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Renewed and returning: “State of Play,” “Parts Unknown”

In this week's round-up, renewals are in store for HBO Sports' State of Play, as well as CNN series Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown and This is Life with Lisa Ling (pictured).
November 14, 2014

In this week’s round-up, renewals are in store for HBO Sports’ State of Play, Great American Country’s Celebrity Motor Homes and three series for CNN, including Anthony Bourdain: Parts UnknownThis is Life with Lisa Ling (pictured), and Somebody’s Gotta Do It with Mike Rowe.

HBO Sports is bringing back its sports culture series State of Play on November 18 with an installment entitled “Happiness,” directed by Peter Berg. Each episode of the series – which is produced by HBO Sports and Film 44 – explores a topic or person that is pertinent to the world of sports.

The premiere episode begins with a 35-minute documentary on NFL football players Brett Favre, Tiki Barber and Wayne Chrebet, as they transition into civilian life following their exits from the sport. State of Play: Happiness will air on November 18 at 10 p.m. EST/PST.

Meanwhile, CNN has renewed a number of its docuseries featuring its top personalities, including Anthony Bourdain: Parts UnknownThis is Life with Lisa Ling and Somebody’s Gotta Do It with Mike Rowe.

Bourdain’s culinary travel series – produced by Zero Point Zero Productions – will return for its fifth season on the broadcaster, while Ling’s Part2 Pictures-produced in-depth news program and Rowe’s Pilgrim Studios and MikeroweWORKS-made series on quirky individuals - which both premiered this fall – will come back for their second seasons.

Elsewhere, Great American Country has signed on for a third season of Celebrity Motor Homes, which returns on November 26 at 8 p.m. EST/PST. The series – which comes back with a 10 x 30-minute order – sees host Blair Herter travel around the U.S. and showcase celebrities and their homes on wheels.

The premiere episode features actor Kevin  Bacon, his brother Michael, and their motor home, which is equipped with a 12-person lounge, custom walk-in closet and laundry facilities. Celebrity Motor Homes is produced by Channel 8 Television.

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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