednesdays at 8, Thursdays at 9, Sundays at 8). The Julie Chen-hosted summer staple locks unstable people in a soundstage house to compete for $500,000.
  • I Am Jazz (TLC, June 27 at 10, and then Wednesdays at 9). A transgender teen “balances school, sports, family, and more.”
  • Jay Leno’s Garage (CNBC, June 28, Wednesdays at 9). Jay Leno “explores our obsession with all things automotive.”
  • Huang’s World (Viceland, June 28, Wednesdays at 10). Eddie Huang “takes a look at the nature of identity and multiculturalism through the shared and universal experience of food.”
  • Hair Goddess (TLC, June 28, Wednesdays at 10). A stylist “opens her first salon in Manhattan.”
  • Battle of the Network Stars (ABC, June 29, Thursdays at 9). The classic competition returns as TV stars compete in games like tug of war.
  • WAGS Miami (E!, June 29, Thursdays at 9). Follows the lives of “Wives and Girlfriends of Sports Stars” who live in Miami.
  • Gay for Play Game Show Starring RuPaul (Logo, June 29, Thursdays at 9). RuPaul’s Drag Race contestants, reality stars, and celebrities help “pop culture savvy contestants [who are] competing to win over $5,000 in cash prizes.”
  • Masters of Illusion (CW, June 30, Fridays at 8). Magicians perform.

 

July 2017

  • The Incredible Dr. Pol (NatGeo WILD, July 1, Saturdays at 9). A vet and his staff help animals.
  • America in Color (Smithsonian Channel, Jul 2, Sundays at 8). This series colorizes images from American history and “presents many of these iconic moments in U.S. history as never before seen.”
  • Life Of Kylie (E!, July 6, Thursdays at 10). Kylie Jenner takes cameras behind the scenes of her life.
  • The Defiant Ones (HBO, July 9, 10, 11, 12 at 9). A four-part series that “tells the stories of Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine, their improbable partnership and their leading roles in a series of transformative events in contemporary culture.”
  • Candy Crush (CBS, July 9, Sundays at 9). A game show based on the smartphone game.
  • The Spouse House (TLC, July 9, Sundays at 10). In this new experiment: “seven men and seven women will all live together for eight weeks while two relationship experts […] guide and help them find their husband or wife.”
  • Famously Single (E!, July 9, Sundays at 10). Celebrities “live together in a downtown Los Angeles loft while taking part in dating exercises and coaching sessions with relationship experts.”
  • Penn & Teller: Fool Us (CW, July 10, Mondays at 8). Penn and Teller try to figure out how magicians did their tricks.
  • Dessert Games (Food Network, July 10, Mondays at 8). A dessert competition hosted by Duff Goldman that uses the same set as Guy’s Grocery Games.
  • The Real Housewives of Orange County (Bravo, July 10, Mondays at 9). Season 12 of the show will feature Vicki Gunvalson, Tamra Judge, Shannon Beador, Meghan King Edmonds and Kelly Dodd, Lydia McLaughlin, and new housewife Peggy Sulahian.
  • Texas Cake House (Food Network, July 10, Mondays at 9). “Natalie and Dave Sideserf push the boundaries of cake design with their remarkable, realistic cake creations.”
  • Kate Plus 8 (TLC, July 10, Mondays at 10). Kate Gosselin and her kids return for three episodes featuring “a few of the most exciting Gosselin get-togethers of the year, including a very special sextuplet birthday bash.”
  • Ghosts of Shepherdstown (Destination America, July 10, Mondays at 10). Paranormal investigators “return to Shepherdstown to resume their investigation after [Police] Chief King receives reports that the paranormal activity has spread.”  
  • Teen Mom UK (MTV, July 10, Mondays at 10). Three episodes of the UK version of Teen Mom will air in the U.S.
  • Outdaughtered (TLC, July 11, Tuesdays at 9). Season three “will unveil how the Busby family is coping with the quintuplets entering their terrible twos.”
