In this week’s round-up, new seasons are on the way for series on HGTV, Discovery Channel, TLC, Investigation Discovery, Animal Planet and El Rey.
HGTV has signed on for another round of furniture competition series Ellen’s Design Challenge. The program, which returns on January 18 at 9 p.m. EST/PST, showcases 10 competitors sketching, designing and building innovative furniture to avoid elimination. At season’s end, the winner is to receive a US$100,000 cash prize and see their work featured in HGTV Magazine.The program is produced by host and comedian Ellen DeGeneres’ prodco A Very Good Production and A. Smith & Co. in association with Telepictures.
Meanwhile, Discovery Channel is testing a new generation of survivalists with another season of Dual Survival. Featuring new hosts Grady Powell and Bill McConnell, the Original Media-produced series finds the pair dropped into survival situations that anyone, anywhere in the world, could potentially encounter. The new season returns on January 13 at 9 p.m. EST/PST.
Elsewhere, TLC has signed on for a second season of I Am Jazz. The This is Just a Test-produced series has been picked up for eight episodes slated to air next year. The critically acclaimed show will continue to follow the life of 15-year-old transgender teen Jazz Jennings (pictured) as she balances school, sports and family while working as a trans advocate and conducting speaking engagements around the U.S.
Investigation Discovery (ID) has renewed Vanity Fair Confidential for a second season. Produced by ID, Condé Nast Entertainment and True Entertainment, the program investigates some of the true-crime stories featured in the iconic magazine. Season two will debut on January 4 at 9 p.m. EST/PST.
El Rey is back in the ring with a second season of the Mark Burnett-produced wrestling series Lucha Underground. The program finds the masked luchadores battling it out for “wrestling supremacy” and combining athleticism with ancient traditions. Lucha Underground is produced by United Artists Media Group in association with FactoryMade Ventures. It premieres on January 27 at 8 p.m. EST/PST.
Finally, Animal Planet has renewed Pit Bulls & Parolees for an eighth season, returning January 2 at 10 p.m. EST/PST. The series – produced by 44 Blue Productions and Rive Gauche Television – follows fierce pit bull advocate Tia Torres and her “rescue empire,” the Villalobos Rescue Center.