Renewed and returning: “60 Days In,” “Wheeler Dealers”

In this week's round-up, new seasons are on the way for Lifetime's Project Runway, A&E's 60 Days In (pictured) and Velocity's Wheeler Dealers.
May 27, 2016

In this week’s round-up, new seasons are on the way for series on Lifetime, A&E, HGTV, Bravo and Velocity.

Lifetime has inked a multi-season renewal deal for Project Runway and its spin-off shows, realscreen has confirmed. The net has renewed Project Runway for three more seasons (seasons 16 through 18), along with spin-off shows Project Runway All Stars for two more rounds (seasons six and seven) and Project Runway Junior for season two.

Project Runway is produced by The Weinstein Company (TWC), Bunim/Murray Productions and Full Picture Entertainment, while Project Runway Junior is produced by TWC, Sara Rea Productions and Full Picture. The All Stars series is also produced by TWC and Bunim/Murray.

On the heels of its hit debut season, A&E is bringing back 60 Days In for season two. The Lucky 8 TV-produced series follows participants who are voluntarily incarcerated at the Clark County Jail in Jeffersonville, Indiana, in a bid to expose the conditions behind bars through more than 100 hidden cameras. This season will find Sheriff Jamey Noel nominating eight new participants with an interest in the criminal justice system to enter the program.

Flip or Flop

Flip or Flop

The new series will be preceded by the special 60 Days In: Meet the Participants, premiering on August 11 at 10 p.m. EST/PST. The program will introduce the new group from season two and explore their decisions for entering the program. Meanwhile, 60 Days In will return on August 18 at 9 p.m. EST/PST.

Elsewhere, real estate and house-flipping experts Tarek and Christina El Moussa are coming back for a fifth season of HGTV’s Flip or Flop. The Pie Town Productions-made series – which has received a 15-episode second season – follows the pair as they buy run-down residences and transform them into dream homes for families.

Flip or Flop returns on June 9 at 9 p.m. EST/PST.

Bravo Media has renewed Evolution Media’s The Real Housewives of Orange County for its 11th season. Returning Housewives include Vicki Gunvalson, Tamra Judge, Heather Dubrow, Shannon Beador and Meghan King Edmonds. The season – which returns on June 20 at 9 p.m. EST/PST – will also see the entry of new cast member Kelly Dodd.

Meanwhile, the Sirens Media-produced The Real Housewives of New Jersey is back for a seventh season. This latest round will find Teresa Giudice, Melissa Gorga and Jacqueline Laurita joined by new Housewives Dolores Catania and Siggy Flicker. Also appearing in the season are Kathy Wakile and Rosie Pierri. Housewives of New Jersey is back on July 10 at 8 p.m. EST/PST.

Discovery Communications-owned net Velocity has signed on for a new season of Wheeler Dealers. The Discovery Studios-produced series – the second-highest rated program for Velocity – finds mechanic Edd China and automotive valuation expert Mike Brewer finding, fixing and flipping secondhand vehicles from their California shop.

Wheeler Dealers returns on June 29 at 9 p.m. EST/PST.

Also, Viacom-owned net Logo will be bringing back two RuPaul-hosted series as part of its summer slate. The LGBT-skewing net will feature a second season later this summer of RuPaul’s All Stars Drag Race, in which past contestants from the original Drag Race series return to compete for a spot in the Drag Race Hall of Fame. Gay for Play, a trivia show hosted by RuPaul, will also return this summer. Air dates are to be determined.

(With files by Barry Walsh)

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.