Renewed and returning: “Amish Mafia,” “Duck Dynasty”

Discovery Communications' networks have signed on for more Amish Mafia, Mountain Monsters and Say Yes to the Dress, while A&E is lining up more Duck Dynasty and Nat Geo Wild is going for another season of America the Wild.
July 26, 2013

Discovery Communications’ networks have signed on for more Amish Mafia, Mountain Monsters and Say Yes to the Dress, while A&E is lining up more Duck Dynasty and Nat Geo Wild is going for another season of America the Wild.

U.S. cable network Discovery Channel is rolling out the second season of Amish Mafia (pictured above) on August 13 at 9 p.m. EST/PST.

Produced by Hot Snakes Media, the series will again see Lebanon Levi and his team attempting to protect the Amish community of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. However, this time around, Levi has to rebuild his crew after losing members, and take on several rivals who want to bring him down.

The first season of Amish Mafia nabbed the highest-rated series premiere and was the highest-rated freshman series for Discovery Channel.

Sister network Destination America has picked up Mountain Monsters for a second season, to premiere in early 2014. The series, produced by American Chainsaws, is currently grabbing good ratings for the network in its first season, with a finale set for July 27.

In Mountain Monsters, the team behind Appalachian Investigators of Mysterious Sightings (AIMS) look for creatures of Appalichia. Season two will begin production later this year.

Over on sister network TLC, Say Yes to the Dress is saying yes to a 10th season on August 16, with a Say Yes to the Dress: The Big Day special launching on August 9.

Returning to Kleinfeld Bridal in New York City, the Half Yard Productions series follows the staff as they try to find the right gown for the bride-to-be, while dealing with price points and opinionated friends and family. The new season features actor Kristin Chenoweth, who accompanies her best friend and assistant Julie as she searches for a gown.

The special finds previous brides and follows their journey from finding the dress to the big day itself.

On A&E, Duck Dynasty returns with its fourth season on August 14. The Gurney Productions series continues to follow the Robertsons on their adventures on the bayou, and boasts a one-hour season premiere.

Elsewhere, America the Wild gets into a fourth season on August 18 on Nat Geo Wild. Following wildlife expert and naturalist Casey Anderson, the series goes across North America to get up close with wolves, mountain lions, moose, bighorn sheep and more.

As he explores locations ranging from Canada’s west coast to the New Mexican desert, Anderson finds out how animals adapt and survive in unforgiving ecosystems. America the Wild is produced by Grizzly Creek Films.

As reported earlier this week, National Geographic Channel in Asia has lined up a second season of Every Singaporean Son, which looks at the training of national servicemen at the country’s Officer Cadet School.

About The Author
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.