At Discovery Communications’ upfront today, the company’s Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet and Investigation Discovery presented their slates of new and returning series. (See Discovery/Harpo-owned OWN’s announcement here). Discovery Channel, which had its highest-rated January ever in total viewers and adults 25-54, is putting an emphasis on live events with specials Fast N’ Live and the Grand Canyon tightrope walk Wallenda Live as well as scripted TV with its first scripted project, miniseries Klondike. The network’s unscripted slate features 10 new series, including The Huntsmen, Rock Raiders, two Naked shows, Hidden Kingdom and Survival.
TLC’s slate features 52 new and returning series, including the return of pop culture hit Here Comes Honey Boo Boo and Breaking Amish and its spinoff. Animal Planet returns 20 series and new ones like Eel Of Fortune, about hunting prized eels off the New England coast. Its best-performing series ever, River Monsters, returns April 7. Investigation Discovery, meanwhile, is offering up its second original newsmagazine Deadline: Crime With Tamron Hall and the Jerry Springer-hosted Tabloid.
Here are details for all the Discovery networks:
KLONDIKE – Discovery Channel’s first ever scripted mini-series, based on Charlotte Gray’s book Gold Diggers: Striking It Rich in the Klondike. KLONDIKE brings to life the tale about six strangers and their collective fight for survival and wealth in a small, frontier town in the remote Klondike. KLONDIKE is a co-production between Discovery, Entertainment One Television (eOne) and Nomadic Pictures in association with Scott Free Television.
WALLENDA LIVE – This special will be one of the most daring and captivating live events in history. Nik Wallenda, known as “The King of the High Wire”, will traverse the majestic Grand Canyon without using a harness. Wallenda will tightrope walk, untethered, higher than he’s ever attempted before at 1,500 feet above the Little Colorado River, a height greater than the Empire State Building.
FAST N’ LIVE – FAST N’ LOUD’s Richard Rawlings and Aaron Kaufman put their building skills to the test on last year’s CHOPPER LIVE: THE BUILD OFF, and now the runners up are stepping up, grabbing the reigns and taking over the live build off!! FAST ‘N LIVE will pit build teams against each other in the ultimate high stakes live build off. Some of America’s junkiest cars will be restored into classic rides and fans will once again have the opportunity to vote for their favorite team.
NATURAL HISTORY SPECIALS/SERIES
SHARK WEEK – This is cable’s longest running programming event and everyone’s favorite summertime ritual. Every year the sharks return to Discovery Channel, slashing through a sea of competition to rack up new ratings successes. Grab your scuba gear and climb into the cage, because it’s time for Great Whites, Hammerheads, Whale Sharks and more! This consistent audience pleaser never fails to deliver as it reveals remarkable new insights into these magnificent and elusive creatures.
HIDDEN KINGDOM – There are entire worlds out there that you’ve never seen before; worlds where an extraordinary yet unlikely cast of characters face epic life and death struggles every day. This series reveals the astonishing lives of the tiny animal superheroes in our world we may overlook. In the hidden kingdom, they reign supreme as they are more resourceful, more courageous and even more deadly than the larger animals we know so well. Enter the Hidden Kingdom and you’ll discover a land beyond your imagination. Where a crack in the mud is a canyon and a puddle is as vast as an ocean.
PENGUINS: SPY IN THE HUDDLE – From the makers of WINGED PLANET and POLAR BEAR: SPY ON THE ICE comes an innovative look at one of the world’s most beloved birds. The team spent nearly a year in the close company of three penguin species, deploying fifty spy cameras in order to capture the true character and struggles of nature’s most devoted parents. The spy cameras are disguised as rocks, eggs and even penguins themselves – providing an unprecedented glimpse at these lovable and charismatic birds.
SURVIVAL – A natural history landmark series with a new experiential approach and distinct visual style. Structured as a serial, for the first time we will follow a cast of star animal characters from episode to episode as they struggle to overcome the challenges of life. The result is the most complete picture ever created of the epic fight to survive.
BIG BRAIN THEORY: PURE GENIUS – Who will become America’s next great innovator? Discovery is looking for the next great technological mind that could change the future. While there are countless shows searching for the next great singer, dancer and chef, there is nothing quite like this on television. Each week, seemingly impossible engineering challenges are solved by the 10 contestants. Actor, producer, and civil servant Kal Penn serves as host.
BACKYARD OIL – In this high stakes comical rollercoaster ride through the world of wildcat oil drilling, the right equipment, the perfect location and a hint of good luck is the key to making millions – if you know where to sink that drill bit. The series follows the fortunes of the most boot-strappin’ oil men in all of Appalachia as they help others find that sweet, sweet crude. Oil sells for close to $100 a barrel, and there’s a modern day oil boom hitting Kentucky as people race to enlist the services of the BACKYARD OIL men to make them millions. Most think they have oil, few find it, and it’s up to this motley crew to fight until the bid is won and the next great monster oil well is drilled.
CUTTER OIL (WT) – A small family run oil company competes against the big corporations in a race for black gold in the heart of Ohio. It’s a fiercely competitive dirty business. When rigs break and land is swiped from underneath them, hundreds of thousands of dollars can be lost in an instant. The Cutter’s will be running on blood, sweat, tears and pure instinct in an all-out struggle to keep the business and this family together.
THE HUNTSMEN – Men across the world work jobs in the most extreme terrains while dealing with brutal conditions, unforgiving weather and aggressive wildlife. When predators come too close to camp, these workers have one group they can turn to in their desire to keep everyone involved safe — The Huntsmen. These modern day mountain men, elite outdoorsmen and survivalists, will take on any job, working in the deserts, jungles and highest mountains to do all they can to keep human/animal interactions at a minimum.
NAKED AND AFRAID – In Discovery’s new survival series, a new pair of strangers each episode will find themselves stranded in some of the world’s harshest environments with no food, no water, no tools…and no clothes. As their extreme survival skills are put to the test for 21 days, each couple must battle the elements, each other, and their own inner weakness to triumph over the terrain and their predicament.
NAKED CASTAWAY – Ed Stafford, the first person ever to walk the length of the Amazon River, undertakes an extreme physical and mental survival challenge as he lands naked and alone on the desert island of Olorua near Fiji. He has only his brain, bare hands and a camera to keep him alive. He’ll take no food, water, clothes, knives or tools, so from the moment he arrives he’s on a race to stay alive. As a man can only last three days without water and three weeks without food, Ed will attempt to survive on the island for 60 days.
