Fresh Off WarnerMedia Merger Reveal, Discovery Touts 2021-22 Streaming And Linear Programming
Discovery, a day after announcing a landmark, $43 billion merger with AT&T’s WarnerMedia, delivered its first upfront presentation in two years to tout 2021-22 programming.
The virtual presentation promises a record investment in content for the company’s linear and digital outlets, including recently launched streaming service Discovery+. In taking the wraps off the WarnerMedia deal Monday, Discovery CEO David Zaslav said the combined company will be spending $20 billion a year on programming. Today’s upfront news didn’t come with a specific budget attached.
Cable TV brands under the Discovery tent include Discovery Channel, HGTV, Food Network, TLC, Investigation Discovery, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, Magnolia Network, Animal Planet, MotorTrend, Travel Channel and Science Channel.
Zaslav hosted the event along with Jon Steinlauf, Discovery’s Chief U.S. Advertising Sales Officer. Jim Keller, EVP of Digital Ad Sales and Advanced Advertising, presented Discovery’s Advanced Audience Solutions, a combination of advanced ad products and cross-platform measurement capabilities. The goal of those tools is to optimize audience reach beyond the usual metrics of age and gender.
Lisa Holme, Group SVP, Content and Commercial Strategy, is highlighting Discovery+ originals. Kathleen Finch, Chief Lifestyle Brands Officer, is covering Discovery’s lifestyle brands, including the top three networks for women, HGTV, TLC and Food Network. Nancy Daniels, Chief Brand Officer, Discovery and Factual, is introducing shows for Discovery Channel, Animal Planet and Science Channel.
Here are new originals, with descriptions provided by Discovery:
Celebrity IOU: Joyride (new series premieres July 26) On Celebrity IOU: Joyride, master mechanic Ant Anstead and car guru Cristy Lee team up with celebrities Renee Zellweger, Mary J. Blige, Tony Hawk, Octavia Spencer, James Marsden and Danny Trejo as they roll up their sleeves to create automotive masterpieces for someone special in their lives. In each episode, viewers will hear the inspiring story behind the star’s relationship
with this person and the reasons why they are so deserving of a one-of-a-kind car transformation. In the end, audiences will be just as blown away as the recipient when they receive the ultimate joyride.
Drew’s Dream Car (new special premieres Q4 2021) Drew’s Dream Car with Ant Anstead will bring viewers along for the ride as Property Brothers’ Drew Scott enlists the help of master mechanic Ant Anstead to design and build the custom car of his dreams. Inspired by Drew’s childhood fascination with classic 60s sports cars, the final build evolves into a true marriage of old and new as it looks to a greener future. Roles are
reversed as Drew becomes the client whose dreams must be realized. With Ant’s guidance and expertise, and some creative input from the entire Scott family, Drew rolls up his sleeves to create his very own piece of motoring history.
My Name is Bulger (new documentary premieres June 17) – My Name is Bulger weaves its way through the stories of Boston gangster James ‘Whitey’ Bulger and his bother Bill Bulger who served as State Senate President in Massachusetts for nearly 20 years. The film strips away the hysteria of news headlines to tell the story of a unique American family who crave to be judged for who they are and what they’ve done, not what their
infamous relative did.
Smartest Kids in The World (new documentary premieres August 16) – Chronicling the journey of four American teenagers who study abroad in countries that dramatically outperform the United States in education, Smartest Kids in The World gives voice
to students, hearing first-hand their discoveries and insight about how to reform U.S. high school education.
Generation Growth (new documentary premieres August 23) – Health and educational outcomes in low-income areas across America are staggering low. Stephen Ritz, a Bronx educator, is on a mission to change all that. He developed an incredibly successful indoor gardening curriculum that allows children to grow vegetables in the classroom,
helping them eat better, be more engaged with school and give them pathways for jobs.
Generation Growth follows Ritz as he expands his program throughout the country, bringing hope, health and opportunity to those communities and students who need it the most.
Crutch (new documentary premieres October 18) – Crutch chronicles the gravity-defying life of Bill Shannon, an internationally renowned artist, break-dancer and skate punk—on crutches. The film follows Shannon’s extraordinary journey: the history of his medical odyssey and his struggles with chronic pain, the evolution of his crutch dancing and skating, his rise to become a globally-known performance artist, and his transformation from angry skate punk to an international hero.
