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Renewed and returning: “Celebrity Wife Swap,” “Treehouse Masters”

U.S. networks picked up more Celebrity Wife Swap, Treehouse Masters (pictured), Marriage Boot Camp: Bridezillas and Million Dollar Listing New York, while Canada's Discovery Channel set a date for more Highway Thru Hell.
August 2, 2013

U.S. networks picked up more Celebrity Wife Swap, Treehouse Masters (pictured), Marriage Boot Camp: Bridezillas and Million Dollar Listing New York, while Canada’s Discovery Channel set a date for more Highway Thru Hell.

American broadcast network ABC has ordered a third season of Celebrity Wife Swap from Zodiak USA. The 13-episode order will see new celebrity mothers trade households, lifestyles and children in week-long challenges.

The most recent season featured reality stars Kate Gosselin and Kendra Wilkinson, as well as mother-and-daughter duo Joan and Melissa Rivers, who swapped with Bristol and Willow Palin, daughters of the former Governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin. Zodiak USA’s Bruce Toms and Tony Yates will produce.

Meanwhile, U.S. cable network Animal Planet has picked up Treehouse Masters for a second season. Produced by Stiletto Television, the 13-episode season is set to launch in the first quarter of 2014.

The first season of the series, which focused on the creations of treehouse builder Pete Nelson, became the network’s second most-watched series to date among P2+ viewers and males aged 25-54 in its first season, according to Animal Planet.

Mark Grove, Garry Kief and Troy Queen are the exec producers for Stiletto Television, while for Animal Planet, Jason Carey is the executive producer, Vaibhav Bhatt is supervising producer, and Sarah Russell is production coordinator. Charlie Foley and Sarah Thompson developed the series for the network.

On WE tv, Marriage Boot Camp: Bridezillas is set to return with a 10-episode second season in early 2014. Thinkfactory Media, in cooperation with September Films, will begin production in the fall.  Marriage Boot Camp: Bridezillas takes five previous Bridezillas and their husbands, and puts them in a house where they undergo couples counseling over two weeks.

The executive producers for Thinkfactory Media are Adam Freeman, Adam Reed, Moriah Muse and Leslie Greif. Suzanne Murch is the executive producer for WE tv, while Lauren Gellert, senior VP of original production and development, is the exec in charge of production.

Over on Bravo, the network has picked up a third season of Million Dollar Listing New York. The World of Wonder-produced series just delivered a season finale that notched 1.6 million viewers, and was the highest-rated episode of the series, according to Bravo.

The program follows Fredrik Eklund, Luis D. Ortiz and Ryan Serhant as they work in the highly competitive market of luxury listings in Manhattan. Randy Barbato, Fenton Bailey, Megan Estrada and Danielle King serve as executive producers.

Finally, in Canada, Highway Thru Hell is set for an expanded second season, premiering on Discovery on September 3. Produced by Vancouver’s Great Pacific TV, the upcoming series boasts bigger rigs and wilder wrecks on the Coquihalla Highway. The new season will also feature four special ‘Reloaded’ episodes featuring bonus content, production facts, viewer Tweets, and more.

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