Renewed and returning: “Alone,” “Hotel Hell”

In this week's round-up, renewals are on the way for History's "Alone" (pictured), Fox's "Hotel Hell" and ITV's "Ninja Warrior UK."
August 21, 2015

In this week’s round-up, new series are on the way for U.S. nets History, Fox, Animal Planet and Discovery, as well as UK broadcaster ITV.

U.S. net History has signed on for more Alone time. The Leftfield Pictures-produced self-shot series - which premiered earlier this summer – finds 10 survivalists isolated on Vancouver Island, located off the West Coast of Canada. Carrying only what they can fit in a backpack, the individuals are separated from one another and must hunt, build shelter and fend off predators on their own. The contestant who survives the longest wins US$500,000. The season-one finale aired last night (August 20) and production on season two is slated to begin this fall on Vancouver Island.

Fox is checking into Hotel Hell for a third season of the Gordon Ramsay-fronted hotel makeover program. The series from One Potato Two Potato finds the hot-tempered chef and hospitality expert return to dodgy hotels to try and improve the failing businesses. Casting is now open for the third series of the program.

Animal Planet has asked for more Rugged Justice , which is set to return to the net with a 10-episode season on September 6 at 8 p.m. EST/PST. Featuring the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Shark Teeth Films-produced show follows the government outfit as it polices various ecosystem threats to the state’s national parks and woodlands.

Discovery Channel has signed on for more of its automotive series Fast N’ Loud. Produced by  Pilgrim Studios, the series revolves around the characters of Texas auto shop Gas Monkey Garage as they bring “former hot rods” and classic cars back to life through their technical prowess. It returns to the channel onSeptember 7 at 9 p.m. EST/PST.

Finally, across the pond, UK broadcaster ITV is bringing back competition series Ninja Warrior UK for a second season in 2016. The program – produced by ITV Studios-owned prodco Potato – sees competitors engaged in one of the world’s most challenging obstacle courses. The show is based on TBS format Sasuke, which has also been adapted in the U.S., Sweden and Japan.

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