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Fall 2023 reality TV schedule and guide

Fall 2023 reality TV schedule and guide
Leaves drop in the fall, and so do new reality TV shows. (Photo of Horten, Norway, by Inge Wallumrød/Pexels)

The ongoing WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes have halted production on scripted shows, including those that would have premiered this fall. While reality TV is not filling in all the gaps, there will be plenty of unscripted television!

A dozen new shows premiere on two consecutive nights alone, including returning shows such as Survivor and The Amazing Race, and new series The Golden Bachelor and Snake Oil—never mind shows that started this summer and are still going strong, like BB25.

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 Sept. 1, 2023, and are continuing to air this fall—such as The Challenge USA, Big Brother 25, and Drag Race Brasil—refer to the summer 2023 reality TV schedule.

I also maintain a separate guide for feature documentaries and one-off reality TV specials: the fall 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 from me, and may include snark.

I frequently update this list throughout the quarter, and work hard to ensure this a comprehensive list of reality TV and documentary series premieres. That’s increasingly challenging now as schedules change frequently and some networks have stopped publicly announcing returning seasons.

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

Fall 2023 reality TV premieres


September | October | November | December


September 2023

  • God. Family. Football. (Amazon Freevee, Sept. 1). “former pro football player, legendary high school football coach, and pastor Denny Duron … comes out of a 30-year retirement from head coaching to lead the football program he founded”
  • Love is Blind: After the Alter (Netflix, Sept. 1). “the married couples raise a toast to their one-year anniversaries and the singles reflect on the past year … Have marriages and friendships grown together or grown apart?”

Week of Sept. 3, 2023

  • Life Below Zero (National Geographic, Sept. 4, Mondays at 9). “Ricko DeWilde’s children take an active role in their way of life. Sue Aikens restores her body and spirit on the tundra. Andy Bassich and Denise Becker seek new resources on the Yukon River. The Hailstones adapt to unnerving changes. Jessie Holmes recovers from a near-death accident. And Cole Sturgis teaches his daughters to survive”
  • Tough Love with Hilary Farr (HGTV, Sept. 4, Mondays at 9). Hilary “solves families’ inadequate living arrangements with her signature wit, no-nonsense approach and smart design choices”
  • Life Below Zero: Next Generation (National Geographic, Sept. 4, Mondays at 10). “Johnny Rolfe uses grit to endure the Brooks Range. The Roaches explore new land for an opportunity. Mario and Clare learn to survive in Hayes Valley. The Sarvelas battle unique conditions on the Kenai coast. The Rowlands build onto their remote lifestyle in McCarthy while the Browns work to transform their farm.”
  • One Shot: Overtime Elite (Amazon Prime Video, Sept. 5). “explores the lives of OTE’s next generation of basketball stars from around the country, as they navigate through various challenges and grueling training in pursuit of a professional basketball career”
  • Drag Race Germany (Wow Presents Plus, Sept. 5, Tuesdays). “fierce queens from across Germany, Austria and Switzerland competing for the title of Germany’s first Drag Superstar”
  • The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City (Bravo, Sept. 5, Tuesdays at 9). “Returning this season is Lisa Barlow, Heather Gay, Meredith Marks and Whitney Rose, along with familiar face Angie Katsanevas, who now holds a snowflake. New housewife Monica Garcia joins the ladies. Mary Cosby returns as a friend”
  • My Big Fat Fabulous Life (TLC, Sept. 5, Tuesdays at 9). “The Thore Family is grieving the devastating loss of Whitney’s mom, Babs. Whitney is desperate to help her father find joy in life again and helps to create a bucket list for him”
  • Welcome to Plathville (TLC, Sept. 5, Tuesdays at 10). “parents Kim and Barry are separated and on their way to a divorce”
  • Worth the Hype (Tastemade, Sept. 6, Wednesdays at 7). “Chef Frankie Celenza takes viewers on a culinary road trip to the most buzz-worthy food spots around”
  • Ultimate Cowboy Showdown (INSP, Sept. 6, Wednesdays at 8). an all-star season that “pits a unique, fearless cohort of cowboys against one another in a gritty battle for an awe-inspiring prize—their own herd of cattle”
  • Crime Scene Confidential (ID, Sept. 6, Wednesdays at 9). “forensic expert and former CSI Alina Burroughs … uses modern forensic science to re-examine some of the most complex crimes in this country’s history”
  • America Outdoors with Baratunde Thurston (PBS, Sept. 6, Wednesdays at 10). Baratunde Thurston goes “on an adventure-filled journey across the U.S. to discover how nature shapes the way Americans work, play and interact with the outdoors”
  • Evolution Earth (PBS, Sept. 6, Wednesdays at 10). “a global expedition to reveal animals keeping pace with a planet changing at superspeed”
  • The Dead Files (Travel Channel, Sept. 7, Thursdays at 10). “psychic medium Cindy Kaza joins former NYPD homicide detective Steve DiSchiavi … to help solve unexplained paranormal phenomena plaguing property owners across America”
  • Selling The OC (Netflix, Sept. 8). “O Group agents work to keep their eyes on the prize as they meet a potential new teammate, battle red-hot rumors and test the real estate waters in Cabo”
  • Dr. Oakley: Yukon Vet (National Geographic, Sept. 9, Saturdays at 10). “Every day is a unique challenge for Dr. Michelle Oakley, the only all-species vet across a remote and inhospitable swath of wilderness”

