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Spring 2022 reality TV schedule and guide

Spring 2022 reality TV schedule and guide
Blooming flowers, walks outside, and dozens and dozens of reality TV show seasons premiering this spring. (Photo of Butchart Gardens in Brentwood Bay, Canada, by Kosuke Noma)

Like flowers and plants waking up from winter, reality TV shows will be popping up constantly this spring. There are more than 50 premieres in March alone, including the return of shows such as Top Chef, Survivor 42, Temptation Island, and Below Deck Down Under, and the premieres of new series like Domino Masters, American Song Contest, and The Julia Child Challenge.

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

For any reality shows that premiered before March 1, 2022, such as Tournament of Champions III, Black Ink Crew, or Spring Baking Championship, see the winter 2022 schedule.

For feature documentaries and nonfiction specials, see the winter 2022 documentary premiere guide, soon to be the spring documentary 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, so while dates and times are accurate at the time of publication, please check your TV listings first. I work hard to ensure this a comprehensive list of reality TV and documentary series premieres, although that’s increasingly challenging now as schedules change frequently and some networks don’t even publicly announce returning seasons.

If you have any updates, additions, or corrections, please send them to me. Thank you!

Spring 2022 reality TV premieres

March | April | May | June | July

March 2022

  • Travels with Darley (JOURNY, March 1). “Darley Newman takes viewers to meet female changemakers and entrepreneurs along Alabama’s Civil Rights Trail, South Carolina’s Liberty Trail, New York’s Empire State Trail and in Wisconsin’s Northwoods and Colorado Forests”
  • Worst Roommate Ever (Netflix, March 1). “harrowing tales of seemingly harmless roommates turning into real-life nightmares for their unsuspecting victims when their malevolent and sometimes violent intentions are revealed”
  • Court Cam (A&E, March 2, Wednesdays at 9). “A behind-the-scenes look into some of the most wild, unruly and dramatic moments caught on tape in courtrooms across the country”
  • Neighborhood Wars (A&E, March 2, Wednesdays at 10). “into the homes and backyards of neighbors across the country with some of the most unexpected and emotionally charged events caught on camera”
  • Restaurant Rivals: Irvine vs. Taffer (Discovery+, March 3). “Robert and Jon pick which restaurant they will make-over. Their mission: create a new menu and make improvements to the restaurant and staff within 24 hours before a head-to-head dining service determines the winner”
  • The Parisian Agency: Exclusive Properties (Netflix, March 3). “Join the Kretzes as they help clients find extraordinary homes in France and beyond, then take a peek inside their world as they work and play”
  • Top Chef Houston (Bravo, March 3, Thursdays at 8). 15 “chefs will put their expert take on iconic regional dishes, while also being immersed in the ethnic diversity that has come to define Houston’s culinary identity”
  • Top Chef Family Style (Bravo, March 3, Thursdays at 9). “15 exceptionally talented culinary prodigies compete with an adult family member for the chance to be crowned champions”
  • Secrets in the Ice (Science, March 3, Thursdays at 9). “experts, historians and scientists are exposing dark secrets, forgotten treasures and lost relics from the coldest and harshest places on Earth”
  • Bug Out (IMDb TV, March 4). “delves into the mystery of the largest known live insect heist in history … The theft of $50,000 worth of living bugs from the Philadelphia Insectarium”
  • Making Fun (Netflix, March 4). “A group of skilled makers and longtime buddies – led by Jimmy DiResta – turn kids’ ideas for impossible builds into reality”
  • Dear… (Apple TV+, March 4). “takes an inventive and cinematic approach to biographies of the most iconic figures in society today by using letters written by those whose lives have been changed through their work”
  • Love After Lockup (WEtv, March 4, Fridays at 9). “Five new couples and one returning couple take the drama to the next level with deeper love, bigger doubts, and even more mystery”

