Renewed and returning: “Story of God,” “Cry Wolfe”

In this week's round-up, new seasons are on the way for National Geographic Channel's The Story of God with Morgan Freeman (pictured) and Investigation Discovery's Cake Boss.
July 22, 2016

In this week’s round-up, renewals are on the way for series on National Geographic Channel (NGC), TLC, Investigation Discovery and Canada’s CBC.

Morgan Freeman’s Story continues for NGC. The U.S. net has greenlit a second season of The Story of God with Morgan Freeman (pictured), produced by Revelations Entertainment. The first season of the series, which premiered April 4, became Nat Geo’s most-watched series of all time, and last week earned a Primetime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Informational Series or Special.

The new season of the series will again travel the world in search of answers to questions about the world’s major religions, science, anthropology and archaeology. The program will next air globally in early 2017 on Nat Geo channels in 171 countries and in 45 languages. Story of God will also air in Spanish on Nat Geo Mundo.

Meanwhile, TLC is taking the Cake for an eighth season.

Buddy Valastro, his family and customers of Carlo’s Bakery in Hoboken, New York, will be treated to such baking spectacles as a sandcastle cake, a motorcycle-jacket cake and a life-sized grand piano cake in the new season of Cake Boss, airing on August 23 at 9 p.m. EST/PST. The series is produced by High Noon Entertainment and Valastro’s Cakehouse Media.

The U.S. net is also bringing back Toddlers and Tiaras for a new season. The Authentic Entertainment-produced series follows child beauty pageants and returns on August 24 at 9 p.m. EST/PST.

Elsewhere, Investigation Discovery has signed on for a third season of Cry Wolfe, premiering on July 26 at 10 p.m. EST/PST. The Karga Seven Pictures-produced series follows no-nonsense private investigator Brian Wolfe as he uses his P.I. skills for everything from tracking down family members to exposing lying employees.

Over in Canada, CBC has renewed Still Standing for a third season (13 x 30 minutes). The Canadian Screen Award-winning factual series finds comedian Jonny Harris exploring the country and discovering the “hidden comedy” in small Canadian towns. Produced by Frantic Films in association with the CBC, the new season will air in 2017.

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