James Cameron and Mark Burnett are joining forces for a new series called "Robogeddon," Discovery announced at its up-front presentation Thursday. The series from Oscar-winning director Cameron and reality TV mastermind Burnett will feature mechanical robots fighting, as on the Comedy Central show "BattleBots."
Engineer Donald Hutson, the two-time Super Heavyweight Champion of "BattleBots" who is also competing on "Robogeddon," was on hand to show off his handiwork (pictured).
That isn't the only upcoming Discovery series that Burnett will be taking part in. The "Survivor" producer, who produced "Sarah Palin's Alaska," will once again explore the state for a new series on Discovery.
Announced at Discovery Communications' upfront presentation this week, "Mark Burnett's Alaska" will follow Burnett's quest to chronicle "the colorful people, amazing history and unforgettable places that make Alaska a world apart."
A trio of other new Discovery series were also announced including "Fast and Loud," featuring self-professed "petrol-sexual" Richard Rawlings and Aaron Kaufmann of the Gas Monkey Garage as they search for old rust-buckets to buy on the cheap and refurbish for sale.
Read descriptions of the new series from Discovery below.
Who has the right stuff? Discovery takes audiences into the fun and far reaches of science and technology with this world premiere competition series. TOP ENGINEER searches for America’s brightest, boldest, out-of-the-box thinkers and pits them against one another. With innovative solution to the challenges they are tasked with, competing teams are sure to blow minds as well as a few other things along the way.
ONE CAR TOO FAR
It’s all about the drive to survive. What happens when you ‘MacGyver-ize’ a car? In ONE CAR TOO FAR former British Special Forces operative and an American car junkie are dropped into incredible landscapes and forced to work together to survive and ultimately escape to safety. The twist – they will have to take a small red car with them. It’s the perfect combination as one knows how to drive and the other knows how to survive. With no proper roads and no real supplies, the two must rely on instinct and expertise alone to make it out. From the treacherous slopes and near-freezing temperatures of a mountain top, to the wet, dense vegetation of the rainforest, they use whatever supplies they can find to turn a regular car into an all-purpose vehicle to get them over, under and through just about any obstacle in their way.
MARK BURNETT'S ALASKA
From television maestro of reality storytelling, the colorful people, amazing history and unforgettable places that make Alaska a world apart.
FAST AND LOUD
These guys cruise for the classics. Meet self-described “petrol-sexual" motorhead Richard Rawlings and mechanical prodigy Aaron Kaufmann as they search far-flung corners of the country for forgotten and derelict classic cars to restore at their Gas Monkey Garage. Heaps of rust are transformed into gleaming road warriors and sold to the top bidder.
A slew of new series for Discovery's sister station TLC were also announced, including the Tori Spelling-hosted competition "Craft Wars"; "Bates Family Series,'' which follows a family as they pursue a back-to-basics lifestyle in Tennessee after they welcome their 19th child; and "Breaking Amish," which follows a group of young people as they decide whether they'll join the Amish faith or pursue a more modern lifestyle in the big city.
Read the full descriptions of the new TLC series -- again provided by Discovery -- below.
