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Riding Shotgun on a Stagecoach on 'Top Shot' (VIDEO)

by Catherine Lawson, posted Aug 10th 2011 8:40AM
'Top Shot'It was like watching a good old-fashioned cowboy movie on 'Top Shot' (Tue., 10PM ET on HIST) this week.

Sharpshooters Amanda and Mark faced off in the elimination round, which featured that old movie stuntman favorite: Shooting from a stagecoach as it barrels downhill at speed.

As they rode atop the stagecoach, which was driven by a guy wearing a black stetson and red kerchief (natch) and pulled by four white horse, they fired at targets on the side of the path.

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'Top Gear' Trying to Replace Trucks With Cars, Tests Hauling Manure (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jul 25th 2011 5:59AM
'Top Gear' season 2 premiereThe hosts of the American version of 'Top Gear' (Sun., 10PM ET on History) decided to see how much manure regular cars could haul for their Season Premiere. Why do this?

Well, no matter what anyone might want you to believe, it was so they could pour steaming piles of manure onto each other.

The idea was to find a more fuel-efficient replacement for the sturdy pick-up truck, so they put three regular cars through a series of tests. On a budget of $2,000, each of the guys made their choice, but only one would be the ultimate replacement.

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'America: The Story of Us' Premiere Breaks Records for History

by Mike Moody, posted Apr 27th 2010 11:00AM
america the story of us'America: The Story of Us' is a hit for History.

Sunday's premiere of the six-part miniseries drew 5.7 million viewers to become the cable net's highest-rated special ever. The record-breaking educational series, which featured an intro by President Barack Obama, tracks 400 years of American history, from the early Jamestown settlers to the headlines of today.

"The success personifies the hunger for information and the desire to re-connect with our past," History President Nancy Dubuc said in a statement. "Ultimately there's no story more dramatic and gripping than the story of America itself.

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New TV on DVD for March 30: 'Deadliest Catch,' 'Real Housewives'

by Scott Harris, posted Mar 30th 2010 1:45PM
If there's one thing the American television viewer has learned about the entertainment industry it's that Hollywood's primary goal is to always keep it real. Sure, you could accuse actors of employing some artifice in their line of work, but for the most part, television is in the midst of an unparalleled era of keeping it real as shows like 'The Real World' and 'Real Housewives of New Jersey' continue to prove by having the word real right in the title. And when it comes to TV on DVD, the realest month of all is apparently March.

Of course, the argument could be made that this week's batch of DVD releases is actually somewhat weak due to a lack of high profile scripted shows, but we like to take more of a "glass half real" viewpoint on things. That's why were so so excited to see the latest issue from the most real reality show of all, 'Deadliest Catch,' which lands 'Deadliest Catch: Season Five' just in time to get you ready for the premiere of season six on April 13.

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History Looking to Spinoff 'Pawn Stars' With East Coast Editions

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 3rd 2010 10:30AM
'Pawn Stars''Pawn Stars' is looking to take the nation by storm.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the network may spinoff its top-rated reality series 'Pawn Stars' with editions in Miami and New York, a la 'CSI' and the 'Real Housewives.' (No word yet on whether they're looking for a store owner with a penchant for cheesy one-liners and sunglasses.)

A network rep declined to comment, says the report. The show follows the Harrison family in and around their Las Vegas-based pawn shop.

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Is 'The Kennedys' Miniseries a 'Political Character Assassination'?

by Gary Susman, posted Feb 17th 2010 3:53PM
Coming soon from two of the makers of '24': Another tale of a president whose scandalous, secretive behavior jeopardized America's national security. Only this time, the president is John F. Kennedy, and the project is 'The Kennedys,' an eight-hour docudrama miniseries due in 2011 on the History Channel.

Not a frame has been shot yet, but one documentarian and several JFK historians who claim to have seen the script say 'The Kennedys' as written is full of smears, distortions, and an emphasis on the 35th president's lurid sex life at the expense of his historical achievements. They've formed an ad hoc group, StopKennedySmears.com, and have launched an online petition drive threatening a boycott of the channel if the miniseries airs with the script's alleged falsehoods intact.

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History Channel Nabs Larry the Cable Guy

by Michael D. Ayers, posted Jan 26th 2010 3:25PM
The History Channel is bringing back Larry the Cable Guy to cable television -- this time, in a reality format.

The Hollywood Reporter confirms that the program's working title is 'Only In America With Larry the Cable Guy' and will feature the comedian touring the United States, immersing himself in different lifestyles and occupations that promise to "celebrate the American experience."

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History Picks Up 'The Kennedys'

by Michael D. Ayers, posted Dec 14th 2009 11:02AM
History is about to make, well, history.

The channel, best known for its epic documentaries, will reportedly take a stab at scripted television with an eight-hour miniseries based on the Kennedy family, the Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

'24''s Joel Surnow will helm 'The Kennedys,' with Stephen Kronish set to pen all eight episodes. Currently, the miniseries is set to air in spring 2011, and will pit the events of the early '60s (among them the Bay of Pigs, the Cubin Missile Crisis) as a backdrop to the more private relationships of the former first family.

