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Winter 2022 reality TV schedule and guide

Winter 2022 reality TV schedule and guide
Flickering candlelight, trees with lights, and/or the glow of reality show premieres on our TVs: that's what we can expect to brighten our homes this winter. (Photo by Laura Nyhuis/Unsplash)

Winter has arrived, and with it the change of the year. That also means new seasons of reality shows, from the return of The Amazing Race and The Bachelor to the return of Celebrity Big Brother and Joe Millionaire, plus new seasons of shows like Married at First Sight, Worst Cooks In America, and Growing Up Hip Hop.

This guide includes premiere dates for all reality show and documentary series premieres on broadcast, streaming, and cable TV in the United States this winter and beyond. Times listed are in ET/PT.

For any reality shows that premiered before Dec. 1, 2021, such as Selling Sunset and The Real World Homecoming: Los Angeles, see the fall 2021 schedule. For feature documentaries and nonfiction specials, see the winter 2022 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, and times and dates are accurate at the time of publication, 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, please send them to me. Thank you!

Winter 2021/2022 reality TV premieres

December | January | February | March

December 2021

  • Candified: Home for the Holidays (Hulu, Dec. 1). “Candy Queen Jackie Sorkin and her team of candy artists design, glue, melt and shape hundreds of thousands of sweet pieces to build a fantasy come to life”
  • Remarkable Living (JOURNY, Dec. 1). “travels the world to put the focus on lifestyle visionaries who … are setting new, purpose-driven trends in living”
  • The Real Housewives of Orange County (Bravo, Dec. 1, Wednesdays at 9). Heather Dubrow makes her return to the franchise joining veteran Housewives Shannon Storms Beador, Gina Kirschenheiter and Emily Simpson … [and] new Housewives Dr. Jen Armstrong and Noella Bergener”
  • 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”
  • Baking It (Peacock, Dec. 2). “a holiday competition series in which eight teams of two talented home bakers join Maya [Rudolph] and Andy [Samberg]’s winter cabin for a celebration of culinary holiday tradition”
  • 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”
  • Shaq Life (TNT, Dec. 2, Thursdays at 9). “Get to know Shaq as he explores his passions off the court”
  • The Great British Baking Show: Holidays (Netflix, Dec. 3). “Deck the halls with sugar, butter and chocolate as competitors from past seasons bake wondrous winter treats for judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith”
  • Coming Out Colton (Netflix, Dec. 3). “Former professional football player and star of The Bachelor Colton Underwood embarks on a journey of self-discovery coming out as a gay man, including addressing his past and embracing his place in the LGBTQ community”
  • Killer Siblings (Oxygen, Dec. 3, Fridays at 8). “true-crime stories of evil, maniacal, and downright devious siblings”
  • Family Massacre (Oxygen, Dec. 3, Fridays at 9). “the horrifying stories of family annihilators”
  • Holmes Family Rescue (HGTV, Dec. 4, Saturdays at 8). Mike Holmes “teams up with his son and daughter, home renovation experts Michael Holmes, Jr.and Sherry Holmes, to rescue more clients who are struggling with botched construction jobs”

Week of Dec. 5, 2021

  • Alaskan Killer Bigfoot (Discovery+, Dec. 7, Tuesdays). “an expedition returns to the abandoned fishing village to reclaim the land and its resources from the terrifying beast locals call Nantinaq”
  • Called to the Wild (National Geographic, Dec. 7, Tuesdays at 10). “Human and dog teams test their indelible bond by embarking on a survival challenge in the remote Maine wilderness”
  • Welcome to Earth (Disney+, Dec. 8). “follows Will Smith on an extraordinary adventure around the world to explore Earth’s greatest wonders and reveal its most hidden secrets”
  • Flip or Flop (HGTV, Dec. 9, Thursdays at 9). “the flips will present new challenges for the pair as they work the real estate market, including expensive foundation issues, a year-long renovation project and the addition of a studio rental unit”
  • Twentysomethings: Austin (Netflix, Dec. 10). “In this coming-of-age reality series set in Austin, Texas, 20-somethings navigate love and friendship and start a new adventure: life”
  • Tiger King: The Doc Antle Story (Netflix, Dec. 10). “unpacks the truth about Doc, as witnesses come forward to share their troubling stories of abuse and intimidation that set him at the top of the food chain”
  • Family Dinner (Discovery+, Dec. 10, Fridays). “Andrew Zimmern visits families across America to explore how the cultural, regional and historical facets of who we are inform what and how we eat”