Week of March 6, 2022

  • The Courtship (NBC, March 6, Sundays at 8). “Nicole Remy, a modern girl tired of modern dating, is transported back to Regency-era England in the hope of finding love”
  • The Circus (Showtime, March 6, Sundays at 8). John Heilemann, Mark McKinnon, Alex Wagner, and Jennifer Palmieri will be “covering the lead-up to the most consequential midterm elections in our lifetime”
  • Kandi and the Gang (Bravo, March 6, Sundays at 9). “Kandi Burruss and Todd Tucker run an ever-evolving restaurant empire. Their Southern-eatery, OLG, named after the ‘Old Lady Gang’ consisting of Kandi’s mom, Mama Joyce, and Aunts Nora and Bertha, is busier than ever”
  • Unexpected (TLC, March 6, Sundays at 10). “returns with three series-established moms: Tyra, Lilly, and Jenna, and two new soon-to-be moms: Kylen and Emersyn, all navigating the difficulties that accompany early parenthood and relationship battles”
  • How the Universe Works (Science, March 6, Sundays at 10). “the world’s leading cosmological experts and stunning CGI take us straight into the heart of the latest discoveries in space and astronomy”
  • Legacy: In the Shadow of Greatness (Discovery+, March 8). “the athletic pursuits of the children of sports icons Dwyane Wade, Evander Holyfield, and Randall Cunningham as they attempt to break out from their parents’ shadows and become legends”
  • Teen Mom 2 (MTV, March 8, Tuesdays at 8). “Ashley, Briana, Jade, Kail and Leah navigate evolving stages of parenting, family dynamics, careers and love lives”
  • Crime Scene Confidential (ID, March 8, Tuesdays at 9). C.S.I Alina Burroughs “revisits controversial and shocking murder cases from across the country, taking a fresh look at the forensic evidence”
  • Storage Wars (A&E, March 8, Tuesdays at 9). “auctioneers Dan and Laura Dotson once again lead our buyers through unit after unit filled with all kinds of surprises”
  • Deep Fried Dynasty (A&E, March 7, Tuesdays at 10). “the big personalities behind the mouth-watering food at the State Fair of Texas”
  • No Retreat: Business Bootcamp (CNBC, March 8, Tuesdays at 10). “challenges businesses with near-impossible physical and mental tasks to realize their full potential and chart a path forward”
  • True Conviction (ID, March 8, Tuesdays at 10). Anna-Sigga Nicolazzi “travels across the country to reveal how the nation’s top prosecutors tackled their toughest cases”
  • Byron Baes (Netflix, March 9). “follows a tight circle of friends as they navigate life, love and career” in “the Australian beach town of Byron Bay”
  • The Andy Warhol Diaries (Netflix, March 9). “After he’s shot in 1968, Andy Warhol begins documenting his life and feelings. Those diaries, and this docuseries, take a peek behind his persona”
  • Queer Eye Germany (Netflix, March 9). “Five experts in lifestyle, fashion, beauty, health and design — known as the Fab Five — dazzle a nation and transform lives in this makeover series”
  • Survivor 42 (CBS, March 9, Wednesdays at 8). The 42nd season will feature 18 castaways divided into three tribes and competing for $1 million over a 26-day period
  • The Masked Singer (Fox, March 9, Wednesdays at 8). Season seven will again feature “host Nick Cannon, alongside clue-driven panelists Jenny McCarthy, Nicole Scherzinger, Ken Jeong and Robin Thicke”
  • Domino Masters (Fox, March 9, Wednesdays at 9). “Sixteen skilled teams will compete against each other in ambitious domino building challenges to be crowned the country’s most talented domino topplers.”
  • Bee Czar (Discovery, March 9, Wednesdays at 10). “Walter Schumacher is on a mission to save the planet by saving the honeybee, one hive at a time”
  • Black Files Declassifed (Science, March 9, Wednesdays at 9). “former CIA operative Mike Baker follows the money trail” to “pull back the curtain on these secret government programs”
  • Signs of a Psychopath (ID, March 9, Wednesdays at 10). a “frightening peek into the deranged psyches of some of the most notorious, terrifying individuals”
  • Ghost Adventures (Discovery+, March 10). “Zak Bagans, Aaron Goodwin, Billy Tolley and Jay Wasley … embark on terrifying new ventures”
  • Fix My Flip (HGTV, March 10, Thursdays at 9). Page Turner “meets with struggling flippers to tour mid-flip properties that are in dire, seemingly hopeless financial situations”
  • Siesta Key (MTV, March 10, Thursdays at 10). “spotlights Juliette, Kelsey, Chloe, Madisson, Amanda, Garrett, and Brandon along with a few fresh faces, as they face unexpected challenges and surprises”
  • Nightwatch (A&E, March 10, Thursdays at 10). “chronicles the sacrifice and heroic work of the first responders in New Orleans”
  • Life After Death with Tyler Henry (Netflix, March 11). A former E! star pretends to talk to ghosts
  • Formula 1: Drive to Survive (Netflix, March 11). “Twenty drivers — some veterans, some rookies — compete in another drama-filled and adrenaline-fueled season of Formula 1 racing”
  • Selling the Big Easy (HGTV, March 11, Fridays at 9). Brittany Picolo-Ramos “help[s] families find the house of their dreams by showing them beautiful properties with the right amount of history and charm”
  • The Ghost Town Terror (Travel Channel, March 11, Fridays at 10). “Paranormal investigators Tim Wood and Sapphire Sandalo … help the Broussard family solve the haunting of Gunslinger Gulch”
  • Mash-Up Our Home (HGTV, March 12, Saturdays at 8). “husband/wife design team Kele Dobrinski and Christina Valencia … will combine diverse styles to create an ideal ‘mash-up design’ dream home”

Week of March 13, 2022

  • Help! My House Is Haunted: Celebrity Edition (Discovery+, March 13). Three people “investigate the haunted properties of some of the UK’s best known celebrities”
  • Weakest Link (NBC, March 13, Sundays at 9). “Jane Lynch hosts the return of the British import and international game show phenomenon”
  • The Julia Child Challenge (Food Network, March 14, Mondays at 9). “Julia Child ‘superfans’ compete and “share personal stories about their hero, cook in a kitchen recreated in the likeness of where Julia herself cooked, using the same ingredients Julia used”
  • Secrets of the Chippendales Murders (A&E, March 14, Mondays at 10). “unravels the hidden tale of how sex, jealousy, arson, hefty-bags filled with cash and mafia shakedowns all led up to one of the most outrageous murders in American history”
  • Fixer to Fabulous: Welcome Inn (HGTV, March 15, Tuesdays at 9). Dave and Jenny Marrs “take on a massive new business venture: transforming an 1880s historic home into a functioning vacation rental”
  • 7 Little Johnstons (TLC, March 15, Tuesdays at 9). “the Johnstons decide to welcome a new member into their household”
  • Bad Vegan: Fame. Fraud. Fugitives. (Netflix, March 16). “New York’s strangest scandal exposed. Millions of dollars, immortal dogs, and secrets lead to a twisted tale of love turned criminal”
  • Pig Royalty (Discovery+, March 16). “the drama behind the scenes is as Texas-sized as the competition in the ring”
  • Beyond the Edge (CBS, March 16, Wednesdays at 9). “features nine celebrities trading their worlds of luxury to live in the dangerous jungles of Panama, where they face off in epic adventures and endure the most brutal conditions”
  • Temptation Island (USA Network, March 16, Wednesdays at 10). “Four new couples at a crossroads in their relationship head to Maui, Hawaii to put their love to the test”
  • Expedition with Steve Backshall: Unpacked (PBS, March 16, Wednesdays at 10). “unseen behind-the-scenes footage from EXPEDITION that gets closer to the action and drama of Steve Backshall’s 10 world-first expeditions”
  • The Suspect (Crackle, March 17). “follows unexplored leads and digs into new evidence” related to Richard Oland’s murder
  • Below Deck Down Under (Peacock, March 17, Thursdays). “Captain Jason Chambers is joined by a familiar face, fan-favorite Aesha Scott as Chief Stew, along with newcomers Chef Ryan McKeown and Bosun Jamie Sayed.Stews Tumi Mhlongo and Magda Ziomek are also on board with deckhands Culver Bradbury, Brittini Burton, and Ben Crawley”
  • Masterchef Junior (Fox, March 17, Thursdays at 8). “gives talented kids between the ages of 8 and 13 the chance to showcase their culinary abilities and passion for food”; judges Gordon Ramsay, Aarón Sánchez, and Daphne Oz
  • Million Dollar Hustle (Lifetime, March 17, 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”
  • Is it Cake? (Netflix, March 18). “Skilled cake artists create mouthwatering replicas of handbags, sewing machines and more in a mind-bending baking contest”
  • Animal (Netflix, March 18). “follows the world’s most magnificent creatures, capturing never-before-seen moments from the heartwarming to the outrageous”
  • Young, Famous & African (Netflix, March 18). “follows a crew of famed, affluent stars as they work and play, flirt and feud in Johannesburg, South Africa”
  • Love & Marriage: Huntsville (OWN, March 19, Saturdays at 8). “with Melody Holt and Martell Holt, Kimmi and Maurice Scott, Marsau and LaTisha Scott, Destiny Payton-Williams, as well as season three newcomers Tiffany and Louis Whitlow”
  • Marry Me Now (OWN, March 19, Saturdays at 9). Rebecca Lynn Pope “will guide real-life women ready to take the reins in planning their weddings and proposing to their significant others”