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The Kennedys coming to History Channel as miniseries

by Allison Waldman, posted Dec 14th 2009 10:09AM
Kennedys_color_JFK_RFKThere's little question that the saga of the Kennedy family makes great TV. Whether it's a documentary or a docudrama or a TV movie, the story of one of America's most family political families is always compelling. Now The Kennedys will be a miniseries on History Channel. 24's Joel Surnow is behind the ambitious production which is earmarked for spring 2011. Two--time Emmy winning director Jon Cassar, who won for 24, will direct.

This will be the first time History Channel has delved in scripted drama, but by choosing a topic like the Kennedys, they're appealing to their viewership. In the story, the History exec noted, "The Kennedy family, from every angle, has always fascinated our viewers.

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Meryl Streep, Michael Douglas Join History Documentary

by Leonard Jacobs, posted Dec 10th 2009 12:50PM
Though the U.S. is a young nation -- just 233 years old if you trace it back to the Declaration of Independence in 1776 -- the settling of the continent goes back four centuries or more.

With that in mind, the History Channel will premiere 'America: The Story of Us' in 2010, an epic 12-part series examining how this nation of average citizens, not royalty, have determined its course from the very beginning.

According to Variety, Meryl Streep and Michael Douglas are among a starry list of narrators confirmed for the series, which draws talent from Hollywood and politics. Other narrators will include former Secretary of StateColin Powell and NBC anchor Brian Williams.

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Granderson has Stadium Secrets to share

by Allison Waldman, posted Nov 20th 2009 1:04PM
curtis_granderson_detroit_tigersLately, Detroit Tiger all-star outfielder Curtis Granderson has been in the news because he might be joining the New York Yankees. However, if Major League Baseball free agency doesn't make him a household name, television might. Granderson has an idea for a reality series that's being shopped around now and it's not like anything else other athletes have pitched.

Granderson's series is called Stadium Secrets and it will be like History Channel's Cities of the Underworld. In fact, it might be suited to the History Channel. Granderson would host the show and lead viewers into the inner recesses and hidden passages of famous stadia around the world -- although it'll probably start with American locations.

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Matt Damon and Marisa Tomei promote History's The People Speak - TCA Report

by Joel Keller, posted Jul 30th 2009 2:01AM
Matt Damon, Chris Moore, Marisa Tomei, and Howard Zinn on The People Speak TCA panel
You never know when the most innocuous-sounding panel is going to bring out the A-listers here at the TCAs. But when a big name is behind a project and he or she is passionate about it, that person will brave the room of critics to promote it.

To say Matt Damon is "dedicated" to the new History documentary The People Speak would be an understatement. The family of the Oscar winner lived next door to Professor Howard Zinn, on whose book, A People's History of the United States, is based. He and his Project Greenlight partner Chris Moore have been trying to bring the book to TV for a decade. "I have one of first copies (of Zinn's book) in hardback. It had a huge impact on my life so that's why I stayed with it. The moment we had iany influecne in this town we tried to get thids project off the ground."

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Ice Road Truckers iPhone app lets fans hit the frozen road

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Jun 25th 2009 12:03PM
A new iPhone app lets fans of Ice Road Truckers hit the road.It's doubtful the tough guys (and gal) driving north to Alaska on the current season of Ice Road Truckers are big video game players. They're too busy staying alive while driving tons of cargo over roads would keep sane people home from school.

But, that's not stopping The (former) History Channel from launching its first paid iPhone and iPod Touch game with an application that allows users to command 18-wheelers across Arctic roads.

Fans of the show -- and of snowy truck driving in general -- can download a free, "lite" test version of the game now through Apple iTunes.

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Ice Road Truckers heads north to Alaska for third season

by John Scott Lewinski, posted May 20th 2009 5:12PM
Hugh (The Polar Bear) Rowland will lead the Ice Road Trucker to Alaska in the show's third season.The History Channel has updated its website and schedule for the the return of one of its toughest and most popular reality series, Ice Road Truckers.

Set to return Sunday nights on May 31, new episodes of Ice Road Truckers take the show's cameras from the diamond mines and frozen highways of Canada's Northwest Territories north to the oil fields of Alaska.

Previous seasons featured rugged truck drivers (like Hugh "The Polar Bear" Rowland, right) braving subzero temperatures to drive rigs weighing thousands of tons over ice pathways smoothed out over frozen lakes.

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History brings twelve-part America mini and WWII in HD

by Jason Hughes, posted May 14th 2009 8:10PM
The History ChannelThe History Channel is one of those destinations I never seek out, but when I'm bored and flipping through they can grab me by whatever they're programming might be. I love the straight-up historical documentaries on major figures or events. It's also one of those channels that sucks you in and suddenly you realize that the sun's gone down, you haven't eaten all day, the cats are lying in their empty water bowls and you've been strapped into a hospital bed and hooked up to a ton of machines because your wife thinks you're in a coma.

Which means I'm more than excited about The History Channel tackling a new look at American history from the pilgrims to the current President. America: The Story of Us is a twelve-part mini that will be thematically and chronologically presented, whatever that means. Which one takes precedence? Unfortunately, it won't be airing until Spring 2010 when it will have to compete against the last season of Lost, 24 and American Idol for attention.

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