On tap for this edition of ‘Renewed and Returning’ are new seasons of series for Channel 5, Channel 4, Discovery and Smithsonian Channel.
Moonshiners returns to Discovery Nov. 14 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Produced by Magilla Entertainment, the upcoming seventh season takes audiences into the remote corners of the Appalachians to witness feats of backwoods engineering that keep moonshiners’ distilling operations secret.
Smithsonian Channel’s docuseries Polar Bear Town returns for a second season. The three-part series examines the intersection of humans and polar bears as they collide in unexpected and sometimes dangerous ways in Churchill, Manitoba. Produced by Merit Motion Pictures in association with Earth Touch, Polar Bear Town premieres Nov. 22 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
UK network Channel 5 has commissioned London-based prodco Naked Entertainment for a second season of the extreme-make-under format 100% Hotter. The program sees disastrously dressed celebs get a new look from the show’s makeover squad. The 4 x 60-minute series will air in January 2018.
Channel 5 has also ordered another season of Chris Tarrant: Extreme Railway Journeys from UK indie prodco Whitworth Media.
Set to premiere Nov. 6th, the 4 x 60-minute series will follow television presenter Chris Tarrant (pictured) as he ventures into countries where the railway systems have been pivotal in their development and history.
Episodes will feature the Trans-Saharan railway; a railway network in Northern Europe that has been repeatedly been destroyed by invading armies; a railway developed by Lawrence of Arabia; and the railway networks of the former Yugoslavia.
Extreme Railway Journeys was Whitworth Media’s first-ever commission.
Elsewhere in the UK, pubcaster Channel 4′s revealing docuseries on kids, The Secret Life of 4 and 5 Year Olds is back. The new 4 x 60-minute episodes will air initially on C4 starting Nov. 7 at 8 p.m. with a two-part special airing early next year.
(With files from Jessica Mach)