Week of March 20, 2022

  • Bar Rescue (Paramount Network, March 20, Sundays at 10). “Jon Taffer is officially back touring the country as he … help[s] give failing establishments one last chance at success”
  • Expedition Bigfoot (Travel Channel, March 20, Sundays at 10). “primatologist Dr. Mireya Mayor and Bigfoot experts Bryce Johnson, Ronny LeBlanc and Russell Acord return to Washington State … to rouse a Bigfoot from hiding and prove these elusive creatures are not a myth”
  • American Song Contest (NBC, March 21, Mondays at 8). “will feature live original musical performances – representing all 50 states, five U.S. territories and our nation’s capital – competing to win the country’s vote for the Best Original Song”
  • Street Outlaws: America’s List (Discovery, March 21, Mondays at 8). “25 of the most talented street racers compete in the ultimate head-to-head competition to claim the #1 spot”
  • Tengo Talento Mucho Talento (EstrellaTV, March 21, Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays at 8). “Thousands of contestants audition from across the country and Mexico in hopes of winning the title of America’s next big Latin entertainment star”
  • The Principles of Pleasure (Netflix, March 22). “Sex, joy and modern science converge in this eye-opening series that celebrates the complex world of women’s pleasure — and puts old-fashioned myths to rest”
  • Music’s Greatest Mysteries (AXS, March 23, Wednesdays at 8). “an immersive tour through the famous and infamous legends, artists, and moments that have captivated fans and confounded scholars over the course of music’s incredible history”
  • One Perfect Shot (HBO Max, March 24). “each episode arms one acclaimed director – Patty Jenkins, Aaron Sorkin, Kasi Lemmons, Jon M. Chu, Malcolm D. Lee and Michael Mann – with an arsenal of visual tools to pull back the curtain on their most iconic shots”
  • Lizzo’s Watch Out For the Big Grrrls (Amazon, March 24). 10 women “must prove they have what it takes to make it to the end and join Lizzo in front of a global audience on the center stage”
  • Becoming a Popstar (MTV, March 24, Thursdays at 10). Joe Jonas, Becky G and Sean Bankhead judge a first-of-its-kind music competition for rising TikTok stars, where fans get to decide which one becomes the next pop sensation
  • Put a Ring On It (OWN, March 25, Fridays at 9). Three couples “determine whether they should get married or call it quits”
  • Hoffman Family Gold (Discovery, March 25, Fridays at 10). “Four years after he walked away from his tumultuous mining career to focus on his family, Todd has been given an opportunity too good to pass up and is returning to Alaska for one final shot at redemption”
  • Be My Guest with Ina Garten (Discovery+, March 26). “the Barefoot Contessa invites friends old and new to her East Hampton home for a day of conversation, connection, food and fun visits to some of her favorite local spots”
  • Dr. Jeff: Rocky Mountain Vet (Animal Planet, March 26, Saturdays at 8). “Dr. Jeff and his team take on complicated procedures and work tirelessly to treat the pets and wild animals who need their help most”
  • Critter Fixers: Country Vets (Nat Geo WILD, March 26, Saturdays at 9). “A bustling veterinary clinic in rural Georgia treats animals of all shapes and sizes”
  • Wizards of Paws (Nat Geo WILD, March 26, Saturdays at 10). Animal prosthetics expert Derrick Campana travels across the country to help animals with limited mobility