Week of Dec. 12, 2021

  • 90 Day Fiance: Before the 90 Days (TLC, Dec. 12, Sundays at 8). “an all-new slate of couples ready to meet the loves of their life abroad”
  • VH1 Family Reunion: Love & Hip Hop Edition (VH1, Dec. 13, Mondays at 8). “will bring together fan-favorites from all four cities ofLove & Hip Hop” for “an action-packed, fun and revealing, week-long gathering full of friendship, foe-ship, secrets, flings and forgiveness”
  • 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”
  • The Future Diary (Netflix, Dec. 14). “In this reality series, complete strangers meet and receive a diary holding the script to their very own love story. Will true romance follow?”
  • Throwdown with Michael Symon (Food Network, Dec. 14, Tuesdays at 9:30). “Michael is joined by his culinary director and right-hand, Katie Pickens, as they challenge the best of the best in the culinary world, with Michael taking on that chef’s signature dish”
  • One Stage To The Next (TV One, Dec. 14, Tuesdays at 10). “will follow award-winning singer Syleena Johnson as she continues to navigate through life and the entertainment industry”
  • Selling Tampa (Netflix, Dec. 15). “Owned by military vet Sharelle Rosado, this all Black, all female real estate firm has its eyes set on dominating the Suncoast”
  • Foodtastic (Disney+, Dec. 15). Keke Palmer hosts “an immersive global competition series in which highly skilled artists create extravagant scene work and larger-than-life sculptures made entirely out of food”
  • The Repair Shop (Discovery+, Dec. 15). The first three seasons of the charming UK series are now available on Discovery+
  • Finding Magic Mike (HBO Max, Dec. 16). “Ten regular guys who have ‘lost their magic’ are put through the paces of a Magic Mike Live bootcamp, baring their souls – and more”
  • The Real Housewives of Miami (Peacock, Dec. 16, Thursdays). “includes returning Housewives Alexia Echevarria, Lisa Hochstein and Larsa Pippen alongside newcomers Guerdy Abraira,  Dr. Nicole Martin and Julia Lemigova, the first LGBTQIA+ housewife.”
  • Chillin Island (HBO, Dec. 17, Fridays at 10:30). “Alec ‘Despot’ Reinstein, Ashok ‘Dap’ Kondabolu and Aleksey ‘Lakutis’ Weintraub invite their friends to join them at the edge of nature … to reveal unknowable truths from the dreamstate of the shared human existence”
  • Kindred Spirits (Travel Channel, Dec. 18, Saturdays at 10). “Amy Bruni, Adam Berry and Chip Coffey, are determined to uncover the mysteries behind unexplainable paranormal anomalies across the country”

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”
  • Tough Love with Hilary Farr (HGTV, Dec. 20, Mondays at 9). “Hilary will draw inspiration from her extensive design experience, as well as her own life lessons, as she develops creative solutions to get these families’ lives back on track”
  • Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles: Josh & Josh (Bravo, Dec. 23, Thursdays at 8). “Josh Flagg and Josh Altman expand their real estate ventures to various locations and face new challenges”
  • Singles Inferno (Netflix, Dec. 25). “Stranded and ready to mingle, flirty singles search for love on a deserted island they can only escape as couples for romantic date nights in paradise”

Week of Dec. 26, 2021

  • Home Town (HGTV, Dec. 26, Sundays at 8). “follows the Napiers as they renovate homes in their own hometown of Laurel, Mississippi”
  • Kids Baking Championship (Food Network, Dec. 27, Mondays at 8). “Valerie Bertinelli and Duff Goldman welcome a dozen of the youngest bakers ever,” ages 8 to 11
  • Raid the Fridge (Food Network, Dec. 28, Tuesdays at 10). “four competitors can use only the ingredients from their chosen mystery fridge to create top-notch dishes”
  • Crime Scene: The Times Square Killer (Netflix, Dec. 29). “will examine how the danger and depravity of New York’s Times Square in the late 1970s and early 1980s made it possible for one man to commit — and nearly get away with — unthinkable acts”
  • Restaurant: Impossible (Food Network, Dec. 30, Thursdays at 8). Robert Irvine helps struggling restaurants renovate and refresh their menus in just two days.
  • Queer Eye (Netflix, Dec. 31). The Fab Five “head to the Lone Star state with a homebase in Austin, TX”
  • Restoration Road with Clint Harp (Discovery+, Dec. 31). “Carpenter Clint Harp hits the road in search of incredible historical structures across America that are in need of restoration while exploring their origins”

January 2022

  • Ghost Hunters (Discovery+, Jan. 1). “Original members Jason Hawes, Steve Gonsalves and Dave Tango, along with Shari DeBenedetti, reunite to revisit their most chilling cases and investigate disturbing new hauntings”
  • London Lit (Discovery+, Jan. 1). “follows the lives and loves of a group of ambitious, glamourous young Nigerian Brits all chasing their own idea of success”
  • Crikey! It’s the Irwins (Animal Planet, Jan. 1, Saturdays at 8). “Terri, Bindi and Robert Irwin, Bindi’s husband Chandler Powell, and the newest Irwin family member, Grace Warrior Irwin Powell, continue Steve Irwin’s mission to bring people closer to animals”
  • The Incredible Dr. Pol (NatGeo WILD, Jan. 1, Saturdays at 9). “Dr. Jan Pol is an expert in large farm animals and pets. This senior is anything but retiring as he takes an old-school, no-nonsense approach to veterinary medicine”
  • Pop Goes the Vet with Dr. Joya (NatGeo WILD, Jan. 1, Saturdays at 10). “Dermatologist Dr. Joya Griffin sees it all—from impacted earwax to oozing cysts to massive hair loss, there’s no case too mysterious or bizarre for this Kentucky-based doctor as she investigates the largest organ in an animal’s body—the skin”
  • New York Homicide (Oxygen, Jan. 1, Saturdays at 10). “details the brazen crimes that could only happen in New York and the intense work by law enforcement and civilians who race to take murderers off the streets”

