Renewed and returning: “Naked,” “Island Hunters”

In this week's round-up, new seasons are on the way for Discovery Channel's Naked and Afraid, FYI's Man vs. Child: Chef Showdown and HGTV's Island Hunters (pictured).
February 19, 2016

In this week’s round-up, new seasons are on the way for series on Discovery Channel, FYI, A&E Network, HGTV and ITV2.

Discovery is getting Naked again. The Renegade 83-produced series Naked and Afraid is back on the air with a new season premiering on March 13 at 10 p.m. EST/PST. The program has a man and woman pairing up for 21 days to survive in a challenging international environment – and all without clothes, food or water. The forthcoming season will tackle location shoots in Australia, Croatia and Canada, along with U.S. states Alabama and Texas.

FYI has renewed its culinary series Man vs. Child: Chef Showdown for a second season. The Kinetic Content-made program returns on March 17 at 8 p.m. EST/PST. The series features a team of child cooking prodigies going head-to-head with an executive-level professional chef in the kitchen. Chef and TV personality Adam Gertler returns as host while chef and Washington DC restaurateur Mike Isabella and LA-based private chef Alia Zaine return as judges and commentators. The sophomore season will consist of a 9 x 60-minute episode order.

A&E Network is staging another Intervention in March. The acclaimed docuseries from GRB Entertainment returns for a new season on March 6 at 10 p.m. EST/PST, and will again profile individuals whose severe addictions to drugs, alcohol or compulsive behavior have been detrimental to their family lives and friendships.

Elsewhere, HGTV has renewed a slate of “fantasy lifestyle” titles for a total of 100 additional episodes. Coming back for a sixth season is the Left/Right-produced Caribbean Life and Island Life, while Hawaii Life - also from Left/Right – is returning for season eight. The Scripps Networks Interactive-owned network has also ordered a third season of World of Wonder’s Island Hunters (pictured), a fifth season of Magilla Entertainment’s Lakefront Bargain Hunt and new episodes of Magilla’s Beachfront Bargain Hunt.

Finally, over in the UK, ITV has commissioned a second round of the comedy panel show Safeword for ITV2. Produced by STV Productions and GroupM Entertainment, the program has two teams – each comprised of a celebrity guest and two comedians – face off against one another in a competitive “roast” format. The celebrities have their public profiles scrutinized and must relinquish control over all their social media profiles. The rival panel snoops around and posts updates on their behalf until a celebrity uses a chosen safeword to end the ordeal.

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