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41 renewed, resurrected, and new reality shows

Networks have been busy this summer, both broadcasting shows—my reality show calendar has more than 160 reality shows premiering from June to August—and ordering others.

This round-up includes shows that were renewed or announced over the past few months, ones that don’t yet have airdates. (The ones that do have airdates were added to the calendar.) If you have something to announce for a future list, let me know.

Broadcast network renewals

  1. Jamie Foxx will return to host a second season of Fox’s Beat Shazam, which the network called “summer’s No. 1 music series.”
  2. ABC renewed Match Game (season three), The $100,000 Pyramid (season three), and Celebrity Family Feud (season four).
  3. NBC renewed World of Dance, the J Lo-judged dance competition, for a second season, citing its timeslot ratings victory and the fact that it had “the most-watched summer alternative series debut on cable or broadcast in nine years,” since Wipeout.
  4. The Andy Cohen-hosted reboot of Love Connection has been renewed for a second season on Fox.
  5. The Mattel-produced toy competition The Toy Box has been renewed for a second season by ABC. No word about whether or not the same kids are coming back.

New and resurrected shows

  1. WE tv is resurrecting Bridezillas, because why not. New episodes will air in 2018.
  2. The Syfy show Scare Tactics is coming back, produced by Blumhouse Television that a press release called a “classic reality concept ripe for a new spin.”
  3. Facebook—yes, Facebook—has ordered a reality competition, Last State Standing, from A. Smith and Co., the production company behind Hell’s Kitchen and American Ninja Warrior. 50 contestants will compete for $500,000.
  4. VH1 is extending Love & Hip Hop with a version set in Miami. Love & Hip Hop: Miami will air next year. The franchise currently “holds the top three spots among cable’s unscripted shows,” according to VH1.
  5. Seven high school students will be followed for a semester for a new A&E series, which does not yet have a title. It was filmed this spring at Highland Park High School, which A&E described as “a mid-sized public school within a highly diverse school district.”
  6. Robert Rodriguez will produce Rebel Without a Crew for go90; on the six-episode show, “five amateur filmmakers” will “write, shoot and edit a brand new feature length film with only $7,000.00.” A separate series will follow Rodriguez doing the same thing—creating a film for $7,000.
  7. Morgan Spurlock will explore “the untold stories behind watershed moments in pop culture that have a lasting impact” on his new A&E series Culture Shock.
  8. Morgan Spurlock and Sarah Jessica Parker will executive produce a new TNT series Who Run the World?, which “will focus on the issues that women face in today’s world” and “”will unpack the most divisive and complicated issues facing women today, from the policing of their bodies and judgments of their family planning choices, to the micro-aggressions they face in the media, the workplace and everyday life.” It’s produced “in partnership with Refinery29,” TNT said.
  9. Ann Curry will star in a six-episode series We’ll Meet Again for PBS, on which she looks at “history’s most dramatic events from across the globe through the personal stories of those who experienced them” as “the series brings together people whose lives intersected at pivotal moments.”
  10. A competition between bushcrafters is coming to Discovery: Bush League is a “competition series where a group of wild artisans will set out to prove who is the ultimate master,” according to Discovery. In each episode, two bushcrafters “will compete head to head in a bushcraft build-off themed to a specific environment, topography and primitive living challenge.”
  11. Showtime has ordered a three-part documentary series about “the modern history of the National Basketball Association and the league’s impact on global popular culture.” It’s from director Gotham Chopra and produced by LeBron James, and will air next year.
  12. Ted Williams will be the subject of American Masters‘ first documentary about a baseball player. It’ll air next summer, 100 years after his birth, and is produced in part by David Ortiz’s Big Papi Productions and Major League Baseball.
  13. CNBC ordered Empires of New York (working title), “a docu-drama series that interweaves the stories of New York City’s most powerful icons over the course of the 1980s,” and Buy Your Own Business, on which “entrepreneur Dennis Mulgannon helps people escape the rat race and buy the existing small business of their dreams.”
  14. Lace Up: The Ultimate Sneaker Competition is coming to YouTube Red; it’s produced by Top Model producer Ken Mok and hosted by YouTube star Swoozie, and is a competition between sneaker designers.
  15. El Rey Network, home of Lucha Underground, has ordered Bushido Battleground, a show it calls “part documentary and part travelogue with fights that are 100% real.” During the 10 episodes, “cameras not only cover the action of the fights, but also track the drama before, during and after the bouts.”
  16. Travel Channel has ordered a pointless—excuse me, “intriguing”—four-episode series called Expedition Unknown: Hunt for Extraterrestrials. Josh Gates will “traverses four continents in search of proof that life exists on other planets” and make four hours of television that reveal absolutely nothing, of course.
  17. The special Ink Master: Angels is becoming a series: Spike ordered 10 episodes of the show, which follows four female season 8 contestants as they compete against tattoo artists around the country. Those who beat the “Angels” earn a spot on season 10, which airs next year—on the network that will then be called Paramount.

Cable reality show renewals

  1. Fear Factor will be back for a second season on MTV for 20 new episodes hosted by Ludacris. MTV said in a press release that the show was the network’s “highest rated series premiere in two years” among people 18 to 34 and “is outperforming the new series average by +50%”. In other words, it’s the rare MTV series that has worked.
  2. CNBC renewed Billion Dollar Buyer, The Deed, The Deed: Chicago, and American Greed for seasons that will air in 2018.
  3. Born This Way was renewed for a fourth season on A&E. The show won an Emmy last year, and is “a prime example of quality storytelling that motivates us to celebrate and embrace diversity,” according to A&E’s Elaine Frontain Bryant.
  4. Tyler Henry will continue to pretend to talk to celebrity’s dead relatives and friends for a third season, as E! renewed Hollywood Medium with Tyler Henry.
  5. Who Do You Think You Are? will return next spring to TLC, which cited the show’s Emmy nominations and win last year for picture editing in its press release.
  6. America Divided, the documentary series from Epix that’s produced by Norman Lear, has been renewed for a second season.
  7. Flip or Flop Atlanta was renewed for a second season by HTV, which said that “Its strong performance helped HGTV rank as a top three cable network among upscale W25-54 in the Thursday 9-9:30 p.m. ET/PT timeslot.”
  8. Flip or Flop Vegas has been renewed for a second season; HGTV said that the first Flip or Flop spin-off, which “stars Bristol Marunde, a contractor and MMA fighter, and his wife Aubrey, a real estate agent and designer.”
  9. HGTV renewed the house-flipping reality series Good Bones, citing its “strong performance” especially among women 25 to 54. 13 new episodes will debut next year.
  10. There will be 100 more episodes of Live PD on A&E, keeping it on the air into 2018 on Friday and Saturday nights. A&E said the show “ranks #1 among original cable programs on Friday and Saturday night with adults 25-54” and episodes are now averaging 1.4 million viewers in live+7 ratings, which is a 92 percent increase since its debut.
  11. Chrisley Knows Best was renewed for a sixth season, and season 5—which returns for its second half in September—has been increased by 18 episodes, for a total of 26.
  12. Four Weddings is returning to TLC, and is now casting for “four friends or family members who are all planning to get married in 2017.”
  13. WE tv is brining back Mama June: From Not to Hot next year because enough people watched that garbage.

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