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.

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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.