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Winter 2021 reality TV schedule and guide

Winter 2021 reality TV schedule and guide
A snowy branch in Kőszeg, Hungary. (Photo by Evelin Horvath/Unsplash)

Fall reality TV ended up more like summer reality TV, but winter reality TV will look slightly more normal. After December’s holiday reality TV competitions end, The Bachelor will ring in the new year, as usual, along with the return of shows like American Idol and Married at First Sight, plus a spate of game shows, including the revival of Name that Tune.

This reality show schedule lists officially announced debut dates and time slots for both new and returning, prime-time reality TV and documentary shows that debut this fall (and beyond). I strive to make it the most comprehensive list of reality TV premieres, although that’s more challenging now that some networks sometimes don’t even publicly announce returning seasons or even new shows.

Times listed are in ET/PT, and are accurate at the time of publication. This list is frequently updated, but TV networks and streaming services frequently change their schedules, so always check your guide or other TV listings.

For any reality shows that premiered before Dec. 1, 2020, such as Candy Land and The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City, see the fall 2020 schedule.

Program descriptions in quotation marks indicate text that comes directly from network press releases, the show’s website, or other official materials.

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

Winter 2020/2021 reality TV premieres

December | January | February

December 2020

  • The Repair Shop (Netflix, Dec. 1). Season three of the show where “expert artisans restore timeworn family heirlooms with touching sentimental value while also uncovering their uniquely rich histories”
  • The Holiday Movies That Made Us (Netflix, Dec. 1). An “in-depth look at two iconic holiday movies (Elf, The Nightmare Before Christmas) uses behind-the-scenes footage and cast and crew interviews.”
  • The Great Gift Exchange (YouTube, Dec. 1). “12 YouTube creators participate in a giving chain benefiting a charity of their choosing, then paying that kindness forward to the next creator in the chain”
  • Theality TV (Broadway On Demand, Dec. 1). “a reality show about an Off Broadway Musical given a month & $10,000 to erect a backer’s edition in hopes of getting funding”
  • Atlas of Cursed Places (National Geographic, Dec. 1, Tuesdays at 9). “author and adventurer Sam Sheridan travels the globe in search of the most cursed places on Earth”
  • Catfish: The TV Show (MTV, Dec. 1, Tuesdays at 9). “Nev Schulman and co-host Kamie Crawford team up remotely to unwrap some of the biggest Catfish surprises to date”
  • Celebrity Game Face (E!, Dec. 1, Tuesdays at 10). “Kevin Hart invites you for a night of outrageous and unpredictable fun and games with his celebrity friends, all playing from their own homes”
  • Trafficked with Mariana van Zeller (National Geographic, Dec. 2, Wednesdays at 9). In each episode, journalist Mariana van Zeller “explores the complex and often violent inner workings of a [a different] smuggling network
  • Court Cam (A&E, Dec. 2, Wednesdays at 9). “some of the most stunning and emotional courtroom moments caught on camera”
  • Rescue Cam (A&E, Dec. 2, Wednesdays at 10). “an incredible, no holds barred look at some of the most shocking and intense life or death rescues, standoffs, animal saves and close calls”
  • Stylish with Jenna Lyons (HBO Max, Dec. 3). J. Crew’s former president is “starting a new business in the home, beauty and fashion space”
  • Heaven’s Gate: The Cult of Cults (HBO Max, Dec. 3). “a thorough examination of the infamous UFO cult through the eyes of its former members and loved ones”
  • Battlebots (Discovery, Dec. 3, Thursdays at 8). “Sixty teams from across the globe have converged for the hardest hitting, unremitting, steel splitting tournament in combat robotics”
  • Flipping Across America (HGTV, Dec. 3, Thursdays at 8). “Alison Victoria travels America to show how favorite flipping masters economize their renovations”
  • Mysteries of the Abandoned (Science, Dec. 3, Thursdays at 9). “experts reveal the stories behind these remarkable places and why they were left behind”
  • Swamp People: Serpent Invasion (History, Dec. 3, Thursdays at 9). “The Cajun Navy returns to Florida to help battle the incredibly dangerous and invasive species of Burmese pythons destroying the Everglades”
  • A Time to Kill (ID, Dec. 3, Thursdays at 9) “determined investigators must piece together events during this critical window to reconstruct the timeline, unlock the motive, and ultimately close in on the killer”
  • Rocket Around the Christmas Tree (Discovery, Dec. 3, Thursdays at 10). “teams of deck-the-hall daredevils put their rocketry skills to the test each week as they compete in a series of explosive contests”
  • The Great British Baking Show: Holidays: Season 3 (Netflix, Dec. 4). “eight returning bakers … vie for the holiday crown as they race to make wondrous winter treats”
  • Big Cat Tales (Animal Planet, Dec. 4, Fridays at 11). “documents the present-day prides and families of the lions, leopards and cheetahs of the Maasais Mara National Reserve in Kenya”
