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Summer 2023 reality TV schedule and guide

Summer 2023 reality TV schedule and guide
Summertime is for reading books, cool drinks in the shade, and great reality TV. (Photo by Ardi Evans/Unsplash)

Summer is here! And so are the big reality TV shows. While we’ll have to wait longer than usual for some of them, there will be plenty to watch. Returning shows include Claim to Fame, an all-star Project Runway, American Ninja Warrior, and The Bachelorette, while new shows range from Superfan to Luann and Sonja: Welcome to Crappie Lake.

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 June 1, 2023, such as America’s Got Talent, Hoarders, Barbecue Showdown, and The Kardashians, refer to the spring 2023 schedule.

For feature documentaries and reality TV specials, see the summer 2023 documentary premiere guide.

Program descriptions in quotation marks indicate that the text has come from network press releases, the show’s website, or other official materials. Other summaries are mostly my snarkiness.

I frequently update this list throughout the quarter, and 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 have stopped publicly announcing returning seasons.

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

Summer 2023 reality TV premieres

June | July | August | September | October | November

June 2023

  • Naked. Loud. Proud. (Max, June 1). “Discover the key members of Poland’s LGBTQ+ drag and burlesque scene”
  • All Star Shore (MTV, June 1, Thursdays at 8). The Paramount+ series comes to cable; reality TV stars “battle it out for a cash prize”
  • The Dead Files (Travel Channel, June 1, Thursdays at 9). “Former NYPD homicide detective Steve DiSchiavi and medium Amy Allan reunite to help solve incidents of devastating paranormal activity for beleaguered homeowners”
  • Eli Roth Presents: The Legion Of Exorcists (Travel Channel, June 1, Thursdays at 10). “details terrifying stories of demonic possession from cursed objects inflicting harm to complete human body takeovers”
  • Searching For Soul Food (Hulu, June 2). “follows rock star celebrity chef Alisa Reynolds as she discovers what soul food looks like around the world”
  • Queen of the Universe (Paramount+, June 2, Fridays). “the world’s fiercest queens … debut a new musical performance in front of a live audience” and are judged by Michelle Visage, Vanessa Williams, Trixie Mattel, and Mel B.
  • Guy’s All-American Road Trip (Food Network, June 2, Fridays at 9). “the Fieris, along with a caravan of campers full of their family and friends, hit the road for an unforgettable trip full of wild adventures, family competitions, and some of the best food in Tennessee and Kentucky.”
  • Painting with John (HBO, June 2, Fridays at 11). “Cult-favorite musician, actor, director, painter, and The Lounge Lizards founder John Lurie returns” with “the artist enhancing his intricate watercolor techniques while reflecting on life lessons big and small”
  • Vacation House Rules (HGTV, June 3, Saturdays at 9). “contractor and real estate expert Scott McGillivray … shows families how to unlock the full potential of their vacation property”
  • Zombie House Flipping (A&E, June 3, Saturdays at 11). “Justin Stamper, Ashlee Casserly, and Keith Ori have made a name for themselves flipping rotting, abandoned properties – ‘zombie houses’ – into beautifully remade homes”

Week of June 4, 2023

  • 90 Day Fiance: Before the 90 Days (TLC, June 4, Sundays at 8). “7 brand new couples preparing to meet their partner in person for the first time, and one returning favorite, reuniting to figure out if they have what it takes to make their relationship work”
  • Battle on the Beach (HGTV, June 4, Sundays at 9). “heads to vacation hotspot Gulf Shores, Alabama,” where Taniya Nayak, Ty Pennington, and Alison Victoria will mentor teams that compete weekly challenges
  • America’s National Parks (National Geographic, June 5, Mondays at 9). “depicts the beauty and wonder of cherished natural space”
  • The Age of Influence (Hulu, June 5). “an unfiltered look at the rise and fall of infamous influencers”
  • American Ninja Warrior (NBC, June 5, Mondays at 8). “returns with the most elite athletes in the country competing on the world’s most difficult obstacle courses”
  • Stars on Mars (Fox, June 5, Mondays at 8). “adventurous celebrities prepare for take-off to the red planet, where they will live, eat, sleep, strategize, and bond with each other in … conditions that simulate life on Mars”
  • Crime Scene Kitchen (Fox, June 5, Mondays at 9). “bakers are tasked with decoding what type of dessert was made” and “must then recreate the recipe for celebrity judges”
  • Destination: European Nights (Paramount+, June 6). “award-winning soccer journalist and CBS Sports analyst Guillem Balagué … travels tens of thousands of miles” to explore “the scenes, the people and the players that provide the genius, drama and thrills that make the UEFA Champions League”
  • Body Cam (ID, June 6, Tuesdays at 9). “uses body camera footage” from police officers
  • Customer Wars (A&E, June 6, Tuesdays at 9). “spotlights the conflicts that arise when disgruntled and irrational customers come face-to-face with the employees doing their best to take care of their needs”
  • Storage Wars (A&E, June 6, Tuesdays at 10). “returns to bidding, buying and selling for a new season of wild auction battles in California”
  • Late Night Lockup (ID, June 6, Tuesdays at 10). “all the commotion that transpires during graveyard shifts”
  • The Secret of Skinwalker Ranch (History, June 6, Tuesdays at 10). “the team goes deeper and higher than ever before, applying cutting edge technology to investigate the 512-acre property”
  • Secrets & Sisterhood: The Sozahdahs (Hulu, June 7). “follows 10 Muslim American sisters whose faith and bonds are put to the ultimate test while trying to navigate cultural expectations, their careers and love in Los Angeles”
  • Arnold (Netflix, June 7). “An intimate look inside the life and career of Arnold Schwarzenegger. Pulling back the curtain like never before.”
  • Big Freedia Means Business (Fuse, June 7, Wednesdays at 10). Big Freedia “explores all of the music and entrepreneurial opportunities that have opened up to her”
  • Love Is Blind: Brazil (Netflix, June 7). “Camila Queiroz and Klebber Toledo guide a new batch of Brazilian singles through their search to find the one.”
  • The Real Housewives of Orange County (Bravo, June 7, Wednesdays at 8). “Tamra Judge makes her triumphant return … joining veteran Housewives Shannon Storms Beador, Heather Dubrow, Gina Kirschenheiter and Emily Simpson,” plus new cast member Jennifer Pedranti and RHOBH’s Taylor Armstrong joins as a friend
  • Mysteries of the Abandoned (Discovery Channel, June 7, Wednesdays at 11). “stories of the extraordinary people who originally designed these [engineering] marvels and those now bringing new life to each project”
  • Tour de France: Unchained (Netflix, June 8). “follows several cycling teams as they compete in the 2022 installment of the world’s most grueling bike race”
  • Alone (History Channel, June 8, Thursdays at 9). “Dropped in Northern Saskatchewan, Canada—home to vicious predators including territorial black bear, wolves, and moose—the ten survivalists will compete with each other … in an effort to last for as long as they can”
  • Tex Mex Motors (Netflix, June 9). “Junkers turn into jewels when they’re in the hands of these pros, who bring cars from Mexico to El Paso for radical restorations in this lively series”
  • Tribunal Justice (Amazon Freevee, June 9, weekdays). “features a panel of three judges adjudicating real and compelling cases … followed by a lively and spirited deliberation”
  • Match Me in Miami (Roku Channel, June 9). “spotlights an elite matchmaking agency challenged with coupling up singles in the city where the party never ends”
  • The Proof is Out There (History Channel, June 9, Fridays at 10). “an in-depth look at some of the most incredible and thought-provoking videos of unexplained phenomena and mysterious must-see moments”
  • Build It Forward (HGTV, June 10, Saturdays at 6). “designer Taniya Nayak and builder Shane Duffy will surprise five dedicated community heroes … [with] a surprise, life-enhancing renovation for their home and community project”
  • New York Homicide (Oxygen, June 10, Saturdays at 9). “investigates murders that shook the city to its core, and the unrelenting grit shown by law enforcement, family and friends who stopped at nothing to get justice”

