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Fall 2021 reality TV schedule and guide

After a weird fall last year, television is back to some sense of normalcy, and that includes a lot of reality show premieres. Survivor is returning after a year-long absence, though with major changes; The Circle and The Bachelorette back for their second seasons this year; and we’ll get new seasons of Project Runway, Tough As Nails, and The Masked Singer, plus new shows such as the revival of Legends of the Hidden Temple.

This guide includes premiere dates for all reality show and documentary series premieres on broadcast, streaming, and cable TV in the United States. Times listed are in ET/PT, and were accurate at the time of publication.

For any reality shows that premiered before Sept. 1, 2021, such as Bachelor in Paradise and Love & Hip Hop: Miami, see the summer 2021 schedule. For feature documentaries and nonfiction specials, see the fall 2021 documentary premiere guide.

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

I frequently update this list throughout the quarter, but always check your guide or other TV listings. I try hard to ensure this a comprehensive list of reality TV premieres, although that’s ever-challenging now that some networks sometimes don’t even publicly announce returning seasons or even new shows, and change their schedules frequently.

If you have any updates, additions, or corrections, I welcome those! Just e-mail me. Thank you!

Fall 2021 reality TV premieres


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September 2021

  • How to Be a Cowboy (Netflix, Sept. 1). “Dale Brisby uses social media savvy and rodeo skills to keep cowboy traditions alive — and now he’s teaching the world how to cowboy right”
  • Turning Point: 9/11 and the War on Terror (Netflix, Sept. 1). “a vital and illuminating chronicle of the 9/11 attacks and how those events changed the course of history”
  • Expedition X (Discovery, Sept. 1, Wednesdays at 8). Josh “Gates, along with scientist Phil Torres and paranormal researcher Jessica Chobot continue to investigate history’s strangest legends and mysteries around the world
  • Future of Work (PBS, Sept. 1, Wednesdays at 10). explores “monumental changes in the workplace and the long-term impact on workers, employers, educators and communities”
  • Raid the Fridge (Food Network, Sept. 1, Wednesdays at 10). “challenges four top-notch chefs to work a little culinary magic when faced with mystery fridges before them”
  • Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles (Bravo, Sept. 2, Thursdays at 8). “Returning for season 13 are powerhouse agents: Josh Flagg, Josh Altman, Tracy Tutor, James Harris and David Parnes”
  • The Masked Singer Japan (Amazon, Sept. 3, Fridays). “Twelve super celebrities who wear masks and completely hide their identities compete”
  • The D’Amelio Show (Hulu, Sept. 3). “From relative obscurity and seemingly normal life to being thrust into the Hollywood limelight almost overnight, the D’Amelios are faced with new challenges and opportunities they could not have imagined”
  • Meerkat Manor: Rise of the Dynasty (BBC America, Sept. 4, Saturdays at 9). “follows the compelling, heart-string tugging saga of three matriarchs, all of whom are descendants of the legendary meerkat Flower”

Week of Sept. 5, 2021

  • Countdown: Inspiration4 Mission to Space (Netflix, Sept. 6, Mondays). “rides along with the Inspiration4 crew on the first all-civilian orbital space mission”
  • Street Outlaws: Gone Girl (Discovery+, Sept. 6). “the fastest female drivers from around the country converge in Las Vegas to pull off the ultimate street hustle—speeding away with as much cash as possible and some serious street cred.”
  • Life Below Zero (National Geographic, Sept. 6 at 8, then Tuesdays at 8). “will follow our Alaskans as they look inward to adapt, survive and cement their legacies in the unforgiving Arctic they call home”
  • Life Below Zero: Next Generation (National Geographic, Sept. 6 at 9, then Tuesdays at 9). “follows Alaskans who’ve tried contemporary life and rejected it in favor of freedom in the brutal Alaskan wilderness”
  • Help! I Wrecked My House (HGTV, Sept. 6, Mondays at 9). “Home renovation expert Jasmine Roth is back to rescue homeowners from their DIY fails”
  • Teen Mom: OG (MTV, Sept. 7, Tuesdays at 8). “Amber, Catelynn, Cheyenne, Maci and Mackenzie are working harder than ever to achieve their goals”
  • History’s Greatest Mysteries (History, Sept. 7, Tuesdays at 8). “a series of investigative specials that take the world’s most well-known mysteries, and challenges everything we know about them”
  • All-Round Champion (BYU TV, Sept. 7, Tuesdays at 8). “outstanding young athletes [compete] in each other’s sports”
  • Teen Mom: Young and Pregnant (MTV, Sept. 7, Tuesdays at 9). “New moms Kayla J. and Madisen experience the ups and downs of parenthood alongside Kayla S., Brianna, Rachel and Kiaya”
  • Michelle Carter: Love, Texts & Death“Michelle Carter finds herself on trial for involuntary manslaughter for the role she may have played in Conrad’s death”
  • Haunted Hospitals (Travel Channel, Sept. 7, Tuesdays at 10). “Medical professionals and patients recount their chilling tales of otherworldly activity inside hospitals, nursing homes and morgues”
  • Cities Of The Underworld (History, Sept. 7, Tuesdays at 10). “Don Wildman travels to the farthest and deepest reaches of the globe, using cutting-edge technology to explore mysteries buried deep underground”
  • Curb Appeal Xtreme (HGTV, Sept. 7 at 10, then Wednesdays at 8). “will combine the architectural and design savvy of John Gidding, the horticulture and landscape design genius of Jamie Durie and the custom carpentry and furniture wizardry of Rachel Taylor”
  • The Circle (Netflix, Sept. 8, Wednesdays). “A cast of eight new contestants enter” and try to “to earn the ultimate cash prize as top influencer”
  • Curb Appeal Xtreme (HGTV, Sept. 8, Wednesdays at 8). “will tackle challenging home exteriors and overhaul front lawns and backyards”
  • Frogger (Peacock, Sept. 9, Thursdays). “brings to life this popular franchise and supersizes it on an epic course”
  • Top Chef Family Style (Peacock, Sept. 9, Thursdays). “15 exceptionally talented culinary prodigies from across the nation … compete with an adult family member”
  • American Ninja Warrior Junior (Peacock, Sept. 9, Thursdays). “the nation’s top junior athletes … compete on some of the most challenging obstacles yet”
  • More Than An Athlete (ESPN+, Sept. 9, Thursdays). “a vulnerable look at America’s favorite broadcaster, [Michael Strahan], powerhouse media entrepreneur and Hall of Famer on his improbable transformation into more than an athlete.”
  • Paranormal Caught on Camera (Travel Channel, Sept. 9, Thursdays at 9). “Some of the most amazing, eye-opening and downright scary paranormal videos from around the world”
  • True Crime Story: It Couldn’t Happen Here (Sundance TV, Sept. 9, Thursdays at 10). “small-town community member and advocate Hilarie Burton Morgan visits different small towns in an effort to shine a much-needed light on the unique ways in which crime impacts rural communities and their judicial systems”
  • LuLaRich (Amazon, Sept. 10). “a deep-dive into the ups and downs of the notorious multilevel-marketing company LuLaRoe, which is known for their over-the-top leggings”
  • Metal Shop Masters (Netflix, Sept. 10). “a fierce, fiery competition between 7 of America’s top welding legends”
  • Making Modern with Brooke and Brice (Discovery+, Sept. 10). “Brooke and Brice Gilliam … launch a home remodeling business”
  • Cash in the Attic (HGTV, Sept. 10, Fridays at 9). “Courtney Tezeno, a passionate collector, and her team of expert appraisers will sort through homes looking for … treasures to sell at auction”
  • These Woods are Haunted (Travel Channel, Sept. 10, Fridays at 9). “true accounts of people who ventured deep into the forest only to come screaming out with stories that defy reality”
  • The Alaska Triangle (Travel Channel, Sept. 10, Fridays at 10). “Experts and eyewitnesses attempt to unlock the mystery of the Alaska Triangle”
  • Culture Kitchen (Cleo TV, Sept. 11, Saturdays at 9). “With an infectious personality and Afro-Latina flair, D.C.-native [chef] Bren Herrera delights with her bright, flavorful recipes, and stories from her travels abroad.”

