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Renewed and returning: “Monster,” “Tiny House”

In this week’s round-up, new seasons are on the way for series on Lifetime, FYI and Channel 5. True crime series Monster in My Family is slated to return for a sophomore ...
December 9, 2016

In this week’s round-up, new seasons are on the way for series on Lifetime, FYI and Channel 5.

True crime series Monster in My Family is slated to return for a sophomore season on A+E Networks’ female-focused net Lifetime.

Produced by Morningstar Entertainment and hosted by Melissa Moore (pictured), the daughter of Keith Hunter Jesperson (otherwise known as the Happy Face Killer), the series delves into the world of infamous serial killers from the perspective of the murderers’ family members. Season two will follow the family journeys of killers Drew Peterson, Richard Ramirez, the Orlando Shooter Omar Mateen and the Craigslist Killer Richard Beasley. It premieres Jan. 3 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

Elsewhere, sister network FYI is bringing back home lifestyle programs Tiny House Nation and Unplugged Nation on Jan. 7.

Tiny House Nation, the popular program on downsizing homeowners from Loud TV, will return for its fourth season at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Hosted by John Weisbarth and renovation expert Zack Giffin, the series locates small spaces around the U.S. and profiles the people living in them, while helping them build their tiny dream homes. The forthcoming season features former NFL star Deion Sanders and his wife, television host Tracy Edmonds.

Immediately following, FYI will debut the second season of the Jay Gruen-hosted Unplugged Nation. The Blast! Films-made series tests American families looking to live off-the-grid. Before putting an offer on a home, each family will be allotted a four-day trial of their new surroundings, in which Gruen mentors the household on the particulars of how to harvest food, tend to livestock and generate power. The series airs on Jan. 7 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

UK commercial broadcaster Channel 5, meanwhile, has recommissioned The Dog Rescuers for seasons five and six.

A copro between Middlechild Productions and GroupM Entertainment, the Alan Davies-presented docuseries follows a group of RSPCA inspectors who liberate canines from abusive owners and immoral breeders. The 32-episode order will see season’s five and six broadcasting in 2017 and 2018, respectively, with holiday special The Dog Rescuers Christmas Special airing Dec. 21 at 8 p.m. GMT. The docuseries was ordered by Channel 5′s commissioning editor Sean Doyle.

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