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Renewed and returning: “Made in Chelsea,” “Bizarre Foods America”

UK-based prodco Monkey Kingdom has nabbed UK and U.S. renewals with Made in Chelsea and Newlyweds: The First Year, while Travel Channel has four series returning in 2014, including Bizarre Foods America (pictured).
October 11, 2013

UK-based prodco Monkey Kingdom has nabbed UK and U.S. renewals, with both Made in Chelsea and Newlyweds: The First Year set to return, while Travel Channel has four series returning in 2014, including Bizarre Foods America (pictured).

In the UK, Channel 4′s E4 has commissioned three more seasons of Made in Chelsea, securing the structured reality show’s place on E4 until the end of 2014.

The sixth, 12 x 60-minute season premieres on October 14, bringing back the drama, relationships and fashions of the wealthy young cast.

In the U.S, Bravo has picked up a second season of Newlyweds: The First Year, also from Monkey Kingdom. The docuseries follows four couples through their first year of marriage.

The upcoming season will feature new couples as they journey from their wedding days to their one-year anniversaries, documenting the ups and downs of married life.

Travel Channel, meanwhile, has renewed four series for the first quarter of 2014, including Bizarre Foods America, Dangerous Grounds, Hotel Impossible and Mysteries at the Museum. 

The sixth, 8 x one-hour season of Tremendous! Entertainment’s Bizarre Foods America will see host Andrew Zimmern looking at the surprising eating habits in the country.

In the second season of Dangerous Grounds, entrepreneur and adventurer Todd Carmichael returns to some of the riskiest places in the world to find the best coffee beans for his direct-trade coffee business. Nancy Glass Productions will produce the 8 x one-hour series.

Hotel fixer Anthony Melchiorri is back for a fourth, 13 x one-hour season of Hotel Impossible, produced by Atlas Media. Each episode gives a failing hotel a chance to become a bustling business again.

Optomen Productions are behind the sixth season of Mysteries at the Museum, again hosted by history explorer and museum enthusiast Don Wildman, as he searches for relics and artifacts and the stories behind the them. The series order is 13 x one-hour episodes.

In addition, Travel Channel has signed on for a return Trip with its successful special The Trip: 2014. The multi-platform programming event, produced by High Noon, features the network’s talent – including Samantha Brown, Anthony Melchiorri, Adam Richman and Don Wildman – taking viewers through Spain and Morocco. One lucky viewer will win the trip.

On CMT, Sweet Home Alabama is set to return on November 15 at 9 p.m. EST/PST.  The reality dating series, produced by Glassman Media, sees 11 city bachelors and 11 country bachelors competing to win the affections of Southern belle Kelsey Smith.

Meanwhile, Dick Wolf’s Wolf Films and Magical Elves have been tapped to produce a second season of docudrama Cold Justice for TNT to air in early 2014.

The 10 new episodes follow former prosecutor Kelly Siegler and former crime-scene investigator Yolanda McClary as they try to solve small-town murder cases that have been cold for years. The first season resulted in guilty pleas, indictments for murder, and a new grand jury trail.

On broadcast network NBC, the fourth season of The Sing-Off is set to return on December 9.

The seven-episode holiday series will be again hosted by Nick Lachey, with Jewel joining as a judge alongside Ben Folds and Shawn Stockman.

Produced by One Three Media, along with Outlaw Entertainment and Sony Pictures Television, and executive produced by Mark Burnett, the series gives a cappella groups the chance to win a recording contract and US $100,000.

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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