Week of Sept. 12, 2021

  • 90 Day: Bares All (Discovery+, Sept. 12). “puts cast members in the hot seat—completely uncensored”
  • The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City (Bravo, Sept. 12, Sundays at 9). Returning for season two are Housewives Lisa Barlow, Mary Cosby, Heather Gay, Meredith Marks, Whitney Rose and Jen Shah” plus “new housewife Jennie Nguyen.
  • Vengeance: Killer Families (HLN, Sept. 12, Sundays at 9). “explores the shocking revelations of parents, children, in-laws, and other close relatives who murder members of their own family”
  • Halloween Baking Championship (Food Network, Sept. 13, Mondays at 8). “This season pays tribute to 1980s classic slasher movies, kicking off with host John Henson welcoming the competitors to Camp Devil’s Food Lake”
  • Big Bake (Food Network, Sept. 13, Mondays at 11). “Professional baking teams have five hours to design, bake and decorate grand-scale cake creations”
  • The World’s Most Amazing Vacation Rentals (Netflix, Sept. 14). “will showcase more incredible properties around the world and the life changing experiences they have to offer”
  • Jack Whitehall: Travels with My Father (Netflix, Sept. 14). Comedian “Jack Whitehall and his stuffy father, Michael, take unusual and amusing trips to foreign lands in an attempt to strengthen their bond”
  • Level Playing Field (HBO, Sept. 14, Tuesdays at 8). “examines how multi-billion-dollar industries in and out of sports have historically underpaid their most valuable assets, politicized community-based initiatives, and stifled the voices of athletes of color”
  • Nailed It! (Netflix, Sept. 15). “bakers take on paranormal pastries, celebrate Black History, and attempt to recreate chocolate masterpieces inspired by our very own Jacques Torres”
  • Too Hot To Handle Latino (Netflix, Sept. 15). “A group of singles from across Latin America are challenged to give up sex. But on this reality show, abstinence comes with a silver lining: US$100,000”
  • Counting Cars (History Channel, Sept. 15, Wednesdays at 9). “Danny and his team restore, customize and sell cars in a hurry, scrambling to keep their Las Vegas shop in the black”
  • Counting Cars: Under the Hood (History Channel, Sept. 15, Wednesdays at 10). “a deeper dive into the most iconic rides bought, sold and transformed by Danny ‘The Count’ Koker and the crew at Count’s Kustom”
  • Backyard Blowout (Peacock, Sept. 16). “empowers kids to take charge of the family’s backyard to rebuild it and create an awesome new space for the entire family”
  • Tiny Food Fight (Discovery+, Sept. 16). “Contestants must pack the most flavor into a single bite of food using miniature appliances and utensils”
  • Floribama Shore (MTV, Sept. 16, Thursdays at 8). “the fam is more than ready to get the party started again in Athens, Georgia”
  • Double Shot at Love (MTV, Sept. 16, Thursdays at 8). “Vinny Guadagnino searches for his perfect match with the help of DJ Pauly D”
  • Flipping 101 with Tarek El Moussa (HGTV, Sept. 16, Thursdays at 9). “Tarek will teach novice renovators how to turn a profit while he searches for his own dream home and plans a spectacular wedding”
  • The Deadly Type with Candice DeLong (ID, Sept. 16, Thursdays at 10). “Candice DeLong investigates the unbelievable personality traits that have triggered homicides”
  • Uprising (Amazon, Sept. 17). focuses on “The New Cross Fire that killed 13 Black youths, the Black People’s Day of Action, which saw more than 20,000 people join the first organized mass protest by Black British people, and the Brixton riots” and “how these three events are intertwined”
  • Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team (CMT, Sept. 17, Fridays at 9). “candidates work to perfect new technically-challenging routines to impress longtime coaches Kelli Finglass (Director of Cheerleading) and Judy Trammell (DCC Head Choreographer) to earn an esteemed spot on the field”
  • Reno My Rental (Discovery+, Sept. 18). Design Star: Next Gen champion, interior designer and social media influencer Carmeon Hamilton … will help renters make their place feel like home”
  • Outgrown (HGTV, Sept. 18, Saturdays at 8). Luke Caldwell and Clint Robertson will be “renovating homes for growing families in Boise, Idaho”

