When you think about hunting, fishing and such, you of course think of Tom Brokaw, Michael Keaton, Jeff Foxworthy and Matt Hughes. OK, maybe you think of them for other things, but all are going to be featured doing outdoorsy stuff in early 2011 on the Outdoor Channel.
The cable network has unveiled 19 new shows for Q1 of the New Year (including four former ESPN series) and a programming schedule that will be 100% native high definition (HD). The programming lineup will include all new episodes of 50 of Outdoor Channel’s top returning outdoor programs.
“Outdoor Channel continues to be the top network for outdoor enthusiasts. We’re excited about our 19 new shows and 50 returning favorites – all available in the pristine clarity of HD,” said Tom Hornish, COO, Outdoor Channel. “On tap this season are some of the outdoor genre’s marquee names, including Michael Waddell, Ted Nugent, Lee and Tiffany Lakosky and Jim Shockey. These marquee personalities will be joined by stars like Tom Brokaw, Michael Keaton and Jeff Foxworthy. New shows like ‘Wardens’ and the ‘AWA Pro Series’ really push the envelope in outdoor programming, reinforcing that Outdoor Channel is ‘America’s Leader in Outdoor TV.’”
In a deal announced earlier, Outdoor Channel will premiere four former ESPN fishing shows, including “Buccaneers and Bones,” starring veteran journalist Tom Brokaw, Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated actor Michael Keaton and actor Zach Gilford of “Friday Night Lights”; “The Saltwater Series”; “Spanish Fly”; and “Zona’s Awesome Fishing Show.” Also new to Outdoor Channel is “Ultimate Match Fishing” co-host Fish Fishburne with his new show, “The Fish Fishburne Show.” Further stacking Outdoor Channel’s line-up of fishing shows is “Fishing University,” “Wild on the Fly Presented by Grizzly Hackle” and “Ford’s Fishing Frontiers” featuring fishing legend Flip Pallot.
“The addition of these fishing shows is a clear demonstration of Outdoor Channel’s commitment to bringing the best outdoor programming of all genres to our loyal viewers,” said Hornish.
In addition to Outdoor Channel’s slew of new fishing shows, the network will also debut several new and notable hunting, shooting and adventure series. Among those is “Bass Pro Shops AWA Whitetail Pro Series Presented by GhostBlind,” an exciting, one-of-a-kind deer hunting competition that culminates in the crowning of the AWA World Champion. Also new to Outdoor Channel’s Q1 schedule is “Wardens,” a show that follows conservation officers in Montana as they defend the great outdoors from poachers and other hazards. And, “Friends of NRA Presented by Brunton” joins the line-up, featuring Matt Duff and Jessie Abbate as they explore the behind the scenes aspects of the shooting world.