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Renewed and returning: “Drugs, Inc.,” “Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition”

This week's round-up of renewals returners sees U.S. networks re-upping shows on drugs, cars, dance competitions and Bible knowledge, while the UK looks at home improvement. (Pictured: Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition)
August 9, 2013

This week’s round-up of renewals returners sees U.S. networks re-upping shows on drugs, cars, dance competitions and Bible knowledge, while the UK looks at home improvement.

In the U.S., National Geographic Channel will team up once again with Drugfree.org for its fourth season of Drugs, Inc., premiering on August 11.

The 10-episode series looks at the drug industry through testimony from traffickers, dealers, users, police and federal agents.  The fourth season will focus on San Francisco’s crystal meth problem; Jamaica’s connection to drugs, violence and corruption; and a movement by Chicago dealers into the suburbs, where they sell ecstasy and a potent strain of marijuana called Kush.

NGC’s partnership at Drugfree.org will attempt to raise awareness about the nation’s drug epidemic.

Over on History, Top Gear is returning for a fourth season on September 3. Hosts Tanner Foust, Rutledge Wood and Adam Ferrara are set to return for a “bigger and faster” season, featuring a race from New York to LA in exotic super cars, an attempt to cross open water in home-made amphibious cars, and more. The series is produced by BBC Worldwide Productions.

On History’s sister network Lifetime, Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition (pictured above) is set for a second season launch on September 3.

The reality competition program will see Dance Mom’s Abby Lee Miller return, along with celebrity choreographer Richard Jackson and Broadway star Rachelle Rak, as they judge aspiring dancers.

The 12-episode series will follow 11 young dancers and their mothers as they vie for a US$100,000 cash prize and a scholarship to the Young Dancers Program at the Joffrey Ballet School in New York. The second season will see the introduction of a “Call-back Card” that the judges can use to save one dancer from elimination.

Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition is produced by Collins Avenue.

GSN has ordered a third season of game show The American Bible Challenge, to be hosted again by Jeff Foxworthy with musical co-host Kirk Franklin.

The one-hour game show sees contestants competing to find out knows the Bible best. Season three will have 9 episodes, which will air in 2014, and will be produced by Relativity Television.

Finally, in the UK, Channel 4 has commissioned a third season of Double Your House for Half the Money. The series follows host Sarah Beeny as she shows how to transform and increase the size of a home on a budget, and while also using an augmented reality app to highlight flawed layout ideas.

The 10 x 60-minute series will be produced by Red House, a Zodiak Media Company, and will air in mid-August.

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Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.

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