CBS has renewed Rachael Ray for a 14th season, sources at NATPE have confirmed to Deadline.
The show has been a solid performer over its many years on the air. But as its host has diversified her rather full portfolio and the local station landscape has evolved, its fate had not been completely certain.
Rachael Ray is distributed and produced by CBS Television Distribution in association with Harpo Productions, Scripps Networks and Watch Entertainment. Janet Annino is the Executive Producer.
Also during his keynote session, Nir indicated The Dead Girls Detective Agency, a Keshet series made for Snapchat, could be headed for a renewal for another season on the social network, though nothing is yet official. The show has been the most successful scripted digital series for U.S. teen audiences, with more than 13 million unique viewers in its first month, Nir said. Its format, with five-minute episodes designed to whet viewers’ appetite for more, has been one key driver.
Dead Girls was announced last fall by Snap as part of its Originals slate. Insurrection Media and Keshet adapted the property, based on the young adult novel by Susie Cox, about a young woman who must work from beyond to figure out how and why she died in order to avoid purgatory.
“We’re fortunate to work with NBC and Snapchat and Indigo to create this,” Nir said. “This was a big creative challenge. They are five-minute episodes with commercials. So how do you crack that? I think our guys, Sebastian in our digital studio in LA, totally cracked this.”
Another major Keshet title making news is Stockholm, a darkly comic series featuring an ensemble cast of a certain age. The series, which has already been showcased on the film festival circuit, is now being adapted into a feature film, Nir confirmed.
As many established shows as there were at NATPE, which just wrapped up its 56th edition in Miami, plenty of new programs were also announced. One notable one came from Viacom International Studios and Comedy Central, whose new series, Ana, will air on Comedy Central throughout Latin America in late 2019. The show, to be produced in Mexico, was created by and stars noted Mexican actress Ana de la Reguera.
Ana, whose initial order is for 10 half-hour episodes, focuses on the daughter of a Mexican beauty queen trying to attain fame as an actress in Hollywood. Standing in her way are the passage of time and the weight of her mother’s unfulfilled dreams.
It is the second teaming of de la Requera and Viacom in the region, following the Mexican adaptation of Comedy Central’s Drunk History.
“Sometimes dreams really do come true, or fantasies anyway,” de la Reguera said. “Our show combines elements of my real life-yes my mother really was a beauty queen (she would kill me if I didn’t mention it), with parts of my crazy fantasies.”
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