Renewals round-up: second seasons for “Mary Mary,” “The Undateables”

WE tv's Mary Mary, Syfy's Haunted Collector, Slice's Intervention Canada and Channel 4's The Undateables (pictured) were all renewed for second seasons this week.
May 11, 2012

Factual programs on U.S. cable networks WE tv and Syfy, Canada’s Slice and the UK’s Channel 4 are coming back for second seasons.

Execs at female-skewing cable net WE tv have ordered a 10-episode second season of Mary Mary starring gospel sisters Erica and Tina Campbell. The one-hour series will go into production this month and premiere in early 2013. The next season will follow the sisters as they release their latest album Go Get It, attend a family wedding and embark on a U.S. tour.

Mary Mary is produced by eOne Televison with executive producers Tara Long, Eric Hoberman and John Morayniss.  The show is also executive produced by Erica and Tina Campbell and Mitchell Solarek, and Kate Farrell serves as EP for WE tv.

Syfy will begin airing the second season of Gurney Productions’ Haunted Collector, starring paranormal expert John Zaffis, on June 6. The show follows Zaffis and his team of investigators as they respond to callers claiming to be terrorized by paranormal spirits. The next season also brings  investigators Jason Gates and Jesslyn Brown to the team. Executive producers for Gurney are Scott Gurney and Dierdre Gurney.

Meanwhile, north of the border, Shaw Media-owned, female-skewing network Slice has greenlit a 14-episode second season of Intervention Canada from Open Door Co. and Insight Productions to air in fall 2012.

The one-hour docuseries profiles Canadians whose lives are overcome by drug and alcohol addiction or other compulsive behaviors. Production began this past January. Tom Powers is executive producer for Open Door, John Brunton and Barbara Bowlby are EPs for Insight Productions and the production executive for Shaw Media is Holly Gillanders.

In the United Kingdom, Channel 4 has commissioned a second 4 x 60-minute season of controversial series The Undateables from producers Betty. The series follows a variety of people, such as a trapeze artist with brittle bones disease and a stand-up comic with Tourette’s, who have felt that their ability to form relationships has been hindered by a disability or challenging condition.

The series was commissioned by C4 head of factual entertainment Liam Humphreys and commissioning editor Lucy Leveugle. It will air in 2013.

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