Renewed and returning: “Marooned,” “Ghost Hunters”

In this week's round-up, renewals are in store for TLC's Long Island Medium and HGTV's Flip or Flop, as well as Discovery Networks International's Marooned (pictured) and Too Ugly for Love.
November 20, 2015

In this week’s round-up, renewals are in store for series from Discovery Networks International (DNI), TLC, HGTV and Syfy.

DNI has signed on for a second season of the Tigress Productions-made Marooned (pictured), in which popular survivalist Ed Stafford returns for six challenges in harsh conditions around the world, as well as the betty-produced Too Ugly for Love, which profiles individuals with secret medical conditions who are looking for love.

Season two of Marooned is entirely self-shot by Stafford in extreme locations ranging from the Gobi Desert in Mongolia to the jungles of Guatemala. Stafford carries only an emergency phone, medical kit and camera to record his travels. The second run for Too Ugly for Love, meanwhile, follows 12 singles with long-term or incurable medical conditions. Both seasons will start rolling out internationally in the first quarter of 2016.

Elsewhere, TLC in the U.S. is bringing back Long Island Medium for a new season on January 3 at 9 p.m. EST/PST. The Magilla Entertainment-produced program follows self-professed medium Theresa Caputo as she caters to various clients. This season features celebrity readings with Jim Parsons, Susan Lucci and Jamie Lynn Sigler, and will also find Caputo holding her largest-ever fundraiser group reading as well as readings for children.

Prior to the new episodes, TLC is to air a one-hour holiday special on December 1, during which Caputo will look to help families communicate with their deceased loved ones over the holiday season.

Syfy has renewed Ghost Hunters for an 11th season, and Paranormal Witness for a fifth season. In the former program – produced by Pilgrim Studios – Atlantic Paranormal Society founder Jason Hawes will lead investigations at reportedly haunted locations in Ohio and Indiana, while the fifth season of Raw TV’s Paranormal Witness: True Terror will “delve deeper into actual horror stories” and compile first-person accounts of paranormal encounters. Each series has received a 13-episode order and will return next year.

Finally, HGTV has ordered a fourth season of Flip or Flop, set to return on December 3 at 9 p.m. EST/PST. The series follows Tarek and Christina El Moussa as they purchase, renovate and sell real estate. The forthcoming season finds the pair taking on more short sales and foreclosures, while managing their growing family. Flip or Flop is produced by Pie Town Productions.

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