January 2014 sees the return of some of the best reality series on TV--and the introduction to new shows with the potential to become as addictive as any already airing.
Favorite shows like Real World, Dance Moms, The Bachelor, FaceOff, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo and American Idol all return in January. Meanwhile, I'm looking forward to checking out new shows like Rich Kids of Beverly Hills, Under the Gunn and 100 Days of Summer among others.
Here's the schedule for reality TV premieres in January 2014 (along with more info about each one), organized by date. (All times Eastern, unless otherwise noted.)
Wednesday, January 1
9 p.m.: Dance Moms (Lifetime) No sooner has Abby Lee Miller welcomed the dance moms back for Season Four than she makes the shocking announcement that she’ll be holding open auditions across the country for new dancers—and the current dancers aren’t guaranteed spots on the new team.
10 p.m.: Kim of Queens (Lifetime) Kim Gravel, one of the country's most successful and outspoken pageant coaches, stars on this new Lifetime reality series. The show follows Kim as she transforms diamonds in the rough into confident beauty queens.
Thursday, January 2
8 p.m.: The Taste (ABC) In this cook-off version of The Voice, four culinary stars judge the competitors’ dishes in blind taste-tests. 16 contestants—ranging from home cooks to professional chefs—won’t have to worry about their plating techniques, but every spoonful must impress the highly trained palettes of these critical judges.
10:30 p.m.: Toned Up (Bravo) the new reality series based on the lives of trainers Katrina Dawn and Karena Hodgson.
Sunday, January 5
9 p.m.: Blood, Sweat and Heels (Bravo) This new series revolves around a group of up-and-coming women of color in New York, as they pursue career success in fashion, media and real estate.
Monday, January 6
8 p.m.: The Bachelor (ABC) Juan Pablo became a fan-favorite on Season Nine of The Bachelorette but Desiree Hartsock sent him home after their date in Barcelona. Now a recycled bachelor, Juan Pablo gets a second chance at love as the eighteenth Bachelor.
Tuesday, January 7
9 p.m. My 600-lb. Life (TLC) Returning for a second season, My 600-lb Life follows the lives of eight people--each weighing over 600 pounds--through a year as they undergo gastric bypass surgery and collectively try to lose thousands of pounds.
10 p.m. 100 Days of Summer a new series following a group of young, aggressive, and upwardly mobile Chicagoans navigating life over one intense summer.
Tuesday, January 14
9 p.m.: Face Off (Syfy) The addictively fun reality competition returns for Season Six. Face Off is a little like Project Runway but instead of designers the contestants are special-effects make-up artists and instead of the fashion industry, they hope to work in the movie making business. Adding to the fun are the A-listers from all parts of the industry (i.e. actors, directors, artists, etc.) who pop in to guest judge.
Wednesday, January 15
8 p.m.: American Idol (Fox) The singing competition’s 13th season and features the return of judge Jennifer Lopez and the addition of Harry Connick Jr. (Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj are out, but Keith Urban is back.)
- 10 p.m.: Real World: Ex-Plosion (MTV) The 29th Season of the venerable reality show, The Real World, features a new twist—a month into their stay in the San Francisco house, cast members will be surprised when their ex-boyfriends and ex-girlfriends move in.
Thursday, January 16
9 p.m.: Under the Gunn (Lifetime) This new reality show features Project Runway Tim Gunn as host, and four former Project Runway stars mentoring a new generation of fashion designers.
9 p.m.: Here Comes Honey Boo Boo (TLC) Outspoken, pint-sized beauty queen Alana Thompson and her self-proclaimed crazy family return for another season.
Friday, January 17
10 p.m.: The Diamond Collar (OWN) This new reality show follows James Giuliani who spent years as an enforcer for mob boss John Gotti, but now runs a dog grooming place and rescues abused and abandoned animals.
Saturday, January 18
10 p.m.:Mom's Got Game (OWN) Another new reality show, this one explores the dynamic relationship between former WNBA basketball star Pamela McGee and her 25-year-old son, Denver Nuggets center, JaVale McGee. Famous for being domineering on and off the court, Pam is not just JaVale's mom, she's also his business manager. Her friends are other single moms of sons in pro basketball.
Sunday, January 19
10 p.m.: Rich Kids of Beverly Hills (E!) This new reality show is like Real Housewives for the younger generation. The kids are certainly as spoiled as their elders; only time will tell if they are also as addictively watchable.
Tuesday, January 21
10 p.m.: Teen Mom 2 (MTV) The long-awaited fifth season continues following teen moms Jenelle, Chelsea, Leah, and Kailyn.