In this week’s round-up, renewals are in store for OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network’s Raising Whitley and Food Network Canada’s Chopped Canada, as well as three Weather Channel series including Prospectors, Highway Thru Hell and Why Planes Crash .
U.S. net OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network has signed on for another season of docuseries Raising Whitley. The Pilgrim Studios-produced show follows actress Kym Whitley and her band of eccentric friends as they pitch in to raise her young son, Joshua. The show is to premiere on January 3 at 9 p.m. EST/PST.
Meanwhile, the Weather Channel is readying the return of three series, including Prospectors, Highway Thru Hell and Why Planes Crash.
Season three of the High Noon Entertainment-made Prospectors, which follows a group of Colorado gem miners, will air on December 7 at 9 p.m. EST/PST, while the third season of Great Pacific Media’s Highway Thru Hell - on British Columbia, Canada’s Jamie Davis Heavy Rescue team – comes back with a 13 x 60-minute order on December 7 at 10 p.m. EST/PST. The latter series was originally commissioned by and made its debut on Discovery Canada, where it still airs.
Finally, the network will also air the season two premiere of Why Planes Crash on December 15 at 9 p.m. EST/PST. The second season of the Peacock Productions-made show – which has gotten an 8 x 60-minute order - examines the mechanics behind some of history’s worst aviation incidents.
Food Network in Canada will bring back Chopped Canada for a second season on January 10 at 9 p.m. EST/PST. The Paperny Entertainment-made version of the U.S. format follows a group of amateur chefs who must impress a panel of all-star judges in order to win a cash prize. The first half of the season will have 13 episodes while the second half is to return with more episodes next fall. Dean McDermott will come back as host in the second season and celebrity judges will include Susur Lee, Lynn Crawford, Michael Smith, Roger Mooking, John Higgins and Anne Yarymowich.