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Larry the Cable Guy to host History show

History is going for a dose of Americana and a dollop of laughs in a new series fronted by Larry the Cable Guy.

Cabler has ordered 13 segs of an hourlong skein featuring the Blue Collar Comedy star visiting iconic American sites. He’ll also shine a spotlight on people with uniquely American jobs, lifestyles and hobbies.

“Looking at our cultural history and pop culture history through Larry’s voice will be fun,” said History prexy-G.M. Nancy Dubuc. “He’s also the kind of character who will roll up his sleeves to give us an active portrait of Americana.”

Series, tentatively titled “Only in America With Larry the Cable Guy,” will be produced by Craig Piligian and his Pilgrim Films and Television banner. Piligian, whose cable franchises include Syfy’s “Ghost Hunters” and Discovery’s “Dirty Jobs,” and Larry the Cable Guy (aka Daniel Lawrence Whitney), will exec produce with J.P. Williams, Dubuc and History’s David McKillop and Dirk Hoogstra.

Production on the series is expected to begin shortly, with History targeting a debut in the second half of this year, Dubuc said.

“Only in America” is part of the cabler’s push under Dubuc to expand the scope of its programming to include lighter, pop culture-driven fare and even scripted offerings. History is at work with “24” co-creator Joel Surnow on a miniseries about the Kennedy clan.

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