Unscripted

Renewed and returning: “Shipping Wars,” “Dog and Beth”

In this week's round-up, A&E's Shipping Wars and CMT's Dog and Beth: On the Hunt (pictured) are set to return, with more seasons of TBS's Deal With It and City TV's Meet the Family also on the way.
May 23, 2014

In this week’s round-up, U.S. nets A&E and CMT have signed on for more seasons of series Shipping Wars and Dog and Beth: On the Hunt (pictured) respectively, while more episodes of Howie Mandel’s Deal With It for TBS, and Canadian broadcaster City TV’s Meet the Family are also on the way.

A&E is revving up for another season of Shipping Wars, which returns with back-to-back episodes on June 3, beginning at 10 p.m. EST/PST. In the sixth season of the Megalomedia-produced series, shipping veterans Marc Springer, Jennifer Brennan and Jarret Joyce are joined by new cast members Dusty Davies, Jessica Samko and Todd and Tamera Sturgis.

TBS has also signed on for more episodes of Mandel’s Deal With It. The network has added 10 additional episodes to the hidden camera competition series’ second season, returning this fall. In the show, individuals are secretly recruited to pull pranks on their companions with no time to prepare. The show – made by Alevy Productions, Banca Studio and Keshet Broadcasting, in association with Lionsgate Television - is exec produced by Mandel, who is set to host the Realscreen Awards next month in Santa Monica.

Meanwhile, CMT’s bounty hunter series Dog and Beth: On the Hunt returns this summer, premiering June 14 at 9 p.m. EST/PST. The second season of the series – produced by Bonnie and Clyde Entertainment and Electus - will see the duo travelling to different cities each week to educate local bondsmen on every aspect of the business of bounty hunting.

Finally, Canadian broadcaster City TV has renewed relationship series Meet the Family for a second series. The Frantic Films-produced show, which will return later this year, features a couple in which one partner is meeting the other’s family for the first time. The new season is currently in production.

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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