Renewed and returning: “Hillbilly Blood,” “Botched”

In this week's round-up, renewals are in store for Destination America's Buying Alaska and Hillbilly Blood (pictured), FYI's Married at First Sight and H2's 10 Things You Don't Know About.
August 8, 2014

In this week’s round-up, renewals are in store for Destination America’s Buying Alaska and Hillbilly Blood (pictured), FYI’s Married at First Sight, H2′s 10 Things You Don’t Know About, E!’s Botched and Discovery Canada’s Highway Thru Hell.

U.S. net Destination America is bringing back Buying Alaska for a third season, which premieres on September 6 at 9 p.m. EST/PST. The series – produced by Paper Route Productions – follows families looking for their perfect Alaskan home.

The net has also renewed Hillbilly Blood, which returns tomorrow (August 9) at 9 p.m. EST/PST. The Superfine Films-produced series follows the hi-jinx of two mountain men living in the backwoods of Cold Mountain, North Carolina.

Elsewhere, newly launched net FYI has signed on for a second season of the docuseries Married at First Sight, which follows three couples who are legally married the moment they first meet. The show – which will have its first season finale on September 9 – will return as an 11 x 60-minute series next year. It is produced by Kinetic Content.

H2 has signed up for more 10 Things You Don’t Know About, which will return on August 16 at 10 p.m. EST/PST. The Henry Rollins-hosted series – produced by Asylum Entertainment – sees the punk rock icon travel around the U.S. revealing interesting stories about the country’s past.

Over at E!, a second season has been ordered for Botched, which follows doctors Terry Dubrow and Paul Nassif as they go about fixing plastic surgeries gone wrong. New episodes of the Evolution Media-made show will debut early next year. The series’ first season finale airs on August 17 at 10:30 p.m. EST/PST.

Meanwhile, American Spanish-language net Telemundo has wrapped production on the second season of Top Chef Estrellas, which features 10 new celebrities competing for the top chef title. In the Spanish-language competition series, celebrities go head-to-head in the kitchen for both the title and US$100,000 in cash awarded to charities of their choice. The series debuted in February.

Finally, Discovery Canada has renewed Highway Thru Hell for a third season, debuting on September 2 at 10 p.m. EST/PST. The series – which is back for 13 new episodes – follows a heavy vehicle rescue and recovery towing company that traverses some of the most dangerous trucking routes in Canada. Highway Thru Hell is produced by Vancouver-based indie Great Pacific TV.

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