In the two months since I last published a list of renewed and ordered reality series, more shows have gotten greenlights from networks, both broadcast and cable.
Six broadcast network reality shows are among those to have received renewals recently, along with 21 shows on cable, which range from the return of a prime-time game show to two new nature documentary series.
Renewed reality shows and competitions
- ABC renewed The Bachelor for season 23; America’s Funniest Home Videos for its 29th season; Dancing with the Stars for season 27; and the Fred Savage-hosted game show Child Support, which includes Ricky Gervais quizzing kids, for a second season.
- Fox renewed The Four for a second summer season. It was the network’s “highest-rated new unscripted series in nearly four years both among adults 18-49 and total viewers,” and, Fox said, had a younger median age than The Voice (48 to 57). The series ended its first season Feb. 8 with just three judges, as one quit/was fired over sexual harassment claims.
- Sad Story Plinko—I mean, The Wall—has been renewed for another 20 episodes by NBC.
- All of the 90 Day Fiance shows have been renewed by TLC, which cited “record ratings in 2017” for the shows. The main show will air its sixth season later this year; also renewed are Happily Ever After?, Before the 90 Days, and the online series What Now.
- Carpool Karoke has been renewed for a second season by Apple.
- E! will follow supermodels in its new eight-episode series Model Squad, which aired a preview Feb. 12 and will air the full season later this year. The models are “some of today’s most high-profile and in-demand supermodels,” E! said, and include “Daniela Braga, Olivia Culpo, Hannah Ferguson, Ping Hue, Nadine Leopold, Caroline Lowe, Ashley Moore, Shanin.”
- Man v. Food has been renewed for a third season with new host Casey Webb. season two is currently airing.
- truTV renewed Impractical Jokers for an eighth season—and a feature film, which will be produced by Funny Or Die, and “tells the story of a humiliating high school mishap from 1992 that sends the Impractical Jokers on the road competing in hidden camera challenges for the chance to turn back the clock and redeem three of the four.”
- Love After Lockup was renewed after four weeks, and WE tv said it’s “the fastest-growing new cable series for 2018” with ratings growing 62 percent among adults 25 to 54 and 86 percent among women in the same age group. Season two will air next year.
- ID renewed People Magazine Investigates for a third season, which will debut later this year.
Revived reality series
- CNBC is reviving Deal or No Deal, bringing back Howie Mandel and will, the network says, have “the high energy and risk-reward that captivated audiences, with some exciting new twists.”
- The return of Jersey Shore, as Jersey Shore Family Vacation, hasn’t yet debuted, but it’s already been renewed for a second season.
New reality shows and documentary series
- The creator of Deadliest Catch is going to go inland for his new History Channel series American Farmer, which is from BoBCat, the new production company formed by Thom Beers, Jeff Conroy, and Sarah Bernard. History says its eight episodes “will be an honest tale of risk, reward, hard work, innovation and grit centered on the lives of five farms across America.”
- Discovery Channel has ordered a documentary from BBC Studios’ Natural History Unit, the first-ever non-BBC program that company will make. The Red List “will give viewers a glimpse inside the worldwide effort to bring endangered species back from the brink of extinction,” Discovery said, as it is “following the work of dedicated wildlife conservationists across the globe, as they work to compile the latest version of The Red List—the most comprehensive record of the state of the world’s wildlife that has ever been created.”
- BBC America has ordered Dynasty—not another reboot of the drama, but a follow-up to Blue Planet II that’s narrated by Sir David Attenborough which “follows individual animals—lions, hunting dogs, chimpanzees, tigers, and emperor penguins—at the most critical period in their lives.”
- A&E ordered three new reality shows—or “brave storytelling,” as the network refers to it. They are: Many Sides of Jane, about a woman with dissociative identity disorder and has more than nine personalities; Lost for Life, which follows kids who received life without parole and now are fighting to be released after a 2012 Supreme Court decision; and The Accused, which tells “the true inside story of what happens when someone is accused of a crime they believe they did not commit,” A&E says.
- Sundance TV will air three new true-crime docuseries: The Road to Jonestown (executive produced by Leonardo DiCaprio), Ministry of Evil: The Twisted Cult of Tony Alamo (produced by Drag Race producers Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato), and The Preppie Murder.
- Travel Channel has ordered six episodes of Hunting Evidence, a show that follows a biologist who “journeys far and wide to uncover answers to fascinating unsolved riddles, historic conundrums and mythic events.”