In this week’s round-up, new seasons have been ordered for TLC’s Breaking Amish (pictured) and Who Do You Think You Are?, Nat Geo’s Drugs, Inc. and TBS’s King of the Nerds.
Renewals are also in store for Discovery Networks International’s Body Bizarre and My Naked Secret, HBO’s Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Atlanta Falcons and Discovery Channel Canada and Science Channel U.S.’s copro Close Encounters.
TLC is bringing back Breaking Amish for a third season this October, with a brand new cast heading to Brooklyn. The net has ordered 10 hour-long episodes of the Hot Snakes Media-produced series, in which young Amish and Mennonite men and women leave their communities to experience cities such as New York City and Los Angeles together.
Meanwhile, the net has also signed on for another season of Shed Media US-produced Who Do You Think You Are?, which comes back with six new episodes this summer.
The series, which delves into the ancestral history of public figures and celebrities, will feature contributors including Valerie Bertinelli, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Lauren Graham, Kelsey Grammer, Rachel McAdams and her sister Kayleen McAdams, and Cynthia Nixon. The fifth season premieres on July 23 at 9 p.m. EST/PST.
National Geographic Channel has renewed the series Drugs, Inc. for a fifth season. The Wall to Wall Media-produced series gives viewers an all-encompassing view of the U.S. drug trade, with each episode focusing on a different state, city or province and its most problematic drugs. The new season debuts on July 2 at 9 p.m. EST/PST.
Elsewhere, TBS has signed up for a third season of competition series King of the Nerds, where self-professed nerds face challenges that test their intellect, ingenuity, skills and pop-culture knowledge. The net has ordered eight episodes of the new season, which will air in early 2015. The series is produced by Electus and 5X5 Media.
Discovery Networks International (DNI) will roll out new seasons of Body Bizarre and My Naked Secret, beginning in July. The body disorder-focused My Naked Secret from Maverick TV returns for a third season, and will launch as a 12 x 30-minute series on TLC and other DNI lifestyle nets, while the Zig Zag and Barcroft Productions-made medical abnormalities series Body Bizarre will air as a 10 x 60-minute program on various DNI networks, including Discovery Channel, Discovery Science, TLC and Real Time.
Over at HBO, sports-based reality series Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Atlanta Falcons kicks off its five-episode-long ninth season on August 5 at 10 p.m. EST/PST. The series – produced by HBO Sports and NFL Films – will focus on the daily lives and routines of the players and coaches of the Atlanta Falcons.
Finally, Discovery Channel Canada and Science Channel U.S. have renewed Newroad Media’s UFO docuseries Close Encounters for a second season. The 14 x 30-minute series features UFO stories from around the world, and uses dramatic recreations, live action CGI and interviews with the world’s leading experts.