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Renewals round-up: “Toddlers & Tiaras,” “Splash!”

In this week's renewals round-up, UK network ITV is investing in its celebrity diving show Splash!, while U.S. networks re-invested in Minute to Win It, Toddlers & Tiaras and Top Chef. (Pictured: Splash! mentor Tom Daley)
February 8, 2013

In this week’s renewals round-up, UK network ITV is investing in its celebrity diving show Splash! (pictured), while U.S. networks re-invested in Minute to Win It, Toddlers & Tiaras, and Top Chef.

ITV has signed up for more celebrity diving, renewing Splash! for a second season. First season diving mentor Tom Daley, winner of an Olympic bronze medal, has signed up for another season as well.

The second series will air in 2014, with Twofour set to produce.The first season just wrapped on February 2, with the finale grabbing an average of 5.6 million viewers, according to the net.

“We’re looking forward to even more Saturday night spectacle and sparkle,” said Elaine Bedell, ITV’s director of entertainment and comedy.

In the U.S., GSN has ordered a season of the game show Minute to Win It, which will begin production in March and air later this year.

Produced by Shine America, the 40-episode order marks the first time the series has been developed by a U.S. cable network, since its two-season run ended on NBC in the fall of 2011. GSN has been airing the NBC episodes since last summer.

The format, created by Shine’s sister company Friday TV, sees competitors facing 10 challenges in every one-hour episode.

Over on TLC, the network has picked up Toddlers & Tiaras for a sixth season, and ordered eight more episodes of Cheer Perfection. Both series are produced by Authentic Entertainment and set to return this summer.

The renewed season of Toddlers & Tiaras will feature 13 x one-hour episodes that go behind the scenes at pint-sized beauty pageants, while the 8 x one-hour episodes of Cheer Perfection will show more of the cheerleading lifestyle for young competitors and their mothers.

Bravo Media, meanwhile, is investing in another season of Top Chef. The nationwide casting calls have begun for the 11th season of the food competition show, where chefs endure high stakes challenges to be named the winner.

Top Chef is produced by Magical Elves. Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz serve as executive producers.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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