This week in our renewals and returning series round-up, VH1 has invested in more Mob Wives and Couples Therapy and A&E is bringing back Shipping Wars; while in the UK, ITV has inked three more years of The X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent.
The fourth season of Mob Wives, produced by The Weinstein Company, JustJenn Productions, Electus, and Left/Right, will premiere on U.S. cable net VH1 on December 5 at 10 p.m. EST/PST.
Now titled Mob Wives: New Blood, the docusoap will see returning cast members Renee Graziano, Drita D’Avanzo and “Big Ang” mingle with new cast members Alicia DiMichele and Natalie Guercio.
DiMichele is the wife of Eddie “Tall Guy” Garofalo, who was indicted for racketeering, extortion, and conspiracy to murder. She has also been indicted and pled guilty to embezzlement, and awaits a potential prison sentence while raising her three sons and running two designer boutiques.
Guercio, meanwhile, is the owner of a family business, the Carto Funeral Home, which is known for its mob-related burials in South Philadelphia.
Also returning for a fourth season is VH1 Couples Therapy, with new couples including Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ Taylor Armstrong and John Bluher, Jon & Kate Plus Eight ‘s Jon Gosselin and Liz Janetta, rapper Ghostface Killah and Kelsey Nykole, The Real L Word‘s Whitney Mixter and Sada Bettencourt, and Teen Mom‘s Farrah Abraham.
Dr. Jenn Berman returns as therapist and host for the Irwin Entertainment series debuting in January.
The eight x one-hour series will take the four and a half couples – with one half of a couple a no-show – and guide them through intensive relationship therapy.
Over on A&E, Shipping Wars will return for a fifth edition on December 3.
Premiering with back-to-back episodes at 10 and 10:30 p.m. EST/PST, the Megalomedia-produced series continues to follow independent truckers competing against each other in the high-stakes world of heavy-duty moving.
The returning cast includes Jennifer, Marc and his daughter, Jarrett, Roy and his cat Muffy, and traveling couple Chris and Robbie.
In the UK, ITV is investing in three more years of The X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent.
The network has signed a three-year deal for the formats with Syco Entertainment and FremantleMedia UK, extending its relationship with Simon Cowell.
Britain’s Got Talent will launch its eighth series next spring, while season 11 of The X Factor airs in the fall.
ITV2 will continue to air the complementary shows The Xtra Factor and Britain’s Got More Talent.