History is revving up a sequel to “Evel Live,” though this time Travis Pastrana will be a co-host and leave the daredevil stunt work to others.
“Evil Live 2” will air Sunday, July 7 at 8 p.m. ET as part of the network’s third-annual Car Week. “Evel Live 2” will see freestyle motocross athletes Axell Hodges and Vicki Golden attempt a trio of stunts. Last July’s stunt spectacular landed 3.5 million total viewers, per Nielsen’s Live + Same Day ratings.
Golden will attempt to shatter the motorcycle firewall record where she will speed through a series of flaming wooden boards, the first female to attempt to break the current record which was set back in 2006. Next, Hodges will try to soar over more than 24 beverage trucks to break Evel Knievel’s 1971 attempt and Evel’s son Robbie’s 2003 record.
The television event will culminate with Hodges attempting to jump farther than anyone ever has on a motorcycle, a distance that was set in 2011 at 379’9” feet.
The A+E Networks channel also ordered a scripted drama “The Tenderloin” (working title) that will be executive produced and directed by Sylvester Stallone. Stephen Kay will write the pilot.
“The Tenderloin” is based on the true story of Charles Becker, a New York cop at the turn of the century and leader of the Strong-Arm Squad, tasked with going to war with the Italian, Jewish and Irish gangs in a violent New York City neighborhood called “The Tenderloin.” Becker and his squad were dirty cops, but at the same time tried to impose order in a city controlled by gangs and Tammany Hall. In a stunning turn of events, Becker became the first and only policeman in U.S. history sent to the electric chair for murder.
“The Tenderloin” is an A+E Studios production in association with Balboa Productions. Stallone, Kay and Braden Aftergood executive produce. Barry Jossen serves as executive producer for A+E Studios.
Additionally, History ordered a non-fiction series, “The UnXplained,” that will be hosted by William Shatner, and a second season of “In Search Of” with host Zachary Quinto. From mysterious structures such as Florida’s Coral Castle, and “evil” places as Japan’s “Suicide Forest,” to extraterrestrial sightings and bizarre rituals, the six-episode “UnXplained” will tackle subjects that have mystified mankind for centuries.
History also added a pair of docuseries in “Washington” and “The Food That Built America.”