Lily Topples the World – Lily Topples the World is the coming of age story of 20-year-old Lily Hevesh, the world’s most acclaimed domino artist and the only woman in her field who has over one billion YouTube views. Filmed over three years across countless cities and featuring appearances from Jimmy Fallon, Katy Perry, Will Smith, YouTuber Casey Neistat and exciting Gen-Z creators, Lily Topples the World highlights an unlikely American tale where passion and artistry make dreams come true.
No Responders Left Behind – This feature documentary follows 9/11 responder and activist John Feal who, along with comedian Jon Stewart and FDNY hero Ray Pfeifer, fought U.S. Congress to ensure that thousands of terminally ill 9/11 First Responders got the health care they deserved. But when Ray is diagnosed with brain cancer from his exposure to those Ground Zero toxins, John finds himself in the fight of his life to guarantee that the legacy of all 9/11 Responders like Ray, is kept alive forever.
40 Year Old Property Virgin (new series premieres May 26) – From free laundry to mom’s home cooked meals, the perks of living with parents have kept some prospective homebuyers in their childhood bedrooms far longer than originally planned. In the
new discovery+ original series 40 Year Old Property Virgin, a unique set of house hunters are finally ready to give up their rent-free lifestyle and search for their first home. The series follows an array of first-time buyers as they try to find their first place all while navigating the opinions of family, friends and nosy neighbors.
The House My Wedding Bought (new series premieres June 16) – Designer and real estate expert Breegan Jane (Extreme Makeover: Home Edition) will help engaged couples tackle two of life’s biggest decisions in the new discovery+ series The House
My Wedding Bought. Available to stream starting Wednesday, June 16, the series follows
Breegan as she helps couples on a budget who want to pay for a dream wedding and put a down payment on a house. During the series, Breegan and her clients tour wedding venues and potential homes at different price points to help determine the smartest way to divvy up the budget and get the best of both worlds.
Martha Gets Down and Dirty (new series premieres July 1) – Trusted lifestyle expert Martha Stewart will let her hair down as she showcases her seasonal gardening know-how, lifestyle and entertainment tips from her Bedford, NY property in new discovery+ series Martha Gets Down and Dirty. During the eight-episode series, the Emmy award-winning television personality and The New York Times bestselling author will prep her farm for spring and summer, as well as share fun summer decor and entertainment ideas with help from her longtime friend and Creative Director Kevin Sharkey and right-hand gardener Ryan McCallister. Martha’s superfans and celebrity friends also will reach out for video check-ins to get her valuable and cheeky counsel on their home projects.
Cheap Old Houses (new series premieres August 11) Ethan and Elizabeth Finkelstein, founders of the addictive social media phenomenon Cheap Old Houses that touts more than 1.5 million followers and counts A-list celebrities among its fans, will star in a 10-episode series of the same name this summer. Cameras will follow Ethan and
Elizabeth as they visit cities and small towns across America to tour low-priced older houses available for under $150,000 and share stories of the homes’ historical significance and architectural uniqueness. With Elizabeth’s background as a historic preservationist and their shared passion for saving old property gems, the couple will imagine what the houses could look like with proper restorations—and ultimately will choose which houses to feature on their famous Instagram feed.
Selling the Hamptons – Selling the Hamptons follows seven Hamptons-based Nest Seekers real estate agents–Bianca D’Alessio, JB Andreassi, Michael Fulfree and Peggy Zabakolas, Kenny Arias, Mia Calabrese, Hanna Coleman– as they showcase the enclave’s stunningly luxurious properties. The series spotlights the region’s top selling season as the agents hustle to make their mark in the super-exclusive East End market.
Weekend Getaway with Michelle Buteau (new series premieres June 10) – Michelle Buteau is a hilarious comedian, talented actor, accomplished author, and loving wife and mother of twin toddlers – and she hasn’t had a moment to herself in years. In Weekend Getaway with Michelle Buteau, executive produced by Queen Latifah, she takes a break from home life and hits the road for a few weekends of much-deserved fun, food and wild times with her comedian pals. In each episode, Michelle and a friend take a no-judgment, potentially debaucherous journey to locales across the country, from the gulf coast of Mississippi with Tig Notaro to New Orleans with Sasheer Zamata to Malibu with Chelsea Peretti.
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The Haunted Museum (new series premieres Q4 2021) – The creepy collection of haunted artifacts housed inside Zak Bagans’ Haunted Museum are getting the spotlight in The Haunted Museum, a new horror anthology series produced in collaboration with filmmaker Eli Roth. The series will present the frightening and hellish tales behind the spooky relics on display in Zak Bagans’ (Ghost Adventures) Las Vegas museum.
