January 23, 2013 Lynn Gardner
Lynn.Gardner@aenetworks.com
212-850-9322

February 2013 PREMIERE HIGHLIGHTS

 

(**As of January 23, 2013. Schedule is Subject to Change)

 

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TOP GEAR

AMERICA’S TOUGHEST CARS **(Episode title updated--singular)      February 5           9PM

RVs                                                                                             February 12          9PM

Premiere Episode**                                                                       February 19          9PM

Premiere Episode**                                                                       February 26          9PM

 

AX MEN

GATORS & HAND GRENADES**                                                  February 10          9PM

Premiere Episode**                                                                       February 17          9PM

Premiere Episode**                                                                       February 24          9PM

 

Season Premiere!

SWAMP PEOPLE

Premiere Episode**                                                                       February 14          9PM

Premiere Episode**                                                                       February 21          9PM

Premiere Episode**                                                                       February 28          9PM

 

Series Premiere!

BIG RIG BOUNTY HUNTERS**(Series description added/Series title updated.)

TRACKED **(Episode title/ description added)                                    February 14          10PM

FIGHT AND FLIGHT **(Episode title/ description added)                     February 21          10PM

Premiere Episode**                                                                       February 28          10PM

 

Series Premiere! (Series pushed back to air later this year. Date: TBA)

ULTIMATE SOLDIER CHALLENGE

U.S. GREEN BERETS VS. NORWEGIAN FSK                               February 19          10PM

U.S. RANGERS VS BRITISH SPECIAL FORCES                            February 26          10PM

 

AMERICAN PICKERS

Premiere Episode**                                                                       February 4           9PM

Premiere Episode**                                                                       February 11          9PM

Premiere Episode**                                                                       February 18          9PM

Premiere Episode**                                                                       February 25          9PM

 

PAWN STARS

COMIC CON / Premiere**                                                              February 4           10PM /10:30PM

Premiere Episodes**                                                                     February 11          10PM /10:30PM

Premiere Episodes**                                                                     February 18          10PM /10:30PM

Premiere Episodes**                                                                     February 25          10PM /10:30PM

 

SPECIAL PRESENTATION

STORIES FROM THE ROAD TO FREEDOM                                  February 16          8PM

 

 

History Publicity Contacts:

VICE PRESIDENT OF PUBLIC RELATIONS AND COMMUNICATIONS: Lynn.Gardner@aenetworks.com 212-850-9322

PROGRAM INFORMATION AND SPECIAL ART REQUESTS: Monica.Gonzalez@aenetworks.com 212-907-9445

LISTINGS: Eileen.Fitzpatrick@aenetworks.com

PUBLICISTS: See individual shows for contacts

 

ART: Art for all premieres should be available on the press website, but if you don't find what you're looking for, please contact us for help. PRESS WEBSITE: www.historypressroom.com

 

 

**Expanded information is not available at this time for this premiere.

 


 

 

 

February 2013 PREMIERE HIGHLIGHTS

 

 

 

 

 

 

AMERICAN PICKERS

 

Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz – business partners in Iowa-based Antique Archaeology and friends since the 8th grade – are part sleuths, part antiques experts, and part cultural historians.  They call themselves "pickers" because their job is to pick through backyard junk piles, abandoned barns and neglected garages scattered across the back roads of America looking for hidden collectibles they can make a buck on.  But even if they don’t close a deal, they are enriched with fascinating stories about the stuff and the American characters who have spent a lifetime collecting it. The series follows the adventures of Mike and Frank on their mission to pick "rusty gold" before flea market dealers and antique shop owners get to it.

 

(Individual episode information currently not available.)

 

PREMIERES: Mondays, February 4, 11, 18, 25 at 9pm/1:01am ET

LENGTH: 1 hour

PRODUCED BY: Cineflix Productions

PUBLICIST: Heather.DiRubba@aenetworks.com 212-210-9760

**WORLD PREMIERE

 

 


PAWN STARS:

COMIC CON / PREMIERE**
 

HISTORY's hit series, PAWN STARS, brings viewers inside the doors of a family-run pawnshop in Las Vegas, where three generations of men from the Harrison family — grandfather Richard, son Rick and grandson Corey — jointly run the business, with clashing and camaraderie every step of the way. This family lives and breathes the pawning business, using their sharp-eyed skills to carefully assess the value of items their colorful customers bring in, objects ranging from the obscure to the truly historic.

