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Renewed and Returning: “Say Yes to the Prom,” “Chef’s Table”

Investigation Discovery, Super Channel, TLC and Netflix have each greenlit a number of returning shows. Among them, People Magazine Investigates, which delves deep into some of the most notorious crimes of ...
January 13, 2017

Investigation Discovery, Super Channel, TLC and Netflix have each greenlit a number of returning shows.

Among them, People Magazine Investigates, which delves deep into some of the most notorious crimes of recent history, has been renewed by Investigation Discovery after a strong debut, with ratings averaging 1.3 million per episode.

Powered by the editorial team at People Magazine, the series digs further into the details of some of the more memorable true crime stories such as the Grim Sleeper serial killer trial and the kidnapping of cheerleader Hannah Anderson, both featured in the first season. The second season received an early greenlight from ID, with the first season having just ended Jan. 9. It is a copro between Radley Studios and People Productions.

Next up, fists will be flying once again on the Super Channel as Fight Xchange has been renewed for a second season.

Young MMA fighters in training are readying themselves for a Pacific connection in Fight Xchange Season 2: Canada & Japan. After the success of last year’s Fight Xchange Season 1: Canada & Brazil, some of whose fighters went on to challenge for UFC World Titles, another group of eight young fighters are ready to test their mettle and see if they have what it takes to make it in the dangerous world of competitive fighting. The Rebel Media-produced series is set to debut Jan. 16 at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT on Super Channel 1.

TLC, meanwhile, is bringing back Jill and Jessa Duggar, as well as other older siblings, for a third season run of Counting On.

Picking up where last season left off, the marriage of Jinger and Jeremy has the other Duggar siblings realizing how little of their sister they’ll be seeing from now on. Jessa and Ben prepare to have a new child, and Joy begins a courtship of her own, with all the joys of chaperones and restrained attitude towards physical affection. Produced by Figure 8 Films, the new season is set to premiere Jan. 16 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on TLC.

The Discovery Communications-owned lifestyle network will also return the Half Yard Productions-made Say Yes to the Prom (pictured) for a sixth year.

The prom dreams of nearly 1,000 students are about to come true as a tour through five U.S. cities brings the latest in prom fashion and makeup to high-achieving kids who can’t afford them. Hosted by Monte Durham and Betsey Johnson, the presenters will take the students through all the steps to their ideal prom scenario. The annual 90-minute special is set to return on TLC on April 1, followed by an encore on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network on April 3.

Finally, digital streaming giant Netflix is bringing back its critically acclaimed culinary series in Chef’s Table: Season 3.

This Netflix Original Series takes an emotional journey around the world, offering a look at not just how food is prepared, but the lives of those who do the preparing. This season takes us to South Korea, Russia, Germany, Peru, New York and Los Angeles, and include range from a star chefs in a Michelin rated restaurant, to a Buddhist temple chef living in the countryside. Produced by Netflix, in association with Boardwalk Pictures and City Room, Chef’s Table is set to return Feb. 27 on Netflix.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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