Bagans, a devoted collector of the macabre, is opening his museum vaults and sharing the secrets and stories behind a curated selection of his most prized haunted items – by way of scripted shorts produced by Roth and his accredited team, and with featured commentary from Bagans himself.
Ghost Hunters (new series premieres Q4 2021) – The revival of the series that started it all is here. Ghost Hunters original team leader Jason Hawes, joined by Steve Gonsalves, Dave Tango and Shari DeBenedetti are taking back the paranormal reins in epic haunted locations. And don’t be surprised to see some familiar faces and special guests join the team on the hunt in this all-new season.
Curse of the Chippendales (new series premieres Fall 2021) – Curse of the Chippendales tells the story of how the famous dance troupe took the LA nightclub scene by storm and ended with international fame, untold wealth, bizarre murder plots and multiple deaths trapped in their legacy. Their brand became a multi-million-dollar global venture,
successful beyond their wildest dreams. But of three unlikely dreamers who were there at the beginning, only one would make it out alive. Driven by extensive video and photo archive, including never-before-seen footage and a nostalgia-filled soundtrack, viewers will be directly transported back to the ‘80s, into one of the most unexpected true crime stories of the decade. And all fueled by one thing: greed.
Chasing Ghislaine (new series premieres Q4 2021) – From executive producer and international best-selling author James Patterson and New York Times best-selling author and journalist Vicky Ward comes an explosive investigative documentary series, Chasing Ghislaine. Ghislaine Maxwell is many things: a fallen socialite, an alleged sexual abuser and an accused sex trafficker of minors. But with the spotlight often focused on her employer, one-time lover and accused accomplice Jeffrey Epstein, the full
breadth of Maxwell’s alleged crimes and the many vital secrets she still keeps have remained closely guarded – until now. Chasing Ghislaine will change everything we think we know about the Epstein saga and the woman at the center of it all.
Confessions of a Crime Queen (new series premieres Q4 2022) – From executive producer Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Confessions of A Crime Queen is a first of its kind true crime anthology series that brings to life riveting, headline-making stories by
combining documentary and scripted genres. Each season of the anthology will focus on the true story of one larger-than-life woman who created and led a multi-million-dollar criminal empire before a dramatic fall from power, portrayed by an A-list actress who will also interview the real life female crime lord at the center of the story.
Getaway Driver – An event like no other, Michelle Rodriguez brings the ultimate driving fantasy to life in Getaway Driver. This eight-episode competition series features 24 elite drivers from drift champions to street racers to hotshot YouTubers who compete to prove they have the skill behind the wheel and the mental toughness to outrun and out-drive the competition in a massive nearly 60-acre compound filled with obstacles. Part Baby Driver, part Grand Theft Auto, the Getaway Drivers will put it all on the line – sacrificing their own cars for the opportunity to be the wheelman in a real-life car chase. The rules are simple… evade the pursuers and escape the compound to score
some cold hard cash.
Mating Season (w/t) (Discovery+) – Mating Season brings together the fun of relationship competition shows with the mating rituals of the Animal Kingdom, spotlighting what happens when humans look to the natural world for help in the love department. Animals have courtship down to a science with tried and true techniques for finding a mate that are far removed from any of the distractions or complications
of modern human dating. Following eligible women and men as they leave behind their human habits and attempt to find true love animal style, Mating Season asks the question: Can mating like animals help find love as humans?
Mountain Love (Discovery+) Mountain Love follows five people from cities and suburbs who decide to move-in with their long-distance partners who live way off-grid in some of the most remote corners of the country. Will their relationships survive this real-world experiment as they take the ultimate plunge to leave civilization – and indoor plumbing – behind? From an off-the-grid couple looking to become a “throuple” with the addition of a sister-wife, to a mountain mama who’s convinced her younger, city-loving man to join her in the remote ranch in Arizona, these complex relationships will need to endure more than just the elements. They’ll need to survive each other in the process.
Naked & Afraid of Love (Discovery+) – Today, dating has become filtered – through the clothes we wear, jobs we have and lives we share on social media. But what if it was all stripped away leaving room for only our most primal wants and needs, and exposing who we really are in the process? Discovery seeks to answer these questions and more on Naked & Afraid of Love, a groundbreaking take on modern dating that is the ultimate blend of survival and romance unlike anything viewers have seen. By stripping it all away – beginning with the clothes – Naked & Afraid of Love sets out to uncover
what happens when complete strangers attempt to find true love while working together to survive the elements and each other on an unforgettable island paradise.