Week of March 27, 2022

  • Name that Tune: Celebrity Edition (Fox, March 29, Tuesdays at 9). “tests contestants’ music knowledge, as they battle it out in an assortment of challenging musical games for cash and prizes”
  • Lost Gold of the Aztecs (Histroy, March 29, Tuesdays at 10). “follows three families determined to break the 500-year-old curse of Emperor Montezuma and find the treasure”
  • Queen of Versailles Reigns Again (Discovery+, March 30). Jackie Siegel “and her family are ready to return to their famous 90,000 square-foot home” in a series [that] will chronicle a vast renovation project”
  • White Water Summer (Discovery+, March 30). “the river’s sexy and adventurous raft guides must paddle through demanding raft bosses, volatile relationships and tipsy clients”
  • Why the Heck Did I Buy This House? (HGTV, March 30, Wednesdays at 9). “San Antonio-based designer and renovator [and Survivor winner] Kim Wolfe will come to the rescue of homeowners who have major buyer’s remorse”
  • Married at First Sight: Australia (Lifetime, March 30, Wednesdays at 10:30). “some of Australia’s most adventurous singles will meet for the first time at the altar” in season 9
  • Brené Brown: Atlas of the Heart (HBO Max, March 31). “Dr. Brené Brown takes viewers on an interactive journey through the range of emotions and experiences that define what it means to be human”
  • Inventions that Changed History (Discovery+, March 31). “tells the unbelievable stories behind our culture’s most notable inventions”
  • Ex On the Beach (MTV, March 31, Thursdays at 8). romantically embattled stars from Love Island, Big Brother, Too Hot To Handle, World of Dance, The Challenge, Double Shot at Love and Paradise Hotel” are “constantly being blindsided by the surprise arrival of their exes”
  • Rat in the Kitchen (TBS, March 31, Thursdays at 9). chefs “compete in a series of creative cooking challenges, earning cash … while attempting to expose an undercover mole (the rat) determined to sabotage the dishes”
  • Marriage Boot Camp: Hip Hop Edition (WE tv, March 31, Thursdays at 9). K. Michelle, Kastan, Rich Dollaz, Mariahlynn, Lyrica, A1, Gangsta Boo, and Emmet “head to Marriage Boot Camp to face the music”

April 2022

  • Get Organized with the Home Edit (Netflix, April 1). Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin “are back to conquer clutter with their unique brand of interior styling, practicality and humor”
  • Luxe Listings Sydney (Amazon, April 1). “returns with leading Sydney real estate agents Gavin Rubinstein and D’Leanne Lewis, along with esteemed buyer’s agent Simon Cohen, who will be joined for by Black Diamondz Property Founder and Director Monika Tu”
  • Gold Rush: Freddy Dodge’s Mine Rescue (Discovery, April 1, Fridays at 9). “gold guru Freddy Dodge and master fabricator Juan Ibarra step in to help struggling miners learn how to run a successful mine”

Week of April 3, 2022

  • Final Moments (Oxygen, April 3, Sundays at 7). “delves into heart-wrenching crimes by taking a chilling look at victims’ last moments alive”
  • AfroPoP: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange (WORLD, April 4). a documentary series “about global Black activism” including “artists using their voices or everyday people advocating for change”
  • The Invisible Pilot (HBO, April 4, Mondays at 9). “a tale of a charismatic, daredevil husband and father who unexpectedly jumped off a bridge in 1977” and “hypnosis, secret identities and a double life of dangerous missions and law-breaking”
  • Mud, Sweat and Beards (USA Network, April 4, Mondays at 11). “wilderness experts and real-life best friends Donny Dust and Ray Livingston will tackle some of the earth’s most remote locations to do what they love and do best: build primitive paradises”
  • Big Restaurant Bet (Food Network, April 5, Tuesdays at 10). Geoffrey Zakarian “presents eight talented chefs with the opportunity to take the next step in their culinary career with challenges to determine who has what it takes to run their first restaurant”
  • Man in the Arena: Tom Brady (Hulu and Disney+, April 6). “Brady and other notable figures deconstruct the milestones of his legendary NFL career, mining the psychological and emotional terrain of each victory and defeat. Each episode focuses on a single Super Bowl appearance, beginning with Super Bowl XXXVI”
  • The Ultimatum: Marry or Move On (Netflix, April 6, Wednesdays). “One partner is ready to get married, the other isn’t quite as sure…. each will choose a new potential partner from one of the other couples, in a life-changing opportunity to get a glimpse of two different possible futures.”
  • Body Parts (TLC, April 6, Wednesdays at 10). “anaplastologist Allison Vest … is opening the doors to her practice and sharing the most devastating cases of patients who have lost major body parts, giving them a second chance by creating amazing, realistic prosthetics”
  • Serving the Hamptons (Discovery+, April 7). “the lives of the young, sexy restaurant staff at Southampton’s ‘it’ destination for dining, 75 Main, as they hook up, argue, and work together to make sure the clients come back for more”
  • Chef Boot Camp (Food Network, April 7, Thursdays at 10). Cliff Crooks “leads intense culinary drills that tests how these chefs cook under pressure, manage their time, and communicate”
  • The Repair Shop (Discovery+, April 9). Season 5 of the show following “an ensemble of skilled and passionate craftspeople put the beauty back into … precious objects”
  • Louisiana Law (Discovery, April 9, Saturdays at 8). “follows the men and women of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries as they patrol one of the most geographically diverse states in the U.S.”
  • Would I Lie to You? (The CW, April 9, Saturdays at 8:30). Aasif Mandvi hosts as celebrities “determine who is sharing facts and who is full of fiction by asking questions and watching body language”
  • Masters of Illusion (The CW, April 9, Saturdays at 9). “features more great escapes, fascinating sleight of hand and large-scale illusions”
  • Portals to Hell (Travel Channel, April 9, Saturdays at 10). Jack Osbourne and Katrina Weidman “search for evidence and answers as to who, or what, is wreaking such havoc”