  • Baby Chimp Rescue (BBC America, Dec. 5, Saturdays at 8). “follows an American couple, Jenny and Jim Desmond, as they teach their 21 rescued baby chimps how to survive on their own”
  • Escape to the Chateau (HGTV, Dec. 5, Saturdays at 8). “Designer Angel and her fiance Dick fell in love with a fairytale castle in France” and “must come up with clever solutions to prepare the chateau for their upcoming wedding”
  • Most Terrifying with Jason Hawes (Travel, Dec. 5, Saturdays at 9). “paranormal investigator Jason Hawes uncovers the world’s most horrifying haunts”
  • The Real Housewives of Atlanta (Bravo, Dec. 6, Sundays at 8). “Cynthia Bailey, Kandi Burruss, Porsha Williams, and Kenya Moore return this season” with “new housewife Drew Sidora
  • 90 Day Fiance (TLC, Dec. 6, Sundays at 8). “Four new and three returning couples from the 90 Day franchise are ready to put it all on the line for what they believe to be true love”
  • American Monster (ID, Dec. 6, Sundays at 9). “interweaves twisting-turning stories of astonishing crimes, with ‘behind-the-scenes’ footage of killers at their seemingly most innocent”
  • On the Case with Paula Zahn (ID, Dec. 6, Sundays at 10). “takes viewers on an exciting, visually compelling journey inside the most fascinating crime and mystery investigations”
  • Light Speed (YouTube, Dec. 7). “a group of students, engineers and the heroes of green tech and motorsport … push the boundaries of what solar car racing can do at the World Solar Challenge”
  • Murder in the Heartland (ID, Dec. 8, Tuesdays at 10). “Every story documents a town and people in the heart of the country, and the provocative crime that tore through it”
  • The Surgeon’s Cut (Netflix, Dec. 9). “profiles four ground-breaking surgeons from around the world, each with a visionary approach to their craft”
  • The Great Christmas Light Fight (ABC, Dec. 9, Wednesdays at 8). “four fantastic families face off in each one-hour episode and compete to win $50,000”
  • The Challenge: Double Agents (MTV, Dec. 9, Wednesdays at 8). “30 of the strongest reality titans from around the globe … outsmart each other in a game of secrets, spies and lies for their share of one million dollars”
  • House of Ho (HBO Max, Dec. 10). “Follow the lives, loves, and conflicts of the Hos, a wealthy Vietnamese-American family in Houston who’ve built a multimillion-dollar empire”
  • The Christmas Caroler Challenge (The CW, Dec. 11, Fridays at 9). “features 10 extraordinary Christmas carol groups, each with their own stylized brand of performance”
  • Celebrity IOU (HGTV, Dec. 14, Mondays at 9). Drew and Jonathan Scott help celebrities “create beautiful, customized spaces that reward mentors, friends and family members
  • Song Exploder (Netflix, Dec. 15). musicians “reveal how they brought one of their songs to life.”
  • On Pointe (Disney+, Dec. 18). “captures a season in New York City’s world renowned School of American Ballet (SAB)” and “follows the lives of the students ages 8 to 18 pursuing their dreams to become ballet dancers”
  • Unexpected (TLC, Dec. 20, Sundays at 10). “the life-altering journeys that teens and their families embark upon as they prepare for a baby”
  • The Masked Dancer (Fox, Sunday, Dec. 27, at 8, then Wednesdays at 8). “will feature celebrity contestants shaking their tail feathers, while covered from head-to-toe in elaborate costumes and face masks, leaving audiences to guess their identities”
  • NikkieTutorials: Layers of Me (YouTube, Dec. 28). “a peek behind the curtain of Dutch born beauty mogul Nikkie de Jager’s private life”
  • Kids Baking Championship (Food Network, Dec. 28, Mondays at 9). “Valerie Bertinelli and Duff Goldman put the talents of twelve young bakers to the test as they compete for $25,000”
  • Dr. Pimple Popper (TLC, Dec. 28, Mondays at 9). Dr. Sandra Lee helps “each patient with skin conditions that are preventing them from feeling their best”
  • 7 Little Johnstons (TLC, Dec. 29, Tuesdays at 8). “The Johnstons may be little, but the kids are all grown up”
  • Master Distiller (Discovery, Dec. 29, Tuesdays at 9). “Three competitors, three judges, and one winning spirit”
  • Streets of Dreams with Marcus Lemonis (CNBC, Dec. 29, Tuesdays at 10). “From diamond dealing on Manhattan’s 47th Street, to country music on Nashville’s Music Row, to the marijuana industry on Denver’s Green Mile, Lemonis shares the stories of those determined to make it in America”
  • Supermarket Stakeout (Food Network, Dec. 29, Tuesdays at 10). “four chefs square off in a competitive pop-up kitchen outside a grocery store”
  • Lone Star Law: Patrol and Protect (Discovery, Dec. 29, Tuesdays at 10). “Texas Game Wardens encounter perilous situations that affect citizens and wildlife alike as they oversee more than 250,000 squares miles”
  • Best Leftovers Ever (Netflix, Dec. 30). “home cooks will compete in the ultimate food makeover, finding ways to give old leftovers new life, all in the hopes of winning a $10,000 prize”
  • My 600-lb Life (TLC, Dec. 30, Wednesdays at 8). “follows the journeys of morbidly obese people as they … undergo high-risk gastric bypass surgery”

