In this week’s round-up, returning series include Investigation Discovery’s Fear Thy Neighbor and True Crime with Aphrodite Jones, as well as Animal Planet’s My Cat From Hell (pictured). New seasons are also on the way for Esquire Network’s Best Bars in America and Brew Dogs, in addition to FremantleMedia format Master Athletes and Lifetime UK’s Dance Mums with Jennifer Ellison.
Investigation Discovery U.S. has signed on for a 13-episode second season of Fear Thy Neighbor. The Cream Productions-made docudrama tells the stories of those who find themselves living next to dangerous personalities. Production on season two is currently underway in Hamilton, Ontario, and will also film across the U.S.
In other news, the network has signed on for season five of True Crime with Aphrodite Jones, which follows the crime reporter and author as she details various criminal cases and conducts interviews. The show is to premiere on March 16 at 9 p.m. EST/PST with the case of Tyrone Hood who was convicted of murder and ultimately exonerated after spending 22 years in prison.
Animal Planet has renewed My Cat From Hell for a 10-episode season, premiering on April 4 at 8 p.m. EST/PST. Produced by 3 Ball Entertainment, the show follows Jackson Galaxy – also known as “The Cat Daddy” – as he travels across the U.S. helping families living with nightmarish felines.
Elsewhere, Esquire Network is to bring back the series Best Bars in America and Brew Dogs for second and third seasons, respectively. While the former sees comedians Jay Larson and Sean Patton explore bars featured in the magazine’s annual list of the country’s best drinking establishments, the latter follows “craft beer anarchists” James Watt and Martin Dickie on their global tour of the world’s most celebrated craft breweries. Both shows are to return on April 1, with Best Bars airing at 9 p.m. EST/PST and Brew Dogs premiering at 10 p.m. EST/PST.
Meanwhile, FremantleMedia’s entertainment format Master Athletes has been commissioned for a second season by Swedish broadcaster SVT. The show – which debuted in August 2014 – sees fit members of the public compete in a number of extreme fitness challenges all while living and training together.
Over in the UK, Lifetime has signed on for a second season of factual entertainment series Dance Mums with Jennifer Ellison. Set in Liverpool, England, the show follows the careers of young performers at the Jennifer Ellison Fame Academy and first debuted in the UK last fall. The series, adapted from the U.S. smash Dance Moms, was one of the first UK commissions by Lifetime in the UK, following the channel’s launch in late 2013. Season two of Dance Mums will again be produced by Shiver and will go into production this spring, to air later this year.