History Channel plans slam-bang slate

The History Channel is set to announce Monday a slew of new prime-time series and specials, offering fresh perspectives on ancient developments.

The new weekly series are:

--Lost Worlds, a 13-episode series premiering in the third quarter, follows a team of historical detectives as they piece together clues in uncovering "lost worlds" in such episodes as "Ramses' Egyptian Empire," "Churchill's Secret Bunkers," "Jesus' Jerusalem," and "The Real Dracula."

--Engineering an Empire examines the world's most advanced civilizations, including Greece and Russia, from the perspective of their engineering feats. Peter Weller hosts the 12-episode series, premiering in the third quarter.

--Dogfights, a 13-episode series premiering in the fourth quarter, recreates famous battles from history.

--Ancient Discoveries travels back in time to discover the ancient roots of modern technologies. The 10-episode series premieres in first-quarter 2007.

New prime-time specials include True Caribbean Pirates (third quarter); Desperate Crossing: The Untold Story of the Mayflower, The Exodus Decoded, Race to the South Pole, and Inside the Volcano (all fourth quarter); The Dark Ages(first-quarter 2007); and The States (second-quarter 2007).

Meanwhile, History International, the domestic network that gives a global perspective on history, will feature several new shows, including two 12-episode series: Tales of the Living Dead (second quarter) and Drive-Thru History (third quarter).

The History Channel also plans a summer relaunch of its Web site, offering more than 2,000 video clips and speeches, behind-the-scenes footage of History Channel programs, podcasts, interactive timelines, online games, e-cards, and access to History.com on mobile phones and PDAs.

History.com also is developing new broadband channels based on such historical topics as "Science & Technology" and "Exploration," and is revamping its "This Day in History" site.

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Apr 18, 2006
Apr 17, 2006
Some of these sound interesting. Certainly more so than current programming on the History Channel. Right now we get nothing but Mail Call, Modern Marvels, and crap about UFOs.