IMDb Picks: August TV Premieresby IMDb-Editors | created - 19 Jul 2016 | updated - 05 Aug 2016 | Public
Many TV networks take a break from original programming during the Summer Games. That's why there is a relatively small number of series premiering this month. However, there are still enough scripted and reality series debuts to satisfy viewers looking for an alternative to sports. — Sara Bibel
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1. Running Wild with Bear Grylls (2014– )
TV-14 | 60 min | Adventure, Reality-TV
Bear Grylls, British adventurer, takes A-list celebrities on wild outdoor adventures, pushing them beyond their comfort zone.
"Running Wild With Bear Grylls" premieres Monday, Aug. 1, at 10 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.
2. Fameless (2015– )
TV-14 | 30 min | Reality-TV
Everybody wants their 15 minutes of "Fame". So instead they get pranked and become "Fameless".
"Fameless" premieres Monday, Aug. 1, at 10 p.m. ET/PT on truTV.
3. Comedy Knockout (2016– )
TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy, Game-Show
Up and coming comics compete in a race to the bottom.
"Comedy Knockout" premieres Monday, Aug. 1, at 11 p.m. ET/PT on truTV.
4. Bachelor in Paradise (2014– )
42 min | Reality-TV, Romance
Contestants from the Bachelor and Bachelorette from previous seasons have another chance to fall in love in Bachelor in Paradise with other previous contestants.
"Bachelor in Paradise" premieres Tuesday, Aug. 2, at 11 p.m. ET/PT on truTV.
5. Beat Bugs (2016– )
TV-Y | 24 min | Animation, Adventure, Family
Beat Bugs is an animated series, revolving around the lives and adventures of five charming and funny child-like bugs who live in an overgrown American-style backyard.
"Beat Bugs" premieres Wednesday, Aug. 3, on Netflix. The entire first season will be available to stream.
6. Wild 'N Out (2005– )
30 min | Comedy
Watch as Nick Cannon and a new A-list celebrity lead a team of improv comedians each week as they compete against each other in the new show: Nick Cannon Presents Wild 'N Out.
"Wild 'N Out" premieres Thursday, Aug. 4, at 10 p.m. ET/PT on MTV.
7. The Eric Andre Show (2012– )
TV-MA | 11 min | Comedy, Talk-Show
Eric Andre tries to host a talk show in a bizarre environment, where he is sometimes the player of pranks and sometimes the victim.
"The Eric Andre Show" premieres Friday, Aug. 5, at 12 a.m. ET/PT on Adult Swim.
8. Inspector Lewis (2006–2015)
TV-PG | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
Inspector Robert Lewis and Sergeant James Hathaway solve the tough cases that the learned inhabitants of Oxford throw at them.
"Inspector Lewis" premieres Sunday, Aug. 7, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on PBS.
9. Bar Rescue (2011– )
TV-PG | 41 min | Reality-TV
In Spike TV's new series, Bar Rescue, Jon Taffer, one of the country's top restaurant and bar consultants, will give failing establishments one last chance to succeed. The show will delve ... See full summary »
"Bar Rescue" premieres Sunday, Aug. 7, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Spike.
10. Hollywood Medium (2016– )
TV-14 | 60 min | Reality-TV
Hollywood Medium, Tyler Henry, meets with celebrities and shares messages from their departed loved ones.
"Hollywood Medium" premieres Sunday, Aug. 7, at 10 p.m. ET/PT on E!
11. Hard Knocks (2001– )
55 min | Documentary, Reality-TV, Sport
Hard Knocks is a reality sports documentary produced by the NFL and HBO. Each season the show follows an NFL team during training camp in preparation for the upcoming season.
"Hard Knocks: Training Camp With the Los Angeles Rams" premieres Tuesday, Aug. 9, at 10 p.m. ET/PT on HBO.
12. The Get Down (2016–2017)
TV-MA | 52 min | Drama, Music, Musical
A ragtag group of teenagers run wild in the streets of the Bronx in the late 1970s.
"The Get Down" premieres Friday, Aug. 12, on Netflix. The entire first season will be available to stream.
13. Chesapeake Shores (2016– )
TV-PG | 42 min | Drama, Family
A young woman returns to her hometown to help save her sister's failing inn, where she contends with memories and faces from her past.
"Chesapeake Shores" premieres Sunday, Aug. 14, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Hallmark.
14. 60 Days In (2016– )
TV-14 | 42 min | Reality-TV
"60 Day In" offers an unprecedented look at life behind bars at Indiana's Clark County Jail as seven innocent volunteers are sent to live among its general population for 60 days without fellow inmates or staff knowing their secret.
"60 Days In" premieres Thursday, Aug. 18, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on A&E.
15. Superstore (2015– )
TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy
A look at the lives of employees at a big box store.
"Superstore" premieres Friday, Aug. 19, at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT on NBC. After this post-Olympics special telecast, the show will return on Sept. 22.