January 2021

  • Dream Home Makeover (Netflix, Jan. 1). Shea and Syd McGee help people makeover their houses
  • Headspace Guide to Meditation (Netflix, Jan. 1). “Headspace co-founder and former Buddhist monk Andy Puddicombe” “explores the foundation of meditation and how it can help us be more present and less distracted in our daily lives”
  • RuPaul’s Drag Race (VH1, Jan. 1, Fridays at 8). the 13th season “is bringing together thirteen fabulous queens as they vie for the title of America’s Next Drag Superstar and a cash prize of $100,000”
  • Mystery at Blind Frog Ranch (Discovery, Jan. 1, Fridays at 10). “Duane and his crew will pull out all the stops – and heavy machinery – to find the treasure buried beneath Blind Frog Ranch”
  • The Incredible Dr. Pol (NatGeo WILD, Jan. 2, Saturdays at 9). Dr. Pol “is ringing in his 50th year of veterinary service with an all new season broaching all new territories”
  • Pit Bulls and Parolees (Animal Planet, Jan. 2, Saturdays at 9). “Tia and her family have found creative ways to find dogs forever homes – while also giving back to the New Orleans community, in spite of the shutdown”
  • Kindred Spirits (Travel Channel, Jan. 2, Saturdays at 10). “paranormal investigators Amy Bruni, Adam Berry and psychic medium Chip Coffey … dig deep into the past to identify the restless spirits haunting the country’s oldest inns, homes and estates”
  • Home Town (HGTV, Jan. 3, Sundays at 8). “Ben and Erin Napier will continue to revitalize their small town of Laurel, Mississippi”
  • Worst Cooks in America (Food Network, Jan. 3, Sundays at 9). “Chef Carla Hall is facing off against Chef Anne Burrell to see who can transform their team of kitchen disasters into culinary masters”
  • Vengeance: Killer Millionaires (HLN, Jan. 3, Sundays at 9 and 10). “profiles millionaires whose greed for living the high life drove them to murder”
  • Cal Fire (Discovery, Jan. 3, Sundays at 10). “a first-hand look at some of California’s most destructive fires” from “multiple camera crews were embedded with Cal Fire’s frontline firefighters across the state
  • Secrets of the Viking Stone (Science, Jan. 3, Sundays at 10). Peter Stormare “and history enthusiast Elroy Balgaard set out to solve the mystery of the famed Kensington Runestone”
  • Worst Cooks in America: Dirty Dishes (Food Network, Jan. 3, Sundays at 10:30). “memorable boot camp alumni, celebrity recruits including Carson Kressley and Sonja Morgan, and comedians watch along and dish the dirt on the funniest episodes”
  • Expedition Bigfoot (Travel Channel. Jan. 3, Sundays at 9). “Bryce Johnson (expedition operations); Dr. Mireya Mayor (primatologist); Russell Acord (ex-military/survivalist); Ronny LeBlanc (Bigfoot researcher) – have honed in on promising new targets”
  • BattleBots: Bounty Hunters (Discovery+, Jan. 4). “In each episode, challengers will compete for the right to become the Bounty Hunter and fight a Legend” for $25,000
  • Monster Garage (Discovery+, Jan. 4). Jesse “James, along with a new crew of maverick mechanics each week, set out to continue his legacy and inspire a new generation of builders”
  • Home Town: Ben’s Workshop (Discovery+, Jan. 4). “Ben will share his expertise in craftsmanship and carpentry with celebrity guests”
  • Frozen in Time (Discovery+, Jan. 4). The Brady Bunch’s Maureen McCormick and designer Dan Vickery “overhaul Southern California homes that are stuck in a design time warp”
  • Mysterious Planet (Discovery+, Jan. 4). “journeys to the ends of the earth to capture the humor, awe and beauty of the natural world”
  • 90 Day Diaries (Discovery+, Jan. 4). “Without producers or crew, the cast members film themselves in their day-to-day lives
  • Say Yes to the Dress: In Sickness and In Health (Discovery+, Jan. 4). “when Randy Fenoli and Hayley Paige join forces with the experts at Kleinfeld, this dream team will stop at nothing to make sure these brides can still SAY YES”
  • Six Degrees with Mike Rowe (Discovery+, Jan. 4). “Mike transports himself back in time to some of the most major moments in history and connects the dots between these events”
  • Gold Rush: Freddy Dodge’s Mine Rescue (Discovery+, Jan. 4). Freddy Dodge and Juan Ibarra “will use their knowledge of geology, prospecting, drilling and testing to” help make others’ “operations better”
  • A Perfect Planet (Discovery+, Jan. 4). Sir David Attenborough narrates a show about “how the living planet operates”
  • Mysterious Planet (Discovery+, Jan. 4). “ventures to the ends of the earth to unlock the greatest mysteries behind the world’s most incredible species”
