Discovery U.S. Hispanic’s networks Discovery en Espanol and Discovery Familia have released their 2016-17 slates, which are heavy on adventure and motoring for the former and health and family for the latter. The programs include specials along with new and returning series.
New shows on Discovery en Espanol include the custom-motorcycle docuseries Acero Sagrado (Sacred Steel) and survival competition Tarzan Americano, along with specials about Mexican Revolution legend Pancho Villa and Unabomber Ted Kaczynski. Among the rookie series over on Discovery Familia are multigenerational reality show Conoce a Los Putmans (Meet the Putmans) and the latest in the “Buying” franchise, Mi Casa en el Bayou (Buying the Bayou).
Here is Discovery U.S. Hispanic’s 2016-17 upfront slate, with descriptions provided by the networks. Premiere dates were not announced.
DISCOVERY EN ESPAÑOL
Acero Sagrado (Sacred Steel):
Produced by Half Yard Productions, this new series will take viewers inside one of the most exclusive and unusual bike clubs in the world that produces one-of-a-kind pieces of art. Jason Wilson opened shop with Sacred Steel over a decade ago and never looked back, crafting custom fabricated high-end choppers and painstakingly restoring American classics.
Autos Extremos (Wild Rides Alaska):
Alaska 663,000 square miles of some of the toughest, most diverse landscape known to man. There are fortunes to be made in this wild frontier, but those rewards come with great risks and each individual’s life may rely on the vehicle they are driving. Enter Ryan Cropper and his team at Total Truck Customs. The preeminent customs shop in Alaska, they fabricate one-of-a-kind, Alaska-proof cars and trucks to tackle the killer terrain. Far from stock, every part on the vehicle must be transformed.
Harley and The Davidsons:
Based on a true story, HARLEY AND THE DAVIDSONS will tell the story of how Milwaukee schoolyard pals William (Bill) Harley and Arthur Davidson built – and rode – the machines that rule the road. Beginning at the turn of the 20th century, at the shores of Lake Michigan, the series charts the birth of Harley-Davidson during a time of great social and technological change and tells the epic story of how two 19-year-old kids from Milwaukee started a company in their backyard that would go on to become an American legend.
Tarzán Americano (American Tarzan):
There was a time when man was truly wild. When survival meant silently stalking your prey barefoot in the forest; climbing high into trees to escape predators; utilizing every resource within reach to protect yourself from the elements. This series is the ultimate challenge that will determine who among this elite breed of man-beasts is the greatest. This is not just a test of surviving Mother Nature. This is a challenge to find who is the ultimate AMERICAN TARZAN.
El Último Ninja (The Last Ninja):
Grandmaster Masaaki Hatsumi is the only ninja left in the world. Now 12 students from all over the world are put to the ultimate test in a 30-day competition like no other where those who survive will enter Hatsumi’s secret order and become the last ninja.
La Patagonia (Patagonia Edge of Earth):
Many people will know the iconic name Patagonia – it conjures up visions of the ‘ultimate landscape of the mind’. It is a region that marries towering mountains, vast tablelands, and prolific seas at the southern tip of the New World. This series will for the first time reveal the spectacular landscape, the diversity of habitats, rich wildlife, and remote cultures of Chile in the West and Argentina to the East…the fabled Patagonia.
Costa Rica Salvaje (Wild Costa Rica):
Considered the Jewel of Central America, Costa Rica is one of the most diverse places on earth. Sandwiched between two seas and two continents, nowhere else has so many different habitats squeezed into such a small space.
Ted Kaczynski, also known as the “Unabomber,” terrified the nation over the span of 20 years from the 1980s through the early 1990s. A new scripted series from Kevin Spacey and Dana Brunetti’s Trigger Street with the pilot script from writer Andrew Sodroski, MANIFESTO will tell the story of how the FBI brought down one of the most infamous criminal masterminds in the world from the point of view of an FBI profiler.
Operación Tucán (Toucan Nation):
This program follows the uplifting story of Grecia, a toucan whose unconscionable abuse sparked international outrage and inspired a national animal welfare movement. Seeking to right a wrong and improve the life of this helpless bird after his beak was mutilated and he was left to die in the Costa Rican countryside, animal rescuers and veterinarians enlist a team of volunteer experts including 3D-printing engineers to design and construct a prosthetic beak. Directed by Emmy®-winner Paula Heredia, (In Memoriam: New York City,) TOUCAN NATION chronicles each step of the journey as they Zooave animal refuge works to save this beautiful bird and activists across Costa Rica rally to bring about lasting change.
Pancho Villa: El Más Buscado (wt):
This is the story of how Pancho Villa, the hero who was adored by many and hated by others, became the most wanted man by the North American army. The leader of the Mexican Revolution whom was a romantic figure for the Americans, part Robin Hood part Casanova, became a target for one of the most powerful armies in the world.
Alaska Hombres Primitivos (Alaskan Bush People), Hombres del Ártico (Yukon Men); Desafío X 2 (Dual Survival); Texas Trocas (original production); Mexicánicos (original production); Fast N Loud (El Dúo Mecánico); Diesel Brothers; Secuestrados (House of Horrors: Kidnapped); Instinto Criminal (Killer Instinct with Chris Hansen) and Barrett-Jackson Live.
Pequeña Gran Casa (Project Playhouse):
Tyson and Audy Leavitt are living their dream by creating the most elaborate, over-the-top playhouses in all of North America out of their family-run shop. From castles to pirate ships to fifties diners, these playhouses are a far cry from the foursquare walls and tiny plastic homes you might be expecting—they have amazing angles, details like stone work and furniture straight out of a storybook.
Decorar Sin Gastar (Hidden Money Makeover):
Design expert Jill Martin and handyman Gage Cass show people around the country that their dream makeover isn’t out of reach. The jam-packed hour features real-life homeowners who turn their clutter into cash, and transform their eyesore living spaces into aesthetically-pleasing parts of the home.
Mi Casa en el Bayou (Buying the Bayou):
Expanding the “Buying” franchise that also includes “Buying Alaska” is this series, which transports viewers deep into the swamps, marshes, and waterways of America’s Gulf Coast to see houses that simply can’t be found anywhere else in the country. In each episode, house hunters check out three properties from top to bottom, weigh the pros and cons of each home, then decide which property meets their needs, budgets, and bayou dreams.
Conoce a Los Putmans (Meet the Putmans):
Bill and Barb Putman seem like the average American family–they’ve been married for 32 years, have 4 great kids and love to spend time with their grandkids. Yet their still-growing family lives a little bit differently than “normal.” That’s right, 25 people live under one roof and share one bathroom, pool all of their finances, and help raise all of the kids as one family unit. Each episode will not only detail the little things that test this family of 25, but also highlight those extreme “for better or worse” moments they experience as both couples and a family.
Dos en un Millón (Two in a Million):
Imagine living with one of the rarest medical conditions in the world; having no one to confide in who understands the pain, struggles, and isolation of everyday life. In each episode of Two In A Million, two people who share the same medical struggles meet and spend one week together, sharing hardships and incredible triumphs, visiting world-renowned doctors, and finding answers to important questions.