Renewed and returning: “Naked and Afraid,” “Pitmasters”

In this week's round-up, renewals are in store for Discovery Channel's Naked and Afraid (pictured), Pivot's Human Resources and The Weather Channel's Fat Guys in the Woods.
May 8, 2015

In this week’s round-up, new seasons are on the way for series on Discovery Channel, Pivot, Destination America, The Weather Channel and Bravo Media, as well as Canada’s CTV and W Network.

U.S. net Discovery Channel has renewed Naked and Afraid (pictured) for a third season. The Renegade 83-produced show follows complete strangers who are dropped off in remote locations around the world without food, water or clothes and must manage for 21 days. The series’ most recent premiere aired on April 19.

U.S. net Pivot is readying the second season of docucomedy Human Resources, which returns on August 7 at 10 p.m. EST/PST. The Left/Right-produced series follows New Jersey-based recycling company TerraCycle, its CEO Tom Szaky and his clan of quirky employees. In the forthcoming season, the company heads to London, where it will “up-cycle” coffee pods and build a playground from oral hygiene waste.

Elsewhere, Destination America is bringing back the series BBQ Pitmasters for a sixth season featuring an all-star cast. Set to air on May 28 at 10 p.m. EST/PST, the show – which is this season titled BBQ Pitmasters All-Stars - follows master grillers as they compete in various BBQ battles across the U.S. The season will kick off with a sneak peek premiere on May 25 at 9 p.m. EST/PST, followed by the annual BBQ’s Ultimate Championship at 10 p.m. EST/PST. BBQ Pitmasters All-Stars is to move to its regular time slot on May 28 at 10 p.m. EST/PST.

The Weather Channel has renewed its series Fat Guys in the Woods, which will return on June 7 at 9 p.m. EST/PST. The series – produced by RIVR Media and back for a 8 x 60-minute order – follows a group of men as they join survival expert Creek Stewart in learning the art of outdoor survival.

Over in Canada, W Network has greenlit Hockey Wives for a second season. The Bristow Global Media-produced series is to continue exploring the lives of the wives and girlfriends of professional hockey’s top players.

Canadian broadcaster CTV has also signed on for a third season of MasterChef Canada. The series – which is produced by Proper Television in association with CTV – follows a group of amateur chefs vying for the ‘MasterChef’ title and a cash prize. Casting is now open for the forthcoming, 15-episode season, which is to begin production this fall in Toronto.

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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 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.