Journalists Chris Hansen (pictured) and Tom Brokaw, and viral video star Whitney Thore, are among the personalities starring in upcoming factual programs set to air across Discovery Communications-owned cable nets this year.
The programs were among several titles the company highlighted during the the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour in Pasadena, California today (January 8).
Investigation Discovery has greenlit the investigative news magazine Killer Instinct with Chris Hansen, which will premiere sometime in the third quarter of this year.
Hansen is best known for his investigative reporting for Dateline NBC and in particular the segment ‘To Catch A Predator,’ which involved sting operations to catch Internet sex predators. The show is a coproduction between ITN Productions and Discovery.
The channel has also picked up In The Line of Fire from Atlas Media. Due to air this spring, the special will profile heroic stories from law enforcement and be hosted legal analyst Rikki Klieman, who is married to New York City police commissioner Bill Bratton.
“With headlines across the country denouncing the negative and harmful acts of law enforcement professionals, Investigation Discovery is proud to create a special that showcases the important, positive, and oftentimes heroic role so many officers play in protecting and serving all of us,” ID president Henry Schleiff said in a statement.
ID also set a January 19 premiere date for previously announced current affairs series Vanity Fair Confidential, which is a coproduction between Condé Nast Entertainment and True Entertainment.
Elsewhere, TLC will on January 13 begin airing My Big Fat Fabulous Life. The Pilgrim Studios-produced docuseries stars Whitney Thore, who gained more than 200lbs after being diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, and went on to become a viral video sensation after uploading a dance video to YouTube last January.
Journalist and former network news anchor Tom Brokaw will return to American Heroes Channel as the host of The Men Who Changed the World with Tom Brokaw, a one-hour special featuring newsworthy interviews with historical figures. The special is being produced by NBC News’ Peacock Productions and will premiere in the year’s first quarter.
The network will also host the North American premiere of the World War II documentary Surrender, which will air as a two-part special in the spring. Produced by Roche Productions and TF1 and distributed by Terranoa, the doc is about the final battles of the Second World War and will air to mark the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day.
Science Channel has set a February 7 airdate for What Could Possibly Go Wrong? The 10-episode series is produced by Hoff Productions and stars friends Kevin Moore and Grant Reynolds, who recreate outrageous Internet video fails in order to figure out what went wrong.
And Animal Planet has greenlit the eight-episode reality series Matt On The Run from producer Renegade 83. In each episode, adventurer Matt Galland and his friends Danny Bryson and Blake Josephson trek 100 miles in off-the-beaten-path locales, documenting their experiences with GoPros and handy cams.
Finally, the newly rebranded Discovery Life Channel has set an airdate for the six-part reality series New Girls on the Block, which was previously announced under the working title Those Girls. The program, which will premiere on April 2, follows a group of women from Kansas City, some of whom are transgender.
The series is produced by Conveyor Media in association with Reality Road and follows the women as they deal with issues stemming from relationships, femininity, family and friendships.