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Renewed and returning: “Pit Masters,” “Island Hunters”

In this week's round-up, renewals are on the way for CMT's Party Down South (pictured), HGTV's Island Hunters and Destination America's BBQ Pit Wars.
July 17, 2015

In this week’s round-up, renewals are in store for series on U.S. nets CMT, HGTV and Destination America, the UK’s Sky 1, Canada’s W Network and Australia’s Network Ten.

U.S. net CMT is taking the Party Down South (pictured) for a fourth season onAugust 20 at 9 p.m. EST/PST. The series – from Jersey Shore producer SallyAnn Salsano’s 495 Productions – follows a group of friends reuniting in Florida for 10 episodes of drama and hard partying. Season three of the show was the network’s highest-rated program, according to a release issued by CMT.

HGTV has renewed a roster of “fantasy destination lifestyle” series, with second seasons on the way for Vacation House for FreeIsland Hunters, Living Big Sky and Log Cabin Living.

In the Departure-produced Vacation House for Free, Matt Blashaw returns to help couples get top dollar for their vacation rental, while World of Wonder’s Island Hunters finds families looking for tropical getaways on the world’s most beautiful islands. Elsewhere, HGTV’s Living Big Sky - produced by Orion Entertainment – follows families contemplating a move to Montana’s picturesque Big Sky Country, while Warm Springs Productions’ Log Cabin Living showcases the search for secluded mountain retreats.

Destination America has renewed BBQ Pit Wars for a second season, premiering on July 23 at 10 p.m. EST/PST. The Citizen Pictures-made program finds BBQ teams testing their skills in challenges around the country, and will this season feature 50 teams vying to take down the “King of Q” Myron Mixon.

In the UK, Sky 1 has signed on for another season of family entertainment show Wild Things. The 10 x 60-minute season – produced by Zodiak-owned IWC Media, Mad Monk and GroupM Entertainment – sees couples undertake an obstacle course of bizarre challenges while wearing giant animal costumes.

Over in Canada, Corus Entertainment-owned W Network has picked up competition series Game of Homes  for a second season. The Great Pacific Media-produced show gives amateur home renovators the chance to win a house and plot of land. An eight x 60-minute season has been ordered by the net, with production slated to begin in mid-September and broadcast set for 2016. In addition, casting for the second season is now open, with interested parties invited to apply here.

Heading down under, Australia’s Network Ten has commissioned a second season of I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! Hosts Julia Morris and Chris Brown return to the South African jungle with a new batch of celebrities looking to win money for their selected charities. ITV Studios Australia is producing the program for delivery in 2016.

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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