AMERICAN WIFESTYLES (wt)
There is no typical way to be a wife. From arranged marriages, to women obsessed with being the perfect 1950’s style of homemaker, to the trophy wives who are proud to be kept women, wives in America come in every shape, size, and ideology. This revealing anthology series will go deep inside the lives of the diverse, complicated, hilarious and often shocking REAL lives of wives across America. (Q3, 2012)
BATES FAMILY SERIES (wt)
The Bates family just welcomed baby 19, which means Gil and Kelly Jo now have 10 girls and 9 boys. See how they manage life with such a large family that includes up to 20 loads of laundry, 7 gallons of milk and 9 loaves of bread every week. Their back to basics life in the hills of Tennessee is free of distractions like television and video games, but full of activities like chores, singing and spending time with each other. We'll follow the family as they share their love of music and family values, and see for ourselves how they pull it all off. (Q2, 2012)
BIG BROOKLYN STYLE
BIG BROOKLYN STYLE is a half-hour workplace docu-soap following larger than life plus-size designer Lisa Dolan and her husband/partner Jim Dolan, as they set out to conquer the plus-size fashion world, one beautifully designed dress at a time. The series will follow the family run business on their mission to combine style with plus size clothing, to make women of any size feel confident and fashionable. Each week, we follow the comedy and drama as Lisa and Jim navigate the complex world of plus-size fashion on their mission to help transform their customers' lives. (Q2, 2012)
BIG TINY: LIFE WITH THE JORDANS
TLC introduces BIG TINY: LIFE WITH THE JORDANS, a new series about the extraordinary life of the world’s smallest siblings. In September 2011, 22-year-old Bridgette Jordan was crowned the “World’s Shortest Living Woman.” Weighing only 18 pounds, she stands a diminutive, beyond-belief size of 28,” about the size of a six month old baby, while her younger brother Brad, weighs only 35 pounds and stands just 38” tall – making them the world’s shortest living brother and sister. (Q2, 2012)
BREAKING AMISH (wt)
BREAKING AMISH (wt) offers an unprecedented look into a rarely seen world, following five Amish men and women and one Mennonite woman as they make the most important decision of their lives – to join the church and fully embrace the Amish and Mennonite lifestyle, or leave for good and follow their dreams outside of their communities. The stakes are incredibly high as each of them face complete and total rejection, criticism and even exile from their family’s homes and their community. However, all of them feel they will never be at peace in their community unless they know what lies beyond. They are inviting viewers to come along on their bold and courageous decision to put their lives on hold and leave religious dress, head coverings, horse & buggies and the simple life behind as they trade it in for a journey of firsts. The innocence and joy of watching these men and women experience things we take for granted for the first time will be unforgettable. (Q3, 2012)
CRAFT WARS, hosted by Tori Spelling, pits creative and genius crafters against one another in inspiring and tough challenges. Our crafters create cool, eye-popping pieces that will leave the viewer amazed and asking themselves, "how'd they do that!?" Each episode invites three craft experts to our arena to compete in two rounds of intense, timed competition. The first round, called the “Pop Craft,” challenges our competitors to create a more traditional and functional craft – but with some rather unusual materials – that the crafters must create in only one hour. After the end of Round 1, our panel of judges, each an esteemed craft expert, will eliminate one crafter and the remaining two will face off in the final “Master Craft” round, a five-hour no holds barred contest to create the most imaginative large scale craft they can dream of. In the end, the craftiest crafter will walk away with $10,000. (Q3, 2012)
TLC is giving viewers an insider's look at the most extreme money saving people around. Prepare to be amazed at their inventive and outrageous ways to save a buck as we reveal the saving (and spending) habits of – America’s most “Extreme Cheapskates.” (Q3, 2012)
IRISH DANCING SERIES (wt) – Q1, 2013
This one-hour special and eight-part series gives viewers a rare look behind the scenes of the world of competitive Irish dance. We follow the lives of American girls and boys, their families and their teachers as they all prepare for the biggest event of the year: The World Championship competition. In the weeks leading up to the “Worlds,” they endure the physical and emotional stress of a rigorous practice schedule. In a world where every detail of the performance is planned as much as the steps, from the intricate costumes to hair design and makeup, these contestants have one goal in mind – returning home a world champion. It’s a compelling story of heart, discipline and fierce competition. (Q1, 2013)
UNTITLED JO FROST PROJECT (wt)