On the Roam (w/t) (Discovery+) – Actor Jason Momoa (Game of Thrones, Aquaman, Dune) has blazed a path of his own in Hollywood, fearlessly taking on new challenges and roles as an artist. On The Roam follows Momoa as he searches for the fearless artists and dreamers who are the masters of their craft.
Serengeti II – Discovery journeys back to the vast, nearly untouched plains of Tanzania revisiting some of our favorite faces and meeting new ones along the way in Serengeti II. The ground-breaking series highlights the majestic animals who call the Serengeti their home and their day-to-day lives living together. Created and produced by Emmy®-winner Simon Fuller (American Idol, So You Think You Can Dance) and directed and produced by Emmy®-winning wildlife filmmaker John Downer (Penguin: Spy in The Huddle), the continuation of the six-part series gives unrivaled access to one of the most pristine and unspoiled corners of Africa. Narrated by Academy Award-winning and Emmy-nominated actress Lupita Nyong’o, the revolutionary series follows the heartwarming stories of a cast of African wildlife showcasing the dramatic moments
that make each day of survival on the Serengeti a feat.
Shark Academy (Discovery+) – Shark Academy follows eight men and women who will compete to secure a coveted crew spot on shark scientist, Dr. Riley Elliott’s next great shark diving expedition. It’s an opportunity of a lifetime for these shark enthusiasts with non-traditional backgrounds to leap ahead in the competitive world of shark research, embarking on the adventure of a lifetime in hopes of making their dreams a reality. The recruits will work and live together on a research vessel for six weeks, as Riley and his crack team of pros put them to the test to see who has what it really takes.
The Hop (w/t) – The Hop will follow a loud and diverse set of builders and mechanics from four elite custom lowrider garages in the country as they devote their lives to making their lowrider-builds dominate the world of lowrider building and car hopping. This team will add in super-sized hydraulics, so their custom lowriders launch eight or ten feet in the air. Viewers will watch their custom cars, from building all the way to their trash-talking hop competitions, that can happen at huge car shows—or at a downtown LA street corner at midnight. These garages must juggle the everyday business of running their shops – building lowriders for customers while also crafting vehicles to face off against rivals in hop contests. against rivals in hop contests. Because in the
lowriding game, winning equals business with tens of thousands of dollars at stake in each vehicle.
Who Wants to Be an Astronaut? (w/t, Discovery+) – Have you ever looked up at the sky and wondered what it would be like to travel to space? Discovery has ordered Who Wants to Be an Astronaut?, produced by Boat Rocker Studios through Matador Content and BoomTown Content. This one-of-a-kind series offers ordinary people the chance to do something extraordinary – travel from Earth into space where they’ll live aboard the International Space Station (ISS) for eight days. The 8-part competition series, set for
2022, will be the first of its kind to feature the real-life adventures of space tourism.
My Lottery Dream Home (new episodes premiere Fridays) – Superstar designer David Bromstad will share his top tips for luxurious living with lucky
homebuyers in new episodes of HGTV’s My Lottery Dream Home, Fridays at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
David will travel the country to tour for-sale homes with the suddenly rich. In each episode, he
will show them how to maximize their windfall and live their best lives in a new place that
fulfills their wish list. The new episodes of My Lottery Dream Home also will be available to
stream on discovery+ each Friday.
Property Brothers: Forever Home, new season premieres May 26
Home renovation superstars Drew and Jonathan Scott will rework humdrum houses into
enduring family dream homes in the new season of popular HGTV series Property Brothers:
Forever Home. The fresh episodes, which also will be available to stream the same day on
discovery+, will follow the Brothers as they unlock a home’s full potential through renovation
and redesign to create the perfect place that families won’t want to leave. With reimagined
floorplans, creative storage solutions, stunning kitchen and main bedroom suite reveals, the
Brothers will reignite homeowners’ passion for their forever home.