Week of April 10, 2022

  • Building Roots (HGTV, April 10, Sundays at 9). Ben and Cristi Dozier “will build, design and renovate properties in their dreamy hometown of Pagosa Springs, Colorado
  • Rachael Ray’s Italian Dream Home (FYI, April 11, Mondays at 9). “Rachael Ray and her husband, John, begin their historic Tuscan home renovation project, a journey years in the making.”
  • Bake or Break (Food Network, April 11, Mondays at 10). Stephanie Boswell “and her team focus on one crashing bakery and figure out how to completely makeover their business”
  • Rise of the Nazis: Dictators at War (PBS, April 12, Tuesdays at 9). “the story of why dictatorships fail, and of the hubris that nearly destroyed freedom, but ultimately destroyed itself”
  • Our Great National Parks (Netflix, April 13). “invites viewers to celebrate and discover the power of our planet’s greatest national parks and wild spaces”
  • High Design (Discovery+, April 13). “HGTV alum, interior designer and self-proclaimed cannabis connoisseur Kim Myles … transforms marijuana dispensaries from California to Maine that are in need of major makeovers”
  • Moonshiners: American Spirit (Discovery, April 13, Wednesdays at 8). “the Moonshiners venture out on a fun-filled search for the legendary lost liquors of America’s past… and learn a thing or two about our nation’s history along the way”
  • The Great Pottery Throw Down (HBO Max, April 14). “Twelve of Britain’s best home potters compete to become champion ‘of the pottery’ as Ellie Taylor hosts” season five
  • The Kardashians (Hulu, April 14, Thursdays). “Kris, Kourtney, Kim, Khloé, Kendall and Kylie bring the cameras back to reveal the truth behind the headlines”
  • Mysteries of the Abandoned (Discovery, April 14, Thursdays at 8, and Tuesdays at 9 on Science Channel starting April 19). “follows experts as they uncover the stories behind these deserted marvels to reveal their once rich, sometimes mysterious, past and why they were left behind”
  • Handcrafted Hotels (Discovery+, April 15). “hotelier Ben Weprin and his team of artists, craftspeople and designers with Graduate Hotels create custom stays”
  • Come Dance with Me (CBS, April 15, Fridays at 8). “features exceptionally talented young dancers from across the country who invite one untrained family member who has supported their dance dreams to be their partner”

Week of April 17, 2022

  • Deadliest Catch (Discovery, April 19, Tuesdays at 8). “the Alaskan government shut down red king crab catching for the season” so “each captain is forced to start over and search the Bering Sea for a new way to make a living”
  • Deadliest Catch: Bloodline (Discovery, April 19, Tuesdays at 10). “demand is up for seafood from captain Josh Harris and Casey McManus’s warm water fishing operation in Hawaii, but so is the competition”
  • The Real World Homecoming: New Orleans (Paramount+, April 20, Wednesdays). “will reunite New Orleans cast members David ‘Tokyo’ Broom, Melissa Beck, Jamie Murray, Danny Roberts, Matt Smith, Julie Stoffer and Kelley Wolf”
  • Ultimate Cowboy Showdown (INSP, April 21, Thursdays at 8). “top cowboys from across the United States compete to win a herd of cattle (worth at least $50,000), a coveted belt buckle and a lifetime of bragging rights”
  • Celebrity IOU (HGTV, April 18, Mondays at 9). Celebrities “who want to give these extraordinary people in their lives surprise home renovations” team up with Drew and Jonathan Scott
  • The Power of Big Oil (PBS, April 19, Tuesdays at 10). “a deeply researched investigation of what scientists, corporations and politicians have known about human-caused climate change for decades, and the missed opportunities to mitigate the problem”
  • So Dumb It’s Criminal (Peacock, April 20). Snoop Dogg “invites some of today’s comedy-greats to roast the world’s dumbest criminals using a compilation of crime clips and surveillance videos”
  • All On The Table (Discovery+, April 20). “Hopeful restaurateurs deal with the stress and pressure of preparing a preview dinner for potential investors, presenting both the food and the total restaurant experience in hopes of securing funding”
  • The Wonder List with Bill Weir (CNN+, April 21). “will uncover how modernization, warming climates, and tourism affect Earth’s natural wonders – and the extraordinary actions of individuals trying to save them”
  • Windy City Rehab (HGTV, April 21, Thursdays at 9). “a re-energized and resilient Alison who, after weathering personal and professional challenges, dives into a new life chapter with optimism and renewed purpose”
  • They Call Me Magic (Apple TV+, April 22). “explores Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson’s remarkable journey from being the face of the Los Angeles Lakers and cementing himself as an all-time NBA legend, to changing the conversation around HIV, and transforming into a successful entrepreneur and community activist”
  • Selling Sunset (Netflix, April 22). “follows the city’s most successful female realtors who all work under the same roof at The Oppenheim Group”
  • A Tiny Audience (HBO Max and HBO Latino, April 22, Fridays at 9). “Each episode showcases one of Latin music’s icons and rising stars as they perform their biggest hits and share personal stories to a captive audience”

Week of April 24, 2022

  • Worst Cooks in America Celebrity Edition: That’s So 90s (Food Network, April 24, Sundays at 9). “Anne Burrell is joined for the first time by Jeff Mauro to transform a roster of retro celebrity recruits from clueless in the kitchen to totally rad cooks”
  • Sex & Murder (HLN, April 24, Sundays at 10). “uncovers the double lives, stunning greed, twisted grooming and deadly rampages of individuals often motivated by sex”
  • Inside Eats with Rhett & Link (Food Network, April 24, Sundays at 10:30). “Rhett & Link are meeting the people who create everything we love to eat, tasting their way to the truth while infusing their unique and delicious investigations”
  • How America Works (Fox Business, April 25, Mondays at 8). “takes an in-depth look at the skilled workforce across the country and the complicated systems that keep our infrastructure operational”
  • My Dream Car! (Fox Business, April 25, Mondays at 9). “follows the sentimental journey of families finding, buying, restoring, and surprising their parents with the car they once owned and loved”
  • American Built (Fox Business, April 26, Tuesdays at 8). “features the architects, engineers and historians who describe the sacrifice and work that went into the creation of” American landmarks
  • Billion Dollar Idea (Fox Business, April 26, Tuesdays at 9). “will feature 15 elite entrepreneurs who will compete head-to-head, testing their ideas with the hopes of being the winner of [Ben] Weiss’ up to one million dollar investment”
  • Help! I’m in a Secret Relationship! (MTV, April 26, Tuesdays at 9). “recording artist Travis Mills and actress Rahne Jones” … “are on a mission to uncover the heartbreaking stories of people who have been emotionally manipulated into keeping their relationships a secret”
  • Bullsh*t The Game Show (Netflix, April 27). Howie Mandell hosts a game show that “will offer contestants a chance to win big money, even when they don’t know the correct answer”
  • Mansion Global (Fox Business, April 27, Wednesdays at 8). “will take viewers on another trip to the most lavish, and at times outlandish, estates across the country”
  • American Dream Home (Fox Business, April 27, Wednesdays at 9). “the emotional and heartwarming stories of families’ achieving their American dream and finding their forever home”
  • Make or Break (Apple TV+, April 29). “follow elite athletes as they battle for the World Title at the World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour”
  • Renovation Goldmine (HGTV, April 30, Saturdays at 8). “Chicago’s Joe and Meg Piercy … [are] dedicated to repurposing the goldmine of treasures found in clients’ homes”
  • I Bought A Dump… Now What? (HGTV, April 30, Saturdays at 9). “follows homeowners who purchased dilapidated properties in hopes of renovating them into their forever home”