Week of Sept. 10, 2023

  • Unsellable Houses (HGTV, Sept. 10, Sundays at 8). “Real estate consultants and twin sisters Leslie Davis and Lyndsay Lamb have a knack for helping desperate homeowners sell their lifeless homes”
  • Ride with Norman Reedus (AMC, Sept. 10, Sundays at 10). “Hit the road with Norman Reedus and his friends again! Join Keanu Reeves, Josh Holloway, Adri Law, Johnny Knoxville and more”
  • Halloween Baking Championship (Food Network, Sept. 11, Mondays at 9). John Henson hosts and Stephanie Boswell, Carla Hall, and Zac Young judge 12 bakers “at the Henson & Sons Carnival”
  • Glow Up (Netflix, Sept. 12). Season 5 of the UK makeup artist competition
  • Welcome to Wrexham (FX, Sept. 12, Tuesdays at 10). “[tracks] the dreams and worries of Wrexham, a working-class town in North Wales, UK, as two Hollywood stars guide the future of the town’s historic football club”
  • Animals Up Close with Bertie Gregory (Disney+, Sept. 13). “the filmmaker embarks on a new set of adventures to capture wildlife behaviors … [following] individual animals for weeks at a time”
  • A La Carte (BET+, Sept. 14, Thursdays). “follows a group of twenty-somethings that are new to Los Angeles but finding themselves at a crossroads in life and love”
  • Southern Charm (Bravo, Sept. 14, Thursdays at 9). Venita Aspen, Leva Bonaparte, Craig Conover, Olivia Flowers, Taylor Ann Green, Austen Kroll, Madison LeCroy, and Shep Rose return, plus new cast members Rod Razavi, Jarrett “JT” Thomas, and Rodrigo Reyes
  • No Demo Reno (HGTV, Sept. 14, Thursdays at 9). Jenn Todryk “will continue to deliver breathtaking whole-home transformations without major demolition”
  • Buddy Games (CBS, Sept. 14, Thursdays at 9). “best friends from different backgrounds … live together, compete in wild challenges and prove their bonds run deep”
  • Inside the World’s Toughest Prisons (Netflix, Sept. 15). “Journalist and former inmate Raphael Rowe experiences life inside prisons in Finland, the Czech Republic, Indonesia and the Solomon Islands”
  • Love After Lockup (WE tv, Sept. 15, Fridays at 9). “follows seven new couples including five fan favorites from Love During Lockup as they discover more love, new doubts and encounter unforeseen obstacles in their relationships”
  • Love & Marriage: Huntsville (OWN, Sept. 16, Saturdays at 8). “features Melody Shari and Martell Holt, Kimmi and Maurice Scott, Marsau and LaTisha “Tisha” Scott, as well as Tiffany and Louis Whitlow, beauty maven Stormi Steele and her husband Courtney Beasley, plus Tisha’s cousin Keke Jabbar”

Week of Sept. 17, 2023

  • Relative Race (BYU TV, Sept. 17, Mondays at 8). “follows four teams that race each other across the United States as they meet relatives linked by DNA for the first time”
  • Halloween Wars (Food Network, Sept. 17, Sundays at 9). “nine teams made up of pumpkin carvers, cake bakers, and sugar artists brave a haunted house as they are challenged to create killer Halloween cake displays”
  • Books That Shaped America (C-SPAN, Sept. 18, Mondays at 9). “a literary journey, tracing America’s history by exploring masterpieces in literature that have had, and still have today, a major impact on society”
  • The Big Bake (Food Network, Sept. 18, Mondays at 11). “Professional baking teams have five hours to design, bake and decorate grand-scale cake creations”
  • Celebrity Name That Tune (Fox, Sept. 19, Tuesdays at 8). “an all-celebrity edition with games that will test the musical knowledge of athletes, musicians, actors, TV personalities, comedians and Olympians all playing for their favorite charities”
  • Becoming Frida Kahlo (PBS, Sept. 19, Tuesdays at 9). “strips away the myths to reveal the real Frida – a passionate and brilliant artist living through extraordinary times
  • I Can See Your Voice (Fox, Sept. 19, Tuesdays at 9). “a rotating panel of celebrity detectives to help one contestant tell the difference between good and bad singers…without ever hearing them sing a note”
  • Skin in the Game with Dr. Ibram X. Kendi (ESPN+, Sept. 20). “delves into and challenges racism in the sports world, and will reveal how pervasive racism is in sports, while challenging the thoughts and systems of various governing bodies”
  • The D’Amelio Show (Hulu, Sept. 20, Wednesdays). “Dixie and Charli experience their highs and lows together, but without Marc and Heidi to mediate, things come to a head when they can’t see eye-to-eye”
  • Ready 4 Work (Cheddar News, Sept. 21, Thursdays at 8:30). “follows college graduates, stay-at-home moms, career changing professionals and more as they attempt to look for work”
  • All Star Shore (MTV, Sept. 21, Thursdays at 9). “12 reality stars … come together for an epic vacation at the ultimate shore house on an island off of Cartagena, Colombia to battle it out over a variety of epic party-style challenges”
  • Interrogation Raw (A&E, Sept. 21, Thursdays at 9). “explores the delicate twists and turns of some of the most fascinating interrogations ever don”
  • Love Is Blind (Netflix, Sept. 22, Fridays). Season five of Netflix’s influencer divorce factory
  • Taskmaster (YouTube, Sept. 22). Season 16 “stars Greg Davies as the Taskmaster, Alex Horne as the Taskmaster’s Assistant, and Julian Clary, Lucy Beaumont, Sue Perkins, Susan Wokoma and Sam Campbell as the contestants”
  • Fully Torqued (History, Sept. 23, Saturdays at 11). Steve Pazmany is “focused on delivering automotive dreams to an ever-expanding client list”

