Renewals round-up: “Handfishin’,” “Kitchen,” “Impractical Jokers”

The Food Network's Trisha's Southern Kitchen, Animal Planet's Hillbilly Handfishin' and TruTV's Impractical Jokers (pictured) received second season renewal notices this week.
June 22, 2012

American reality shows about southern cooking, catfishing and hidden camera pranks will return to the air later this year, as will Scandinavian versions of two singing and dancing formats.

The Food Network has picked up country singer Trisha Yearwood’s day-time cooking series Trisha’s Southern Kitchen for a second season to air this fall. The U.S. cable net will expand the show from six to 13 episodes and begin production this summer.

Animal Planet has renewed fish-out-of-water sport fishing show Hillbilly Handfishin’ for a second season. Set in Oklahoma, the reality show follows had fisherman Skipper Bivins and Trent Jackson as they take city-living tourists on backwater trips in search of catfish. The seven-episode season will debut on July 29 at 8 p.m. EST/PST

Hidden camera series Impractical Jokers will return to U.S. cable net TruTV for a 15-episode second season in December. In the show, comedians Brian “Q” Quinn, James “Murr” Murray, Joe Gatto and Sal Vulcano undertake a series of prank challenges. It is produced by NorthSouth Productions (Say Yes to the Dress) with Charlie DeBevoise and Mark Hickman serve as executive producers.

In Finland, broadcaster Nelonen has commissioned Solar Television Oy to produce a second season of the format So You Think You Can Dance and Denmark’s TV2 has ordered a second season of the reality singing format The Voice Of… from Nordisk Film TV. (Both companies are owned by Banijay Group.) The series’ are in the casting processes and So You Think You Can Dance will begin auditions at the end of the month.

Banijay and The Voice Of… format owner Talpa are also in discussions to do second seasons of the format with Sweden’s TV4 and Norway’s TV2.

Finally, as reported earlier this week, U.S. cable network A&E has picked up Gurney Productions’ Duck Dynasty for a 26 x 30-minute second season that will air later this year.

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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 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.