Week of June 11, 2023

  • Snapped: Killer Couples (Oxygen, June 11, Sundays at 6). “dives into the stories behind a couple’s romance, depicting how they started out lovestruck and quickly devolved into chaos”
  • Yellowstone Wardens (Animal Planet, June 11, Sundays at 9). “the lives of conservation officers of Montana defending public lands, handling anti-poaching sting operations, and more.”
  • WWE’s Most Wanted Treasures (A&E, June 11, Sundays at 9). “WWE Legends Booker T, Mick Foley, and Lita [are] leading the search to reclaim WWE’s most iconic memorabilia”
  • Stone Cold Takes on America (A&E, June 11, Sundays at 10). “Austin hits the road in his RV, accepting challenges from fans that push him out of his comfort zone”
  • Hey Yahoo! (Game Show Network, June 12, weekdays at 8). “two teams of three players each compete to guess what millions of people are searching for on Yahoo”
  • Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta (MTV, June 13, Tuesdays at 8). “original cast members are making comebacks after major setback” while new cast try “to prove themselves as the next big musicians rising out of Atlanta”
  • Why the Heck Did I Buy This House? (HGTV, June 13, Tuesdays at 8). Survivor winner Kim Wolfe “uses her expert skills to reinvent lifeless spaces and make homeowners finally fall in love with their home”
  • Our Planet II (Netflix, June 14). “unravels the mysteries of how and why animals migrate to reveal some of the most dramatic and compelling stories in the natural world”
  • Temptation Island (USA Network, June 14, Wednesdays at 9). “Four couples at a crossroads try “single life” to decide if they should stay together.”
  • Small Town Potential (HGTV, June 14, Wednesdays at 9). “real estate agent and designer, Davina Thomasula, and her life partner and contractor, Kristin Leitheuser, will help families who are ready to settle down in a cozy upstate New York town find the perfect house to renovate”
  • The Big D (USA Network, June 14, Wednesdays at 10). “JoJo Fletcher and Jordan Rogers host as recent divorcees search for romance in paradise with one catch: their exes are along for the journey.”
  • Swiping America (Max, June 15, Thursdays). “follows a group of diverse singles from New York City (Ashleigh, Kesun, Kris, Reagan) on an introspective, eight-city dating app journey”
  • Project Runway All-Stars (Bravo, June 15, Thursdays at 8). “Fourteen of the most beloved designers from across 19 seasons are given one last shot to change their life forever with a career-defining win”
  • 60 Days In (A&E, June 15, Thursdays at 9). people “volunteer to go behind bars at the Pitt County Detention Center,” ugh
  • Outchef’d (Food Network, June 15, Thursdays at 9:30). Eddie Jackson surprises chefs who are “thinking they are entering an audition” but are actually going “into a head-to-head culinary battle against a renowned world-class chef”
  • True Crime Story: Look Into My Eyes (Sundance, June 15, Thursdays at 10). “unfurls the bizarre story of Dr. George Kenney and his fall from grace after 10 years as a beloved principal at North Port High School in Florida where he practiced hypnosis on students.”
  • Booked: First Day In (A&E, June 15, Thursdays at 10). “takes viewers through America’s booking process from the point of view of the arrestee”
  • Morimoto’s Sushi Master (Roku Channel, June 16). “features renowned chef and restauranter Masaharu Morimoto as head judge of a cooking competition centered on the world’s most popular cuisine: sushi”
  • Hoffman Family Gold (Discovery Channel, June 16, Fridays at 9). Todd “Hoffman returns to Alaska’s Mammoth Valley Mine with a plan to unearth 1,000 ounces of gold to turn a profit and pay off his $750,000 of debt”
  • Extraordinary Birder with Christian Cooper (Nat Geo Wild, June 17, Saturdays at 10). “Life-long birder Christian Cooper takes us into the wild, wonderful and unpredictable world of birds”