Week of Sept. 24, 2023

  • José Andrés and Family in Spain (CNN, Sept. 24, Sundays at 9). “follows larger than life chef and celebrated humanitarian José Andrés on a gastronomic adventure across his homeland with his three American-raised daughters, Carlota, Inés and Lucia Andrés”
  • The Mightiest (Smithsonian Channel, Sept. 24, Sundays at 9). “the incredible feats of human effort, technology and innovation connected together via a common theme. The series will kick off on Sunday, September 24 at 9/8c. Episodes will premiere weekly on Sunday.
  • Outrageous Pumpkins (Food Network, Sept. 24, Sundays at 10). “Eight elite pumpkin carvers begin their journey to become the next Outrageous Pumpkins Champion”
  • Kitchen Nightmares (Fox, Sept. 25, Mondays at 8). The return of the series that “follows [Gordon] Ramsay as he revamps a restaurant in crisis, exposing the stressful realities of running a successful food business”
  • The Voice (NBC, Sept. 25, Mondays and Tuesday at 8). “features new coach and country music legend Reba McEntire along with returning coaches John Legend, Gwen Stefani and Niall Horan”
  • Below Deck Mediterranean (Bravo, Sept. 25, Mondays at 9). “Capt. Sandy Yawn and Stews Natalya Scudder and Kyle Viljoen return for the new season, joined by fan-favorite Tumi Mhlongo” and new crew members
  • Special Forces: World’s Toughest Test (Fox, Sept. 25, Mondays at 9). celebrities “test their bodies and minds as they are pushed to the limit through some of the harshest, most grueling challenges from the playbook of the actual Special Forces selection process”
  • Halloween Cookie Challenge (Food Network, Sept. 25, Mondays at 10). “Celebrity pastry chef Duff Goldman and social media sensation Rosanna Pansino … bring together the best cookie makers in the country to compete in two challenges”
  • Exatlón Estados Unidos: All-Stars (Telemundo, Sept. 26, Monday to Friday and Sundays at 7). “champions and runners-up … will once again test their physical and mental skills to win half a million dollars, the largest prize ever awarded on U.S. Hispanic TV”
  • The Devil’s Plan (Netflix, Sept. 26, Tuesdays) “12 contestants face off in games of wit, strategy and wisdom over 6 nights and 7 days”
  • Dancing with the Stars (ABC and Disney+, Sept. 26, Tuesdays at 8). Quasi-celebrities return to ABC to dance live, but Tyra Banks does not
  • Love in Fairhope (Hulu, Sept. 27). “five generations of women navigating life and love in the picturesque small town of Fairhope, Alabama”
  • Survivor 45 (CBS, Sept. 27, Wednesdays at 8). A new season of Survivor will have 18 new players and new twists.
  • The Masked Singer (Fox, Sept. 27, Wednesdays at 8). Season 10 has 16 singers and “an all-new format with three incredible groups and special Battle Royale semi-final episodes
  • Celebrity Jeopardy! (ABC, Sept. 27, Wednesdays at 8). Host Ken Jennings and celebrities cross the picket line to “compete for a chance to win money for a charity of their choice”
  • Snake Oil (Fox, Sept. 27, Wednesdays at 9). “contestants are pitched unique products by convincing entrepreneurs–some of whom are showcasing real business ventures, while the others are ‘Snake Oil Salesmen,’ whose products are fake”
  • Celebrity Wheel of Fortune (ABC, Sept. 27, Wednesdays at 9). A celebrity “spin on the iconic game show”
  • The Amazing Race 35 (CBS, Sept. 27, Wednesdays at 9:30). The 35th race around the world, though not the one filmed in fall 2023.
  • The $100,000 Pyramid (ABC, Sept. 27, Wednesdays at 10). “All-star celebrities partner with contestants from across the country with hopes of taking home $100,000”
  • The Kardashians (Hulu, Sept. 28). “Kris, Kourtney, Kim, Khloé, Kendall and Kylie bring the cameras back to give truth to their stories”
  • RuPaul’s Drag Race UK (WOW Presents Plus, Sept. 28, Thursdays). season five; “a brand new cast of queens stake their kingdom for a Ru Peter badge and vie for RuPaul’s seal of approval”
  • This Old House (PBS, Sept. 28; The Roku Channel, Oct. 2). “experts at This Old House help renovate a 1960 mid-century modern home” to “create a contemporary, energy-efficient, open-plan home that is fully accessible for a son with mobility issues”
  • The Golden Bachelor (ABC, Sept. 28, Thursdays at 8). “one hopeless romantic is given a second chance at love in the search for a partner with whom to share the sunset years of life”
  • Hell’s Kitchen (Fox, Sept. 28, Thursdays at 8). “themed ‘The American Dream,’ this season will focus on uniquely American stories to test contestants and push them to their limits”
  • Bachelor in Paradise (ABC, Sept. 28, Thursdays at 9). “Follow former bachelors and bachelorettes as they explore new relationships in a secluded, dreamy paradise in Mexico”
  • Lego Masters (Fox, Sept. 28, Thursdays at 9). “Lego enthusiasts go head-to-head, with infinite possibilities” and terrible judging
  • The Ghost Town Terror (Travel Channel, Sept. 28, Thursdays at 9). “Paranormal investigator Tim Wood and paranormal researcher Sapphire Sandalo return to Gunslinger Gulch to” make more TV episodes
  • In Real Life (OFTV, Sept. 29, Fridays). Casey Boonstra “takes some of the top OF creators on action-packed adventures while getting to know them on a personal level”
  • The Great British Bake-Off (Netflix, Sept. 29, Fridays). “Britain’s best amateur bakers compete in the iconic white tent … to prove their baking skills and impress judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith”
  • Shark Tank (ABC, Sept. 29, Fridays at 8). “The Sharks give budding entrepreneurs the chance to secure business deals that could make them millionaires”
  • Gold Rush (Discovery Channel, Sept. 29, Fridays at 8). “miners must continue to put in the hard work to stay at the top”
  • Rebuilding Black Wall Street (OWN, Sept. 29, Fridays at 9). Morris Chestnut “will trace the century-long impact of the 1921 Tulsa Massacre and chronicle the resilient community rebuilding”
  • Killer Cases (A&E, Sept. 29, Fridays at 9). “the emotion, drama, and suspense of America’s most chilling murder trials”
  • Murder in the 21st (A&E, Sept. 29, Fridays at 10). “[explores] some of this century’s most notorious homicide investigations through a deep dive of each victim’s digital footprint”

