HBO has wisely renewed Barry for a 3rd season.
Double Shot at Love with DJ Pauly D and Vinny premieres tonight on MTV. More below.
Netflix series Black Summer is now available to stream.
Lucifer returns to Netflix on May 8.
A new season of The Bachelorette returns May 13.
Bachelor In Paradise premieres on July 29.
“Hulu is closing a deal for The Dropout, a limited series starring and executive produced by Kate McKinnon based on ABC News/ABC Radio’s podcast about the rise and fall of Elizabeth Holmes and her company, Theranos. Emmy-winning Saturday Night Live star McKinnon will play the disgraced wunderkind entrepreneur Holmes and will executive produce the limited drama series, whose length is expected to be between 6-10 episodes.”
“On Wednesday night’s The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, Oprah Winfrey sat down with Noah and explained why she still stands by the interview she did following HBO’s Michael Jackson documentary, Leaving Neverland. Winfrey told Noah that she “never wavered” despite recent news that there may be a timeline discrepancy in James Safechuck’s story.”
YouTube has canceled Ryan Hansen Solves Crimes on Television, Champaign ILL, Sideswiped and Do You Want to See a Dead Body.
Additionally, “YouTube TV is raising its monthly subscription fees 25% to $50 per month following the streamer’s new content agreement with Discovery, which was announced Wednesday morning. The new pricing takes effect starting April 10 for new customers, while existing subscribers will see their bill increase after May 13. Under the agreement with Discovery, HGTV, Food Network, and TLC channels are now available to YouTube TV subscribers. Other Discovery-owned channels coming to the service include The Discovery Channel, Investigation Discovery, Animal Planet, OWN, Travel Channel, and MotorTrend. Discovery’s content will also be made available through YouTube TV’s video-on-demand service.”
Is it officially more expensive to cut the cord yet?
“Discovery unveiled its 2019-2020 programming slate at its upfront presentation Wednesday in New York. Highlights include an expansion of TLC’s 90 Day Fiancé franchise and a revival of one of its signature shows from the 2000s, What Not To Wear, along with new Discovery Channel series Wildlife Warriors (wt), Perfect Planet (wt), Mysterious Planet (wt), Serengeti, Rob Riggle: Global Investigator (wt), Legends of the Wild and River Of No Return, the return of Food Network’s Good Eats and more.
“Discovery’s complete slate with new and returning series follows below:
Wildlife Warriors (wt)
Wildlife Warriors (wt) (previously announced as The Red List) follows the effort of dedicated wildlife conservationists across the globe, as they work to compile the latest version of The Red List – the most comprehensive record of the state of the world’s wildlife that has ever been created. The Red List, run by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, is more than just a list – it’s a barometer of life. The show is BBC Studios Natural History Unit’s first non-BBC commission.
Perfect Planet (wt)
From Emmy® and Bafta-winning executive producer Alastair Fothergill and series producer Huw Cordey, Perfect Planet (wt) takes a completely fresh look at life on our precious Planet Earth. Using state of the art satellite imagery, this five-part series will showcase how the forces of nature – weather, ocean, currents, volcanoes and sunlight – shape the incredible variety of life on Earth. In doing so, it will reveal how animals are perfectly adapted to whatever the environment throws at them.
Mysterious Planet (wt)
Mysterious Planet (wt) is an epic journey to the ends of the earth to unlock the greatest mysteries behind the world’s most incredible species. The revolutionary series takes audiences to five extraordinary places highlighting the many charismatic creatures in each location. From the lush forests of Indonesia to the arid Andean deserts, from the Caribbean to the highlands of Ethiopia, each episode embarks on an adventure through time and space to reveal how the beautiful spot came to be and why certain wildlife exist only in these remarkable places on our planet.
With unrivaled access to one of the most pristine and unspoiled corners of the African plains, Serengeti is a groundbreaking series that follows the heartwarming stories of a cast of African wildlife over the course of a year, showcasing the dramatic moments that make each day of survival on the Serengeti a feat. Emmy®-winners Simon Fuller and John Downer have worked together on Serengeti for several years, employing innovative filming techniques in some of Africa’s most treasured regions painting the ultimate portrait of survival in Serengeti. Narrated by Oscar®-winner Lupita Nyong’o and set to the backdrop of original music, this television experience combines Africa’s unimaginable beauty with its equally unforgiving brutality, highlighting daily challenges of life on the Serengeti – such as a lioness trying to provide for her small cubs after being exiled from her pride – and witness firsthand how the animal experience isn’t so different from our own.
Rob Riggle: Global Investigator (wt)
Rob Riggle: Global Investigator (wt) is an all-new series that follows actor, comedian and retired Marine, Rob Riggle as he takes his passion for adventure across the globe in hopes of solving some of the world’s greatest mysteries. Inspired by his grandfather, Riggle developed an explorer’s spirit at an early age, captivated by incredible myths and legends from far off places he could only imagine. Now, Riggle will embark on heart-pounding journeys, seeing everything the world has to offer one mystery at a time. The series is produced for Discovery Channel by record-breaking producer Will Packer, Will Packer Media, Anomaly Entertainment, Haunted Steel Mill in association with Hazmat Productions.
Legends of the Wild (wt)
Across the planet, there are startling reports about strange animal attacks against humans, new apex predators changing the natural order, and sightings of mysterious creatures that nobody can explain. Legends of the Wild (wt) is an all-new series that will follow two wilderness experts and childhood buddies – Damian Duffy and Matt Hoffman – as they investigate, document and try to solve some of the most incredible mysteries of the natural world. From mysteries like unexplained sea creatures spotted in the icy waters of Alaska to brutal deadly attacks by an airborne predator in Papua New Guinea, Damian and Matt set off into the wild each week to find and document the answers. Then they have to make it out alive.
