Renewed and returning: “Duck Dynasty,” “Face Off”

In this week's round-up, Duck Dynasty (pictured) returns for a ninth season on A&E, while renewals are in store for Syfy's award-winning competition series Face Off and ABC's Shark Tank.
December 23, 2015

In this week’s round-up, renewals are on the way for series on A&E, Syfy, ABC and Bravo Media.

A&E will kick off the new year with another round of Duck Dynasty (pictured). The ninth season of the reality series will find the Robertson family sending two kids to college and launching new business ventures. The Gurney Productions-made program has received a nine-episode order, with a one-hour season finale on February 17 marking the series’ 100th episode. Duck Dynasty will debut on January 13 with back-to-back episodes beginning at 9 p.m. EST/PST.

Syfy is bringing back Face Off for a 10th season on January 13 at 9 p.m. EST/PST. The 14-episode order will find a new batch of 10 special effects artists showing off their skills to be crowned “Hollywood’s next great effects artist.” The grand prize includes US$100,000, a Fiat 2016 and an international trip. Face Off is produced by Mission Control Media.

Meanwhile, ABC will ring in 2016 with a special episode of Shark Tank airing on January 5 at 9 p.m. EST/PST. The episode features such business ventures as a heavy equipment adventure company and protein-filled pancake mix. “Sharks” include Mark Cuban, Lori Greiner, Daymond John, Robert Herjavec and Kevin O’Leary. The remainder of the new season will begin airing on January 8 at 9 p.m. EST/PST.

Finally, Bravo Media is bringing back Untying the Knot on January 4 at 10 p.m. EST/PST. The Engel Entertainment-produced program – which follows celebrity divorce attorney Vikki Ziegler as she travels around the U.S. helping couples with their divorce settlements – this season moves to Monday nights.

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