Week of Sept. 19, 2021

  • The Circus (Showtime, Sept. 19, Sundays at 8). “will take viewers behind the scenes and beyond the headlines at a moment when American politics is more convulsive than ever”
  • Muhammad Ali (PBS, Sept. 19 to 22, at 8). “follows the life of one of the most consequential men of the 20th century, a three-time heavyweight boxing champion who captivated billions of fans with his combination of speed, agility and power in the ring, and his charm, wit and outspokenness outside of it”
  • Alaskan Bush People (Discovery, Sept. 19, Sundays at 8). “The Browns rise from the ashes of a wildfire to face the loss of their beloved patriarch Billy Brown”
  • Relative Race (BYU TV, Sept. 19, Sundays at 8). “follows four teams as they meet relatives linked by DNA for the first time in a race throughout the United States”
  • Halloween Wars (Food Network, Sept. 19, Sundays at 9). “Zak [Bagans] takes inspiration from his collection of dangerous and mysterious artifacts from his Haunted Museum in Las Vegas to challenge the teams to create frighteningly intricate cakes”
  • Fiasco (Epix, Sept. 19 at 10). “adapts host and executive producer Leon Neyfakh’s podcast of the same name” and will explore “the day-to-day reality of our country’s most pivotal historical events, bringing to life the forgotten twists and turns of the past, while shedding light on the present”
  • Dancing with the Stars(ABC, Sept. 20, Mondays at 8). Season of the 30 of the celebrity ballroom dance competition.
  • The Voice (NBC, Sept. 20, Mondays at 8). “Pop sensation Ariana Grande joins Coaches Kelly, John and Blake for the new season”
  • Love on the Spectrum (Netflix, Sept. 21). “continues to tell the stories of people on the autism spectrum as they navigate the world of dating and relationships”
  • Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel (HBO, Sept. 21, Tuesdays at 10). “produces unchartered investigative pieces and in-depth profiles from across the sports spectrum”
  • Monsters Inside: The 24 Faces of Billy Milligan (Netflix, Sept. 22). “In the late 1970s, an accused serial rapist claims multiple personalities control his behavior, setting off a legal odyssey that captivates America”
  • Last Chance Transplant (Discovery+, Sept. 22). “an inside look at the race against the clock to transplant and save human life”
  • Survivor 41 (CBS, Sept. 22, Wednesdays at 8). The subtitle-free 41st season of the Jeff Probst-hosted competition premieres after a year-long absence
  • The Masked Singer (Fox, Sept. 22, Wednesdays at 8). The sixth season will again have an actual studio audience.
  • Alter Ego (Fox, Sept. 22, Wednesdays at 9). “singers from all walks of life become the stars they’ve always wanted to be” performing “via motion capture technology”; Alanis Morissette, Nick Lachey, Grimes, and will.i.am judge, while Rocsi Diaz hosts.
  • Jay Leno’s Garage (CNBC, Sept. 22, Wednesdays at 10). “Leno and his celebrity friends are only happy to celebrate anything on four wheels – from extravagant supercars to the wildest art cars”
  • Drag Race UK (WOW Presents Plus, Sept. 23, Thursdays). “Fierce glamazons handpicked by RuPaul enter the Werkroom across the pond to compete for the title of UK’s Next Drag Superstar”
  • The Great British Baking Show (Netflix, Sept. 24, Fridays). Season 12 of the charming British bake-off competition will be in the U.S. three days after each episode premieres in the UK
  • Curse of the Chippendales (Discovery+, Sept. 24). “tells the story of how the famous dance troupe took the LA nightclub scene by storm and ended with international fame, untold wealth, bizarre murder plots and multiple deaths trapped in their legacy”
  • An American Story (Discovery+, Sept. 24). “celebrates remarkable people hidden in the fabric of America and reveals the inspirational stories they have to share”
  • Jailbirds New Orleans (Netflix, Sept. 24). “A look at life beyond the prison bars for a group of incarcerated women serving time in a New Orleans jail”
  • Vendetta: Truth, Lies and the Mafia (Netflix, Sept. 24). “The dramatic true story of corruption at the heart of the Italy’s crusade against the mafia”
  • Gold Rush (Discovery, Sept. 24, Fridays at 8). “With the price of gold holding near record highs, each miner is battling to find and mine the best ground”

Week of Sept. 26, 2021

  • Nuclear Family (HBO Max, Sept. 26, Sundays). “follows filmmaker Ry Russo-Young as she turns the camera on her own past to explore the meaning of family,” as “Ry and her sister Cade were born to two lesbian mothers through sperm donors”
  • Celebrity Wheel of Fortune (ABC, Sept. 26, Sundays at 8). “a new spin on the iconic game show”
  • Supermarket Sweep (ABC, Sept. 26, Sundays at 9). Leslie Jones hosts as pairs “battle it out using their grocery shopping skills and knowledge of merchandise to win big cash prizes”
  • Detective Diaries (ID, Sept. 27, Mondays at 9). “takes us inside the investigative minds of five American detectives as they reexamine the harrowing cases that defined their careers”
  • Chocolate Meltdown: Hershey’s After Dark (Food Network, Sept. 27, Mondays at 10). Sunny Anderson “challenges the brave and talented pastry artists to create the most mind-bending chocolate showpiece”
  • Vanderpump Rules (Bravo, Sept. 28, Tuesdays at 9). “Returning for season nine are Lisa Vanderpump and her current and former SURvers: Ariana Madix, Charli Burnett, James Kennedy, Katie Maloney-Schwartz, Lala Kent, Raquel Leviss, Scheana Shay, Tom Sandoval and Tom Schwartz. Brock Davies also joins the cast.”
  • MeatEater (Netflix, Sept. 29). “Steven’s quest for delicious game in exotic locales takes him into the Rockies and Ozarks, the swamps of North Carolina and the grasslands of Hawaii”
  • Houses with History (HGTV, Sept. 29, Wednesdays at 9). “history buff Mike Lemieux, carpenter Rich Soares and designer Jen Macdonald will team up to save centuries-old properties in Plymouth, Massachusetts”
  • Rhodes to the Top (TNT, Sept. 29, Wednesdays at 10). “goes inside the lives of Cody and Brandi Rhodes as they navigate their growing family while helping to build AEW’s global wrestling empire”
  • All or Nothing: Toronto Maple Leafs (Amazon, Sept. 30). “brings fans closer to the Toronto Maple Leafs organization than ever before, with cameras capturing every moment during the 104th NHL regular season and playoffs”
  • The Way Down: God, Greed, and the Cult of Gwen Shamblin (HBO Max, Sept. 30). “explores the Tennessee-based Remnant Fellowship Church and its charismatic leader Gwen Shamblin Lara”
  • Unidentified with Demi Lovato (Peacock, Sept. 30). “follows Lovato and their skeptical best friend Matthew and their sister Dallas, as they search for the truth about the UFO phenomena”
  • The Problem With Jon Stewart (Apple TV+, Sept. 30, every other Thursday). “a deep-dive on the most important topics that are currently part of the national conversation”
  • Noted: Alicia Keys The Untold Stories (YouTube, Sept. 30). “While ramping up to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Songs in A Minor and heading into the studio to record her 8th and most personal record to date, … Alicia Keys invites her fans to peer into her world like never before”