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October 2023

Week of Oct. 1, 2023

  • America’s Funniest Home Videos (ABC, Oct. 1, Sundays at 7). “Comic clips that capture the funny things that happen when people and animals are at their spontaneous best”
  • Final Moments (Oxygen, Oct. 1, Sundays at 7). “delves into heart-wrenching crimes by examining victims’ last moments alive, revealing their intimate, emotional truths leading up to their untimely death”
  • Jack Osbourne’s Night of Terror (Travel Channel, Oct. 1, Sundays at 10). “Jack Osbourne continues his journey into the paranormal and embarks on some of the most spine-tingling investigations of his career”
  • Antiques Roadshow (PBS, Oct. 2, Mondays at 8). Vintage episodes “looks [back] at memorable objects from previous years to discover what they are worth today and how their values have changed in the market”
  • SPIN 100 Greatest Rock Stars (AXS TV, Oct. 2, Mondays at 8). “a star-studded countdown of the 100 greatest rockers”
  • Life In Six Strings With Kylie Olsson (AXS TV, Oct. 2, Mondays at 8:30). Music journalist, author and guitar novice Kylie Olsson joins up with some of the greatest six-string virtuosos in music … to delve into the instrument’s incredible impact on their lives”
  • Loteria Loca (CBS, Oct. 2, Mondays at 9). Jaime Camil hosts a game show “based on the traditional Latin game of chance akin to Bingo” in which players “[choose] cards that can either add up to big prizes or reveal wild challenge”
  • The Price is Right at Night (CBS, Monday, Oct. 2 and 9 at 8, then Fridays at 8 starting Oct. 13). Drew Carey hosts themed versions of the game show
  • Cash Cab Canada (AXS TV, Oct. 2, Mondays at 10). “host Adam Growe takes unsuspecting patrons on the ride of a lifetime, giving them the chance to answer trivia questions for cash”
  • Catfish: The TV Show (MTV, Oct. 3, Tuesdays at 8). “Nev Schulman, Kamie Crawford, and other mystery co-hosts … peel back the digital masks of scammers, lovers, and liars”
  • Parking Lot Payday (AXS TV, Oct. 3, Tuesdays at 8:30). Art Mann “cruises through the Welcome To Rockville and Sonic Temple festivals to give fans a chance to win big by answering rock trivia”
  • Rockstar Shuffle (AXS TV, Oct. 4, Wednesdays at 8:30). “rock and metal titans … share their own priceless stories, showoff their personal collections of music memorabilia, reflect on their most-treasured memories”
  • Forged in Fire (History Channel, Oct. 4, Wednesdays at 9). “World-class bladesmiths re-create historical edged weapons in a cutthroat competition”
  • Ghost Adventures (Discovery Channel, Oct. 4, Wednesdays at 9). “Paranormal investigators Zak Bagans, Aaron Goodwin, Jay Wasley and Billy Tolley explore new haunted locations”
  • The Impact Atlanta (BET+, Oct. 5, Thursdays). “young trendsetters give viewers an all-access pass to their fast-paced lives and the most important events, conversations, and moments happening”  
  • Wendy, Perdida pero Famosa (Vix, Oct. 5, Thursdays). “an exclusive glimpse into the life of Wendy Guevara,” “the first transgender woman to win a reality show in Mexico”
  • BattleBots (Discovery Channel, Oct. 5, Thursdays at 8). “In this war of BattleBots Champions, every fight is win or go home”
  • Accused: Guilty or Innocent? (A&E, Oct. 5, Thursdays at 10). “follows the dramatic inside stories – as they unfold – of people facing trial for serious crimes they are alleged to have committed”
  • Bering Sea Gold (Discovery Channel, Oct. 6, Fridays at 9). “the miners boost their operations with new tech and unconventional, never-before-seen dredges”
  • The UnXplained (History Channel, Oct. 6, Fridays at 9). William Shatner hosts stories of “fascinating, strange and inexplicable mysteries”
  • Real Murders of Los Angeles (Oxygen, Oct. 6, Fridays at 9). Garcelle Beauvais narrates “true stories of victims whose dreams were shattered by ruthless killers”  
  • The Proof is Out There (History Channel, Oct. 6, Fridays at 10). “some of the most incredible videos of unexplained phenomena and mysterious moments of all time”
  • Heartland Docs, DVM (Nat Geo WILD, Oct. 7, Saturdays at 9; Oct. 11 on Disney+ and Hulu). “Drs. Erin and Ben Schroeder are a married team of veterinarians whose unbridled commitment to the community’s generational farmers is paramount to the preservation of the nation’s food supply”