  • Rattled (TLC, July 11, Tuesdays at 10). Season two “explores the lives of five couples from across the country who are about to embark on the long journey of raising a new baby.”
  • Adam Ruins Everything (truTV, July 11, Tuesdays at 10). Adam Conover uses scripted bits on his “relentlessly factual quest to reveal the hidden truths about everything we know and love.” 
  • A Question of Love (FYI, July 11, Tuesdays at 10). Three couples live together for 30 days and “and see if they can use these questions to finally get to the truth,” and later “decide whether they will remain in the relationship or call it quits.”
  • American Ripper (History, July 11, Tuesdays at 10). Was America’s first serial killer also Jack the Ripper? His great-great-great grandson tries to prove that theory.
  • Cheap Eats (Cooking Channel, July 12, Wednesdays at 10). “food blogger Ali Khan continues his pursuit across the country for the best deals on the best meals.”
  • BattleBots (Science Channel, July 12, Wednesdays at 10). Repeats of “16 episodes of ABC’s epic robot-fighting series.”
  • Akil the Fugitive Hunter (A&E, July 13, Thursdays at 10). “combines live-action and animation to chronicle the journey of modern-day superhero Akil Muhammad as he tracks and captures some of the most elusive criminals in Los Angeles in order to keep his community safe”
  • Impractical Jokers (truTV, July 13, Thursdays at 10). Friends play pranks on this hidden camera show.
  • Life Below Zero (July 13, Thursdays at 10). Season nine continues to follow “the lives of rugged individuals living subsistence lifestyles in remote areas of Alaska as they brave the frigid winter temperatures and the ensuing spring breakup.”
  • You Can’t Turn That Into A House (FYI, July 15, Saturdays at 9:30). Brothers Taimoor and Rehan “[travel] the country rewriting the rules of home design by taking on the most unconventional, most bizarre, most dangerous run-down structures and transforming them into surprising, ingenious and luxurious dream homes.”
  • The Vanilla Ice Project (DIY, July 15, Saturdays at 10). “Vanilla Ice, a.k.a. Rob VanWinkle, goes to Florida’s Treasure Coast” for “the transformation of a dilapidated 7,000-square-foot home into a contemporary oceanfront estate that features a rocket ship play space, an indoor hibachi grill room and a custom pool.”  
  • Shahs of Sunset (Bravo, July 16, Sundays at 8). Bravo’s “larger-than-life Persian Americans are back for a tumultuous season six.”
  • Love and Hip Hop: Hollywood (VH1, July 17, Mondays at 8). Follows “perennial fan favorites and a slew of new players ready to take over Tinseltown.”
  • Teen Mom 2 (MTV, July 17, Mondays at 9). “Briana, whose story began on 16 and Pregnant and Teen Mom 3, will join Chelsea, Jenelle, Leah and Kailyn on Teen Mom 2.”
  • ReverseD (Discovery Life, July 18, Tuesdays at 7). “With a team of experts by his side, Charles Mattocks takes five diabetics who are desperately searching for hope to the tropical island of Jamaica.”
  • The Challenge XXX: Dirty 30 (MTV, July 18, Tuesdays at 10). Season 30 of the competition takes place in South America and has a $1 million prize pool.
  • A Night With My Ex (Bravo, July 18, Tuesdays at 10). Ex-partners spend the night together in an apartment “to hash out their unresolved issues.”
  • Road to Race Day (Complex Networks’ Rated Red, go90, July 19). Go “behind the scenes with Hendrick Motorsports during the 2016 season, delivering unprecedented access to witness the passion, determination, and talent that propels its superstar drivers – Kasey Kahne, Chase Elliott, Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr
  • Flip or Flop Atlanta (HGTV, July 20, Thursdays at 9). A new spin-off on which “expert flippers Ken and Anita Corsini … transform rundown properties into charming southern homes.”