Week of June 18, 2023

  • The Great Food Truck Race: David and Goliath (Food Network, June 18, Sundays at 8). “nine teams from across the country … must prove their culinary expertise, marketing savvy and selling skills in action-packed challenges to beat their rivals”
  • Beachside Brawl (Food Network, June 18, Sundays at 10). Antonia Lofaso hosts and Eric Adjepong and Brian Malarkey lead “teams of five professional cooks”
  • Street Outlaws: Mega Cash Days (Discovery Channel, June 19, Mondays at 8). “follows 64 of the fastest small tire street racers who compete for a $100,000 cash prize at the end of the season”
  • The Great American Recipe (PBS, June 19, Mondays at 9). “a new group of inventive home cooks … compete to wow the judges with their beloved signature dishes”
  • Street Outlaws: After Hours (Discovery Channel, June 19, Mondays at 10). “takes viewers into the daily lives of the racing teams featured in Mega Cash Days from Oklahoma City, New Orleans, Memphis and California.”
  • Break Point (Netflix, June 21). “The most promising players in tennis see dreams realized and hopes dashed as the second half of the 2022 season takes them from Wimbledon to the US Open”
  • LA Fire & Rescue (NBC, June 21, Wednesdays at 8). “offers unprecedented access to the inner workings of the Los Angeles County Fire Department”
  • Holmes Family Rescue (HGTV, June 21, Wednesdays at 9). “contractor Mike Holmes and his kids, home renovation experts Michael Holmes, Jr. and Sherry Holmes, will … rescue more desperate clients who are struggling with botched construction jobs”
  • Dr. Pimple Popper (TLC, June 21, Wednesdays at 9). “Dr. Sandra Lee is a renowned dermatologic and cosmetic surgeon who is tasked with removing life-altering growths from her patients’ skin in an effort to help them reclaim their lives”
  • Drag Race México (WOW Presents Plus, June 22). Lolita Banana and Valentina host as “eleven contestants seek to take home the crown, become Mexico’s next drag superstar and win a grand cash prize”
  • Downey’s Dream Cars (Max, June 22, Thursdays). Robert Downey Jr. is “bringing his beloved old cars into the future, making them faster, more powerful, and more efficient while keeping their souls intact”
  • Trippin’ with Anthony Anderson and Mama Doris (E!, June 22, Thursdays at 10). “Anthony and Mama Doris navigate other cultures and their mother/son relationship”
  • Carpool Karaoke: The Series (Apple TV+, June 23). “All-new episodes feature Alison Brie, Darren Criss, Cara Delevingne, Cedric The Entertainer, Avril Lavigne, Lea Michele, Alanis Morissette, Danny Pudi, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Yungblud, the casts of Ghosts, Girls5eva, Apple TV+’s The Afterparty, and more”
  • Catching Killers (Netflix, June 23). “Real-life investigators recount stories of cold-blooded killers, the desperate efforts to stop them and the brave people who brought them to justice”
  • Gold Rush: Mine Rescue with Freddy and Juan (Discovery Channel, June 23, Fridays at 10). Freddy Dodge and Juan Ibarra use their “expert eyes, ingenious solutions, and clever hacks can [to] dramatically increase even the worst gold operation”
  • Love & Marriage: Detroit (OWN, June 24, Saturdays at 9). “a group of African American families with deep ties to Detroit who have decided to stay in the city and prove they can provide the best lives possible for their families in this community on a comeback”

Week of June 25, 2023

  • Claim to Fame (ABC, June 26, Mondays at 8). “challenges relatives of celebrities to live together under one roof and conceal their identity and lineage in the quest for their own fame and fortune”
  • The Bachelorette (ABC, June 26, Mondays at 9). “Charity Lawson’s journey to find love will continue when she steps in as the leading woman”
  • McEnroe’s Places (ESPN+, June 28, Wednesdays). “Tennis legend John McEnroe explores the history of the game with players of the past and present”
  • Secret Chef (Hulu, June 29). “Guided by a mischievous animated talking hat, the [pro and amateur] chefs are tasked to perform a series of cooking challenges” and “must rate each other’s final dishes in blind taste tests”
  • Press Your Luck (ABC, June 29, Thursdays at 8). Elizabeth Banks hosts the “game of wits, strategy and even higher stakes as contestants try to avoid the iconic and devilish WHAMMY”
  • Generation Gap (ABC, June 29, Thursdays at 9). “pairs teams of seniors and juniors, challenging them to answer questions about pop culture from each other’s generations”
  • Christina on the Coast (HGTV, June 29, Thursdays at 9). “Christina and her team, including fellow designer and project manager James Bender, will take on more clients looking for the coastal-inspired renovation”
  • The Chase (ABC, June 29, Thursdays at 10). “three competitors face off against the Chaser, a ruthless quiz genius determined to stop them from winning cash prizes”
  • Revealed (HGTV, June 29, Thursdays at 10). Veronica Valencia and her team are “creating beautiful and modern spaces that honor the family’s cultural heritage”
  • Is it Cake, Too? (Netflix, June 30). Bakers “compete to create hyper-realistic cakes that look exactly like everyday objects”
  • Outback Opal Hunters (Discovery, June 30, Fridays at 11). “The world’s toughest treasure hunters look for Opal in the Outback”