River of No Return (wt)
Set deep in the backcountry of one of the largest, most dangerous and incredibly scenic stretches of unfettered land in the country lies the Frank Church Wilderness, also known as “The Frank.” The only direct way to access this rugged region of Idaho is a daring flight through steep canyons on a bush plane or a harrowing jet boat journey through Class 5 whitewater rapids on the Salmon River, also known as “The River of No Return.” Within the 2.3 million acres of secluded wilderness lives a small community dependent on the pilots, boat captains and each other to survive. River of No Return (wt) follows this tight-knit community of homesteaders as they endure challenging and isolating winters in order to remobilize their extraordinary lives in the stunning, remote wilderness come spring.
My House is Your House, premieres April 2019
My House is Your House explores how homeowners can transform unused areas of their homes or their current lackluster rental spaces into beautiful short-term rental properties. The new HGTV series features a Nashville-based mother-daughter duo, Victoria and Teryn, and San Diego-area husband-wife team, Ryan and Claire, whose smart renovations and creative, multifunctional designs guarantee a boost in nightly rates and raving online reviews — all while increasing home value.
Say Yes to the Nest, premieres Monday, May 13, at 10 p.m. ET/PT
HGTV helps newlywed couples find their first home together in its new series Say Yes to the Nest. A significant milestone for any couple, the homebuying process provides an inside look at the dynamics of their relationship as they begin to lay the foundation for a “nest” of their own.
City vs. Burbs, premieres May 2019
Serene suburban living faces off against bustling city life in HGTV’s City vs. Burbs. Homebuyers looking to put down roots weigh the pros and cons of each lifestyle. Will dazzling nightlife and trendy restaurants make up for less square footage? Or will rolling lawns and spacious floorplans outweigh a lengthy commute? These families must decide what they’re willing to compromise before deciding where to call “home.”
Christina on the Coast, premieres Thursday, May 23, at 9 p.m. ET/PT
Flip or Flop star Christina Anstead is stepping out on her own in HGTV’s new docu-series Christina on the Coast. The real estate and house-flipping expert will help clients take their properties from outdated to high-end as she expands her design business in Southern California. In each episode, Christina will discover the homeowners’ needs and reimagine their boring rooms into dream spaces. The series also spotlights her personal journey, including finding the perfect home and her engagement and wedding to now-husband Ant Anstead, star of Motor Trend series Wheeler Dealers, all while balancing parenthood and career.
Property Brothers: Forever Home, premieres Wednesday, May 29, at 9 p.m. ET/PT
After helping scores of clients buy and renovate properties in the Emmy®-nominated series Property Brothers, HGTV’s Jonathan and Drew Scott are on a new mission to overhaul unremarkable houses into dream homes that the families will never want to leave. In Property Brothers: Forever Home, the power twins find couples who are settled in their home but need the brothers’ expertise to make it perfect. To unlock each home’s full potential, Jonathan and Drew will completely remodel the house to suit the families’ needs and wishes.
Unspouse My House, premieres Thursday, June 6, at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT
Unspouse My House proves not all home renovations require a happy couple. Designer and self-proclaimed breakup expert Orlando Soria works with newly single clients to overhaul their homes and heal their lonely hearts with laughter, support and beautiful design. In each episode, Orlando infuses the homes with personalized design elements and delights the client with a surprise space that they didn’t know he was going to renovate.
HGTV Saturday Night Pool Party: Beginning July 6 from 8-11 PM ET/PT every Saturday in July.
• In Supersize My Pool, Mario Lopez helps families in desperate need of a backyard upgrade convert their uncool pools into stunning, resort-worthy oases.
• Pools Off the Deep End takes an epic tour of the most amazing, extreme and spectacular residential pools.
• Pool Hunters follows homebuyers whose number one priority on their new home checklist is a fabulous pool in the backyard of their dreams.
• Pool Kings spotlights massive pool builds with every amenity imaginable, including cascading waterfalls, lazy rivers and relaxing grottos.
In addition, HGTV will feature a special one-hour episode of Christina on the Coast on Thursday, July 25, at 9 PM ET/PT.
Bake You Rich, premieres Sunday, April 14 at 10 p.m.
Four professional bakers compete for a chance to have one of their unique creations produced and sold online by the Cake Boss. These talented bakers whip up desserts that show who they are as bakers to earn a seat at the table with Buddy Valastro in round one. In the next round, they present the one item they think will help them hit the big time. Finally, the remaining two bakers put all their love and energy into their big-money item in the intimidating production facility at Carlo’s Bakery.
Duff Takes the Cake, premieres Monday, April 15 at 10 p.m.
Duff Goldman and his team of decorators, designers and builders work around the clock to make epic, show-stopping cakes for milestone events and parties for their social media followers. The team is then challenged with delivering these extra-special creations to a variety of venues and locations both on time and intact.
Good Eats, premieres Q3
Pop culture, comedy and plain good eating: Host Alton Brown returns to explore the origins of ingredients, decode culinary customs and present food and equipment trends. Punctuated by unusual interludes, simple preparations and unconventional discussions, he presents food in its finest and funniest form.
BBQ Brawl: Flay v. Symon, premieres Q3
In BBQ Brawl: Flay v. Symon, Bobby Flay and Michael Symon head to Austin, Texas, where they will coach the country’s leading BBQ pitmasters in this four-episode competition. The talent and competition are fierce, as the coaches go head-to-head to passionately mentor, inspire and nurture teams until they are down to one — and the winner is crowned Food Network’s own Master of ‘Cue and the host of their own show on FoodNetwork.com.