  • Growing Up Hip Hop (WE tv, July 20, Thursdays at 9). The series follows young people “as they attempt to step outside the shadow of their famous families,” including “Damon Dash, Rev. Run, Russell Simmons, Master P, El DeBarge and Pepa.”
  • Shinesty (MTV2, July 20, Thursdays at 10). “[A] comedic doc series about the young entrepreneurs behind Shinesty, an apparel company in Boulder, Colorado, that did $5 million in sales last year.”
  • Last Chance U (Netflix, July 21). Season two of Netflix’s first sports series “follows the next group of young men at East Mississippi Community College—along with Coach Buddy Stephens and Academic Advisor Brittany Wagner—as they aim to realize their dreams of competing at the next level and become the future stars of the NFL.” 
  • Choccywoccydoodah (Cooking Channel, July 21, Fridays at 8). “[F]ollows the internationally acclaimed Brighten, UK based cake shop and its team of talented and quirky chocolatiers as they create chocolate masterpieces that are quite simply out of this world.”
  • Cold Justice (Oxygen, July 22, Saturdays at 8). The series TNT cancelled is back on the now crime-focused Oxygen network, though now it’s just Kelly Siegler and a rotating group of detectives trying to solve cold cases.
  • Gone: The Forgotten Women of Ohio (Spike, July 22, Saturdays at 9). “In just 13 months, six women go missing in Chillicothe, Ohio, with four turning up dead; filmmaker Joe Berlinger and intelligence analyst Angela Clemente try to figure out what happened.”
  • Shark Week (Discovery, July 23). A week of documentaries and specials focusing on sharks.
  • Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood (VH1, July 24, Mondays at 8). “Keyshia Cole joins the cast alongside several newcomers and returning series veterans striving to claim their place as Hollywood’s elite.”
  • Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern (Travel, July 25, Tuesdays at 9). The new season “takes Zimmern across the country to the places and plates that celebrate American history.”
  • Little Women LA: Couples Retreat (Lifetime, July 26, Wednesdays at 9). Couples from the Little Women franchise “work to better themselves, while participating in adventurous excursions that push them out of their comfort zones and force them to face their issues head on.”
  • Signed (VH1, July 26, Wednesdays at 9). A competition series that is shot documentary-style, with features “rapper, entrepreneur and hip-hop artist Rick Ross, recording artist and Grammy award-winning songwriter The-Dream and Roc Nation’s SVP of A&R / Artist Management Lenny S as they work to develop unsigned hip-hop and R&B artists in Atlanta.”
  • So Sharp (Lifetime, July 26, Wednesdays at 10). Follows Todd Sharp, “the coach of the University of Louisville Dance Team, the Ladybirds,” who “count on Todd to be their guidance counselor, surrogate father and the ‘head-bitch-in-charge’ who ultimately makes them shine.”
  • Date Night Live (Lifetime, July 27, Thursdays at 10). Live PD’s producers follow nine dates “in real-time, across multiple time zones, as cameras capture the promise of romance, awkward conversations, cringe-worthy moments and everything else in-between.”
  • The Kitty Kelley Files (REELZ, July 29, Saturdays at 10). Author Kitty Kelley will allegedly “unearth the true tales of some of America’s most beloved celebrities including Julia Roberts, Princess Diana, George Clooney, Drew Barrymore and Frank Sinatra and tell their stories through the lens of the sensational events that they either triumphed over or were destroyed by.”
  • Top Gear America (BBC America, July 30, Sundays at 8). “the reimagined US spin-off of Top Gear will appear on BBCA with three new presenters”: “racing enthusiast and veteran film and television actor William Fichtner, world champion drag racer Antron Brown, and premier British automotive journalist Tom “Wookie” Ford.”
  • Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks (National Geographic, July 30, Sundays at 10). Starts “begins its new season following the events captured in the sixth season finale of Wicked Tuna, which saw Captain Tyler McLaughlin of the Pinwheel losing the top spot on the leaderboard by just $19.”
