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Renewed and returning: “Below Deck,” “Breaking Amish: LA”

U.S. cable networks are re-investing in yacht crew drama, parasites and Amish youth, as Bravo, Animal Planet and TLC sign up for more Below Deck, Monsters Inside Me and Breaking Amish: LA (pictured).
August 30, 2013

U.S. cable networks are re-investing in yacht crew drama, parasites and Amish youth, as Bravo, Animal Planet and TLC sign up for more Below Deck, Monsters Inside Me and Breaking Amish: LA (pictured).

In the U.S., cable network Bravo has renewed reality series Below Deck, just as the finale of its inaugural season wrapped with 1.8 million viewers.

The 51 Minds produced series follows the crew aboard a mega-yacht, and spawned a reunion special and a ‘Crew Tells All’ special, that will air on September 2 and 9, respectively.

Meanwhile, Animal Planet is set to premiere a new season of the parasite-focused series Monsters Inside Me on October 2.

Produced by Optomen Productions, the 12-part series looks at the science of parasitic or viral attacks of the human body, and is hosted by biologist Dan Riskin.

This season, the real-life cases featured include a healthy young yoga practitioner who thinks she has the flu, a young girl who might have the Bubonic plague, and a self-diagnosed worm in the eye. In addition, the series will show the dangers of swallowing foreign items.

Over on Animal Planet’s sister network TLC, two more episodes have been added to Breaking Amish: LA.  The new order brings the series up to 11 episodes, with a reunion special, Breaking Amish: LA – The Shunning Truth, hosted by NBC’s Michelle Beadle.

The series, which has been averaging 1.8 million P2+ viewers, follows the lives of seven young Amish and Mennonite men and women as they live together in LA.

Hot Snakes Media produces the series, while Peacock Productions produces the reunion special. Both of the hour-long episodes will air on September 29 and serve as the season finale.

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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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