Holiday Wars, premieres November/December
It’s time for a holiday season competition packed with tons of holiday cheer! In Holiday Wars, teams of master cake and sugar artists face off in two jolly challenges to create mind-blowing holiday displays that are as festive as they are delicious. At the end of the battle, one team will jingle all the way home with the grand prize.
What Not to Wear, premieres 2020
TLC’s beloved series – responsible for hundreds of makeovers across America throughout its 11-year run – returns to rescue new, unsuspecting fashion-challenged victims with life-changing transformations. The mother of all makeover shows arrives in-style alongside HGTV companion format What Not to Design, that takes hopelessly unstylish people and transforms both their homes and themselves through great design coaching.
Say Yes to The Dress America, premieres January 2020
TLC’s new, groundbreaking series and event, Say Yes to The Dress America, will feature one bride from every state across the U.S, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico, in the ultimate wedding experience. Each bride will receive an all-expenses paid trip to NYC; a private shopping event at the world-renowned wedding salon, Kleinfeld Bridal, where they will be gifted a wedding gown from a curated collection, carefully selected with the help of a Kleinfeld consultant; and an extraordinary group wedding (with all 52 couples) at an iconic NYC location where host and bridal expert Randy Fenoli will officiate! This unprecedented, 10-part series premieres in January 2020, followed by a two-hour wedding spectacular.
90 Day Fiancé: The Other Way, premieres June 2019
Viewers are familiar with the premise of hit 90 Day Fiancé, when an American brings their partner from abroad and has only 90 days to marry them or have their partner leave the country. But in this new spinoff series, they’ll find out what happens when love flows in the opposite direction. A collection of Americans make the ultimate sacrifice and move across the globe for the person they love. Leaving their American comforts for vastly different ways of life leads to major culture shock, as they experience the challenges of relocating for their international love affairs. Will uprooting their lives in the United States pay off or will it be the biggest mistake of their lives?
The Family Chantel, premieres July 2019
Ever since Chantel first introduced Pedro to her family under the false pretense of him coming to America on a student visa, instead of as her fiancé, the explosive drama that followed has kept this family on the brink of self-destruction. From their beginnings on 90 Day Fiancé, through seasons two, three and upcoming season four of 90 Day Fiancé: Happily Ever After? premiering Sunday, April 28, this couple and their families are also splitting off into their own new spinoff series, The Family Chantel. Viewers will follow this unique modern family as they try to get past their differences and come together. As Chantel’s parents Karen and Thomas try to protect their brood, will they push their children too far?
Valley of the Damned, new series premieres September 3
In October Films’ chilling new series, Valley of the Damned examines a collection of deceitful murders all taking place in the beautiful, yet desolate, mountain region known as ‘Prison Valley’ in the Colorado Rockies. Prison Valley is a frightening, stranger-than-fiction place: it’s home to a cast of intriguing characters who all have secrets, and nobody can be trusted. The revelation of a mysterious storage unit and landfill is the catalyst to examine six different murders in the area, each an emotional and layered experience combining poignant family interviews, illuminating real material and revealing testimony from the detectives who finally cracked these intricate cases. This bleak corridor has more lockups than anywhere else in the U.S., so how does someone get away with murder?
The Whole Truth with Sunny Hostin (wt), new series premieres Q4 2019
Senior Legal Correspondent for ABC News, The View co- host, former federal prosecutor, and victims’ rights advocate Sunny Hostin brings her unique set of skills to Investigation Discovery in the new series The Whole Truth with Sunny Hostin (wt). Produced in partnership with ABC News’ Lincoln Square Productions and First Watch Productions, the six-episode run follows Hostin as she travels across America to explore the stories behind some of the most controversial homicides the nation has ever seen. Combining her experience as a tenured journalist and her 12-year career as an undefeated federal prosecutor, Hostin steps into these stories, and into the world of those who were most affected, showing how achieving closure always begins with finding the truth. Growing up in the South Bronx, Sunny witnessed two jarring crimes against her own family members; these experiences were the catalysts that ignited her lifelong career pursuing justice. Hostin extends that quest into this series, where she guides audiences, step-by-step through how each case was solved on the street, and won in court, finally bringing justice to the victim’s family.
The Interrogator, new series premieres Q4 2019
With 33 years on the force and 400 homicide cases under his belt, Detective Fil Waters is one of the most experienced homicide detectives in the country, holding an astonishing 90% confession rate. Now, Stephen David Entertainment, in partnership with Marabella Productions, brings The Interrogator to ID. This new series recounts some of the most hypnotic cases from Waters’ case files at Houston Homicide, telling the emotionally compelling and dramatically complex story of a murder mystery. Armed with his charm, intellect, and down-home Texas style, Waters gets his prime suspect to reveal the truth, with many of the interrogations captured on archival recordings and revealing the moment the murderer confesses. These interrogations, often lasting hours, are strategized with expertise that only a shrewd and seasoned homicide detective can develop, ensuring that a murderer can’t escape justice.
Twisted Love, new series premieres Q1 2020
From executive producer Khloé Kardashian and 44 Blue Productions, a Red Arrow Studios company, the production team behind ID’s hit program Twisted Sisters, Twisted Love explores what happens when love and affection spiral into a twisted web of extreme obsession and jealousy. Featuring poisoned passions, scandalous affairs, and real-life fatal attractions, each hour-long episode follows investigators as they dissect complicated relationships between spouses, friends and family members to answer the question: Who felt a love so strong it drove them to kill?