  • Intervention (A&E, July 31, Mondays at 9). “profiles people whose uncontrollable addiction to drugs, alcohol or compulsive behavior has brought them to the brink of destruction and has devastated their family and friends.”
  • Siesta Key (MTV, July 31, Mondays at 10). “As these friends spend the summer together in their beautiful hometown, they come of age while trying to figure out who they are and want they want to be.”
  • House Hunters Family (HGTV, July 31, Mondays at 10). The House Hunters spin-off follows families and kids touring and making awkward comments about three houses.  

 

August 2017

  • Dance Moms (Lifetime, Aug. 1, Tuesdays at 9). “With Abby Lee Miller’s future uncertain, guest choreographers Cheryl Burke, Lauriann Gibson, Aisha Francis and Miranda Maleski step in to help lead the girls to victory.”
  • Chopped: Grill Masters (Food Network, Aug. 1, Tuesdays at 10). The show’s “$50,000 five-part tournament” on which “grilling’s greatest go big in a spectacular outdoor kitchen.”
  • The Lowe Files (A&E, Aug. 2, Wednesdays at 10). “Rob Lowe and his two sons, Matthew and John Owen, […] travel through the country to explore infamous unsolved mysteries, a curiosity that Rob has had since his early childhood days and has now been passed down to his boys.”
  •  Small Town, Big Mayor (UP TV, Aug. 3, Thursdays at 9:30). Follows John Henry, the mayor of D’Lo, Mississippi, a town of 456 people.
  • Darkness (Discovery, Aug. 3, Thursdays at 10). In each episode, three “participants will attempt to locate each other, find and ration food and water as well as explore and map the darkness and find a way out” of spaces such as “prehistoric cave systems, ancient subterranean cities and centuries-old abandoned mines.”
  • Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making The Team (CMT, Aug. 3, Thursdays at 10). “[F]ollows a new group looking to fulfill a lifelong dream by landing a highly coveted spot on the elite Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders squad.”
  • I Love Kellie Pickler (CMT, Aug. 3, Thursdays at 11). Follows the former Idol star and her husband Kyle.
  • Treehouse Masters (Animal Planet, Aug. 4, Fridays at 9). “Pete and the crew take on new and amazing build locations, including Norway for their first-ever international treehouse build”
  • Million Dollar Matchmaker (WE tv, Aug. 4, Fridays at 10). For the show’s second WE tv season, Patti Sanger will have two clients “check in for a week-long stay in an elegant boutique hotel, hoping to leave with the love of their life.”
  • Pit Bulls & Parolees (Animal Planet, Aug. 5, Saturdays at 9). “After a long recovery from a devastating leg injury, Tia gets back into in full swing and relies on her children, their significant others and the parolees to help keep the ever-expanding rescue center running.”
  • Residente (Fusion, Aug. 6, Sundays at 8:30). Puerto Rican hip hop artist Residente embarks on a global journey to explore his genetic origins and the struggles of those that make up his blood.”
  • 90 Day Fiance: Before the 90 Days (TLC, Aug. 6, Sundays at 9). The spin-off “will chronicle the time before the K-1 Visa process begins, from meeting in person for the first time to traveling to a foreign country they barely know or understand.”
  • Snap Decision (GSN, Aug. 7 at 9, then Tuesdays at 9). David Alan Grier hosts as “contestants go head-to-head for a $10,000 grand prize as they are asked to make snap judgments about three strangers, recently interviewed on the street.”
  • Man v. Food (Travel Channel, Aug. 7, Mondays at 9). “Food lover, actor and restaurant business veteran Casey Webb is a new man and he is ready to taste the nation’s most epic eats in the reboot.”
  • Escaping Polygamy (A&E, Aug. 7, Mondays at 10). Follows “Andrea, Jessica and Shanell, three sisters who escaped polygamy in their youth and now devote their lives to helping others get out and successfully begin new lives away from the only world they have ever known.”
