Unscripted

Renewed and Returning: “American Unearthed”, “How Far Is Tattoo Far?”

In this week’s Renewed and Returning round-up, new seasons are on the way for unscripted series across MTV, TLC, Travel Channel and Investigation Discovery. Big Fish Entertainment’s How Far Is Tattoo Far? ...
May 17, 2019

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

Big Fish Entertainment’s How Far Is Tattoo Far? will return for a second season on Viacom-owned youth net MTV with back-to-back episodes starting May 23 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

How Far Is Tattoo Far?, based on the MTV international format Just Tattoo of Us, sees hosts Nico Tortorella and Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, with the help of some of the most creative and talented tattoo artists in the industry, test relationships by asking pairs of friends, family members and loved ones to design tattoos for one another that are only revealed once they are inked.

The second season will premiere on MTV’s international channels and platforms later this year.

Elsewhere, true crime network Investigation Discovery has renewed cold case series Breaking Homicide for a sophomore season.

The eight-episode series, produced by Main Event Media and All3Media America, features veteran police sergeant and P.I. Derrick Levasseur as he attempts to solve some of the nation’s most confounding cold cases. Returning June 3 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, the premiere episode follows Levasseur as he sets out to answer questions around the cold case of 16-year-old Judy Rawlings of Asheboro, North Carolina, whose body was discovered miles from where she was last seen after taking a midnight ride with her neighbor. Levasseur teams with local law enforcement officials to examine the case with fresh eyes.

Scott Wolter, meanwhile, will continue his quest to unearth truths within the natural world in a new season of Travel Channel’s America Unearthed (pictured).

From Committee Films, the 10 x 60-minute series follows Wolter as he explores some of America’s deepest secrets, using his forensic geologist background, eye witness accounts and other experts in their fields to determine the truth about history.

The premiere episode, “Vikings in the Desert” on May 28 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, sees Wolter journey to the southwest to determine if alleged artifacts found in the Arizona desert belonged to Vikings. From there, new leads take him to California to excavate a supposed buried Viking ship, which produces some unexpected results.

Finally, Dr. Lee is back in-house to slay lipomas, cysts and other ailments in a new season of TLC’s Dr. Pimple Popper.

Beginning July 11 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, the latest season of Dr. Pimple Popper, produced by Ping Pong Productions, sees Dr. Lee tackle big challenges including one so extensive, she must team with a doctor to perform a procedure at a local hospital. Additionally, the dermatologist helps a patient with a black mass that could be life threatening, and a patient with a mystery case from the very first episode returns.

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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