July 2023

  • The Interrogation Room (FilmRise, July 1). “Vivica A. Fox gives viewers insider access to interrogation rooms” and “examines tell-tale signs and reveals master techniques that professionals use to obtain the all-important confession”
  • Buried in the Backyard (Oxygen, July 1, Saturdays at 8). “unearths stories of homicide victims left hidden underground in idyllic places where their unsuspected killers never anticipated discovery”
  • Tough As Nails season 5 (CBS, July 2, Fridays and Sundays at 8). “essential workers from both the United States and Canada” will “test their strength, endurance, life skills and mental toughness in challenges that take place in real-world scenarios”
  • Unknown (Netflix, July 3, Mondays). “tells breathtaking stories of adventure and exploration in awe-inspiring uncharted territories”
  • Human Footprint (PBS, July 5, Wednesdays at 9). “biologist and Princeton University professor Shane Campbell-Staton embarks on a journey to understand all the ways humans have transformed the planet”
  • Orangutan Jungle School (Smithsonian Channel, July 5, Wednesdays at 9). “In the heart of Borneo’s rainforest in Indonesia lies a unique school, where rescued orphan orangutans are taught survival skills by a team of specially trained humans”
  • Deep Fake Love (Netflix, July 6). “Five couples put their trust to the test in this steamy reality series, where deepfake technology blurs the line of truth and lies in a cash prize game”
  • Breaking the Ice (WE tv, July 6, Thursdays at 9). “follow[s] Washington DC area-based ice skating champion, Rory Flack, and her groundbreaking journey to lead the first all diverse, competitive synchronized ice skating team”
  • Hack My Home (Netflix, July 7). “home renovation and design gurus combine their skills to transform overcrowded spaces with their creative, out-of-the-box builds, decor and storage solutions”
  • Ready to Love (OWN, July 7, Fridays at 8). “grown men and women in their 30’s and 40’s who are seeking the special relationship-of-a-lifetime that has eluded them thus far”

Week of July 9, 2023

  • The Prank Panel (ABC, July 9, Sundays at 8). “lets everyday people pitch pranks targeting family members, friends and co-workers to a panel of the world’s greatest pranksters”
  • See It Loud: The History of Black Television (CNN, July 9, Sundays at 9). “celebrates the achievements of Black actors and creators, examining the historical impact Black culture has on all culture”
  • Running Wild with Bear Grylls: The Challenge (National Geographic, July 9, Sundays at 9). “Bear and his guests will venture from the highest peaks of Scotland to unforgiving terrain in Wyoming for more ultimate, life-changing challenges and adventures”
  • Paranormal: Caught on Camera (Travel Channel, July 9, Sundays at 9). “a panel of both returning and new experts breaks down the footage and analyzes what exactly the eyewitnesses captured”
  • Luann and Sonja: Welcome to Crappie Lake (Bravo, July 9 at 9, then Sundays at 10). “The Benton City Council surprises the town residents by inviting … Luann de Lesseps and Sonja Morgan to help spruce up their small town (population just shy of 7,000) that was devastated by the pandemic”
  • Celebrity Family Feud (ABC, July 9, Sundays at 9). Steve Harvey hosts as “celebrities, along with their immediate family members or their extended TV families, going head-to-head”
  • Last Call: When a Serial Killer Stalked Queer New York (HBO, July 9, Sundays at 9). “In the early 1990s, with homophobia and hate crimes on the rise as the AIDS crisis worsens, a serial killer preys upon gay men in New York City, infiltrating queer nightlife to find his victims.”
  • Never Say Never with Jeff Jenkins (National Geographic, July 9, Sundays at 10). “follows Jeff as he travels the world testing the limits of his physical abilities” and “makes deep connections with locals and learns not just about the world, but also about himself.”
  • The $100,000 Pyramid (ABC, July 9, Sundays at 10). “Michael Strahan is back to host … the timeless word-association game where two celebrities and their contestant partners face off”
  • 90 Day Fiance: The Other Way (TLC, July 10, Mondays at 8). “Americans move to a foreign country all in the name of love”
  • BBQ Brawl (Food Network, July 10, Mondays at 9). “superstar chefs Bobby Flay, Anne Burrell and series newcomer Sunny Anderson coach twelve of the best pitmasters from across the country in high-stakes challenges”
  • Lil Jon Wants To Do What? (HGTV, July 10, Mondays at 9). “Lil Jon and Anitra will push his bold creative vision to new heights, maxing out homes with over-the-top features that wow homeowners”
  • Secrets of Playboy (A&E, July 10, Mondays at 9). “unravels the glamourous mythology behind the Playboy empire and examines the far-reaching consequences of association with the brand”
  • People Magazine Investigates (ID, July 10, Mondays at 9). profiles “some of the most horrifying crimes” with “interviews with those closest to these crimes, incredible archival footage and emotional, firsthand accounts”
  • Dark Marvels (History, July 10, Mondays at 10). “explores the history and engineering behind the world’s most diabolical inventions”
  • Secrets of Miss America (A&E, July 10, Mondays at 10). “delves into the long-kept secrets of America’s oldest beauty pageant, exposing the shocking scandals at its core”
  • BBQ USA (Food Network, July 10 at 10:30, then Mondays at 10). “Michael Symon is back with more sizzling heat, tantalizing smoke, and mouthwatering action at the country’s biggest and toughest BBQ competitions”
  • Nineteen to Twenty (Netflix, July 11). “A group of young adults share their last week of teens and first week of twenties together — experiencing freedom and all the ‘firsts’ of adulthood.”
  • Chopped All-American Showdown (Food Network, July 11, Tuesdays at 8). “elite chefs from four corners of the country … will fight ferociously for American pride and the tournament’s coveted prize: $50,000”
  • Caught in the Act: Unfaithful (MTV, July 11, Tuesdays at 9). Tami Roman “teams up with suspicious lovers to catch and confront their cheating partners”
  • OutDaughtered (TLC, July 11, Tuesdays at 9). “Life is never dull with the only set of female quintuplets in the country”
  • Everything But the House (Lifetime, July 11, Tuesdays at 10). “families that need to clear the clutter out of their homes or downsize call on a group of appraisers to help them cash in on a hidden treasures hiding in plain sight.”
  • Quarterback (Netflix, July 12). “Go inside the huddle and into the homes of three NFL quarterbacks in this candid docuseries tracing their 2022-23 season”
  • Sugar Rush: The Baking Point (Netflix, July 12). “six teams of culinary artists blend innovation and tradition to create edible marvels”
  • Project Greenlight (Max, July 13). “A reinvention of the critically acclaimed original Miramax Television and HBO series, Project Greenlight focuses on the next generation of talented female filmmakers who are given the chance to direct a feature film”
  • Eli Roth Presents: A Ghost Ruined My Life (Travel Channel, July 13, Thursdays at 9). “real-life stories of hauntings that have left emotional and sometimes physical scars”
  • Five Star Chef (Netflix, July 14). “Seven professional chefs compete to bring their fine-dining concept to the historic Palm Court restaurant at London’s luxurious Langham Hotel”
  • Too Hot to Handle (Netflix, July 14). “Another sultry but sexless retreat awaits, under Lana’s watchful eye, for a group of incurably flirty singles hoping to win a massive $200,000 prize”
  • Lincoln Log Masters (The Roku Channel, July 14). “follows Cody, Wilson and the Knaughty Log Crew—the only log home building company with the Lincoln Log stamp of approval—as they design, build, break down, and rebuild epic log homes and structures across Oregon”

