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Posted Monday 8/13/18 at 2:35PM EDT
Mark Hamill joins History's Knightfall as it's renewed for a "grittier, darker" Season 2
The Star Wars star will play Talus, a veteran of the Crusades who survived a decade in captivity, on the History channel's medieval drama. Season 2 will mark a showrunner change for Knightfall, with Aaron Helbing coming aboard to helm the series. "We look forward to offering our viewers a grittier, darker Knightfall in season two and welcoming Mark to the cast," says History's programming vice president Eli Lehrer.
Posted Friday 8/10/18 at 6:01AM EDT
American Pickers found Aerosmith's first 1970s tour van
The 1964 International Harvester Metro van still prominently displays a caricature of Steven Tyler along with the band's name.
Posted Tuesday 8/07/18 at 10:55PM EDT
LeBron James is producing a slew of TV shows
CBS' announcement this morning that it is teaming with the NBA superstar on the competition series Million Dollar Mile begs the question: Just how many shows is LeBron James capable of producing? His TV projects announced in the past few months include his HBO talk show The Shop, History channel Civil Rights Movement docuseries Rise Up: The Movement That Changed America, HBO documentary Student Athlete, The Octavia Spencer-starring Netflix limited series about Madam C.J. Walker, an inspirational high school basketball docuseries for YouTube, the Showtime docuseries Shut Up and Dribble, Facebook Watch reality show Do Or Dare, Starz's Warriors of Liberty City, A sports assistant comedy series for CBS, ABC's White Dave comedy series, an HBO sneaker store sitcom and an HBO Muhammad Ali documentary.
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Posted Thursday 7/26/18 at 10:37PM EDT
Navy SEAL drama Six's cancelation was due to the military drama marketplace becoming "incredibly crowded" and "derivative"
History channel executive Eli Lehrer said of the cancelation of Six after two seasons: “I think what we found is, between the end of Season 1 and the launch of Season 2, the marketplace became incredibly crowded with similar, one may say derivative, shows. When we came back for Season 2, it made it challenging for our series to reestablish itself. We saw a decline in the ratings as a result.”
Posted Saturday 7/21/18 at 1:37AM EDT
Zachary Quinto again fills Leonard Nimoy's shoes with History's In Search Of
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
With Quinto as host, the mystery series has more book smarts, starting with Friday's premiere. "Quinto is curious, eager, unexpectedly intense and amusingly easy to please, setting the tone for a show that makes for a fun and easy watch, and one that doesn't set its ambitions very high," says Daniel Fienberg. New episodes range from "Aliens" to "Superhumans" to "Monsters of the Deep."
Posted Friday 7/20/18 at 5:13PM EDT
Vikings resumes Season 5 on Nov. 28
The History series released an intense Comic-Con trailer for the second half of Season 5.
Posted Wednesday 7/18/18 at 1:42PM EDT
Watch Game of Thrones' Aidan Gillen chase UFOs for his new History series
History has released the first trailer for Project Blue Book, in which Gillen plays an astrophysicist and UFO skeptic in the 1950s whom the government asks to disprove the existence of aliens.
Posted Thursday 7/12/18 at 12:16PM EDT
History channel to mark the 50th anniversary of Hot Wheels
Source: The A.V. Club
The die-cast toy car company will be the subject of tonight's documentary, Hot Wheels: 50th Anniversary Special.
Posted Monday 7/09/18 at 7:23PM EDT
History's Evel Live becomes cable TV's top special of the year with 3.5 million viewers
Sunday's three-hour tribute to Evel Knievel featured American professional motorsports icon Travis Pastrana completing three of the legendary daredevil's most dangerous feats live from Las Vegas.
Posted Friday 6/29/18 at 5:15PM EDT
Six canceled by History channel after two seasons
The Navy SEAL drama was a breakout hit in Season 1, but its Season 2 ratings have fallen by almost 50%.
Posted Monday 6/25/18 at 1:35PM EDT
Richard Harrison, "The Old Man" on Pawn Stars, dies at 77
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Harrison's son and co-star Rick Harrison paid tribute to the History channel star, who often provided comic relief on the reality show: "He will be tremendously missed by our family, the team at Gold & Silver Pawn and his many fans the world over," the younger Harrison wrote on Instagram. "He was my hero and I was fortunate to get a very cool 'Old Man' as my dad."
Posted Wednesday 5/30/18 at 2:14PM EDT
History orders a Ulysses S. Grant docuseries based on Ron Chernow's 2017 biography
Leonardo DiCaprio, who recently acquired movie rights to the Pulitzer-winning author's biography of the Civil War general and U.S. president, will produce the six-part docuseries. Chernow's Grant biography is the latest to argue that Grant, despite his scandal-plagued presidency, was an exceptional commander in chief. “Grant is one of the most brilliant, yet flawed figures in U.S. history and Chernow’s extraordinary biography has transformed our understanding of him at the deepest level,” says Eli Lehrer, History channel's executive vice president of programming. “This documentary will look at the Civil War and Reconstruction through the intriguing lens of Grant and we look forward to bringing Chernow’s fascinating portrait of this president to life.”
Posted Wednesday 4/04/18 at 5:25PM EDT
History channel has also dropped plans for a Bill Clinton-Monica Lewinsky miniseries
Source: The Washington Post
After Ryan Murphy said he was scrapping an American Crime Story season on the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal, The Washington Post's Emily Yahr contacted History to see if it was still proceeding with its R.J. Cutler-produced six-part miniseries based on the book The Breach: Inside the Impeachment of Bill Clinton by Peter Baker. "We made a decision not to move forward on that," a History rep responded, adding there are plans to do a "docuseries" on the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal.
Posted Thursday 3/15/18 at 3:05PM EDT
History announces a 100-episode documentary series, plus an Evel Knievel stunt special
Werner Herzog will be among the filmmakers making History 100 documentaries, which will chronicle major events and notable figures from the past 100 years. History also announced a three-hour special in July where modern-day daredevil Travis Pastrana tries to re-create Knievel’s famous motorcycle stunts in Las Vegas.
Posted Friday 3/09/18 at 7:02AM EST
History's Navy SEAL drama Six returns on Memorial Day
Olivia Munn is among the new additions for Season 2, which premieres Monday, May 28.