History slates Ozzy, “El Chapo” projects for summer

As part of its summer programming slate, A+E's History will roll out a series featuring Ozzy Osbourne and son Jack (pictured), one-off documentaries on Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman and Alexander Hamilton, and a series exploring the story of fugitive DB Cooper.
May 16, 2016

This summer, A+E’s History will roll out a travelog series featuring the father and son team of Ozzy and Jack Osbourne, as well as two one-off documentaries, a true crime miniseries and an auto restoration show based in New Orleans.

Ozzy and Jack’s World Detour will see Ozzy Osbourne and son Jack (pictured) travel the world, covering a slew of spots with historical significance (including a return visit for Ozzy to the Alamo). The 10 x 60-minute series is from T Group Productions with Osbourne Media – companies that signed a copro deal for unscripted formats and docuseries last year. It premieres on July 27.

History will venture into the crime space with a four-episode miniseries detailing the curious case of fugitive DB Cooper, who hijacked a plane in 1971, received a ransom of $200,000 in cash and four parachutes, and then jumped off the plane and into hiding. The series will offer perspectives from the FBI, experts and insiders. LMNO produces, and DB Cooper premieres on July 10.

Big Easy Motors, from Glass Entertainment Group, follows New Orleans-based auto restoration expert Charles Handler as he restores vintage cars and preps them for auction. It premieres on July 5.

Peacock Productions, meanwhile, will be behind two one-off documentaries for the network. The 120-minute Alexander Hamilton (w/t), airing on June 26, looks at America’s “forgotten founding father,” whose story has been told anew via the hit Broadway play Hamilton.

Also, The Rise and Fall of El Chapo (120 minutes) looks at the man behind the myth and features rarely seen footage of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s prison escape as well as assorted insiders and others connected to the drug lord.

Series returning in the summer include Forged in Fire from Outpost Entertainment, which debuts its new season on August 23, and Leftfield Pictures’ Counting Cars, which premieres its next season on July 5.

A bevy of high-profile scripted projects will also premiere on the net over the course of the weeks ahead, with the new adaptation of Roots from A+E Studios with Marc Toberoff and the Wolper Organization making its debut on May 30, Barbarians Rising from October Films premiering on June 6, and Navy SEAL series Six, exec produced by William and David Broyles and Harvey and Bob Weinstein among others, launching on July 18.

“This lineup exemplifies the best of historical storytelling about centuries past as well as explosive events of the past few decades,” said History president and GM Jana Bennett in a statement.

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