May 2022

Week of May 1, 2022

  • The Real Housewives of Atlanta (Bravo, May 1, Sundays at 8). “Kandi Burruss, Kenya Moore, Shereé Whitfield and Drew Sidora return. Former friend Marlo Hampton is back” and “[n]ewest Housewife Sanya Richards-Ross joins” with Monyetta Shaw as friend.
  • Naked and Afraid XL (Discovery, May 1, Sundays at 8). “eight XL rookies look to last 40 days, while four All-Stars try to become Legends and conquer 60 days”
  • Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy (CNN, May 1, Sundays at 9). “Stanley Tucci indulges his passion for Italian cooking as he explores the stories and people behind the world’s most popular cuisine”
  • Nomad with Carlton McCoy (CNN, May 1, Sundays at 10). “uncovers the wellspring of new ideas, talent, and creation that has formed in some of the world’s most well-known destinations”
  • Welcome Home Nikki Glaser? (E!, May 1, Sundays at 10). “comedian, podcast host, and roastmaster Nikki Glaser is getting a major wake-up call as new life events take her back to her roots in her hometown of St. Louis”
  • Murder in the Heartland (ID, May 2, Mondays at 9). “the complex and dramatic story of a murder … told through the collective point-of-view of a Middle American town and its residents”
  • Lil Jon Wants To Do What? (HGTV, May 2, Mondays at 10). Lil Jon and designer Anitra Mecadon “[help] skeptical homeowners who feel trapped in a boring home find their design wild side with startlingly unconventional renovation ideas that seem impossible to execute”
  • The Ultimate Fighter: Team Peña vs. Team Nunes (ESPN+, May 3, Tuesdays). “UFC bantamweight champion Julianna Peña and featherweight champion Amanda Nunes, will go head-to-head to help their teams win a UFC contract”
  • Holey Moley (ABC, May 3, Tuesdays at 8). “Both new and past fan-favorite holes will be featured every wee” while “Muppets favorites unite with on-camera commentating duo Rob Riggle and Joe Tessitore”
  • The Chase (ABC, May 3, Tuesdays at 9). “Three new Chasers – Victoria Groce, Brandon Blackwell and Buzzy Cohen — join returning Chasers Brad Rutter and James Holzhauer as Sara Haines hosts”
  • Who Do You Believe? (ABC, May 3, Tuesdays at 10). “true-crime cases” are told via “two contrasting narratives to hear the recounts directly from the victims and criminals with never-before-revealed details”
  • The Secret of Skinwalker Ranch (History, May 3, Tuesdays at 10). “follows the accredited team of scientists, researchers, and experts as they push their experiments beyond anything that has been done on the ranch before”
  • The Circle (Netflix, May 4, Wednesdays). “More catfishing, more drama, more money and surprises await as a new set of contestants compete in challenges to earn the ultimate cash prize as top influencer”
  • See No Evil (ID, May 4, Wednesdays at 9). “presents dramatic stories of crimes being solved with the aid of surveillance cameras”
  • Taste of the Border (Discovery+, May 5). “Chef Claudia Sandoval traverses the US-Mexico border, exploring the diverse culinary landscape of often-overlooked border towns”
  • Wild Babies (Netflix, May 5). “Follow the adventures of baby lions, elephants, penguins, pangolins and more as they learn to navigate the highs and lows of life in the wild”
  • The Big Conn (Apple TV+, May 6). “tells the unbelievable true story of the larger-than-life attorney, Eric C. Conn, who defrauded the government over half a billion dollars in the largest Social Security fraud case in history”
  • Mind for Design (Discovery+, May 6). “Brian Patrick Flynn creates breathtaking spaces with an eclectic-yet-distinctive style”
  • The Great Soul Food Cook-Off (OWN, May 6, Fridays at 10). Eric Adjepong and Melba Wilson judge “a first-of-its-kind soul food cooking competition series celebrating Black chefs and the Black culinary traditions that are the cornerstone of American cuisine”
  • Murdered by Morning (Oxygen, May 7, Saturdays at 8). “documents the captivating stories of victims whose evenings took a turn for the worse and end in homicide”