October 2021

  • In with the Old (Discovery+, Oct. 1, Fridays). “Designers, builders and old-home enthusiasts in small towns and big cities across America reimagine and transform abandoned structures”
  • Penn & Teller: Fool Us (The CW, Oct. 1, Fridays at 8). “aspiring magicians are invited to perform their best trick to try and fool the world-famous team of Penn & Teller”
  • Kid Rodeo (Outdoor Channel, Oct. 1, Fridays at 8). “an unfiltered docu-series following six youth rodeo athletes as they pursue their rodeo dreams of fame and fortune”
  • Selling the Big Easy (HGTV, Oct. 1, Fridays at 9). “Brittany Picolo-Ramos specializes in quintessential NOLA properties”
  • Eli Roth’s History of Horror (AMC, Oct. 1, Fridays at 10). “continues to explore the fun and the fear of scary films – both timeless classics and wildly frightening films that flew under the radar”
  • NFL Icons (EPIX, Oct. 2, Saturdays at 10). “Decades of interviews, highlights, mic’d up sound and never before seen off-the-field moments are placed into context by the Icon’s own words and narrator Rich Eisen”
  • True Nightmares: Tales of Terror (ID, Oct. 2, Saturdays at 10). “true stories of murder and mayhem – of bad people doing bad things”

Week of Oct. 3, 2021

  • America’s Funniest Home Videos (ABC, Oct. 3, Sundays at 7). “America’s real-life funny moments captured on video”
  • Outrageous Pumpkins (Food Network, Oct. 3, Sundays at 10). “pumpkin carvers duke it out in an outdoor pumpkin competition that defies imagination”
  • The Outsiders? (YouTube, Oct. 4). “brings to life the Black experience through stories and personal anecdotes of a seminal cast of young Black actors, musicians, creators, artists, and personalities that are shaping popular culture as we know it”
  • Black Ink Crew: Chicago (VH1, Oct. 4, Mondays at 8). “follows the cast returning to normalcy after enduring a life-changing year and finding a renewed sense of purpose – growing from their past mistakes to form a stronger future”
  • Among the Stars (Disney+, Oct. 6). “fly-on-the-wall access into the vast world of NASA”
  • The Prison Breaker (Discovery+, Oct. 5). “the true story of Richard Lee McNair, a small-town Airman who rises to infamy as America’s most cunning and elusive fugitive”
  • The Nate & Jeremiah Home Project (HGTV, Oct. 5, Tuesdays at 9). Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent “will help families moving into a new place let go of the things they no longer need to get a fresh start”
  • Dinner: Impossible (Food Network, Oct. 5, Tuesdays at 10). “Robert and his team of sous chefs must overcome extraordinary obstacles and conditions that push Robert to his physical and mental limits”
  • Baking Impossible (Netflix, Oct. 6 and 13). “pairs the most creative and innovative bakers with the best and brightest engineers to make creations that are beyond our wildest imaginations”
  • Bad Sport (Netflix, Oct. 6). “looks at six unbelievable stories at the intersection of sports and crime, as told by the athletes, coaches and law enforcement officials at the center of the controversies”
  • Love Is Blind: Brazil (Netflix, Oct. 6, Wednesdays). “The dating experiment comes to Brazil as local singles look for true love and get engaged, all without meeting the other person face to face”
  • Meet, Marry, Murder (Tubi, Oct. 6). “investigates what happens when a commitment to lifetime love ends up taking someone’s life instead”
  • The Canvas: Los Angeles (Fuse, Oct. 6). “an intimate look into the unconventional journeys of some of the city’s most enigmatic visual artists making their mark today”
  • Tough As Nails (CBS, Oct. 6, Wednesdays at 9). Phil Keoghan’s competition returns for its third season
  • The Bradshaw Bunch (E!, Oct. 6, Wednesdays at 9). “While Terry is embracing being home in the off-season, his daughters Rachel, Erin and Lacey are busier than ever.”
  • Baker’s Dozen (Hulu, Oct. 7). “Which of the 13 bakers has what it takes to create the next viral baking sensation, win the golden rolling pin and take home the cash prize?”
  • Sexy Beasts (Netflix, Oct. 7). “Follow six new singles as they strip away superficiality for a string of cheeky and charming costumed speed dates.”
  • Craftopia (HBO Max, Oct. 7). “the nation’s most talented crafters” attempt “a slew of larger-than-life Halloween and holiday season-themed challenges”
  • American Gangster: Trap Queens (BET+, Oct. 7). “spotlights the true-life narratives of female lawbreakers whose offenses were grand in scale and had lasting effects on the people and cities where they took place”
  • Tiny Kitchen Cook-Off (Tastemade, Oct. 7). “Monica [Padman] will interview celebrity guests while they attempt to re-create tiny recipes with tiny utensils and ingredients”
  • House Haunters (Discovery+, Oct. 7). “Anthony [Anderson] and Doris [Bowman] will take over properties and devise hilarious gags for unsuspecting house hunters, real estate agents, handymen and even a few HGTV stars”
  • Marriage Boot Camp: Hip Hop Edition (WE tv, Oct. 7, Thursdays at 9). “Resident counselor Dr. Ish Major, along with Judge Lynn Toler” will “pull these celebrities out of the clouds and put them back into reality”
  • Eli Roth Presents: A Ghost Ruined My Life (Discovery+, Oct. 8). “stories of hauntings that have left emotional (and sometimes physical) scars on those unlucky enough to have experienced them”
  • Shark Tank (ABC, Oct. 8, Fridays at 8). Entrepreneurs pitch a panel of “self-made multimillionaire and billionaire tycoons”
  • Whose Line is it Anyway (The CW, Oct. 9, Saturdays at 8). “cast members must put their comedic skills to the test through a series of spontaneous improv games”
  • The Zoo (Animal Planet, Oct. 9, Saturdays at 8). “dives back into the hard work and heartwarming moments of daily life at the Bronx Zoo’s 265-acre campus and its sister parks across New York City”
  • Dr. Oakley: Yukon Vet (NatGeo WILD, Oct. 9, Saturdays at 9). “Whether out on the farm, in the middle of a snowball fight, or roaming the plains, Dr. Oakley is always ready to see a new patient”
  • World’s Funniest Animals (The CW, Oct. 9, Saturdays at 9). “viral internet clips of funny animal moments, hilarious animal clips from major motion pictures and your favorite TV series”

