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Renewed and Returning: “Growing Up Hip Hop: Atlanta,” “Returning the Favor”

On tap for this week’s edition of ‘Renewed and Returning’ are new seasons of series on Nine, WE tv, Food Network, ITV, Facebook Watch and TLC.  Australian net Nine has commissioned ...
December 21, 2017

On tap for this week’s edition of ‘Renewed and Returning’ are new seasons of series on Nine, WE tv, Food Network, ITV, Facebook Watch and TLC. 

Australian net Nine has commissioned a second season of Family Food Fight from Endemol Shine Australia. Set to air in 2018, the cooking format sees food-loving Aussies battle it out in the kitchen to claim the title of Australia’s top food family. Families are tasked with cooking a range of family staples, an assortment of cuisines and all-time favorite feasts.

The heirs of Atlanta hip-hop return on a new season of Growing Up Hip Hop Atlanta (pictured), as secrets, betrayal and an unexpected health crisis spin the heirs’ worlds out of control. Produced by Entertainment One Television for WE tv, Growing Up Hip Hop Atlanta returns Jan. 11 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

Elsewhere, Food Network has ordered a 13-episode second season of Vegas Cakes.  The series takes a behind-the-scenes look at the fun, outrageous and elaborate cakes created by legendary Freed’s bakery in Las Vegas. Produced by Shark Teeth Films, production is slated to begin in January and new episodes are scheduled to air Q2 2018.

ITV is bringing back a sixth season of the game show Catchphrase. Produced by STV Productions, the new 8 x 45-minute series will feature a lineup of hopeful contestants, plus two celebrity specials, with guests including Tess Daley, Jonathan Ross and Chris Kamara.

The show involves contestants guessing a catchphrase through a series of animated clues to win money for each they name correctly in the first rounds, earning more if they solve the bonus catchphrase. The contestant with the highest amount of cash advances to the super catchphrase where they can win £50,000 (US$66,754) and a holiday. In the celebrity editions of Catchphrase, the famous folks compete to win donations of up to £50,000 for their chosen charity.

Returning the Favor returns to Facebook’s Watch platform to celebrate people doing good. Host Mike Rowe selects one individual each week who is nominated by the Returning the Favor Facebook community to tell their story and chronicle their surprise reward, building up to the big reveal. Produced by Hudsun Media and mikeroweWorks, Returning the Favor returns in 2018 with full-length episodes.

Rounding out the new returns is TLC’s long-running series Say Yes to the Dress. Returning for its 16th season, Kleinfeld Bridal is busier than ever this season, with consultants – old and new – in high demand. A bride’s decision to buy an all-black wedding dress might give her mother a heart attack; another hopes to choose a gown that can be replicated for her beloved dog to wear on her big day; plus, Flipping Out’s Jenni Pulos and Shark Tank’s Barbara Corcoran are just a couple of the celebrity guests-of-the-bride who are tagging along this season. Say Yes to the Dress is produced by Half Yard Productions for TLC and premieres Jan. 6 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

 

 

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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