Week of May 8, 2022

  • Love in the Jungle (Discovery+, May 8). “fourteen unlucky-in-love singles … participate in mating rituals pulled straight from the animal kingdom – and do so with little to no verbal communication”
  • Exhumed: Killer Revealed (Oxygen, May 8, Sundays at 7). “examines gripping murder cases in which unearthing a victim’s body is the key to solving the twisted crimes.”
  • Help! I Wrecked My House (HGTV on TikTok, May 8 to 15). Jasmine Roth is “surprising her mom with a beach condo and a top-to-bottom renovation to make it the ultimate oasis”
  • Love Match Atlanta (Bravo, May 8, Sundays at 10). “Five of the top Black Matchmakers in Atlanta navigate both their complicated clients and complicated friendship with each other”
  • BBQ Brawl (Food Network, May 9, Mondays at 9). Anne Burrell, Jet Tila, and Bobby Flay “mentor and coach nine upcoming stars in the barbecue world with culinary battles that test their skills and their ability to work together as a team”
  • Never Seen Again (Paramount+, May 10). “real mysteries about real people who have disappeared from families and relationships, abandoning lives, leaving only theories in their wake: Where did they go? Why?”
  • The Quest (Disney+, May 11). “a groundbreaking, immersive, hybrid competition series that drops eight real-life teenagers (Paladins) into the fantastic, fictional world of Everealm, where they must save a kingdom by fulfilling an ancient prophecy”
  • The Challenge: All-Stars 3 (Paramount+, May 11). “the most iconic, boldest, and fiercest Challenge All Stars from the original The Real World and Road Rules return for a second chance”
  • Messy History of American Food (Discovery+, May 11, Wednesdays). “experts shine a light on the messiest origin stories of American food and food culture”
  • The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills (Bravo, May 11, Wednesdays at 8). “Kyle Richards, Lisa Rinna, Erika Jayne, Dorit Kemsley, Garcelle Beauvais, Sutton Stracke, and Crystal Kung Minkoff” return with “Diana Jenkins and friend Sheree Zampino” joining the cast, and Kathy Hilton returning “as a friend”
  • Jailhouse Redemption (Discovery+, May 12). “follows a group of heroin addicts on their paths to recovery”
  • Commit or Quit with Judge Lynn Toler (WE tv, May 12, Thursdays at 10). “Couples in crisis turn to the honorable Judge Lynn Toler for a life altering decision to get married or break up for good”
  • Bling Empire (Netflix, May 13). “Los Angeles’s beloved uber-rich Asians are back with even more luxury, glamor and crazy”
  • Greatness Code (Apple TV+, May 13). “what truly drives the world’s greatest athletes to succeed. This season, Lindsey Vonn, Marcus Rashford, Russell Wilson, Leticia Bufoni, Scout Bassett, and Bubba Wallace pull back the curtain”
  • Zoe Bakes (Discovery+, May 13). “Zoë François bakes and cooks her favorite recipes, from easy main dishes to delicious desserts, with a little help from her friends and family”
  • Mama June: Road to Redemption (WE tv, May 13, Fridays at 9). “picking-up where June’s run-in with the law left off”
  • Love & Marriage: D.C. (OWN, May 14, Saturdays at 9). Real Housewives of the Potomac’s “Monique and Chris Samuels are back on reality TV to show who they truly are”

Week of May 15, 2022

  • Basketball Wives (VH1, May 16, Mondays at 8). Appearing this season are “veteran cast members Jackie, Malaysia and Jennifer and MVPs from seasons past Brandi, Angel, Duffey, Brooke and Brittish with appearances by Shaunie, Nia and Noria”
  • VH1 Couples Retreat (VH1, May 16, Mondays at 9). “celebrity couples showcase the challenges and triumphs of their relationships, navigating the complex waters of love, heartache and communication”
  • Unfaithful: Caught in the Act (VH1, May 16, Mondays at 10). Tami Roman “sets out on a mission to empower suspicious lovers to catch their cheating partners in the act”
  • Little People, Big World (TLC, May 17, Tuesdays at 9). “The Roloffs face big changes and challenging times as a rift in the family causes an unexpected divide”
  • Welcome to Plathville (TLC, May 17, Tuesdays at 10). “As the Plaths explore new cities, navigate their love lives, change and grow in ways none of them ever expected, what’s certain is the recent past never seemed so far behind”
  • Supermarket Stakeout (Food Network, May 17, Tuesdays at 10). “four talented chefs persuade unsuspecting customers to sell their groceries as they attempt to turn the ingredients into themed culinary delights”
  • Love on the Spectrum U.S. (Netflix, May 18). “follows autistic people as they navigate the world of dating and relationships”
  • So You Think You Can Dance (Fox, May 18, Wednesdays at 9). The dance competition returns with new judges but the same basic format.
  • Buy It or Build It (HGTV, May 18, Wednesdays at 9). “stars Dallas-based twin brothers and contractors Chris and Calvin LaMont as they help clients decide whether to renovate an existing home to fit their lifestyle or build a new home that is completely customized to their needs”
  • The Deep End (Freeform, May 18, Wednesdays at 10). “an arresting and provocative exploration inside the world of one of today’s most controversial spiritual teachers and her dedicated followers”
  • The G Word with Adam Conover (Netflix, May 19). “pulls back the curtain on the surprising ways the US government impacts our everyday lives, from the mundane to the life changing”
  • Insiders (Netflix, May 19, Thursdays). Ten new candidates sign up for a casting call for a reality show, unaware the cameras have already started rolling. Let the mind games begin — again.
  • Ghost Adventures: House Calls (Discovery+, May 19, Thursdays). Zak Bagans, Aaron Goodwin, Billy Tolley, and Jay Wasley “responds to urgent calls for help from desperate homeowners whose lives have been thrust into turmoil from unexplained activity” 
  • Interrogation Raw (A&E, May 19, Thursdays at 10). “explores the delicate twists and turns of some of the most fascinating interrogations ever done”
  • RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars (Paramount+, May 20, Fridays). Season 7 “will feature a cast of all former winners returning to compete for the title ‘Queen of All Queens’ and a cash prize of $200,000″
  • Restoration Road with Clint Harp (Discovery+, May 20, Fridays). “Carpenter Clint Harp hits the road in search of incredible historical structures across the country that are in need of restoration”
  • The Retro Plant Shop with Mikey & Jo (Discovery+, May 20, Fridays). “Mikey McCall launches the business of her dreams: a retro-inspired plant shop that blends her passion for gardening with her love of unique, vintage items”
  • Dynasties II (BBC America, May 21, Saturdays at 8). “provides a fresh insight into the secret lives of some of the most charismatic animals on the planet – puma, elephant, cheetah, hyena, meerkat and macaque”

