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Renewed and returning: U.S. broadcast upfronts

U.S. broadcasters are firming up forthcoming seasons with renewals for ABC's Dancing With The Stars (pictured) and CBS's The Amazing Race, while NBC, Fox and The CW have also penned deals for recommissions
May 16, 2014

In this week’s round-up, U.S. broadcasters are firming up forthcoming seasons that will see the return of ABC’s Dancing With The Stars (pictured)CBS’s The Amazing Race and Fox’s Hell’s Kitchen, among others, while cable nets A&E and History have renewed Duck Dynasty and Mountain Men, respectively. 

ABC has signed on for more Dancing With The Stars, which will return this fall for a 19th season with Rob Wade, a long-time producer and co-exec producer on the series, replacing Conrad Green as showrunner. The broadcaster has also renewed cooking competition show The Taste for a third season.

The series, produced by Red Arrow International’s Kinetic Content group, will bring back Nigella Lawson, Anthony Bourdain, Ludo Lefebvre and Marcus Samuelsson.

In addition, the broadcaster has signed on for another round of The Bachelor, which returns for season 19, and business pitch series Shark Tank, back for its sixth season.

Meanwhile, CBS has renewed long-running shows The Amazing Race for a 25th season and Survivor for its 29th and 30th seasons. Over at Fox, which as previously reported has renewed American Idol, the broadcaster will also premiere new seasons of Hell’s Kitchen, which will enjoy its 13th seasonand Masterchef Junior, which will get an eight-episode third season.

Finally, The CW’s America’s Next Top Model is set to return this fall, while NBC has also signed on for more seasons of The Biggest Loser and The Voice.

On the U.S. cable network front, A&E has signed up for another season of Duck Dynasty, which is set to return on June 11 at 10 p.m. EST/PST. This season of the Gurney Productions-made show will see Phil continuing to struggle with beavers on his property, Reed graduating high school and Miss Kay taking up coupon-cutting.

Elsewhere, Bravo is also bringing back The Real Housewives of New Jersey for a sixth season, premiering July 13 at 8 p.m. EST/PST. The Sirens Media-produced series will feature regular cast members Teresa Giudice and Melissa Gorga and new additions Amber Marchese, identical twin sisters Teresa Aprea and Nicole Mauriello, as well as the return of Dina Manzo.

Finally, History has signed on for another season of Mountain Men, which returns for a third season on June 1 at 9 p.m. EST/PST. The Warm Springs Productions-made show follows a group of men living in various rugged terrains around the U.S. where they must battle sub-zero temperatures and dangerous predators.

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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