Week of Oct. 10, 2021

  • Legends of the Hidden Temple (The CW, Oct. 10, Sundays at 8). Cristela Alonzo hosts a “supersized, adult version of” the Nickelodeon show, “with tougher challenges and much bigger prizes on the line”
  • Renovation, Inc: Home Sweet Home (HGTV, Oct. 10, Sundays at 8). Bryan and Sarah Baeumler “look back on this chapter in their life as Bryan spearheaded construction efforts on the family home and Sarah juggled her roles as wife, mother and chief designer”
  • Buried (Showtime, Oct. 10, Sundays at 9). “follows the gripping story of Eileen Franklin who, while playing with her young daughter, suddenly had a memory of witnessing the rape and murder of her childhood best friend”
  • Diana (CNN, Oct. 10, Sundays at 9). “re-examines the life of an icon through the lens of modernity: reframing her story to discover the real woman behind the ‘People’s Princess'”
  • Killer Camp (The CW, Oct. 10, Sundays at 9). “a mix of 13 unlucky American and British campers navigate through new deadly twists and surprises while competing to expose the ‘killer’ among them”
  • The Engineering That Built the World (History, Oct. 10, Sundays at 9). “will highlight the brilliant, sometimes ruthless, visionaries behind the world’s most important engineering feats”
  • This is Life with Lisa Ling (CNN, Oct. 10, Sundays at 10). “follows award-winning journalist Lisa Ling as she travels across America exploring communities that are often unknown or misunderstood”
  • When Big Things Go Wrong (History, Oct. 10, Sundays at 10). “a 360° approach to understand why these engineering disasters happen and how to learn from them”
  • Murder Nation: Jersey Gore (HLN, Oct. 10, Sundays at 10). “focuses on startling homicides in the seaside towns of New Jersey”
  • Love It or List It (HGTV, Oct. 11, Mondays at 8). “Realtor David Visentin and designer Hilary Farr compete for the homeowners’ final decision to stay or go”
  • Street Outlaws: No Prep Kings (Discovery, Oct. 11, Mondays at 8). “the fans are back in-person to watch the best drivers in the country return to the track for louder call-outs, riskier racing and more full throttle thrills”
  • We’re Here (HBO, Oct. 11, Mondays at 9). “follows renowned drag queens Bob the Drag Queen, Eureka O’Hara and Shangela as they continue their journey spreading love and connection across small-town America, through the art of drag”
  • The Movies That Made Us (Netflix, Oct. 12). “Chills, thrills and behind-the-scenes brawls: Insiders reveal the stories behind more of your favorite megahits in this funny, eye-opening docuseries.”
  • Trial in the Outback (Sundance Now/AMC+, Oct. 12). Lindy Chamberlain and her family discuss her murder conviction that came after “she claimed a dingo had killed her 9-week-old baby in the Australian outback”
  • If We Built it Today (Science, Oct. 13, Wednesdays at 9). “experts reimagine the world’s most impressive building projects”
  • Clash of the Cover Bands (E!, Oct. 13, Wednesdays at 9:30). “brings together the best of the best cover bands from across the country,” with host Stephen ‘tWitch’ Boss and judges Meghan Trainor, Adam Lambert, Ester Dean
  • Killer Cases (A&E, Oct. 13, Wednesdays at 10). “a journey through the criminal justice process that gives viewers an inside look at real cases”
  • Project Runway (Bravo, Oct. 14, Thursdays at 9). “16 new designers from across the United States and abroad, each ready to prove they have what it takes to show a collection at New York Fashion Week”
  • America’s Big Deal (USA, Oct. 14, Thursdays at 9). “invites entrepreneurs from across the country to sell their products live on-air to home viewers”
  • Canada’s Drag Race (Wow Presents Plus, Oct. 14, Thursdays at 9). “Canadian drag artists … compete for the title of Canada’s Next Drag Superstar”
  • Strange Evidence (Science, Oct. 14, Thursdays at 9). experts examine footage of “phenomena that seem to defy logic”
  • True Crime Story: Indefensible (Sundance, Oct. 14, Thursdays at 11). “Jena Friedman travels the country to unspool real cases on the ground” and “uncovers the ‘why’ and ‘how’ not only of crimes themselves, but of the sometimes dysfunctional criminal justice system”
  • Finding Andrea (Discovery+, Oct. 15, Fridays). “When single mother Andrea Knabel goes missing, the search for concrete facts surrounding her disappearance brings up even more questions from her family and close friend”
  • Art In Bloom with Helen Dealtry (Discovery+, Oct. 15, Fridays). “Helen Dealtry shares her creative process”
  • Ready to Love (OWN, Oct. 15, Fridays at 8). “explores the real-life dating interactions of sexy, successful and grown black men and women in their 30s and 40s who are each looking for lasting love and an authentic relationship”
  • Home Sweet Home (NBC, Oct. 15, Fridays at 8). “each episode will follow two families from completely different walks of life as they accept the challenge to explore a world unlike their own”
  • Arctic Vets (NatGeo WILD, Oct. 16, Saturdays at 10). Vets help animals.
  • Born Mucky (Animal Planet, Oct. 16, Saturdays at 10). “captures the reality of life for modern-day farmers, and the resilience and commitment required to keep farms thriving”

