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Renewed and returning: “True Tori,” “Dream School: NYC”

In this week's round-up, renewals are in store for TLC's Say Yes to the Dress, Lifetime's True Tori, Bravo Media's Shahs of Sunset and Sundance TV's Dream School: NYC. (Pictured: Tori Spelling)
September 12, 2014

In this week’s round-up, renewals are in store for TLC’s Say Yes to the Dress, Lifetime’s True Tori, Bravo Media’s Shahs of Sunset, Sundance TV’s Dream School: NYC and The Weather Channel’s Strangest Weather on Earth. UK indie StoryVault Films has also been recommissioned for second installments of the ITV docuseries Me &  My Guide Dog and Sky Arts’ Portrait Artist of the Year.

U.S. net TLC is readying the 12th season of Say Yes to the Dress, set to premiere on October 10 at 9 p.m. EST/PST with its first hour-long episode. The premiere will feature TV personality and trainer Jillian Michaels who will surprise a former Biggest Loser contestant now looking for her dream dress. The season will also include guest appearances from Broadway performers Sutton Foster and Laurel Harris, and Boston marathon bombing survivor Rebekah Gregory, among others. Say Yes to the Dress is produced by Half Yard Productions.

Meanwhile, Lifetime has lined up season two of True Tori, which will debut on October 21 at 9 p.m. EST/PST. Eight episodes of the Studio Lambert and All3Media America-produced series will follow TV personality Tori Spelling (pictured above) as she continues to work on her marriage. The series began filming this past week.

Meanwhile, Bravo Media has signed on for season four of Shahs of Sunset, which is scheduled to return on October 13, though the premiere date could be pushed back in light of the current strike action by the series’ post-production crew. The Ryan Seacrest Productions-made show follows a group of Iranian American friends who live in Beverly Hills.

Sundance TV has also picked up a second season of the docuseries Dream School: NYC, which follows the mentorship of students who have dropped out or been expelled from their schools. The new season will feature celebrity mentors and educators such as Momofuku restaurateur David Chang, Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir and screenwriter Cliff Dorfman (Entourage, Warrior).The Fresh One Productions-made series will debut on October 1 at 9 p.m. EST/PST.

Elsewhere, The Weather Channel has renewed the series Strangest Weather on Earth, which will continue to follow bizarre weather events such as raining frogs and volcano smoke rings. The season two premiere of the series – which is made by Pioneer Productions – is set for October 5 at 9 p.m. EST/PST.

Finally, over in the UK, Zodiak Rights has recommissioned more episodes of two StoryVault Films-produced series, including a second installment of Me & My Guide Dog (2 x 60 minutes), which airs on ITV, as well as a second series of Portrait Artist of the Year (8 x 60 minutes and 1 x 90 minutes), broadcast on Sky Arts.

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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