Week of Oct. 8, 2023

  • The Circus (Showtime, Oct. 8, Sundays at 7). “John Heilemann, Mark McKinnon and Jennifer Palmieri … examine the high stakes political drama of the emerging presidential race”
  • 90 Day Fiance (TLC, Oct. 8, Sundays at 8). Six new “long-distance, international couples go the distance as they navigate cultural differences, discover surprising personality traits and process lingering tensions brought on by doubtful friends and families”
  • Ice Airport Alaska (Smithsonian Channel, Oct. 8, Sundays at 8). “wild weather, emergency landings, and animal invaders at Ted Stevens International Airport in Anchorage, Alaska one of the world’s busiest cargo airports”
  • Stranded with my Mother-in-Law (Netflix, Oct. 9). “To win a life-changing prize, couples embark on a journey to an earthly paradise and confront challenges… with the assistance of their mothers-in-law”
  • Avalon TV (WOW Presents Plus, Oct. 9). “takes you inside the brains of LA’s hottest creative collective, The House of Avalon”
  • Painkiller: The Tylenol Murders (Paramount+, Oct. 10, Tuesdays). Explores the 1982 panic and investigation after “seven people, mostly in and around Chicago, died suddenly” having all taken “the common pain reliever Tylenol, but their capsules were laced with cyanide.”
  • Street Outlaws vs the World (Discovery Channel, Oct. 10, Tuesdays at 8). “The quickest and most polarizing Street Outlaws (with Boosted GT as captain) travel abroad to represent their country” in Australia
  • Farmtruck and AZN Down Under (Discovery Channel, Oct. 10, Tuesdays at 10). “Farmtruck and AZN head to the land down under as well and find their own races and fun antics in a complete fish out of water racing series”
  • Secrets of the Dead (PBS, Oct. 11, Wednesdays at 10). “part detective story, part true-life drama that unearths evidence from around the world, challenging prevailing ideas and throwing fresh light on unexplained events”
  • Crimefeed (ID, Oct. 11, Wednesdays at 11). Nancy Grace “will delve into key, true crime stories as they unfold”
  • Keke Wyatt’s World (WE TV, Oct. 12, Thursdays at 9). R&B artist Keke Wyatt “navigates her demanding singing career along with being a wife, daughter, diva, friend, and mother to 11 children”
  • House of Villains (E!, Oct. 12, Thursdays at 10). “notorious [reality TV] villains meet their match as they must outsmart, out-manipulate and out-scheme each other through a series of challenges in order to win a $200,000 cash prize”
  • True Crime Story: Citizen Detective (Oxygen, Oct. 12, Thursdays at 10). “stories of everyday citizens who have solved or are attempting to solve a murder”
  • Drag Race Italia (WOW Presents Plus, Oct. 13). “Singer Paola Iezzi and The White Lotus actor Paolo Camilli will be joining actress Chiara Francini and drag queen Priscilla—also serving as host of the show”
  • John Carpenter’s Suburban Screams (Peacock, Oct. 13). “true tale[s] of terror, told by the real people who lived through it … combining the visual language of horror films with the tools and techniques of documentaries”
  • Raid the Cage (CBS, Oct. 13, Fridays at 8). “two teams of two face off to grab-and-go prizes from the Cage before their time runs out and the doors close”
  • Ready to Love: Make a Move (OWN, Oct. 13, Fridays at 8). “fan-favorite female alum embark on an all-new adventure looking for their soulmates in a new city, New Orleans, Louisiana,” where “Tamica Lee, an expert matchmaker, presents them with 25 potential” dates
  • Pets & Pickers (Animal Planet, Oct. 14, Saturdays at 9). “the vet and thrift store team of the Regional Animal Protection Society work tirelessly to offer low-income pet families access to life-saving healthcare”

Week of Oct. 15, 2023

  • Naked and Afraid (Discovery Channel, Oct. 15, Sundays at 8). “From untamed, rain-sodden jungles to dry grasslands dense with wildlife, superfans and survival experts alike will have the chance to prove themselves in the most extreme situations”
  • The Toys That Built America (History Channel, Oct. 15, Sundays at 9). “continue[s] chronicling the untold stories and rivalries that gave rise to the modern toy industry”
  • Fboy Island (The CW, Oct. 16, Mondays at 8). Nikki Glaser hosts and The Bachelorette’s Katie Thurston will be one of the three women dating the fuckboys
  • Contraband: Seized at the Border (Discovery Channel, Oct. 16, Mondays at 9). “follows the work of America’s Customs and Border Protection agency”
  • Stories from the Stage (WORLD, Oct. 16, Mondays at 9:30). “extraordinary stories told by ordinary people from all walks of life”
  • College Hill: Celebrity Edition (BET, Oct. 17, Tuesdays at 10). Season two of the BET+ show, on which celebrities go to an HBCU, airs on cable
  • Street Outlaws vs the World: After Hours (Discovery Channel, Oct. 17, Tuesdays at 10). “a behind the scenes look at what it was like for the Outlaws to travel in Australia”
  • Dark Side of Comedy (Vice TV, Oct. 17, Tuesdays at 10). “the darkest recesses of some of comedy’s greatest minds”
  • Living for the Dead (Hulu, Oct. 18). “five fabulous, queer ghost hunters criss-cross the country, helping the living by healing the dead”
  • Ghost Adventures: Screaming Room (Discovery Channel, Oct. 18, Wednesdays at 11). “Zak Bagans and his fellow paranormal investigators Aaron Goodwin, Billy Tolley and Jay Wasley watch back some of their favorite episodes from past seasons”
  • In Love and Toxic: Blue Therapy (BET+, Oct. 19, Thursdays). “follows five aspirational yet complex couples” who “unpack the tumultuous breakdowns of their relationships”
  • Mysteries of the Abandoned (Discovery Channel, Oct. 19, Thursdays at 11). “incredible engineering projects are revisited to uncover why places full of mysteries and untold secrets are now abandoned ruins”
  • Surviving Paradise (Netflix, Oct. 20). “Twelve contestants … start with nothing, living in the wilderness without any lavish amenities. Through friendships and alliances, they’ll team up to fight their way into the villa for a chance at the $100,000 grand prize.”
  • First Time Fixer (Max and Discovery+, Oct. 20, Fridays). “First-time house renovators take their home renovation dreams into their own hands”
  • Beach Cottage Chronicles (Max and Discovery+, Oct. 20, Fridays). “the inspired designs, architecture and stories behind some of the most beautiful beachfront cottages in America”
  • NFL Icons (MGM+, Oct. 21, Saturdays). “This season will spotlight Pro Football Hall of Famers Jim Brown, Bill Cowher, Mike Singletary, and Charles Woodson”

