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Renewals round-up: “Face Off,” “Dates from Hell”

In the U.S., cable nets are boasting more seasons of make-up reality competitions, stories of being jailed abroad, and Dates from Hell, with renewals and upcoming series premieres. (Pictured: Face Off)
March 22, 2013

In the U.S., cable nets are boasting more seasons of make-up reality competitions, stories of being jailed abroad, and Dates from Hell, with renewals and upcoming series premieres.

U.S. cable net Syfy has renewed SFX make-up artist competition series Face Off (pictured above) for a fifth season. Produced by Mission Control Media, the upcoming series will premiere in the summer, with production set to begin in April.

Season four is currently airing on Syfy, with an average of 2.7 million total viewers tuning in to the series, which sees up-and-coming special effects make-up artists creating works of living art. They are judged by a panel made up of Ve Neill (The Hunger Games), industry veteran Glenn Hetrick (CSI: New York), and creature designer Neville Page (Avatar), with Hollywood make-up artist Michael Westmore serving as contestant mentor and McKenzie Westmore on board as host.

Over at National Geographic Channel, the ninth season of Lock Up Abroad is set to premiere on April 17 at 9 p.m. EST/PST. The Raw TV-produced series will kick off with an episode on Ernie Brace, the longest prisoner of war in Vietnam history, who was held for almost eight years. In the latest season, the viewers will hear from the person locked up, but also those who were part of the story.

In the case of the Ernie Brace episode, Senator John McCain will tell his account of communicating with secret messages to Brace from his cell next door. Other episodes will feature Californian surfers arrested in Mexico, a reptile smuggler traveling to Belize, and an English ecstasy dealer caught by the U.S. police.

Elsewhere, Sharp Entertainment’s Dates from Hell is set for a new season on Investigation Discovery. Premiering on April 12 at 10 and 10:30 p.m., the network is launching the series with a new texting service, where users can text the word “Escape” to a number to receive a phone call that serves as an excuse to bail on a bad date.

In the premiere episode, when a man doesn’t get the affection he expects from his date, he decides to teach her a lesson with his SUV, while other episodes see a dumped boyfriend retaliating with a Samurai sword, and a couple finding out they’re not alone in their romantic hideaway.

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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