“Bulloch Family Ranch” is saddling up for a second season.
Cable network UP has renewed the reality series, which has begun production for a seven-episode second season and will premiere in 2014.
The series, which premiered in July, follows Lakeland, Fla., couple Julie and Rusty Bulloch, who juggle multiple jobs while caring for more than 30 “kids” — two of them biological, and the rest troubled teens and young adults that they’ve taken under their wing.
The July season premiere of the series was the highest-rated premiere in the nine-year history of UP, reaching 5.9 million total viewers over its seven-week first season.
The second season will find the Bullochs revealing even more of their hearts and generous spirits as they help out new and returning visitors. In the upcoming run, viewers will meet 21-year-old single mother Ciara, who’s afflicted by a series of bad decisions by those closest to her that have left her destitute and pregnant again.
Meanwhile, 17-year-old high-school football player Jordan will return to the ranch to grapple with issues such as his senior year, his recovery from his shoulder injury and his distracting girlfriend.
“Our viewers – both on-air and online – found parents Rusty and Julie Bulloch, their biological children Brodie and Amanda, and their at-risk ‘kids’ to be warm, authentic, accessible people with huge hearts,” UP senior vice president, original programming Barbara Fisher said of the renewal. “The Bullochs’ extended family continues to grow, as viewers will see this season. As such, this family remains as big an inspiration to us at the network as they have been to the now 30-plus teens and young adults they have helped and loved for over two decades.”
“We are excited to return to Lakeland, Fla., this month to film the next chapter in Rusty, Julie, Brodie, Amanda, Steven, and little Raylee’s hectic, inspirational lives for ‘Bulloch Family Ranch,'” series showrunner and director Todd C. Stevens added. “The second season will introduce a new crew of ‘Ranch kids’ who strive to achieve under the warm roof and watchful eyes of Rusty and Julie. As we return, the Bulloch family continues to make a real difference in the lives of young adults that find themselves in the worst circumstances.”
“Bulloch Family Ranch” is produced by Peace Point Entertainment Group and Cry Baby Media, with Les Tomlin and Danny Passman executive-producing for each, respectively. Ian Wisniewski created and produces the series.