ROCK RAIDERS – In the gem world, “Texas” Don Kogen is a legend. Don and his crew travel the secluded corners of the world on the hunt for the rarest and most expensive stones known to man, for the chance to make (or lose) millions of dollars all the while trying to stay one step ahead of his competition.
DEADLIEST CATCH – It’s mutiny on the Bering Sea. While the veteran Captains of the iconic crabbing fleet prep for another dramatic danger packed season, the young guns on board seek opportunity to make a name for themselves. Breaking onto the scene this year are two new boats: the Saga with former Rambling Rose Skipper Elliot Neese at the helm, and the Cape Caution, run by former Kodiak Captain Wild Bill Wichrowski. On the Northwestern, deck boss Edgar Hansen’s ongoing desire to run the boat causes Sig to set him straight. Every ship in the fleet is looking to make a comeback in the king crab season, but it won’t be easy for any of them.
GOLD RUSH – Friday night’s number one show for men in all of television features down-on-their-luck men in the face of an economic meltdown who risk everything to strike it rich mining for gold. Inspired by his father Jack, Todd Hoffman leads his crew of miners hoping that all of their hard work results in a major payday. They make mistakes, learn lessons along the way, overcome enormous obstacles, and do their best to persevere on their rocky road to success. Other crew leaders include “Dakota” Fred Hurt and 18 year old gold mining veteran Parker Schnabel.
FAST N’ LOUD – These guys cruise for the classics. Meet self-described “petrol-sexual” motorhead Richard Rawlings and mechanical prodigy Aaron Kaufman as they search far-flung corners of the country for forgotten and derelict classic cars to restore to tip top shape at their Gas Monkey Garage. Heaps of rust are transformed into gleaming road warriors and sold to the top bidder.
AMISH MAFIA – Untrusting of outside law enforcement, some Amish in Lancaster County, PA have for many years regularly turned to a small organized group of men for protection and justice. This series provides the first-ever look at the small and tightly-knit group of men who protect and maintain peace and order within the Amish community in Lancaster. Lebanon Levi is the Amish insider who holds the power and serves as protector of the community at a price. He exists above the law and occupies the role of police, judge and jury. Levi’s team engages in a life outside of Amish and non-Amish community codes as he quietly exerts his influence and control.
MOONSHINERS –White Lightning, Bathtub Gin, Mountain Dew, or just plain Moonshine – it has many names – but what remains true is it’s made in secret and it’s illegal. A Moonshiner can make more than $100,000 a year, tax free, but they have a reputation for being iniquitous and corrupt. This hit series follows those who take serious precautions to remain safe as they practice the art of making moonshine, and the law enforcement tasked with capturing them.
JUNGLE GOLD – Determined gold miners from around the world seek their fortunes in the dangerous and gold-rich jungles of Ghana, Africa’s second largest gold producing country. With little money and everything on the line, rookie American gold miners George Wright and Scott Lomu beg and borrow anything they can to succeed after losing it all in the 2008 U.S. real estate crash. After securing a loan from an investor, the pressure is on from the very start to find gold to pay back this loan, as well as their other debts. Against stacked odds, their stakes have never been higher.
BERING SEA GOLD – Nome, Alaska: Every summer, as the glacial ice melts around this frozen and isolated port, a handful of fortune seekers hunt for gold in the most unlikely of places: the bottom of the Bering Sea. Meet the salty and eccentric characters who spend hours on the rocky, frigid ocean floor, hunting gold from custom built, sometimes barely seaworthy rigs. From the desperate to the diabolical, the Nome gold fleet takes on all comers, the brutal Bering Sea does the rest.
MYTHBUSTERS – Quirky special effects experts Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage, with Kari Byron, Grant Imahara and Tory Belleci, continue their mad scientific quest to discover the truth behind popular myths and urban legends. This mentally tantalizing series, entering its 10th season, takes on the myths and uses modern-day science to show what’s real and what’s fiction.
CURIOSITY – From the visionary mind of Discovery’s iconic founder John Hendricks comes an unprecedented special series that brings the ‘I wonder?’ moment to television with a unique array of provocative subjects. From the science of what happens during a plane crash to the first ever footage of the Giant Squid, this series provides answers to questions that have long been left unanswered
DUAL SURVIVAL – Meet the Odd Couple of Survival, Cody Lundin and Joe Teti, two trained and expert survivalists who enter the most forbidding terrains in the world where they must overcome all obstacles in order to survive using intuitive tactics and finely tuned skills. Finding food, water and shelter are nothing compared to their toughest challenge of all: getting along with one another.
ALASKA: THE LAST FRONTIER – Welcome to the Kilcher family and their isolated community outside Homer, Alaska. Over 80 years ago, Yule Kilcher fled Switzerland in search of a free and simple life. He found that life outside of Homer, Alaska where three generations of the Kilcher family still live today. The Kilcher family resides on their homestead consisting of over 640 acres of Alaskan wilderness. This “simple life,” however, is far from simple. Living off the grid without running water, they must hunt, gather, garden and raise livestock in order to provide enough food to ensure their family’s survival.