Week of July 16, 2023

  • Barbie Dreamhouse Challenge (Max, July 16). “features eight teams of HGTV superstars as they transform a Southern California home into a real-life Barbie Dreamhouse”
  • The Real Housewives of New York City (Bravo, July 16, Sundays at 9). “Six independent and successful women—Sai De Silva, Ubah Hassan, Erin Lichy, Jenna Lyons, Jessel Taank and Brynn Whitfield—are taking the city that never sleeps by storm”
  • Carnival Eats (Cooking Channel, July 16, Sundays at 9). “Foods of every imaginable shape, size, color and taste are being created specifically for the connoisseurs who ply midways and fairgrounds”
  • Below Deck Down Under (Bravo, July 17, Mondays at 8). “Captain Jason Chambers and Chief Stew Aesha Scott will return for the new season. New crew members include Chef Tzarina Mace-Ralph,Bosun Luke Jones, Deckhands Adam Lukasiewicz and Harry Van Vliet, and Stews Laura Bileskaine and Margot Sisson”
  • Love Island USA (Peacock, July 18, Thursdays through Tuesdays at 9). season five “will feature a new group of sexy singles on a search for love in a beautiful villa”
  • Surf Girls Hawai’i (Amazon Prime Video, July 18). “follows the next generation of Native Hawaiian female surfers as they compete to earn a coveted spot on the professional surfing World Tour”
  • Down to Earth with Zac Efron (The CW, July 18, Tuesdays at 8). “Zac Efron and superfoods expert Darin Olien travel the world in search of the secrets to good health, a long life, and a higher level of eco-consciousness”
  • Fantastic Friends (The CW, July 18, Tuesdays at 9). “Experience extraordinary exploits across the globe with James and Oliver Phelps”
  • Southern Storytellers (PBS, July 18, Tuesdays at 10). “follows some of the region’s most compelling and influential contemporary creators to the places they call home — the communities that fertilize the stories they tell in books, songs, poems, plays and on screens large and small”
  • Teen Mom: The Next Chapter (MTV, July 19, Wednesdays at 8). “follows some of the most beloved moms from Teen Mom OG and Teen Mom 2, including Amber Portwood, Ashley Jones, Briana DeJesus, Catelynn Baltierra, Cheyenne Floyd, Jade Cline, Leah Messer, and Maci Bookout McKinney, all of whom are navigating new challenges in their lives”
  • Big RV Remix (Hulu, July 21). “At Celebrity Trailers, co-owned by Big Boi (Outkast) and Janice Faison, the team creates one-of-a-kind builds, while under the pressure of looming deadlines and varied budgets”
  • Reptile Royalty (Roku Channel, July 21). follows “the world-renowned Reptile Zoo in Fountain Valley, California,” where Jay Brewer “cares for over 600 of the rarest and exotic reptiles on Earth alongside his daughters and fearless fellow animal lovers”
  • Making Modern with Brooke and Brice (Magnolia, July 21, Fridays at 8). “A builder and designer married duo take their side hustle to new heights”
  • Love During Lockup (WE tv, July 21, Fridays at 9). “follows the journey of six non-cons as they go through the early stages of their romance with” an incarcerated person
  • The Incredible Dr. Pol (NatGeo Wild, July 22, Saturdays at 9). “follows Dr. Pol as he travels across rural Michigan to care for every family pet and head of livestock in need of expertise and kindness”

