In this week’s round-up, renewals are in store for series on Spike TV, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network and Sinclair Broadcast Group.
Spike has renewed its hit series, Lip Sync Battle (pictured), for a third season (20 x 30 minutes). The new season of the show – in which celebrities face off against each other and lip sync to their favorite songs – will tape later this year, with a premiere date to be announced in the near future.
The second season of Lip Sync Battle, the most-watched original series in the net’s history, launched on January 7. The show is exec produced by Casey Patterson of Casey Patterson Entertainment, Jay Peterson of Matador Content, John Krasinski, Stephen Merchant and 8 Million Plus Productions.
Elsewhere, Spike is also bringing back Ink Master for a new season. Premiering on March 1 at 10 p.m. EST/PST, the Original Media-produced reality-competition series is back for a seventh round, and will find new contestants served with more innovative tattoo challenges. This season will also bring back eight of the series’ favorite artists from previous seasons, who will compete with new participants for a US$100,000 grand prize and an editorial feature in Inked magazine.
OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network has ordered more episodes of Livin’ Lozada as well as a second season of Flex & Shanice. Lozada will receive eight additional episodes while Flex & Shanice can look forward to an eight-episode sophomore season. All new episodes for both programs will air later this year.
The Shed Media-produced Livin’ Lozada follows the professional and family life of reality star Evelyn Lozada of Basketball Wives, her fiancé Carl Crawford of the LA Dodgers, and her 22-year-old daughter Shaniece. Meanwhile, the Lynch-Dyson Entertainment-made Flex & Shanice follows the lives of actor Flex Alexander and his partner, the Grammy-nominated singer Shanice.
Finally, Sinclair Broadcast Group has renewed the half-hour syndicated investigative series Corrupt Crimes for a second season. The Monday to Friday strip series examines crimes and corruption around the U.S. Sky Vision, the international distribution arm of European broadcaster Sky, will handle U.S. cable and worldwide distribution.