Week of Oct. 22, 2023

  • Maine Cabin Masters (Magnoloia Network, Oct. 23, Mondays at 9). “Builder Chase Morrill, along with Ashley Morrill-Eldridge and Ryan Eldridge, his sister and brother-in-law, transform cabins in some of the most beautiful areas of Maine”
  • Restoration Road with Clint Harp (Magnolia Network, Oct. 24, Tuesdays at 8). “Carpenter Clint Harp hits the road in search of incredible historical structures across America that are in need of restoration”
  • Native America (PBS, Oct. 24, Tuesdays at 9). “follows the brilliant engineers, bold politicians, and cutting-edge artists who draw upon Native tradition to build a better 21st century”
  • Winter House (Bravo, Oct. 24, Tuesdays at 9). “cast members join this season from Summer House, Summer House: Martha’s Vineyard, Vanderpump Rules, the Below Deck franchise and Family Karma”
  • Help! I’m in a Secret Relationship! (MTV, Oct. 24, Tuesdays at 9). “Travis Mills and Rahne Jones uncover more heartbreaking and shocking stories of people who believe they have true love in their lives, only to discover lies”
  • Life On Our Planet (Netflix, Oct. 25). “the story of life’s epic, four billion-year journey on Earth, told through its ruling dynasties, the underdogs who defied the odds to survive, and the cataclysmic events that reshaped it”
  • Bargain Mansions (Max and Discovery+, Oct. 25). Tamara Day is “restoring neglected large homes and bringing them back to life for new families to love”
  • Nature: Spy in the Ocean (PBS, Oct. 25, Wednesdays at 8). “deploys animatronic spy cameras disguised as marine animals to secretly record behavior in the wild”
  • The Challenge: Battle for a New Champion (MTV, Oct. 25, Wednesdays at 8). 24 “contenders must face off against rotating vets in surprise eliminations”
  • The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills (Bravo, Oct. 25, Wednesdays at 8). “Garcelle Beauvais, Erika Jayne, Dorit Kemsley, Crystal Kung Minkoff, Kyle Richards, and Sutton Stracke return for a roller-coaster season full of thrilling highs and unexpected lows,” plus new cast member Annemarie Wiley
  • Pawn Stars Do America (History Channel, Oct. 25, Wednesdays at 8). “follows Rick Harrison, Corey Harrison and Austin ‘Chumlee’ Russell as they” travel and acquire items
  • This Is Fire (OFTV, Oct. 26, Thursdays). “OnlyFans creators Riley Reid, Jenna Foxx, Elsa Jean, Nicole Doshi, Leah Gotti, Violet Myers, Mick Blue, and Arabelle Raphael … battle it out on the kitchen for a grand prize of $20,000”
  • Diary of an Old Home (Max and Discovery+, Oct. 27). “Homeowners offer an intimate look at the original features and modern renovations that make their old homes unique”
  • Penn & Teller: Fool Us (The CW, Oct. 27, Fridays at 8). magicians try to trick Penn and Teller; Brooke Burke joins as host for season 10
  • Masters of Illusion (The CW, Oct. 28, Saturdays at 8). “Great escapes, fascinating sleight of hand, and magnificent illusions, all in front of a live audience”
  • World’s Funniest Animals (The CW, Oct. 28, Saturdays at 9). “viral internet clips of funny animal moments” and more “hilarious animal clips”
  • The Garden: Commune or Cult (Discovery Channel, Oct. 29, Sundays at 9). Focuses on new members of “[a]n infamous off-grid community that went viral on social media for disturbing allegations”

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Week of Oct. 29, 2023

  • The Boulet Brothers’ Dragula (Shudder & AMC+, Oct. 31, Tuesdays). “Dracmorda and Swanthula are on the hunt to find the world’s next drag monster superstar in the star-studded fifth season of their hit reality competition show”

November 2023

  • Behind the Attraction (Disney+, Nov. 1). “season two will continue to showcase more quintessential Disney Parks’ attractions including Pirates of the Caribbean, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Indiana Jones Adventure, [and] EPCOT”
  • Ink Master (Paramount+, Nov. 1, Wednesdays). “15 new artists enter the shop to battle in the ultimate tattoo competition”
  • Love Island Games (Peacock, Nov. 1, six days a week). Maya Jama hosts as “fan-favorite Islanders from various Love Island series across the globe” return “for a second shot at love as they compete in a brand-new format”
  • The Real Housewives of Miami (Bravo, Nov. 1, Wednesdays at 9). Guerdy Abraira, Lisa Hochstein, Julia Lemigova, Dr. Nicole Martin, Alexia Nepola, and Larsa Pippen are joined by friends Kiki Barth, Adriana de Moura, and Marysol Patton
  • Christmas Cookie Challenge (Food Network, Nov. 2, Thursdays at 9). “hosts Ree Drummond and Eddie Jackson challenge four of the best cookie makers in the country to show off their baking and decorating talent”
  • Selling Sunset (Netflix, Nov. 3). “The realtors of The Oppenheim Group return for S7 with a brand new office, sleek penthouse listings and personality clashes”
  • Let’s Make a Deal Primetime (CBS, Nov. 3, Fridays at 8). Wayne Brady hosts evening versions of the daytime game show
  • The Wall (NBC, Nov. 3, Fridays at 8). “offer[s] a pair of teammates life-altering cash prizes” and an insufferable amount of talking about those cash prizes
  • Planet Earth III (BBC America, Nov. 4, Saturdays at 8). “will journey across the continents revealing the wonders of our planet” and “dive deep into the stories and animal characters which reflect the new challenges that wildlife face in our modern, crowded world”