Week of July 23, 2023

  • Renovation Resort Showdown (HGTV, July 23, Sundays at 9). Real estate expert and contractor Scott McGillivray” and “builder and home renovation expert Bryan Baeumler … overhaul his newly purchased rundow lakeside resort”
  • The Mega-Brands That Built America (History, July 23 at 10, then Sundays at 9). “delves into the surprising origin stories behind some of the world’s biggest brands and offers a vivid portrayal of the trailblazing founders”
  • The Great British Baking Show: The Professionals (Netflix, July 24). Season 7 of the UK show; “New presenter Stacey Solomon joins Liam Charles as 12 pairs of accomplished pastry chefs from around the UK whip up sweet creations for expert judges”
  • Sharks Unknown with Jasmin Graham (PBS Terra, July 25, Tuesdays). “Shark Scientist Jasmin Graham leads a team of BIPOC peers in elasmobranch science to uncover stories never seen before”
  • Primal Survival: Extreme African Safari (National Geographic, July 25, Tuesdays at 10). “Survival expert Hazen Audel treks through Africa’s Great Rift Valley on an extreme expedition to see rare and magnificent wildlife out in the open”
  • To Catch a Smuggler (National Geographic, July 26, Wednesdays at 9). “Defending our borders are the vigilant men and women of the Department of Homeland Security, whose agencies make up a three-tiered defense of America’s airports”
  • My Strange Arrest (A&E, July 26, Wednesdays at 10). “an in-depth look at the people who were arrested for allegedly committing some of the weirdest, wildest and most bizarre crimes ever”
  • RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under (WOW Presents Plus, July 28, Fridays). Season three; “10 fierce and fabulous queens from across Australia and New Zealand will be put to the test, competing to snatch the crown”
  • How to with John Wilson (HBO, July 28, Fridays at 11). “John Wilson continues his heartfelt mission of self-discovery, exploration, and observation as he films the lives of his fellow New Yorkers while attempting to give everyday advice on six new deceptively simple and wildly random topics”
  • Farm Dreams (NatGeo Wild, July 29, Saturdays at 10; Disney+, Aug. 2). “farmer/forager Indy Officinalis … connects aspiring farmers with experts in order to help them live out their dream of living in nature on their own terms”

Week of July 30, 2023

  • Naked and Afraid Castaways (Discovery Channel, July 30, Sundays at 8). Teams of three “must use only their navigational skills and fashion everything they need to survive from wreckage and debris strewn across the island”
  • Air Disasters (Smithsonian Channel, July 30, Sundays at 8). “each episode will examine harrowing accidents under central themes such as bad pilot pairings, VIPs on board, collision courses, and more”
  • How Did They Fix That (Smithsonian Channel, July 30, Sundays at 9). “follows host Mike Davidson as he works with the hard hat heroes who keep the world’s biggest and toughest machines on earth running”
  • Survive the Raft (Discovery, July 30, Sundays at 9). “follows nine diverse contestants who set sail on the Acali II for twenty-one days to test whether personal interest will sabotage the team’s chance to win a fortune together”
  • Rewind the ’90s (National Geographic, July 31, Mondays at 9). “Celebrities, eyewitnesses and pop culture pundits relive the most memorable moments of the decade that ushered in the new millennium”

August 2023

  • Bering Sea Gold (Discovery Channel, Aug. 1, Tuesdays at 9). “the miners—including a young newcomer—return to the frigid Bering Sea, battling dangerous underwater ice formations, equipment failures, and crew mishaps”
  • College Hill: Celebrity Edition (BET, Aug. 1, Tuesdays at 10). Season one of the BET+ show, on which celebrities go to an HBCU, airs on cable
  • Drag Race Philippines (WOW Presents Plus, Aug. 2, Wednesdays). “the best of Pinoy drag excellence returns with twelve of the fiercest, most fabulous Filipino drag artists from all over the world”
  • Big Brother 25 (CBS, Aug. 2, Wednesdays and Sundays at 8, Thursdays at 9). “Expect the unexpected this summer with a season full of twists and turns and throwbacks to the last 24 seasons”
  • Expedition X (Discovery Channel, Aug. 2, Wednesdays at 9). “Jessica Chobot and Phil Torres … mount unprecedented expeditions into the unexplained”
  • Wildly Wyoming (Outside TV, Aug. 3, Thursdays at 6). Follows three groups “on adventure-packed paths across Wyoming. On each route, teams will meet with locals, guides, and organizations focusing on access, preservation, and stewardship”
  • Jersey Shore Family Vacation (MTV, Aug. 3, Thursdays at 8). “for the first time in 11 years, original cast member Sammi ‘Sweetheart’ reunites with her former housemates”
  • Fboy Island (The CW, Aug. 3, Thursdays at 9). A season that previously aired on HBO Max will be on broadcast TV for the first time
  • Botched (The CW, Aug. 3, Thursdays at 10). “World-renowned Drs. Terry Dubrow and Paul Nassif are back in the O.R. for season eight”
  • The Marriage Pact (Roku Channel, Aug. 4). “follows single friends who must fulfill or break a promise from the past: a pact to marry if both are still single by a certain age”
  • The Big Nailed It Baking Challenge (Netflix, Aug. 4). “Nicole and Jacques will provide 10 bakers with every tool and resource they need to go from OH NO to PRO”
  • Secret Celebrity Renovation (CBS, Aug. 4, Fridays at 8). Nischelle Turner hosts and Rob Mariano and Sabrina Soto design as celebrities “show their gratitude to someone in their hometowns through a surprise renovation”
  • Women on Death Row (A&E, Aug. 4, Fridays at 9). “profiles a harrowing crime and trial through exclusive interviews with the convicted women, witnesses, family members of victims, family members of the convicted women, attorneys, and law enforcement officials”
  • Miss/Match (OFTV, Aug. 4, Tuesdays). “Host Antje Utgaard finds out if she can make sparks fly between two very different OF creators in just one afternoon”
  • The Great Chocolate Showdown (The CW, Aug. 5, Saturdays at 8). Season 4 of the Canadian show where “home bakers go head-to-head in the indulgent world of chocolate”
  • Recipe for Disaster (The CW, Aug. 5, Saturdays at 9). “three professional chefs and their cooking buddies compete to prepare spectacular dishes under absurdly adverse conditions”
  • Beyond the Headlines (Lifetime, Aug. 5, Saturdays at 11). “a deeper exploration of shocking stories that riveted the country, with acclaimed journalist Ana Garcia as the host”

