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Renewed and Returning: “American Chopper”, “So You Think You Can Dance”

In this week’s Renewed and Returning round-up, new seasons are on the way for unscripted series on Discovery Channel, UKTV’s W, Fox and HGTV. Motorcycle builders Paul Teutul Sr. and Paul ...
January 18, 2019

In this week’s Renewed and Returning round-up, new seasons are on the way for unscripted series on Discovery Channel, UKTV’s W, Fox and HGTV.

Motorcycle builders Paul Teutul Sr. and Paul Teutul Jr. will return to Discovery Channel in an attempt to push their design abilities to the limit and create unique builds in a new season of American Chopper (pictured).

Premiering Feb. 12 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, this season of the Pilgrim Media Group-produced series sees the master craftsmen continue to work with world-famous athletes, businessmen and celebrity clients to expand their business. Over the past year, the father and son team have taken steps toward healing their tumultuous relationship, now teaming up to restore a 1951 Buick together.

Put your dance shoes on, Fox has renewed the Emmy Award-winning dance competition series So You Think You Can Dance for its 16th season.

The series showcases dancers from across the U.S. as they perform solo, duet and group dance numbers on live television. They compete for the votes of the viewers who, combined with the input of a panel of judges, determine which dancers advance to the next stage until a winner takes home the title of “America’s favorite dancer.” Produced by Industrial Media’s 19 Entertainment and Dick Clark Productions, So You Think You Can Dance returns this summer on Fox.

British multiplatform network UKTV is returning to the Princess Alexandra Hospital in the sophomore season of Emma Willis: Delivering Babies for its entertainment channel, W.

In the new 8 x 60-minute season, produced by Firecracker Films, Willis, now a fully-qualified maternity care assistant, reprises her role in the maternity ward at the same hospital where she spent the previous summer being trained. Putting her new skills to the test, Willis will be on shift alongside her old team, ready to assist the staff as they help bring new life into the world. Season two of Emma Willis: Delivering Babies will air later this year.

Discovery-owned home-focused network HGTV has ordered an additional 70 episodes of its fantasy lifestyle franchises Caribbean Life, Island Life and Mexico Life.

Caribbean Life follows families as they tour beautiful, affordable homes on white sandy beaches throughout various Caribbean islands, while Island Life spotlights homes across the islands of the U.S. Following a similar format, Mexico Life follows potential home buyers as they hunt for properties in quaint towns, vibrant green jungles and exquisite beaches scattered throughout Mexico.

The additional episodes will premiere during the network’s Sunday night lineup.

HGTV has also recently announced a 14-episode order of the beach-themed series Mediterranean Life, which premiered New Year’s Day. The series follows property seekers as they search out the perfect Mediterranean home.

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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