  • Antiques Roadshow (PBS, Jan. 4, Mondays at 8). “PBS’s most-watched ongoing series continues the quest to reveal our collective history through cherished treasures and personal stories”
  • The Bachelor (ABC, Jan. 4, Mondays at 8). On the show’s 25th season, Matt James looks for love as its first Black star
  • Ellen’s Game of Games (NBC, Jan. 4, Mondays at 8). “supersized versions of the most popular and action-packed games from DeGeneres’ award-winning daytime talk show”
  • The Wall (NBC, Jan. 4 at 10, Mondays at 9). Pairs of people answer questions and watch balls “fall down the Wall and add [or deduct] the value of the slot to the players’ winning total”
  • 1,000-lb Sisters (TLC, Jan. 4, Mondays at 10). follows “Amy and Tammy Slaton, spunky sisters from Kentucky who have built an online presence sharing their lives, weight struggles and larger-than-life personalities”
  • History of Swear Words (Netflix, Jan. 5). Nicolas Cage hosts “a loud and proudly profane series that explores the origins, pop culture-usage, science and cultural impact of curse words”
  • ¡Nailed It! México (Netflix, Jan. 5). “Crooked cakes, deflated bakes and hapless takes on Pancho Villa and Einstein put the pressure on amateur pastry chefs hoping to win a sweet cash prize”
  • American Portrait (PBS, Jan. 5, Tuesdays at 9). “blends stories filmed by everyday people into documentaries revealing what it really means to be American today”
  • The Real Housewives of Dallas (Bravo, Jan. 5, Tuesdays at 9). “Returning for season five are Housewives: Brandi Redmond, D’Andra Simmons, Kameron Westcott, Kary Brittingham and Stephanie Hollman,” while “new housewife and physician Tiffany Moon joins”
  • Chopped: Grudge Match (Food Network, Jan. 5, Tuesdays at 10). “sixteen professional chefs made up of Chopped judges and former champions take their spots at the stoves”
  • The Proof Is Out There (History, Jan. 5, Tuesdays at 10). “an in-depth look at some of the most incredible and thought provoking videos of unexplained phenomena and mysterious must-see moments of all time”
  • Undercover Billionaire (Discovery, Jan. 6, Wednesdays at 8). “three successful entrepreneurs are betting $1 million that they can go undercover in three different cities, start their own business with just $100 and top the million-dollar mark in just 90 days”
  • Name That Tune (Fox, Jan. 6, Wednesdays at 9). “tests contestants’ music knowledge, as they battle it out in an assortment of challenging musical games for cash and prizes,” hosted by Jane Krakowski with band leader
  • When Disaster Strikes (PBS, Jan. 6, Wednesdays at 10). “follows the local governments and people responding on the ground, supported by specialist international teams who fly in critical supplies and personnel”
  • Kitchen Crash (Food Network, Jan. 6, Wednesdays at 10). “professional chefs head to a local neighborhood block for an outdoor cook-off. With only 10 minutes on the clock, each chef must convince a local homeowner on the cul-de-sac to hand over ingredients from their kitchens and pantries”
  • Nature Gone Wild (A&E, Jan. 6, Wednesdays at 10). “backcountry guide and explorer Greg Aiello … highlights and analyzes some of the most jaw-dropping footage of unbelievable occurrences in nature”
  • Undercover Billionaire: Comeback City (Discovery, Jan. 6, Wednesdays at 10). Glenn Stearns “returns to Erie, Pa., where he built his business, Underdog BBQ, in just 90 days” to try “rescuing small businesses on the brink of going bust
  • Celebrity Wheel of Fortune (ABC, Jan. 7, Thursdays at 8). “Pat Sajak and Vanna White host as “celebrity contestants … solve word puzzles for a chance to win up to one million dollars” for charity
  • Hell’s Kitchen (Fox, Jan. 7, Thursdays at 8). “returns for its 19th season in a flashy new setting, as Chef Gordon Ramsay takes the show to Las Vegas”
  • The Chase (ABC, Jan. 7, Thursdays at 9). “three competitors must pit their wits and face off against the Chaser, a ruthless quiz genius determined to stop them from winning cash prizes”
  • Go-Big Show (TBS, Jan. 7, Thursdays at 9). “celebrates daring acts alongside personal, behind-the-scenes stories from the challengers as they battle head-to-head to impress the judges and advance toward the finale’s ultimate $100,000 prize”
  • Growing Up Hip Hop Atlanta (WE tv, Jan. 7, Thursdays at 9). “growing political division collides with pandemc pandemonium, leaving the OG’s of Atlanta hip hop on the brink of disaster”
