New seasons are on tap for series on TLC, Food Network, HGTV and Discovery.
Two of TLC’s biggest families are returning to the small screen. A third season of Counting On (Figure 8 Films) premieres Sept. 11 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, followed by the series premiere of Meet the Putmans (Discovery Studios and MysticArt Pictures) at 10 p.m. ET/PT. Audiences glimpse the lives of these families who struggle to manage their day-to-day lives while celebrating important life moments, from weddings to births and everything in between.
Chefs Anne Burrell and Rachael Ray return to lead a culinary boot camp for cooking-challenged celebrities with a new season of Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition, premiering Aug. 23rd at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Food Network. Burrell and Ray each lead a team of recruits through the intense kitchen challenges, but only the most improved star will win a $25,000 grand prize for the charity of their choice and bragging rights for their team master. This season’s celebrity recruits are Nora Dunn, Carmen Electra, Erik Estrada, Vivica A. Fox, Perez Hilton, Carson Kressley, Sean Lowe and Melissa Peterman.
Food Network is also bringing back Kitchen Stadium for Iron Chef Showdown, a new take on the long-running series Iron Chef America. Hosted by Alton Brown, the new standalone battles feature the elite culinary skill, strategy and stamina of Iron Chef with more competitors, secret ingredients and action. The chairman (Mark Dacascos) returns in Showdown and Jaymee Sire joins the cast as the floor reporter, while Iron Chefs Bobby Flay, Jose Garces, Alex Guarnaschelli, Michael Symon and newest member Stephanie Izard, who gained the title after winning Iron Chef Gauntlet earlier this year, all bring their culinary skills to battle. The series is expected to launch in Q4 of 2017.
Elsewhere, HGTV has picked up a third season of its home renovation and flipping series, Good Bones. The series stars mother/daughter duo Karen E Laine and Mina Starsiak (pictured) as they buy homes in serious disrepair and transform them with beautiful remodeling. The new 13-episode season is scheduled to air in 2018.
Finally, Discovery’s Bering Sea Gold returns for its next season Aug. 11 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Discovery. This season, the Alaskan gold miners will face even bigger challenges and more risks in hopes of hitting the jackpot under the ice. With livelihoods at stake, Shawn Pomrenke and his crew focus on building a mega-dredge that dwarfs anything on the Bering Sea – a risky venture. Bering Sea Gold is produced by Original Productions, a FremantleMedia company.