Week of Oct. 17, 2021

  • Homestead Rescue (Discovery, Oct. 17, Sundays at 9). “The Raney family is once again traveling across the country to save families and their beloved homesteads from the brink of failure”
  • Mysterious Creatures with Forrest Galante (Animal Planet, Oct. 17, Sundays at 9). Forrest Galante and Jessica Summerfield “investigate reports of ‘strange sightings,’ ‘legendary creatures’ and ‘mysterious encounters’ between humans and wildlife”
  • Tough Love with Hilary Farr (Discovery+, Oct. 18). “Hilary will use her invaluable design expertise and life experience to help families with unique challenges renovate their homes”
  • Hoarders (A&E, Oct. 18, Mondays at 8). “the Hoarders’ team of experts race against the clock to avert crises”
  • Intervention (A&E, Oct. 18, Mondays at 10). “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”
  • Boulet Brothers’ Dragula (Shudder, Oct. 19, Tuesdays). “follows ten drag artists from around the world competing for a $100,000 grand prize”
  • The Bachelorette (ABC, Oct. 19, Tuesdays at 8). Michelle Young stars as the 18th bachelorette
  • Wheeler Dealers (MotorTrend, Oct. 20). “longtime host Mike Brewer is returning to the United Kingdom with new co-host and mechanic Marc “Elvis” Priestley to find, fix and flip a new crop of cars”
  • Winter House (Bravo, Oct. 20, Wednesdays at 9). “the ultimate winter getaway with some of Bravo’s beloved Summer House and Southern Charm cast members and their friends”
  • Still a Mystery (ID, Oct. 20, Wednesdays at 9). “Re-examine a current true crime case where unanswered questions remain and the mystery is still unraveling”
  • Secrets of the Dead (PBS, Oct. 20, Wednesdays at 10). “uses the latest scientific discoveries to challenge prevailing ideas and share fresh perspectives on historical events”
  • The Next Thing You Eat (Hulu, Oct. 21). Chef David Chang “explores the seismic changes happening all around us and what they mean for the way we’ll eat in the future”
  • Sex, Love & goop (Netflix, Oct. 21). “follows courageous couples who, with the help of experts, learn lessons and methods to enhance their relationships through more pleasurable sex and deeper intimacy”
  • While The Rest Of Us Die (Vice, Oct. 21, Thursdays at 10). “exposes how the government empowers food barons, drug CEOs, fossil fuel giants, and greedy billionaires to reap billions and corrupt government policy all while destroying our health and the planet
  • Roaring Twenties (Netflix, Oct. 22). “In this coming-of-age reality series set in Austin, Texas, 20-somethings navigate love and friendship and start a new adventure: life”
  • Unfinished Business (HGTV, Oct. 23, Saturdays at 8). “Families who have languishing home improvement projects will get needed renovations”
  • The Dead Files (Travel Channel, Oct. 23, Saturdays at 10). “Former NYPD homicide detective Steve DiSchiavi and physical medium Amy Allan are back on the case”

Week of Oct. 24, 2021

  • Seat at the Table (YouTube, Oct. 25). “follows YouTube creator and climate activist Jack Harries on a 100-day trip across the UK”
  • Below Deck (Bravo, Oct. 25, Mondays at 9). “superyacht My Seanna welcomes back veterans Eddie Lucas, in his new role as first officer, alongside chef Rachel Hargrove who is ready to redeem herself after a memorable last charter season” plus “A fresh crop of yachties”
  • Shut It Off ASAP (YouTube, Oct. 26). “takes Mitch and Greg to a remote farm in Canada where they try their hand at turning off access to their basic needs in order to find sustainable alternatives”
  • Behind the Monsters (Shudder, Oct. 26, Tuesdays). “takes a deep dive on cinematic horror icons … including Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees, Michael Myers, Candyman, Chucky and Pinhead, and feature interviews with horror experts and the writers, directors and actors from the original films”
  • Bering Sea Gold (Discovery, Oct. 26, Tuesdays at 8). “the miners who dared to take a seat at the table will learn their fate, grinding through the brutal winter to see if they’ve got a winning hand”
  • American Veteran (PBS, Oct. 26, Tuesdays at 9). “traces the veteran experience … through personal remembrances that draw civilian viewers into an unfamiliar culture”
  • Secrets in the Ice (Discovery, Oct. 26, Tuesdays at 9). “experts, historians and scientists are exposing dark secrets, forgotten treasures and lost relics from the coldest and harshest places on Earth”
  • Moonshiners (Discovery, Oct. 27, Wednesdays at 8). “the backwoods economy of moonshine is booming like it’s the roaring twenties all over again”
  • The Wizard of Paws (BYU TV, Oct. 27, Wednesdays at 8). “animal prosthetist Derrick Campana … travels the country in pursuit of all kinds of animals in desperate need of his services”
  • Nova Universe Revealed (PBS, Oct. 27, Wednesdays at 9). “immerses viewers in the expansive and dramatic story of the universe, from its moment of inception 13.8 billion years ago, to what could be its ultimate fate, trillions upon trillions of years in the future”
  • Master Distiller (Discovery, Oct. 27, Wednesdays at 9). “the ultimate booze-making competition series”
  • Moonshiners: Smoke Ring (Discovery, Oct. 27, Wednesdays at 10). “follows legendary Moonshiner, Tickle, as he ventures into the deep South in search of the best pit masters from around the country to compete”
  • Selena + Chef (HBO Max, Oct. 28). “back with more chefs from around the world, more great recipes, more friends and family around the table and more surprises that are taking the joy in learning to cook to the next level”
  • City Confidential (A&E, Oct. 28, Thursdays at 10). each episode “tells the story of one crime, the ensuing investigation, and the ripple effect it had on a community”
  • Katie Button Project (Discovery+, Oct. 29). “Katie Button shares her cooking techniques”

