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Renewed and returning: “Naked and Afraid,” “Drag Race”

In this week's round-up, new seasons are on the way for Discovery Channel's Naked and Afraid, TLC's Love, Lust or Run and Logo's RuPaul's Drag Race (pictured).
March 20, 2015

In this week’s round-up, renewals are in store for Discovery Channel’s Naked and Afraid, TLC’s Love, Lust or Run and Logo’s RuPaul’s Drag Race (pictured), while Scripps-owned DIY Network and HGTV have also renewed a host of series, including The Vanilla Ice Project and Tiny House Hunters.

U.S. net Discovery Channel has signed on for another season of Naked and Afraid. The Renegade 83-produced survival series – set to return on April 19 at 10 p.m. EST/PST – sees a couple dropped off in a remote location and forced to survive in the wild for 21 days.

Elsewhere, TLC has greenlit 26 more episodes of the True Entertainment-produced series Love, Lust or Run, set to premiere in June. The Stacy London-fronted show features the host guiding women on questionable fashion choices and helping them better curate their wardrobes. The series’ season one finale airs tonight (March 20) at 9 p.m. EST/PST.

DIY Network has renewed five renovation series, including season six of Departure Films-made The Vanilla Ice Project, season eight of Big Table Media-produced Kitchen Crashers, the second seasons of Silent Crow Arts-made Barnwood Builders and JayTV-produced Sledgehammer as well as a 14th season of Big Table Media’s Yard Crashers.

In other Scripps Networks Interactive news, HGTV has signed on for more seasons of property hunting shows, including season seven of Pie Town Productions-made House Hunters Renovation and second seasons of Magilla Entertainment’s Lakefront Bargain Hunt, World of Wonder Productions-made Island Hunters and High Town-produced Tiny House Hunters.

Logo has renewed flagship series RuPaul’s Drag Race for an eighth season, with production beginning immediately and auditions scheduled for across the U.S. The World of Wonder Productions-made series follows RuPaul’s search for the country’s next big drag star.

Meanwhile, National Geographic Channel is bringing back survival series Life Below Zero for another season on April 9 at 9 p.m. EST/PST. The BBC Worldwide Productions-made show will follow seven Alaskans and their daily struggle to survive.

Finally, over in the UK, broadcaster Channel 5 has renewed Big Brother for three more years, which will see the show airing through the end of 2018. Under the extended deal between Channel 5 and Endemol Shine UK, the broadcaster will continue to air two series of Celebrity Big Brother and one series of Big Brother each year, as well as associated programming, all produced by Endemol Shine UK-owned label Initial.

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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