  • The Hustler (ABC, Jan. 7, Thursdays at 10). Craig Ferguson a game show with “one player who secretly already knows the answers”
  • The Real Blac Chyna (WE tv, Jan. 7, Thursdays at 10). “reveals the behind-the-scenes dynamics of Chyna’s life and relationships … including … her mom Tokyo Toni, her exes, various lawsuits, business ventures, and more”
  • Inside the World’s Toughest Prisons (Netflix, Jan. 8). “Raphael Rowe, who spent years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit, volunteers to go behind bars in the Philippines, Greenland and South Africa”
  • Legacy List with Matt Paxton (, Jan. 8, Fridays). “Matt and his team of historians, conservators and experts help them sort through a house full of memories”
  • Whose Line Is It Anyway? (The CW, Jan. 8, Fridays at 8). “cast members must put their comedic skills to the test through a series of spontaneous improv games”
  • Self-Made Mansions (HGTV, Jan. 8, Fridays at 8). Clinton Kelly “activates his personal passion for real estate and keen eye for design to show new millionaires what it means to live large”
  • Penn & Teller: Fool Us (The CW, Jan. 8, Fridays at 10). “aspiring magicians are invited to perform their best trick to try and fool the world-famous team of Penn & Teller”
  • Florida Man Murders (Oxygen, Jan. 9, Saturdays at 7). “zeroes in on America’s most notorious and outrageous killers from the Sunshine State”
  • The Circus (Showtime, Jan. 10, Sundays at 8). “political strategist and commentator Jennifer Palmieri will join season six as a co-host along with John Heilemann, Alex Wagner and Mark Mckinnon”
  • Highway Thru Hell (Weather Channel, Jan. 10, Sundays at 8). “follows Jamie Davis Heavy Rescue and the team that has the daunting job of clearing major wrecks of tangled semis through blistering weather”
  • All American Stories (The CW, Jan. 11 at 8, then CW Seed). “profiles eight incredible athletes who overcame unimaginable obstacles in their relentless pursuit of greatness”
  • Ty Breaker (HGTV, Jan. 11, Mondays at 9). “Ty Pennington will help conflicted homeowners decide whether to overhaul their current home or renovate a different property to suit their needs”
  • Street Outlaws: Mega Cash Days (Discovery, Jan. 11, Mondays at 9). “64 of the most accomplished drivers from the Street Outlaws universe… converge on one road in Scottsbluff, Nebraska to ‘go all in'”
  • Straight Up Steve Austin (USA, Jan. 11, Mondays at 11). “Stone Cold Steve Austin and a celebrity guest get real, heading out to different cities across America to take part in one-of-a-kind adventures, while swapping stories about their lives and careers”
  • Unpolished (TLC, Jan. 12, Tuesdays at 10). “a year of extreme highs and lows for the Martones and the glitziest family-owned and operated salon on Long Island”
  • Night Stalker: The Hunt for a Serial Killer (Netflix, Jan. 13). Focuses on a 1985 serial killer in Los Angeles, and the detectives trying to find him
  • Married at First Sight (Lifetime, Jan. 13, Wednesdays at 8). In Atlanta, “ten brave-but-loveless singles meet their new spouse at the altar and enter a legally binding marriage at first sight”
  • UFO Witness (Discovery+, Jan. 14). “paranormal investigator Ben Hansen is on a mission to uncover the truth behind the country’s most shocking and infamous UFO sightings”
  • Bling Empire (Netflix, Jan. 15). “follows a wildly wealthy group of Asian and Asian American friends (and frenemies) in Los Angeles”
  • An Unexpected Killer (Oxygen, Jan. 15, Fridays at 8). “explores a jaw-dropping murder investigation in which detectives discover the killer is someone completely shocking and unexpected”
  • Framed By The Killer (Oxygen, Jan. 15, Fridays at 9). “unravels tales of elaborate whodunnit murder mysteries that lead police to one suspect, only to discover later their suspect was framed by the actual killer”
  • Belle Collective (OWN, Jan. 15, Fridays at 10). “the personal and professional lives of five successful, glamourous boss women who are redefining what it means to be a southern belle in Jackson, Mississippi”
  • Just Eats With Chef JJ (Cleo TV, Jan. 16, Saturdays at 9). “Chef JJ, one of the culinary world’s most sought after stars, invites you into his kitchen to experience his delicious delights with celebrity friends”
  • One Deadly Mistake (Oxygen, Jan. 16, Saturdays at 9). “follows a homicide investigation where police work tirelessly against the clock to solve a complex case, until they discover a piece of evidence left behind that exposes the identity of the calculated killer”
