March 20, 2014 9:00am PT by Kimberly Nordyke
Animal Planet Renews 'Treehouse Masters,' Greenlights 'Redwood Kings' (Exclusive)
Animal Planet has renewed Treehouse Masters for a second season while also giving the green light to a new show, Redwood Kings.
Treehouse Masters, which returns for a second season at 10 p.m. May 30, stars "tree whisperer" Pete Nelson as he fulfills people's dreams of turning peaceful nooks in nature into the ultimate escapes. In upcoming episodes, Nelson creates a Texan man cave in the sky; a two-tiered flower-petal paradise treehouse for a consummate gardener in Tulsa; and a multilevel house for country singer Brian Kelley of Florida Georgia Line.
Last season, Treehouse Masters drew 1.3 million total viewers across its premieres and was the network's second-most-watched series in 2013. The show also has famous fans, including Jason Bateman (watch video of him talking about it on CBS' Late Show With David Letterman below).
Redwood Kings, which is set to premiere in July, "uncovers the artistry that goes into turning ancient reclaimed redwood trees into creative works of art," according to the network. It features twin brothers Ron and John Daniels, who work side-by-side at their company creating carvings of animated characters, movie and theme park facades and even treehouses. Things sometimes get tense between the duo as Ron must rein in John -- dubbed the "carving cowboy" -- at times to keep every project on schedule and on budget.
In the premiere season, the brothers and their 40-person crew create a life-size replica of a gold stamp mill and spinning waterwheel; head back to the glory days of the gold rush for a rustic roadside mall in California; build a Noah's Ark-themed treehouse for the youngest members of a small family church; and design a massive 22-room, interactive theme park experience in a historic building in San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf.
Treehouse Masters is produced by Stiletto Television. Mark Grove, Garry Kief and Troy Queen are the executive producers for Stiletto, while Jason Carey is the executive producer and Sarah Russell is associate producer for the network. Treehouse Masters was created and developed by Charlie Foley, executive vp of the original content group and head of Animal Planet development.
Redwood Kings is produced by NHNZ, with Judith Curran serving as executive producer for NHNZ. For Animal Planet, Erin Wanner is the executive producer and Hilary Tholen is the associate producer. Kurt Tondorf, vp development at Animal Planet, developed the series.