Springtime for Reality: The New Reality Season Kicks Off Now (Yidio's Spring Reality TV Guide)
It’s a fertile time for reality TV. From new “Top Chef: Masters” and “The Real Housewives of New York City” seasons to the recent kickoffs of “Shark Tank” and "Bethenny Ever After," reality is in full bloom, even after "Jersey Shore" called it a wrap last week. The ever-expanding genre even has its own Expo and Awards show called "Reality Rocks" coming up April 9-10 in L.A.
Check out our rundown on the premieres of your favorite reality shows, and info on the recent kickoffs of shows you can watch right here on Yidio.
“The Real Housewives of New York City”
Timeslot: Thursdays at 10/9c (Premiering April 7th)
About the show: The girls are back and bitchier than ever! Season 4 of RHONY will feature 6 returning cast members as well as a new addition in the bunch. Hair removal guru Cindy Barshop is the new housewife on the block, juggling her Completely Bare beauty products empire with raising her twin daughters solo. Original to Season 1, Jill, Alex, LuAnn and Ramona are still onboard and guarantee more drama than ever.
Prospects: As every other “Housewives” spin-off goes, the RHONY continue to be tough to stomach and tougher to turn off. A new housewife always mixes up the social scene and the gal gossip but will it just be more of the same? Bravo has supposedly taken a “more organic” approach to season 4, whatever that means. If nothing else, trips to Africa and Morocco may help to break up the monotony of the overdone escapades. - AB
“Pregnant in Heels”
Timeslot: Tuesdays at 10:00 p.m. (Premiering April 5th)
About the show: Follow pregnancy guru Rosie Pope as she guides expectant (and rich) mothers through the trials and tribulations of new motherhood. Pope is part maternity concierge, part fashion designer and owner of a high end boutique that caters to pregnant women on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Each week the docu-drama will feature two new clients and all of the dilemmas that come with being a mom-to-be.
Prospects: While the premise of the show is mildly promising, the previews take me to a “My Super Sweet 16” meets “The Rachel Zoe Project” nightmare. If affluent women with money to burn seeking advice from an overhyped party planner do it for you, you’re in luck. “Pregnant in Heels” is another show about the lifestyles of the rich and famous – oh and helpless. I may tune in to the premiere, if nothing else it will be good for a laugh. - AB
“Top Chef: Masters”
Timeslot: Wednesdays and 11:00 p.m. (Premiering April 6th)
About the Show: Already on its third season, this spin-off of the popular show "Top Chef" differs in that it's about people who know what they're doing. Well, more so anyway - the series pits world-renowned chefs against each other instead of younger upstarts. This season boasts a new host in Curtis Stone, replacing Kelly Choi. Stone seems to be more of a TV personality these days than an actual chef - don't they all? - but I'm sure he knows what he's doing.
Prospects: It's the third season, so the show's on cruise control by now. It will either ride peacefully until it runs out of gas, or an Act of God will take it out. Bringing on a new host will even boost its numbers for the first few episodes, so Bravo really did find a way to have world-renowned chefs make its cake so they can eat it. - SN
Timeslot: Sundays, 9:00 p.m. (Premiering April 17th)
About the Show: This VH1 long-awaited VH1 production follows the life of former “Hills” star and "Dancing With the the Stars" performer Audrina Patridge into “the next stage of her life and career,” which will inevitably include lots of lying around the pool looking hot, going to parties, modeling and shopping. The show promises to introduce viewers to “a whole new cast of characters, most importantly her large, outrageous, Orange County family.”
Prospects: VH1 is saying the show “has all the makings of docusoap that's at once sexy and dynamic,” so expect lots of semi-scripted relationship issues between Patridge and her sometimes boyfriend Corey Bohan. There’s no denying Patridge is a special kind of hot, and, unlike many of the highest reality shows, she has actually acted in something other than a reality show (not to mention performed admirably on "Dancing With the Stars"), so she’s bringing more to the table than most. The big question is whether her previous role on "The Hills" will bring enough recognition to the table to keep audiences around. - RS
Network: Spike TV
Timeslot: Wednesdays at 10:00 p.m. (Premiering March 30th)
About the show: Tired of watching pampered housewives spend their money and complain about how hard life is? Had enough of talentless walking hair product commercials and fake tanned bimbos with silicon breasts who seem to live their entire life at some douchey club? For a little perspective watch "Coal," a new SpikeTV series about the lives of workers at Cobalt Coal in West Virginia. Follow their dangerous jobs, family lives and the struggles they face trying to survive and make a living.
