Unscripted

Renewed and Returning: “60 Days In”, “Cosmos”

In this week’s Renewed and Returning round-up, new seasons are on the way for unscripted series on MTV, A&E, National Geographic and Austalia’s Network Ten. Viacom-owned MTV is bringing eight new ...
November 23, 2018

In this week’s Renewed and Returning round-up, new seasons are on the way for unscripted series on MTV, A&E, National Geographic and Austalia’s Network Ten.

Viacom-owned MTV is bringing eight new episodes of Catfish: The TV Show to the youth network starting Nov. 28 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

On each episode of Catfish, Nev Shulman and a mystery co-host track down online daters who have created a fake identity (known as “catfishing”) in the hopes of luring “hopeful” singletons into a relationship. Additionally, the search is on to find someone to replace co-host Max Joseph. Catfish is produced by Critical Content and Catfish Picture Company for MTV.

Elsewhere, A&E’s undercover non-fiction series 60 Days In returns for a new season this January.

Produced by Lucky 8 TV, the new season of 60 Days In (pictured) heads to Arizona where Sheriff Mark Lamb of the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office has selected seven innocent people to go undercover to unearth the inner workings of his facility. Unlike previous seasons where participants were given specific missions by the sheriff, this time they are given separate objectives based on each individual’s skill sets and interests with the goal of uncovering flaws and inciting change. 60 Days In returns to A&E on Jan. 3 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

National Geographic’s Emmy- and Peabody Award-winning Cosmos, meanwhile, will return for its third season beginning March 4 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. The series will also air on Fox in the U.S.

Astrophysicist and host Neil deGrasse Tyson will return as host of Cosmos: Possible Worlds, which will take audiences on a voyage of exploration. The new season will reveal previously uncharted realms and those that we may inhabit one day. Cosmos is produced by Cosmos Studios and Fuzzy Door Productions.

Finally, Australian broadcaster Network Ten has commissioned Essential Media Group for a third season of the adventure science series Body Hack.

The docuseries Body Hack 3.0 (8 x 60 minutes) will follow Australian adventurer Todd Sampson on his journey across the world to find out what we can learn from different people and cultures. With science as his guide, Sampson has faced unfathomable challenges in extreme environments in past seasons, including surviving minus 40-degree temperatures with Mongolia’s Kazakh eagle hunters; and facing fire with Iraqi frontline soldiers in the battle against ISIS.

Body Hack, which will air on Network Ten in 2019, is financed with the assistance of Screen Australia and Create NSW.

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news editor at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joined the RS team in 2015 with experience in journalism following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and with communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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