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Renewed and returning: “Cousins Undercover,” “Gator Boys”

HGTV is ordering more Cousins Undercover, while Destination America lines up more of its Buying franchise, Animal Planet brings more Gator Boys, and Channel 4 orders another round of Kirstie's Fill Your House for Free.
November 22, 2013

HGTV is ordering more Cousins Undercover (pictured), while Destination America lines up more of its Buying franchiseAnimal Planet brings more Gator Boys, and Channel 4 orders another round of Kirstie’s Fill Your House for Free. 

In the U.S., HGTV has ordered six additional episodes of Cousins Undercover, starring John Colaneri and Anthony Carrino.

Produced by Jane Street Entertainment, the new episodes see the cousins enlisting the help of communities to complete a home renovation for an unsuspecting neighbor.

Meanwhile, Destination America has greenlit a second season of Buying the Bayou, and invested in a third season of Buying Alaska. 

The Buying franchise will also expand with a third installment, Buying Hawaii, premiering on December 2 at 10 p.m. EST/PST. Paper Route Productions is behind all three series.

Buying Alaska, Buying Hawaii and Buying the Bayou look at the landscapes and wildlife of the regions and highlight the characters who live there, as buyers choose a home in the area.

On sister network Animal Planet, Gator Boys is ringing in the new year with 10 new episodes, beginning on January 5.

The latest batch of episodes from Mike Mathis Productions see more of the workers at Gator Boys Alligator Rescue, and follows Jimmy Riffle’s plans to open a barbeque restaurant, which causes tension with Paul Bedard.

The duo must learn how to keep their gator company running smoothly, while also pursuing their other interests.

Over on National Geographic Channel, Ultimate Survival Alaska returns for a second season, promising more suspense as extreme survivalists – including woodsmen, mountaineers, military veterans and endurance athletes – take part in an arctic competition.

The four teams will cross 1,500 miles of Alaskan wilderness with only the gear on their backs, and no prize at the end.

The Brian Catalina Entertainment series launches on December 15 at 9 p.m. EST/PST.

In the UK, Kirstie’s Fill Your House for Free is set to return on pubcaster Channel 4 with a six-part series and a six-part spin-off for sister channel More 4.

Host Kirstie Allsopp returns to show viewers how to design, upcycle and repurpose furnishings to transform a space without costing a penny.

Allsopp will again open a pop-up furniture shop in Glasgow, along with her team, Max, Lee and Charis, in the Raise the Roof Production series.

About The Author
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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