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Renewed and returning: “Tiny House Nation,” “The Island”

In this week's round-up, renewals are in store for Nat Geo's Ultimate Airport Dubai, FYI's Tiny House Nation and Channel 4's The Island with Bear Grylls (pictured).
September 5, 2014

In this week’s round-up, renewals are in store for Nat Geo’s Ultimate Airport Dubai, FYI’s Tiny House Nation, Channel 4′s The Island with Bear Grylls (pictured) and OMNI Television’s Bollywood Star.

National Geographic Channels International has commissioned a second season of reality series Ultimate Airport Dubai. The upcoming season of the Arrow Media-produced series – which goes behind-the-scenes of the world’s second-busiest airport for international passengers – will follow the renovation of the airport’s runways. The 10-episode season will air later this year on National Geographic Channel across 170 countries.

Elsewhere, FYI has picked up another season of its original series Tiny House Nation, in which hosts John Weisbarth and renovation expert Zack Giffin explore minimalist living spaces and their owners. The Loud TV-produced series will feature 13 episodes and premiere this winter.

In related news, the net has spun-off the show into a 13 x 30-minute series entitled Tiny House Hunting, which will follow realtors helping tiny home seekers find their ideal houses, and debut this winter.  This series is also produced by Loud TV.

Over in the UK, Channel 4 has ordered a second season of the Shine TV-produced survival series The Island with Bear Grylls, a spokesperson for the broadcaster confirmed to realscreen. The upcoming installment will cover separate islands – one for men, and the other for women – and two individual series will be produced with each one following a respective group. Both series are set to air next year.

Finally, Canadian net OMNI Television has greenlit production on the talent search Bollywood Star. The start of production on six, half-hour episodes has been slated for October. The Makan Media-made series – which will film in both Toronto and Mumbai – follows aspiring Bollywood stars are they audition and compete for a role in a Bollywood film. Hopefuls can now submit their auditions online.

About The Author
Meagan Kashty is an associate editor of realscreen, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Meagan is an award-winning business journalist. Prior to joining the realscreen team, Meagan was online editor of Canadian Grocer, named Magazine of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Business Media Awards. She can be reached at mkashty@brunico.com, and you can follow her on Twitter @MegKashty

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