TLC has signed a development deal with the original Supernanny, Jo Frost, to put her back to work fixing troubled families. She’s already tamed screaming toddlers, and now she’s tackling some of America’s toughest families and modern parenting challenges. From out-of-control teenagers, to interfering in-laws and battling school bullies – America’s families need help – and fast. (Q1, 2013)
MAMA’S BOYS OF THE BRONX
Forget about fresh baked bread, pasta and cannoli – Arthur Avenue is the place where growing up means never having to leave your mama. TLC shares a slice of the real Little Italy with MAMA’S BOYS OF THE BRONX, an eight-part series that follows five proud Italian-American men who grew up together and have plenty in common – they’re attractive, employed, in their 30’s...and unapologetically still live with their mothers. (Q2, 2012)
MAY THE BEST HOUSE WIN
A home is a direct reflection of its owner...right? Well, when four very different homeowners take turns to host a tour of their homes, we'll find out just how accurate saying 'you are where you live' actually is. Going through the keyhole of homes as weird and wonderful as their occupants, the other contestants will get a chance to snoop around before giving their frank opinions and rating the home, each hoping that at the end it's their house which will come out on top to win the $10,000 prize. (Q3, 2012)
ON THE FLY
ON THE FLY follows the folks whose daily challenge is getting thousands of passengers to their destinations on time and in a happy mood. In each episode, we introduce the engaging airline employees of Southwest Airlines, who must think on their feet as they cope with the chaos of weather delays, irate passengers and more surprising and unusual situations that only occur while flying. Focusing on airports in Chicago, Baltimore, Denver, New Orleans, Fort Lauderdale and Tampa, we get an inside look at the dramatic, funny and uplifting moments flying the largest domestic airline in the U.S. (Q2, 2012)
PREACHER LADIES (wt)
PREACHER LADIES (wt) is a candid look into the lives of the dynamic southern belles who walk a path only a chosen few can follow. We’ll watch each week as these ladies shatter stereotypes of what an old-fashioned preacher's wife is expected to be with the 21st Century reality of these high-powered women who hold court in Atlanta's world of mega-churches, multi-million dollar empires and high priced perfection. We’ll see our “First Ladies” as they navigate between the family home and the high and mighty pulpit, from the front cover of the papers to television screens across the nation, and from intimate prayer meetings to stadiums filled to capacity. (Q4, 2012)
RANDY TO THE RESCUE
SAY YES TO DRESS breakout star, Randy Fenoli, is throwing the ultimate bridal truck show! On every episode of this splashy new series, Randy will roll into a different city in a tractor-trailer packed to the gills with wedding dresses. Eager brides line up around city blocks for their chance to get advice from the most trusted name in wedding dress retail. Inside the ballroom, Randy will have a team of consultants, working various fitting stations, to help each bride find the perfect dress. The hour-long television show will focus on Randy's work with three particularly interesting brides. Doing much more than helping women find the right dress, he'll design their entire look from "head to hem" (dress, hair, makeup, bouquet). (Q2, 2012)
SOUTHIE PRIDE (wt)
As one of the nation's most historic neighborhoods, South Boston is known for hard-working residents who display an outrageous passion for life, family and town. Now, TLC takes viewers into this tight-knit community in the new TLC series SOUTHIE PRIDE (wt), going inside the homes of five South Boston women as they struggle to make a life for their families and protect the people they love the most. (Q3, 2012)
In each episode of TATTOO SCHOOL, three new students go to The World’s Only Tattoo School in colorful Shreveport, Louisiana to experience an intensive two-week “sink or swim” program. Every time these tattoo-artists-in-training put needle to skin, there’s the potential for a work of art…or an unnatural disaster, all under the watchful eye of Dr. Bill Pogue, the founder and lead instructor of TATTOO SCHOOL. Using his 40 years of experience in the business, he takes only two weeks to teach what most tattoo artists spend years learning. And for the student who does the best tattoo on the final exam, there’s the Golden Gun, a high-end tattoo machine that will get them started on their tattooing career. (Q2, 2012)
Discovery's Animal Planet will have a beastly slate of its own new series. "Glory Hounds" will follow the heroic path of military dogs, while "Rhino Wars" will chronicle the efforts of a group of game reserves to stem the carnage caused by rhino poachers in South Africa, with the help of former U.S. Special Forces operatives. There's also "Top Hooker" which -- perhaps to the disappointment of some -- will splits "10 expert fishers into two teams and pits them head to head in a series of insane, never-before-seen fishing challenges."
Read Discovery's full descriptions of Animal Planet's new series below.
