Documentaries about El Chapo, Alexander Hamilton and DB Cooper and a new reality series starring Ozzy Osbourne and his son Jack join previously announced event series Roots and docu-drama Barbarians Rising as highlights of History’s summer lineup. The cable also said today that it has slotted July 18 for the premiere of its new military drama series Six.
The Rise and Fall of El Chapo, premiering Monday, August 8, takes an in-depth look at drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman and how his international drug cartel impacts the U.S. Alexander Hamilton (working title) explores the American political and financial institutions he helped to create. It premieres Sunday, July 26. DB Cooper, a four-hour docu, looks at the case of the man who hijacked a Northwest Orient flight bound for Seattle in November 1971, said he had a bomb and demanded $200,000 in cash and four parachutes. He later jumped into the night, never to be seen again. It premieres Sunday, July 10. New nonfiction series Ozzy and Jack’s World Detours premieres Wednesday, July 27. It stars heavy metal legend Ozzy Osbourne and Jack Osbourne as they hit the road on a father-son journey they’ve waited years to take.
As previously announced, event series Roots kicks off the summer programming lineup. Based on Alex Haley’s 1976 bestseller and, of course, the record-breaking 1977 ABC miniseries, the new Roots debuts on May 30. Counting Cars returns with new episodes on July 5 at 9 PM. It will be followed at 10 PM by new non-scripted series Louisiana-set Big Easy Motors, featuring Charles Handler and his team who turn long-forgotten piles of junk into dazzling custom cars. And bladesmith competition series Forged in Fire returns for Season 3 with an increased episode order from ten hourlong episodes to 16.
Here are descriptions of History’s new specials and series:
ALEXANDER HAMILTON (WT) – Premieres Sunday, June 26 at 9 pm. This two-hour documentary captures the amazing life and times of our nation’s forgotten founding father: Alexander Hamilton. Exploring the iconic American political and financial institutions he helped to create, from the US Mint and Wall Street to the two-party political system, we’ll examine Hamilton’s enormous influence that still resonates today. Ron Chernow, whose biography Alexander Hamilton served as the basis for the hit Broadway play, along with other notable names including Tom Brokaw and Maria Bartiromo, contribute to an all-encompassing look at one of our nation’s most accomplished leaders.
“Alexander Hamilton” is executive produced by Randall Counsman. Executive producers for Peacock Productions are Sharon Scott, Knute Walker, Colleen Halpin, and Melody Shafir. Executive producer for HISTORY is Stephen Mintz.
DB COOPER –Premieres Sunday, July 10 at 9 pm. On November 24th, 1971 a man dressed in a suit and tie hijacked a Northwest Orient flight bound for Seattle. He said he had a bomb and demanded $200,000 in cash and four parachutes. Once he got his ransom, the man jumped into the night, never to be seen again. In the more than 45 years since the epic heist, the FBI has looked at over a thousand potential suspects, but the questions remain: Who is DB Cooper? Did he die? Did he live? And is he still out there? Now, in this four hour documentary series, viewers will go on the trail gaining an unprecedented perspective from the FBI, including exclusive access to the evidence, while a former FBI agent and a crime journalist dive deep into the case revealing new information through exclusive interviews with nearly 20 experts and insiders, including the only people ever to come face to face with the hijacker. Plus, a citizen sleuth and his team of forty investigators reveal the findings of their five year investigation arriving at an explosive conclusion. “DB Cooper” is produced by LMNO for HISTORY.
THE RISE AND FALL OF EL CHAPO – Premieres Monday, August 8 at 8 pm. Killer, drug smuggler, folk hero, Houdini of jailhouse escapes – Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman continues to make headline news. But now “The Rise and Fall of El Chapo” takes an in depth look at the man behind the myth and how his international drug cartel impacts us right here at home. In this two-hour documentary, we’ll learn how a poor Mexican orange-seller with a third-grade education rose to lord over a multi-national drug cartel with billion dollar profits. HISTORY traces his rise to become “Public Enemy Number One” for the U.S. agents on a mission to bring him down and stanch the flow of illegal narcotics into the heart of America. This special documentary features rarely seen footage of the prison escape that stunned the world…as well as the cat and mouse chase that followed. Through on-the-ground access to the San Diego Tunnel Task Force, viewers get a first-hand look at the intricate drug smuggling tunnels that have become El Chapo’s trademark. We’ll hear from a host of voices connected to the kingpin including his beauty queen wife, Emma Coronel, former undercover DEA Agent Mike Vigil, former senior official and legal advisor to both the Dept. of Justice and Homeland Security, Peter Vincent and investigative reporter Anabel Hernandez. “The Rise and Fall of El Chapo” is produced by Peacock Productions for HISTORY.
NEW NON-FICTION SERIES:
OZZY AND JACK’S WORLD DETOUR – Series Premiere Wednesday, July 27 at 10 pm. “Ozzy & Jack’s World Detour” stars heavy metal legend, Ozzy Osbourne and his son, Jack. In this new 10-episode hour-long non-scripted series, the self-proclaimed history nerds hit the road in a father-son journey they’ve waited years to take. There will be no roadies, no tour buses and no boundaries. Just a bucket list of iconic and historically significant spots that includes Mt. Rushmore, Stonehenge, The Alamo, Roswell, The Jamestown Settlement and Sun Studios and a hit list of some fascinating sights and people that they’ve read about. From a Cold War era Missile Silo to Bletchley Park; from gold miner Rattlesnake Randy’s stream of dreams to vintage tank collector Allan Cors’ private museum of working war machines, Ozzy and Jack get their eyes and hands on history. The series is produced for History by T-Group Productions with Osbourne Media. Jenny Daly, Jack Osbourne, R. Greg Johnston, Peter Glowski and Rob Lobl serve as executive producers. Matt Ginsburg is the executive producer for History.
BIG EASY MOTORS – Series Premiere Tuesday, July 5 at 10pm. There’s undiscovered treasure in the bayous of Louisiana and Charles Handler knows how to find it. From a 1957 Chevy Bel Air convertible to a 1967 Shelby Mustang GT, Handler and his team turn long-forgotten piles of junk into dazzling custom cars. He searches all over Louisiana for one-of-a-kind classics, invests his own money to fix them up, and then sells them at auction. These treasures can sell for big money so there’s a huge profit to be made, if everything goes according to plan. Each episode, based in New Orleans, will feature amazing vehicle restorations and high stakes auctions where everything’s on the line. “Big Easy Motors” is produced by Glass Entertainment Group for History. Executive producers for Glass Entertainment Group are Jairus Cobb, Nancy Glass, Shannon Biggs, Eric Neuhaus, and Edward Trent Robinson. Zachary G. Behr and Russ McCarroll serve as executive producers for History.