The Lost Boys of Bucks County, two-hour special premieres Q1 2020
In a gripping limited true-crime special produced by Story House Productions, The Lost Boys of Bucks County unravels the shocking serial murders that set ablaze a small community and rocked it to its core. Over the course of two days in July 2017, five young men go missing in an idyllic, sleepy suburb of Philadelphia. Blue blood born-and-bred Megan Freer is new to the force, but what she lacks in experience she makes up for in instinct and not only a connection to the area, but also to the families of some of the lost boys that further fuels her passion for justice. In the face of great evil, Freer is thrust into a dark and twisted path, forced to follow her intuition to put together the pieces hiding in plain sight that bring a brutal serial killer to justice.
David Makes Man
David Makes Man is a one-hour lyrical drama from Academy Award-winning creator Tarell Alvin McCraney (Moonlight), executive produced by Michael B. Jordan (Black Panther) and Oprah Winfrey, that centers on a 14-year-old prodigy from the projects who is haunted by the death of his closest friend and relied on by his hardworking mother to find a way out of poverty. Set in South Florida, the drama, inspired by events in McCraney’s own life, stars Akili McDowell (The Astronaut Wives Club) who plays “David,” the ferociously driven, passionate young teenager who toggles between two distinct personas that reflect his surroundings. David metabolizes the world like a chameleon, using his vivid and powerful imagination to escape the inherent trauma of poverty. The series also stars Phylicia Rashad as David’s teacher Dr. Woods-Trap. Summer premiere on OWN.
Queen Sugar, the critically acclaimed drama series from Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Ava DuVernay, executive produced by Oprah Winfrey, returns for its fourth season June 12. The contemporary drama returns as the Bordelons find themselves continuing their fight to save their family farm and preserve their father’s legacy as they navigate their own personal journeys. The critically acclaimed series stars an ensemble cast including Rutina Wesley, Kofi Siriboe, Dawn-Lyen Gardner, Bianca Lawson, Omar Dorsey, Tina Lifford and Nicholas L. Ashe. 90s R&B icon Tevin Campbell will make a special guest appearance this season.
Ambitions, from hit-making producer Will Packer explores the sexy, deceitful machinations of love, power and politics in America’s hottest urban mecca, Atlanta, Georgia. The series centers around the intense rivalry between formidable legal eagles Stephanie Lancaster (Robin Givens,) and Amara Hughes (Essence Atkins,), former best friends from college who find themselves adversaries in both their personal and professional lives. Ambitions also stars Brian White, Kendrick Cross, Brely Evans and Erica Page. The series premieres in June on OWN.
Greenleaf, the popular megachurch drama from award-winning writer/producer Craig Wright (Lost, Six Feet Under) returns in August for its fourth season. The drama takes viewers into the unscrupulous world of the Greenleaf family and their sprawling Memphis megachurch, where scandalous secrets and lies are as numerous as the faithful. Born of the church, the Greenleaf family love and care for each other, but beneath the surface lies a den of iniquity — greed, adultery, sibling rivalry and conflicting values — that threatens to tear apart the very core of their faith that holds them together. Greenleaf stars Merle Dandridge as Grace Greenleaf; Keith David as Bishop James Greenleaf; Lynn Whitfield as Lady Mae Greenleaf. Kim Hawthorne, Lamman Rucker, Tye White and Deborah Joy Winans also star.
The Haves and the Have Nots
OWN’s long running hit drama The Haves and the Have Nots from Tyler Perry returns for its sixth season on May 7. The series portrays the ongoing drama between the wealthy Cryer and Harrington families and the poor Young family. The most explosive season yet features scandal, destruction and life-threatening moments. The series stars John Schneider, Tika Sumpter, Angela Robinson, Renée Lawless, Crystal Fox, Peter Parros, Aaron O’Connell, Tyler Lepley, and Gavin Houston.
Iyanla: Fix My Life
In dramatic new episodes of OWN’s hit Iyanla: Fix My Life premiering with all new episodes this June, life coach Iyanla Vanzant helps those who are struggling, guiding them toward a new way of living and encouraging them to do the work necessary for real change. Through emotional heart-to-heart conversations and often a dose of tough-love, Iyanla helps individuals confront unresolved issues that are causing turmoil. She coaches guests and gives them the tools to fix their own lives, seeking to break the negative patterns that are preventing true happiness.
OWN’s new unscripted series Married Life, (wt) premiering this June, follows interconnected, affluent African-American couples from one of the south’s most cosmopolitan cities – Charlotte, North Carolina. Possessing both beauty and brains, these couples – who are local celebs within their various legal, tech, finance, beauty, and medical professions – navigate the ups and downs of keeping their marriages together and thriving amid the city’s wild nightlife and upscale party scene.
Jeremy Wade’s Dark Waters, premieres April 2019
Biologist Jeremy Wade has spent the last 35 years solving mysteries that lurk in our planet’s rivers, lakes and seas. In 2017, he hung up his rod after nine seasons on Animal Planet’s #1 rated series, River Monsters, where he reeled in some of the rarest, most elusive and most dangerous creatures lurking beneath the water’s surface. But the waters of the world run deep; they’re dark and forever changing and many mysteries remain. Jeremy returns to Animal Planet in a captivating new series that brings him back to the water’s edge to investigate reports of the unimaginable and unexplained in Jeremy Wade’s Dark Waters, which will launch globally to Animal Planet’s 360 million homes in 205 countries and territories.