Week of Jan. 2, 2022

  • The Repair Shop (Discovery+, Jan. 2). Season four of the show that follows “skilled restoration experts breathe new life into cherished family heirlooms”
  • Homeboy (Discovery+, Jan. 2). “follows modern-day renaissance man Rajiv Surendra–best known for his portrayal of Kevin Gnapoor in Mean Girls–as he creatively and purposefully makes his way through an ordinary day”
  • Next Level Chef (Fox, Jan. 2 at 8, then Wednesdays at 9). “Gordon Ramsay has designed a one-of-a-kind culinary gauntlet, set on an iconic stage like you’ve never seen”
  • Dirty Jobs (Discovery, Jan. 2, Sundays at 8). “allows Mike to come back for another chance to take on jobs he didn’t get to do before”
  • Guy’s Chance of a Lifetime (Food Network, Jan. 2, Sundays at 9). “Guy Fieri is expanding his successful restaurant empire and is searching for one talented food entrepreneur to run their own Chicken Guy! franchise”
  • This Came Out of Me (Discovery, Jan. 2, Sundays at 9). Dr. Ruby Rose “will treat us to everyday situations in which things end up in places they just shouldn’t be”
  • Alex vs America (Food Network, Jan. 2, Sundays at 10). “15 brave chefs from across the United States take their best shot at beating Alex [Guarnaschelli] for the ultimate culinary triumph”; Eric Adjepong hosts
  • Vengeance: Killer Newlyweds (HLN, Jan. 2, Sundays at 9). “for these newlyweds, a vow to love until ‘death do they part’ is fulfilled much sooner than expected”
  • Mountain Monsters (Travel Channel, Jan. 2, Sundays at 10). “It’s Bigfoot or bust for the Appalachian Investigations of Mysterious Sightings team (AIMS) as they head back to the Tygart Valley in West Virginia”
  • Antiques Roadshow (PBS, Jan. 3, Mondays at 8). “back on the road revealing more secrets behind family heirlooms and flea market finds, including a spectacular appraisal that marks a series first and a never-before-seen treasure that even wowed our experts”
  • The Bachelor (ABC, Jan. 3, Mondays at 8).  Clayton Echard begins his search for additional Instagram followers and a swift break-up.
  • That’s My Jam (NBC, Jan. 3, Mondays at 9). “two teams of two celebrities competing for a charity of their choice in a series of music, dance, and trivia-based games and musical performances,” based on Tonight Show bits
  • My Celebrity Dream Wedding (VH1, Jan. 3, Mondays at 9). “based on the proposed visions for the big day, the brides select their favorite planner as the winner to now lead the production of their wedding”
  • Ugliest House In America (HGTV, Jan. 3 to 7 at 10). “Retta will share her hilarious reviews of each unsightly home and comment on failed flips, gaudy designs and heinous hodge-podge horrors,” with the ugliest house winning “a showstopping $150,000 renovation”
  • Cakealikes (Discovery+, Jan. 4). “This comedic cake-off competition challenges cake experts to create life-size cakes that are the spitting image of famed celebrities”
  • Finding Your Roots (PBS, Jan. 4, Tuesdays at 8). “New episodes explore ancestry stories of Pamela Adlon, Erin Burnett, Amy Carlson, David Chang, Terry Crews, Brittany Packnett Cunningham, Lee Daniels, Tony Danza, Raúl Esparza, Kathryn Hahn, Rebecca Hall, Anita Hill, Regina King, Nathan Lane, John Leguizamo, Damon Lindelof, Mario Lopez, Leslie Odom, Jr., André Leon Talley, Melissa Villaseñor and Lena Waithe”
  • Murder Under the Friday Night Lights (ID, Jan. 4, Tuesdays at 10). “an unflinching look at the shocking and tragic cases of dangerous obsessions, brutal violence and even murder surrounding local high school football teams”
  • Life Therapy with AJ Johnson (TV One, Jan. 4, Tuesdays at 10). “shares an intimate look at the stories of individuals’ exposing their internal struggles in search of healing”
  • The Amazing Race 33 (CBS, Jan. 5 at 8, then Wednesdays at 9). “teams of two once again embark on a trek around the world, hoping to be the first to arrive at the final destination”
  • I Can See Your Voice (Fox, Jan. 5, Wednesdays at 8). A celebrity panel tries “to help one contestant tell the difference between good and bad singers, without ever hearing them sing a note”
  • Married at First Sight (Lifetime, Jan. 5, Wednesdays at 8). “ten brave singles meet their stranger spouses at the altar and enter into a marriage without ever meeting before” 
  • Catfish: The TV Show (MTV, Jan. 5, Wednesdays at 8). “As restrictions eventually begin to lift, Nev and Kamie log out of Zoom and head back on the road again”
  • Catfish UK: The TV Show (MTV, Jan. 5, Wednesdays at 9). “it’s time to go fishing in the UK! Hosts Julie Adenuga and Oobah Butler are here to help ‘hopefuls’ find out if the person they’ve fallen for is real”
