Renewals round-up: “Duck Dynasty,” “Girlfriends,” “Come Dine With Me”

American networks have re-invested in duck callers and archeological secrets, while the UK wants more Girlfriends. (Pictured: Duck Dynasty)
February 1, 2013

American networks have re-invested in duck callers and archeological secrets, while the UK wants more Girlfriends.

In the States, A&E has renewed Gurney Productions’ Duck Dynasty for a third season, set to return on February 27 with back-to-back episodes. The season two finale notched 6.5 million viewers, according to the net, and season three will follow the Robertson men preparing for the beginning of duck season.

Executive producers for Gurney Productions are Deirdre Gurney and Scott Gurney. Executive producers for A&E are David McKillop, Elaine Frontain Bryant and Lily Neumeyer.

Elsewhere in the U.S., H2 has greenlit a second season of America Unearthed, produced by Committee Films. Production on the second season will begin in the spring, with forensic geologist Scott Wolter returning to host the show that digs into America’s archaeological secrets.

The first season premiered in December of last year, and was the number one series to date for H2.Paul Cabana and Brian Meere serve as executive producers for the network.

Over in the UK, ITV2 has commissioned a second season of Keshet International’s Girlfriends dating format, to be produced by Studio Lambert.

The second series, which will see three single woman going on a nationwide search for a soul mate, will air this year.

In Latin America, Brazilian broadcaster Globo TV has ordered a second series of ITV Studios’ format Come Dine With Me.   Globo TV will produce 30 episode for the upcoming series, which will follow amateur chefs hosting dinner parties for each other.

Elsewhere, realscreen reported earlier this week that Discovery Networks International had renewed five series, including One Car Too Far and Last Chance Salon.

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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.