Renewals round-up: “Push Girls,” “Bar Rescue,” “Companions”

Push Girls, Sundance Channel's docusoap about four wheelchair-bound friends navigating life in Los Angeles, is among the reality series to receive renewal notices this week.
August 24, 2012

Reality series about women living with paralysis, holistic pet care and night-spot makeovers have received renewal notices this week.

Sundance Channel in the United States has picked up the Gay Rosenthal-produced docusoap Push Girls (pictured) for a second season. The series follows four women, all paraplegic or quadriplegic, as they go about their lives in Los Angeles. The first season debuted in June and its final episode will air on August 27. Season two will begin airing in 2013.

“I’m grateful to these incredible women who allowed me the opportunity to share their lives and stayed open and honest through the filming process,” Rosenthal said in a statement. “I’m delighted that I get the chance to continue to share their stories with the world.”

U.S. cable network Spike TV has greenlit a 20-episode third season of business makeover series Bar Rescue. Produced by Eyeworks USA, the show follows nightlife consultant Jon Taffer as he attempts to turn around failing bars with his ‘tough love’ approach to business management. Season three will debut in the first quarter of 2013.

Elsewhere, Alaska State Troopers will return to National Geographic Channel for a fourth season beginning October 7. Each episode presents a day in the life of a state trooper as they overcome wilderness and weather in their criminal investigations. It is produced by PSG Films.

U.S. health and wellness network Veria Living has renewed Natural Companions, a series about people, their pets, holistic pet care, nutrition and grooming, hosted by dog trainer Tyson Kilmer. The new season begins on September 9.

As previously reported, British broadcaster Channel 5 has renewed Big Body Squad for a six-episode season. Produced by IWC Media and Group M Entertainment, the show turns the spotlight on ambulance crews that attend to obese patients. The network has also ordered a three-part spin-off starring a protagonist from season one, Keith Martin.

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