Unscripted

Renewed and Returning: “This is Life with Lisa Ling”, “Vegas Rat Rods”

On tap for this week’s edition of ‘Renewed and Returning’ are new seasons of series for American broadcasters CNN, Discovery Channel and TLC. The CNN Original Series This is Life with Lisa ...
September 14, 2018

On tap for this week’s edition of ‘Renewed and Returning’ are new seasons of series for American broadcasters CNN, Discovery Channel and TLC.

The CNN Original Series This is Life with Lisa Ling (pictured) will return for its fifth season on Sept. 23, at 10:15 p.m. ET/PT

The eight-part investigative docuseries, produced by Part2 Pictures, follows award-winning journalist Lisa Ling as she journeys across America immersing herself in misunderstood and marginalized communities. In season five, Ling will embed with law enforcement and community members combating the deadly resurgence of MS-13 gangs, while also examining the crystal meth epidemic in Oklahoma; mediums in Lily Dale, New York; fathers dealing with custody battles after divorce; and children of infamous killers.

Elsewhere, Discovery Channel has reupped another new season of automotive series Vegas Rat Rods for an October return.

Motor mastermind Steve Darnell and his band of builders are ready to transform forgotten cars into Mad Max-style vehicles. This season, Steve’s sons Chase and Kash aim to follow in their father’s footsteps and broaden their welding and fabricating skills. Produced by Discovery Studios, Vegas Rat Rods returns Oct. 1 at 10 p.m. ET/PT with new episodes continuing to air Mondays at 10 p.m. and Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

TLC’s investigation series Long Lost Family, meanwhile, will return to the Discovery-owned lifestyle net on Oct. 8 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

Led by hosts Chris Jacobs and Emmy Award-winning journalist Lisa Joyner, this series spotlights people searching for family members after years of separation. This season, viewers will meet a woman who is trying to figure out why her mother left her in a box near a gas station as a newborn; a man, who at 49 years old, found out he was adopted and is now searching for members of his biological family; and a young woman searching for her birth mother only to find out a truth about her biological father. The series is produced by Shed Media, a division of Warner Bros. Unscripted & Alternative Television.

Also returning to TLC is the Theresa Caputo-fronted Long Island Medium from Magilla Entertainment.

In season 11, which airs Oct. 8 at 8 p.m. ET/PT, Caputo adjusts to living on her own following a separation from her husband, Larry, while also recovering from major knee surgery and a home under construction. Caputo will visit and read several celebrities later this season, including Anne Burrell of Worst Cooks in America, Annie Potts of Designing Women and Barbara Eden of I Dream of Jeannie.

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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