Christina on the Coast, new season premieres June 3
Endless opportunities and exciting adventures are on the horizon for real estate expert and
designer Christina Haack in 14 new episodes of her hit HGTV docu-series Christina on the
Coast. The new season will follow Christina, a busy mom of three, as her SoCal design business
expands with a new team and a booming client list of homeowners seeking renovations that
spotlight her sought-after style. While she juggles a busy family life and a flourishing business,
the author and entrepreneur also will face personal challenges head on and place a special
emphasis on her wellness journey and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Vacation House Rules, new season premieres June 5
Contractor and real estate expert Scott McGillivray proves that homeowners don’t need a million
bucks to own the vacation home of their dreams in HGTV series Vacation House Rules. Relying
on his years of smart real estate and renovation experience, Scott will teach families how to take
their vacation property and unlock its full rental potential. With his guidance, even the most
neglected and unlivable properties will be transformed into unique, gorgeous—and
profitable—vacation homes for visitors to enjoy. In season two, a gloomy cottage is transformed
into a family-friendly retreat, a lakeside cabin is elevated to a five-star winter sanctuary, an
abandoned art studio gets upgraded to a chic vacation rental.
Two Steps Home, new series premieres June 16
Home renovation experts Jon Pierre and Mary Tjon-Joe-Pin will take a two-step approach to
guide clients through the oftentimes daunting process of selling their current house and buying a
new one that perfectly fits their needs in Two Steps Home. In step one, Mary, a designer, will
employ creative and budget-conscious design ideas to ensure the client’s house sells for top
dollar. For step two, Jon Pierre, a real estate agent, will use his savvy know-how of the Houston
market to find the client a new property that meets most of their wish list but needs a few
renovations to make it perfect. Once their current home sells, Jon Pierre and Mary will invest the
extra profit to buy and overhaul the family’s new home.
Hot Mess House, new season premieres June 17
Organization expert and coach Cassandra Aarssen will deliver more life-changing home
transformations for disorganized clients suffering from clutter and messiness in a new season of
HGTV’s Hot Mess House. Six fresh one-hour episodes will spotlight Cassandra as she tours the
unruly spaces with her clients and identifies their personalized organizing style. As she helps
them clean out, Cassandra also will advise how to best manage the underlying emotional
attachments that often lead to over-cluttering. Together with builder and craftsman Wendell
Holland, they will update the rooms with customized renovations to set up the homeowners for
Celebrity IOU, new season premieres June 21
HGTV will deliver more feel-good stories of gratitude that inspire, entertain and bring fans to
happy tears in eight new episodes of its smash hit series Celebrity IOU. The popular series will
return with a new slate of Hollywood A-listers who—together with the network’s famous twins,
real estate and renovation experts Drew and Jonathan Scott—are ready to create surprise,
stunning home renovations for the individuals who’ve made a lasting impact on their lives. In
addition to airing on HGTV, each episode of Celebrity IOU will be available to stream on
discovery+ early each Monday beginning June 21.
Good Bones, new season premieres June 29
HGTV’s popular mother/daughter duo Mina Starsiak Hawk and Karen E Laine are taking new
risks in unchartered territory in a new season of HGTV’s Good Bones, premiering. The series
follows Mina, a real estate agent and new mom of two, and Karen, a lawyer, as they buy the most
dilapidated properties in their home town of Indianapolis, demo them down to the studs, and
renovate them into dazzling family homes.
Renovation Island, new season premieres June 20
Home renovation experts Bryan and Sarah Baeumler star in the new ten-episode sophomore
season of Renovation Island as they couple faces the rollercoaster ride of business during the
first year of their Bahamas resort, Caerula Mar, including the most unexpected challenge of all: a
global pandemic. Forced to reckon with the realities of the international health crisis, Bryan and
Sarah must reassess their business and family plans as they quarantine on the island and take the
necessary steps for their eventual reopening.
Battle on the Beach, new series premieres July 11
HGTV’s newest competition series, Battle on the Beach, will feature network stars Taniya
Nayak (Restaurant Impossible), Ty Pennington (Rock the Block), and Alison Victoria (Windy
City Rehab) as they each mentor three teams of up-and-coming flippers while they renovate
identical beachfront properties. The mentors will put their reputations on the line each week
while star judges Mike Holmes (Holmes + Holmes) and Mina Starsiak Hawk (Good Bones) will
choose which team wins the featured weekly challenge. The team who adds the most value to
their home will walk away with a $50,000 grand prize to use towards their next flip, and their
mentor will have ultimate bragging rights. The new episodes of Battle on the Beach also will be
available to stream the same day on discovery+.
