Spring TV Preview: The Best New & Returning Series

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  • Publish Date: March 8, 2012

Full spring premiere calendar

Updated March 9. New and returning shows with announced premiere dates are listed below.

Show Network Type Time
THU / March 8
The First 48 A&E Reality 9p
FRI / March 9
Ghost Adventures Travel Reality 9p
The Dead Files Travel Reality 10p
On Death Row NEW ID Documentary 10p
The Ultimate Fighter FX Reality competition 10p
Comedy Bang! Bang! NEW IFC Comedy 10:30p
One-episode preview of new Scott Aukerman-hosted sketch show based on the podcast; series returns in the summer
SAT / March 10
Must Love Cats Animal Planet Reality 8p
Game Change NEW HBO TV movie 9p
SUN / March 11
Harry's Law NBC Drama 8p
Bob's Burgers Fox Animation/comedy 8:30p
America the Wild NEW Nat Geo Wild Reality 9p
Moves to Mondays at 9p the following night (3/12)
Coming Home Lifetime Reality 10p
Restaurant Stakeout NEW Food Reality 10p
Moves to Wednesdays at 10p starting 3/14
Shahs of Sunset NEW Bravo Reality 10p
Northwoods Law NEW Animal Planet Reality 11p
Moves to Fridays at 9p starting 3/16
TUE / March 13
Fashion Star NEW NBC Reality competition 9:30p
90-minute premiere airs at special time; normal timeslot is Tuesdays at 10p (starting 3/20)
My Super Psycho Sweet 16 Part 3 NEW MTV TV movie 10p
WED / March 14
Interior Therapy with Jeff Lewis NEW Bravo Reality 9p
Monster Man NEW Syfy Reality 10p
South Park Comedy Central Animation/comedy 10p
Ugly Americans Comedy Central Animation/comedy 10:30p
THU / March 15
Community NBC Comedy 8p
Missing NEW ABC Drama 8p
Touch NEW Fox Drama 9p
Tonight's episode is a repeat of the pilot that previewed earlier this year; new episodes start 3/22
Behind the Music VH1 Music/documentary 9p
The First 48: Missing Persons A&E Reality 10p
Sweet Genius Food Reality competition 10p
FRI / March 16
Fairly Legal USA Drama 9p
In Plain Sight USA Drama 10p
SAT / March 17
Chasing Leprechauns NEW Hallmark TV movie 8p
Leprechaun's Revenge NEW Syfy TV movie 9p
SUN / March 18
Frozen Planet NEW Discovery Documentary/nature 8p
Unchained Reaction NEW Discovery Reality competition 10p
Check It Out! With Dr. Steve Brule Adult Swim Comedy 12:30a (Mon)
MON / March 19
Dancing with the Stars ABC Reality competition 8p
La La's Full Court Life VH1 Reality 9p
Styled by June NEW VH1 Reality 9:30p
Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory MTV Reality 10p
TUE / March 20
Hardcore Pawn truTV Reality 9p
The Little Couple TLC Reality 10p
WED / March 21
Auction Hunters Spike Reality 9p
Bent NEW NBC Comedy 9p
A second episode follows the premiere at 9:30p
Couples Therapy NEW VH1 Reality 9p
Dog the Bounty Hunter A&E Reality 9p
Duck Dynasty NEW A&E Reality 10p
House of Consignment NEW VH1 Reality 10p
Real Vice: Miami NEW ID Reality 10p
FRI / March 23
My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding TLC Reality 10p
SUN / March 25
Long Island Medium TLC Reality 9p
Mad Men AMC Drama 9p
Premiere is two hours; subsequent episodes will air at 10p
Mythbusters TLC Reality 9p
Leave it to Niecy NEW TLC Reality 10p
Loiter Squad NEW Adult Swim Comedy 11:30p
MON / March 26
Oprah's Lifeclass: The Tour OWN Talk 8p
The Secret Life of the American Teenager ABC Family Drama 8p
Make It or Break It ABC Family Drama 9p
Brooklyn 11223 NEW Oxygen Reality 11p
TUE / March 27
Caught in the Act NEW Nat Geo Wild Reality 8p
16 & Pregnant MTV Reality 10p
Best Ink NEW Oxygen Reality competition 10p
WED / March 28
Whitechapel BBC America Drama 10p
THU / March 29
Rules of Engagement CBS Comedy 8:30p
Mary Mary NEW WE Reality 9p
Punk'd MTV Comedy 10p
The Pauly D Project NEW MTV Reality 10:30p
FRI / March 30
CSI: New York CBS Drama 9p
True Justice NEW Reelz Drama 9p
SAT / March 31
