Renewed and returning: “Got Talent,” “People’s Couch”

In this week's round-up, renewals are in store for series on NBC, Discovery Channel, Bravo Media, The Weather Channel and TLC. (Pictured: America's Got Talent )
September 4, 2015

In this week’s round-up, renewals are in store for series on NBC, Discovery Channel, Bravo Media, The Weather Channel and TLC.

America is proving it’s got plenty of talent to spare with NBC ordering an 11th season of America’s Got Talent for next summer. Although there was no official release, NBC revealed the renewal via an auditions notice indicating the FremantleMedia North America and Syco Television-produced show would be on the search for talent from this November to February 2016, in addition to online auditions.

Elsewhere, Discovery Channel is bringing back Gold Rush for a sixth season on October 16 at 9 p.m. EST/PST. The Raw Television-produced series will again follow mining crews on the search for gold in Alaska. The season six premiere will be preceded by the hour-long show The Dirt, in which miners give the inside scoop on the show and fans get behind-the-scenes access to production. The latter premieres at 8 p.m. EST/PST.

Bravo Media is getting back on The People’s Couch. The Studio Lambert and All3Media America-produced series – a U.S. adaptation of Channel 4′s UK hit Gogglebox - will return on October 6 at 10 p.m. EST/PST, and will again find families and friends sitting in their living rooms, tuning in to various shows. Returning “couchers” include sisters and roommates Amanda and Kenya; best friends and writing partners Julie and Brandy; and the Zeno Family, including Lamont, Princella and Rashawn.

Elsewhere, The Weather Channel has commissioned UK indie Pioneer Productions for a third series of Strangest Weather on Earth. Charting such unusual weather events as invisible twisters, exploding boulders and desert ice storms, the program explains the science behind these meteorological wonders.

Finally, TLC has signed on for a new season of the musical family series The Willis Family. The net has ordered eight episodes that will again follow the Tennessee-based family of singers and musicians as they shift attention to their lives at home, away from tour. The new season of the program – produced by Figure 8 Films and Heart Bridge Media – is slated to premiere early next year.

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