  • Exhumed (Oxygen, Jan. 17, Sundays at 7). “examines gripping murder cases in which unearthing a victim’s body is the key to solving the twisted crimes”
  • American Greed (CNBC, Jan. 18, Mondays at 10). “follows the money through the eyes of the criminals, the victims, and the investigators who bring these scammers to justice”
  • The Night Caller (Sundance Now, Jan. 19). “depicts and explores the true story of Australian serial killer Eric Edgar Cooke, and the shattered families that are still seeking answers to this day”
  • Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (PBS, Jan. 19, Tuesdays at 8). “will continue to feature exciting new guests who are game-changers in their fields, with family histories that illustrate the power and diversity of the human experience”
  • Selena + Chef (HBO Max, Jan. 21, Thursdays). “Selena Gomez continues her cooking adventures with a new roster of all-star chefs that help her whip up delicious dishes at home”
  • Toddlers & Tiaras: Where Are They Now? (Discovery+, Jan. 21). 10 years later, see “what happened to [your] favorite Toddlers and their crazy, over-the-top moms and dads”
  • Chrisley Knows Best (USA, Jan. 21, Thursdays at 10). “continues to follow the entertaining life of outspoken patriarch Todd Chrisley and his over-the-top Southern family”
  • The Rev (USA, Jan. 21, Thursdays at 10:30). “Pastor Richard Hartley is dealing with his rambunctious and loving family all while utilizing his musical skills to make the church’s choir top notch”
  • Blown Away (Netflix, Jan. 22). “A new batch of glass-blowing artists from around the world battle the heat, the clock and each other in 10 dynamic challenges”
  • Little Women: Atlanta (Lifetime, Jan. 22, Fridays at 9). “Ms. Juicy, Minnie, the Tiny Twinz Amanda & Andrea, Abira and the return of Monie, as the ladies all come back together in Atlanta to pursue their dreams in the city’s vibrant hip hop scene”
  • Painting with John (HBO Max, Jan. 22, Fridays at 11). “cult favorite musician, actor, director and painter, John Lurie … hones his intricate watercolor techniques and shares his reflections on what he’s learned about life”
  • Killer Motive (Oxygen, Jan. 23, Saturdays at 6). “journalist Troy Roberts returns as host to guide viewers through some of our nation’s most horrific murders fueled by vengeance, jealousy, fear and greed”
  • A Wild Year on Earth (BBC America, Jan. 23, Saturdays at 8). narrated by Laura Carmichael, “charts the planet’s most spectacular events of migration, rebirth and transformation over the course of a year”
  • If We Build It Today (Science, Jan. 24, Sundays at 8). “experts re-imagine the world’s most impressive building projects to reveal how much time, labor, and investment would be necessary to build the most astounding structures in today’s world”
  • ATL Homicide (TV One, Jan. 25, Mondays at 9). “veteran homicide detectives David Quinn and Vince Velazquez  … disclose first-hand accounts of real-life murder investigations”
  • To Tell the Truth (ABC, Jan. 26, Tuesdays at 8). Anthony Anderson hosts as a celebrity “panel is presented with three people who all claim to be the same person”
  • Teen Mom OG (MTV, Jan. 26, Tuesdays at 8). “Amber, Catelynn, Cheyenne, Maci and Mackenzie continue to share their most personal struggles and achievements leaning into the turmoil of today’s new normal”
  • The Misery Index (TBS, Jan. 26, Tuesdays at 10:30). Jameela Jamil hosts as teams “rate hilarious and miserable real-life events”
  • Rehab Addict Rescue (HGTV, Jan. 28, Thursdays at 9). Nicole Curtis “rescues homeowners who are totally overwhelmed by the renovation process.”
  • We Are: The Brooklyn Saints (Netflix, Jan. 29). “following a youth football program in the heart of inner city East NY, Brooklyn”
  • Top Gear America (Motor Trend, Jan. 29, Fridays). “Dax Shepard, Rob Corddry and Jethro Bovingdon [star] in the all-new, highly anticipated U.S. format”
  • Love & Marriage: Huntsville (OWN, Jan. 30, Saturdays at 9). “follows three power couples and longtime friends Melody & Martell Holt, LaTisha & Marsau Scott and Kimmi & Maurice Scott in Huntsville, Alabama as they balance real-life challenges in marriage, friendship and business”
  • Heartland Docs, DVM (NatGeo Wild, Jan. 30, Saturdays at 10). “veterinarian couple Drs. Ben and Erin Schroeder treat animals near and far”
  • The Lady and the Dale (HBO, Jan. 31, Sundays at 9). “traces the audacious story of Elizabeth Carmichael, a larger-than-life entrepreneur who rose to prominence during the 1970s oil crisis with her promotion of a fuel-efficient, three-wheeled car known as The Dale”