Breaking Bland, new series premieres August 19
The Charleston, South Carolina-based HGTV series Breaking Bland introduces designer Mary
Welch Stasik. During each episode, Mary Welch will break any design boundary and encourage
clients to eschew traditional looks to create a truly personalized space.
Curb Appeal Xtreme, new series premieres August 23
HGTV’s popular outdoor renovation show Curb Appeal will get a fresh spin in Curb Appeal
Xtreme. The new series will combine the architectural and design savvy of John Gidding, the
horticulture and landscape design genius of Jamie Durie and the custom carpentry and furniture
wizardry of Rachel Taylor. The six hour-long episodes will follow the talented trio as they
dramatically overhaul the front and backyards of homes in Nashville, Tennessee, creating
breathtaking outdoor living spaces that include features such as playhouses, yoga pavilions and
open-air kitchens to maximize each property’s potential and value.
In 2020, Food Network was the #1 most-distributed cable network for both households and
people 25-54. Notable upcoming shows include:
BBQ Brawl, new season premieres June 14
The Brawl is back and bigger than ever! The brightest and most-buzzworthy BBQ minds in
America are ready to battle for the coveted title of Master of ‘Cue. Bobby Flay and Michael
Symon face off again and this time they’re joined by a third team captain, Eddie Jackson, who’s
ready to take the competition to a whole new level. In this high-stakes battle, a captain could lose
his entire team and get knocked out before the finale, so they’re ready to do everything they can
to stay in the game.
Battle of the Brothers, new series premieres June 17, discovery+
In the ultimate case of sibling rivalry, Battle of the Brothers pits Bryan and Michael Voltaggio
against one another as they each lead a team of aspiring chefs through a culinary gauntlet
designed to impart the wisdom earned over a lifetime in the restaurant industry. Only one chef
will win the priceless opportunity to take the keys of one of the Voltaggio restaurants in a
guest-chef takeover to introduce their own vision and put their name on the map.
Grill of Victory, new series premieres June 21
Sabin Lomac hosts a thrilling competition that brings America’s best backyard grillers to the
ultimate backyard grilling arena as hardcore home cooks with a passion for barbecue go
head-to-head to prove their talents over three rounds of intense cooking battles. A rotating panel
of judges, including Susie Bulloch, Darnell Ferguson, Tregaye Fraser and Christian Petroni, will
help determine who grilled their way to the top. In the end, one home cook will take home the
ultimate culinary prize – a customized, outdoor kitchen and entertaining space of their dreams
designed by Cristy Lee.
Chopped: Alton’s Maniacal Baskets, new tournament premieres June 22
Alton Brown, returns to the Chopped judges’ table to confound sixteen bright-eyed chefs with
the zaniest and brainiest baskets ever in the new five-part tournament Chopped: Alton’s
Maniacal Baskets. Hosted by Ted Allen, each episode features Alton harnessing the power of his
broad social media following, as he joins forces with his fans to come up with maniacal
ingredients the competitors must utilize to create unique and delicious dishes over three rounds –
appetizer, entrée, and dessert. Joining Alton at the judges’ table are Maneet Chauhan and Marcus
Samuelsson to determine which chef goes home with the $50,000 prize.
The Pioneer Woman: Ranch Wedding, new special premieres June 26
Join the guest list to the fabulous frontier wedding as Ree Drummond’s daughter Alex
Drummond marries her college sweetheart Mauricio Scott. Viewers will have a front row seat to
these dream nuptials and all the planning and preparation for the spectacular day. With only 10
days left until the big day, the Drummond family is working to get everything set up not just for
500 wedding guests, but for a big bash in the middle of their isolated ranch. Ree has a lot on her
plate, from deciding which mother-of-the-bride dress to say yes to wearing as her eldest daughter
walks down the aisle, to navigating thunderstorms as they threaten the wedding timeline, the
special documents all the highs and lows leading up to the wedding. It’s a one-of-a-kind
celebration not to be missed!
Buddy vs. Duff, new season premieres this summer
In this epic competition, the two biggest titans of cake – Buddy Valastro, the “Cake Boss” and
Duff Goldman, the “Ace of Cakes” – are back for the ultimate tie-breaker season and the stakes
have never been higher. It’s a new battle and a new battle ground to see who ultimately will be
named the “King of Cake.”
Buddy vs Duff: Bakers Battle, new series premieres this summer
When Duff and Buddy are away…their teams will play. For this exciting new battle, the famed
bakers’ teams will take over their bakeries and compete in their own fierce but fun competition.
