Reality TV Will Never Go Away

There will be more reality programming on television this fall than ever before

15 Cable Contenders

The Deadliest Catch (Discovery)
This docu-style hit covers events aboard fishing boats during the Alaskan crab seasons.

The Glee Project (Oxygen)
The popular Fox musical comedy morphs into a reality/competition as performer wannabes compete for a role on Glee.

Hoarders (A&E)
Word of warning: Unless you have six hours to spare, never tune in for one of the marathon airings on A&E. It’s addictive.

House Hunters (HGTV)
No matter how many times you watch the same episode, you never seem to remember which house they chose.

Intervention (A&E)
Addictions of all kinds are addressed and documented in anticipation of the interventions.

Jersey Shore (MTV)
Say what you will, but Snooki, The Situation, and JWoww and company are the biggest names in the world of docudramas since the Osbournes. Get ready for endless spinoffs.

Keeping Up With the Kardashians; Kourtney & Khloe Take Miami; Kourtney & Kim Take New York; Khloe & Lamar (E!)
What’s next? Kendall and Kiley take middle school?

The Next Food Network Star (Food Network)
Food-related reality/competition expands with this hit that has contestants compete for their own series on the network.

Pawn Stars (History)
The daily goings-on of a Las Vegas-based family-owned pawn shop.

Project Runway (Lifetime)
Aspiring fashion designers compete for money and fashion-industry fame in this long-running competition that started on Bravo and moved to Lifetime.

The Real Housewives (Bravo)
This successful franchise gives viewers a look at the monied lives and over-the-top antics of this new breed of TV housewife.

Tabatha’s Salon Takeover (Bravo)
Former Shear Genius contestant and hair salon owner Tabatha Coffey helps failing salons turn around in a week.

Teen Mom (MTV)
Four young mothers struggle with the challenges of their first year of motherhood. Spunoff from 16 and Pregnant.

Top Chef (Bravo)
Competition series hit has chefs compete in a series of culinary challenges. Spinoffs to date are Top Chef: Masters and Top Chef: Just Desserts.