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Renewed and Returning: “The Lost Tapes”, “Extreme Earth”

In this week’s Renewed and Returning round-up, new seasons are on the way for series on Smithsonian Channel, MTV International, Investigation Discovery and France 5. Smithsonian Channel’s The Lost Tapes returns with ...
November 9, 2018

In this week’s Renewed and Returning round-up, new seasons are on the way for series on Smithsonian Channel, MTV International, Investigation Discovery and France 5.

Smithsonian Channel’s The Lost Tapes returns with new episodes that transport viewers back in time to relive iconic moments in American history, starting Nov. 18 at 9 p.m. ET/PT with the Tet Offensive.

Like previous instalments of the strand, new episodes forego narration, reenactments or commentary and instead focus solely on archive to provide audiences with an immersive look back at these events. Additional events explored this season include the 2002 sniper shootings in  Washington, D.C., the catastrophic super tornado outbreak of 1974, and the Apollo 13 mission. The Lost Tapes is produced by Tom Jennings‘ Peabody- and Emmy-winning 1895 Films.

Elsewhere, MTV International is bringing Appeal TV’s reality series The Charlotte Show back for another season.

Scheduled for Spring 2019, MTV’s cameras will capture all the moments of the former Geordie Shore cast member Charlotte Crosby, including her relationship with fellow reality star, Josh Ritchie, her glam lifestyle on and off-screen, and her home life. The 8 x 60-minute series will air across MTV’s network of international channels and digital platforms.

Meanwhile, true crime net Investigation Discovery has begun production on an all-new season of Breaking Homicide for Summer 2019.

Produced by Main Event Media and All3Media America, the series follows veteran police detective and private investigator Derrick Levasseur as he pursues cold cases around the country to help desperate families wanting to find answers to the unsolved murders of their loved ones. Each episode features Levasseur as he hunts down new clues and reviews old ones. He re-examines each case with the aid of advanced technology, applying his  experiences as an undercover detective to the unsolved cases. Levasseur also sits down with the original investigators and friends and families of the victims to try to uncover fresh clues that could solve these cases.

Finally, French pubcaster France 5, part of France Télévisions Group, has commissioned Paris-based indie Pernel Media to produce a second season of the blue-chip documentary series Extreme Earth. 

The second season (pictured; 4 x 60 minutes) will again look at examples of human ingenuity in some of the earth’s most extreme environments. It will also look at the scientific developments that are being implemented to overcome extremes in our environment. Extreme Earth will again air as part of France 5′s new Spectacular Science strand.

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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