History Adds Four Nonfiction Series to Summer Lineup

The History network, whose summer will be anchored by event miniseries “Texas Rising,” on Monday announced four new nonfiction series that will join its schedule over the next couple of months. The newcomers join a slate that also includes veterans like “American Pickers,” “Counting Cars” and “Mountain Men.”

History kicks off its summer programming this Wednesday with returnee “American Pickers” at 9 p.m., followed the next night by the premiere of “Pawn Stars” and the series launch of “Lost in Transmission.” The new series, produced by Adjacent Productions and airing at 10 p.m., features “Top Gear” co-host Rutledge Wood and fellow car fanatic George Flanigen on a mission to rescue America’s forgotten classic cars that are sitting in ruins in barns, garages and the backyards of America.

On Tuesday, June 16, new episodes of “Counting Cars” will debut at 9 p.m., followed by the series debut of “Leepu & Pitbull.” The series follows master mechanic “Pitbull” Steve and renowned Bangladeshi car designer Leepu as they transform heaps of metal into a cash-producing business venture. It is produced by Raw TV Ltd.

History will again use an established show as lead-in to a newcomer on June 18, when “Mountain Men” returns at 9 p.m. and is followed by “Alone.” The 10-episode series, produced by Leftfield Pictures, is the longest survival experiment ever captured for television. It places 10 hardcore survivalists alone in the Vancouver Island wilderness – no camera crew, no teams, no producers – on a single mission to stay alive. At stake is $500,000 awarded to the person who can last the longest. The series will air as a synchronized global TV event, airing in over 200 territories worldwide on “History” and other channels from the A+E Networks portfolio.

The fourth History newcomer is “Forged in Fire,” which will bow Monday, June 22, at 10. The competition series, hosted by weapons expert Wil Willis, a former Army Ranger and decorated Air Force para-rescue specialist, will feature world-class bladesmiths creating many of history’s most iconic edged weapons, from the Japanese katana to the medieval broadsword to ancient throwing blades like the chakram. It is produced by Outpost Entertainment, a Leftfield Entertainment company.

As previously announced, 10-hour miniseries “Texas Rising” will bow Memorial Day (May 25) at 9.

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