In this week’s round-up, new seasons are on the way for series on Investigation Discovery, Channel 4 and Food Network.
U.S. cable network Investigation Discovery will return the XCON Productions-made series A Crime to Remember (pictured) on Dec. 6 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. The dramatic period thriller (8 x 60 minutes) arrives with its fourth season to explore the iconic crimes spanning the roaring ’20s through the 1970s.
Elsewhere, Scripps Networks Interactive-owned culinary channel Food Network will celebrate the first day of 2017 with a host of bumbling cooks with a new 10-episode season of the Optomen Productions-made America’s Worst Cooks. Beginning Jan. 1 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, presenters Anne Burrell and Rachel Ray will each lead a team of hapless chefs through an intense culinary boot camp designed to whip them into shape. The contestant with the biggest turnaround takes home a US$25,000 grand prize.
Across the pond, UK pubcaster Channel 4 has unveiled a raft of celebrities that will strap on their skis for the Davina McCall-hosted winter sports series The Jump. Slated to air in early 2017, the fourth series will feature Welsh rugby star Gareth Thomas, English rugby captain Jason Robinson, Made in Chelsea star Spencer Matthews and model Caprice Bourett. Produced by Twofour/GroupM Entertainment,The Jump sees a group of celebrities head to the mountainside to compete in a series of open-air alpine challenges. Contestants are trained by expert coaches and Olympians in a variety of winter sports, including luge, skiing, skeleton, slalom and ski jumping.
C4 will also bring back Minnow Films’ format SAS: Who Dares Wins for a third series. The series challenges a group of ex-Special Forces to take 30 ordinary men through a SAS selection course, that will subject each individual to psychological profiling and testing, sleep deprivation and stress positions, extreme physical endurance, and capture and interrogation. Filming on the 5 x 60-minute series will commence next year.