In this week’s round-up, new seasons are in store for Animal Planet’s River Monsters, Up TV’s Bringing Up Bates, FYI’s Married at First Sight (pictured), and Fox Business Network’s Strange Inheritance. Also returning is Discovery Channel’s Fast N’ Loud as well as a raft of Great American Country series, including Flippin’ RVs, Celebrity Motor Homes and Junk Gypsies.
U.S. net Great American Country has renewed three entertainment and lifestyle series, including season two of BCII Productions’ Flippin’ RVs, season three of BermanBraun-made Junk Gypsies and season four of Channel 8 Entertainment’s Celebrity Motor Homes. Justin and Anna Scribner return in Flippin’ RVs to search the countryside for vintage RVs and trailers to restore, while the Texas-based Sikes sisters are to continue their thrifting adventures in Junk Gypsies. Finally, Blair Herter will profile luxury motor homes and tour buses in the new season of Celebrity Motor Homes.
Animal Planet will bring back River Monsters for a seventh season on April 5 at 9 p.m. EST/PST. The series – coproduced by Animal Planet and Icon Films – sees host Jeremy Wade dive into waters around the world to investigate “aquatic beasts,” and will this season tackle a potentially lethal salmon in Alaska as well as a 700-pound creature in Botswana.
Up TV has also renewed its original series Bringing Up Bates for a second season. The Figure 8 Films-produced show follows the family dynamics of Gil and Kelly Jo Bates and their 19 kids, aged two to 25. The second season has received a 13-episode order and is currently in production in Tennessee.
Elsewhere, FYI’s second season of its social experiment Married at First Sight returns on March 17 at 9 p.m. EST/PST. The Kinetic Content-made series follows six singles who are legally married to a total stranger upon first meeting them. At the end of six weeks, the couples must decide whether they will stay together or divorce.
Meanwhile, Fox Business Network has picked up a second season of Towers Productions-made series Strange Inheritance, which investigates unusual inheritances across North America. Hosted by Jamie Colby, the first season debuted on January 26. Season two – which has received another 26 x 30-minute order – is to begin filming later this year.
Finally, Discovery Channel will premiere new episodes of auto series Fast N’ Loud on March 23 at 9 p.m. EST/PST. The Pilgrim Studios-produced series follows the team behind Gas Monkey Garage and their various automotive projects and side businesses.