Alaskan Women Looking For Love (working title)
When you’re in Alaska, the odds are you can find a man… but chances are the men are a little odd. TLC introduces five women – some of whom have never left the 49thstate – who are dreaming of love and opportunity that they think can only be found on distant shores: Miami. Will their dreams come true with a more exotic romance, or will they realize all the heat they needed was back in Alaska? (3Q 2013)
Ballroom Blitz (working title)
For some, amateur ballroom dancing is more than a passion – it’s a way of life. Whether a billionaire or someone struggling to make ends meet, these dance floor devotees will do anything it takes to prepare for their competitions and win it all. (4Q 2013)
Best Funeral Ever
The buzzed-about special now returns as a series. For most of us, death is a time to mourn. But for others, it’s a time to honor loved ones and celebrate their lives with home-going celebrations, services that turn the traditional funeral on its head. In its first season, BEST FUNERAL EVER goes inside the Dallas-based Golden Gate Funeral Home where John Beckwith Jr. and his staff organize the most unique ceremonies in the country, proving once again that, while you may be in a casket, it can still be fantastic! (4Q 2013)
Breaking Amish: Brave New World
In season one of BREAKING AMISH, TLC introduced viewers to five young men and women who chose to leave their sheltered Amish and Mennonite lives to experience New York City together for the first time. In the new series BREAKING AMISH: BRAVE NEW WORLD, Abe, Rebecca, Kate, Sabrina and Jeremiah reunite expecting to make a fresh start in Florida, but instead find more culture shock, unexpected challenges and surprises along the way. The series exposes more relationship conflict, dramatic moments between roommates, surprise visits, financial struggles and major decisions as this group tries to acclimate to their new “English” lives in yet another unfamiliar city. (2Q 2013)
Cajun Paranormal (working title)
Go inside the world of ‘Louisiana Spirits Paranormal Investigations’, which was founded in 2005 by Brad Duplechien and Brandon Thomas because they are fascinated by ghosts, hauntings and other forms of paranormal phenomena… also, they had nothing better to do on the weekends. Now, these mismatched Southerners operate the largest paranormal investigation company in Louisiana. They have tackled over 500 cases and still haven’t killed each other… yet. (3Q 2013)
Family S.O.S. with Jo Frost
America’s favorite nanny, Jo Frost, is taking on the country’s most fractured families and using every tool in her arsenal to pull them back from the edge of self-destruction. Whether torn apart by marital strife or turbulent teens, Jo’s expertise may be the only remedy for these broken homes that are otherwise hopeless. With her help, the most troubled families in America will learn to put the pieces back together on FAMILY S.O.S. WITH JO FROST. (2Q 2013)
Husband Hunters (working title)
They have the dress, the venue and the cake picked out… in fact, almost every detail is in place – except for the groom. For these focused women – their dream of getting married, and finding a husband has become their top priority. (4Q 2013)
My Teen Is Pregnant And So Am I
Having a baby is an intense emotional journey for any woman, but everything is heightened when mothers and their teenage daughters find themselves pregnant at the same time, as TLC explored in last year’s hit special. Now, returning as a series, MY TEEN IS PREGNANT AND SO AM I offers a captivating look inside as families struggle to deal with two generations of women sharing this life-changing experience together. And as their bellies grow, so does the tension. Through tears and turmoil, joy and heartbreak, these mothers and daughters have nine months to fight through their battles and learn to lean on each other while they come to terms with their extraordinary new lives. (3Q 2013)
The Good Buy Girls
Meet Brook Roberts and Tara Gray, two pageant girls turned home shopping hosts. They are sharp-tongued, ambitious and a little cutthroat – a duo that will stop at nothing to take their struggling home shopping network, DSN, to the next level. The series follows Brook and Tara as they cultivate new products and do everything they can to sell their way to the top. Nothing will discourage these girls — not even their stubborn boss or unconventional co-workers. (2Q 2013)
Women of Homicide
This new series will go undercover and follow the most elite female homicide detectives across the country, observing them on the job as they work to investigate the cases that plague their cities and catch the criminals behind these crimes. (4Q 2013)
ALASKA BUSH FAMILY (wt)
Deep in Alaska’s wilderness, Billy and Ami Brown, along with their seven children, thrive by living off the grid alongside some of the world’s most dangerous animals while they endure the harsh climate and challenging terrain. In ALASKA BUSH FAMILY (wt), viewers get an inside look at the Browns’ unorthodox way of life and discover how they survive in such a remote and often life-threatening environment but wouldn’t live any other way.
ANIMAL BFFs (wt)
ANIMAL BFFs (wt) tells the irresistible stories of odd couples from the animal kingdom. They say opposites attract, and there’s nothing cuter than the moment when friends from different species meet for the first time. Each tale begins with the story of how these creatures met and follows them on a journey that reveals surprising truths about their unusual friendships. Whether these fuzzy pals are taking their first trips across the yard or conspiring to steal food from the kitchen together, ANIMAL BFFs’ tongue-in-cheek narration brings out the drama, comedy and occasional romantic connections that occur along the way.
CATCH AND RELEASE (wt)
Unprepared and left to fend for yourself, what would you do if you were captured, blindfolded and taken to a remote location? In CATCH AND RELEASE (wt), five of the world’s most elite, thrill-seeking survivalists come together to do just that: playing a “game” that puts their skills to the ultimate test. Each survivalist has a different background: there’s a Green Beret; a former Navy SEAL; two survival-school instructors; and a primitive-skills expert. Each is captured one at a time by the other four, is dropped in one of the world’s harshest environments and has a maximum of 100 hours to find his way back to civilization, alive and unscathed, or he loses the game. It’s man against nature (and his four best friends) as each action-packed, dramatic episode of CATCH AND RELEASE (wt) crisscrosses the globe – from dense jungles to frigid glaciers – to match wits in this game of survival. And with reputations and bragging rights on the line, do these guys have what it takes to survive the ultimate challenge?
Whether it’s a lion, tiger or bear, no grooming design is too crazy for dog groomer extraordinaire Angela Kumpe. The Arkansas groomer specializes in outrageous transformations, and her “my-way-or-the-highway” attitude combined with her amazing skill has all of the South talking and her ornery employees squabbling. Kumpe lets her imagination run wild to fulfill the requests of her demanding clients who have very colorful imaginations. No request is too outrageous, but things can get crazy when Fido enters the shop as an ordinary dog and comes out looking like a bumblebee!
EEL OF FORTUNE (wt)
Animal Planet has found its next big catch. This time, it’s the not the size that matters. This new series follows teams of New England fishermen as they search for the elusive elver eel, a lucrative fish that is a delicacy across many Asian countries. The price of elver eels, once at $50 per pound, has skyrocketed to an unprecedented $2,600 per pound with the industry earning more than $40 million during the 2012 season. Elver eels, which look almost like cellophane noodles, may be tiny, but they can bring a potential windfall to those few lucky fishermen who can obtain an eel-fishing permit in Maine. Now, the second leading industry in Maine behind lobstering, EEL OF FORTUNE (wt) captures the outrageous adrenaline rush and sleepless nights of the eelers who have a “golden ticket” as they embark on their daily journey to capture as many elver eels as they can. But the competition to catch these slippery fish is fierce. With only 400 men and women able to obtain a license, the most passionate and determined fishermen must fight against one another for the hottest fishing spots.
