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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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EXCLUSIVE: First Look at Boston Rob's New Show, 'Around the World in 80 Ways'

by Chris Jancelewicz, posted Jul 20th 2011 10:00AM
boston rob, dennis anderson, around the world in 80 ways, rob marianoIt's going to be weird to see "Boston Rob" Mariano without his trademark Boston Red Sox cap. And, well, with his shirt on. But here we have it.

Starting later this year, History Channel will premiere 'Around the World in 80 Ways,' a show hosted by 'Survivor' winner and 'Amazing Race' star Boston Rob, along with Dennis Anderson, the creator and driver of monster truck Gravedigger.

The 10-part series features the two trouble-making guys circumnavigating the globe, using 80 different modes of travel without repeating any one vehicle.

A dune buggy? Check. A canoe? Check. An ostrich? Uh, check.

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Corey Monteith Has a Record Deal, 'Real Housewife' Writing Advice Book & More TV News

by Jean Bentley, posted Jun 23rd 2011 6:40PM
Glee, Cory MonteithOf all the Gleeks, Corey Monteith is probably the last you'd consider for a solo record deal.

Yet the man otherwise known as 16-year-old Finn on Fox's 'Glee' talked to Parade magazine about his solo deal with Columbia Records in an article due out this weekend.

"I have a solo deal with Columbia Records. So it's about, do I want to release an album, when can we do it, what kind of album should it be, how should it be released and marketed and what's the right timing? Do I have time to do it?," Monteith told the magazine. "It's all about questions."

Then again, Monteith is a talented drummer, so perhaps his potential album would feature less singing and more drumming. Would you listen to a Monteith-only record?

In other TV news ...

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Mark Burnett Readies 'The Bible' for History Channel

by Chris Harnick, posted May 24th 2011 10:30AM
Mark Burnett, Roma Downey'The Kennedys' was deemed the wrong fit for History, but 'The Bible' has found a home on the growing cable channel.

According to the New York Times, reality guru Mark Burnett will produce a a five-part, 10-hour series for the History Channel that will air in 2013.

The scripted series is set to tell some of the classic Biblical tales (think Noah's Ark) through a mix of CGI and live-action storytelling.

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Boston Rob Gets New Series, 'Blue Bloods' Creators Leave Show and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Apr 25th 2011 2:20PM
Boston RobRob Mariano is going from 'Survivor' to TV host with the History channel's 'Around the World in 80 Ways.'

'Amazing Race' and 'Survivor' veteran Boston Rob will team up with Dennis Anderson, the creator of the monster truck Gravedigger brand to host the new series. According to History, the two will attempt to travel the world using 80 different modes of transportation, never repeating the same one.

"This series captures History's commitment to highly compelling entertainment within a historical framework," Dirk Hoogstra, senior vice president of development and programming at History, said in a statement. "The dynamic between our two hosts will make for great television, while viewers can journey around the world with them to explore the ingenuity of travel in every era, throughout all stages of technological advances."

The two hosts will use everything from blimps, fighter jets, ostriches and even build their own vehicles to get around the world. At times the two will work as a team, other portions of the journey will be a race.

In other TV news ...

'Law & Order: Criminal Intent' is tackling the troubled 'Spider-Man' Broadway musical. The storyline will feature a play with lots of high-flying wire work called 'Icarus.' A person involved in the play is killed in what looks like a stunt gone wrong. There are characters very close to the play who sound an awful lot like Julie Taymore and Bono. [TVLine]

'Blue Bloods' showrunners Mitchell Burgess and Robin Green have left the CBS drama. Reports indicate CBS wants to take the show in a more procedural direction. Ken Sanzel left his executive producer post in August after creative tension with Tom Selleck. [Deadline]

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Lawrence O'Donnell's MSNBC Debut Ratings 50 Percent Higher Than Keith Olbermann's

by Catherine Lawson, posted Jan 26th 2011 8:02AM
Lawrence O'DonnellLawrence O'Donnell's show on MSNBC debuted in its new time slot Monday night to signficantly higher ratings than his predecessor, Keith Olbermann, managed.