The Globe, discovery+
Robert Irvine hosts as four chefs compete across three rounds of culinary challenges as they
make stops around the world via The Globe, a set made up of LED screen projectors that
transports the competitor and the viewer anywhere on earth. At each stop, they will not only be
faced with that location’s premiere cuisine, but will be limited to local ingredients in preparing
their dishes. As chefs “land” at each destination they are assigned ingredients and utensils as they
compete to cook the most inventive, delicious and truly global dish possible.
No Recipe Road Trip with the Try Guys (w/t), discovery+
Inspired by their hit web series, Without a Recipe, the Try Guys, Ned Fulmer, Keith
Habersberger, Zach Kornfeld and Eugene Lee Yang, are hitting the road to do what they do best –
TRY! In this all-new competition meets travelogue, the Try Guys visit great American
restaurants and attempt to recreate their signature dishes without a recipe. In the end, only one
Try Guy is crowned the week’s winner by the restaurant owner and a guest judge.
TLC’s real-life stories continue to resonate with female audiences, landing the network at the #1
spot for women in primetime year-to-date. A sampling of future hits includes:
90 Day: Caribbean Love, new series premieres July 18, discovery+
90 Day: Caribbean Love is a sexy new docu-soap from the producers of 90 Day Fiancé,
following people who found love in the Caribbean. The tropics will provide the backdrop for
relationships in various phases — from a couple who met online but will now meet for the first
time, holiday flings that turned serious, and even a one-night stand that turned into a pregnancy.
Will romance in paradise last once the suntan fades?
You, Me & My Ex, new series premieres June 20
How close is too close when it comes to staying friends with your ex? You, Me & My Ex
explores just that. Viewers follow along as five different couples navigate some choppy waters
when an ex is still in the picture and a little too close for comfort. These complicated love
triangles are redefining the rules and offer a different look at relationships.
So Freakin Cheap, new series premieres June 21
So Freakin Cheap follows four unique families as they go to extraordinary lengths to save
money and live their most frugal lives. Whether it’s dumpster diving for freebies, planning a
wedding on a $700 budget or painting an entire home using free paint samples, these families
will stop at nothing to spend nothing!
Addicted to Marriage, new series premieres August 29
It’s one thing to always be the bridesmaid and never the bride, but it’s quite another to ALWAYS
be the bride. This brand new series follows “serial” brides and grooms who have been engaged
and married many, MANY times, including someone who is about to walk down the aisle for the
twelfth time! Will these “marriage addicts” really say “I Do” again? Or, will secrets, drama and
judgement from family and friends steer them otherwise?
OWN is the leading destination for African American women and has the top series in cable in
primetime among African-American women 18+, households and P2+. New programming
Put A Ring On It, new season premieres June 25
Will Packer’s newest unscripted relationship series Put A Ring On It returns this summer with
all-new episodes featuring longtime couples who embark on the ultimate relationship test. With
help from master relationship coach Dr. Nicole LaBeach, the couples are pushed outside their
comfort zones to confront the question they’ve been too afraid to ask: why haven’t they walked
down the aisle? While the couples work to confront their deepest fears, they are also given the
chance to look outside their current relationships by dating other people. Will they decide it’s
time to go their separate ways, or is it finally time to put a ring on it? The series is produced by
Will Packer Media and Lighthearted Entertainment.
Love & Marriage: Huntsville, new season premieres July 17
Love & Marriage: Huntsville follows the lives of three successful and powerful couples in the
thriving city of Huntsville, Alabama. The series features longtime friends Melody and Martell
Holt, Marsau and LaTisha Scott and Maurice and Kimmi Scott, whose goals are to put Huntsville
on the map, but reality sets in as they struggle with the highs and lows of balancing friendships,
marriage and business. The series is produced by Kingdom Reign Entertainment and ITV
Animal Planet brings to life the wonder and joy of animals by bringing them up close in every
way. A sampling of new shows includes:
Otter Dynasty (w/t)
Meet Singapore’s rare, utterly adorable smooth-coated otters. Declared locally extinct in the
1970s, this species has since made a welcome comeback to this exciting sovereign island
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city-state that they now call “home.” Since their return from the brink of extinction, multiple
otter families have shown their desire and determination to reside in the prime otter real estate of
Marina Bay. The catch? There’s only room for one dominant “royal” family. In this urban
wildlife story, audiences will be mesmerized as three urbanized otter clans make it their business
to fight for their turn to be on top while continuing to adapt to their concrete jungle. This is the
ultimate clash of the otter clans, and there can only be one ruler.