ICE COLD GOLD
Animal Planet’s ICE COLD GOLD spotlights a spirited team of miners who are among the first Americans to prospect for precious metals and gems in parts of Greenland where humans never have set foot before. The six-part series follows eight men who leave behind their families, friends and homeland to strike it rich against all odds while they struggle to survive against the harshest of conditions. Greenland’s a veritable beast, but the motley crew of ICE COLD GOLD miners is up for the challenge. Each thinks he has what it takes to walk away with gold, rubies and sapphires before winter and large mining companies swoop in. What transpires as the miners cope with the unpredictable, harsh unknown? Are they humbled by their journey? Do their personalities get in the way? Most importantly, do they strike ICE COLD GOLD?
MY TINY TERROR (wt)
In MY TINY TERROR (wt), Animal Planet’s small dog trainer travels the country and trains some of the naughtiest and tiniest dogs. While these teacup pups may look sweet, they’re causing mayhem in their owners’ homes. From incessant yapping at strangers to ankle bites that end with hospitalization, our expert has seen it all. He helps families on the verge of giving up these small nightmares and restores harmony to these homes.
POLAR BEAR CROSSING (wt)
It takes a special type of person to live with bears, and the townspeople of Churchill in Manitoba, Canada live with thousands of polar bears year round. In POLAR BEAR CROSSING (wt), the residents of Churchill have chosen to accept these unpredictable creatures as their aggressive neighbors, but their lives are shaped by the “tides” of the migrating bears. Knowing danger could be lurking around the corner, the residents of Churchill are outnumbered two to one by polar bears, so they’ve learned to co-exist with them by braving frequent attacks and living their lives.
TOP HOOKER is an in-your-face, full-throttle competition series that pits 10 expert fishermen against one another in a series of wild, never-before-seen fishing challenges. Unlikely competitors from a fearless harpoon gun-wielding woman to a South-African bodybuilder, the contestants struggle through countless off-the-hook challenges with the hope of being crowned TOP HOOKER and winning the $30,000 bounty! It’s a nautical game of catch and release. Who can catch a spot in the next round – and who’s going to be thrown back home?
Beginning May 31, TREEHOUSE MASTERS has viewers climbing to a majestic world up in the treetops with visionary and tree whisperer Pete Nelson as he designs private escapes for those with a passion to reconnect with nature and awaken their inner child. Designing multi-bedroom dream tree houses complete with functional plumbing and electricity to simple, one-room lofts, Pete goes out on a limb to create breathtaking realities for a host of clientele. However, creating these fantasy arboreal homes doesn’t come easy. Pete and his team of designers and carpenters, including son Charlie, must endure Mother Nature’s shifty antics, dangerous construction equipment and dizzy heights in order to build these sanctuaries. In addition to building these hideaways, Pete, along with his wife, Judy, and daughter, Emily, own and operate TreeHouse Point, a bed and breakfast in Washington, to where people can escape their modern-day realities. In TREEHOUSE MASTERS, Pete brings people closer to nature one tree at a time.
Expert cave diver Curt Bowen and his team of intrepid explorers are on a deadly quest to explore and find the answers to history’s buried secrets that are submerged in underwater caves across the globe. But finding the answers could cost them their lives. The truth they seek is deep underground in a haunting, alien landscape few humans ever have seen. Traveling to the farthest corners of the globe and following a trail of evidence that leads them ever deeper into the silent, deadly world that lies below, Curt and his team risk it all beneath the Earth’s surface. The beauty they encounter is matched only by the danger they must face as they journey into the UNDERWORLD (wt).
MONSTER WEEK is back this spring with all-new stories and exciting revelations that introduces Animal Planet viewers to legendary and frightening creatures. Giving behind-the-scene access to monster hunters and their hunts, MONSTER WEEK, a week-long adventure, digs deep into our fascination with the unknown. Not to be missed – check out RIVER MONSTERS’ season finale as host Jeremy Wade looks for the legendary Loch Ness Monster, and tune in to the network premiere of MONSTER SQUID: THE GIANT IS REAL, a first-of-its-kind special that highlights the most ambitious search ever mounted to find the greatest mystery of the deep – the giant squid. Stay tuned for DEVOURED: MAN-EATING SUPER SNAKE RETURNS and MAN-EATING SUPER SQUID, and prepare for an apocalypse of creatures invading beaches, attacking boats and ambushing humans like never before. Can they be stopped, or is this beginning of a monster Armageddon?
PRIMATE PLANET introduces viewers to our extraordinary, colorful and fascinating extended family scattered across the globe. Primates are our closest relatives, yet we know so little about their peculiar lifestyles and behaviors. Getting up close and personal with black-eyed lemurs, patas monkeys and olive baboons in Africa; slow lorises, red-shanked doucs and orangutans in Asia; and titi monkeys, red uakaris and tufted capuchins in South America, this three-part series reveals the beauty and diversity among primates.
PUPPY BOWL X
Animal Planet’s pup-culture phenomenon PUPPY BOWL returns on Super Bowl Sunday™ with a very special all-star, all-adorable cast that’s itching to play in a winning combination of terrier tackles, canine touchdowns, puppy penalties and Fido first downs. This year’s big game marks the 10th Anniversary of the PUPPY BOWL franchise and features the cutest, furry puppy players to ever hit the grand gridiron. Iconic fan favorites including the water-bowl cam, Kitty Half-Time Show and @MeepTheBird return to the field to celebrate the biggest game in puppy athleticism.
SWARM CHASERS (wt)
In every corner of the Earth, weird and wonderful animals swarm together in massive congregations. SWARM CHASERS (wt) showcases some of the most extraordinary natural events on Earth, including one-and-a-half million bats that emerge nightly from their home beneath the Congress Avenue Bridge in Austin, TX, and the 100- million crabs that turn Australia’s Christmas Island red during their annual swarm. Scientist George McGavin sets out to learn what drives creatures to flock together. Taking viewers deep into some of nature’s greatest mysteries, he uncovers the truth behind these huge gatherings by traveling the globe and surrounding himself with millions of animals at a time.
WILD ALASKA (wt)
Twice the size of Texas, Alaska is America’s largest state, but with a population of about one person per square mile, it is also home to America’s largest wilderness frontier. In WILD ALASKA (wt), travel to this ancient and remote land where each day is a fight for survival for the animals and people who inhabit it. In the Arctic north, join the largest concentration of polar bears on the planet as they scavenge for food on land while they wait for the ocean to freeze and seals to arrive. On the southern coast, witness the uneasy relationships between grey wolves and brown bears, two of Alaska’s top predators, as they fight for prime position before the annual salmon run. Visit Denali, an area located in the shadow of North America’s tallest mountain, for a rare glance at the remarkable Arctic ground squirrel, the only mammal that can cool its temperature below zero and still survive. Learn about the people who call this remarkable wilderness home and their struggle living at the wilderness’ doorstep. This is WILD ALASKA, an incomparable land like no other in the United States.
