Renewals round-up: “Come Dine With Me,” “My Crazy Obsession,” “Excused”

North American cable nets renewed reality series about dinner parties, obsessive people and dating, while Canadian pubcaster CBC unveiled its 2012-13 slate in the wake of government-imposed budget cuts. (Pictured: Come Dine With Me Canada)
April 20, 2012

Come Dine With Me Canada, My Crazy Obsession, Excused and the Canadian version of Dragon’s Den are among the reality programs to receive renewal notices this week.

Canadian viewers will received a third helping of competitive dinner party series Come Dine With Me Canada when the third season airs this fall on the cable net W Network. Produced by Toronto-based Proper Television, the series is based on an ITV Studios format that is also produced in 34 countries around the world.

U.S. cable net TLC is bringing back Sharp Entertainment’s My Crazy Obsession for a second season in 2013. The show is based on a 2011 special about people with unlikely obsessions and wrapped up its first, eight-episode season on March 28.

CBS TV Distribution has renewed syndicated dating reality series Excused for a second season. Hosted by comic Iliza Shlesinger, each half-hour episode follows a group of men as they compete for the hearts of two women. It is produced by Renegade 83 Entertainment.

Finally, the CBC announced its 2012-13 slate in the wake of budget cuts imposed on the Canadian pubcaster by the federal government. Doc strands Doc Zone and The Nature of Things and entrepreneur pitching series Dragon’s Den are among the 14 Canadian series that will return this fall. However, two popular live competition series, Battle of the Blades and Cover Me Canada, were shelved.

CBC also announced one new show: Over The Rainbow, a live talent competition series based on The Wizard of Oz. It is produced by Temple Street Productions in association with Mirvish Productions.


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