ITVBe has officially renewed The Only Way is Essex for series 20

The release date for The Only Way is Essex series 20 — Pending

This article has the most up-to-date info on the status of The Only Way is Essex Series 20 as we continuously monitor the news to keep you in the know. ITVBe has officially renewed the series for another season. To get notified of the premiere date – subscribe for updates below.

About the series

A hit scripted reality series airing on ITVBe since 2010, The Only Way Is Essex (or TOWIE for short) is currently in its nineteenth series which debuted on October 9, 2016. It is created by Ruth Wrigley and Tony Wood, narrated by Denise van Outen and produced by Lime Pictures. The episode length has increased from 30 minutes for the first series to 50 minutes by the eighth chapter and beyond.

The show, which has been compared to similar American shows The Hills and Jersey Shore, follows a group of young people in Essex, “real people in modified situations”, however you`d like to interpret that. The current series is the first not to feature veteran Billie Faiers, and re-introduces ex-cast member Lauren Goodger, who has been previously featured. Additionally, two new cast members, Ben Shenel and Ercan Ramadan, have joined the show.

Successful run and renewal through series 21

The amazing success of The Only Way Is Essex is somewhat baffling to critics, but the series has even won the Audience Award at the 2011 BAFTA. On June 3, 2015 ITVBe signed off on a new contract, which renewed the series for six more chapters, all the way through cycle 21. TOWIE is currently delivering steady ratings of just over a million viewers per episode, perfectly steady and on par with previous series, but has a measly 3.1/10 IMDb score and unanimously terrible reviews. There won`t be any renewal vs. cancelation intrigue for a while, so all that we have to do is keep an ear out for the release date of the next series of this rather meaningless real-life soap opera. Stay tuned, and we`ll be sure to inform you of TOWIE series 20 premiere date as soon as it`s announced by ITVBe.

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