Week of Oct. 31, 2021

  • Ghost Hunters (Discovery+, Oct. 31). “a brand-new season featuring original team leader Jason Hawes, joined by Steve Gonsalves, Dave Tango and Shari DeBenedetti”
  • From Scratch (FYI, Oct. 31, Sundays at 10). “David Moscow will continue to show audiences what it takes—really takes—as he creates more fascinating meals”

November 2021

  • Judy Justice (IMDb TV, Nov. 1, weekdays). “The arbitration-based program will also feature three new members of Judy Sheindlin’s courtroom staff, Kevin Rasco, Whitney Kumar, and Sarah Rose”
  • Undercover Underage (Discovery+, Nov. 2). “child advocate Roo Powell has built a team that works in collaboration with law enforcement to detect offenders who prey on unsuspecting kids”
  • Storage Wars (A&E, Nov. 2, Tuesdays at 9). “Iconic auctioneers Dan and Laura Dotson once again lead our buyers through unit after unit filled with all kinds of surprises”
  • Property Brothers: Forever Home (HGTV, Nov. 3, Wednesdays at 8). “the Scott brothers focus on helping clients turn their existing home into the absolute best place it can be”
  • Wild Tales from the Farm (Smithsonian, Nov. 3, Wednesdays at 8). “chronicles a year in a quiet corner of Southern England, where dramatic stories of family conflict, romantic betrayal, and fierce rivalries play out among the species living in and around a picturesque organic farm”
  • Taste the Nation with Padma Lakshmi: Holiday Edition (Hulu, Nov. 4). “each episode will highlight unique traditions through the lens of a different immigrant culture and city, like Korean New Year in Los Angeles and Cuban Christmas in Miami”
  • Siwas Dance Pop Revolution (Peacock, Nov. 4, Thursdays). “young talent, who also happen to be major JoJo Siwa fans, will compete for a coveted role in XOMG Pop, a brand-new pop group that will be managed by Jessalynn [Siwa]”
  • Tampa Baes (Amazon, Nov. 5). “follows a young group of lesbian friends in Tampa Bay, an ever-growing gay hotspot on the Florida shoreline”
  • Catching Killers (Netflix, Nov. 5). “The investigators behind infamous serial killer cases reveal the harrowing, chilling details of their extraordinary efforts in this true crime series”
  • Gold Rush: White Water (Discovery, Nov. 5, Fridays at 9). “the Dakota boys return to the richest ground of their lives, on the hunt for millions in gold”
  • 911 Crisis Center (Oxygen, Nov. 6, Saturdays at 9). “drops viewers in the middle of the action at a dynamic Chagrin Valley area emergency call center in Ohio”
  • Destination Fear (Travel, Nov. 6, Saturdays at 9). “Dakota Laden, Chelsea Laden, Tanner Wiseman and Alex Schroeder continue … spend the night alone inside the nation’s most haunted and scariest places”

Week of Nov. 7, 2021

  • Copy That! (YouTube, Nov. 8). “four star YouTube creators each with a different, incredible skill, will step out of their comfort zones and attempt to copy their fellow creators’ area of expertise”
  • Will Smith’s “Best Shape of My Life” (YouTube, Nov. 8). “peels back the curtain on what makes Will Smith truly tick as he is pushed to his limits physically, mentally, and emotionally”
  • Call the Closer (HGTV, Monday, Nov. 8, at 9). Lauren Risely “will help her clients navigate the daunting home buying process and break through the barriers that are standing in their way of finding the right house”
  • Swap Shop (Netflix, Nov. 9). “When the ‘Swap Shop’ radio show shares the scoop on sweet deals, collectors of cars, comics, creepy clown statues and more listen with ears wide open”
  • Great Escapes with Morgan Freeman (History, Nov. 9, Tuesdays at 10). “will reveal in detail history’s greatest escapes from some of the most notorious prisons in the world”
  • Animal (Netflix, Nov. 10). “follows the world’s most magnificent creatures, capturing never-before-seen moments from the heartwarming to the outrageous”
  • Call the Closer (HGTV, Nov. 10, Wednesdays at 9). Lauren Risley “will help clients break through the barriers that are standing in their way of finding the right house”
  • Love Never Lies (Netflix, Nov. 11). “Six couples are subjected to an eye-scanning lie detector in this reality show where lies cost money, and truth and trust come with a juicy cash prize.
  • The Challenge: All Stars (Paramount+, Nov. 11, Thursdays). “welcomes back 24 of the fiercest reality titans from the hit franchise’s long history, including some who haven’t competed in more than 20 years”
  • The Dr. Is In (WEtv, Nov. 11, Thursdays at 10). “Dr. Ish checks in with five fan-favorite former Hip Hop boot campers CeeLo and Shani, Joseline and Ballistic, Styles P and Adjua, Hazel E and De’Von, and Willie and Shanda, to learn how their lives have changed since leaving the mansion”
  • Always Jane (Amazon, Nov. 12). “follows transgender teenager Jane Noury and her family as she nears graduation and prepares to leave the nest in a true coming-of-age story”
  • The World According to Jeff Goldblum (Disney+, Nov. 12). “Jeff’s insatiable appetite for learning and sense of wonderment take him from coast to coast to meet with passionate fans, experts and scientists, to gain a deeper understanding of how ordinary objects are extraordinary”
  • The Last Cowboy (CMT, Nov. 12, Fridays at 8). “chronicle[s] the lives of men and women who compete on the regular reining circuit, a western-based competition”
  • My Lottery Dream Home (HGTV, Nov. 12, Fridays at 9). “David Bromstad takes recent lottery winners on over-the-top house hunts for their new dream homes”
  • Table Wars (HGTV, Nov. 12, Fridays at 10). Martha Stewart judges “show-stopping, large-scale party environments created by the country’s best event designers”
  • Lies, Crimes & Video (HLN, Nov. 14, Sundays at 10). “gives viewers an up-close look into terrifying 911 calls, police interrogations, jail house recordings, body camera and surveillance video captured as part of a criminal” investigation”

