Broadcasters in the UK, U.S. and Canada are investing in more family reunions, food series, pint-sized beauty queens and travel series.
In the UK, ITV has tapped Wall to Wall to produce a fourth series of Long Lost Family. The factual series just wrapped its third run, which was its highest-rated yet, averaging 5.9 million viewers.
The newest incarnation will see the return of Davina McCall and Nicky Campbell as they reunite family members who’ve been separated for a long time, in a 8 x 60-minute season.
In addition, Wall to Wall is also producing an 11th series of Who Do You Think You Are? for BBC1, which includes the UK’s 100th episode of the genealogy series.
Also in the UK, Channel 4 has recommissioned Jamie & Jimmy’s Food Fight Club from Fresh One Productions for a second season. The 4 x 60-minute series will see celebrity chef Jamie Oliver and his friend Jimmy Doherty invite celebrity guests to their cafe at the end of Southend pier, where they will cook and serve the dish of the day.
They will also take to the road to find Britain’s forgotten foods, with the second season airing in early 2014. Dermot Caulfield and Zoe Collins are executive producers.
In the U.S., A&E will air a third season of Storage Wars: Texas (pictured above), with the reality series premiering back-to-back episodes on August 27.
This season will follow previous storage locker buyers Ricky, Bubba, Mary Padian, and Jenny Grumbles, as well as new cast members Kenny Stowe, Matt Blevins, and see a new partner for Padian.
Storage Wars: Texas is produced by Original Productions, with Thom Beers, Philip D. Segal, Jeff Conroy and Tom McMahon serving as executive producers, and Elaine Frontain Bryant and Fred Grinstein acting as EPs for A&E.
Elsewhere, TLC will see more Toddlers & Tiaras when the show returns for a seventh season on September 18. The series will follow pint-sized beauty queens and their parents as they vie for the crown at their local pageants. This season promises to see a pageant mom who competes, more rivalries, and one pageant involving a horse. Authentic Entertainment produces the series for TLC.
Over on TLC’s sister network Velocity, Chasing Classic Cars returns for more episodes on August 27. The series, hosted by Wayne Carini, will see its host search for more rare vehicles across America, including a 1965 427 Cobra, and classic Ford models from 1935 to 1940.
The latest series will also feature the restoration of a 1973 Daytona Spyder, a Hydroplane boat, a 1966 Good Humor Truck, and more.
National Geographic Channel, meanwhile, is lining up a fifth season of Alaska State Troopers, to premiere on September 15.
Dedicated to two troopers killed in the line of duty, the PSG Films-produced series will look at more tales from the troopers, as they patrol hundreds of miles of terrain in frigid temperatures, by land, air and sea. Episodes this season include topics such as protecting tourists and bears from each other, and a gun dispute between neighbors.
In Canada, Travel + Escape has greenlit the second seasons of four series: Scam City, BBQ Crawl, Boundless and Rebel Without a Kitchen.
Produced by Handel Productions, Scam City sees host Conor Woodman journey across the world to expose scammers on the fringes of cities. The 10 x 60-minute series will premiere on October 27. In Boundless, meanwhile, HLP+Partners will follow Simon Donato and Paul “Turbo” Trebilcock again as they compete in extreme endurance events. The series will air in the spring of 2014.
The second season of BBQ Crawl will continue the journey of Canadian BBQ champion Danielle Dimovski across the American south. Produced by RTR Media, the series will premiere in the spring of 2014.
Finally, Rebel Without a Kitchen will return with host Matthew Basile going on the road across North America to visit street food vendors and festivals. It also premieres in spring 2014.