Season: 1 Where: OLN When: Tuesdays, premiering July 3
How high is your tolerance for full-on weirdness? If you think you have the stomach for feats of physical endurance that involve ingesting gut-busting meals of nightmarishly epic proportions, then you’ve come to the right place. Trashy rivals compete in never- before-televised events, such as the Redneck Games and the Testical Festival. (Don’t ask.)
Season: 1 Where: OLN When: Thursdays, premiering July 5
If you’re looking for a statue of Arnold Schwarzeneg- ger, or a 1960s Coca-Cola machine, or perhaps a few thousand bags of soon-to-expire instant noodles, then Jeff Schwarz is your man. Let Vancouver’s “Liquidation King” take you on a crazy ride through the adrenalin-packed world of haggling, trading and running a pawn shop. Come learn the fine art of wheeling and dealing.
BIGGEST & BADDEST
Season: 1 Where: Animal Planet When: Premieres in August
Hottie alert! Meet 31-year- old Welsh biologist Niall McCann. He’s not only a real-life Indiana Jones (having crossed the Atlantic in a rowboat and wrestled an 18-foot anaconda in Guyana), he’s also quite a hunk, too. His quest is to travel the globe and put himself face-to-face with the biggest, baddest and scariest creatures on the planet. OK, so maybe he’s a little bonkers, too.
Season: 1 Where: ABC & Global When: Thursdays
Yes, it’s another singing competition with professionals mentoring willing amateurs, but this isn’t an “us versus them” format, where judges dole out criticism from behind a table. These guys actually get down and dirty as they head out across the U.S. in search of the perfect partner with whom to perform the world’s biggest duet.
Season: 1 Where: MTV When: Mondays
If you’re hankering for the new season of Jersey Shore to start, check out the Brooklyn rip-off, which follows the hair-pulling shenanigans of a tight-knit gaggle of feisty ladies who are “as tough as the R train” and perpetually at each other’s throats because of an alleged “heinous act of betrayal.” Yep, you guessed it: someone did the deed with someone else’s boyfriend. Expect stilettos at dawn.
EXTREME MAKEOVER: WEIGHT LOSS EDITION
Season: 2 Where: ABC When: Sundays
If you liked the first season of this inspirational show, host Chris Powell promises you’ll be blown away by Season 2′s super-sized episodes. The motivational show documents the struggles of obese contestants as they try to shed 50 percent of their body weight over the course of a year. Expect big challenges and even bigger transformations.
LOVE IN THE WILD
Season: 2 Where: CTV & NBC When: Thursdays
Who better to host a dating show than former Singled Out host Jenny McCarthy? The sexy TV personality will join a new batch of singles as they tackle rigorous, nature-based challenges and search for love in the Domini- can Republic. Two couples from the first season are still dating – that’s got to be some kind of record.
Season: 14 Where: Global & CBS When: Sundays, Wednesdays & Thursdays, premiering July 12
Lying, cheating and backstabbing remain at the heart of the summer’s biggest voyeur-palooza. As Season 12 cast member Matt Hoffman readily admits, possessing an “outstanding personality” is not at the top of the list of casting require- ments. Chiselled features, dimpled smiles and washboard stomachs are the order of the day. So if it’s eye candy you’re after, lap it up.
Season: 8 Where: OMNI & Citytv When: Mondays
Will Bentley Williams finally get a chance at winning Emily May- nard’s heart? The Season 7 villain famously complained that the gorgeous blonde would have been preferable to Ashley He- bert. Now that the cute-as-a-button single mom is the new Bachelorette, will producers seize the opportunity to create some major drama by bringing back Bentley?