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Upfronts ’19: Discovery, Inc. reveals slates

Discovery, Inc.’s roster of networks have revealed their programming line-ups for the upcoming year. Read a breakdown for each channel below: Discovery Channel Discovery Channel will feature a roster of natural history, science ...
April 10, 2019

Discovery, Inc.’s roster of networks have revealed their programming line-ups for the upcoming year.

Read a breakdown for each channel below:

Discovery Channel

Discovery Channel will feature a roster of natural history, science and adventure content as part of its 2019-2020 lineup, including the recently announced wildlife series Serengeti, narrated by Academy Award-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o.

Coming to the network is the previously announced series Wildlife Warriors (working title), which follows the efforts of conservationists worldwide as they work to compile the latest version of The Red List, the most comprehensive record ever created of the world’s wildlife. The show is BBC Studios Natural History Unit’s first non-BBC commission. Meanwhile, Simon Fuller and John Downer’s Serengeti (pictured) follows a cast of African wildlife over the course of a year on the Serengeti. Also in the wildlife area is Legends of the Wild (w/t), a new series that follows two wilderness experts and friends as they try to solve mysteries of the natural world.

Actor, comedian and retired Marine Rob Riggle journeys across the world in hopes of solving some of the world’s greatest mysteries in Rob Riggle: Global Investigator (w/t). The series is produced by Will Packer Media, Anomaly Entertainment, Haunted Steel Mill in association with Hazmat Productions. Also previously announced by Discovery Channel is the homesteader-survivalist program River of No Return (w/t).

Moving into space, Discovery is bringing the series Perfect Planet (w/t) to audiences. The previously announced series from award-winning executive producer Alastair Fothergill offers a fresh look at life on planet earth. Touching back on the ground, Mysterious Planet (w/t) takes audiences to five places around the world and showcases the various creatures in each location.

HGTV

HGTV is offering up a roster of new home-focused content, including a new series from the Property Brothers and a time slot dedicated to pool-themed programming.

New to the network is My House is Your House, which looks at how homeowners can transform unused areas of their property or turn their dowdy rental spaces into stunning short-term rentals. In Say Yes to the Nest, HGTV helps newlyweds find their first home together; while the previously announced Unspouse My House features Orlando Soria, who works with newly single clients to makeover their homes.

Meanwhile, homeowners debate setting down roots in serene suburbs or bustling city life in City vs. Burbs. Flip or Flop star Christina Anstead heads out on her own in HGTV’s new docuseries Christina on the Coast, a program where the real estate and house-flipping expert helps clients up their properties as she also balances home life and career.

And the previously announced Property Brothers: Forever Home sees HGTV’s Jonathan and Drew Scott help couples in their new digs but need help to make it perfect.

HGTV swims into summer with pool programming from 8 to 11 p.m. ET/PT every Saturday in July with its pool party lineup that includes Supersize My Pool, where Mario Lopez helps families upgrade their pools; Pools Off the Deep End, which takes audiences on tours of spectacular residential pools; Pool Hunters, a series that follows homebuyers whose number one priority is scoring the pool of their dreams; and Pool Kings, which spotlights massive pool builds with grand amenities.

Food Network

Food Network has planned a robust programming slate for 2019 with 30% more holiday hours and 12% more hours overall.

Bake Your Rich sees four professional bakers compete for a chance to have one of their unique confectionary creations produced and sold by Cake Boss’ Buddy Valastro.

Elsewhere, Duff Goldman and his crew work around the clock to make epic cakes in Duff Takes the Cake; and Bobby Flay and Michael Symon head to Austin, Texas in BBQ Brawl: Flay v. Symon, where the pair will coach BBQ pit masters in this four-part competition series.

Returning to Food Network is Good Eats with Alton Brown and the confectionery competition series Holiday Wars. 

TLC

TLC’s 2019-2020 programming slate includes content spanning fashion, family and love, and the return of the network’s long-running series What Not to Wear.

The fashion series, which previously aired for 11 years, returns to the Discovery network in 2020 and helps unsuspecting fashion-challenged people transform their lives. The makeover show will sit alongside HGTV’s companion format What Not to Design, which helps unstylish people transform both their properties and themselves.

TLC’s new event series Say Yes to The Dress America, meanwhile, will feature one bride from every state across the country as they are given an all-expenses-paid trip to New York City, where they will be lavished with gifts and attention before heading off to a group wedding with all 52 couples at an iconic NYC location where bridal expert Randy Fenoli will officiate.

In a new twist on the 90 Day Fiancé format, American’s leave their country to jet off to the land of their beloved. The Family Chantel will feature Pedro and Chantel of the 90 DayFiancé franchise as they try to live as a modern family.

Investigation Discovery

True crime net Investigation Discovery is offering audiences a slew of new programming where they can don their thinking cap as they try to solve an array of mysteries and crimes.

Valley of the Damned from October Films examines a range of murders that take place in the beautiful but isolated mountain region known as Prison Valley in the Colorado Rockies. Elsewhere, journalist, former prosecutor and The View co-host Sunny Hostin journeys across America to explore the stories behind a selection of controversial homicides in The Whole Truth with Sunny Hostin (w/t; ABC News’ Lincoln Square Productions and First Watch Productions).