  • Carspotting (Discovery, Aug. 7, Mondays at 10). “Entrepreneurial brothers Carlos and Pedro, coupled with their car savant and best friend Niko, are in the business of recovering these hidden gems and re-glorifying the holy grails left for dead.”
  • Carpool Karaoke (Apple Music, Aug. 8). James Corden’s bit, with celebrities singing in cars, becomes a series.
  • Hard Knocks (HBO, Aug. 8, Tuesdays at 10). A behind-the-scenes look at training camp with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. 
  • The Last Shot (Viceland, Aug. 7, Mondays at 10). “a documentary series that follows the lives of American and Mexican basketball players whose careers have been derailed”
  • Last Chance High (Viceland, Aug. 8, Tuesdays at 10). An updated version of an online series “focused on the students at Moses Montefiore Academy, a school for the most troubled youth on Chicago’s tumultuous West Side” with updated “episodes of the series [that] pick up in 2016 as the school is closing amidst Chicago’s most violent period in 20 years, following up on the teachers as they reconnect and attempt to reach out to their former students and save them from the streets.”
  • The Therapist (Viceland, Aug. 8, Tuesdays at 10:30). “Los Angeles-based licensed therapist Dr. Siri Sat Nam Singh … sits down with some of today’s most influential musicians and artists to take a deeper look into their psyches, their pasts and their presents”
  • Wahlburgers (A&E, Aug. 9, Wednesdays at 9). “The new season will continue to chronicle the lives of Mark, Donnie and Paul Wahlberg, along with matriarch Alma as they juggle life, careers and their rapidly expanding burger empire.”
  • Bering Sea Gold (Discovery, Aug. 11, Fridays at 9). “A new gold rush has kicked off in Nome, AK.”
  • Rescue Dog to Super Dog (Animal Planet, Aug. 12, Saturdays at 10). Dog trainers find and train shelter dogs to help “a potential owner in need of a companion dog to help them in their daily lives.”
  • Bachelor in Paradise (ABC, Aug. 14 and 15 at 8, then Mondays at 8). Stars from The Bachelor and Bachelorette “explore new relationships while living together in a secluded and dreamy paradise” after production resumed with a new alcohol policy following a misconduct investigation.
  • The Real Housewives of Dallas (Bravo, Aug. 14, Mondays at 10). Season two of the newest Real Housewives franchise.
  • Baller Wives (VH1, Aug. 14, Mondays at 10). Follows “Miami based pro athletes and their wives as they navigate the waters of love, family, business, and balling.”
  • Breaking Bass (go90, Aug. 15). “the adventures of Carnell ‘Dimension’ Lee and Oliver Ngy, whose passion for hip-hop is only eclipsed by their desire to land their next big” fish.
  • Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath (A&E, Aug. 15, Tuesdays at 9). Leah Remini “gives a voice to victims of the Church of Scientology despite public attempts to discredit them.”
  • The Murder of Laci Peterson (A&E, Aug. 15, Tuesdays at 10). A six-episode series that “explores the infamous Scott Peterson trial, the case that destroyed a family, gripped a nation and defined an era, as a vehicle for understanding America’s criminal justice system and the ways in which outside influences can affect that system.”
  • Growing Up Supermodel (Lifetime, Aug. 15, Tuesdays at 10). “follows a new group of hot young models risking it all to live up to the careers of their famous parents.”
  • Divided (GSN, Aug. 15, Tuesdays at 10). Game show contestants are “four strangers who must agree not only on their answers, but how their prize money should be split.”
  • Haunted Towns (Destination America, Aug. 15, Tuesdays at 10). “The Tennessee Wraith Chasers (TWC) ghost hunting team…explores places that played key roles in the darker chapters of American history, where battle, disaster, and injustice have condemned unsettled spirits to every street corner.”
  • MTV Undressed (MTV, Aug. 16, Wednesdays at 11). MTV’s version of the international hit show “brings together two strangers who must undress each other before getting to know one another for the next thirty minutes, answering questions and performing simple challenges”
  • Project Runway (Lifetime, Aug. 17, Thursdays at 8). Season 16 of the fashion design competition, which will feature models who range from size 0 to 22.