Seattle Superstorm NEW Syfy TV movie 9p
Welcome to Sweetie Pie's OWN Reality 9p
Beverly's Full House NEW OWN Reality 10p
Wild Scene Investigation NEW Nat Geo Wild Reality 10p
Peep Show BBC America Comedy 11:30p
SUN / April 1
The Killing AMC Drama 8p
Premiere is two hours; subsequent episodes will air at 9p
Game of Thrones HBO Fantasy 9p
Great Expectations [on Masterpiece] PBS Drama/miniseries 9p
Concludes 4/8 at 9p
River Monsters Animal Planet Reality 10p
MON / April 2
Bones Fox Drama 8p
New night for the long-running show
TUE / April 3
Giuliana & Bill Style Reality 8p
Dance Moms: Miami NEW Lifetime Reality 9p
Shannen Says NEW WE Reality 9p
The Voice [Results Show] NBC Reality competition 9p
Performance show (which will be live) continues to air on Mondays
No Kitchen Required NEW BBC America Reality competition 10p
Savage U NEW MTV Talk 11p
WED / April 4
Betty White's Off Their Rockers NEW NBC Comedy 8p
Best Friends Forever NEW NBC Comedy 8:30p
THU / April 5
Sand Masters Travel Reality 8p
Monsters Inside Me Animal Planet Reality 9p
Truck Stop USA Travel Reality 9p
Scandal NEW ABC Drama 10p
FRI / April 6
The Finder Fox Drama 8p
Debut on new night/time (last Thursday episode airs March 6)
Magic City NEW Starz Drama 10p
Python Hunters Nat Geo Wild Reality 10p
SUN / April 8
Nurse Jackie Showtime Comedy/drama 9p
The Big C Showtime Comedy/drama 9:30p
The Borgias Showtime Drama 10p
The Client List NEW Lifetime Drama 10p
MON / April 9
Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations Travel Travel/food 9p
Flipped Off NEW A&E Reality 10p
Hotel Impossible NEW Travel Reality 10p
Meat Men NEW Food Reality 11p
TUE / April 10
Glee Fox Comedy/musical 8p
Dream Machines NEW Syfy Reality 10p
WED / April 11
Ghost Hunters Syfy Reality 9p
Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 NEW ABC Comedy 9:30p
Baggage Battles NEW Travel Reality 10p
Randy Jackson Presents America's Best Dance Crew MTV Reality competition 10p
MTV's Hip-Hop POV NEW MTV Music/talk Midnight
THU / April 12
Eagleheart Adult Swim Comedy Midnight
SAT / April 14
Titanic [Miniseries] NEW ABC Drama/miniseries 8p
Airs for three hours on Sat 4/14 and concludes with an additional hour Sunday 4/15 at 9p
Tanked Animal Planet Reality 9p
SUN / April 15
NYC 22 NEW CBS Drama 10p
Girls NEW HBO Comedy 10:30p
MON / April 16
Top Gear BBC America Reality/driving 8p
Subsequent episodes will air at 8:30p
Eureka Syfy Sci-fi 9p
Richard Hammond's Crash Course NEW BBC America Reality/driving 10p
TUE / April 17
Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files Syfy Reality 9p
Push Girls NEW Sundance Reality 10p
THU / April 19
Kathy NEW Bravo Talk 10p
FRI / April 20
The Ricky Gervais Show HBO Animation/comedy 9p
SAT / April 21
Cats 101 Animal Planet Reality 8p
SUN / April 22
Firelight NEW ABC TV movie 9p
Veep NEW HBO Comedy 10p
TUE / April 24
The L.A. Complex NEW The CW Drama 9p
White Room Challenge NEW HGTV Reality competition 9p
WED / April 25
Total Blackout NEW Syfy Game show 10p
THU / April 26
Raised Wild NEW Animal Planet Reality 10p
SAT / April 28
The Graham Norton Show BBC America Talk 11p
The Thick of It BBC America Comedy Midnight
SUN / April 29
Secrets of Wild India Nat Geo Wild Reality 8p
Swamp Wars Animal Planet Reality 9p
Metalocalypse Adult Swim Animation/comedy Midnight
SUN / May 6
Sherlock [on Masterpiece] PBS Drama/miniseries 9p
WED / May 9
Around the World in 80 Plates NEW Bravo Reality competition 10p
FRI / May 11
Common Law NEW USA Drama 10p
MON / May 14
America's Got Talent NBC Reality competition 8p
Show airs Mondays and Tuesdays at 8p

What do you think?

Which shows are you planning on watching over the coming months? Let us know in the comments section below.

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