In this week’s round-up, new seasons are on the way for series on Pivot, BBC3, HGTV, Pop, Travel Channel and TLC.
Participant Media-owned net Pivot is uncovering Secret Lives of Americans for a second time. The 20-episode season – the largest order for any original series in Pivot’s history – will again examine the reasons why some Americans go to extreme lengths to guard big secrets. Among those profiled in the new season is a Muslim woman who has been hiding her religion and culture from others since the 9/11 attacks in New York, and a busy mother and truck driver ready to reveal her dyslexia for the first time. Secret Lives, produced by MME/Filmpool USA and All3Media America, premieres on May 20 at 10 p.m. EST/PST.
BBC3 has signed on for a second round of the travel series Asian Provocateur with British comedian Romesh Ranganathan (pictured). While the first series, which premiered last fall, found the comedian traveling back to his motherland of Sri Lanka at the request of his mother Shanthi, this season will find Ranganathan teaming up with Shanthi to return to the island nation and search for long-lost relatives. The 6 x 30-minute series – which does not yet have a premiere date – will be produced by Rumpus Media in association with Green Bee Productions.
In other travel-related renewals news, Travel Channel has signed on for an 11th season of the Optomen Productions-made Mysteries at the Museum. Hosted by veteran presenter Don Wildman, the series explores the secret histories behind some of the world’s most unique artifacts. A premiere date has yet to be set for the new season.
Meanwhile, HGTV has ordered 28 more episodes of the Left/Right-produced Island Life, which finds families looking for island properties across the U.S. that fit any budget. The upcoming episodes will venture to Bakers Island, Massachusetts; Alameda Island, California; and the Isle of Palms, South Carolina.
Elsewhere, boy band New Kids on the Block is back in action on Pop with a second season of Rock This Boat: New Kids on the Block, premiering on June 9 at 8 p.m. EST/PST. The second round of the program – produced by Jarrett Creative Group in association with Donnie D. Productions – again follows the band and its fans as they set sail on the official NKOTB cruise.
Bravo Media, meanwhile, has renewed the latest installment of the Real Housewives franchise. The Real Housewives of Potomac will return, following an impressive debut for season one that saw the True Entertainment-produced series claim an average of 2.1 million total viewers, according to Nielsen Live+3 data. An air date for the upcoming season has not yet been announced.
Finally, TLC’s Little People, Big World returns with some big changes for the Roloff family. The new season of the Discovery Studios and Gay Rosenthal Productions-made series airs on May 10 at 9 p.m. EST/PST, and finds Matt and Amy Roloff preparing to finalize their divorce, and working to keep Roloff Farms in the family.
(With files from Barry Walsh)