In this week’s renewals round-up, UK and North American broadcasters are investing in more ghosts, cooking elimination competitions and high stakes game shows.
UK pubcaster Channel 4 has tapped Endemol to make a version of Million Pound Drop with a new twist and new rules.
Launching its six consecutive weekend run next month, and hosted by Davina McCall, the game show sees contestants answer seven questions to win cash at the end. If they misstep, their cash falls through the floor.
Players can now double the money they’ve managed to keep and walk away with a larger amount of cash, while another new change means that teams of four can now work together. As before, celebrity duos will play along live as well.
In the U.S., History has signed up for another season of Ice Road Truckers, set to air on June 8. The seventh season of the Original Productions reality show will be set entirely in Manitoba, Canada, and will see the return of truck driver Lisa Kelly.
Ice Road Truckers will focus on competing companies, including Hugh ‘Polar Bear’ Rowland’s new shop, and his business Polar Industries; while an eccentric mechanic, Joey Barnes, also joins the show.
Sister channel Bio is slotting two returning series, Celebrity Ghost Stories and The Haunting Of…, to debut back-to-back on June 1.
Taking part in Celebrity Ghost Stories are stars such as George Wendt, Wayne Newton, Ace Frehley and Marlee Matlin; while The Haunting Of… sees psychic-medium Kim Russo bringing a celebrity back to where they experienced a paranormal event. The second season kicks off with Barry Bostwick, while other celebrities featured include MMA champion Tito Ortiz, Willson Philips’ singer Carnie Wilson, and Breaking Bad’s Giancarlo Esposito.
Both series are produced by Jarrett Creative.
North of the border, Top Chef Canada (pictured above) has been renewed for a fourth season to air on Food Network Canada.
Insight Productions and Shaw Media have kicked off a national casting for the cooking competition series, which will premiere in 2014.