Renewed and returning: “Alone,” “Cooks vs. Cons”

In this week's round-up, new seasons are on the way for History's Alone (pictured), renewed for a third season ahead of its second season premiere, and Food Network's Cooks vs. Cons.
April 22, 2016

In this week’s round-up, new seasons are on the way for series on History, TLC, Food Network and IFC.

U.S. net History renewed its hit survival series Alone (pictured) for a third season ahead of its second season premiere on Thursday (April 21). The next round of the Leftfield Pictures-produced program, however, will move locations from Vancouver Island in Canada to South America’s Patagonia region, where filming is to begin next month.

The format of Alone remains the same: 10 survivalists will be left alone in the wilderness with the simple mission of staying alive, and all without the support of camera crews or teams. The reward is a US$500,000 cash prize awarded to the person who can last the longest.

Elsewhere, the Brown family will return to TLC for another season of Sister Wives. The new series will bring particular hardship to Kody and sister wives Meri, Janelle, Christine and Robyn, as Meri confesses to being “catfished” into an online relationship. The new season premieres on May 8 at 8 p.m. EST/PST and this season’s episodes will run for two hours. Sister Wives is produced by Figure 8 Films in association with Puddle Monkey Productions.

Food Network, meanwhile, has gone into production on season two of the Critical Content-produced Patricia Heaton Parties. The former Everybody Loves Raymond actor will once again invite viewers into her home to partake in her signature party dishes and home entertaining tips. The 10-episode season will air this June.

In other Food Network news, Cooks vs. Cons has gone back into production. The Cakehouse Media-produced series, whose initial run of six episodes is coming to a close, will soon begin filming on new episodes set to air this summer. Hosted by chef Geoffrey Zakarian, the hour-long competition sees competitors – a mix of home cooks and professional chefs – tested in two rounds of challenges where their creations go before a panel of judges, who blindly taste the dishes. Only after decisions are made do contestants reveal their identities.

Finally, the IFC series Documentary Now! is returning for a seven-episode second season this fall. The Broadway Video-produced comedy program - co-created by Seth Meyers, Fred Armisen, Bill Hader and Rhys Thomas – provides humorous takes on famous documentaries. The forthcoming season will see the troupe riffing on David Gelb’s Jiro Dreams of Sushi, Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker’s The War Room and the late Albert Maysles‘ Salesman.

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