February 2021

  • Long Island Medium: There In Spirit (Discovery+, Feb. 1). “Theresa delivers messages and readings without always leaving her home”
  • Europe’s New Wild (PBS, Feb. 3, Wednesdays at 10). “reveals the spectacular resurgence of nature across Europe’s most varied and breathtaking landscapes”
  • Mary McCartney Serves It Up (Discovery+, Feb. 4). “home cook Mary McCartney invites us into her London kitchen to serve up family favorites and fabulous vegetarian food her friends adore”
  • Married at First Sight: Couples Cam (Lifetime, Feb. 4, Thursdays at 8). “provides its viewers a raw and unfiltered look at the intimate moments of married and family life”
  • Married at First Sight: Australia (Lifetime, Feb. 4, Thursdays at 9). “Australia’s most riveting social experiment is back as Lifetime brings fans more of what they know and love with ten new couples who will undergo the dramatic experiment”
  • Summer House (Bravo, Feb. 4, Thursdays at 9). “The drama intensifies as the Summer House crew mixes business with pleasure for the first time all together 24/7″ in the Hamptons”
  • Impractical Jokers (truTV, Feb. 4, Thursdays at 10). “comedians and lifelong friends known as The Tenderloins compete to embarrass each other with a series of hilarious and outrageous antics”
  • Fast Foodies (truTV, Feb. 4, Thursdays at 10:30). “Top Chef winners Kristen Kish, Jeremy Ford and Iron Chef winner Justin Sutherland compete to perfectly recreate and then skillfully reimagine a celebrity guest’s favorite fast food dish”
  • Impractical Jokers: After Party (truTV, Feb. 4, Thursdays at 11). “Joey Fatone takes the Impractical Jokers and surprise guests through a deep dive of challenges, special play-by-play punishment analysis, and bonus content”
  • Crikey! It’s The Irwins (Discovery+, Feb. 7). “features the Irwin family as they continue Steve Irwin’s mission to bring people closer to animals and inspire them to become Wildlife Warriors to help protect and preserve our environment and its animals”
  • VH1 Family Reunion: Love & Hip Hop Edition (VH1, Feb. 8, Mondays at 8). “cast members from all four Love & Hip Hop cities … unite for an outrageous action-packed gathering to celebrate #BlackJoy and resilience while creating new traditions”
  • Basketball Wives (VH1, Feb. 9, Tuesdays at 8). “the wives’ sisterhood is tested like never before as they adjust to the pandemc while balancing life’s ups and downs, unresolved relationships and the fight against social injustices”
  • The Food That Built America (History, Tuesday, Feb. 9, at 10, then Sundays at 9). “tells the fascinating history behind the titans who fought their way to the top of the food chain and bites into the rivalries between some of food’s biggest and most beloved brands”
  • Tough As Nails (CBS, Feb. 10, Wednesdays at 8). “Competitors are tested for their strength, endurance, agility and mental toughness in challenges that take place in the real world”
  • Unseamly: The Investigation of Peter Nygård (Discovery+, Feb. 12). “hiding beneath the outlandish public persona, scores of women say, was a dangerous sexual predator who practiced and perfected the crime of sexual assault for decades”
