In the ever-evolving landscape of television, reality shows have become a dominant force. Over the past decade, reality shows have captivated audiences with their unscripted drama, emotional highs, and unexpected twists. As we step into 2024, the genre continues to thrive, offering viewers a diverse array of content to indulge in. Among the most anticipated are returning favourites like Vanderpump Rules, the heartwarming Queer Eye, and the perennial romantic journey of those on Love Island. Join us as we explore the reality TV landscape for the upcoming year, promising an exciting blend of nostalgia and fresh experiences.
We take a look at the new and returning reality shows in 2024
The reality shows that are set to return in 2024
Love Island All-Star
Premiere Date: 15 January 2024
Platform: ITV2 and ITVX
What could be more iconic than Love Island? The epic dating series is set to make a grand return with an All-Stars version, featuring some of its biggest and most memorable stars. Hosted by the charismatic Maya Jama, this season promises a second chance at love as the contestants embark on their romantic journey in picturesque South Africa.
Married at First Sight UK
Return Date: 2024
The aptly named reality show Married at First Sight UK is set to return to E4 sometime during the summer of 2024. Having gained momentum in 2023 with a more diverse cast and increased episode count, the series continues to be a fan favourite. The success stories, such as Tasha and Paul, add to its appeal, making it a must-watch.
Queer Eye Season 8
Return Date: 24 January 2024
Returning to Netflix, Queer Eye Season 8 takes us to the vibrant city of New Orleans, Louisiana. The Fab 5, known for their expertise in lifestyle and fashion makeovers, are back to touch the lives of individuals seeking positive transformations. However, fans must brace themselves as Bobby Berk bids farewell this season, paving the way for a Las Vegas adventure in the upcoming ninth season.
Love is Blind Season 6
Return Date: 14 February 2024
Love is Blind Season 6 premieres on Netflix this Valentine’s Day. Set in Charlotte, North Carolina, the season introduces a new cast on a quest to find love before setting eyes on one other. Nick and Vanessa Lachey return to co-host, adding their charm to this popular reality dating show. With a Love is Blind Season 7 already in the works, reality TV enthusiasts who love watching people fall in love have much to look forward to.
The Traitors UK
Return Date: 3 January 2024
Platform: BBC iPlayer
Premiering on BBC iPlayer, The Traitors UK combines reality TV with a thrilling murder-mystery theme. Hosted by Claudia Winkleman, the show brings 22 strangers to a castle, where they collaborate on missions to increase the prize pot. The twist? Some contestants are traitors, aiming to eliminate innocent participants and claim the prize money for themselves. The game unfolds as the “faithfuls” strive to identify the traitors and secure their winnings.
RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 16
Return Date: 5 January 2024
Launching on MTV, RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 16 continues the legacy of this iconic drag competition. As drag queens showcase their charisma, uniqueness, nerve, and talent, viewers are in for a season of fierce competition, entertaining challenges, and the crowning of the next drag superstar.
Vanderpump Rules Season 11
Return Date: 30 January 2024
Platform: Peacock, Bravo
Scheduled for release on Peacock and Bravo, Vanderpump Rules Season 11 promises a continuation of the Sandoval drama that rocked the previous season. While the cast remains mostly unchanged, notable absences, like Raquel Leviss, add an intriguing element to the unfolding narrative.
Release Date: 10 January 2024
In January 2024, Netflix introduced The Trust, a reality TV competition series blending elements of Big Brother and The Traitors. Contestants navigate a cut-throat strategy game where voting each other out becomes essential for increasing their share of the winnings. As a social experiment, The Trust challenges competitors to balance fairness and greed, adding a moral dilemma to the quest for a large prize.
As reality TV enthusiasts gear up for a thrilling 2024, these shows promise to deliver a mix of emotions, surprises, and unforgettable moments. From love-filled islands to cut-throat strategy games, this year’s lineup is set to keep audiences hooked and entertained. Get ready to immerse yourself in a world where reality is anything but ordinary.
(Main and featured image: Netflix)