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.