  • Worst Cooks in America (Food Network, Jan. 5, Wednesdays at 9). “Anne is joined for the first time by Chef Cliff Crooks to lead the newest batch of twelve culinary nightmares though a rigorous boot camp in their quest to become kitchen masters.”
  • Fixer Upper: Welcome Home (Magnolia Network, Jan. 5, Wednesdays at 10). “Chip and Jo are back with new ideas for turning outdated homes into jaw-dropping, innovative living spaces”
  • The Chase (ABC, Jan. 5, Wednesdays at 10). “three competitors must pit their wits and face off against the Chaser, a ruthless quiz genius determined to stop them from winning cash prizes”
  • American Greed (CNBC, Jan. 5, Wednesdays at 10). “Two hundred episodes in, the truth remains: some people will do anything for money”
  • Moving for Love (HGTV, Jan. 5, Wednesdays at 11). “will document long-distance couples’ experiences as they take the next big step to close the geographical gap in their love lives and find their first home together”
  • Joe Montana: Cool Under Pressure (Peacock, Jan. 6). “featuring stories that most people don’t know; the doubt from his coaches, the controversies with teammates, and the insecurities from within that drove one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play the sport”
  • Indivisible: Healing Hate (Paramount+, Jan. 6, Thursdays). “the driving forces behind the January 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol, the rise of far right extremism that fueled the events, and how we as a nation can heal the hate that divides the American people”
  • Meddling (Peacock, Jan. 6, Thursdays). “details the 2002 Olympic figure skating scandal”
  • Joe Millionaire: For Richer or Poorer (Fox, Jan. 6, Thursdays at 8). “features two incredible single men…with one HUGE difference. One’s a millionaire, and the other is definitely NOT”
  • Jersey Shore Family Vacation (MTV, Jan. 6, Thursdays at 8). “this group continues to bring the non-stop party wherever they go”
  • Battlebots (Discovery, Jan. 6, Thursdays at 8). “More than 60 teams travel to Las Vegas for a chance to take home the greatest prize in the sport: The Giant Nut”
  • Growing Up Hip Hop (WE tv, Jan. 6, Thursdays at 9). “The next generation of hip hop royalty attempt to step outside the shadow of their famous families”
  • Go Big Show (TBS, Jan. 6, Thursdays at 9). “showcases supersized talents on a scale never before seen on television”
  • Let The World See (ABC, Jan. 6, Thursdays at 10). “will chronicle Ms. Mamie Till-Mobley’s fierce quest for justice that sparked the civil rights movement after her son Emmett Till’s brutal murder, inspiring heroes like Ms. Rosa Parks and others to stand up boldly for their rights”
  • Hype House (Netflix, Jan. 7). “follows the compelling lives of some of the world’s biggest social media stars … as they welcome us into the infamous Hype House, open their lives to the world and show a side of themselves and their relationships we’ve seldom seen”
  • RuPaul’s Drag Race (VH1, Jan. 7, Fridays at 8). “14 new talented queens … compete for the title of ‘America’s Next Drag Superstar’ and a cash prize of $100,000”
  • Penn & Teller: Fool Us (The CW, Jan. 7, Fridays at 8). “aspiring magicians are invited to perform their best trick to try and fool the world-famous team of Penn & Teller”
  • Undercover Boss (CBS, Jan. 7, Fridays at 8). “follows high-level executives as they slip anonymously into the rank-and-file of their own organizations”
  • Ladies Who List: Atlanta (OWN, Jan. 7, Fridays at 9). “will follow six professional Black business women working in real estate—top-producing brokers, high-profile attorneys and luxury agents—and the clients they serve in the Atlanta market”
  • Love During Lockup (WE tv, Jan. 7, Fridays at 9). “follows even more riveting firsts through the early stages of love, with plenty of romance, suspicion, and investigation, all long before a scheduled prison release”
  • Mystery at Blind Frog Ranch (Discovery, Jan. 7, Fridays at 10). “Duane and his team are hellbent on extracting it from the cave, believing it contains the fabled treasure of the Aztecs”
  • Like Mother, Like Daughter (Discovery+, Jan. 8, Saturdays). “follows six pairs of mothers and daughters who embark on a three-week retreat to address their broken relationships”
  • Whose Line is it Anyway? (The CW, Jan. 8, Saturdays at 8). “cast members must put their comedic skills to the test through a series of spontaneous improv games”
  • Unfinished Business (HGTV, Jan. 8, Saturdays at 9). “home renovation coach Tom Reber swoops in to help families complete their languishing home improvement projects”