Fish or Die, premieres April 2019
For some, fishing is a relaxing solitary experience, but in Fish or Die, extreme fishermen and best buddies Chris Owens, Brian Jill, Thad Robison, and Jay Johnson, it’s a passion that drives them to explore some of the most remote and dangerous destinations on the planet in the hopes of finding fish where no one has ever fished before. From glacial streams in Greenland to raging rapids in Borneo, this team of adventurers travel the globe to chase rumors of giant fish in untouched waters. They are not survival experts, but these close friends are determined to work together and boldly follow their dreams to be the very first to fish some of the most uncharted waters left on Earth.
The Aquarium, premieres May 2019
Georgia Aquarium plays a crucial role in aquatic conservation throughout the world, opens its doors to allow Animal Planet’s cameras unprecedented access to the inner-workings of the Western Hemisphere’s largest aquarium. The Aquarium will document incredible aquatic animals and the people dedicated to their ca given to thousands of aquatic animals, the bond between animals and the staff and the amazing stories about the animals who call the 10 million gallons of water at the aquarium home, including rescued Southern sea otters, endangered African penguins, rescued California sea lions and manta rays.
The Zoo: San Diego (wt), Q3 2019
The Zoo: San Diego (wt) provides Animal Planet’s global audiences with a revealing, behind-the-scenes look at San Diego Zoo Global, whose mission is to save species worldwide while inspiring passion for animals and nature. Featuring two parks, the San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, as well as the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research, San Diego Zoo Global is home to more than 700 species and 6,500 animals, including pandas, giraffes, Galápagos tortoises, koalas, elephants, mountain lions, two baby cheetahs that are learning how to be ambassadors for their species and a flock of ostriches known as the “Spice Girls.”
Untitled Coyote Peterson Project (wt), 2019
Animal Planet is exclusively working with Coyote Peterson on this all-new series featuring wild expeditions and rare up-close animal experiences. Passionate about wildlife education and host of the much-loved Brave Wilderness channel on YouTube (13M subscribers), Coyote brings the animal kingdom up close for Animal Planet audiences and the next wave of explorers in an entertaining way, while promoting compassion and welfare for the natural world. Coyote will travel to all new destinations and share his experiences with the most fascinating, bizarre, and iconic animals on earth.
Chasing Ocean Giants (wt)
Chasing Ocean Giants (wt) features Patrick Dykstra, Wall Street lawyer turned BAFTA award-winning ocean cinematographer and modern-day sea explorer who takes his camera places others don’t dare to go. Patrick combines his unique skill set with his love of the marine world and cutting-edge ocean exploration technology – GPS, drones, underwater mapping technology, sonar and more – to seek new and unrecorded ocean phenomena to reveal the secrets of our ocean’s giants. From blues whales off the coast of Sri Lanka, to the biggest population of Orcas in the world in the Norwegian fjords, Patrick’s journey will lead Animal Planet’s audiences through some of the most difficult and hostile places on Earth, both elemental and man-made. Oceanic storms, freezing waters and monster waves will hamper him at every turn, but he cannot be stopped. And when he gets to his location, the rewards are huge: breathtaking scenery and displays of animal behavior the world has never seen before.
Barn Sanctuary (wt)
Dan McKernan turned his back on city life, returning to rural Michigan to convert his family’s generations-old farm into a recue for barnyard animals – with absolutely no experience. Barn Sanctuary (wt) features Dan and his family, reunited, and joining together around a common goal: to save farm animals from perilous situations and give them a place to live out their natural lives in safety and peace. Barn Sanctuary follows heartwarming rescue stories, unique medical cases, charismatic characters – both human and animal – while shining a light on modern day farm life, with a distinctive twist. Animal Planet viewers will be inspired and entertained by the animal stories, relish in the rescues and rehabilitations, and delight at the warmth, humor and hard work it takes for Dan and his family and friends to get it all done. Humor meets heart as Dan trades a good living for a great life.
Code of the Wild, new series premieres Q3 2019
Some of history’s greatest secrets are hidden in the world’s most treacherous corners. Brothers Casey and Chris Keefer are two survivalists turned wilderness private eyes on a mission to solve mysteries in places inaccessible to all but a few. Using their unique blend of survival and tracking techniques, they will enter the heart of these dark recesses to pick up the trail that can finally put these long-lost mysteries to rest.
Relic Hunter (wt), new series premieres Q4 2019
This thrill-seeking series follows archeological expert and ever-curious adventurer Timothy Smith as he traverses the globe, hunting down rare artifacts of myth and legend and decoding the mysteries that have made them so sought after. The author of the best-selling book God Code, Smith uses his world-renowned skills as a treasure hunter and code breaker of ancient texts to unlock the secrets behind relics that have captured our imaginations since earliest antiquity.
Shadows of History (wt) with Robert Englund, new series premieres Q4 2019
America’s past teems with bizarre, mysterious stories that seem too incredible to be true yet are documented in the archives of the nation’s newspapers. With the help of historians and scholars, veteran character actor Robert Englund (Freddy Krueger of the A Nightmare on Elm Street franchise) makes every one-hour episode an immersive experience designed to raise goose bumps and quicken pulses. And every story is all the more terrifying because it isn’t the work of a science fiction writer, but a stranger-than-fiction true story reported in the American press.
Witches of Salem (wt), new series premieres Q4 2019
The real-life story of the Salem witch trials which involved both actual witch hunts and fake news in large measure has never been more relevant. Kicking off the network’s annual Halloween-month programming event, “Ghostober,” this this four-part docu-drama unravels the rapid descent of a town into madness, capturing the day-to-day hysteria that unfolded and put an affluent New England community under siege. It is a pre-internet sensation, during which daily events of “satanic panic” overtake a village – from reports of possession by the devil, to mass arrests and sensational trials that culminate in public hangings in the town square.
Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, new series premieres Summer 2019
Mind-boggling, awe-inspiring talents, bizarre objects, strange phenomena and unusual feats are explored in the reboot of the iconic series. Hosted by actor Bruce Campbell, the series is inspired by Robert Ripley’s obsession with the awesome and strange and keen eye for what keeps viewers mesmerized. Seventy years after Ripley hosted the first eponymous series, we still can’t resist his challenge to, “Believe it, or not!”
Ghost Nation (wt), new series premieres Q4 2019
Jason Hawes, Steve Gonsalves and Dave Tango, the trio formerly of Ghost Hunters, return to television by popular demand for all-new explorations of the other side. But now, a whole nation of paranormal investigators is at their fingertips. The team will rally their troops and reconnoiter around the most intriguing cases that need the benefit of their expertise. Armed with state-of-the-art technology, Hawes, Gonsalves and Tango will attempt to uncover paranormal evidence like never before, while also debunking false claims. But on these bigger and bolder investigations, the team also will endeavor to track down the true source of these hauntings and restore peace and order among the living – and the dead.”
Believe it or not, this article has been condensed.
Per The Hollywood Reporter, “[a] day before Disney shares its plans to investors for its streaming service, Disney+ on Wednesday unveiled a robust slate of 10 unscripted series for the forthcoming direct-to-consumer platform, including a pair of Marvel shows.
“What's more, Disney+ has also announced its first overall deal — with Supper Club, the team comprised of David Gelb, Brian McGinn and Jason Sterman and which produced the Netflix breakout Chef's Table.
“The Supper Club trio will produce two of the 10 food, travel and lifestyle shows for Disney+: Marvel's 616, an anthological docuseries set at the intersection of the comic giant's stories, characters and creators and everyday people; and Earthkeepers, which puts the spotlight on conservationists. The trio will also create and develop content for all Disney platforms.
“Joining the slate are the Disney-themed cooking show Be Our Chef; the anthology Cinema Relics: Iconic Art of the Movies; the Kristen Bell-produced musical theater/reunion effort Encore!; the kid-focused feel-good series Marvel's Hero Project; the family therapy show (Re)Connect; the travel guide Rogue Trip; the competition foray Shop Class; and an untitled docuseries focused on Walt Disney Imagineering, which chronicles the people behind the attractions at Disney's parks worldwide with never-before-seen footage.
“The slate further illustrates speculation that Disney+ would feature originals geared toward family co-viewing with edgier fare living on other platforms. That was the case with the Zoe Kravitz-led reboot of High Fidelity,which was developed for Disney+ but moved to Hulu earlier this week. (Disney now owns a majority stake in Hulu after acquiring Fox's share of the streamer.)
“Disney+ is expected to launch in the fourth quarter with a slate of originals that includes content from assets including Lucasfilm (Star Wars), Marvel and Pixar, as well as library fare from new corporate siblings FX and National Geographic joining ABC, Freeform and Disney Channel. In a release announcing the unscripted slate Wednesday, Disney noted that the platform's programming roster would ‘allow viewers to find the ethos of Disney in everyday stories, inspiring hope and sparking the curiosity of audiences of all ages.’
“In terms of the exclusive overall deal with Supper Club, Disney+ senior vp content Agnes Chu said the trio would ‘be a crucial, creative force’ for Disney+ as it ‘build[s] a platform for compelling, personal and authentic programming.’ The pact marks Disney+'s entry into the super-competitive overall deals space, which was ignited after Netflix signed Shonda Rhimes to a $100 million overall deal after the Grey's Anatomy creator had time remaining on her pact with Disney-owned ABC Studios (her home of 15 years). Friction between Netflix and Disney has escalated over the past couple years after the streamer poached both talent and executives. (Netflix most recently inked yet another key creative away from Disney Channel after seeing former ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey depart for a content job with the streamer and showrunners like Kenya Barris also jump ship.)
“Additional details about Disney+ plans are expected to be revealed Thursday afternoon during an investor presentation in Burbank. A slew of announcements are expected to come in both the lead-up to the webcast event as well as during the unveiling. Details still to be revealed include a price point, a formal launch date and just how its initial content offerings will be released. Also of interest is how Disney plans to bundle its multiple streaming platforms, including Disney+, Hulu and ESPN+, with new assets including FX Now.
“Below is a closer look at the first unscripted slate for Disney+. Additional details, including premiere dates and episode counts, have yet to be determined. Click here to see the scripted TV and film projects already in the works at Disney+.
Marvel's 616 (working title) is an anthological documentary series exploring the intersection between Marvel's rich legacy of stories, characters and creators and the world outside your window. Told through the lens of a diverse group of filmmakers, each doc will dive into the rich historical, cultural and societal context that has become inseparable from stories of the Marvel Universe. The series is produced by Marvel New Media in partnership with Supper Club, and executive produced by Joe Quesada, Stephen Wacker, Shane Rahmani, John Cerilli, Harry Go and Sarah Amos for Marvel and David Gelb, Brian McGinn and Jason Sterman for Supper Club.
Earthkeepers (working title) is from the award-winning creators of Chef's Table and the producers of One Lucky Elephant. It is a cinematic documentary series that centers on the adventurous lives of the people changing the way we see the animal kingdom. The episodes focus on conservationists and the animals they've devoted their career to studying, diving deep into the personal trials and professional breakthroughs of protecting the planet's most endangered species. The series is executive produced by Brian McGinn, Jason Sterman and David Gelb for Supper Club and Cristina Colissimo and Jordana Glick-Franzheim for Wellworth Pictures.
