In this week’s round-up, renewals are in store for Animal Planet’s Ice Cold Gold (pictured), HBO’s Vice, E!’s Botched and Sky 1′s 50 Ways to Kill Your Mammy, as well as a slate of Travel Channel series.
U.S. net Animal Planet is bringing back the series Ice Cold Gold for a third season on March 5 at 10 p.m. EST/PST. The Moxie Pictures-made show follows a group of American prospectors looking for gold in Greenland, and will this season center on the team’s reaction to news of government restrictions on mining.
Elsewhere, Travel Channel has renewed a number of its series. Returning for a third season is the RTR Media-produced BBQ Crawl, in which a Canadian pitmaster and a BBQ champion take on the U.S. BBQ competition circuit; while the Half Yard Productions-made Big Time RV - about a Florida RV dealership – is also set to return for a second season. Meanwhile, Indigo Films’ Bikinis & Boardwalks is to come back for a third season, My Entertainment’s Ghost Adventures will return for season 11, Atlas Media’s Hotel Impossible has been picked up for season six, and Optomen Productions’ Monumental Mysteries is coming back for season three. The net has also signed on for a fourth season of High Noon Entertainment’s Trip Flip and Xtreme Waterparks.
The eighth season of Travel Channel’s Bizarre Foods – produced by Tremendous Entertainment – is to return on April 13 at 9 p.m. EST/PST, while the eighth season of Optomen Productions’ Mysteries of the Museum will premiere on April 3 at 9 p.m. EST/PST. Finally, the seventh season of Painless Productions’ The Dead Files returns on April 25 at 10 p.m. EST/PST.
Meanwhile, HBO has signed on for a 14th season of the news show Vice, set to return on March 6 at 11 p.m. EST/PST. The series – hosted by Vice Media founder Shane Smith – follows the company’s various correspondents around the world as they report on stories often ignored by traditional media outlets. Topics discussed in the forthcoming season include American policing, gang violence in Central America and climate change, among others. The show is exec produced by Bill Maher, Shane Smith, Eddy Moretti and BJ Levin.
E! will also bring back plastic surgery series Botched for another season on April 14 at 9 p.m. EST/PST. The show follows Dr. Paul Nassif and Dr. Terry Dubrow as they attempt to remedy plastic surgery nightmares. The series is produced by Evolution Media.
Finally, over in the UK, Sky 1 has signed on for a second season of 50 Ways to Kill Your Mammy, set to air later this year. Produced by Burning Bright Productions and Brown Bread Films, the show follows son and mother team Baz and Nancy as they traverse the world and engage in extreme challenges that push Nancy’s personal boundaries. The format is currently in development for U.S. net Discovery Life, and has also been optioned by broadcasters in France, Germany, Sweden, Belgium, Finland, Norway, Denmark and the Netherlands.