Week of Jan. 9, 2022

  • Ice Airport Alaska (Smithsonian. Jan. 9, Sundays at 8). “behind the scenes of the only U.S. airport that never closes, despite frigid temperatures, extreme winds, and unpredictable weather”
  • Street Outlaws: OKC (Discovery, Jan. 10, Mondays at 8). “the 405 is back together, one year after Chief threw out the Top Ten List to launch America’s List”
  • Darcey & Stacey (TLC, Jan. 10, Mondays at 8). “Balancing their business and careers with their personal lives, however, continues to be a challenge for these busy twins”
  • Street Outlaws: Farmtruck and AZN (Discovery, Jan. 10, Mondays at 9). “the dynamic duo that earned their names on the street by racing a farm truck – the ultimate sleeper – and now they’re taking over their own show”
  • Legacy List with Matt Paxton (PBS, Jan. 10, Mondays at 9). “follows one family’s emotional journey as Matt and his team of experts — Jaime Ebanks, Avi Hopkins and Mike Kelleher — help them sort through a house full of memories”
  • Black Market with Michael K. Williams (VICE TV, Jan. 10, Mondays at 10). “In his final non-fiction project, Michael K. Williams returns to examine how the Black Market has evolved since he first explored underground economies, and seeks redemption for the individuals looking to thrive in a system that has failed them”
  • Street Outlaws: Fastest in America (Discovery, Jan. 11, Tuesdays at 8). “JJ Da Boss and the MSO are ready for another epic street race, this time with a lineup of eight elite teams from across the U.S.”
  • Teen Mom: Family Reunion (MTV, Jan. 11, Tuesdays at 8). “moms from the Teen Mom franchise come together for a massive family reunion to connect with one another and celebrate their unique bonds”
  • Teen Mom: Girls’ Night In (MTV, Jan. 11, Tuesdays at 9). “ladies from Teen Mom OG will watch episodes of Teen Mom 2 and unleash their personal opinions on the biggest moments from the episode”
  • Wipeout (TBS, Jan. 11, Tuesdays at 9). “pushes contestants’ athleticism, endurance and determination as they race to win the grand cash prize”
  • Spycraft (Science, Jan. 11, Tuesdays at 10). “blends history and compelling storytelling to illustrate how cutting-edge technology has transformed the art of espionage and broadened a spy’s capabilities by tenfold”
  • Relatively Famous: Ranch Rules (E!, Jan. 12, Wednesdays at 9). “eight celebrity offspring … set out to prove that they are more than just their famous last names” by “working on a ranch”
  • Leave it to Geege (Lifetime, Jan. 12, Wednesdays at 10). “follows Geege Taylor, an Atlanta area single mother of two,” a “twice-divorced, breast cancer survivor [who] is also an advocate for autism acceptance”
  • Titans: The Rise of Wall Street (CuriosityStream, Jan. 13). “explores the world’s fascination with Wall Street and its stories — its banks, its firms, its CEOs, even its criminals — and, more importantly, how Wall Street works”
  • Next Influencer (Paramount+, Jan. 13, Thursdays). “follows a group of content creators who compete in a series of challenges to prove they have what it takes to become the next big influencer”
  • Married to Real Estate (HGTV, Jan. 13, Thursdays at 9). “Egypt and Mike will marry their considerable complementary talents to help families land a perfect home in their ideal neighborhood”
  • Taking the Stand (A&E, Jan. 13, Thursdays at 10). “Watch as accused criminals make a high-stakes decision that can impact their lives forever”
  • Cabin Chronicles (Discovery+, Jan. 14, Fridays). “explores the architecture, design and human connection behind beautiful cabins and their surrounding landscapes”
  • Reno My Rental (HGTV, Jan. 14, Fridays at 10). Carmeon Hamilton “gives renters a major style upgrade that turns their bland backdrops into unforgettable homes—all without compromising the property’s structure”
  • Remix My Space with Marsai Martin (Discovery+, Jan. 15). “young people who have made a lasting positive impact in their communities will get the surprise of a lifetime when actress Marsai Martin shows up … [to] give them a personalized bedroom makeover”

Week of Jan. 16, 2022

  • Killer Relationship with Faith Jenkins (Oxygen, Jan. 16, Sundays at 7). “investigates burgeoning romances from their sweet beginnings, and follows what happened all the way through to their bitter endings”
  • Real Murders of Atlanta (Oxygen, Jan. 16, Sundays at 8). “the unbelievable cases of homicide that highlight the boundaries between gentrified Southern dynasties, hip hop hustlers and the flashy nouveau riche of this metropolitan mecca of music, entertainment and tech”
  • Reframed: Marilyn Monroe (CNN, Jan. 16, Sundays at 9). “re-examines Monroe’s story to uncover themes of feminism, sexuality and power that continue to drive the cultural conversation today”
  • Summer House (Bravo, Jan. 17, Mondays at 9). “Returning this summer are Lindsay Hubbard, Paige DeSorbo, Kyle Cooke, Amanda Batula, Carl Radke, Danielle Olivera, Ciara Miller and Luke Gulbranson, … joined by new friends Andrea Denver, Mya Allen and Alex Wach and special appearances … by Craig Conover and Austen Kroll”
  • Life Below Zero: Next Generation (National Geographic, Jan. 18, Tuesdays at 8). “the next generation of Alaskans work to prepare for winter’s return”
  • Port Protection Alaska (National Geographic, Jan. 18, Tuesdays at 9). “after a terrible tragedy, the longtime residents of the village of Port Protection join forces with newcomers to save a disappearing way of life in this isolated part of Alaska”
  • The World According to Jeff Goldblum (Disney+, Jan. 19). “Jeff brings viewers back to uncover secrets behind seemingly familiar topics and objects like motorcycles, backyards, puzzles, birthdays and tiny things”
  • Too Hot to Handle (Netflix, Jan. 19). “a brand new batch of horned-up hellraisers who have just arrived for what they think will be the sexiest vacation of their lives”
  • Home Inspector Joe (HGTV, Jan. 19, Wednesdays at 9). “licensed home inspector Joe Mazza is driven to keep his clients from buying risky, unsafe properties”
  • Growing Belushi (Discovery, Jan. 19, Wednesdays at 10). “Jim and his team of farmers are on a mission to rebrand and rebuild their cannabis farm from small and boutique to premium high-end for the masses”
  • Midnight Asia: Eat · Dance · Dream (Netflix, Jan. 20). “A night-time journey through six iconic Asian cities and the food, art, clubs and subcultures that set them apart”
  • Men of West Hollywood (Crackle, Jan. 20). “cameras follow one of the most exciting friend groups in West Hollywood” who, “along with their boyfriends and girlfriends, give a glimpse into their lavish Los Angeles lifestyles”
  • Selling the Hamptons (Discovery+, Jan. 20). “will follow a team of six Hamptons-based real estate agents from Nest Seekers International” who “battle to make their mark in the elite East End real estate market”
  • The Fix (Roku Channel, Jan. 21). “debunks common misunderstandings about drugs & addiction in U.S.”
  • Radford Returns (Discovery+, Jan. 22). “follows a luxury sports car designer, a record-breaking master builder, and an F1 World Champion tasked with designing, building, and test driving the last gas-powered supercar for Lotus”
  • Lone Star Law (Discovery Channel, Jan. 22, Saturdays at 8). “Texas Parks and Wildlife tackle their biggest cases yet” as they “patrol more than 250,000 square miles of deserts, lakes, piney woods, bayous, plains, and coasts”