16. Fear the Walking Dead (2015– )
TV-MA | 44 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi
A Walking Dead spin-off, set in Los Angeles, following two families who must band together to survive the undead apocalypse.
"Fear the Walking Dead" premieres Sunday, Aug. 21, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on AMC.
17. The Voice (2011– )
TV-PG | 60 min | Game-Show, Music, Reality-TV
Four famous musicians search for the best voices in America and will mentor these singers to become artists. America will decide which singer will be worthy of the grand prize.
"The Voice" premieres Sunday, Aug. 21, at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT on NBC. After this special post-Olympics episode, the show will return on September 19.
18. Food Network Star (2005– )
TV-G | 60 min | Game-Show, Reality-TV
A food network contest to find a well rounded great chef with a unique point of view and hosting type of personality to host their own show!
"Food Network Star Kids" premieres Monday, Aug. 22, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Food Network.
19. Too Close to Home (2016– )
60 min | Drama
A young woman is forced to return to her trailer-park beginnings after her political career is derailed by a sex scandal.
"Too Close to Home" premieres Monday, Aug. 22, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on TLC.
20. Cake Boss (2009– )
TV-PG | 30 min | Family, Reality-TV
The staff of Carlo's Bakery in Hoboken, New Jersey, led by Buddy Valastro, shows how it prepares elaborate themed cakes for various occasions. Each episode typically features the ... See full summary »
"Cake Boss" premieres Tuesday, Aug. 23, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on TLC.
21. Adam Ruins Everything (2015– )
TV-14 | 30 min | Animation, Comedy, History
Iconoclastic Adam Conover from CollegeHumor turns life as we know it on its ear by showing us how unnecessary, and sometimes horrible, things we think we know to be real and true really are.
"Adam Ruins Everything" premieres Tuesday, Aug. 23, at 10 p.m. ET/PT on TruTV.
22. Halt and Catch Fire (2014–2017)
TV-14 | 60 min | Drama
Follows some players in the 80s technological revolution that lead to information society.
"Halt and Catch Fire" premieres Tuesday, Aug. 23, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on AMC.
23. Forged in Fire (2015– )
42 min | Game-Show, Reality-TV
Four custom knife makers compete to make the best usable knife through a series of challenges.
"Forged in Fire" premieres Tuesday, Aug. 23, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on History.
24. Better Late Than Never (2016–2018)
TV-14 | 60 min | Comedy
This hilarious fish-out-of-water comedy/reality show follows cultural icons Henry Winkler, William Shatner, Terry Bradshaw and George Foreman on their greatest adventure yet. Deciding it's ... See full summary »
"Better Late Than Never" premieres Tuesday, Aug. 23, at 10 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.
25. Ink Master (2012– )
TV-14 | 60 min | Reality-TV
Hosted by rock legend Dave Navarro and judged by icons of the tattoo world, Chris Nunez and Oliver Peck, 10 of the country's most creative and skilled tattoo artists descend on NYC to ... See full summary »
"Ink Master" premieres Tuesday, Aug. 23, at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Spike.
26. Toddlers and Tiaras (2009–2016)
TV-PG | Reality-TV
A look at the world of child beauty pageants.
"Toddlers and Tiaras" premieres Wednesday, Aug. 24, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on TLC.
27. Gomorrah (2014– )
TV-MA | 55 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
Ciro disregards tradition in his attempt to become the next boss of his crime syndicate. The internal power struggle puts him and his entire family's life at risk.
"Gomorrah" premieres Wednesday, Aug. 24, at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Sundance.
28. RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars (2012– )
TV-14 | 60 min | Reality-TV
New show will serve up a new twist on the mega-hit RuPaul's Drag Race as it pits queens from previous seasons in a wig-to-wig drag battle royale.
"RuPaul's Drag Race: All Stars" premieres Thursday, Aug. 25, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Logo.
29. Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team (2006– )
30 min | Reality-TV, Sport
Reality show following the auditioning process and making of the annual Dallas Cowboys Cheerleading Squad.
"Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team" premieres Thursday, Aug. 25, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CMT.
30. I Love Kellie Pickler (2015– )
TV-PG | 60 min | Comedy
"I Love Kellie Pickler" premieres Thursday, Aug. 25, at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CMT.
31. The Strain (2014–2017)
TV-MA | 43 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller
A mysterious viral outbreak with hallmarks of an ancient and evil strain of vampirism ravages the city of New York.
"The Strain" premieres Sunday, Aug. 28, at 10 p.m. ET/PT on FX.
32. House Crashers (2009– )
TV-G | 30 min | Reality-TV
Customers at a local home improvement store are surprised with a home renovation.
"House Crashers" premieres Monday, Aug. 29, at 10 p.m. ET/PT on DIY.
33. You're the Worst (2014–2019)
TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Centers on two toxic, self-destructive people who fall in love and attempt a relationship.
"You're the Worst" premieres Wednesday, Aug. 31, at 10 p.m. ET/PT on FXX.