Veteran detective Fil Waters recounts some of the most dramatic cases from his case files at Houston Homicide in The Interrogator, produced by Stephen David Entertainment in partnership with Marabella Productions. And the true-crime special The Lost Boys of Bucks County from Story House Productions looks at a collection of serial murders of five young men in a sleepy suburb of Philadelphia.

Finally, ID is preparing Twisted Love, produced by Khloé Kardashian and 44 Blue Productions, a Red Arrow Studios company, a series looks at what happens when love and affection lead to murder.

OWN

New to OWN is the unscripted series Married Life (w/t), which follows the intertwined lives of affluent African-American couples in Charlotte, North Carolina. The hot-shot couples navigate the highs and lows of keeping their marriages together amid the city’s bumping nightlight and party scene.

Returning to OWN is Iyanla: Fix My Life, featuring life coach Iyanla Vanzant as she helps those who are struggling to change their lives. 

Animal Planet

Animal Planet brings the wonder and joy of animals to audiences, and for 2019-2020 will look at all of those with fins or fur.

Previously announced by the network is Jeremy Wade’s Dark Waters, which features biologist Jeremy Wade (River Monsters) as heads back to the water’s edge to investigate reports of unexplained. Also heading into the waters is Fish or Die, where a trio of hardcore fishers explore some of the most remote and dangerous destinations around the world in hopes of finding fish no one has ever caught before.

BAFTA-winning ocean cinematographer and modern-day sea explorer Patrick Dykstra combines his love of the marine world and cutting-edge ocean exploration technology to reveal the mysteries of our ocean’s giants in Chasing Ocean Giants (w/t).

Granted access to the inner-workings of Georgia Aquarium, The Aquarium documents the aquatic animals and their dedicated caregivers. Heading over to San Diego, the network will provide audiences with a behind-the-scenes look at San Diego Zoo Global in The Zoo: San Diego (w/t).

Working exclusively with Coyote Peterson, Animal Planet will launch a new series set to feature wild expeditions and close-up animal experiences while promoting compassion and welfare for the natural world in Untitled Coyote Peterson Project (w/t).

Wrapping up Animal Planet’s programming slate is Barn Sanctuary (w/t), a series that features Dan McKernan who returns to his rural Michigan roots to convert his family-owned farm into a rescue for barnyard animals, despite having no experience in this area.

MotorTrend

Pay-TV network MotorTrend will continue to delight auto enthusiasts with new and returning favorite’s like Top Gear and Wheeler Dealers.

New to MotorTrend is Drift This, a series that explores how to make unlikely vehicles drift. Hosts and drifting pioneers Chris Forsberg and Ryan Tuerck combine professional racing knowledge and creativity to make vehicles drift and, occasionally blow up one or two along the way.

Returning to MotorTrend are the automotive fixer upper series RoadKill and Wheeler Dealers, in addition to the long-running and acclaimed series, Top Gear. Bitchin’ Rides revs back onto MotorTrend with new episodes featuring David Kindig as he and his team use cars as canvasses to create their works of art.

Travel Channel

Travel Channel is sure to get viewers longing to move with its new slate of programming.

In the new series Code of the Wild, brothers and survivalists Casey and Chris Keefer aim to solve mysteries in some of the world’s most inhospitable areas. Archaeological expert and adventurer Timothy Smith travels around the globe on a treasure hunt in Relic Hunter (w/t).

Actor Robert Englund looks at the stranger-than-fiction true stories reported in the American press over the years in Shadows of History with Robert Englund (w/t), while the previously announced series Witches of Salem (w/t) looks at the real-life Salem witch trials.

The team behind Ghost Hunters returns to the screen in Ghost Nation (w/t), which follows the gang as they work to uncover paranormal evidence, in addition to debunking false claims.

Wrapping up Travel Channel’s slate is the reboot of the classic series Ripley’s Believe It or Not!. The program will showcase inspiring talent, oddities, strange phenomena and unusual feats.

Science Channel

Science Channel is offering audiences the changes to explore outer space and the depths of earth’s waters with its upcoming programming for this year.

In Discovery and Science Channel’s new series Uncharted (w/t), urban explorer Justin Fornal combines historical maps and the latest in technology to investigate mysteries that have alluded others.

Meanwhile, Apollo: The Forgotten Films (w/t) uses archive to tell the story of the Apollo 11 moon landing in a special two-hour event in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo mission.

While Legends of The Deep explores the world beneath the planet’s bodies of waters. Céline and Fabien Cousteau carry on their family legacy as they look to unveil tales of the sea that remain shrouded in mystery and secrecy.

Cooking Channel

Cooking Channel is offering up a trio of returning culinary shows.

Anchoring the slate are The Best Thing I Ever Ate, a guide to the country’s most delicious meals from celeb chefs; Food Truck Nation, a series that searches out the latest food trucks around the country; and Man v. Food, with host Casey Webb who searches out delicious dishes and ultimate eating challenges.

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news editor at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joined the RS team in 2015 with experience in journalism following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and with communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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