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Renewed and returning: “Knockout,” “The Last Alaskans”

In this week's round-up, renewals are in store for NuvoTV's Knockout (pictured), Animal Planet's The Last Alaskans and American Heroes Channel's Gunslingers.
July 10, 2015

In this week’s round-up, renewals are on the way for series on NuvoTV, Animal Planet and American Heroes Channel.

Hispanic-targeted channel NuvoTV has this week premiered the second season of its weekly boxing docuseries, Knockout (pictured). Produced by Steve Marcano Holdings and hosted by Roy Jones Jr., the competition series focuses on world class trainers Floyd Mayweather Sr., “Sugar” Shane Mosley and John “Iceman” Scully as they develop their fighters at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut into champions vying for the chance to become top World Boxing Association contenders. The eight-episode series broadcasts Wednesdays at 10 p.m. EST/PST.

Elsewhere, U.S. net Animal Planet has picked up the sophomore season of the docuseries The Last Alaskans.

Produced by Half Yard Productions, the eight-part series chronicles the daily rituals and struggles of four families choosing to live in the secluded and protected Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska, which the U.S. government barred in 1980 from allowing permits for new human occupation. The first season will be replayed in full on July 12 at 1 p.m. EST/PST across Animal Planet, while season two will premiere in 2016.

On A&E, season premieres take place Wednesday (July 15) for Wahlburgers and spin-off Donnie Loves Jenny. Season four of Wahlburgers follows the Wahlberg family as it balances individual careers (Mark’s starring roles in two new films, Entourage and Ted 2; Donnie’s touring with New Kids on the Block) with the growing family business, while season two of Donnie Loves Jenny finds newlyweds Donnie Wahlberg and Jenny McCarthy balancing busy work schedules with a cross-country move. Wahlburgers airs at 9:30 p.m. EST/PST, with Donnie Loves Jenny following at 10 p.m. EST/PST. The former is produced by 44 Blue Productions, in association with Closest to the Hole Productions, Leverage Entertainment and Donnie D Productions; the latter, by 44 Blue Productions, in association with D&J Productions. The Wahlberg double bill will serve as a lead-in for the premiere of Leftfield Pictures’ Lachey’s Bar, which follows brothers Nick and Drew Lachey as they pursue a lifelong dream of opening a bar in their hometown, Cincinnati.

Finally, Discovery Communication’s American Heroes Channel (AHC) will deliver the second season of its 19th century Wild West docudrama Gunslingers.

The Castle Pictures-produced, six-part series recreates the stories behind the outcasts, murderers, thieves and bounty hunters west of the Mississippi in the 1800s, as well as those charged with protecting their towns. Each episode profiles such historic figures of the Old West as Butch Cassidy, Seth Bullock, Bat Masterson and Deacon Jim Millier and is told from the perspective of the icons themselves. Season two bows July 19 at 10 p.m. EST/PST on AHC.

(With files from Barry Walsh)

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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