  • Hip Hop Uncovered (FX, Feb. 12, Fridays at 10). “takes a deep dive into the paradox of America’s criminalization of the genre and its fascination with the street culture that created it and still exists within it”
  • Cherries Wild (Fox, Feb. 14, at 7, then Tubi). Jason Biggs hosts “two rounds of pop culture trivia gameplay – during which a team of two contestants will try and ‘Solve the Slots’ in hopes of getting one step closer to winning the $250,000 jackpot”
  • American Idol (ABC, Feb. 14, Sundays at 8). Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie return to judge the iconic singing competition
  • Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy (CNN, Feb. 14, Sundays at 9). Tucci “travels across Italy to discover the secrets and delights of the country’s regional cuisine”
  • Lincoln: Divided We Stand (CNN, Feb. 14, Sundays at 10). “takes a comprehensive look at the remarkable and unexpected story of Abraham Lincoln by exploring his complicated inner world, seamlessly interweaving his tragic personal life with his history making political career”
  • Temptation Island (USA, Feb. 16, Tuesdays at 10). “Four new couples are packing up their emotional baggage and heading to Maui, Hawaii for the ultimate test of their relationship.”
  • The Real Housewives of New Jersey (Bravo, Feb. 17, Wednesdays at 9). “Returning for season 11 are Housewives: Teresa Giudice, Melissa Gorga, Margaret Josephs, Dolores Catania, Jackie Goldschneider, and Jennifer Aydin”
  • I Survived a Crime (A&E, Feb. 17, Wednesdays at 10). “takes viewers on a journey into the experience of being a victim of a sudden crime”
  • Love Games (Discover+, Feb. 18). “game show features three preliminary rounds of questions before culminating in a jaw-dropping finale where viewers’ favorite couples from the 90 Day franchise compete against each other”
  • Relative Race (BYUtv, Feb. 21, Sundays at 9). “follows four teams on a surprising, emotional 10-day cross-country journey as they complete challenges, discover unknown relatives and compete for a $50,000 grand prize”
  • Modern Marvels (History, Feb. 21, Sundays at 10). Adam Richman “finds out everything there is to know about the making of some of America’s favorite foods from chocolate, to cheese and ice cream”
  • Ultimate Cowboy Showdown (INSP, Feb. 24, Wednesdays at 9). Trace Adkins hosts as “14 cowboys (men and women) from all across the country compete for a life-changing prize
  • Top Class: The Life and Times of the Sierra Canyon Trailblazers (IMDb TV, Feb. 26). follows “the back-to-back state champion Sierra Canyon Trailblazers [who] exploded onto [high school] basketball’s national stage with one of the highest profile classes in history”

March 2021

  • Operation Awesome (BYUtv, March 10, Wednesdays at 8). “five incredible young people with the biggest, boldest, most amazing ideas for change will … travel to 10 cities across America and work together with local volunteers to help others launch new initiatives”

April 2021

  • Hemingway (PBS, April 5 to 7 at 8). Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s series “explores the life and work of the legendary writer and his enduring influence”

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