Renewed and Returning: “American Idol”, “Restored by the Fords”

In this week’s Renewed and Returning round-up, new seasons are on the way for unscripted series across Discovery Channel, ABC and HGTV. Acclaimed survival and adventure series Naked and Afraid will return ...
March 1, 2019

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

Acclaimed survival and adventure series Naked and Afraid will return to Discovery Channel’s airwaves for its 10th season with contestants set to face a slew of new challenges and extreme environments.

Produced by Renegade 83, season 10 will feature participants taking on the frozen tundra of Alaska, an alligator-infested swamp in Florida, and the dangerous climate and animals of Africa. Additionally, six Naked and Afraid All-Star survivalists will return to take on perilous locations that put their skills to the test. This season also features Naked and Afraid’s first threesome challenge, a four-survivalist Battle of the Sexes, as well as the first couple to take on this challenge which will test the strength of their relationship.

Naked and Afraid returns to Discovery on March 3 at 8 p.m. ET/PT, before moving into the 9 p.m. ET/PT timeslot on April 14.

Elsewhere, the long-running reality singing competition American Idol will return for its 17th season on ABC this weekend.

Produced by Fremantle and Industrial Media’s 19 Entertainment, American Idol judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie set out to discover a new crop of inspiring singers. Emmy-winning producer Ryan Seacrest returns to host the series and Bobby Bones will take on the role of in-house mentor when the format returns to ABC on March 3 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

In the premiere episode, the panel of judges evaluate a raft of auditions taking place in Louisville, Kentucky, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, Los Angeles, New York, and Denver, where hopeful singers will see if they have the chops to earn a golden ticket to Hollywood.

Also returning to Discovery Channel is the Brown family and their off-the-grid lifestyle in Alaskan Bush People.

Premiering March 3 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, the new season of the homesteading show from Park Slope Productions focuses on the Brown family’s lifelong dream of building a sustainable ranch and the obstacles they face.

This season sees the family race against time to build a winterized cabin and stockpile enough food ahead of a harsh winter. It also brings new changes to the Brown’s as Billy, the family patriarch, looks to expand the vision of his family homestead; Ami continues to recover from cancer; and the other family members experience leadership, love and growing up.

Finally, brother-sister duo Leanne and Steve Ford (pictured) bring their unique design style to Pittsburgh-area homes in a new season of HGTV’s Restored by the Fords.

During the series, Leanne, an interior designer, and Steve, a licensed contractor and renovator, help their clients preserve the homes’ original character while infusing the properties with unique design elements.

The High Noon Entertainment-made series will see Leanne help a former high school lacrosse teammate and her husband turn their drab craftsman-style property into a bright and welcoming home. The season also sees Steve task Leanne with designing his first home, an abandoned 1940s warehouse space near downtown Pittsburgh. To create a warm yet industrial-inspired look, Leanne blends together modern design with Steve’s must-haves.

Restored by the Fords returns with back-to-back episodes on March 19 at 9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. ET/PT on HGTV.

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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.