Week of Jan. 23, 2022

  • Earnin’ It (Peacock, Jan. 23, Sundays). “spotlights … trailblazing women in football” who “are truly changing the game, making NFL history, and re-defining the direction of America’s most popular sport”
  • March (The CW, Jan. 24, Mondays at 8, and Sundays at 9 starting Feb. 27). “will capture the blood, sweat, and tears each member [of the the Prairie View A&M University Marching Band, The Marching Storm,] sheds to make it to the field while balancing their dynamic college life”
  • Secrets of Playboy (A&E, Jan. 24, Mondays at 9). “unravels the glamourous mythology behind the Playboy empire created over several decades”
  • Prisoner of Love (ID, Jan. 24, Mondays at 9). Chelsea Holmes “has been connecting with inmates for years through a pen pal program, and recently evolved it into a matchmaking business that connects hopeful singles with” incarcerated people
  • American Detective with Lt. Joe Kenda (Discovery+, Jan. 26, Wednesdays). “Kenda trades in his own case files to bring viewers astounding investigations from across the country”
  • American Rock Stars (Peacock, Jan. 26). “follows John Shuster and his team of self-described ‘scrappy regular guys from Middle America’ as they prepare to defend their gold medal at the 2022 Winter Olympics”
  • Take Out with Lisa Ling (HBO Max, Jan. 27). Lisa Ling “takes viewers behind the counter and into the lives of the people and families who run some of America’s over 45,000 Asian restaurants”
  • Evolve (CuriosityStream, Jan. 27). “wildlife adventurer Patrick Aryee explores biomimicry and sets out to bring humanity’s future into focus like never before”
  • Hot Haus (OUTtv, Jan. 27, Thursdays). “a new generation of queer sex workers and sex-positive content creators … compete in a series of titillating challenges to claim a $10,000 grand prize”
  • Fast Foodies (truTV, Jan. 27, Thursdays at 10). “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”
  • Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness (Netflix, Jan. 28). “From skyscrapers to bugs, or from gender identity to snacks, each episode follows Jonathan as he meets with experts in various fields to uncover complexities”
  • Fastest Cars in the Dirty South (Motor Trend, Jan. 28, Fridays). “a high stakes, competitive world where fabricators and mechanics push cars to the limit so drivers can speed down closed tracks at 140 miles per hour in hot pursuit of bragging rights and cold hard cash”
  • Ready to Love (OWN, Jan. 28, Fridays at 8). “The new cast of men and women are looking for love from Maryland, Virginia and the D.C. area”
  • Great Chocolate Showdown (The CW, Jan. 29, Saturdays at 8). The Canadian series “featuring 10 bakers taking on creative and complex chocolate-based challenges, where they must create delicious desserts”
  • Million Dollar Hustle (Lifetime, Saturday, Jan. 29, at 10, then Thursdays at 10). “follows health and fitness influencer, author, entrepreneur and self-made millionaire Stormy Wellington and her elite group of unstoppable leaders, called the Circle of Bosses”

Week of Jan. 30, 2022

  • Love Off the Grid (Discovery+, Jan. 30, Sundays). “follows four people accustomed to modern amenities who give it all up for a chance at true love. For the first time, these couples will live together in total isolation to see if they can make it work in the wild”
  • We Need to Talk About Cosby (Showtime, Jan. 30, Sundays at 10). W. Kamau Bell “sheds new light on Cosby’s cultural contributions and impact at the height of his disgrace – accused of rape, drug-facilitated sexual assault, sexual battery and other misconduct by more than 60 women as far back as nearly 60 years”
  • Underground Railroad: The Secret History (Science Channel, Jan. 30, Sundays at 10). “cutting edge technology, and the perseverance of archaeologists and historians, is bringing to light the secret pathways, communities and outposts that provided refuge to Freedom Seekers”
  • Adults Adopting Adults (A&E, Jan. 31, Mondays at 10). “follows six incredible stories of adults seeking legal adoption for either a sincere desire for a true family experience or perhaps more questionable motives”

