History, which has been riding high on the ratings success of such docu series as Pawn Stars and American Pickers, today is announcing more unscripted series in the pipeline at its upfront. In development for a 2012 broadcast is miniseries The Men Who Built America, about “the influential builders, dreamers and believers whose feats transformed the United States, a nation decaying from the inside after the Civil War, into the greatest economic and technological superpower the world had ever seen.” The channel has greenlighted the following series:
It is often the common man inventing his dream that has changed history. INVENTION USA focuses on Reichart Von Wolfsheild and Garrett Lisi, two brilliant tech and science experts who travel America, devoted to finding the next great thing in the haystack of prototypes presented to them by amateur inventors. Produced for HISTORY by T Group Productions.
FULL METAL JOUSTING
In FULL METAL JOUSTING, a maverick group of fighters compete for top honors in the most dangerous competition in history. Far from the contrivances of the Renaissance Fair, this is authentic, full-contact jousting, with two competitors on horses charging towards each other at 30 miles an hour. Gone is the traditional armor, replaced by state-of-the-art protective gear. Each week’s episode features full-contact trials and preparations that will ultimately determine the champion-king of the joust. Produced for HISTORY by Pilgrim Films & Television.
UNITED STATS OF AMERICA
Numbers tell amazing stories. Every second we record raw data on everything from the calories we eat to the energy we use, from the number of texts we send to the amount of money we make. Using innovative graphics, UNITED STATS OF AMERICA will crunch all this data and visualize these surprising facts about who we are in a surprising new way. Produced for HISTORY by Left/Right Productions.
Additionally, History has greenlighted 3 specials, including one tied to the 10th anniversary of 9/10. 9/12: The Day After is a continuation to 102 Minutes That Changed America and chronicles the days, weeks and decade after the worst terrorist attack in U.S. history. The other 2 specials are History of the World in Two Hours and Vietnam In HD.
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