TEMECULA, Calif., Sept. 27, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Outdoor Channel, America's Leader In Outdoor TV, today announced the launch of its fourth quarter (Q4) programming line-up, produced in 100 percent high definition (HD). Kicking off the week of September 26th, the network will air some of its most popular shows with several returning with new episodes. The network is also introducing two all-new specials, created and produced exclusively for Outdoor Channel.
Throughout 2011, Outdoor Channel has brought together top celebrities from the worlds of entertainment, sports and music with the network's most notable outdoor talents, to provide viewers a behind-the-scenes look at their favorite outdoorsmen and women from all walks of life. Among the highlights coming in this quarter are new episodes of two fan-favorite shows that will feature some of NASCAR's top racers. In an episode of "Gold Fever," host Tom Massie invites racing legends Marcos Ambrose and David Ragan to join him on his quest for gold. This November, "Hot Rods & Reels" returns with a two-part special, capturing NASCAR greats, such as Darrell Waltrip, Clint Bower, Ryan Newman, Dave Blaney, Richard Childress and 2010 Daytona winner Jamie McMurray, at charity fishing tournaments taking place at two of the most storied racetracks in the country: Homestead and Daytona.
"Each quarter, we make sure to provide our avid outdoorsmen fan-base with outdoor programming to fuel their passion for in-the-field, on-the-water and out in-the-wild action," said Tom Hornish, COO, Outdoor Channel. "With a season of returning favorites and specials, we have a solid Q4 line-up and look forward to rounding out a banner programming year."
Appearing on the network in December is another of Outdoor Channel's top programs, "Field and Stream's Total Outdoorsman Challenge." Each year, Outdoor Channel fans tune in it to watch host Kelly Gotch and the final 16 competitors in the Total Outdoorsman Challenge as they compete in the ultimate test of outdoor skills and endurance for the honor of being crowned the "Total Outdoorsman" and win the bevy of prizes that come with that honor.
Outdoor Channel's category-leading outdoor lifestyle content is designed to entertain America's 150 million outdoor enthusiasts. The network holds true to its title as "America's Leader In Outdoor TV" by taking its viewers on the best adventures, to the most incredible destinations, with the most engaging personalities. Among the outdoor stars appearing this quarter are Jim Shockey, Lee and Tiffany Lakosky, Michael Waddell and Willie Robertson of "Benelli Presents Duck Commander." Among the celebrity talent appearing this season are musicians Ted Nugent, Zac Brown and Craig Morgan, WWE legend Shawn Michaels and actor Joe Mantegna. Also returning this quarter are shows highlighting Outdoor Channel's affinity partners and their joint commitment to conservation including Ducks Unlimited's "Ducks Unlimited TV"; The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation's "Team Elk"; Pheasants Forever's production "Pheasants Forever Television"; and Safari Club International, which is returning with new episodes of "SCI Expedition Safari" this season.
Series Returning with New Episodes in Q4:
Beretta's Wild and Raw – Debuts Sunday, October 2, 2011 at 4:30 p.m. ET
Watch as best-selling author, patriot and warrior Marcus Luttrell, goes head-to-head against world-shooting champion Scott Robertson. Two larger-than-life outdoor personalities compete in a high-definition clash of styles, egos and opposing qualities as they compare and contrast hunting skills and techniques. This character-driven reality program showcases the competitive nature of both men with adrenaline-pumping results.
The Choice with Ralph & Vicki – Debuts Monday, September 26, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. ET
Follow "North America's Favorite Hunting Couple" Ralph and Vicki Cianciarulo as they bring viewers along for a look inside their unique relationship and their awesome hunting adventures. The couple will continue to follow their prey to the ends of the earth, traveling to some of the most remote and treacherous locations, all with the hopes of catching the ultimate prize.
