Discovery+ reveals more of launch slate, January premieres

Discovery+, Discovery Inc.’s forthcoming non-fiction streaming service, has revealed more of the  original series and specials that will be available in January. On Wednesday (Dec. 2), the company lifted the veil ...
December 4, 2020

Discovery+, Discovery Inc.’s forthcoming non-fiction streaming service, has revealed more of the  original series and specials that will be available in January.

On Wednesday (Dec. 2), the company lifted the veil on its highly anticipated direct-to-consumer offering, which rolls out Jan. 4.

At launch, Discovery+ will feature more than 50 original titles and more than 150 hours of exclusive content. The service will premiere more than 1,000 hours of original content in its first year.

Previously announced series premiering Jan. 4 include 90 Day Bares All; 90 Day Diaries; 90 Day Journey; The Other Way Strikes Back!; Bobby and Giada in Italy; Cakealikes; Amy Schumer Learns to Cook: Uncensored; American Detective with Lt. Joe Kenda; Onision: In Real Life; Frozen in Time; Home Town: Ben’s Workshop; House Hunters: Comedians on Couches Unfiltered; Mysterious Planet; and Six Degrees with Mike Rowe.

Documentaries revealed Wednesday to be available Jan. 4 include S., Burn This Letter Please; The Impossible Row; and Beyond Borders.

The  food titles joining Discovery+’s Jan. 4 launch slate include the self-shot series Chopped Challenge, which will see the Chopped  judges compete to create inventive recipes from three rounds of mystery basket ingredients; the chef Connie “Lovely” Jackson-fronted Lovely Bites with Chef Lovely; and Tregaye’s Way in the Kitchen, hosted by mom and professional chef Tregaye Fraser.

Also premiering Jan. 4 are two series featuring the former married couple of one of HGTV’s biggest hits. Tarek’s Flip Side, which gives viewers an inside look into the personal life of Flip or Flop star Tarek El Moussa; and Christina: Stronger By Design, which follows Flip or Flop‘s Christina Anstead as she starts a new chapter in her life and rethinks her own home’s design.

In the lifestyle genre, Discovery+ rounds out its launch slate with Say Yes to the Dress: In Sickness and In Health, in which Randy Fenoli and Hayley Paige help brides whose weddings were impacted by COVID-19; and Pimple Popper: This is Zit, starring Dr. Pimple Popper‘s Sandra Lee.

The streamer’s Jan. 4 premieres continue with the six-part adventure series Gold Rush: Freddy Dodge’s Mine Rescue, in which Dodge helps struggling mine owners; and competition title Race Across the World, in which teams race across the globe — without flying — in hopes of winning a cash prize.

Among Discovery+’s titles focused on nature, science and animals, robot combat competition series BattleBots: The Bounty Hunters; and Elephant Hospital, which ventures to an elephant hospital in Lampang, Northern Thailand are slated for Jan. 4.

Other documentaries slated to premiere across Discovery+ beginning Jan. 4 include Guy Fieri’s self-shot feature Restaurant Hustle 2020: All on the Line – Director’s Cut, which traces four chefs as they documented the challenges their restaurants faced as the COVID-19 pandemic took hold; the two-part seriesJudi Dench’s Wild Borneo Adventure, which follows the renowned English actress and conservationist David Mils as they explore the wildlife and coastlines of Malaysian Borneo; the feature-length documentary JonBenet Ramsey: What Really Happened?, which will feature previously unheard audio diaries from detective Lou Smit; and adventure film Extreme Everest.

Automotive titles heading to the fledgling platform include the revamped Monster Garage, in which Jesse James and his team get seven days to complete a project for the chance to walk away with $5,000, with unfinished vehicles getting destroyed; and the premium documentary strand ‘Auto Biography’, which tells the most surprising stories about the iconic cars and legendary drivers to have changed the motoring world.

Among the streamer’s paranormal titles are the archive-focused Amityville Horror House; Ghost Adventures: Cecil Hotel, in which the Ghost Adventures team investigates a Los Angeles hotel with a long history of unnatural deaths; and Ghost Adventures: Top 10, which presents the “best evidence” of the paranormal.

On Jan. 14, Discovery+ will launch UFO Witness, which provides an examination into the U.S. Air Force’s Project Blue Book, a top-secret investigation to review every UFO sighting on record; while on Jan. 21, the platform will roll out Toddler’s & Tiaras: Where Are They Now?, which catches up with some of the series’ favorite toddler beauty queens a decade later.

Elsewhere, Chip and Joanna Gaines will provide a sneak preview into their soon-to-launch Magnolia Network with a first-look at some of the stories, people and projects that inspired the couple to create a network.

Premiere episodes from 10 upcoming original series include The Lost Kitchen, documenting entrepreneur Erin French and her Freedom, Maine restaurant; Family Dinner (pictured), which traces host Andrew Zimmern on a journey across America to explore how the cultural, regional and historical facets of who we are inform what and how we eat; The Fieldhouse, following fitness facility owner Justin Bane and his staff as they restore and rehabilitate clients; Home on the Road with Johnnyswim, which documents Abner Ramirez and Amanda Sudano Ramirez of the musical duo Johnnyswim on a three-month cross-country tour; and home renovation series First Time Fixer.

Finally, the network will also preview Restoration Road with Clint Harp, which hits the road with carpenter Clint Harp in search of “incredible historical structures” in need of restoration; Super Dad, which helps fathers transform their children’s outrageous backyard dreams into reality; Point of View: A Designer Profile, a behind-the-scenes look into the minds of leading interior designers; Self Employed, in which entrepreneur Jonathan Morris travels the country to share the inspirational stories of small business owners; and Growing Floret, following Erin and Chris Benzakien as they look to add and rehabilitate 24 new acres of land to expand their business, Floret Farms.

Previously announced Magnolia Network titles to be available Jan. 4 include Magnolia Table with Joanna Gaines; Road to Launch; and The Courage to Run with Chip Gaines and Gabe Grunewald.

Photo: Family Dinner/Intuitive Content

With files from Daniele Alcinii and Jillian Morgan

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