Unscripted

Renewed and Returning: “Ex on the Beach”, “Married at First Sight”

In this week’s round-up, new seasons are on the way for series on Destination America, Insight TV, MTV and Lifetime. Paranormal investigators Nick Groff and Katrina Weidman return for season three of ...
November 30, 2018

In this week’s round-up, new seasons are on the way for series on Destination America, Insight TV, MTV and Lifetime.

Paranormal investigators Nick Groff and Katrina Weidman return for season three of Destination America’s Paranormal Lockdown starting Dec. 4 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

The duo spends 72 hours confined to various haunted locations in search of evidence of the paranormal using what they call state of the art tech. This season will see the show’s first-ever televised paranormal investigation of the Jim Beam American Stillhouse in Clermont, Kentucky. The series also takes Groff and Weidman to the “Portal to Hell” at Bobby Mackey’s Music World in Wilder, Ky., and returns to the Monroe House in Hartford City, Ind. where the team unearthed skeletal remains last season. Season three starts with an investigation of Old Sweet Springs Resort in West Virginia. Paranormal Lockdown is produced for Destination America by Groff Entertainment.

UHD/4K broadcaster Insight TV’s reality show THRU (8 x 44 minutes) will return for a second season on Dec. 11.

The series will see two teams of nine competitors trek through challenging terrain following a straight line from point A to point B. This season takes place in the southern regions of Andalusia, in Spain. The teams are comprised of contestants from all around the world traveling over, under or through natural obstacles. Team members must not deviate from the predetermined route while carrying their backpacks, which contain their share of the team’s cash of €50,000 (approximately US$56,800). During the race, teams discover they must eliminate their team members, and whoever makes the least mistakes wins the cash.

Meanwhile, Viacom-owned youth net MTV’s Ex on the Beach returns for season two on Dec. 20th at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

Hosted by rapper and actor Romeo Miller, the dating series follows celebrity couples in Malibu Beach as they search for new love while being confronted by their past lovers. As their past romances wash ashore, the daters will decide whether to rekindle an old flame or move on with a new partner. This season of Ex On The Beach features romantically embattled stars from Survivor, The Bachelorette, Big Brother, Bad Girls Club, Teen Mom, The Challenge, Are You The One? and Fire Island.

Ex On The Beach is based on a format by Entertainment One (eOne) company Whizz Kid Entertainment, with Purveyors of Pop producing the U.S. version.

Unscripted shows returning to Lifetime in 2019 include The Rap Game, Married at First Sight and American Beauty Star.

First up, the docuseries Married at First Sight returns for season eight on Jan. 1 at 9 p.m. ET/PT with a two-hour premiere.

Produced by Kinetic Content, Married at First Sight (pictured) features Philadelphia-area singles who have agreed to get legally married to a stranger the moment they first meet – at the altar. A panel of experts will create what they believe are compatible couples based on scientific matchmaking as they mentor each set of newlyweds throughout the experiment. After several weeks together, each couple must decide whether they remain together or split.

Lifetime’s beauty competition series, American Beauty Star, returns for season two on Jan. 2 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

Created by Herrick Entertainment, American Beauty Star features 14 hair and makeup artists who compete in intense challenges where each judge will use their expertise to decide who stays and who leaves in each episode, leading to a live season finale event in which viewers cast their vote for their favorite artist and help determine who will take home more than US$100,000 in cash and prizes.

Model Ashley Graham joins as host with celebrity makeup artist Sir John returning as mentor and a new panel of judges that include supermodel Christie Brinkley, Cosmopolitan‘s chief beauty director Leah Wyar, and celebrity fashion and beauty photographer Yu Tsai.

Intuitive Entertainment’s The Rap Game returns to Lifetime for its fifth season on Jan. 10 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. The following week it will return to its regularly scheduled time slot at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

This season features a battle every episode, with the new crop of six contestants using everything in their arsenal to keep their place on the HIT List and in the house and the chance to win a recording contract with Jermaine Dupri’s label, So So Def Recordings. This season, artists Will.I.Am,  Lil Jon, Xscape, Killer Mike, Rapsody and Jacquees join Dupri to help mentor the budding rappers.

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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