FISH AMERICA (wt): Avid outdoorsman and professional wrestler Showtime Eric Young hits the road and crisscrossing the country to celebrate and fish hand to hand with America’s most extreme anglers. FISH AMERICA (wt) follows Young as he tracks down some of the most creative, unusual and dangerous fishing rituals around the country. FISH AMERICA takes you on a hunt for massive bass from a speeding kayak in whitewater rapids in Texas and transports viewers to Florida, where anglers capture 300-pound sharks MacGyver style using only a pair of women’s pantyhose. Young is on a mission to learn the methods of America’s fishing masterminds while embracing the madness of these local traditions, which have been practiced for years. And no matter how long it takes and how many bumps and bruises he gets along the way, Young keeps the adventure going until he catches the ultimate fish.
FRONTIER EARTH WITH DAVE SALMONI (wt): Animal Planet continues its long-standing commitment to natural history programming in FRONTIER EARTH WITH DAVE SALMONI (wt). Throughout the past 15 years, Animal Planet has worked with world’s most preeminent producers in this category to bring viewers the latest views of our ever-changing planet. Hosted by Animal Planet’s renowned large predator expert Dave Salmoni, this six-part series follows Salmoni on a guided journey to the frontlines of major ecosystems, unfolding the plights of the world’s most enigmatic animals. Focusing on the most unique aspects of our natural world and bringing to light independent voices from around the globe, FRONTIER EARTH WITH DAVE SALMONI examines the orca, slow loris, tiger, leopard, Komodo dragon and a tribe of ants like never before.
GLORY HOUNDS (wt): On the battlefields, a remarkable group serves the United States with limitless courage and unparalleled loyalty. Devoted to protecting their comrades, military working dogs serve beside their human partners in Iraq and Afghanistan, only asking for affection in return. The show explores the friendships between man and dog, which are magnified and transformed into deep, emotional bonds that can last the rest of their lives. From tracking insurgents to sniffing out explosive devices, military working dogs are an integral component of the armed forces. GLORY HOUNDS (wt) drops audiences into the heat of battle and reveals extraordinary stories of heroism and friendship that have shaped the lives of the men and women who serve our country.
MONSTER WEEK: MONSTER WEEK is a jam-packed, monster-fest week, showcasing the legendary creatures from wildly popular shows like RIVER MONSTERS, FINDING BIGFOOT, and CALL OF THE WILDMAN. Boasting all-new episodes of these fan-favorite titles, MONSTER WEEK digs deeper into our fascination with these creatures, giving behind-the-scene access into the monster hunters and their hunts. MONSTER WEEK delves into two new mysteries: one involves the hunt and capture of a 20-foot MAN-EATING SUPER CROC, and the other focuses on the possible existence of mermaids. MERMAIDS: THE BODY FOUND is the crescendo of the epic week with a two-hour CGI investigation into the probability of mermaids swimming throughout our waters. It explores a scientific theory that supports the existence of mermaids, and the film imagines how they really appear, how they evolved and the role they play beneath the water’s surface. With action and intrigue, MONSTER WEEK takes viewers on an adventure that promises to astound and delight the imagination.
POLAR BEAR FAMILY AND ME (wt): In POLAR BEAR FAMILY AND ME (wt), legendary wildlife filmmaker Gordon Buchanan travels deep into the Arctic for his greatest challenge yet – infiltrating a family of polar bears and documenting the cubs’ epic struggle for survival. The Arctic’s Svalbard Islands inhabits the highest density of polar bears in the world, and following these dangerous carnivores proves to be the ultimate challenge. Watch as Buchanan attempts to gain the trust of baby polar bear Nikita as it takes its first strides in the frozen splendor of the Arctic. Buchanan documents the baby’s first year of joyous triumphs and threatening obstacles. Experience firsthand the frigid and barren landscape in this stunning, groundbreaking miniseries.
RHINO WARS (wt): In spite of heroic efforts by South African anti-poaching units, rhino poachers still run rampant, and the carnage escalates. In 2011, nearly 400 rhinos were killed. Sickened by the slaughter and frustrated by the inability to stop it, a group of private game reserves plans direct action. In RHINO WARS (wt), they band together to try to take down the ruthless poachers by bringing in former U.S. Special Forces operatives. This specialized team hunts the poaching gangs and syndicates of the illegal rhino-horn trade who are slaughtering South Africa’s rhinos in record numbers for vast profits.
