Renewals round-up: “The Next Star,” “Horizons”

UK and North American networks have invested in more business takeovers, pop stars and science and technology innovations, in this week's renewals round-up. (Pictured: The Next Star)
March 8, 2013

UK and North American networks have invested in more business takeovers, pop stars and science and technology innovations, in this week’s renewals round-up.

In the U.S., Bravo Media has signed up for a fifth season of Tabatha Takes Over, premiering on April 4 at 10 p.m. EST/PST. The series, produced by Shine America, sees Tabatha Coffey giving her tough love and advice to struggling businesses.

In the new season, Coffey will visit a salon in Tennessee; a cafe in Sherman Oaks, California; a nail salon in North Hollywood; and a VIP nightclub and restaurant in Riverside, California, among others. In a special episode, Coffey will revisit some of her takeovers from previous seasons.

In Canada, Corus Entertainment’s YTV has renewed pop star talent search The Next Star (pictured above). Toronto-based Tricon Films and Television will produce the sixth season, which is set for a July premiere.

Returning as judges and mentors are R&B and pop artist Keshia Chanté, country singer Tara Oram, and A&R expert and label executive Mark Spicoluk. A new host will be announced shortly, and all four will go on a nationwide search for Canada’s most talented young performers.

Meanwhile in the UK, BBC World News and BBC.com have tapped Twofour to once again produce Horizons, the series sponsored by DuPont that tracks down innovations and technologies that could change the way we live and work.

Presenter Adam Shaw will return to the series that launches on April 6, and his team of global reporters will report on the latest science and technology innovations out of India, China, South America, the U.S., and Europe.

Interviews will include NASA’s chief technology officer, Professor Mason Peck; Jimmy Wales, the founder of Wikipedia; architect Daniel Libeskind; and Sir Harold Kroto, Nobel Laureate for chemistry on renewable energy.

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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.