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3 global Real Housewives, and 9 more reality shows coming to Discovery+

3 global Real Housewives, and 9 more reality shows coming to Discovery+
The cast members of The Real Housewives of Cheshire, which previously aired on Bravo and will now stream on Discovery+ (Photo via Bravo)

Discovery+ is adding a dozen reality TV series to its library, all of which are being licensed from NBCUniversal Global Distribution.

The shows are “a suite of iconic series,” Discovery+ said, calling them “hit, fan-favorite NBCUniversal titles” that come from NBC, Bravo, and E!, plus four reality shows from other countries.

That includes three Real Housewives franchises from around the world, the original Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, and two seasons of Top Chef Canada.

Some of these shows below have aired on cable before, or are available for streaming, including on Peacock, the streaming service owned by NBCUniversal that one might think would be the natural home for NBCUniversal shows, but I suppose licensing them to Discovery+ makes more financial sense.

While most of Discovery+’s shows are from its family of cable networks—TLC, HGTV, Food Network, ID, Animal Planet, and Discovery Channel—the streaming service previously added some Lifetime, A&E, and History cable shows, such as Ghost Hunters, Hoarders, Married at First Sight, Forged in Fire, and Alone.

In a press release, executive Lisa Holme says, “As we continue to expand the discovery+ catalog with premium programming, these titles from NBCUniversal give our subscribers even more to love, truly offering something for everyone.”

While Discovery+ launched last year with a bunch of “exclusive” shows, most of those made their way to Discovery’s cable networks, giving people less of a reason to subscribe and/or alienating the people who’d paid, thinking their favorite shows were now streaming-only. But being able to see reality shows that are actually not available elsewhere might keep subscribers sticking around.

Here are the NBCUniversal reality shows coming to Discovery+ this month, broken into three groups:

Bravo and E! reality shows

Carson Kressley and Thom Filicia, stars of the first Queer Eye for the Straight Guy (Photo by Greg Endries/Bravo)
  • Flipping Out seasons 7 to 11 (Jan. 12)
  • WAGS Atlanta season 1 (Jan. 22)
  • WAGS LA seasons 1 to 3 (Jan. 22)
  • WAGS Miami seasons 1 to 2 (Jan. 22) 
  • Queer Eye for the Straight Guy seasons 1 to 4 (Jan. 25)

NBC and USA shows

Julius Ferguson, one of Drew Drechsel's teammates on American Ninja Warrior season 12
Julius Ferguson on American Ninja Warrior season 12. (Photo by Elizabeth Morris/NBC)
  • The Biggest Loser, the 2020 USA version (Jan. 7)
  • The Biggest Loser season 17 (Jan. 25)
  • American Ninja Warrior season 12 (Jan. 12)

International reality shows

Top Chef on Bravo
  • Top Chef Canada seasons 6 and 7 (Jan. 12)
  • The Real Housewives of Cheshire seasons 1 through 10 (Jan. 15)
  • The Real Housewives of Johannesburg seasons 1 and 2 (Jan. 19)
  • The Real Housewives of Melbourne seasons 1 and 2 (Jan. 19)

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BE

Friday 1st of April 2022

Has there been any word on more seasons of Melbourne being added to Discovery+?? Aren’t they up to season 4 or 5? It is literally the best RH franchise and that has to be why Bravo is afraid to air it again!! 🤔

Robert Capua

Friday 21st of January 2022

I don't understand why they don't license or buy all seasons; I am a compliest and won't watch unless I can watch from the begging. Would love to watch Top Chef Canada, but won't start in the middle.

JR

Friday 14th of January 2022

Melbourne only S1 &2??? 😡