5 Unscripted Shows Not to Miss This Summer

9:30 AM 5/13/2016

by Kate Stanhope

Find out what's coming up in a summer full of TV dating, competition and other unscripted stories.

Courtesy of AMC; ABC

From fierce competition to finding true love, unscripted television is heading to Mount Midoriyama, into the '90s and beyond. A varied season of reality series includes an anticipated premiere of The Bachelorette, exciting season of American Ninja Warrior and a new ride-along show with The Walking Dead's fan-favorite Norman Reedus. 

Below are a few of the biggest unscripted TV premieres coming this summer. 

Read more: 6 Returning Shows to Watch This Summer

  • 'Bachelorette'

    ABC, May 23

    Courtesy of ABC

    There's already been a fair share of drama behind the scenes for the veteran ABC reality series. In response to a noted lack of diversity among its stars in years past, producers reportedly swapped Bachelor 20 castoff Caila Quinn, who is half Filipino, for runner-up JoJo Fletcher at the last minute after the latter had her heart broken by Ben Higgins in the finale. At least some of the contestants vying for JoJo's rose are more diverse? 

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  • 'American Ninja Warrior'

    NBC, June 1

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    The competition series returns after an impressive season seven finale that saw two individuals beat Mount Midoriyama for the first time in the history of the U.S. incarnation, which also crowned its first-ever winner in Isaac Caldiero. Season eight will add a celebrity element with former Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe among those competing. 

  • 'O.J.: Made in America'

    ABC/ESPN, June 11

    Courtesy of Sundance Institute

    Two decades later, the "trial of the century" continues to captivate – or least that's what ESPN is hoping. Following FX's critical and commercial success with its scripted take on the case, The People v. O.J. Simpson, ABC and ESPN will offer an unscripted and in-depth examination of the former football star's murder trial with this five-part 30 for 30 docuseries, which originally premiered at Sundance to rave reviews.

  • 'Ride With Norman Reedus'

    AMC, June 12

    Courtesy of AMC

    AMC's lucrative relationship with The Walking Dead brand continues with this unscripted series centered on one of the show's most beloved stars. The series will follow Norman Reedus, a motorcycle enthusiast, as he rides across the country exploring bike shops, tattoo parlors, collectors' warehouses and more aspects of riding culture. Reedus will also bring celebrity guests with him on the road, including Peter Fonda and Robert Rodriguez. 

  • 'Big Brother'

    CBS, June 22

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    CBS' beloved guilty pleasure returns for season 18, which will once again air three nights a week with host Julie Chen. No details have yet been released about the houseguests who will be competing for that $500,000 prize on the reality staple, but producers have proven time and again they know how to deliver drama no matter who is living in the house. 

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