February 2022

  • RuPaul’s Drag Race UK vs. The World (WOW Presents Plus, Feb. 1, Tuesdays). “nine queens from across the global Drag Race franchise compete”
  • Your Attention Please (Hulu, Feb. 1-4). “Craig Robinson is back in the Black History Month series that takes us on a visual journey into the lives, ideas, and purpose of a diverse group of Black innovators and creators who are leaving their mark on the world”
  • The Real Dirty Dancing (Fox, Feb. 1, Tuesdays at 9). “Hosted by Stephen ‘tWitch’ Boss, this one-of-a-kind competition features celebrities reliving the classic film’s most memorable dance moments”
  • The Real Housewives of New Jersey (Bravo, Feb. 1, Tuesdays at 8). “Teresa Giudice, Melissa Gorga, Margaret Josephs, Dolores Catania, Jackie Goldschneider, and Jennifer Aydin … are joined by new friend Traci Johnson”
  • MeatEater (Netflix, Feb. 2). “Steven’s travels take him to New Mexico for big game and an exotic import, as well as Hawaii, where he hunts feral goats and takes up spearfishing”
  • Celebrity Big Brother 3 (CBS, Feb. 2, various dates and times. “returns for a third season … with a group of celebrities living together”
  • True Dating Stories (Fuse, Feb. 2, Wednesdays at 10). “gives the floor to real people to share their real stories of epic dating disasters with outrageous reenactments of their worst date-night moments”
  • My Killer Body with K. Michelle (Lifetime, Feb. 3, Thursdays at 10). “R&B chart topper K. Michelle will help men and women desperate to correct plastic surgery procedures and get their lives back”
  • (re)Motel (Discovery+, Feb. 4). “Passionate motel owners across America restore and redesign their historic properties to give them new life and create destination stops for a new generation of travelers”

Week of Feb. 6, 2022

  • 1000-Lb Best Friends (TLC, Feb. 7, Mondays at 10). “Vannessa and Meghan are larger-than-life best friends, and along with their pals Tina and Ashely, they are battling obesity with heart and humor”
  • Love is Blind: Japan (Netflix, Feb. 8, Tuesdays). “In this reality dating series, marriage-minded singles in Japan meet, date and get engaged — before ever setting eyes on each other”
  • Jeopardy! National College Championship (ABC, Feb. 8, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at 8). “features 36 students from 36 colleges and universities from across the country, battling head-to-head for nine days of intense competition”
  • Catching Killers (Netflix, Feb. 9). “The detectives who captured the BTK Killer and other notoriously brutal murderers recount the brave actions and burdens behind their investigations”
  • Ideias à Venda (Netflix, Feb. 9). “Brazilian entrepreneurs pitch their ideas to an audience and celebrity judges. But to win R$200,000, they’ll also have to navigate tough challenges”
  • Secret Crush (Discovery+, Feb. 9). “gives love-sick singletons the chance to confess their true feelings to the object of their affection, potentially risking it all in the hope of winning love”
  • Inside the Mind of a Con Artist (CuriosityStream, Feb. 10). “reveals the human truths behind some of the most notorious cons, from financial crimes and identity theft to art forgery and marriage fraud”
  • Masterchef Latinos (Estrella TV, Feb. 10, Thursdays at 8). “showcases 50 potential amateur chefs and home cooks preparing their best meals in front of MasterChef Latinos judges Chef Benito Molina, Chef Adrián Herrera, and Chef Claudia Sandoval”
  • First Time Fixer (Discovery+, Feb. 11). “First-time house renovators take their home renovation dreams into their own hands and experience the risk and reward that comes with trying something new”
  • Love is Blind (Netflix, Feb. 11, Fridays). “Singles who want to be loved for who they are, rather than what they look like … meet the person they want to spend the rest of their lives with…without ever having seen them”
  • everything’s gonna be all white (Showtime, Feb. 11, Fridays at 8). “explores the history of race in America from the perspective of people of color” and “delves deeply into the root causes of racial inequities in this country”
  • The Cabins (Discovery+, Feb. 12). “follows three couples in separate cabins as they get to know each other. After 24 hours, they will decide whether to stay another day with each other or to leave the cabin, still single”

Week of Feb. 13, 2022

  • My Pack Life (Discovery+, Feb. 13). “Lee [Asher] recently packed up his 15 dogs and moved to 25 acres of lush Oregon land” and is “building a sanctuary to care for dogs, horses, donkeys, cows, goats, pigs, llamas, sheep and even reptiles”
  • Swap Shop (Netflix, Feb. 16). “Seasoned collectors venture out across Tennessee in search of bargains they can sell for big money”
  • jeen-yuhs: A Kanye Trilogy (Netflix, Feb. 16, Wednesdays). “The lives of an emerging superstar and a filmmaker intertwine in this intense, intimate docuseries charting Kanye West’s career, filmed over two decades”
  • Dr. Pimple Popper (TLC, Feb. 16, Wednesdays at 9). “an all-new caseload for Dr. Lee as she is busier than ever”
  • Stuck (TLC, Feb. 16, Wednesdays at 10). “witness foreign body extractions and removal procedures as they happen in real time, as well as interviews with patients, doctors and medical staff who will reveal the extraordinary details behind how these accidents took place”
  • The Game Plan with Shaquille O’Neal (TNT, Feb. 17, Thursdays at 7). “will highlight inspirational stories of Atlanta-based entrepreneurs as they receive business advice and identify new opportunities”
  • Painting with John (HBO, Feb. 18, Fridays at 11). “each episode finds the artist ensconced at his worktable, honing his intricate watercolor techniques while reflecting on what he’s learned about life”