Gold Fever – Debuts Saturday, October 1, 2011 at 12:00 p.m. ET
As America's longest running recreational prospecting show, host Tom Massie takes viewers on a world tour in search of gold, letting nothing stand in his way. This season, follow Tom from a prospecting adventure in California's capitol, Sacramento, to North Carolina, where he meets up with NASCAR icons Marcos Ambrose and David Ragan, and all the way to Greenland and Alaska. If you haven't been bit by the gold bug, this season will surely infect you with "Gold Fever."
SCI Expedition Safari Presented By MidwayUSA – Debuts Sunday, October 2, 2011 at 5:00 p.m. ET
Join host Mike Rogers on exciting hunts from around the world. African savannah, arctic tundra, Southern Alps, Rocky Mountains and whitetail woods; you'll see them all on "SCI Expedition Safari presented by MidwayUSA." In addition to the hunting excitement, each episode also looks at the many facets of SCI's conservation programs and how hunters are protecting the freedom to hunt worldwide.
Ultimate Match Fishing Presented by Sta-Bil – Debuts Friday, September 30, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. ET
This unique, single-elimination invitational tournament will pit major professional anglers against each other – while fishing in the same boat! Join hosts Joe Thomas and Claude "Fish" Fishburne as 12 of the best competitors from the world of bass fishing will battle head-to-head for $50,000 and the coveted Ultimate Match Fishing title. This season's anglers include Tom Mann Jr., Brian Thrift, Bradley Roy and Scott Suggs.
Specials Returning in Q4:
Field and Stream's Total Outdoorsman Challenge – Debuts Friday, December 2, 2011 at 11:30 p.m. ET
A four-part series hosted by Kelly Gotch, the 2011 "Field & Stream's Total Outdoorsman Challenge," highlights the dramatic journey of the final 16 competitors in the Total Outdoorsman Challenge (TOC): the ultimate outdoor test of skill, nerve, might and agility. The final competitors are all vying for a $25,000 cash prize and more, and all earned a right to the TOC finals by outlasting hundreds of other competitors in both qualifying and regional rounds in skill competitions such as shooting, fly-fishing, archery and other outdoor tests of mettle. Tune in this December to see who takes the top prize!
Hot Rods & Reels – Airing Saturday, November 19th and 26th at 10:30 a.m. ET
"Hot Rods & Reels" returns for a special two-part series! Join host Fish Fishburne as he travels to top charity fishing tournaments with the biggest names in NASCAR and captures the passions of both NASCAR and recreational fishing fans alike. Watch as A-list NASCAR drivers, like Darrell Waltrip, Clint Bower, Ryan Newman, Dave Blaney, Richard Childress and 2010 Daytona winner Jamie McMurray, partner up with everyday anglers to net the biggest and baddest fish around.
Outdoor Channel is also adding three new programming blocks in Q4 bringing together some of the network's favorite shows in a whole new way. Premiering this quarter are Sta-Bil On-Target Wednesday (4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. ET); Kiwi Saturday Night Adventure (7:00 p.m. – midnight ET); and Gorilla Treestand Sunday Spotlight (8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. ET).
For the full Q4 programming schedule, please visit: http://outdoorchannel.com/Schedule.aspx. Check local listings or log on to OutdoorChannel.com to find out how to get the network in your area.
About Outdoor Channel Holdings, Inc.
Outdoor Channel Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: OUTD) owns and operates Outdoor Channel, America's Leader In Outdoor TV, and Winnercomm Inc., an Emmy Award winning production and interactive company. Outdoor Channel offers programming that captures the excitement of hunting, fishing, shooting, off-road motorsports, adventure and the Western lifestyle and can be viewed on multiple platforms including high definition, video-on-demand, as well as on a dynamic broadband website. Winnercomm Inc. is one of America's leading and highest quality producers of live sporting events and sports series for cable and broadcast television. Outdoor Channel Holdings, Inc. also owns and operates the SkyCam and CableCam aerial camera systems which provide dramatic overhead camera angles for major sports events, including college and NFL football. For more information, please visit www.outdoorchannel.com.
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