AMERICA’S CUTEST CAT
The search is on for AMERICA’S CUTEST CAT, and if you’re kitty crazy, this show will certainly have you saying “awww.” America’s Cutest Cat highlights the extremely cute, hilarious and ridiculous antics of cats across the web-o-sphere in three episodes. The competition is fierce as these ferocious felines scratch their way to the top. The adorable series counts down the top-five videos in pre-determined categories, such as “Tuckered Tabbies” and “Cats and the Cradle.” Trusty Animal Planet personalities and feline experts provide competition commentary to tackle the cuteness debate and crown a winner. They have on their game faces; find out which furry feline is crowned AMERICA’S CUTEST CAT.
AMERICA’S CUTEST DOG
Calling all puppy lovers, AMERICA’S CUTEST DOG is back on Animal Planet with some serious cuteness. There are thousands of videos of puppies on the Internet, but this series highlights the extremely cute and cuddly antics of puppies across the web-o-sphere in three episodes. The pups are gnawing on the biggest treat of them all: the prestigious title of AMERICA’S CUTEST DOG. It’s a dog-eat-dog world out there, and this adorable series counts down the top-five videos in pre-determined categories, such as “Paw Pals” and “Pups at Play.” With the help of Animal Planet personalities and experts providing competition commentary, the cuteness debate is tackled to determine which winner is crowned.
CALL OF THE WILDMAN
Live Action! Animal Planet’s hit series CALL OF THE WILDMAN returns this summer for a second “snapperlicious” season with 20 brand-new episodes, featuring the bare-handed, backwoods, animal-trapping skills of “Turtleman” Ernie Brown, Jr. For the past three decades, Turtleman has been diving into Kentucky’s murkiest ponds in search of feisty snapping turtles capable of biting through bone. Turtleman has the uncanny ability to catch monster-snapping turtles and other pesky critters with his bare hands and to return them into the wild unscathed. Now busier than ever, Turtleman and his crew of backwoods buddies, featuring banjo-toting Neal James, are back to protect Kentucky homes and businesses from new and even wilder varmints including coyotes, llamas, venomous snakes, pigeons, skunks, raccoons and even bulls! And with winter quickly approaching, a little cold weather isn’t going to stop this turtle team from seeking out critters in new and exotic locations. Ernie and Neal are the ultimate out-of-water turtles, expanding their live-action repertoire across state lines to Texas and out of the country for their first international animal rescue. No job is too tough or dangerous for Turtleman, and his years of bonding with wild animals allow him to use his animal instincts to save them.
Animal Planet’s hit series FINDING BIGFOOT returns with all-new episodes, investigating compelling evidence that may prove the existence of this elusive creature. The team uses unconventional methodologies and new technologies to lure the creature from behind the shadows to get physical video and/or audio evidence to prove that there is a community of these sasquatches among us! The intrepid cast of investigators – Bigfoot Field Research Organization (BFRO) president Matt Moneymaker, researchers James “Bobo” Fay and Cliff Barackman, and skeptical scientist Ranae Holland – has traveled across the U.S. and followed up on evidence and first-hand eyewitness accounts. Now, the cast continues its international searches and re-visits some of the “squatchier” locations to uncover startling evidence of the mysterious and highly intelligent enigma that has eluded capture for centuries and fascinated man for just as long.
GATOR BOYS follows the death-defying exploits of Paul Bedard and Jimmy Riffle, two extraordinary alligator trappers who risk injury and death to hand capture nuisance alligators that have invaded the backyards, swimming pools and businesses of Florida residents. Their ultimate goal is to take alligators out of harm’s way before they are captured by trappers who kill the animals and sell them for their skins and meat. It takes serious skill to get face to face with these deadly creatures, and they do it all for the love of the alligators. Paul is known for his commanding personality and his ability to swim under water with minimal tools and to capture unsuspecting gators. Giving him the unmatched ability to handle nearly any dangerous reptile with ease, Jimmy has been wrestling alligators since he was 11 years old.
MONSTERS INSIDE ME
For some, monsters are fictional creatures that only live within the pages of storybooks; for others, they are the life-threatening parasites that hijack human bodies. MONSTERS INSIDE ME returns to Animal Planet to recount the harrowing dramas of people infected by deadly parasites as doctors and scientists try to unravel each case before it’s too late. Lurking in the shadows of our bodies and showing no mercy, these monsters live among us. Explaining how each parasite finds its perfect host, Dan Riskin, zoologist and biologist, returns as the host of the series.
MY CAT FROM HELL
The Cat Daddy is back! Jackson Galaxy returns this April with 17 all-new episodes of MY CAT FROM HELL, which test his feline knowledge and may teach this seasoned cat man some new tricks. When it comes to fiery felines and their overwhelmed owners, anything is possible, and Galaxy is on a mission to help find the sources of conflict between humans and their furry friends. This season’s gamut of calamitous cat cases includes felines that can’t control their bladders, kitty turf wars, cat mood swings and a ferocious feline that does severe damage to its 95-year-old owner. Galaxy also tackles the human elements at the root of these problems including feuding roommates, enabling owners, overbearing cat parents and confused disciplinarians.
NORTH WOODS LAW
Follow Maine’s elite game-warden service in an all-new season of NORTH WOODS LAW as it navigates the rugged and vast terrain of the Pine Tree State. For the wardens, each punch of the time clock is a ticket to extreme danger and drama as undercover stings and intense rescues are all in a day’s work. Whether they’re tracking and catching dangerous poachers, investigating mysterious crimes or attempting daring and dramatic rescues, these wardens risk life and limb to protect animals and to serve the people of Maine.