THE AFTERLIFE: ELEPHANT and THE AFTERLIFE: HIPPO: THE AFTERLIFE: ELEPHANT and THE AFTERLIFE: HIPPO follow the journeys of a fallen elephant and a dying hippopotamus, beginning with their last days and continuing through the new life born out of death. These specials capture the magnificence of the eternal circle of life, focusing on every predator, scavenger, parasite and bacterium that feasts on carrion for survival. Using state-of-the-art technology and integrating testimonies with real-time expert analyses, THE AFTERLIFE: ELEPHANT and THE AFTERLIFE: HIPPO take you on two mystical voyages into the heart of Africa to look at the food chain under a brand-new light.
THE HUNGER (wt): Since the dawn of time, mankind has gone to great lengths, extremes and unbelievable obstacles in order to feed. Driven by hunger even today, people must follow the food trail and do anything to survive, even if that means crawling along the ocean floor during massive waves to scavenge for seafood; climbing the same trees as predatory tigers to share food; or outrunning exotic antelope in their native African fields. Beyond the primal need to eat, what propels different cultures and people to take such risks? In THE HUNGER (wt), host Guy Grieve is the guide to unlock the mysteries behind the ingenious and resourceful ways in which different cultures find, capture, cultivate and eat food around the world. Taking advantage of nature’s spectacular abundance and harnessing the skills of the best hunters on the planet, Grieve explores the nexus among people, the natural world and the food they eat.
TREEHOUSE MEN (wt): In the forests outside of Seattle reside a specialized group of men earning their living in the treetops; swinging from tether riggings hundreds of feet off the ground; operating highly dangerous construction equipment; and battling every weather element Mother Nature throws their way. But these guys aren’t your everyday ax men; in fact, they’re nothing like them. Their singular objective is to fulfill the wishes and desires of their clients, ranging from billionaire CEOs to 10-year-old kids who just want to daydream amongst the clouds. These men are the TREEHOUSE MEN (wt). Led by pioneering tree-house virtuoso Pete Nelson, the TREEHOUSE MEN are an elite team of talented designers, carpenters and builders bonded together to create the most magnificent, whimsical and jaw-dropping tree houses in forests and backyards all across America and around the world. But building these sanctuaries in the sky comes with a host of challenges including crazy deadlines, treacherous terrain, dizzying heights and demanding clients. Pete and his crew work through every obstacle to reach the ultimate goal – to help their clients reconnect with nature by turning their dreams of sky-high havens into breathtaking realities. TREEHOUSE MEN brings us closer to nature one tree house at a time.
TOP HOOKER (wt): TOP HOOKER (wt) is an in-your-face, full-throttle competition series that splits 10 expert fishers into two teams and pits them head to head in a series of insane, never-before-seen fishing challenges. Traveling across the country to some of the most remote, popular, yet jarringly different fishing holes, competitors struggle through eight hard weeks on the road and 24 off-the-hook challenges – all culminating in just one chance to be crowned the TOP HOOKER. Animal Planet throws down the gauntlet with exhilarating dares, enticing fishers to free dive for the perfect pearl and net Asian carp that fly through air. In a nautical game of catch and release, who catches the chance to proceed to the next round and who’s off the hook?
WILD ARABIA (wt): Deep in the Gulf region is one of the world’s last great wildernesses – a mysterious and magical landscape hidden to the world for decades. Observe the dramatic and varied geology and extraordinary wildlife in the world premiere of WILD ARABIA (wt). With unparalleled access, Animal Planet takes viewers to the crossroads of three continents to a clandestine kingdom of rich culture and breathtaking beauty. Once the trade hub of the ancient world, Arabia has transitioned into a secluded splendor where the modern world brushes up against a vast and ageless sweeping terrain. Feast your eyes on the scenic and sculptural sand dunes of Saudi Arabia and Oman, which are populated by camel trains and elegant white gazelles. Discover the scores of undersea volcanoes in the deep trenches off the coast of Yemen, and uncover the secrets of the Tigris-Euphrates River Delta.
