Renewed and returning: “600-lb Life,” “River Monsters”

In this week's round-up, renewals are in store for Bravo Media's Top Chef, AXS TV's The X Factor UK and Animal Planet's River Monsters (pictured).
April 17, 2015

In this week’s round-up, renewals are in store for series on Bravo Media, AXS TV, TLC and Animal Planet.

Bravo Media is to set off on an “epic gastronomic road trip” this fall for the 13th season of Top Chef. The Magical Elves-produced series is to visit six cities including LA, San Francisco, San Diego, Santa Barbara, Oakland and the Greater Palm Springs Area, where contestants will be put to the test. Production begins this spring with host Padma Lakshmi, head judge Tom Colicchio as well as judges Gail Simmons and Richard Blais.

Elsewhere, American cable net AXS TV has renewed The X Factor UK for a second year, and will remain the official U.S. home for the competition series as it enters its 12th season over in the UK. The show – which had its American version canceled in February 2014 – was created by Simon Cowell-helmed prodco Syco and is co-produced with the FremantleMedia UK-owned Thames TV.

Meanwhile, TLC is bringing back My 600-lb Life for a fourth season in the first quarter of 2016. The Megalomedia-produced series follows the journeys of overweight individuals looking to “regain control of their lives” and overcome emotional and physical struggles.

Finally, River Monsters is to return to Animal Planet next year for its eighth season. The series – produced by Icon Films and Animal Planet – follows “freshwater detective” and biologist Jeremy Wade as he travels to countries such as Bermuda, Australia and Mexico to uncover various water-borne predators.

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