On tap for this week’s edition of “Renewed and Returning” are new seasons for series from the BBC, Discovery Channel and MTV.
Viacom-owned youth net MTV’s Jersey Shore Family Vacation Part 2 will return with a two-hour premiere on Aug. 23 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
The second season of Jersey Shore, produced by SallyAnn Salsano’s 495 Productions, kicks off with the housemates in Las Vegas before bringing them back to New Jersey – where it all started – for a weekend in Atlantic City. The group welcomes new family members and relives their glory days while also celebrating milestones together. But when their personal lives hit the tabloids and on social media, the housemates must confront a variety of issues.
Jersey Shore Family Vacation features original housemates Deena Nicole Cortese, Paul “Pauly D” Delvecchio,” Jenni “JWOWW” Farley, Vinny Guadagnino, Ronnie Ortiz-Magro, Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi and Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino.
Discovery Channel, meanwhile, is preparing a new season of adventure with the Mak Pictures-produced travel series Treasure Quest.
Hosted by veteran treasure hunter Shawn Cowles, tech specialist Jeremy Whalen, and demolitions expert Jack Peters, the series will journey to Bolivia in search of the Sacambaya Treasure, reportedly worth $2 billion. Dangerous weather conditions and altitude sickness, wild mountain lions, landslides, Jesuit booby traps and blood-sucking vampire bats stand are some of the challenges the explorers face in unearthing riches. Treasure Quest is slated to return to Discovery on Aug. 24 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
London-based indie Chalkboard TV has been recommissioned by the BBC for its historical-crime series, Murder Mystery and My Family, which will bow on BBC1 in 2019.
The 10 x 60-minute season of Murder Mystery and My Family will see criminal barristers Sasha Wass and Jeremy Dein team up with the relatives of those convicted of murder and executed to take a look at the case with the help of modern forensic techniques. The aim is to determine whether the original conviction was sound and, if not, to clear the family name.
Rounding out this week’s “Renewed and Returning” column is the recommissioning of BBC1′s culinary series Britain’s Best Home Cook from London-headquartered Keo Films.
The eight-part second season tests the real-life expertise of 10 capable home cooks as they demonstrate their skills under pressure to serve dishes that define and celebrate modern British home cooking and well-loved classics.
Season two will once again be led by former The Great British Bake Off presenter Mary Berry, top chef Dan Doherty, produce expert Chris Bavin and presenter Claudia Winkleman.
BBC’s director of content Charlotte Moore and David Brindley, head of commissioning, popular factual and factual entertainment, recommissioned the series. The commissioning editor for Britain’s Best Home Cook is Catherine Catton.