  • Flipping Out (Bravo, Aug. 17, Thursdays at 9). “Jeff Lewis embarks on the most unpredictable challenge yet—fatherhood. […] only his life partner Gage Edward, loyal executive assistant Jenni Pulos and unfazed housekeeper Zoila Chavez can keep him from flipping out entirely.”
  • Guy’s Family Road Trip (Food Network, Aug. 18, Fridays at 9). “Guy, his wife Lori, and his sons Hunter and Ryder will dig right into America’s signature dishes, landscapes and experiences.”
  • Wild West (BBC America, Aug. 19, Saturdays at 9). A three-part nature doc on which “[c]anyonlands, high country and sprawling shores take center-stage.”
  • The Disappearance of Natalee Holloway (Oxygen, Aug. 19, Saturdays at 9). Follows Natalee’s father Dave and T.J. Ward, the family’s longtime private investigator, in the latest and perhaps final chapter of the decade-long pursuit to uncover what really happened to Natalee.”
  • The Great Food Truck Race (Food Network, Aug. 20, Sundays at 9). This season, “seven of the country’s best and most successful food truck owners team up with friends and family to hit the road and cook their way across America.”
  • Caribbean Pirate Treasure (Travel Channel, Aug. 20, Sundays at 10). “underwater adventures with Philippe Cousteau, grandson of legendary explorer Jacques Cousteau, and his journalist wife, Ashlan”
  • Face Off: Game Face (Syfy, Aug. 22, Tuesdays at 9). Face Off all-stars compete in a Chopped-like competition, with the winner receiving $10,000 for surviving three rounds of make-up challenges.
  • Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition (Food Network, Aug. 23, Wednesdays at 9). “Anne Burrell and Rachael Ray are back leading teams of celebrity recruits through a rigorous culinary Boot Camp,” and they are “Nora Dunn, Carmen Electra, Erik Estrada, Vivica A. Fox, Perez Hilton, Carson Kressley, Sean Lowe and Melissa Peterman.”
  • Heston’s Fantastical Food (Cooking Channel, Aug. 25, Fridays at 8). “Heston Blumenthal creates amazing, supersized versions of meals and treats, bringing back the sensations of wonder and excitement for food.”
  • Love Blows (WE tv, Aug. 25, Fridays at 10). “[C]hronicles the inner dynamics of LuvBizChicago, a family business” of matchmakers.
  • Mysteries of the Missing (Science, Aug. 26, Saturdays at 10). “exposes new theories behind history’s most infamous disappearances and what science can now tell us about what really transpired”
  • Guy’s Grocery Games: Superstars (Food Network, Aug. 27, Sundays at 8). “Rocco DiSpirito, Elizabeth Faulkner, Tregaye Fraser, Alex Guarnaschelli, Antonia Lofaso, Brian Malarkey, Marcel Vigneron and Justin Warner, are competing against each other in a no-holds-barred $40,000 tournament.”
  • Black Love (OWN, Aug. 29 at 10, then Saturdays at 9). The show “highlights love stories from the Black community and seeks to answer the question, ‘What does it take to make a marriage work?'”
  • Dare To Live (MTV, Aug. 29, Tuesdays at 11). Rory Kramer “will take one of today’s top artists on an outrageous, thrill-seeking adventure, tailored to get each artist out of their comfort zone.”
  • Misfit Garage (Discovery, Aug. 30, Wednesdays at 9). “follows the crew at Fired Up Garage … as they set out to prove themselves as the #1 shop in the world for custom street rods”
  • Garage Squad (Velocity, Aug. 30, Wednesdays at 10). “National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) driver Bruno Massel, lead builder Joe Zolper and co-host Heather Storm … bring their expertise and necessary tools to work around the clock to transform their client’s rides.”

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