“History of the World” to get 2013 premiere; two OWN series to be simulcast for debuts

Discovery Channel and BBC have pushed back the premiere date of their copro series History of the World to 2013, from a previously announced 2012 airdate. Also, The Rosie Show and Oprah's Lifeclass will premiere across five Discovery Communications nets on October 10.
October 6, 2011

Discovery Channel and BBC have pushed back the premiere date of their copro series History of the World to 2013, from a previously announced 2012 airdate.

The eight-part series, announced in 2010, aims to provide the definitive account of human civilization through the most decisive turning points, spanning from 70,000 BC to 2011 AD.

Each episode will feature the military campaigns, love stories, medical breakthroughs and assassinations of our shared history, using CGI, dramatic reconstructions and location footage from five continents.

History of the World will cover the ice age, the birth of democracy, the Viking conquests, the birth of religions, the first-ever Stock Exchange, the Cold War and the economic power-houses of the 21st century.

The doc series is coproduced by BBC and Discovery Channel, as part of their long-term North American coproduction partnership. Executive producer for the BBC is Chris Granlund and series producer is Kathryn Taylor. For Discovery Channel, Susan Winslow serves as executive producer.

In other Discovery Communications news, two upcoming series from the company’s joint venture with Harpo Inc., Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN), will simultaneously air across five Discovery Communications networks upon both series’ debuts on October 10.

Rosie O’Donnell’s chat show, The Rosie Show, and Oprah Winfrey’s life lessons show, Oprah’s Lifeclass, will air across OWN, TLC, Investigation Discovery, Discovery Fit & Health and Planet Green. The Rosie Show will air at 7 p.m. EST and Oprah’s Lifeclass will follow at 8 p.m. EST.

Erik Logan, president of OWN, said: “We are thrilled with the ongoing support of our partner, Discovery Communications, whose commitment to OWN’s mission is unwavering and will create more great exposure for these highly anticipated premieres.”

Added David Zaslav, president and CEO, Discovery Communications: “With Rosie and Oprah debuting daily on OWN, we couldn’t be more proud to offer our other Discovery properties to drive awareness and build audiences for these fantastic new shows.”

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