Be Our Chef asks the question: What if your family had the chance to create the next great Disney Parks dish? Hosted by Angela Kinsey (The Office), Be Our Chef invites families from diverse backgrounds to join a positive and playful Disney-inspired cooking competition at Walt Disney World. In each episode, two families will participate in a themed challenge based on their family traditions and the magic of Disney. The finalists will apply what they have learned to create a dish that represents their family through a Disney lens. The winner's magical food creation will become a signature dish or treat served at Walt Disney World. Be Our Chef is produced by INE Entertainment, with Eric Day and Mark Koops serving as producers.
Cinema Relics: Iconic Art of the Movies (working title) is an anthology series that takes a unique look at beloved films through the props and costumes (now modern "artifacts") that made them unique — from the craftspeople who created them, the actors who interacted with them and the collectors/archives who own and cherish them. The show will be hosted by film historian/collector Dan Lanigan. Among the films featured in the first eight episodes are Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Mary Poppins, The Muppet Movie, Tron and Who Framed Roger Rabbit. The seris is produced by ABC Studios and executive produced by Jason Henry and Dan Lanigan.
Encore! is from executive producer Kristen Bell (The Good Place), who brings together former castmates of a high school musical, tasking them with re-creating their original performance in a high school reunion like no other. Emotions run high as the former students face faded friendships, former flames, self-doubt and killer choreography. Through it all, these unlikely groups of friends — with the help of Broadway's best — just might pull off a standing-ovation-worthy performance of beloved musicals like The Sound of Music, Beauty and the Beast, Annie and more. Encore! was created by Jason Cohen and is executive produced by Cohen, Bell, Alycia Rossiter, Will Gluck, Richard Schwartz, Jim Roush and Chris Wagner.
Marvel's Hero Project reveals the remarkable, positive change several young heroes are making in their own communities. These inspiring kids have dedicated their lives to selfless acts of bravery and kindness, and now, Marvel celebrates them as the true super heroes they are. Produced by Marvel New Media in partnership with Maggievision Productions. Executive produced by Joe Quesada, Stephen Wacker, Shane Rahmani, Liza Wyles and Sarah Amos for Marvel and Maura Mandt and John Hirsch for MaggieVision Productions.
(Re)Connect features, in each episode, one family with a modern day, relatable issue that's driving a wedge between them. Issues range from workaholic parents, overly competitive siblings, technology addiction or a family secret that has recently been revealed. All of these families have reached a breaking point, and it's time for them to disconnect from their busy lives, devices and outside influences in order to address their issues head-on. With the help of a specialized expert, each family will go on a unique journey that organically ties to the issues they are facing in order to confront the family's dilemma head-on. Can they finally come together as a family to overcome their obstacles … and reconnect? Produced by Milojo Productions and Talos Films. Mark Consuelos, Kelly Ripa and Albert Bianchini of Milojo Productions, and Julian P. Hobbs and Elli Hakami of Talos Films serve as executive producers.
Rogue Trip is a travel guide to all the places the average tourist is least likely to venture — the roguish, often misunderstood and frequently overlooked corners of the world whose hidden corners surprise, amaze and inspire. This is the family vacation most of us are unlikely to take — but can do so vicariously with the intrepid Bob Woodruff and his 27-year-old doppelgänger son, Mack. Executive produced by Jeanmarie Condon and Mack and Bob Woodruff for Lincoln Square Productions.
Shop Class (working title) is a competition series that features teams of inventive students who are tasked with designing, building and testing new contraptions. In each episode, a panel of experts will rate their work based on engineering, design and the final test of the build. In the last episode, one team will be named Shop Class Champs. John Stevens and Spike Feresten of Hangar 56 Media and Richard Rawlings of Production Monkey are producing.
Untitled Walt Disney Imagineering documentary series chronicles the 65-year-plus history of Walt Disney Imagineering with parallel storylines of the people, the craft and the business. Created by Academy Award- and Emmy-nominated director and producer Leslie Iwerks, the project includes exclusive interviews and never-before-seen footage from Disney's parks around the world. Produced by Iwerks & Co. and directed by Leslie Iwerks.”
Per Deadline, “[f]ormer Fixer Upper co-hosts Chip and Joanna Gaines, whose Waco-based Magnolia is a fast-rising lifestyle power, took the stage at Discovery’s upfront Wednesday evening to celebrate their newly minted joint venture.
“Discovery CEO David Zaslav laid it on thick in his introduction, comparing the duo to Discovery partners such as Oprah Winfrey and Tiger Woods in terms of their appeal to viewers. He also invoked Julia Child’s impact on home cooking and the even broader legacy of Martha Stewart.
“‘They will change people’s lives,’ Zaslav said during the company’s upfront presentation to media buyers at New York’s Alice Tully Hall. ‘When I found out they had left HGTV, I couldn’t breathe. It took all of the air out of my lungs.’ Discovery’s $14.6 billion acquisition of HGTV parent Scripps Networks Interactive closed about a year ago, following an announcement from the Gaineses that they were taking a break from television.
“During that interregnum and while the regulatory review of the merger was concluding, Zaslav said he awoke one morning at 3AM for a flight from Las Vegas to the Gaines base in Waco, Texas, for a pitch meeting. ‘When you see them on the screen, you want to grab the remote and un-mute the TV because you want to hear what they have to say,’ he explained.
“In addition to rebranding former Scripps network DIY, plans call for a range of streaming programs, including an eventual subscription service. But Chip Gaines said the pair responded most to the enthusiasm of Zaslav, a former NBC sales executive known for being able to sell sand in the desert.