WILD HAWAII (wt):
In the vast Pacific Ocean is one of America’s most splendid and cherished treasures – Hawaii. The isolated islands and its pristine beaches serve as tropical oases for tourists from around the globe, yet few who step foot on the sacred land realize the true beauty and complexity that Hawaii has to offer. In WILD HAWAII, Animal Planet spotlights paradise with a fresh lens and uncovers the natural secrets of the islands, where life thrives in extraordinarily diverse extremes. Travel from the endless, coral gardens of the Pacific, to the snowy and ice-capped peak of Mauna Loa, one of the five volcanoes that helped form Hawaii. In between, watch as green turtles navigate tiger shark-infested waters on their quest to sunbathe on the beaches of Hawaii alongside monk seals. Traverse the rain-drenched forests of the islands, and observe the hunting prowess of inchworm moth caterpillars and the three-horned Jackson’s chameleon, two of Hawaii’s most active predators. And, marvel at the lava cricket, an opportunistic insect that lives and hunts in The Big Island’s lava fields, broiling at 2000-degree F.
Investigation Discovery, meanwhile, will offer its own slate of new programming, much of it of the sordid variety. Upcoming programs include "Evil Twins," which will examine true-crime mysteries involving siblings who co-inhabited the same womb. Fans of the lurid will also want to catch "Deadly Affairs." The series, hosted by former "All My Children" star Susan Lucci, will chronicle real-life "stories of passionate love affairs turned crimes of passion."
And if your curiosity isn't piqued by the title "Wives With Knives," you should probably check to see if you have a pulse.
Discover your upcoming guilty pleasures, courtesy of Investigation Discovery, with the show descriptions below.
There’s something oddly fascinating about twins. Maybe it’s the secret languages they create, their identical façade, or the claim that one can feel when the other is hurt. But when one twin turns bad, does the other stay pure of heart? Channeling sibling rivalries and deadly childhood pacts, EVIL TWINS follows true-crime mysteries surrounding real-life cases of these evil archetypes. Each episode reveals shocking stories of twins on the edge, from sleeping with their sibling’s husband then setting them up for murder to stealing their identity and even coming back from the dead.
When it comes to murder, no detective starts their search at the beginning of the crime. Rather, a murder investigation always begins with the body, after the deed is done. It is up to the police to piece together the story, moving backwards in time until they arrive at the root of the crime. In ID’s new series REDRUM, viewers follow the backwards tale of murder from false motives and mistaken witnesses to conversations taken completely out of context, until the truth finally comes out at the very end.
From love triangles that implode to office romances exposed; from sleeping with the enemy to bedding your best friend’s husband; and from grooms ditching the ceremony with a bridesmaid in tow to swingers deciding the grass actually is greener; stories of passionate love affairs turned crimes of passion aren’t just happening on daytime television. Hosted by soap opera legend Susan Lucci, DEADLY AFFAIRS proves that they happen in real life and, sometimes, are even stranger than fiction.
FRENEMIES: BFFs GONE BAD
Exploring riveting stories of loyalty betrayed, FRENEMIES: BFFs GONE BAD is a perfect example of what happens when friendships fall apart at the seams. In this new series, Investigation Discovery looks at friends who are devoted to one another, only to have things go horribly, and often fatally, wrong. Each episode traces friendships through good times to their gradual demise, as things turn sour and end in shocking, violent confrontation. What happened that turned these former friends into deadly frenemies?
‘TIL DEATH DO US PART
When marriages fail, divorce can turn ugly and even deadly. What was once a passionate union becomes spite, greed, backstabbing, and betrayal. ‘TIL DEATH DO US PART explores tumultuous, shocking, and high-stake divorces and the deadly murders linked to them. Guiding viewers through these passionate accounts of love gone wrong are Dr. Stacy Kaiser, a psychotherapist and relationship expert, and Dr. Brian Russell, a forensic psychologist and attorney. From husbands, wives, children, grandparents, mistresses and friends, divorce can lead even the most unthinkable people to commit murder.