OFF THE HOOK: EXTREME CATCHES
The ultimate fishing road-trip series featuring professional wrestler Showtime Eric Young continues! Young, an avid yet novice outdoorsman, gets out of the ring and turns in his tights for some tackle. He’s on the adventure of a lifetime to hear, smell and taste big and small stories of those that got away. Using all sorts of unique bait, tackle, poles and transportation, Young is the makeshift MacGyver of fishing while he learns the best and most unique techniques as he crisscrosses the country to try his hand at various fishing practices, ranging from wildly dangerous to all-out weird! During his quest, he learns an interesting array of intricate and industrious methods used by some of America’s fishing masterminds. Young embraces odd, local traditions practiced for decades and centuries, and no matter how long it takes, how crazy it seems or how many bumps and bruises he gets along the way, Young won’t stop ‘til he catches the ultimate fish. This season, he travels throughout and beyond the continental U.S., from Alaska and Hawaii to Maine, Minnesota and even Puerto Rico!
PIT BULLS AND PAROLEES
Returning for a fifth season, PIT BULLS AND PAROLEES follows Tia Maria Torres, renowned pit bull trainer and founder of Villalobos Rescue Center, as she unites pit bulls and parolees in a mission to rescue both from their troubled pasts. Last season, Tia faced her greatest challenge yet: rebuilding Villalobos after she moved the entire operation from California to New Orleans. With her family, trusted parolees and a crew of new Louisiana parolees by her side, Torres meets unexpected challenges including a deadly hurricane, but she’s pulled out all the stops and has rescued more dogs than ever in an entirely new environment. Villalobos has found a new home, and no matter what struggles the team faces, the dedication to providing rescued pit bulls with safe and loving homes is unwavering.
There may come a time when the question of what really lurks below is answered, but that time isn’t now. In the new season of RIVER MONSTERS, host, biologist and extreme angler Jeremy Wade takes the treacherous and mysterious to new heights with the most dangerous adventures of his lifetime. His journeys include a mission to Chernobyl’s nuclear wastelands to search for a mutant fish in a race against time to avoid radiation exposure; a trip to Nicaragua to capture an elusive killer torpedo; and a bloodthirsty quest on American soil to pursue of a prehistoric, underwater vampire.
Wayde King and Brett Raymer, co-owners of ATM (Acrylic Tank Manufacturing), the leading aquarium builders in the world, continue to take on challenges that push the limits of their outrageous fish-tank designs. The duo is accustomed to creating and constructing over-the-top tanks for a wide variety of clients including A-list celebrities, athletes and high-profile hotels and restaurants. With a new 33,800-square-foot warehouse in Las Vegas, the guys have even more space to create bigger and crazier aquariums in new episodes that premiere this spring and summer.
TOO CUTE! returns to document the coming-of-age stories of curious kittens and precious puppies. Beginning with the tentative first steps of these adorable animals, TOO CUTE! follows these cuddly creatures on their adventures to a brand-new world where cuddly knows no bounds, and fluffy reigns supreme. These furry friends are simply too lovable, too curious and TOO CUTE!
WILD WEST ALASKA
In the new season of WILD WEST ALASKA, travel to the edge of civilization where bears outnumber people, life is basic and primitive and hunting for food, protection and survival is a necessity. At Wild West Guns, the state’s largest and most successful gun shop, owner Jim West and his team build weapons for any occasion. The shop serves as the premiere stop for every Alaskan living off the grid. Whether it’s for a request for an everyday hunting trip or for an excursion deep into the Alaskan bush, a steady stream of colorful characters is sure to walk through the door. But like Jim and his team say, “In Alaska, the odds are good when the goods are odd.”
NEW ORIGINAL SERIES
Featuring dramatically and emotional stories of women who fought back against their attackers and survived against amazing odds, SURVIVING EVIL is hosted by Charisma Carpenter (Cordelia Chase on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and its spin-off Angel.) Carpenter is the survivor of a real-life incident that she endured more than 20 years ago and the series begins with her story. The actress and two friends were swimming at San Diego’s Torrey Pines State Beach in 1991 when they were violently attacked by an armed, rogue police officer. Carpenter fought for her survival after being held at gunpoint, but her two friends were both shot by the attacker and seriously wounded. The police officer was sentenced to 56 years in prison for the attacks in addition to a series of rapes and robberies.
DEADLINE: CRIME WITH TAMRON HALL
Crime investigation, as any homicide detective will testify, is all about speed. Time lost is time wasted, and every minute counts in ID’s new original newsmagazine DEADLINE: CRIME WITH TAMRON HALL, produced by NBC News’ award-winning Peacock Productions. DEADLINE: CRIME goes beyond the headlines to explore not only what happened, but why it happened, and how it was investigated. Anchoring the series as host is NBC’s Tamron Hall, a long-time network journalist with a vested interest in the criminal justice system. Hall knows first-hand the effects of violent crime, as her older sister was a homicide victim in a case that is still officially unsolved.
SOUTHERN FRIED HOMICIDE
Against a backdrop of Southern hospitality, etiquette, and Christian values, evil creeps in like vines on a time-worn plantation. SOUTHERN FRIED HOMICIDE proves that ugliness lurks behind beauty when cracks in good ol’ moral values give way to cold-blooded murder. Actress Shanna Forrestall, a native of Louisiana, serves as the gatekeeper to these salacious stories from south of the Mason-Dixon Line.
Too old to enjoy their riches, too old to keep dry britches, but not too old to snuff out some b*tches! Prepare to hide under your lap blanket, because ELDER SKELTER tells shocking stories of senior citizens who committed cold, calculated crimes. Did they suffer from dementia, or had they spent a lifetime suppressing their sick fantasies before it all came to a head? After building reputations as model citizens, loving family members, and contributors to society, these oldies but no-longer-goodies cracked in their final years only to spend the rest of their retirement in prison.
Salacious headlines. Surreal true-life stories. Who doesn’t scan the supermarket tabloids in the checkout line? Investigation Discovery (ID) introduces TABLOID, a new weekly series guaranteed to satisfy inquiring minds. Hosted by the Emmy Award-winning king of tabloid television, Jerry Springer, TABLOID peels back the curtain to probe the most bizarre larger-than-life stories you can’t possibly imagine. Springer, who’s no stranger to the sensational, brings more than 20 years of experience working with over-the-top characters to help guide viewers through these outrageous tales — baring all of the horrific action, twists and turns, and macabre motivations behind eye-catching headlines.
DARKNESS OUTSIDE OF TOWN (wt)
Beyond the boundaries of ordinary life, there is another world that lies just outside of town, where places have no names. Investigating forgotten communities and shallow graves past the perimeters of society, DARKNESS OUTSIDE OF TOWN reveals what can happen in these solitary and desolate places. Gripping tales of betrayal and murder unfold as told by friends, family, and neighbors of the deceased. In places mere minutes from town but millions of miles from civilization, normal rules don’t apply, and absolutely anything can happen.