Week of Aug. 6, 2023

  • Worst Cooks in America: Love at First Bite (Food Network, Aug. 6, Sundays at 8). “food superstars Anne Burrell and Jeff Mauro each lead a team of fun and flirty kitchen disasters through a life-changing culinary bootcamp”
  • Text Me When You Get Home (Lifetime, Aug. 7, Mondays at 8). “each episode follows the case of an innocent woman who has been abducted, harmed or even killed while she was out by herself”
  • Ugliest House in America (HGTV, Aug. 7, Mondays at 8). “Comedian Retta travels across the country to tour properties nominated by their owners as the ugliest home around. After crowning the worst of the worst, designer Alison Victoria surprises the homeowners with a … renovation”
  • Meet Marry Murder (Lifetime, Aug. 7, Mondays at 10). Helen Hunt narrates “US homicide cases of spouses insidiously killed by their partners”
  • Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the New York Jets (HBO, Aug. 8, Tuesdays at 10). “[embeds] camera crews at the Jets’ training camp in Florham Park, N.J. to chronicle third-year head coach Robert Saleh preparing his team of young emerging stars and prominent veterans”
  • Superfan (CBS, Aug. 9, Wednesdays at 9). “features six music superstars as they each crown their biggest fan” via “contestants vying in multiple rounds of play to prove they are their favorite artist’s most devoted supporter”
  • Fight to Survive (The CW, Aug. 10, Thursdays at 8; Roku Channel, Sept. 29). Akbar Gbajabiamila hosts as “17 competitors—including former Survivor, Alone, Naked and Afraid and American Ninja Warrior contestants—must survive 25 days on a remote tropical island combatting brutal conditions—and each other—to win $250,000”
  • The Challenge: USA (CBS, Aug. 10, Thursdays at 10, also Sundays at 9 until Aug. 31). CBS and MTV reality stars “will compete in one of the most unpredictable and demanding games”
  • Down for Love (Netflix, Aug. 11). “follows several people with Down syndrome as they navigate the trials and triumphs of dating”
  • My Lottery Dream Home (HGTV, Aug. 11, Fridays at 9). David Bromstad “crisscrosses the country to help his clients find fantasy homes with their newly attained fortunes”
  • Men in Kilts: A Roadtrip with Sam and Graham (Starz, Aug. 11, Fridays at 9:30). “Join Outlander stars Sam Heughan and Graham McTavish as they travel down under”
  • Kings of BBQ (A&E, Aug. 12, Saturdays at 9). Anthony Anderson and Cedric The Entertainer “embark on a cross country barbeque adventure to learn all they can about the best techniques, flavors, and traditions while also working to launch their own brand”
  • Hip Hop Treasures (A&E, Aug. 12, Saturdays at 10). “Led by LL Cool J and Ice T alongside field collectors and museum curators, the team tells the story of some of Hip Hop’s greatest artists and the items they made famous”

Week of Aug. 13, 2023

  • Telemarketers (HBO, Aug. 13, Sundays at 10). “chronicles the darkly comedic, unexpected 20-year journey of two unlikely office buddies, who stumble upon the murky truth behind the work they’ve been doing at a seedy New Jersey call center”
  • 90 Day: The Last Resort (TLC, Aug. 14, Mondays at 9). Five couples “will participate in a couples retreat to determine whether or not they can heal old wounds”
  • Couch Talk with Captain Lee and Kate Chastain (Bravo, Aug. 14, Mondays at 10). “Fan-favorites and longtime friends Captain Lee Rosbach and Kate Chastain breakdown the biggest moments of the week on Bravo”
  • Boss Moves with Rasheeda (Philo, Aug. 15). Love and Hip Hop Atlanta’s Rasheeda Frost “gives a never-before-seen inside look at how she runs her growing empire on a day-to-day basis”
  • Good Bones (HGTV, Aug. 15, Tuesdays at 9). “Mina, a real estate agent, and Karen, a lawyer, will continue to buy dilapidated Indianapolis properties, take them down to the studs and renovate them”
  • The Love Experiment (MTV, Aug. 15, Tuesdays at 10). “Three single best friends will enter a literal ‘hall’ of eligible men, who are all ready to commit”
  • At Home with the Furys (Netflix, Aug. 16). “Heavyweight champion of the world Tyson Fury attempts to navigate retirement, his mental health and hectic family life alongside his wife Paris, brother Tommy and Molly Mae Hague”
  • Guy’s Grocery Games: All-Star Invitational (Food Network, Aug. 16, Wednesdays at 9). “culinary giants Karen Akunowicz, Nate Appleman, Jose Garces, Ilan Hall, Stephanie Izard, Mei Lin, Shota Nakajima, and Jonathon Sawyer … vie for the chance to win up to $75,000 in prizes and the coveted trophy”
  • Battle of the Decades (Food Network, Aug. 16, Wednesdays at 10). “Teams comprised of two chefs from different generations tackle challenges in which they must use popular ingredients and gadgets from the past as well as take on viral food trends and classic dishes”
  • Cold Case Files: DNA Speaks (Hulu, Aug. 17). “murder cases that remained unsolved for decades and were ultimately cracked with DNA evidence”
  • Building Impossible with Daniel Ashville (National Geographic, Aug. 17, Thursdays at 6). “hands-on with teams working these engineering marvels to help make the impossible possible”
  • Honest Renovations (Roku, Aug. 18). Jessica Alba and Lizzy Mathis are “surprising parents with renovations to take their homes from cluttered and chaotic to functional and fabulous”
  • MarkKim + Chef (Max, Aug. 18). “With their wedding fast approaching, superstars Kimberley Ann Woltemas and Mark Prin Suparat learn to cook from professional chefs”
  • Time of Essence (OWN, Aug. 18, Fridays at 9). “tell[s] the story of how ESSENCE has informed and reflected Black culture in America for over 50 years” with “commentary on that era’s biggest moments from the icons, trailblazers, staffers and leaders who lived and defined them”