“‘We’ve got this bromance going on, David and I,’ Chip Gaines said during a rambling, five-minute speech punctuated by numerous references to the couple’s 9-month-old baby boy and five kids overall. He saluted Zaslav’s passion for mapping out a business plan, which will see the couple take over the DIY network in summer 2020.
“‘If we can make it, anybody can make it. If a couple from Waco, Texas can be in New York with all of you, then anyone can do it,” Gaines said. “And our network is going to deliver those kinds of stories.’
“No programming details were revealed during the presentation, whose main purpose appeared to be to unveil the teaming and signal to media buyers the potential value down the line. Joanna Gaines, apart from an amusing interjection urging her husband to wrap up his discursive remarks, did not address the crowd.”
((Vomiting in my mouth))
From TheWrap: “It’s been ten years since DJ ‘Pauly D’ DelVecchio and Vinny Guadagnino became overnight sensations on Jersey Shore, and so far the closest thing they’ve come to true love is… each other.
“On the eve of their new MTV dating show Double Shot at Love with DJ Pauly D and Vinny, the original GTLers talked about needing haircuts at least every three days, the duck phone, and how tired they are of meaningless hookups. They also talked about what they would do if they fell for the same woman on the show.
“‘My love for Pauly is stronger than our love would ever be for another girl,’ Vinny said. ‘I’m so close with him that I would be like, “Yo, you like that person? She’s all yours.” I would never feel selfish. And he feels the same way.’
“Would Pauly D do the same for him? ‘Most likely,’ he said.
“And they say you should never fall in love at the Jersey Shore.
“The real-life best friends ditched Seaside Heights for Los Angeles for the show, which premieres with two back-to-back, commercial-free episodes Thursday. The bachelors will live in a tricked-out mansion with 20 eligible women — none of whom are named Snooki or JWoww. They will take part in a comically complicated competition in which they aren’t told which celebrity they’ll be dating until they move into the house. One woman hopes the celebrity isn’t Post Malone — another woman hopes it is.
“‘They were talking about Post Malone, Kodak Black and Soulja Boy and all these things, and I’m like, if these women are expecting those guys and me and Pauly walk out, they’re in for a real surprise,’ Vinny said.
“Veteran producer SallyAnn Salsano, who also guided the original 2009 Jersey Shore and Jersey Shore: Family Vacation, returns to guide the new show.
“Since the early days of the Shore, 38-year-old Pauly D and 31-year-old Vinny have done some growing up — I can report that the word ‘guido’ was not once uttered at any point in our conversations, and I’m pretty positive I didn’t hear the sound of fist pumping over the phone, but I can’t be sure.
“Pauly D was clear that when they began filming, he was, in fact, ‘100% looking for love.’
“Vinny may have been a little more skeptical at first — the way he sees love, ‘if it comes, it comes’ — but one thing is for sure.
“‘I’m over the one-night stands,’ Vinny said. ‘They really do nothing for me, and most of the time I’m out in a club now, I come home and I just go to bed by myself. I’m like damn, I wish I had someone meaningful to share this with.’
:Pauly D echoed Vinny’s sentiments. ‘Jersey Shore was like, I was a single guy, I was a little bit younger. I wasn’t really looking for something substantial at that point in my life. I was just looking for a good time,’ he said. ‘Now I’m at a stage in my life where I’m looking to share all of the great things going on in my life. I’m looking for that one life partner.’
“Though Double Shot At Love is significantly different from Jersey Shore, they couldn’t resist paying a few homages to the cult-classic reality show. From the looks of it, there’s no smush room — but there is a barber shop, because as any fan of Jersey Shore knows, one of the most important rules in the guido handbook is to always look fresh.
“‘When we’re on camera and performing a show for the world, I need a haircut every three days,’ Vinny said.
“Pauly D agreed. ‘I like to keep my hair on point — literally. But in real life, barbershops are where you have guy talk,’ he said.
“That necessity ended up working out for production as well, as they needed a place for the boys to deliberate on the mushy stuff, like who they’re interested in and who they’re sending home. So, they made the obvious choice — put a barber shop inside the house.
“‘Who we wanted to go home or who we were vibing with, all that went down in the barber shop every day,’ Pauly D said.
“And, because this is DJ Pauly D and Vinny we’re talking about, they decided to throw in a club too. Guess who was the house DJ?
“‘I was DJing, so for me, having a club in the house, that was the best part,’ Pauly D said. ‘A club and a barbershop. I was in my glory.’
“But the holy trinity of Shore-ness wouldn’t be complete without one final element — the infamous duck phone. Though these days using a landline is passé, it found its use as the vessel from which they’d receive challenges featured on each episode.
‘“I had flashbacks of the Jersey Shore every single time that duck rang,’ Pauly D said of the phone’s tell-tale quack. ‘I swear I hear it in my sleep. That sound haunts me.’
“Vinny was less sentimental.
“‘I would’ve done without it. I’m trying to move on to an iPhone or something,’ he said. ‘But I can’t escape the duck phone. It’s everywhere with us. And you know what, it’s our little mascot. It keeps us humble. This is where we came from — a stupid, wooden, broken phone that never works.’
“Oh, and there’s one more homage to the Shore up their sleeves — a resurgence of the Great Prank War of Seaside Heights.
“Shore fans will remember that Pauly D and Vinny were crowned the Prank War Champions in Season 3. But this time around, instead of covering someone’s bed in various cheeses, they’ve got a subtler planned for the contestants — find out what it is during Thursday’s premiere.
“No matter what reality show they’re starring in, ‘Me and Pauly are always in a little show of our own,’ Vinny said.”