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Destination America orders “Rockies,” AHC preps “Gunslingers”

Discovery Communications unveiled Destination America's tentatively-titled new series Buying the Rockies and set a premiere date for American Heroes Channel's six-part docudrama Gunslingers (pictured), at its TCA press tour presentation.
July 10, 2014

Discovery Communications unveiled the launch of Destination America’s tentatively-titled new series Buying the Rockies and set a premiere date for American Heroes Channel’s six-part historical docudrama Gunslingers (pictured), at its TCA press tour presentation on Wednesday (July 9).

Velocity also announced the return of “Dream Car Week” later this month, along with Science Channel’s The Unexplained Files, as reported last week.

Destination America

The net’s new 10-episode series Buying the Rockies - premiering this fall - will follow home-seekers looking for their dream mountain-top lodging. In each episode of the Paper Route Productions-made series, potential homeowners will visit three properties, ranging from log mansions to cozy cabins.

Destination America will also bring back Windfall Films-produced Railroad Alaska for a second season this fall. The series – which will return with 10 new episodes – follows the everyday challenges of homesteaders living along Alaska’s 650-mile-long railroad and workers that must deliver life-sustaining supplies.

“It’s every American’s dream to buy a piece of what makes them happy, whether it’s a log cabin in the Rocky Mountains or a homestead haven in Alaska,” said Marc Etkind, GM of Destination America, in a statement. “In Buying the Rockies and Railroad Alaska, viewers will discover that living in the wild is as much about the journey as it is about the destination.”

Also returning on the net is Hillbilly Blood, which comes back for a second season with back-to-back episodes on August 9 at 9 p.m. EST/PST. The Superfine Films-made series follows country-dwellers Eugene Runkis and Spencer “Two-Dogs” Bolejack as they live off the land in the backwoods of Cold Mountain, N.C.

American Heroes Channel

American Heroes will explore the true stories behind the icons and conflicts of the Wild West in the six-part historical docudrama series Gunslingers, which will feature figures such as Wyatt Earp, Billy the Kid and Jesse James.

Contributors including Deadwood creator David Milch, True West Magazine editor Bob Boze Bell and actor Kurt Russell will provide commentary in each episode.

The Castle Pictures-made series will debut on July 20 at 10 p.m. EST/PST.

Gunslingers captures all the edge-of-your-seat drama of a classic Hollywood Western, but layers in all of the true facts from these legends that echo throughout history,” said Kevin Bennett, GM of American Heroes Channel, in a statement. “American Heroes Channel is proud to bring viewers a very different style of documentary series – told from the unique P.O.V. of the icons themselves – to bring new life to the timeless frontier sagas that continue to captivate audiences.”

Velocity

The net will bring back “Dream Car Week” this summer, with 14 hours of all-new programming kicking off on July 27 at 9 p.m. EST/PST.

The week begins with the season two premiere of Fantomworks (New Dominion Pictures), followed by new episodes of Chasing Classic Cars (Crashing Wave Entertainment), Overhaulin’ (Brentwood Communications International, Inc), Wheeler Dealers (Attaboy TV), Graveyard Carz (The Division Productions), and the world premiere of previously announced series Garage Squad (Super Genius), where hosts Lauren Bohlander and Bruno Massel help Americans complete their “toy car” projects.

Capping off the week is the two-hour event, Peak Stock Car Dream Challenge 2 (NASCAR Productions), where 18 amateur drivers will face-off against one another in a series of challenges.

Science Channel

Science’s The Unexplained Files will return on July 29 at 10 p.m. EST/PST for a second season of paranormal phenomena. The new season of the Raw TV-produced series will feature factual stories from Bosnia-Herzegovina and the remote Lake Labynkyr in Siberia, Russia, among others.

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Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.

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