Renewed & returning: “Rap Game,” “Escaping Polygamy”

In this week's round-up, new seasons are slated for Lifetime's unscripted music series The Rap Game, A&E's hard-hitting Escaping Polygamy and Food Network's celeb-filled Cupcake Wars.
June 17, 2016

In this week’s round-up, new seasons are slated for Lifetime’s unscripted music series The Rap Game, A&E’s hard-hitting Escaping Polygamy and Food Network’s celeb-filled Cupcake Wars.

Seven aspiring artists join Grammy winning performer and producer Jermaine Dupri for another season of The Rap Game on A+E’s Lifetime. The music competition series will see the young hopefuls be mentored by such talents as Mariah Carey, Snoop Dogg, Timbaland and DaBrat, with the winner receiving a recording deal with Dupri’s label.

This season will feature 10 episodes. The Rap Game is roduced by Intuitive Entertainment, and executive produced Kevin Dill and Mechelle Collins, Ted Iredell, Perry Dance and co-executive produced by Adam Schor. Lifetime’s Mary Donahue and Mariana Flynn also executive produce in addition to Dupri, Queen Latifah and Shakim Compere.

Sister network A&E will premiere the second season of docuseries Escaping Polygamy. The series, which made its debut on LMN and follows three sisters who left the Salt Lake City-based Kingston Clan and now try to help others escape from polygamous groups, will debut the new season on July 10 at 10 p.m. EST/PST.

The series is produced by RIVR Media. Executive producers for RIVR Media are Dee Haslam, Rob Lundgren, and Lori Stryer. Executive producers for A&E are Laura Fleury and Jennifer Wagman.

Also on July 10, at 9 p.m. EST/PST, Discovery Communications cable net TLC will roll out a new season of Hot Snakes Media’s Return to Amish. The cast returns to New York City, where it first experienced life outside of Amish culture, and this season will see cast member Sabrina return after battling addiction, and make efforts to regain custody of her daughter.

Scripps-owned Food Network brings back Cupcake Wars for six episodes, beginning July 11 at 8 p.m. EST/PST. This season, hosted by Jonathan Bennett, will see a host of celebrities, ranging from Coolio to Grace Helbig, face off against each other in three rounds of elimination, in which they will be tasked with creating cupcakes based on unique themes. The series is produced by Super Delicious Productions.

And for something a little different, Good Clean Fun’s Barely Famous makes its return to Viacom-owned VH1 on June 29 at 10 p.m. EST/PST. Series stars and producers/actors/writers Erin and Sara Foster will once again satirize the Hollywood scene (and unscripted TV in the process) in the second season of this “docucomedy” which combines improvisation with scripted content, featuring celebrity cameos from Coldplay’s Chris Martin and Kate Hudson, among others.

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