WGN America continues its push into original programming, ordering its first two unscripted series, docudrama Outlaw Country and docuseries Wrestling With Death, for premiere in 2015.
WGN America has ordered seven one-hour episodes of Outlaw Country from Bischoff Hervey Entertainment (The Devils Ride, Hardcore Pawn: Chicago) for premiere February 24 at 10 PM ET. Set in the town of Buckner, MO, it chronicles the perennial battle between law enforcement and crime by following Steve and Mike Cook, brothers who act as Sheriff and head of the Buckner Criminal Task Force, respectively, as they clash with John and Josh Monk, brothers they suspect are responsible for the town’s surge in crime. Eric Bischoff and Jason Hervey executive producer alongside Robert Kaprill and Peter Karlin.
Wrestling With Death comes from Pawn Stars executive producers Leftfield Pictures. The family docuseries introduces the Lathams of Osceola, Arkansas: morticians by day who run The Wilson Funeral Home, and professional wrestlers by night who run The Mid-Southern Championship Wrestling League. Twelve weekly back-to-back half-hour episodes have been ordered to premiere Tuesday, January 13 at 10 PM ET. Wrestling With Death is executive-produced by Brent Montgomery, David George, Alex Weresow and Jordana Hochman, alongside Bill Katz and Michelle Katz for Espiritus Productions.
Outlaw Country and Wrestling With Death join other WGN America titles such as Salem, whose second season premieres in April 2015, along with the second season of Manhattan, and exclusive syndicated series Person of Interest and Elementary, all scheduled to premiere in 2015. The network also recently announced a straight-to series order for the scripted drama Outsiders (formerly Titans). Check out the clips below: