Unscripted

Half Yard, History’s U.S. geography series takes shape

American cable network History has commissioned Half Yard Productions to make How The States Got Their Shape, a series looking at the jagged geography of the United States.
March 31, 2011

American cable network History has commissioned Half Yard Productions to make How The States Got Their Shape, a series looking at the jagged geography of the United States.

The hour-long series will premiere May 3 at 10 p.m. EST, and is presented by journalist and former Daily Show correspondent Brian Unger. It promises to combine “the spirit of a cross-country road trip with lively graphics and the fun of an interactive game show.”

As the title suggests, the show will raise questions such as why Florida has a panhandle and why Chicago isn’t in Wisconsin, while also looking at how the shape of the U.S. has affected its people and culture.

The exec producers for History are David McKillop and Paul Cabana, while the execs for Half Yard are Sean Gallagher, Abby Greensfelder and Ann Carroll.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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