 

COMIC CON: Fly high and aim low with the Pawn Stars as they check out a Japanese machine gun camera.  Used to train fighter pilots during WWII, will the guys have the skills to keep this deal on target? Then, Chumlee and Corey take a look at some sketches drawn by Spider-Man creator Stan Lee. Known as a writer, but never an artist, are they legit, or a web of lies?  And later, Rick and the Old Man eye a $1,000 Federal Reserve note from 1918. Will they fork over a stack of hundreds, or is this G note past its prime?

 

PREMIERE: To Be Announced. (Individual episode information currently not available.)

 

PREMIERES: Monday, February 4 at 10pm/2:01am and 10:30pm/2:31am ET;     

LENGTH: ½ hour episodes

PRODUCED BY: Leftfield Pictures

PUBLICIST: Heather.DiRubba@aenetworks.com 212-210-9760

**WORLD PREMIERE

 

 

TOP GEAR:

AMERICA’S TOUGHEST CAR

 

What’s America’s toughest, most un-killable car?  Adam, Tanner and Rutledge each pick the toughest car they can think of and put them through a series of brutal tests using shotguns, bombs and a giant crane.  The winner gets to go head-to-head against the U.S. military in one of the toughest SUV’s on the planet.

 

Featuring super-cars, extreme stunts, challenges and car reviews, TOP GEAR is the home for anyone with a love of cars. Chock-full of high-adrenaline action entertainment, TOP GEAR tracks the colorful history of the automobile as well as the eccentric adventures of its hosts with TOP GEAR’S customary wit and humor. TOP GEAR is hosted by comedian Adam Ferrara, champion race car driver Tanner Foust and racing analyst Rutledge Wood.

 
PREMIERES: Tuesdays, February 5 at 9pm/1:01am ET;     

LENGTH: 1 hour

PRODUCED BY: BBC Worldwide Productions

PUBLICIST: Vicky.Kahn@aenetworks.com 212-210-9743

**WORLD PREMIERE

 

 

 

 


AX MEN:

GATORS & HAND GRENADES

 

(Individual episode information currently not available.)

 

 

PREMIERES: Sunday, February 10 at 9pm/1:01am ET

LENGTH: 1 hour episode

PRODUCED BY: Original Productions

PUBLICIST: Vicky.Kahn@aenetworks.com 212-210-9743

**WORLD PREMIERE

 

 

TOP GEAR:

RVs

 

RVs are roomy and comfortable, but they’re terrible to drive.  So to solve this issue, Adam, Tanner and Rutledge design their own RV that has to be not only comfortable but also fun to drive, and take them on a southern road trip.  Along the way they compete in a series of wild challenges, culminating at the famous infield of Charlotte Motor Speedway. 

 

Featuring super-cars, extreme stunts, challenges and car reviews, TOP GEAR is the home for anyone with a love of cars. Chock-full of high-adrenaline action entertainment, TOP GEAR tracks the colorful history of the automobile as well as the eccentric adventures of its hosts with TOP GEAR’S customary wit and humor. TOP GEAR is hosted by comedian Adam Ferrara, champion race car driver Tanner Foust and racing analyst Rutledge Wood.

 

PREMIERES: Tuesday, February 12 at 9pm/1:01am ET;     

HOSTED BY: Adam Ferrara, Tanner Foust and Rutledge Wood

LENGTH: 1 hour

PRODUCED BY: BBC Worldwide Productions

PUBLICIST: Vicky.Kahn@aenetworks.com 212-210-9743

**WORLD PREMIERE

 


Series Premiere!
BIG RIG BOUNTY HUNTERS:

TRACKED


Every year, thousands of trucks carrying valuable cargo across America go missing.  These big rigs have to be hunted down and hauled in or the trucking companies pay the price. Vital to our nation's economy, the United States depends on these trucks to deliver the goods.  BIG RIG BOUNTY HUNTERS tracks five groups of colorful characters along a perilous competition to retrieve the missing loads while facing a ticking clock and life-threatening duty.  A day in the life of a truck hunter is never easy, but the dollar signs keep these truckers hunting.

 

The Big Rig Bounty Hunters are:

 

The Jersey Boys (John and Gene):  A former trucker and an ex-cop, these brothers-in-law bring a no-nonsense Jersey attitude to get the job done.

 

The Ex-Cons (Shawn and Vince): They met in kindergarten and it was hate at first sight. When not fighting each other, they take their aggression out on the road.

 

The Desert Dogs (Eric and Rob): Dad’s an experienced trucker with 20 years on the road; Rob is learning the family business. This father-and-son team often find themselves on the front lines of illegal smuggling along the U.S.-Mexico border.