Week of Aug. 20, 2023

  • Disappeared (ID, Aug. 20, Sundays at 10). “shocking, unsolved missing persons cases from across the country”
  • Sister Wives (TLC, Aug. 20, Sundays at 10). “The Browns share an intimate look at their unconventional family”—or what’s left of it after the divorces
  • Bobby’s Triple Threat (Food Network, Aug. 22, Tuesdays at 9). “Tiffany Derry, Michael Voltaggio and Brooke Williamson take on highly skilled competitors in three head-to-head cooking rounds with surprise featured ingredients”
  • The Ultimatum: Marry or Move On (Netflix, Aug. 23, Wednesdays). Couples “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”
  • Mountain Men (History Channel, Aug. 24, Thursdays at 8). people “navigate unforgiving landscapes and battle the elements to pursue their independent way of life”
  • Toya & Reginae (WE tv, Aug. 24, Thursdays at 9). “the ups and downs of Atlanta’s most dynamic mother daughter duo, Toya Johnson-Rushing and Reginae Carter”

Week of Aug. 27, 2023

  • The Conversations Project (Hulu, Aug. 28). “A conversation series of funny, fearless, and far-ranging dinner parties with great Black guests, from athletes and entertainers to astronauts, Michelin-starred chefs, and philosophers”
  • Once Upon a Time in Northern Ireland (PBS, Aug. 28, 29, and 30, at 8). “combines unfiltered personal accounts with archival footage to tell the story of the people and communities that had to live with conflict daily—and are still dealing with its legacies today”
  • The Curious Chef (Tastemade, Aug. 29). Stephanie Izard “explores the flavors being created in home kitchens, hidden gem street stalls, pop-ups and secret restaurants”
  • Mysteries of the Abandoned: Hidden America (Discovery Channel, Aug. 29, Tuesdays at 10). “investigates the stories behind these amazing sites and celebrates some of these great American icons”
  • Heart of Invictus (Netflix, Aug. 30). “follows a group of extraordinary competitors from around the globe, all service members who have experienced life-changing injuries or illnesses, on their road to the Invictus Games The Hague”
  • Drag Race Brasil (WOW Presents Plus, Aug. 30, Wednesdays). “twelve contestants are competing to take home the crown, become Brazil’s next drag superstar and win a cash prize”
  • Expedition Bigfoot (Discovery Channel, Aug. 30, Wednesdays at 10). The team “hunt[s] for evidence in the Alaska mountains,” and probably won’t find any, as usual

For premieres on and after Sept. 1, 2023, see the fall 2023 reality TV schedule

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kristin raye

Tuesday 22nd of August 2023

The seasonal Reality Blurred tv premiere list is everything … ! In my opinion it’s difficult to follow programs through most of the individual streaming apps. Thank you, thank you, thank you for doing what you do, Andy!


Andy Dehnart

Tuesday 22nd of August 2023

You're welcome, Kristin! I'm so glad you find it useful! I just started work on the fall guides today, so look for that Sept. 1!


Wednesday 28th of June 2023

The Fantastic Friends and Down to Earth for CW are both acquisitions - they are not original seasons


Thursday 29th of June 2023

@Andy Dehnart, awesome ! Just mentioning because you said in the F Boy Island that it was aired elsewhere. Thank you for this list - it’s super helpful and amazing!

Andy Dehnart

Wednesday 28th of June 2023

Yep! They're here because it's the first broadcast in the U.S., like The CW did before with The Great Chocolate Showdown, or Peacock did with The Traitors UK.


Thursday 15th of June 2023

I was all set to watch Save My Skin on TLC last night but it was just a Pimple Popper rerun. Do you have an updated premiere date?

Andy Dehnart

Friday 16th of June 2023

Unfortunately, no! It looks like TLC just pulled it, and has not yet given a new premiere date.


Wednesday 7th of June 2023

I have just watched the first 2 episodes of Late Night Lockup and it's really damn funny! Spoiler alert: there are many farts in episode 2. 😂


Saturday 3rd of June 2023

I don't think that premiere date for All Star Shore season 2 is accurate. That date has come and gone and no sign of season 2.

Andy Dehnart

Tuesday 6th of June 2023

Thanks, but it's not season two; it's season one being broadcast on MTV. I include pay streaming shows making their debut on cable to alert people who might not have access to that streaming service.