TEMECULA, Calif. – Outdoor Channel, America’s leader in outdoor TV, announced its third quarter programming line-up, consisting of unrivaled, talent-packed hunting, fishing, shooting and conservation productions. The network’s summer roster, which launches on June 25, will include eight new shows and a number of popular programs returning with new episodes.
With the company’s recent 2012-2013 programming announcement underscoring its commitment to raising the bar for the genre, Outdoor Channel is delivering on its promise to provide new, quality content. While catering to outdoor enthusiasts across the nation, the network is also looking to engage those interested in character/competition-driven outdoor programming and thrill-seekers who simply like the taste of high-octane adventure.
“With the largest – and growing – outdoor TV footprint in the country, we are shaping the future of the category by presenting our most exciting original programming slate ever, which will serve to reinforce the value of the Outdoor Channel brand,” said Tom Hornish, President and CEO, Outdoor Channel.
The third quarter line-up features shows that highlight Outdoor Channel’s strong partnerships with sports organizations that share its core audience base, such as NASCAR and the Professional Bull Riders (PBR). Premiering Returning in Q3 is “Realtree’s NASCAR Outdoors,” which ventures into the wildness with some of the biggest names in NASCAR, such as Kevin Harvick, Bobby Labonte, Richard Childress and others, as they take their quest for adventure from the roar of the track into the wild.
“Ford Trucks Takes PBR Outdoors,” gives viewers an all-access pass into the bull riding and the outdoor lives of well-known PBR stars. Viewers also receive a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the PBR stars’ biggest wrecks and wildest rides.
Star-power is also aplenty this season, with actors, musicians and athletes joining the ranks of outdoor talent on the network’s most popular shows. Country music star Craig Morgan is back with all new episodes of “Craig Morgan All Access Outdoors,” as he continues his travels to pursue the thrills of big game and big laughs across North America.
Making its network debut is “RAM’s Red Arrow,” a series featuring award-winning country music singer Zac Brown of the Zac Brown Band. He joins host Kip Campbell on an array of bow hunting adventures with the occasional firearm hunt thrown in the mix.
Shows starring actor Joe Mantegna and WWE legend Shawn Michaels also make their return with new episodes this quarter – “MidwayUSA’s Gun Stories” and “Shawn Michael’s Macmillan River Adventures,” respectively.
And, due to the popularity of the network’s programming blocks, such as “MidwayUSA Wednesday Night At The Range,” which has become a top viewer destination, Outdoor Channel is rolling out a series of new prime-time, advertiser-supported blocks. Backed by heavyweight sponsors such as Dick's Sporting Goods, the nightly blocks include: “Dick’s Friday Night at the Lodge,” “Trophy Ridge Bowhunting Friday,” “Nosler Upfront Tuesday Trophy Room,” “Sportsman’s Guide in-Season Thursdays” and “Carbon Express Sunday Spotlight.”
“This summer, we will continue to feed our audiences' passion for outdoor adventure with an enticing roster of shows that allow our viewers to explore their inner outdoorsman, learn from the most respected names in the business and be entertained by their heart-pounding experiences,” said Jeff Wayne, EVP, Programming and Production, Outdoor Channel. “The true essence of the outdoors can only be found on one network – and that network is Outdoor Channel.”Series Debuting in Q3:
The Flush – Debuts Sunday, July 1 at 3:30 p.m. ET
“The Flush,” featuring Emmy award-winning hosts, Bill Sherck and Ron Schara, will take upland hunting and the work of Pheasants Forever to a new level with some of North America’s most profound and most exciting hunts. Each episode will not only document some of the most exciting bird hunts, but will also highlight the work and dedication of Pheasants Forever supporters that promote the mission of the nation’s most efficient conservation organization.
