Renewals round-up: “Mob Wives,” “Barter Kings”

North American cable nets have reinvested in docusoaps Mob Wives, Love & Hip Hop, Barter Kings (pictured), The Liquidator and competition series Canada's Greatest Know-It-All.
December 14, 2012

North American cable nets have reinvested in docusoaps Mob Wives, Love & Hip Hop, Barter Kings (pictured), The Liquidator and competition series Canada’s Greatest Know-It-All.

In the U.S., VH1′s Love & Hip Hop and Mob Wives are both set to return in January. Season three of Monami Entertainment and NFGTV’s Love & Hip Hop will premiere on January 7 at 8 p.m. EST/PST, and will return to New York for its latest series.

The mostly brand-new cast of hip hop’s movers and shakers will be joined by a few familiar faces from the two past seasons, and will continue to follow their lives, heartaches, successes and failures.

A third season of Mob Wives – from Electus, The Weinstein Company, Left/Right Productions and Just Jenn Productions – will launch on January 6 at 8 p.m. EST/PST, and will see returning cast members including “Big Ang,” Renee Graziano, Karen Gravano, Drita D’Avanzo, Carla Facciolo and Ramona Rizzo, joined by new mob wife Love Majewski.

Over on A&E, Barter Kings will return for a second season with a new hour-long format on January 9 at 10 p.m. EST/PST. Brownstone Entertainment will produce six episodes featuring the subculture of cashless trading. The series stars barterers Steve McHugh and Antonio Palazzola, and the episodes will feature a new member joining the team.

In Canada, OLN has ordered a third series of The Liquidator from Anaid Productions, with an increase of episodes from 13 to 26. The series stars fast-talking liquidator Jeff Schwarz as he visits cities across Canada searching for liquidation gold.

Discovery Channel Canada continues its search for Canada’s Greatest Know-It-All, with a second season set for January 14 at 10 p.m. EST/PST. Ten players will compete in 23 bigger and bolder challenges to test their knowledge, problem-solving skills, leadership, cooperation and game playing strategy in the Boxing Cats Productions series.

The eight-part series will also include a wrap-up special, Survival Guide to Canada’s Greatest Know-It-All. 

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