Week of Nov. 5, 2023

  • The Real Housewives of Potomac (Bravo, Nov. 5, Sundays at 8). “Returning this season are Gizelle Bryant, Karen Huger, Ashley Darby, Robyn Dixon, Candiace Dillard Bassett, Wendy Osefo and Mia Thornton,” plus new housewife Nneka Ihim and friends Charisse Jackson Jordan and Keiarna Stewart
  • Married to Medicine (Bravo, Nov. 5, Sundays at 9). “Returning this season are Dr. Jacqueline Walters, Dr. Simone Whitmore, Dr. Heavenly Kimes, Toya Bush Harris and Quad Webb,” with new cast members Phaedra Parks, Lateasha, and Dr. Alicia Egolum
  • Holiday Wars (Food Network, Nov. 5, Sundays at 9). “teams of elite cake, candy and cookie artists battling it out” with host Jeff Mauro and judges Shinmin Li and Aarti Sequeira
  • On The Fly: Adventures at Altitude (Smithsonian Channel, Nov. 5, Sundays at 9). “spotlights everyday people and their remarkable feats in the skies”
  • Holiday Baking Championship (Food Network, Nov. 6, Mondays at 8). Bakers compete in holiday-themed challenge as Jesse Palmer hosts and Carla Hall, Duff Goldman, and Nancy Fuller judge
  • The Family Chantel (TLC, Nov. 6, Mondays at 9). the “final, most explosive chapter … brings us to the end of this couple’s story”
  • FBI: True (Paramount+, Nov. 7). “goes behind-the-scenes with real agents telling true stories of their most dangerous and infamous cases”
  • Beat Bobby Flay: Holiday Throwdown (Food Network, Nov. 7, Tuesdays at 9). “three chefs must bring their A-game and battle it out over two festive rounds to get to Bobby”
  • The Curse of Oak Island (History Channel, Nov. 7, Tuesdays at 9). “With their boldest plans yet to solve the 228-year-old treasure mystery, Rick and Marty Lagina, alongside their talented team, are back”
  • Wipeout (TBS, Nov. 7, Tuesdays at 9). “new contestants racing their way through water, slime, mud, and the series’ iconic big red balls for the chance to win a grand prize of $25,000”
  • Grag Hearts Drag (WOW Presents Plus, Nov. 8). Grag Queen “gets up close and personal with the stars of Drag Race Brasil on their home turf and neighboring cities”
  • Guy’s Grocery Games – Flavortown Academy: Antonia vs. Jet (Food Network, Nov. 8, Wednesdays at 9). “seven home cooks from across the country … compete in an intensive 5-week cooking competition … taught along the way by All-Star culinary ‘professors,’ Jet Tila and Antonia Lofaso”
  • Fixer Upper: The Hotel (Magnolia Network, Nov. 8, Wednesdays at 9). “Chip and Joanna Gaines transform a 100-year-old historic building near Magnolia Market into a boutique hotel”
  • Artfully Designed (Magnolia Network, Nov. 8, Wednesdays at 9:30). “Designer Natalie Papier, muralist Racheal Jackson and abstract artist Frankie Zombie take an art-forward approach to creating beautifully curated spaces for their clients”
  • In with the Old (Magnolia Network, Nov. 8, Wednesdays at 10). “Designers, builders and old-home enthusiasts in small towns and big cities across America reimagine and transform abandoned structures” 
  • Feds (ID, Nov. 8, Wednesdays at 10). “detail[s] high-profile, dangerous, and unusual cases with added insight from informants, undercover operatives, and victims”
  • Mountain Men: Alaska (History Channel, Nov. 9, Thursdays at 8). In “the North American wilderness, some of the bravest men and women chose to step away from modern conveniences”
  • 007: Road to a Million (Amazon Prime Video, Nov. 9). “follows nine pairs of everyday people as they are unleashed on an epic global adventure through a series of Bond-inspired challenges”
  • The Great American Baking Show: Celebrity Holiday (Roku Channel, Nov. 10). Casey Wilson and Zach Cherry host as “Six celebrity bakers put on their aprons, turn on their ovens, and fire up a holiday storm”
  • Beyond the Battlefield (History, Nov. 11, Saturdays at 8). “takes a closer look at crucial moments in the history of the U.S. Army Special Forces, as well as Marine and Naval Aviation”
  • Legends of the Fork (A&E, Nov. 11, Saturdays at 9). Buddy Valastro “visits iconic restaurants across the country to speak with their chefs, taste their cuisine, and discover the secrets to their success”
  • Buddy Valastro’s Cake Dynasty (A&E, Nov. 11, Saturdays at 10). “goes behind the scenes at Carlo’s Bake Shop alongside Buddy and his extended family”