THE FIRST KILL (wt)
Before there were dozens of victims, a nation-wide manhunt, and a guilty serial killer, there was THE FIRST KILL. This series explores the initial murder that inspired a killing spree, confounded law enforcement, and terrified the masses. Detectives who are haunted by unforgotten cold cases will finally connect the dots while family and friends of victims at last understand their loved one’s death.
THE BAD OLD DAYS
THE BAD OLD DAYS is a nod to twisted tales of decades past, detailing the most provocative, juicy, real-life murder cases of the ‘50s and ‘60s. Set against the backdrop of the fetishized world of bullet bras, garter belts, suburban secrets and three-martini lunches, these stories of truly mad men and women reveal layer upon layer of warped relationships turned terrible crimes.
Wealth. Power. Influence. Everybody wants them, but only a select few ever get them. When hard work and talent aren’t enough, how do you get yourself noticed? IMPOSTORS explores schemers who have taken the quickest, riskiest, and dirtiest path to success: deceit. Exposing true accounts of real fraud, the series uncovers shocking stories of shrewd people who do almost anything to con their way into worlds of prestige and luxury.
A STRANGER IN MY HOME
Your house should be a place where we feel most comfortable, but to someone who wants to pose a threat, there’s no better way to get inside your life than to get inside your home. Let the wrong person in and it could be the last mistake you ever make. A STRANGER IN MY HOME is the perfect blend of mystery and suspense, telling stories of what happens when strangers come together under one roof and begin new relationships. You might think you can trust this new acquaintance, but looks can be deceiving.
OBSESSION: DARK DESIRES
What happens when outsiders, loners, and losers are let in from the cold by a kind soul? OBSESSION: DARK DESIRES features horror stories of people who are shown the kindness of strangers, but instead of simply thanking their newfound friend, they form an obsession and refuse to let go. Latching onto every detail and hanging on every word, they often create a fantasy world in which mere acquaintanceship isn’t enough.
BEAUTY QUEEN MURDERS
Beauty pageants are the stuff of dreams for so many girls who fantasize about being a princess for the day. For these beauty queens, a sash and crown may empower them to reach for the stars but it can’t defend against the terrible fate that awaits. BEAUTY QUEEN MURDERS shines the spotlight on women who lived their lives in the public eye as America’s sweethearts. They were all so young. They were all so beautiful. They all held so much promise. And they were all killed before their limelight was up.
I’D KILL FOR YOU
How far would you go for the person you love? Would you lie for them, die for them…or even kill for them? I’D KILL FOR YOU lifts the lid on unbelievable crimes in which one human’s love is chosen over another’s life. These pre-meditated, highly calculated killings were all orchestrated by a twisted manipulator who used their love as the ultimate murder weapon.
EVIL IN-LAW reveals great marriages nearly ruined when a maniacal, meddling mother-in-law overstepped her bounds. They are stories that make you want to elope: the mother who slowly poisoned her daughter-in-law so she could raise the grandchildren as her own; the mother who tried to seduce her son-in-law because she was jealous of her own daughter; or the mother who faked a fatal illness to get her son to turn on his wife and move back in with mommy.
FEAR THY NEIGHBOR
You’ve got the home you’ve always dreamed of and the neighborhood to match. But someone close by has very different ideas. FEAR THY NEIGHBOR reveals what happens when a new homeowner unwittingly takes up residence within a stone’s throw of a psycho, or when evil minds decide to lay down roots right next door. These are the terrifying tales of the unwanted neighbors who turn home sweet home into home sweet hell.
RETURNING ORIGINAL SERIES
ON THE CASE WITH PAULA ZAHN
Profiling fascinating true stories and featuring gripping interviews conducted by Emmy Award-winning journalist Paula Zahn, ON THE CASE is a shining example of ID’s core brand mission to investigate life’s mysteries through riveting storytelling. Zahn’s journalistic expertise and passion for the truth resonate as ON THE CASE unravels shocking investigations that have dominated headlines, and intriguing original stories uncovered exclusively for ID’s audience.
REDRUM (Season 2)
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.
WIVES WITH KNIVES (Season 2)
WIVES WITH KNIVES features gripping stories of women who take extreme measures to cut off their relationships. Host Dr. Casey Jordan, a criminologist and behavioral analyst with a law degree, sits down with each wife to reveal what led them to slice and dice. While some women endured years of sexual, emotional, and physical abuse before fighting back, others were motivated by greed and jealousy.
ON DEATH ROW (Season 2)
In this special companion television series to Werner Herzog’s critically-acclaimed theatrical documentary INTO THE ABYSS, the Academy-Award nominated filmmaker dives deeper into the abyss of the human soul. Through interviews with five additional inmates awaiting their appointment with a lethal injection in the Texas and Florida prison systems, Herzog conducts a uniquely thought-provoking analysis of why people, and the state, kill. Each episode features an intense interview with a death row inmate to hear their own account of life in captivity and the crime that condemned them.
FRENEMIES: LOYALTY TURNED LETHAL (Season 2)
Exploring riveting stories of loyalty betrayed, FRENEMIES: LOYALTY TURNED LETHAL shows what happens when friendships fall apart at the seams. 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?
MY DIRTY LITTLE SECRET (Season 2)
Everybody’s got something to hide. Don’t deny it. Deep down, you’ve got a DIRTY LITTLE SECRET. From the perfect housewife next door to the beloved community pastor, everyone has a few skeletons rattling around in their closet. But what if someone uncovered those skeletons? How far would you go to keep your secret from being spilled?
EVIL, I (Season 2)
Revealing the most intimate and forbidding stories from the darkest corners of a murderer’s mind, EVIL, I explores real homicide investigations not through the usual sources such as police and prosecutors, but through the most visceral primary source there is: the killer himself. Every episode features emotional interviews with family and insight from the detectives who cracked the case, but it is the voice of the killer, describing his own thoughts and movements, that provides a disturbing look at shocking crimes.
FATAL VOWS (Season 2)
When marriages fail, divorce can turn ugly, even deadly. Each episode of FATAL VOWS explores tumultuous, shocking, and disturbing divorces, and delves into the criminal psychology behind what actually happens when one spouse determines that the only way out is murder. Guiding viewers through these crimes of passion are Dr. Brian Russell, an attorney as well as a forensic and clinical psychologist, and Stacy Kaiser, a licensed psychotherapist and relationship expert.