Prospects: Produced by the Emmy-Award winning team behind "Deadliest Catch" "Ice Road Truckers" and "Axe Men," this show is part classic working man's tale, part "The Apprentice," part "Built Ford Tough" commercial. The previews have featured some pretty riveting footage, and especially given the recent Chilean mining disaster, the tension around potential danger is always there. Like "American Pickers," we're strangely betting that this simple concept for a show based on a relatively mundane topic could actually do really well. - RS
Just Getting Started
These shows just kicked off this month, and it’s not too late to catch up by watching them on Yidio.
Timeslot: Friday 8:00 p.m. (Premiered March 20th)
About the Show: No, the reality series “Shark Tank” isn’t about throwing contestants into a giant aquarium full of sharks. Instead, the show takes entrepreneurs with business ideas and puts them in front of five millionaire tycoons to give a pitch. The first season of the show (which is based off a Japanese show called “Dragon’s Den”) was met with enough success to earn it a renewal.
Prospects:“Shark Tank” is a proven show in its second season, so already it has an air of legitimacy to it. Though it struggled at first in the beginning of Season One with a rating of just 1.4, the Season Two premiere on March 20th was met with a viewership of 6.2 million. With celebrities like Jeff Foxworthy and Mark Cuban appearing on the panel, the show should continue to see success. - AN
"Dancing With the Stars"
Timeslot: Friday 8:00 p.m. (Premiered March 21st)
About the Show: No intro needed on this one. The twelfth season of the wildly popular reality dancing series features Kirstie Alley, radio host Mike Catherwood, wrestler Chris Jericho, actress Chelsea Kane, Sugar Ray Leonard, Ralph Macchio, rapper Romeo, supermodel Petra Nemcova, Pittsburgh Steeler Hines Ward and Playboy model Kendra Wilkinson. Tom Bergeron and Brooke Burke return as hosts.
Prospects: The show premiered just last week (so there's plenty of time to catch up), and as usual, it's already crushing in the ratings. Over 22.3 million tuned in last night, and President Obama apparently moved a speech about the conflict in Libya to account for the show's rather ridoinkulous viewership. Toss in a slightly crazy Kirstie Alley, a Playboy Bunny and the actual Karate Kid, and we're there. - RS
"The Real Housewives of Orange County"
Timeslot: Sundays at 10:00 p.m. (Premiered March 6th)
About the show: The original zip code in the “Housewives” franchise is in the spotlight again. Season 6 of RHOOC features four former cast members, Tamra's hot lesbian fitness instructor friend Fernanda Rocha and one new MILF, Alexis Tanous. The blonde bombshell is a mix of party girl and holistic, clean living wife. Bravo’s SoCal gals are living lavishly again after being affected by the economy so it’s back to Bentleys and plastic surgery in the 92679.
Prospects: Much has changed in the last year for the Coto, California babes. Housewife Tamra said good riddance to overbearing husband Simon and no-nonsense Vicki is on the same path towards being single again. As always, adding a fresh face to the series is sure to stir the pot and make for a cat fight – or 10. Something about being the original location makes the O.C. housewives tolerable and the Sunday night timeslot allows for the perfect guilty-pleasure viewing. - AB
"Bethenny Ever After"
Timeslot: Mondays at 10:00 p.m. (Premiered February 28th)
About the show: Busy city gal and former real housewife Bethenny Frankel is back in the sequel to Season 1 of “Bethenny Getting Married.” The now-married business woman is also mom to beautiful baby Bryn. Watch as she and her gem of a husband, Jason Hoppy, navigate the unknown world of parenting with biting humor and plenty of help.
Prospects: I’m personally partial to Bethenny and Co., but I can’t imagine I’m the only one laughing. Bethenny is now and always will be a straight shooter with a soft side for her loved ones. The back-and-forth banter between husband and wife is refreshingly real and it’s a blast to see Bethenny unwind. Even B’s mutt Cookie brings her own personality to the series. All around “Bethenny Ever After” is good TV, better in my opinion then all the “Housewives” series combined. - AB
(Ed. Note: Allie Basilica, Scott Nye and Andy Neuenschwander contributed to this article)