Week of Nov. 15, 2021

  • Flipping Showdown (HGTV, Nov. 15, Mondays at 10). Flip or Flop Atlanta’s Ken and Anita Corsini “will put their own money on the line to purchase three investment properties for each of the three competing duos,” who will “design and renovate the homes in only six months”
  • Well Done With Sebastian Maniscalco (Discovery+, Nov. 16). “Maniscalco’s signature social observations and witty commentary” and a “deep dive into the food world”
  • The Big Holiday Food Fight (OWN, Nov. 16 at 9, then Tuesdays at 8). “In each episode, we crown a new King or Queen of the holiday table and put a little jingle in their pocket with enough cash to tackle some fierce Christmas shopping”
  • Fixer to Fabulous (HGTV, Nov. 16, Tuesdays at 9). “Dave and Jenny Marrs focus on restoring historic homes in their neighborhood of Bentonville, Arkansas”
  • Tiger King 2 (Netflix, Nov. 17). “digs further into the mysteries and personas that captivated audiences and launched the careers of a thousand armchair detectives”
  • Kendra Sells Hollywood (Discovery+, Nov. 17). “as a newly minted real estate agent, she must prove she has the hustle to make it in the intensely competitive Los Angeles real estate market”
  • Hard Knocks in Season: The Indianapolis Colts (HBO, Nov. 17, Wednesdays at 10). “the first show of any kind to document an NFL franchise in-season and in real time, following the Colts as they navigate the challenges of an NFL season and battle for a playoff berth”
  • The Curse of Von Dutch (Hulu, Nov. 18).“chronicles the unbelievable true story behind the rise and fall of the 2000s most iconic fashion trend”
  • The Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip (Peacock, Nov. 18, Thursdays). “franchise members from coast-to-coast will unite on a luxurious getaway filled with unexpected friendships, fun in the sun and plenty of drama”
  • Blown Away: Christmas (Netflix, Nov. 19). “five fan favorites return to the hot shop to compete in a series of Christmas-themed challenges in the quest to become The Best in Holiday Blow”
  • Everybody Loves Natti (Amazon, Nov. 19). “follows Dominican reggaeton superstar Natti Natasha”
  • The Line (Apple TV+, Nov. 19). “examines the unprecedented 2018 case in which a U.S. Navy SEAL platoon accused its chief, Eddie Gallagher, of war crimes”
  • New World (Netflix, Nov. 20). “six celebs strategize and sabotage to earn virtual currency they can cash in on the final day of their stay on a utopian island”
  • The Great Soul Food Cook-Off (Discovery+, Nov. 20, Saturdays). “a cooking competition that finally spotlights the culinary contributions of Black chefs with challenges designed to highlight the past and present of soul food”

Week of Nov. 22, 2021

  • Reasonable Doubt: A Tale of Two Kidnappings (Netflix, Nov. 23). “A small-town fender-bender leads to a staggering story of injustice”
  • The Real World Homecoming Los Angeles (Paramount+, Nov. 24). Seven of the 9 Real World Los Angeles cast members will reunite “in the same iconic Venice beach house from 1993”
  • Selling Sunset (Netflix, Nov. 24). “The reality series following elite LA real estate agents returns for a fourth season”
  • Painted with Raven (WOW Presents Plus, Nov. 25). Raven hosts as “makeup artists from across the country will compete from the comfort of their own homes in a series of mini-challenges, main challenges, and weekly faceoffs”
  • How to With John Wilson (HBO, Nov. 26, Fridays at 10). “John Wilson continues his heartfelt mission of self-discovery, exploration and observation as he films the lives of his fellow New Yorkers while attempting to give everyday advice”
  • Meet Your Makers Showdown (Discovery+, Nov. 27). Chrissy Metz hosts a competition between “artisans [who] test their ingenious creativity, unique skills and passion for their craft in a variety of mediums, including paper art, fluid painting, stained glass and more”

Week of Nov. 28, 2021

The Real Housewives of Atlanta Porsha’s Family Matters (Bravo, Nov. 28, Sundays at 9). “In the aftermath of a whirlwind romance and an engagement that broke the internet, Porsha Williams’s extended family is heavily involved in her personal drama”

December 2021

  • Trafficked with Mariana Van Zeller (NatGeo, Dec. 1, Wednesdays at 9). “Mariana van Zeller continues her harrowing exploration into the underworld’s most dangerous black markets”
  • Queen of the Universe (Paramount+, Dec. 2). “Inspired by international singing competitions where countries go head to head with their best drag queens, this first-of-its-kind singing competition brings together drag queens from all around the world to compete for global domination”

Week of Dec. 12, 2021

  • House Hunters Ho Ho Home (Discovery+, Dec. 13 to 17, at 10). “Santa impersonator Albie Mushaney is on a mission to spread Yuletide cheer by helping clients find their forever home in time for the holidays”

Week of Dec. 19, 2021

  • 100 Day Dream Home (HGTV, Dec. 20, Mondays at 8). Brian and Mika Kleinschmidt “help clients both design and build the perfect house from the ground up in 100 days or less”

January 2022

Week of Jan. 2, 2022

  • Go Big Show (TBS, Jan. 7, Thursdays at 9). “showcases supersized talents on a scale never before seen on television”
  • Wipeout (TBS, Jan. 11, Tuesdays at 9). “pushes contestants’ athleticism, endurance and determination as they race to win the grand cash prize”

Week of Jan. 16, 2022

  • Home Town (HGTV, Jan. 22, Sundays at 8). Erin and Ben Napier “[bring] homes back to life and making sure their small town’s future is as bright as its past”

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