According to The Wrap, audience numbers for 'The Last Word With Lawrence O'Donnell' were boosted by Olbermann fans and curious viewers tuning in to see what all the fuss was about.

O'Donnell's sudden move from 10PM ET to Olbermann's former time of 8PM ET came after Olbermann announced his abrupt exit from MSNBC on Friday's 'Countdown.'

O'Donnell had about 50 percent more viewers than Olberman's show averaged in the same slot. However, according to MSNBC President Phil Griffin, the ratings target for O'Donnell is the same as it was for Olbermann: Bill O'Reilly.

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Showtime Won't Air 'Kennedys' Miniseries Either

by Jean Bentley, posted Jan 12th 2011 5:20PM
The KennedysIt's looking more and more like a direct-to-DVD release for the History Channel's controversial 'Kennedys' miniseries.

The options are narrowing for an American television debut now that Entertainment Weekly is reporting that Showtime has decided not to buy the eight-part movie about the political dynasty. After History announced it wouldn't air the miniseries, Showtime was the most buzzed-about option. Starz and FX bowed out of the running yesterday.

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'The Kennedys' Update: Did Caroline Get the Miniseries Pulled?

by Chris Harnick, posted Jan 10th 2011 1:40PM
The KennedysDid Caroline Kennedy and Maria Shriver influence the History Channel in its shelving of the controversial 'The Kennedys' miniseries? According to The Hollywood Reporter, the two may have been instrumental in getting the Katie Holmes/Greg Kinnear miniseries off History's schedule.

Caroline Kennedy reportedly personally lobbied Anne Sweeney, co-chair of Disney Media Networks and president of Disney/ABC Television Group. Sweeney sits on the board of A&E Television Networks, the parent company of History.

Kennedy has a book deal with Disney's Hyperion publishing house and is editing a collection of unpublished interviews with her mother, Jackie Kennedy Onasis. She agreed to promote the collection on 'Good Morning America' and other media outlets. However, if AETN had gone through with the project, it's been suggested Kennedy would not have been as cooperative in promoting the Hyperion book.

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Gear Up for the First U.S. 'Top Gear' Trailer, Gearheads

by Danny Gallagher, posted Aug 12th 2010 3:30PM
Adam Ferrara on the Every fan of BBC's insanely popular and perfect 'Top Gear' knows that the reason it's the most successful car show is because it's not about cars.

Audiences couldn't care less about whether or not Jeremy Clarkson quoted the correct engine displacement for the McLaren F1 or if a Koeningsegg CCR can go from 0 to 100 mph in 8 seconds (it's 7.9, actually). What makes the show so great and entertaining is that it's really about fun. It isn't, as Jezza once said, what you drive, but how you drive it.

The History Channel is giving America a 'Top Gear' of its own, starring Adam Ferrara, Tanner Foust and Rutledge Wood, and the first trailer for the U.S. version hit the web earlier this week. Check out the trailer and a brief gut reaction after the jump.

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Why We Watch: 'Pawn Stars'

by Don Reisinger, posted Jul 5th 2010 2:00PM
Pawn StarsWhen it comes to reality television, the History Channel rarely comes to mind. The channel typically focuses on the major events of World War II, the Kennedy Assassination and top Revolutionary War figures. But on Monday nights at 10PM ET, it's taken over by a reality juggernaut that offers the most entertainment and educational value of any show on television: 'Pawn Stars.'

If you're not watching Pawn Stars, you're missing out. The show profiles Rick Harrison; his father, The Old Man; and his son, Corey, as cameras follow them around their Gold And Silver Pawn Shop in Las Vegas. Some humor is thrown in with the help of Chumlee, Corey's best friend who helps manage the increasingly popular pawn shop.

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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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