This week we spotlight returning series about tattoos, alligators and car flipping, while Bad Girls Club receives another series order and an all-star spinoff, and the UK’s Channel 4 (C4) re-ups 24 Hours in A&E.
In the U.S., cable network TLC has invested in more ink, with the NY Ink returning for its third go-round. The latest season of the Original Media-produced series premieres on April 4, and returns to the Wooster Street Social Club with Ami James and his team, which includes returning artists Tommy Montoya and Megan Massacre, along with newcomers Rodrigo ‘Hot Rod’ Canteras, Lee Rodriguez, Mike Diamond, Yoji Harada and Jes Leppard.
The series launches the same night as the series premiere of TLC’s new title America’s Worst Tattoos, which features NY Ink’s Massacre, and is produced by Magilla Entertainment.
TLC’s sister network Animal Planet has given a greenlight to Gator Boys (pictured above) for a third season. The 10-episode series will see Paul Bedard and Jimmy Riffle return to South Florida to rescue alligators, and will be produced by Mike Mathis Productions. Season two of the series was the network’s second most watched series of the year.
The NBC Universal-owned cable network Oxygen has picked up an 11th season of Bad Girls Club, which will return to Miami and launch in the summer. In addition, the network has greenlit Bad Girls All Star Battle, hosted by musician and actor Ray J. The one hour series will bring back 14 of the biggest names from previous seasons of the Bunim/Murray Productions series.
Over on History, Counting Cars returns for a new season, premiering on April 9. The Leftfield Pictures-produced series will see Danny ‘The Count’ Koker and the crew from his Las Vegas-based auto repair business buy, flip, and re-sell classic cars, bikes, and more. This season will see a visit from Ziggy Marley, as they restore his father Bob Marley’s last car.
Across the pond, UK pubcaster Channel 4 has recommissioned 24 Hours in A&E from The Garden. The 28-episode order will follow a 20-part third series broadcasting in the spring, as well as a making-of documentary. The new season will return to Britain’s busiest A&E unit at King’s College Hospital in south London, and captures life-or-death drama.