WIVES WITH KNIVES
WIVES WITH KNIVES features gripping stories of women who fight at close range. Some women endured years of sexual, emotional, and physical abuse before fighting back. Others were motivated by greed and jealousy. Some of the victims died and others lived to testify against their attackers. Through personal accounts from the actual women who committed the crimes, as well as the victims themselves, each episode reveals the traumatic events that led to the pair’s disturbing demise.
PRETTY BAD GIRLS
A true-crime series channeling the glamour of “Sex and the City,” PRETTY BAD GIRLS bares what happens when beautiful, fabulous women have more than killer clothes in their closets. They have skeletons, too. These sexy criminals know exactly what they want, and are willing to do anything to get it, no matter the cost. They will lie, cheat, steal, and even kill. After all, living a life of crime is easy when you’re looks could kill and sex is your weapon of choice.
COLD CASE (wt)
There are twists and turns around every corner in ID’s new series COLD CASE. Each episode invites viewers on an emotional journey between past and present as unsolved homicides are reopened. The series shows how time, technology, and burdens of the past combine to rehash old cases and open old wounds in an effort to solve haunting whodunit mysteries, finally put the culprit behind bars, and give loved ones long-awaited peace of mind.
DANGEROUS PERSUASIONS (wt)
DANGEROUS PERSUASIONS tells extraordinary and terrifyingly true tales of everyday people who were manipulated into committing horrific crimes. These average men and women fell under the influence of dark forces and were brainwashed into shocking behaviors they never would have exhibited otherwise. Through intimate, first-person accounts, each episode details the captivating stories of people who lost themselves as a result of dangerous persuasions.
THE EX-FILES (wt)
Paying homage to the guilty pleasures of salacious TV talk shows, THE EX-FILES delves into extreme romantic relationships turned sour, uncovering the truth from both sides. Men and women reveal all the sordid secrets, from passionate and sexy stories to the crazy and strange, that eventually led to their relationship’s downfall.
WHO THE BLEEP…
Building off the success of ID’s hit series WHO THE (BLEEP) DID I MARRY?, this new spinoff goes one step further to explore relationships between friends, co-workers, significant others, family members, and more. Each real-life story is a first-person account that uncovers the truth behind people’s double lives and the fallout that ensues. WHO THE BLEEP… begs the question: how well can you really know someone?
MURDER IN PARADISE (wt)
It’s a vacation in paradise, or is it? ID’s new series recounts stories of happy couples who go on dream vacations that end in violence. Only one of them comes back alive, and it’s never an accident. Could these unwitting victims have been murdered by the last person in the world they’d expect to do them harm? MURDER IN PARADISE is a mystery series that aims to uncover whether these victims were the random targets of a brutal stranger or the focused objects of premeditated evil.
Meanwhile, Discovery Fit & Health also has a couple of new offerings. "High School Moms" will explore a Colorado high school "devoted exclusively to pregnant girls and teen moms," while "If They Were My Kids" will find sibings with radically different parenting styles swapping kids in order to determine whose method of child-rearing is superior.
Check out the full descriptions below:
HIGH SCHOOL MOMS
Follow the real-life drama at a Colorado high school devoted exclusively to pregnant girls and teen moms. With nursing facilities and a day care center in the building, these girls are given every opportunity to continue their education while tackling the tasks of caring for a baby. Every day brings new challenges to the school’s dedicated teachers and students, as the girls try to balance schoolwork, sonograms, diapers and dreams of a bright future. (Q3, 2012)
IF THEY WERE MY KIDS
Think you’re a better parent than your sibling? PROVE IT! In each episode of IF THEY WERE MY KIDS siblings with very different parenting styles will get a chance to test their conflicting philosophies by switching places to take care of each other’s kids as they think best. It’s the experience of a lifetime and the only way to truly unravel the knots of their own sibling relationships. (Q1, 2013)