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Renewed and returning: “Ink Master,” “The Challenge”

UK and U.S. broadcasters are re-investing in tattoos, competition series and family docuseries, with Ink Master (pictured); The Challenge; Little People, Big World; and Alex Polizzi: The Fixer among the shows returning.
October 4, 2013

UK and U.S. broadcasters are re-investing in tattoos, competition series and family docuseries, with Ink Master (pictured); The Challenge; Little People, Big World; and Alex Polizzi: The Fixer among the shows returning.

In the U.S., Spike TV has renewed two tattoo-focused series, Ink Master and Tattoo Nightmares, with both set to return in 2014.

The fourth season of Ink Master, hosted by musician Dave Navarro and judged by Miami Ink’s Chris Nunez and Elm Street Tattoo’s Oliver Peck, will see 16 contestants battle it out to win a cash prize, an editorial feature in Inked magazine, and the title of ‘Ink Master.’

The 13 x one-hour series will be produced by Original Media, with Charlie Corwin and Andrea Richter the executive producers.

Meanwhile, 495 Productions will produce 26 episodes of Tattoo Nightmares . In its third season, the series will feature the top cover-up tattoo artists as they fix bad tattoos.

Spike TV’s sister network MTV has greenlit another season of competition series The Challenge. The 25th season will air in 2014, and will take place in an undisclosed location. Previous seasons have seen former Real World and Road Rules cast members competing in Thailand, Brazil, the Dominican Republic and more.

Bunim/Murray Productions’ Jonathan Murray, Gil Goldschein, Scott Freeman and Justin Booth serve as executive producers and Jacquelyn French is the MTV executive in charge of production.

On TLC, the Roloff family is back for a new season of Little People, Big World, premiering on October 29 at 9 p.m. EST.

The eight-episode season, produced by Gay Rosenthal Productions, will see the Roloff children back at home for the summer, marking the first time the whole family has been reunited on the farm in two years. The family gears up for pumpkin season and four weddings that will take place at Roloff Farms.

Over on the Food Network, Trisha’s Southern Kitchen is returning for a fourth season, boasting more recipes and guest stars, including Kelly Clarkson, Wendy Williams and Nadia Comaneci.

The 13-episode season, produced by Ellen Rakieten Entertainment, a division of Relativity Television, premieres on November 9 at 10:30 a.m. EST/PST. Trisha’s Southern Kitchen features family-inspired recipes, music and special guests.

Finally, in the UK,  Twofour has been tapped to produce a third season of Alex Polizzi: The Fixer for BBC2.

Polizzi, who comes from a family of hoteliers, will bring her expertise to family businesses that need financial help. She will dole out business tips and get to the bottom of family drama, to guide them back to success.

The series will be executive produced by Melanie Leach and Dan Adamson for Twofour and Tom Edwards for the BBC.

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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