Hagman bags host gig for reality show ‘Dallas’

Discovery gets 'Deadly' while Animal Planet 'Bugs' out

NEW YORK — TLC has signed Larry Hagman, star of the hit 1980s series “Dallas,” to host a six-episode primetime reality series to focus on the personalities who dominate Dallas high society.

“Sheer Dallas,” a production of Lion Television and its exec producer Ciara Byrne, kicks off on TLC in April.

The “Sheer Dallas” announcement was the highlight of the Discovery Channel’s presentation to the Television Critics Assn. Winter Press Tour in Los Angeles on Thursday.

The Discovery Channel said it’s preparing “Deadliest Catch,” a 10-part primetime series following the treacherous lives of Alaskan crab fishermen. Put together by exec producer Thom Beers for Original Prods., “Catch” also bows in April.

Discovery’s Animal Planet has signed entomologist Ruud Kleinpaste to host “Buggin’ With Ruud,” a primetime series on the world of insects. It’s from NHNZ Prods.; Peter Hayden is exec producer. The start date is June 15.

Discovery Health Channel has renewed “Dr. G: Medical Examiner,” hosted by forensic pathologist Jan Garavaglia, which looks into previously unsolved deaths in hopes of bringing relief to the families of the victims. Atlas Media produces “Dr. G,” with Bruce Klein as exec producer.