MOTIVES & MURDERS: CRACKING THE CASE (Season 2)
MOTIVES & MURDERS: CRACKING THE CASE explores the emotional stories of those attempting to find closure in homicide investigations, from the victims’ families to the dedicated police officers. Combining the thrill of mystery with the visceral experience of true-crime drama, this series presents competing versions of what may have happened and re-enacts the events from different perspectives as new evidence comes to light.
ICE COLD KILLERS (Season 2)
As America’s last true frontier, Alaska is an ideal destination for people wanting to experience the intrinsic beauty of isolated nature – but its wilderness also provides the perfect setting for keeping secrets. People go missing as if swallowed by the elements, but often there’s something far more sinister to blame. ICE COLD KILLERS chronicles cases of people who have gone missing in Alaska, as told by their families, police, and – in some cases – even their cold-blooded abductors.
DEADLY SINS (Season 3)
When the basic desires of human nature come up against the darkest corners of the human soul, temptations can often be fatal. DEADLY SINS examines the true evils that push everyday individuals beyond the limits of the law. From gluttony and greed to lust, envy, sloth, wrath, and pride, this series reveals scandalous crimes driven by human instincts. Guiding viewers is attorney Darren Kavinoky, a criminal behavior expert who provides professional insight and legal expertise in his analysis of each case.
HOMICIDE HUNTER: LT. JOE KENDA (Season 3)
A murder will change the life of a victim, their families, and the convicted killer, but what about the investigator whose days and nights are consumed by finding answers? In each episode of Homicide Hunter: Lt. Joe Kenda, the 23-year veteran of Colorado’s homicide investigation unit – who has one of the highest case closure rates in the country – reveals chillingly vivid memories of murders that still haunt him today.
SCORNED: LOVE KILLS (Season 3)
SCORNED: LOVE KILLS examines the dark side of love with a voyeuristic peek into the lust and obsession that fueled some of the most senseless, but definitely not emotionless, crimes to make front-page headlines. From dalliances with dancers to a love triangle born from an underground swingers’ club, the stories featured in SCORNED pair sexual intrigue with bedded betrayal to form a recipe for murder.
TRUE CRIME WITH APHRODITE JONES (Season 4)
A true crime series for tabloid aficionados, each episode follows best-selling author and crime expert Aphrodite Jones as she conducts her own investigations into some of the most headline-making crime stories of our time. Jones lands pivotal interviews and gains insider access to those connected to the case, revealing new evidence or unraveling new theories with exclusive interviews, photos, or never-before-seen footage about crimes you thought you knew.
NIGHTMARE NEXT DOOR (Season 4)
How well do you know your neighbors? NIGHTMARE NEXT DOOR tells the tales of mysterious murders from behind white picket fences that rocked Middle America. Each hour brings a new look into the evil that can lurk in the heart and soul of a tight-knit community. Interviews with investigators, prosecutors, family members and/or neighbors piece together the twisting tale of a classic whodunit, and forensic experiments lead viewers into the heart of the investigation.
WHO THE (BLEEP) DID I MARRY? (Season 4)
Pulling back the curtain on bizarre double lives, WHO THE (BLEEP) DID I MARRY? examines stories of couples in which one spouse has hidden a shocking secret. From bank robbers to bigamists and international spies, these sometimes shocking characters will have viewers shaking their heads in disbelief and wondering how the truths behind these scandalous spouses were kept hidden for so long.
DEVIL YOU KNOW (Season 4)
DEVIL YOU KNOW delves into the secret lives of men and women who masquerade as law-abiding citizens but, behind the charade, are hiding deadly intentions from their loved ones. As each story unfolds, family and friends give first-hand accounts of the unimaginable betrayal that left them in the dark. These harrowing personal testimonials take viewers on a twisted journey as our witnesses wrestle with the demons and devils they have come to know all too well.
FACING EVIL WITH CANDICE DELONG (Season 4)
Former FBI criminal profiler Candice DeLong goes behind prison walls to interview women whose shocking stories of love and betrayal landed them in the big house. In each episode, DeLong reveals the candid, sometimes shocking story of love and betrayal from the point-of-view of the woman herself. She interprets these intimate interviews for audiences drawing upon her impressive repertoire of sleuthing skills that include trailing terrorists, going undercover in gangs and hunting for the infamous Unabomber.
STALKED: SOMEONE’S WATCHING (Season 4)
With more than three million people falling victim to stalking in the United States each year, this widely misunderstood crime reaches far beyond celebrities and people in the public eye. STALKED: SOMEONE’S WATCHING profiles emotional stories of stalking victims and explores the twisted psychology of the people who relentlessly pursued them. Leading viewers through these tales of obsession is Michelle Ward, Ph.D., a criminal psychologist who has an expertise in neuroscience and personal experience as a stalking victim.
DANGEROUS PERSUASIONS (Season 2)
Following terrifyingly true tales of psychological manipulation, DANGEROUS PERSUASIONS explores everyday people who were brainwashed into making remarkable sacrifices and committing unthinkable acts in the process. Told through intimate, first-person accounts, each hour-long episode details the captivating stories of people who were lured into a web of deceit and lost themselves along the way.
DATES FROM HELL (Season 3)
Romantic dinners under the stars and cozy movie nights cuddled up on the couch turn for the worse faster than anyone expects in a new season of DATES FROM HELL. As the home of “love gone wrong” programming, this ID series profiles astounding cases of romance that are dead upon arrival – when the search for love turns into a struggle to get out alive. Whether it’s just being in the wrong place at the wrong time, or a seemingly perfect match that takes a twisted turn, survivors discuss what it was like to live through and escape a true date from hell.
BLOOD RELATIVES (Season 3)
From the outside, families can seem like harmonious units, pillars of the community in loving homes. But in BLOOD RELATIVES, the façades are shed to reveal complex layers of jealousy, adultery, and vengeance that resulted in the unthinkable: a murder within a family. From the matriarch to favored son, black sheep to heir apparent, each episode unravels the motives of every family member, who are all potential suspects . . . and potential victims. Narrating BLOOD RELATIVES is Brenda Strong, the voice of ABC’s hit series DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES with her character Mary Alice Young.