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Fuse Renews ‘Big Freedia’

Fuse will bring back its long-running series Big Freedia: Queen Of Bounce with a new name and extended episode length, said network officials.

The series, renamed Big Freedia Bounces Back, will return for its sixth season in summer 2017, said network officials. Each of the season's eight episodes will be extended to 60 minutes, up from 30 minutes for last season's shows, according to network officials. 

“Fuse continues to enjoy an ongoing relationship with the multi-talented and immensely popular Big Freedia, who has been a key driver of our linear and digital audience,” said Michael Dugan, VP Original Content for Fuse Media. “Our viewers have followed Freedia’s journey, including the highs and lows that have been documented across several seasons. We are all looking forward to watching the story continue to unfold as she bounces back in season six.”

R. Thomas Umstead serves as senior content producer, programming for Multichannel News, Broadcasting + Cable and Next TV. During his more than 30-year career as a print and online journalist, Umstead has written articles on a variety of subjects ranging from TV technology, marketing and sports production to content distribution and development. He has provided expert commentary on television issues and trends for such TV, print, radio and streaming outlets as Fox News, CNBC, the Today show, USA Today, The New York Times and National Public Radio. Umstead has also filmed, produced and edited more than 100 original video interviews, profiles and news reports featuring key cable television executives as well as entertainers and celebrity personalities.