Week of Nov. 12, 2023

  • Good Cop, Bad Cop (ID, Nov. 12, Sundays at 10). “recounts detectives’ pursuits to solve a complicated murder investigation with a startling twist: the perpetrator is a fellow member of law enforcement”
  • Barmageddon (USA Network, Nov. 13, Mondays at 11). Blake Shelton, Carson Daly,and Nikki Garcia host “as their celebrity friends compete in over-the-top bar games”
  • How to Become a Mob Boss (Netflix, Nov. 14). “Peter Dinklage guides you through this darkly satirical how-to guide that explores the rise and fall of history’s most notorious mob bosses”
  • Polish Murder Secrets (Viaplay, Nov. 14). “Six of the most notable and widely discussed Polish criminal cases in recent history are analyzed with new clues as well as witnesses, investigators, profilers and family.”
  • Chopped: Julia Child’s Kitchen (Food Network, Nov. 14, Tuesdays at 8). “chefs will face off in four preliminary heats for a spot in the finale” and “a $25,000 Julia Child-themed trip to France”
  • Life Below Zero (National Geographic, Nov. 14, Tuesdays at 9). “The arrival of spring brings grave danger to Alaskans as winter’s snow and ice melts away, and the landscape and waterways come roaring back to life.”
  • Whose Line is it Anyway? (The CW, Nov. 14, Tuesdays at 9). The final season of the improvisational comedy pretend game show
  • Cribs (MTV, Nov. 15, Wednesdays at 9:30). “From over-the-top themed rooms to fully-stocked refrigerators to jaw-dropping closets, viewers are handed the keys to their favorite personalities’ homes”
  • The Bermuda Triangle: Into Cursed Waters (History Channel, Nov. 14, Tuesdays at 10). “an elite team is investigating the Bermuda Triangle” and its “undersea wrecks and anomalies”
  • Expedition Unknown (Discovery Channel, Nov. 15, Wednesdays at 9). “Josh Gates is back … in search of answers to the world’s greatest mysteries”
  • Mystery at Blind Frog Ranch (Discovery Channel, Nov. 15, Wednesdays at 10). “Duane and Chad Ollinger have spent close to a decade trying to unearth $3 billion in Aztec gold that they believe is hidden
  • Drive with Swizz Beat (Hulu, Nov. 16). “hip-hop legend and car collector Swizz Beatz and son Nasir Dean (also known as Note Mercato) visit car-loving destinations, where they’ll examine the area’s distinctive car culture and bring together two otherwise disparate car clubs”
  • The Secret Life of Dancing Dogs (Hulu, Nov. 17). “follows a pack of handlers and their canine counterparts from all over the globe as each prepares a dog-human duet worthy to compete at the world’s greatest dog show, Crufts”
  • Twin Love (Amazon Prime Video, Nov. 17). Brie and Nikki Garcia host as “Ten sets of twins will be split up and placed into two houses, creating identical casts, where they’ll begin a unique and compelling search for love”
  • Prosecuting Evil with Kelly Siegler (Oxygen, Nov. 18, Saturdays at 8). “examining the most harrowing homicides and toughest trials in Texas history — all told with Kelly Siegler’s unique insight and unparalleled access”

Week of Nov. 19, 2023

  • The Elf on the Shelf: Sweet Showdown (Food Network, Nov. 19, Sundays at 8). Duff Goldman “will challenge six teams” who “must create edible showpieces that bring the holiday season to life”
  • Homestead Rescue (Discovery Channel, Nov. 19, Sundays at 8). “families call in survival experts to prepare them for nature’s worst and force the ultimate decision: stay to tough out their first year, or pack it up and go back to civilization”
  • Incredible Animal Journeys (National Geographic, Nov. 19, Sundays at 9). “puts viewers in the action as they soar, fly and swim from the Antarctic to the African Savanna and the Pacific Ocean to Alaska.”
  • Hard Knocks in Season with the Miami Dolphins (HBO, Nov. 21, Tuesdays at 9). Follows the Dolphins in real time “as they navigate the final eight games of the regular season and battle to return to the NFL playoffs”
  • Nick Cannon Presents: Future Superstars (VH1, Nov. 21, Tuesdays at 9). “Nick Cannon mentors up-and-comers in the music industry by sharing what he’s learned, giving them a chance to showcase their talent and diving deep into each artist’s personal story”
  • Squid Game: The Challenge (Netflix, Nov. 22, Wednesdays). 456 real players will enter the competition show in pursuit of a life-changing reward of USD $4.56 million” via “a series of games inspired by the original show” that won’t, apparently, kill them
  • High on the Hog: How African American Cuisine Transformed America (Netflix, Nov. 22). “Stephen Satterfield travels across the United States to uncover how African-American cuisine has fueled social justice movements, transformed communities and awakened cultural creativity”
  • Lost Cities Revealed with Albert Lin (National Geographic, Nov. 23, Thursdays at 9). “National Geographic Explorer Albert Lin is on an extraordinary mission to unlock the secrets of these lost cities and the mysterious people who built them”

Week of Nov. 26, 2023

  • The Great Christmas Light Fight (ABC, Nov. 26, Sundays at 10, Tuesdays at 9). “families compete for the $50,000 grand prize and coveted Light Fight trophy
  • Love Like a K-Drama (Netflix, Nov. 28). “Four actresses from Japan move to South Korea to auditon and act alongside Korean actors for roles in a series of love stories”
  • Paris in Love (Peacock, Nov. 30). “Paris Hilton learns to navigate motherhood and her career demands, as she and her husband welcome their first child in secret”
  • Selena + Chef: Home for the Holidays (Food Network, Nov. 30, Thursdays at 8). Selena Gomez “has invited all-star chefs Eric Adjepong, Alex Guarnaschelli, Michael Symon, and Claudette Zepeda to bring their favorite dishes and culinary wisdom to her home kitchen so they can cook up perfect holiday meals to share with friends and family”
  • Brat Loves Judy: The Baby Special (WE tv, Nov. 30, Thursdays at 9). “Brat and Judy embark on the whirlwind journey of parenthood together”
  • Busted! (Discovery Channel, Nov. 30, Thursdays at 9). “iPhones and surveillance cameras capture theft, violence,  shameless behavior and embarrassingly funny moments”

For premieres on and after Dec. 1, 2023, see the winter 2024 reality TV schedule

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Keith

Wednesday 27th of September 2023

Since you are not getting PR from Telemundo: Tuesday 9/26 was also the premiere of Exatlon Estados Unidos All Stars, the eighth season of the show that features obstacle course-target game biathlons in a first-team to 10 format.

https://www.telemundo.com/shows/exatlon-estados-unidos

Andy Dehnart

Wednesday 27th of September 2023

Thanks, Keith. I usually do get releases from Telemundo, but must have missed this. I added it—thanks again!

Lisa

Sunday 24th of September 2023

Do you know when Below Deck Med is premiering? I heard it was on September 28th, but not sure since you didn't list it. Thanks!

James Marcus Heatherly

Monday 4th of September 2023

You left out CBS’s Loteria Loca which premieres on October 2(Which I think I might be pretty excited for since I played Mexican Bingo at college when they held it during Hispanic Heritage Month)Was this a mistake or did CBS push it back to next year?

Andy Dehnart

Thursday 7th of September 2023

Thanks—it's there now!