History comes out jousting with 2011-2012 slate

U.S. cable net History has greenlit three series including Full Metal Jousting, from Pilgrim Films & Television. They join previously announced series such as American Restoration (pictured) as part of its new slate.
May 3, 2011

Riding high as a top five cable net with adults and men in the 18-49 demo and billing itself as the “number one factual entertainment network,” A+E Networks’ History has unveiled its slate for 2011-2012 today in advance of its upfront presentation for advertisers on Wednesday.

Among its upcoming special events is The Men Who Built America, in development for 2012. According to History, the miniseries “shines a spotlight on the influential builders, dreamers and believers whose feats transformed the United States, a nation decaying from the inside after the Civil War, into the greatest economic and technological superpower the world had ever seen.” It is produced by Stephen David Entertainment.

Greenlit series include Invention USA, produced by T Group Productions and featuring two tech and science experts who travel across the U.S. in search of the best thing since sliced bread amongst the scores of prototypes submitted to them by amateur Edisons.

Other new projects include Full Metal Jousting, a new series from Pilgrim Films & Television, which follows preparation for a modern-day jousting match that pits two competitors, kitted out in state-of-the-art protective gear, against each other in full-on battles; and United Stats of America, produced by Left/Right Productions, which marries graphics with statistical information to provide a unique picture of the U.S.

These series join three previously announced new series: the Leftfield Pictures-produced American Restoration; Around the World in 80 Ways, produced by Original Productions; and How the States Got Their Shapes, produced by Half Yard Productions.

Returning series include American Pickers; Ancient Aliens; Ax Men; Brad Meltzer’s Decoded; Ice Road Truckers; IRT: Deadliest Roads; Modern Marvels; Only in America with Larry the Cable Guy; Pawn Stars; Stan Lee’s Superhumans; Swamp People; The Universe; Top Gear; and Top Shot.

Greenlit specials include the CGI-driven History of the World in Two Hours, produced by Flight 33 Productions; the archive-based 9/12: The Day After, produced by New Animal Productions; and Vietnam in HD, the follow-up to WWII in HD from Lou Reda Productions.

In a statement, the network said it is currently in the top three in key demos for both scripted and unscripted ad-supported cable networks, adding that it will be “aggressively adding epic event programming, series and specials” to its roster.

“History’s investment in original programming has paid off, making us a leader in the market,” said History’s president and general manager Nancy Dubuc. “Unlike our competitors, who rely largely on sports and off-network programming, History has catapulted to the top on the strength of all original programming.

“We are a network that is defining the landscape, setting the trends and breaking records night after night, month after month, quarter after quarter. We are at the top of our game.”

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