Renewed and returning: “Robot Wars,” “Sing It On”

In this week's round-up, new seasons are on the way for series on E! and Pop, while a battling robot competition returns to BBC2 and Sundance TV re-broadcasts an iconic true crime doc series. (Pictured: The Staircase)
January 15, 2016

In this week’s round-up, new seasons are on the way for series on E! and Pop, while a battling robot competition returns to the BBC after a decade, and Sundance TV re-broadcasts an iconic true crime documentary series.

E! has set a second season premiere date for its docuseries I Am Cait. The new season of the program – which aired in 153 countries and 24 languages last year – will find Caitlyn Jenner taking on new experiences as a transgender woman, going on a roadtrip with her girlfriends and entering the world of dating. The Bunim/Murray Productions-made series returns on March 6 at 9 p.m. EST/PST.

BBC2 has ordered a new series of Robot Wars from the Tinopolis Group-owned Mentorn Scotland. The entertainment program – which follows teams of amateur roboteers battling to win the coveted Robot Wars title with various robot machines – will come back with a 6 x 60-minute series, recorded in a custom-built fighting arena in Glasgow. Robot Wars first aired from 1998 to 2004.

Sundance TV is re-airing the Peabody Award-winning documentary series The Staircase on January 15. A release notes that the channel is bringing back the eight-part event “in response to viewers’ increasing appetite for compelling crime documentaries.” It will be made available on the Sundance TV app and website beginning today (January 15), with the first two episodes available with no log-in required.

The Jean-Xavier de Lestrade-directed series follows the case of Michael Peterson, a novelist from Durham, North Carolina, who was on trial for killing his wife, Kathleen. The series, which originally aired in 2005, will be accompanied on Sundance TV by Lestrade’s 2013 follow-up, The Staircase: Last Chance, a two-hour doc detailing Peterson’s release from jail pending retrial. The director was on hand at IDFA in November to pitch a planned third installment of the series, Staircase III.

Finally, Pop has renewed Sing It On for a second season. This round of the a cappella competition series finds Pop teaming up with musician John Legend’s Get Lifted Film Co. and the Core Media Group-owned Sharp Entertainment to exec produce the show. PopThe season follows five new collegiate a cappella teams competing in the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella.

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