 

The Texans (Korchenko and Marshall): One’s a former wrestler; the other’s an ex-football player. These larger-than-life best friends have combined their mutual brawn to create a hugely successful truck recovery business.

 

The Vets (Animal and Steve): These Vietnam vets have no fear – after surviving bombings and battles in Southeast Asia, they’ll take up any challenge under any condition when other drivers bail out.

 

THE LONE WOLF (Jaxon): True to his nature… Jaxon loves to roam. While he has had driving partners before, he found his personality was more suited to being a loner. He got into recovering trucks when several companies he worked for complained about drivers not showing up to do the job.

 

 

TRACKED: In Ohio, Truck Hunters Shawn and Vince must track down and deliver a big rig filled with highly classified cargo, but mid-route they pick up a mysterious tail.  In Texas, a trailer filled with prized cattle is stranded on a track, and Marshall and Korchenko are the trucker’s last hope to avert a disastrous collision. In New Jersey, brothers-in-law John and Gene are on the hunt for a hijacked truck full of a million dollars worth of laptops.  And in Denver, Animal and Steve discover the perils of trying to deliver a hot load on a tight deadline, as the President’s visit locks down the city’s traffic grid.

 

PREMIERES: Thursdays, February 14 at 10pm/2:01am ET     

LENGTH: 1 hour

PRODUCED BY: This Is Just A Test Productions

**WORLD PREMIERE

 


SPECIAL PRESENTATION:

STORIES FROM THE ROAD TO FREEDOM

 

STORIES FROM THE ROAD TO FREEDOM, narrated by Deon Cole, gives a fresh perspective of the black movement in America, from Emancipation to the Civil Rights era. The special uses first-hand accounts, rare audio recordings, never-before-seen archival footage, and home movies to chronicle African American life as lived by regular people, in their own words, through 150 years of social upheaval.

 

STORIES FROM THE ROAD TO FREEDOM features an extraordinary collection of source material. In one of the only known recorded interviews of its kind, former slave Fountain Jordan describes the early days of emancipation. There is recently-discovered, never-before-broadcast footage of Ernest Beane, a Pullman Porter who documented his life on the rails, and an audio recording of an interview with World War I veteran Edward Nichols, who witnessed the 1919 Red Summer Riots in Duluth. Other rarities include color footage of Richard and Mildred Loving, the interracial couple whose Supreme Court Case ended race-based legal restrictions on marriage; and outtakes from interviews with the first African American family to move into all-white Levittown, PA and the white neighbors who opposed it. Glimpses of everyday life can be seen in some of the earliest known African American home movies that were shot in wealthy black communities in Oklahoma in the aftermath of the Tulsa Riots; in the earliest known photographs of a Juneteenth celebration in Austin, TX in 1900; and in very rare and never-before broadcast footage from the 1954 All Black Memphis State Fair.

 

STORIES FROM THE ROAD TO FREEDOM is an unparalleled opportunity to see and hear from remarkable individuals who – for better or worse, whether they were aware of it or not – paved the way through the greatest social movement in American history.

 

PREMIERES: Saturday, February 16 at 8pm/12:01am ET

LENGTH: 2 hours

PRODUCED BY: New Animal Productions

PUBLICIST:Susan.Ievoli@aenetworks.com  212-907-9447

**WORLD PREMIERE

 

 

BIG RIG BOUNTY HUNTERS:

FIGHT AND FLIGHT


The Jersey Boys, John and Gene, go to blows with a delinquent driver who isn’t paying the bills on his truck lease.  Ex-cons Shawn and Vince are sent to rescue a disabled tractor and its load, but this big rig is for the birds, literally. The Texans, Marshall and Korchenko, put their perfect recovery record to the test when a disoriented driver can’t give them his whereabouts. And The Desert Dogs, Eric and Rob, a father and son truck hunting duo, must deal with a disgruntled driver who won’t hand over his rig.

 

Every year, thousands of trucks carrying valuable cargo across America go missing.  These big rigs have to be hunted down and hauled in or the trucking companies pay the price. Vital to our nation's economy, the United States depends on these trucks to deliver the goods. BIG RIG BOUNTY HUNTERS tracks five groups of colorful characters along a perilous competition to retrieve the missing loads while facing a ticking clock and life-threatening duty. A day in the life of a truck hunter is never easy, but the dollar signs keep these truckers hunting.

 

PREMIERES: Thursday, February 21 at 10pm/2:01am ET

LENGTH: 1 hour episode

PRODUCED BY: This Is Just A Test Productions

**WORLD PREMIERE

 

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