As press releases are issued, I gather announcements about new and renewed reality shows.
This is that list, and on it are prime-time game shows (Ellen’s Game of Games, The Gong Show), documentary-style series (Floribama Shore and Siesta Key; separate shows following Eddie Money and wrestling couple Mike “The Miz” Mizanin and Maryse), competitions (the rebranded version of Team Ninja Warrior), and brand extensions (a new Flip or Flop, a new show for a Big Brother winner that’s similar to his last show).
Returning or new series that were announced with airdates are listed on the reality show debut date calendar, and thus aren’t included here.
18 renewed reality TV shows
- ABC renewed The Gong Show for a second season, and revealed, finally, that Mike Myers plays host Tommy Maitland. “Being the host of The Gong Show is a blast! Pure fun. It is with great delight that I can finally admit that there is indeed a Tommy Maitland, and that I portray him,” he said.
- After airing just three episodes on two nights, NBC renewed Ellen’s Game of Games for a 13-episode season two. NBC said that the 8 p.m. episode had “NBC’s best in-season total-viewer performance in the time period with a non-Voice entertainment series in more than five years.”
- Floribama Shore was renewed for a 20-episode season two; MTV cited the fact that it “was MTV’s highest rated new series premiere in over three years.”
- MTV ordered eight new episodes of Siesta Key, which are filming now and will air this winter. The Laguna Beach-ish reality series is MTV’s highest-rated new series in three years. How exactly the show will keep up its conceit—friends returning home and spending time together in the summer—while filming in the fall remains to be seen.
- There will be a third season of Team Ninja Warrior, though it now has a new name and look: USA Network has ordered American Ninja Warrior: Ninja Vs. Ninja, which has 36 three-person teams competing on side-by-side courses. It was filmed in October and takes place at night, versus the daytime production of Team Ninja Warrior.
- Lucha Underground was renewed for a fourth season by El Rey Network, which said in a release that the show has already aired 105 episodes. It will be produced “in early 2018.”
- After just one episode aired, OWN ordered additional episodes of Black Love, which debuted as the most-watched reality TV debut in the network’s history.
- Best Baker in America was renewed for a seven-episode second season by Food Network, which will air it in the spring.
- Nate & Jeremiah By Design will return for a second season in 2018, following Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent—and their 2-year-old daughter—as they help people renovate their homes.
- The Walking Dead Star Norman Reedus’ reality series, Ride with Norman Reedus, has been renewed for a third season by AMC. Season two debuts in November; the new season will air next year.
- MTV renewed Rob Dyrdek’s Ridiculousness for a 10th season and ordered Amazingness, which it describes as “an irreverent and hilarious variety talent competition show hosted by Rob Dyrdek alongside a star-studded panel of judges including Eddie Huang, Krystal Bee and Chris ‘Drama’ Pfaff.”
- The Danny Trejo-hosted El Rey series Man at Arms: Art of War was renewed for a second season. The digital-turned-TV series follows “a team of expert craftsmen skillfully reproduce iconic weapons and armor from scratch, using the technology that would have been available at the time such weapons and armor were originally created, as well as state-of-the-art technologies beyond the original forgers’ wildest imaginations”
- CNBC renewed Jay Leno’s Garage for a fourth season, American Greed for a 12th season, and Secret Lives of the Super Rich for a seventh season.
- Viceland renewed Most Expensivest, 2 Chainz’s show about expensive things, and also added six more episodes to The Trixie & Katya Show.
17 upcoming reality shows
- Mike “The Miz” Mizanin and Maryse will star in a new USA series, Miz & Mrs.. USA said it is a “six-episode, half-hour series” that “will feature the pair, known for being larger than life both in and out of the ring, as they become parents for the first time.”
- Big Brother 16 winner Derrick Levasseur’s new ID series was announced: It’s called The Unsolved and will follow him and “forensic psychologist Kris Mohandie as they answer the pleas of desperate families to investigate murder cases that have exhausted all possible leads and have officially gone cold.” It follows the successful (and similar-ish) series Is OJ Innocent: The Missing Evidence. The series will debut in April.
- HGTV’s Flip or Flop franchise is getting another show: Flip or Flop Paradise will air eight episodes in April and follow “real estate investors and expert flippers David and Chenoa Rivera as they renovate rundown homes in the charming small town of Paradise, Calif.,” according to HGTV.
- DMX is working on a reality series called In the Dog House, which Variety says “an intimate look inside his life, following his recent release from drug rehab, while he works on his new album and attempts to repair his relationship with his 15 children and their mothers.”
- CNBC ordered three series: Staten Island Hustle, which “follows a group of animated, life-long friends and businessmen from Staten Island who’ve yet to come up with an idea or product too far-fetched for them to invest in;” BYOB: Be Your Own Boss, on which “Dennis Mulgannon helps people escape the rat race and become their own boss in a week”; and Deadly Rich, which will profile rich people who kill.
- Eddie Money, the rock star, and his family will be followed by cameras for an AXS reality series. Real Money will premiere in 2018; AXS says it “will include candid moments with Money as he deals with the struggles and joys of life at home with his wife, eight pets, and five wild and talented children.”
- A new reality series will be set at the headquarters of Southern Ground, which is owned by Zac Brown of The Zac Brown Band. It’s the first series to come from a partnership between Brown’s production company, Southern Reel, and Propogate, Ben Silverman and Howard T. Owens’ company.
- LeBron James will executive produce Best Shot, an eight-episode YouTube Red series following high school basketball players who will be mentored by Jay Williams, the former NBA player.
- LeBron James’ foundation is opening a public school in Akron, Ohio, that’s “dedicated to supporting at-risk children,” and his production company will work with Morgan Spurlock’s company to produce a documentary series about that process.
- Dr. Drew wants to take advantage of the opioid crisis with a new show, tentatively titled The Painful Truth with Dr. Drew, a show produced by Electus that does not yet have a network.
- Oxygen said it is developing four new shows: Up and Vanished, an adaptation of the podcast that “shined a spotlight on the small town mystery of Tara Grinstead, a Georgia beauty queen and school teacher who went missing in 2005”; Buzzfeed: Behind the Crime, on which “BuzzFeed’s Kelsey Darragh scours the reaches of the web, putting her true-crime obsession to the test as she investigates unsolved mysteries kept alive through the power of the Internet”; License to Kill, on which “plastic surgeon Terry Dubrow (“Botched”) investigates jaw-dropping cases of murderous doctors and nurses”; and Unhinged, ”an immersive true-crime series that breaks open the nation’s most twisted and suspenseful cases to unearth answers never before revealed.”
- Animal Planet has partnered with digital content provider The Dodo to create Dodo Heroes, a show that “will feature inspiring stories of animals from around the world in dire need, and those who go to unimaginable lengths to help them.”