Renewed and returning: “Counting Cars,” “Gator Boys”

New seasons and summer premieres are in store for History's Counting Cars, Animal Planet's Gator Boys (pictured) and El Rey's El Rey Network Presents: The Director's Chair.
July 11, 2014

In this week’s round-up, new seasons and summer premieres are in store for History’s Counting Cars, Animal Planet’s Gator Boys (pictured), Science Channel’s Life Force series – now titled Mutant Planet - and El Rey Network Presents: The Director’s Chair, from the titular net.

History in the U.S. has picked up another season of Counting Cars, with back-to-back new episodes premiering on July 15 at 9 p.m. EST/PST. The Leftfield Pictures-produced series follows the goings-on of Las Vegas automobile restoration and customization company Count’s Kustoms.

Meanwhile, Animal Planet is prepping a new, 10-episode, Mexico-bound season of Gator Boys, with a two-part season premiere set for August 3 at 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. The series, which follows alligator trappers  Paul Bedard and Jimmy Riffle, is produced by Mike Mathis Productions.

El Rey Network will bring back El Rey Network Presents: The Director’s Chair later this month with two new installments premiering on July 30 at 9 p.m. EST/PST. In the interview-driven series, director Robert Rodriguez – founder of the net – will sit down with filmmaker Guillermo del Toro in the premiere episode, and later Quentin Tarantino.

The latter interview will air in two parts, first on August 13 at 9 p.m. EST/PST and then on August 27 at 9 p.m. EST/PST. The series is produced by Troublemaker Studios and Skip Film in association with FactoryMade Ventures.

Elsewhere, Science Channel’s wildlife evolution series Life Force will return for a second season under the new title of Mutant Planet on July 7 at 10 p.m. EST/PST. The second series – featuring six one-hour episodes – presents mutants in locations from China’s Tibetan Plateau and Hengduan mountains to India’s Western Ghats.

The series is a global coproduction between NHK and NHNZ, with CCTV9, Science Channel, Discovery Networks International, ARTE and SVT.

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 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.