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A&E Announces New Programming Slate

by Jean Bentley, posted May 4th 2011 5:30PM
A&E logoA&E has big plans for the upcoming year.

The network announced today that it will debut 10 new shows in the 2011-2012 season, including a series about models living together in an apartment from Ryan Murphy, a miniseries called 'Coma' from Ridley and Tony Scott, and a spinoff of 'Storage Wars' set in Dallas.

Also on the slate are self-explanatory new series 'InLaws' and 'Boar Hunters,' as well as 'Family Bonding,' which handcuffs two family members together for 48 hours. Returning shows include A&E hits 'Hoarders,' 'The First 48,' 'Dog the Bounty Hunter,' 'Intervention' and more.

Read descriptions of the new shows after the jump.

Scheduled Series:

A&E shines a light on married couples that are at the boiling point with their overbearing in-laws. Each episode will feature a spouse in between their parents and the person they married, desperate to save their relationships. Seasoned relationship experts will come in and use unconventional tactics to make them face their issues.

'Ship Happens'
There's a rare breed of independent truckers that have discovered the fortunes of transporting things that traditional carriers won't touch, such as airplanes, herds of goats, homes, and so on. This new series explores the cutthroat world of these competitive shippers: people who ship odd sized packages for big bucks.

'Boar Hunters'
Down in Texas, patriarch Jerry Campbell is joined by level-headed son Robert and firecracker daughter Krystal as they respond to troubled farmers whose crops and cattle are being threatened by an invasion of feral hogs.

'Storage Wars: Dallas'
Following four Dallas storage unit hunters, this series has all the intrigue of the original 'Storage Wars' in a landscape chock-full of cowboys and oil tycoons.

'Coma' (scripted, premieres Memorial Day 2012)
A modern-day retelling of the bestselling novel by Robin Cook and film by Michael Crichton, 'Coma' is a medical thriller about a doctor who discovers that something sinister is going on in her hospital after routine procedures send more than a few seemingly healthy patients into comas on the operating table.

In Development:

'Hands On'
In each episode, a small group of contestants vie for a grand prize -- a car, a boat, groceries for a year, a business franchise, etc. The contest is a simple premise: keep your hand on the prize for as long as possible without losing contact. The last one with their hand on the object wins.

'Family Bonding'
The average American family spends less than an hour of quality time together each day. Parents are over-worked, kids are over-scheduled, and everyone is distracted. 'Family Bonding' will change that. Two family members in crisis will be handcuffed together for 48 hours to gain a whole new perspective on each other's lives.

In the history of the FBI, only 55 agents have risen to the level of Profiler. 'Profilers' will follow a select group of these elite former profilers to help local law enforcement solve the nation's most baffling current cases in real time.

'Cajun Blue'
The Terrebonne Parish Sheriffs Department covers 2,000 square miles of Louisiana swampland as they investigate thousands of violent crimes every year in the creepy, eerie, bayou.

Meet the Robertsons, who run their family business while living the American Dream down in Louisiana. From deep in the swamps, they operate a multi-million dollar sporting empire, employing half of their hometown and fabricating, of all things, duck calls and decoys, while remaining true to their roots by living off the land.

'Model Apartment'
'Glee' and 'Nip-Tuck' producer Ryan Murphy takes us inside the world of six models living together for a fly-on-the-wall look at how they live, work, and play. It's a glamorous world but the model lifespan is short and the clock is always ticking to hit it big while they can.

'Big Mike' (scripted)
Greg Grunberg ('Heroes,' 'Alias') stars as a plus-sized detective in San Diego. One of the best in his field, Big Mike can be a charging bull while serving a warrant or a gentle giant while rescuing a child from a fire. He can be profane, relentless and even deceitful when regulations stand in the way of justice, but he intimately understands both passion and human weakness, which serves as his greatest strength as a detective and his greatest challenge in his romantic life. Also stars Nicole Ari Parker, Ken Leung, Elizabeth Bogush and Anthony Ruivivar.

'Longmire' (scripted)
Based on the Walt Longmire mystery novels by Craig Johnson, 'Longmire' stars Robert Taylor ('The Matrix') as Walt Longmire, the charismatic, dedicated and unflappable sheriff of Absaroka County, Wyoming. Widowed only a year, he is a man in psychic repair but buries his pain behind his brave face, unassuming grin and dry wit. With the help of a young, attractive female cop, Longmire becomes reinvigorated about his job and is committed to run for re-election because he knows what everyone else in his community knows: he's the only man that can get the job done. Also stars Katee Sackhoff, Bailey Chase, Cassidy Freeman and Lou Diamond.

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George Otwori

Longmire and Big Mike might actually turn out to be good shows.

May 05 2011 at 10:01 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Sounds like a great lineup...

Of garbage, throw-away shows!

May 04 2011 at 6:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Deej Barens

No one is going to force you to watch them.

May 04 2011 at 6:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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