The Mighty Underdogs (w/t), discovery+
The absolute pinnacle of the fierce world of dog show competitions are the AKC National
Championship and the Westminster Dog Show, but it takes countless hours of practice, grit and
determination to get there. In this all-new coming-of-age competition series, The Mighty
Underdogs, brings a never-before-seen look inside Junior Dog Shows where preteen and teen
handlers compete among thousands for one of the limited, and highly coveted spots at the
Westminster Dog Show and AKC National Championship. And at the center of the action is
world-renowned coach, Jody Davidson, who not only builds junior champion handlers, trained to
win with her strict rules and no-nonsense attitude, but also offers guidance on their road to
self-discovery. As the competition heats up and the rivalries and tempers flare, friendships are
forged, and audiences learn who really is “best in show!”
MotorTrend will continue to delight automotive fans with programming such as:
Some great artists work with oil on canvas, others with clay, but for Dave Kindig, iron and
chrome are the tools of his creative self-expression, and he is an artist at the top of his craft.
From his sprawling 27,000-square-foot custom fabrication shop, Kindig It Design, Dave and his
team use cars as their canvases to create extraordinary works of art for serious car lovers
nationwide. Bitchin’ Rides, one of MotorTrend TV’s highest-rated series returns to give
audiences another glimpse into the imaginative, creative genius of Kindig’s self-made business.
Faster With Finnegan
Hobbyist mechanics and car lovers across America are in search of more speed from their project
car. But can you make significant upgrades with limited funds and limited time? If so, will the
upgrades made on your car outperform a newer or pricier model? In the all-new season of Faster
With Finnegan, streaming on the MotorTrend App, Finnegan and his friends David Newbern
and Mike Cotten seek answers while sharing with viewers the knowledge, the technology, the
real-life problems and the hard work that come with adding speed within a limited time frame
without breaking the bank. Every week the series will feature a different vehicle, a different
build, a different form of racing and a new challenge.
Kevin Hart’s Muscle Car Crew
In the MotorTrend TV debut of the new series Kevin Hart’s Muscle Car Crew, Kevin Hart and
The Plastic Cup Boyz seek answers to the questions around being a devoted automotive fan,
learn to navigate the challenges of owning classic vehicles and make us laugh along the way.
Kevin Hart’s Muscle Car Crew is a lighthearted, hilarious journey into the car collecting world.
From finding a trusted, skilled mechanic in Lucky Costa from MotorTrend’s HOT ROD
GARAGE to customizing, racing, and experiencing the highs and lows of no reserve classic car
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auctions, Kevin and his friends settle internal debates with the help of automotive experts while
gaining hard-earned knowledge in fulfilling their newfound passion. The debut of the series on
MotorTrend TV follows its launch on MotorTrend’s streaming service this summer.
Looking to answer the biggest questions on every car fan’s mind, MotorTrend is melding science
with the street in a joyful search for truth behind popular automotive myths in the MotorTrend
TV debut of Motor Mythbusters. Starring Mythbusters alum Tory Belleci, mechanic Faye
Hadley, and engineer and professional race car driver Bisi Ezerioha, each episode tackles stories
generated by viral videos, urban legends or pop culture. In a quest to separate fact from fiction,
Tory, Faye, and Bisi put cars through extreme tests to confirm or debunk everything from
extreme Hollywood car stunts to everyday questions that bug car owners.
Hold onto your lugnuts! Ride along with David Freiburger and Mike Finnegan as they search for
their next gearhead adventure. In Roadkill, Freiburger and Finnegan have created a cult hit
taking on a wide variety of fun automotive projects including all types of gassers, “barely-legal”
street machines and high-strung performance vehicles.
Top Gear America
Top Gear America delivers a uniquely fresh take on classic “Top Gear”, the world’s biggest
motoring show, by following the motorized mischief and supercharged adventures of Dax
Shepard, Rob Corddry and Jethro Bovingdon across America. In season two, premiering on the
MotorTrend App, Dax, Rob and Jethro return to their mission of driving the wheels off whatever
they can get their hands on; celebrating all the things they love about cars and arguing about the
things they don’t. Top Gear America takes an irreverent look at the auto industry each week as
Dax, Rob and Jethro tackle challenges with comedy, class and commitment.
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