Ford Trucks Takes PBR Outdoors – Debuts Monday, June 25 at 11 p.m. ET
Avid outdoorsman and world-famous sculptor Steve LeBlanc gets a backstage pass into the bull riding and outdoor lives of well-known Professional Bull Riding (PBR) stars. Join Steve as he meets and greets the riders, leaders and heroes of PBR Nation and then surprises them with invitations to join him on dramatic big-game hunting adventures across North America. Viewers get an all-access pass to scenes of each PBR stars biggest wrecks and wildest rides and heartfelt clips and quotes from fellow riders and righters on the tour. From backstage action at the arenas to each action-packed highlight of the demanding hunts, the show infuses the world of PBR into the wilderness of the great outdoors.
Live 2 Hunt with Cody Robbins – Debuts Sunday, July 1 at 6 p.m. ET
“Live 2 Hunt with Cody Robbins” chronicles Cody's quest to combine the biggest free-range, fair chase animals; hard-core, never-say-die hunting attitude; and a humble, everyman approach that takes viewers through the ultimate, once-in-a-lifetime hunt. Cody Robbins, Jim Shockey’s former camera man and TV producer, was Jim’s right-hand man, traveling and hunting with the legend in more than 15 countries. Now Cody steps out from Jim’s shadow to blaze his own trail in professional hunting television.
Outfitter Bootcamp – Debuts Thursday, June 28 at 7 p.m. ET
Live the drama as six guide-school students try to pass muster with real-life cowboy and successful, award-winning big-game outfitter Tim Doud in the heart of the Rocky Mountain backcountry. During the month-long school, the students come face-to-face with hard reality as they navigate the skills and situations required to survive “Outfitter Bootcamp” – from the horsemanship, camp, and backcountry skills to the not-so-easy-to-learn crisis management and personal skills. The half-hour series follows Tim and the students day and night – up early, down late; mucking stalls and making camp in Grizzly country; surviving altitude, stubborn mules, mountain storms and the “War Games” that put client close to a big elk.
RAM’s Red Arrow – Debuts Sunday, July 1 at 11:30 p.m. ET
Hunting is part of a culture rooted deep in this great country and Red Arrow's southern roots have the same foundation. This season, host Kip Campbell welcomes award-winning country music singer, friend, and fellow hunter Zac Brown, of the Zac Brown Band, to the Red Arrow family. The show is mainly bow hunting with the occasional firearm hunt thrown in the mix. Ride with Kip as he takes you from the ultimate in adventure hunts, to intense action in the southern back woods of home. “RAM’s Red Arrow” is a fast-paced and funny half-hour show that's full of great music, good times and great hunting action.
Sasquatch – Debuts Tuesday, June 26 at 7:30 p.m. ET
Born deep in the Rocky Mountains stands a man today who reaches 6'7” and weighs in at 270 pounds of solid mountain man. He hunts and survives as the mountain men did in the mid-1800s. Born of Indian ancestry and trained by true mountain men, Laramy "Sasquatch" Miller uses only a hand-made bow and a traditional .54 caliber Hawken rifle to travel deep in the Canadian Rockies to the plains of the Midwest. On his show, which is produced by Trev Gowdy, Miller does it all the hard way, the "Sasquatch" way. In a world of high-tech hunters, weapons and technology, he hunts, traps and survives off the land, and shows us what real hunting and living in the great wilderness truly is.
Scrapyards and Hunters – Debuts Friday, June 29 at 1 p.m. ET
Most are familiar with hunting, but few know the crazy world of scrap yards and scrappers – those who hunt all day for copper, steel, cans, cars, and metal. “Scrapyards and Hunters” takes viewers around the world of hunting for exciting animal kills, and then into the back streets of the south, where men hunt for scrap metal to make a living to feed their families. Hunter Will Simmons knows both of these worlds extremely well. His family run businesses, Action A1 Demolition, Allied Metals, and Coastal Recycling, have been a force in the recycling and scrap business for decades. “Scrapyards and Hunters” follows Will as he runs his businesses; hunts around the world with family and friends; and manages the crazy characters that make up the world of scrapping.
For the full Q3 programming schedule, please visit OutdoorChannel TV schedule. Check local listings or log on to OutdoorChannel.com to find out how to get the network in your area.