Week of May 22, 2022

  • Two Shallow Graves (Discovery+, May 22). a “never-before-seen look at [Chase] Merritt’s murder trial and the investigation into the” murders of his friend “Joseph McStay, McStay’s wife, and their two young sons”
  • Carnival Eats (Cooking Channel, May 22, Sundays at 9). “Food of every imaginable shape, size, color and taste are being created specifically for the connoisseurs who ply midways and fairgrounds”
  • Baby Drivers (Discovery+, May 23). “Troy Adams of the legendary Adams Motorsports Park” which is “the breeding ground for the next racing superstar, and for the dads and moms of kids as young as 7 years old who are dangerously taking corners at 70mph”
  • Don’t Forget the Lyrics (Fox, May 23, Mondays at 8). “Niecy Nash hosts the all-new revival of the popular game show” that has singing contestants try to remember lyrics
  • Beat Shazam (Fox, May 23, Mondays at 9). “pits teams of two against the clock and each other, as they attempt to identify the biggest hit songs”
  • Somebody Feed Phil (Netflix, May 25). “will feature Phil traveling to all new destinations, including Oaxaca, Portland (Maine), Helsinki, Portland (Oregon) and Madrid”
  • Masterchef: Back to Win (Fox, May 25, Wednesdays at 8). Returning chefs, including two from Masterchef: Junior, “will get a second chance to prove they have what it takes, facing the toughest challenges to-date”
  • Expedition Unknown (Discovery, May 25, Wednesdays at 8). “adventurer Josh Gates takes his explorations to new heights (and into hidden, underground tunnels)”
  • Expedition X (Discovery, May 25, Wednesdays at 9). “Josh’s team of investigators – scientist Phil Torres and paranormal researcher Jessica Chobot – explore the stranger side of the unknown”
  • Fight or Flight (Discovery+, May 26, Thursdays). “Somy [Ali] works with real victims … to extricate them from the situations from which they seek to escape”
  • Alone (History, May 26, Thursdays at 9). “for the first time ever, ten contestants fight to survive in the bitter wilderness of the Northeast shores of Labrador, Canada – a location known for being the hunting ground of the predatory polar bear”
  • Accused: Guilty or Innocent? (A&E, May 26, Thursdays at 9). “follows the dramatic inside stories – as they unfold – of people facing trial for serious crimes they are alleged to have committed”
  • Crimes Gone Viral (ID, May 26, Thursdays at 9). “riveting stories behind shocking crimes that go viral”
  • Kings of Pain (History, May 26, Thursdays at 10:30). “wildlife biologist Adam Thorn and professional animal handler ‘Caveman’ Rob Alleva as they continue their scientific journey to get bitten and stung by some of the most dangerous animals and vicious stinging insects in the world”
  • Rooms We Love (Discovery+, May 27). “Passionate interior designers show off their favorite rooms in beautiful houses across the country, explaining what makes these rooms inspirational”
  • Carpool Karaoke: The Series (Apple TV+, May 27). Celebrities this season “include Simu Liu & Jessica Henwick; ‘White Lotus’ costars Murray Bartlett, Alexandra Daddario & Sydney Sweeney; Anitta & Saweetie; Zooey Deschanel & Jonathan Scott, who first met on Carpool Karaoke”

Week of May 29, 2022

  • Exposure (YouTube, May 29, Sundays and Mondays). “takes eight content creators from across the country, with a diverse range of interests and talents, and challenges them to showcase their creative skills”
  • American Monster (ID, May 29, Sundays at 9). “Never-before-seen-video footage looks straight into the eyes of a killer, hidden in plain sight”
  • Life Below Zero: First Alaskans (National Geographic, May 30 at 8, then Tuesdays at 8). “follows new Alaska Natives as they use sophisticated techniques and methods passed down from generation to generation to thrive in some of the most brutal environments”
  • Origins of Hip Hop (A&E, May 30 at 10, then Tuesdays at 10 starting June 6). “will explore the origins of Busta Rhymes, Eve, Fat Joe, Grandmaster Flash, Ice-T, Ja Rule, Lil Jon, and Uncle Luke as they reflect on their personal journeys and the evolutions of their artistic points of view through their own eyes”
  • The American Presidency with Bill Clinton (History, May 30 at 10:30, then Mondays at 9). “a comprehensive look at a wide variety of presidential action that moved our country forward” and “presidential decisions that further divided our country”
  • America’s Got Talent (NBC, May 31, Tuesdays at 8). “returns with a new set of aspiring performers looking to compete for the ultimate $1 million prize”
  • Catfish: The TV Show (MTV, May 31, Tuesdays at 8). “Nev Schulman and Kamie Crawford are back traveling the country” to “dive deep into murky depths to uncover how far catfishing goes in 2022”
  • Dancing with Myself (NBC, May 31, Tuesdays at 10). “a group of everyday people compete each week in a series of high-energy dance challenges designed and demonstrated by the show’s celebrity creators Shakira, Nick Jonas, Liza Koshy and host Camille Kostek”
  • Chopped: Desperately Seeking Sous Chef (Food Network, May 31, Tuesdays at 9). “judges Maneet Chauhan, Scott Conant and Chris Santos … are critiquing the chefs’ cooking skills along with their attitude, leadership, and ability to multitask to determine who” will win “a job offer by Scott, Maneet or Chris to join their restaurants as a sous chef”
  • Bobby Brown: Every Little Step (A&E, May 31 at 10, then Tuesdays at 9). “an exclusive look at his life with wife Alicia Etheredge-Brown and their children as he focuses on new business ventures, new music as well as the 2022 reunion with New Edition on The Culture Tour”

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Wednesday 1st of June 2022

Thank you, Andy! With all the streaming in my life right now I could never keep up if not for you! And seeing Exposure on your list made my night! Can't wait for the summer list. I think it's going to be a great reality summer! Oh yeah, I was wondering if you've seen All That Glitters on HBO Max and if you know if there will be a season 2. I liked it almost as much as The Great Pottery Throw Down and was wondering what you thought of it if you've seen it.

Andy Dehnart

Wednesday 1st of June 2022

You're welcome, Terri! And the summer premiere schedule is now live!


Sunday 24th of April 2022

Thanks for the list. Seeing all of the shows in a list, I'm thinking my brain is mush. "Sex & Murder," now that I have to watch.