Renewed and returning: “First Sight,” “Texas Trocas”

In this week's round-up, renewals are on the way for series on UK broadcasters ITV, Sky 1 and Channel 4, as well as U.S. nets Discovery en Español, Discovery Channel, CNBC and Bravo Media. (Pictured: C4's Married at First Sight)
July 24, 2015

In this week’s round-up, renewals are on the way for series on UK broadcasters ITV, Sky 1 and Channel 4, as well as U.S. nets Discovery en Español, Discovery Channel, CNBC and Bravo Media.

UK broadcaster Channel 4 has commissioned a second series for the hit social experiment, Married at First Sight (pictured). The CPL-produced program finds couples married upon meeting and then follows them through the first weeks of their relationship. Based on a Danish format from Red Arrow Entertainment Group-owned Snowman Productions, Married has been licensed across more than 20 countries.

Also in the UK, broadcaster ITV has ordered up a second series of the game show You’re Back in the Room. The 4 x 60-minute series – hosted by Phillip Schofield – finds a group of strangers taking on various games while under hypnosis, much like the first series which debuted in March. You’re Back is produced by Tuesday’s Child.

Rounding out the UK renewals is Sky 1, which has commissioned a second series of Air Ambulance ER from Tern TV and GroupM Entertainment. The 6 x 60-minute series follows the doctor-led Helicopter Emergency Medical Services in the north and south of Britain.

Over in the U.S., Discovery en Español has renewed its series Texas Trocas – the most-watched original program on the network in 2014 – for a second run. The docureality series follows the Mexican-American Méndez family, which began its trucking business 40 years ago and has since become one of the best in the country. The eight-episode series will debut on August 3 at 10 p.m. EST/PST.

In other Discovery news, the Twofour America-produced Edge of Alaska returns to Discovery Channel on August 14 at 9 p.m. EST/PST. The series follows the isolated Alaskan town of McCarthy, which experiences tensions as some residents look to hold on to the past way of life in the wilderness while others update their homes and “bring them into the 21st century.”

Elsewhere, CNBC has extended season three of The Profit with additional episodes. The Machete Productions-made program finds businessman Marcus Lemonis helping struggling small businesses get back on track in return for a stake in ownership. The Profit – which is the most-watched original series in the network’s history to date – will return to CNBC on November 3 at 10 p.m. EST/PST.

Finally, Bravo Media has renewed a number of series, including Below Deck, which follows a group of crew members working aboard the luxury mega-yacht, Eros, during charter season in the Bahamas. The 51 Minds-produced program casts its sails for a third season on August 25 at 9 p.m. EST/PST.

The network has also ordered up an eighth season of Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles, which premieres on September 2 at 10 p.m. EST/PST. The World of Wonder Productions-made series finds a group of realtors trying to cut it in the pricey LA housing market.

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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.