The History Channel(R) Announces It Has Green-Lit Five New Weekly Primetime Series The network goes around the world with attitude, tracking super-cold

environments, martial arts, prehistoric battles, and the great beyond - all

with a unique historical perspective



    NEW YORK, March 27 /PRNewswire/ -- The History Channel today announced
 five new weekly series that are currently in production for the network, to
 premiere in 2007 and 2008. This aggressive slate runs the gamut from
 Alaskan survival techniques, to world-traveling martial-arts adventures, to
 prehistoric dinosaur clashes, to the edge of the unknown in the universe.
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     Series premieres are:
 
     -- Ice Road Truckers - a race against time on a thin sheet of ice
     -- The Universe - charting the uncharted territory of the universe
     -- Tougher in Alaska - the guts and smarts it takes to survive in that
        tough environment
     -- Human Weapon - a different quest each week for a master of a
        martial-arts discipline
     -- Jurassic Fight Club - new breed of dinosaurs makes a battlefield of the
        prehistoric world
     Nancy Dubuc, Executive Vice President and General Manager, The History
 Channel, announced the projects, saying: "We want to harness the tremendous
 breadth and depth of history, to create energetic new directions for the
 network. We plan to build on the quality programming we are known for. By
 invigorating history, with these new series, we aim to create riveting
 content and powerful storytelling -- something people feel compelled to
 tune in and watch each week."
     History.com will showcase each series with exclusive destination
 mini-sites featuring dynamic interactive broadband and short form content,
 games, video logs, timelines, and much more.
                            New series in Production
     ICE ROAD TRUCKERS
     It's all about adventure ... and cash. And, incredible determination by
 a small group of indomitable men. Battling sub-zero temperatures, 24/7 work
 schedules, and a thinning road right beneath their wheels, the ice-road
 truckers are engaged in a gritty race against time. In the harsh winter of
 northernmost North America, miners rely on a tenacious group of long-haul
 truckers -- "top-drivers" -- to drive their rigs over hundreds of miles on
 ice roads cut across the surface of frozen lakes. Often the ice cannot
 support the heavy rig, and driver and cargo plunge through the ice, and
 sink. That is why these men live with one hand on the wheel and one hand on
 the door, at all times. They never know when they will need to react -- to
 everything. The raw material mined there is used in machines all around the
 world, and the miners depend on this lifeline for survival. Ultimately,
 their survival -- and that of the truckers themselves -- rests on the
 thinnest of ice. Dolores Gavin is The History Channel Executive Producer.
 (10 episodes).
     THE UNIVERSE
     From the planets to the stars and out to the edge of the unknown,
 history and science collide in this epic exploration of the Universe and
 its mysteries. It's a very old universe. Yet just 50 years since man first
 ventured into outer space, the heavens are yielding their greatest secrets.
 Robotic rovers give us eyes on the red rock of Mars. ... NASA probes slam
 into comets at hyperspeed. ... deep-space telescopes capture violent images
 of the birth of stars and their collapse into black holes. All have
 significantly changed the way we see ourselves. We wonder, Is there
 anywhere else out there that can support life? Using cutting-edge computer
 graphics, this series brings the universe down to earth to show what life
 would be like on other planets, and to imagine what kind of life forms
 might evolve in alien atmospheres. Episodes examine how discoveries were
 made and the scientists and explorers who dared to venture into the
 uncharted territory of the universe. Beth Dietrich Segarra is The History
 Channel Executive Producer. (13 episodes).
     TOUGHER IN ALASKA
     Everything is harder in Alaska, from the way you earn a living, to how
 you bury your dead. Tougher in Alaska explores the guts and self-reliance
 -- not to mention, ingenuity and technology -- it takes to survive the
 challenges of extreme cold and extreme isolation. In a land where severe
 weather, vast distances and rugged terrain shape everything about life,
 there's a long history of overcoming adversity and surviving the tough
 environment. Episodes will cover emergencies like the 1927 Nome diphtheria
 epidemic; how present-day structures like the pipeline are designed to
 withstand the potential fury of one of the most active seismic zones in the
 world; and how loggers must use helicopters to cope with remote locations.
 The series shows how -- both historically and today -- people have learned
 to overcome ... and live to tell the tale. Marc Etkind is The History
 Channel Executive Producer. (13 episodes).
     HUMAN WEAPON
     Each of the martial arts -- whether Karate, Capoeira, Muay Thai, Kung
 Fu, or Greco-Roman wrestling -- is the unique product of a fascinating
 culture. Each is steeped in the history and mythology of a region. And each
 has a Master. Every week on Human Weapon, our hosts, Jason Chambers, a
 mixed martial artist and professional fighter, and Bill Duff, a former
 football player and wrestler, go on a quest to find the master of a
 different martial art. They venture to extreme and exotic places -- one
 week, seedy back streets of Bangkok to find Master Muay Thai fighter Suriya
 Ploenchit, and the next, sampling local delicacies such as steamed
 silkworms and snake blood en route to face off with the reigning Taekwondo
 champion in South Korea. Along the way they absorb a nation's unique
 history and traditions, and how it gave birth to its distinct form of
 combat. In a series of extreme tests, they must confront professionals in
 each fighting style and fight a master. Marc Etkind is The History Channel
 Executive Producer. (13 episodes).
     JURASSIC FIGHT CLUB
     They were the ultimate fighters -- prehistoric beasts who walked the
 earth millions of years ago. With cunning and strategy, they hunted their
 prey -- transforming the prehistoric world into a battlefield. Today,
 archaeologists are uncovering these battlefields -- and are gaining
 startling new insight into how quick thinking, maneuverability, and
 striking at the exact moment separated the weak from the strong. Blow by
 blow, each episode will dissect these battles, uncovering a predatory world
 far more calculated and complex than we originally thought. Episodes of
 Jurassic Fight Club will include Gang Killers, T-Rex Hunters, Deep-Sea
 Dinosaurs, and Armored Predators. Dolores Gavin is The History Channel
 Executive Producer. (10 episodes).
     The History Channel(R) is a leading cable television network featuring
 compelling original, non-fiction specials and series that bring history to
 life in a powerful and entertaining manner across multiple platforms. The
 network provides an inviting place where people experience history in new
 and exciting ways enabling them to connect their lives today to the great
 lives and events of the past that provide a blueprint for the future. The
 History Channel has earned four Peabody Awards, three Primetime Emmy(R)
 Awards, 10 News & Documentary Emmy(R) Awards and received the prestigious
 Governor's Award from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for the
 network's Save Our History(R) campaign dedicated to historic preservation
 and history education. The History Channel reaches more than 91 million
 Nielsen subscribers. The website is located at http://www.History.com.
 
 

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