More reality for 3 cable shows


A trio of cable reality series have been given the green light for new seasons.

Lifetime has ordered a second season of "Lisa Williams: Life Among the Dead," Fox Reality has greenlighted a second season of "Solitary," and Fuse has given the go-ahead for a third season of "Pants-Off Dance-Off."

"Dead," from Merv Griffin Entertainment and Kimo Jagger Prods., centers on young British psychic medium Williams, who claims that she can see and speak with the dead. Lifetime will debut eight new episodes in the summer.

"The outpouring of letters and e-mails we have received from fans of Lisa and the show has been overwhelming," Lifetime president of entertainment Susanne Daniels said.

Merv Griffin, Raymond J. Brune, Andrew Yani and Yann Debonne are executive producers.

Also on Wednesday, Fox Reality said it is in preproduction on "Solitary 2.0," in which nine subjects will endure psychological tests that require extreme tolerance as well as tough physical treatments. When the experiment ends, the "last person standing" wins a cash prize of $50,000. Season 2 is set to debut in August.

"'Solitary' entered into uncharted territory in the reality world; 'Solitary 2.0' will push the limits of human tolerance even further," Fox Reality chief operating officer and general manager David Lyle said.

"Solitary 2.0" is executive produced and co-created by Andrew Golder and Lincoln Hiatt.

Meanwhile, the 12-episode third season of Fuse's "Pants-Off" is set to debut at 10 p.m. EST/7 p.m. PST on March 13. Jodie Sweetin ("Full House") is set to return as host of the show, which features dancers shedding their clothes to their favorite music videos in an effort to win cash, with viewers voting on their favorite. Season 3 will incorporate face-to-face competition, live audience participation and voting via mobile technology.

In addition, Fuse will premiere Pancer Bowl I, featuring the best dancers from Season 2, at 4 p.m. EST/1 p.m. PST on Feb. 4, during halftime of the Super Bowl, part of a "Wardrobe Malfunction Marathon" featuring 12 hours of the show.

"The show provides a silly, escapist alternative to what to watch at halftime, and we're certain that it will entertain and quench viewers' thirst for more 'Pants-Off Dance-Off' until Season 3 premieres," Fuse executive vp and general manager Jennifer Caserta said.

Also on Wednesday, Food Network said it has gone into production on the third season of "The Next Food Network Star," set to premiere at 9 p.m. June 3.