Week of Feb. 20, 2022

  • Evil Lives Here (ID, Feb. 20, Sundays at 9). “terrifying and unbelievable first-hand accounts from people whose loved ones have committed some of the most horrifying crimes imaginable”
  • I Was There (History, Feb. 20 and 21 at 10:30, then Mondays at 10). “Theo E.J. Wilson, the grandson of a Tuskegee Airman[,] revisit[s] a series of critical historical events, disasters, triumphs and true stories to learn unexpected facts”
  • America’s Got Talent: Extreme (NBC, Feb. 21, Mondays at 8). “the most outrageous, unique and jaw-dropping acts of enormous scale and magnitude that simply can’t be confined to a theater stage”
  • Below Deck Sailing Yacht (Bravo, Feb. 21, Mondays at 8). “Captain Glenn Shephard is back aboard Parsifal III, reuniting with last season’s chief stew Daisy Kelliher, chief engineer Colin MacRae and first mate Gary King” and new crew members
  • Black Ink Crew: New York (VH1, Feb. 21, Mondays at 8). “Shop owner and mogul Ceaser continues to elevate the Black Ink brand, while keeping the people closest to him from tearing it down”
  • Black Ink Crew: Compton (VH1, Feb. 21, Mondays at 9). KP “strives to uplift his community and reclaim his place as leader of the crew” while “Katrina ‘Kat Tat’ Jackson returns to the franchise for the first time in four years”
  • Race: Bubba Wallace (Netflix, Feb. 22). “traces his rise to the elite ranks of NASCAR as the only full-time Black driver and the turbulent aftermath that followed his decision to speak out about racial injustice”
  • Wild ‘N Out (VH1, Feb. 22, Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 8). “Each episode will put Team Old School against Team New School in some of the most hilarious and outrageous battles yet”
  • Doubling Down with the Derricos (TLC, Feb. 22, Tuesdays at 10). “Navigating life with fourteen kids, including four sets of naturally conceived multiples, is never easy”
  • To Tell the Truth (ABC, Feb. 22, Tuesdays at 10). “A panel of celebrities judge whether strangers are lying or telling the truth.”
  • Undercover Underage (ID, Feb. 24, Thursdays at 9). “Roo Powell has built a team that works in collaboration with law enforcement to detect offenders who prey on unsuspecting kids”
  • Van Go (Discovery+, Feb. 25). “Chewy Design Co. owner Brett Lewis renovates vans into tiny homes on the road”
  • Brain Games: On the Road (National Geographic, Feb. 25, Fridays at 8). “will pit teams of everyday Americans against each other as they take on friends and family in an epic battle of the brains”

Week of Feb. 27, 2022

  • American Idol (ABC, Feb. 27, Sundays at 8). “Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie, along with Emmy-winning producer and host Ryan Seacrest, return to help discover America’s next singing sensation”
  • Tournament of Champions III (Food Network, Feb. 27, Sundays at 8). “32 of the country’s most talented chefs going head-to-head to win the largest prize in the tournament’s history,” $100,000
  • Naked and Afraid (Discovery, Feb. 27, Sundays at 8). “the toughest adventure seekers from around the world will leave their clothes and everyday comforts at home as they venture into some of the wildest, most punishing and isolated places on Earth”
  • Wicked Tuna (National Geographic, Feb. 27, Sundays at 9). “the captains seek to get meat back on the deck, and rise above the challenges from last year”
  • Something Bit Me! (National Geographic, Feb. 27, Sundays at 10). explores the peculiar true stories of bug bites, insect stings and animal attacks that have sent people to the ER
  • Adam Eats the 80s (History, Feb. 27, Sundays at 10). Adam Richman “travels the country reliving his childhood and tasting some of the most iconic and forgotten foods of the 1980s”
  • Forensic Files II (HLN, Feb. 27, Sundays at 10). “all-new mysteries to solve and feature the same style, music, story type and content”
  • Million Dollar Wheels (Discovery+, Feb. 28, Mondays). “follows a diverse group of the top luxury and supercar dealers”
  • Spring Baking Championship (Food Network, Feb. 28, Mondays at 8). Molly Yeh hosts and “challenges the best bakers in America to create and elevate springtime desserts through 10 episodes that must win over judges Kardea Brown, Nancy Fuller, and Duff Goldman”
  • Spring Baking Championship: Easter (Food Network, Feb. 28, Mondays at 10). “Sunny [Anderson] is joined by judges Jordan Andino and Stephanie Boswell, as a group of talented bakers are tasked with creating tasty and imaginative holiday showpieces that exemplify what Easter is all about”
  • Rock the Block (HGTV, Feb. 28, Mondays at 9). “Four teams of HGTV powerhouse experts, who are either siblings, domestic partners or spouses, will face-off in an epic renovation confrontation that ends with one team winning bragging rights and a street named in their honor”

For premieres in March and beyond, see the spring 2022 reality TV premiere guide

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Wednesday 1st of December 2021

I'm so excited for the return of Fast Foodies!