How Composer Marco Beltrami Balanced The Sound & Music In ‘A Quiet Place’ – Crew Call Podcast

As a composer who used animal teeth and skulls as percussion on his film score for World War Z, Marco Beltrami is the town’s go-to guy for horror music, having cut his own teeth in genre tunes staring with Wes Craven’s Scream. 
The irony? B…

As a composer who used animal teeth and skulls as percussion on his film score for World War Z, Marco Beltrami is the town’s go-to guy for horror music, having cut his own teeth in genre tunes staring with Wes Craven’s Scream.  The irony? Beltrami is a fraidy cat when it comes to slashers. “The first horror movie I ever saw was Scream,” the composer tells us on the latest Crew Call, “I don’t enjoy watching horror movies because I’m a cheap scare. If someone comes up and…

R. Lee Ermey Dies: Actor Who Portrayed Sergeant In ‘Full Metal Jacket’ Was 74

R. Lee Ermey, who made an acting career out of his ability to bring stern military careerists to life, has died at age 74. His death was announced on Twitter by his manager, Bill Rogin.
Ermey was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor his role as Gunnery Sgt. Hartman in Full Metal Jacket, but that was only one of his many military roles. Owning to his background as a former Marine Corps. staff sergeant and drill instructor, Ermey was able to project…

R. Lee Ermey, who made an acting career out of his ability to bring stern military careerists to life, has died at age 74. His death was announced on Twitter by his manager, Bill Rogin. Ermey was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor his role as Gunnery Sgt. Hartman in Full Metal Jacket, but that was only one of his many military roles. Owning to his background as a former Marine Corps. staff sergeant and drill instructor, Ermey was able to project…

What Happens to ‘Project Runway’ and Other Weinstein TV Projects in Bankruptcy?

Now that The Weinstein Company’s has filed for bankruptcy, what will become of the series produced by Harvey and Bob Weinstein’s once-thriving TV division?

Before the sexual harassment scandal that forced CEO Harvey Weinstein from the company in disgrace, the New York-based studio had a diverse array of shows on the air and in development. But networks have since scrambled to cut ties with the tarnished company, leaving little on the line as the company seeks protection from creditors under Section 363 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code.

For starters, the Weinstein Company was a passive producer on History’s “Six,” which is set to return unaffected for Season 2 on Memorial Day 2018. The Navy SEAL story, which recruited Olivia Munn for its sophomore run, was produced in-house at A+E Studios. In other words, a TWC bankruptcy won’t change a thing for Barry Sloane and the boys.

Also Read: Weinstein Company Files Bankruptcy, Lantern Capital to Purchase Nearly All Assets

The situation is much more serious for “Project Runway,” which is pretty much TWC’s crown jewel of its dwindling TV business.

“Project Runway: All Stars” is currently airing original episodes, and there’s another upcoming season already in the can — both were shot before all of the sexual assault and misconduct allegations against Weinstein became public. The two runs also still star Harvey’s estranged wife, fashion designer Georgina Chapman, who judges on the second-chance series.

As for regular “Project Runway,” shooting any additional seasons is very much up in the air. The show would typically start casting a few months from now, but the series’ future hangs in the balance because of TWC’s financial and PR problems. Everyone at the A+E-owned Lifetime is pretty much just waiting to see what happens with the bankruptcy process.

Also Read: Weinstein Company Releases All Accusers From Nondisclosure Agreements With Bankruptcy Filing

In other words, the Harvey mess could very much kill the flagship show before another Fashion Week, even though the disgraced mogul wasn’t hands-on (for once). TWC executives Barbara Schneeweiss and Patrick Reardon were the ones who ran “Runway,” but they are sidelined until there’s more resolution about the company’s future.

Other networks have already taken steps to distance themselves from the embattled studio.

Viacom relaunched Paramount Network relaunched in January with the Michael Shannon limited series “Waco” — which was developed and produced by TWC — and it has another new TWC-produced series, the upcoming Kevin Costner drama “Yellowstone,” due to debut in June.

However, the network has since cut ties with the production house altogether, scrubbing Harvey Weinstein and TWC from the credits of both shows.

Also Read: NY Governor Second Guesses DA in Harvey Weinstein Case

Paramount Network president Kevin Kay has previously suggested that a reconstituted TWC could regain its onscreen credit over time — but that presupposed that either show would actually be renewed.

Amazon Studios also had two high-profile projects in the works with Weinstein at the time of the initial scandal — an untitled drama from David O. Russell with Robert De Niro and Julianne Moore attached to star, as well as “The Romanoffs” from “Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner.

The Russell project, which had been given a two-season order, was scrapped entirely in October (earning TWC a $2 million lawsuit from the show’s producers), while Amazon took over full control of “The Romanoffs,” which will hit the streaming service later this year without any involvement from TWC.

Also Read: Weinstein Co Bankruptcy Means Harvey’s Accusers May Never Get Paid by Studio

The Weinstein Company also still has a credit on the MTV adaptation of the horror franchise “Scream.” Though it’s been well over a year since the series last aired, the network does have a third season of the series that has yet to be scheduled.

Produced by TWC’s genre label Dimension TV in conjunction with Queen Latifah’s Flaver Unit Entertainment, the entire six-episode season has been shot and will air regardless of TWC’s future.

Oh, and if you were wondering about the TWC-produced VH1 reality series “Mob Wives,” yeah, that show sleeps with the fishes.

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Now that The Weinstein Company’s has filed for bankruptcy, what will become of the series produced by Harvey and Bob Weinstein’s once-thriving TV division?

Before the sexual harassment scandal that forced CEO Harvey Weinstein from the company in disgrace, the New York-based studio had a diverse array of shows on the air and in development. But networks have since scrambled to cut ties with the tarnished company, leaving little on the line as the company seeks protection from creditors under Section 363 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code.

For starters, the Weinstein Company was a passive producer on History’s “Six,” which is set to return unaffected for Season 2 on Memorial Day 2018. The Navy SEAL story, which recruited Olivia Munn for its sophomore run, was produced in-house at A+E Studios. In other words, a TWC bankruptcy won’t change a thing for Barry Sloane and the boys.

The situation is much more serious for “Project Runway,” which is pretty much TWC’s crown jewel of its dwindling TV business.

“Project Runway: All Stars” is currently airing original episodes, and there’s another upcoming season already in the can — both were shot before all of the sexual assault and misconduct allegations against Weinstein became public. The two runs also still star Harvey’s estranged wife, fashion designer Georgina Chapman, who judges on the second-chance series.

As for regular “Project Runway,” shooting any additional seasons is very much up in the air. The show would typically start casting a few months from now, but the series’ future hangs in the balance because of TWC’s financial and PR problems. Everyone at the A+E-owned Lifetime is pretty much just waiting to see what happens with the bankruptcy process.

In other words, the Harvey mess could very much kill the flagship show before another Fashion Week, even though the disgraced mogul wasn’t hands-on (for once). TWC executives Barbara Schneeweiss and Patrick Reardon were the ones who ran “Runway,” but they are sidelined until there’s more resolution about the company’s future.

Other networks have already taken steps to distance themselves from the embattled studio.

Viacom relaunched Paramount Network relaunched in January with the Michael Shannon limited series “Waco” — which was developed and produced by TWC — and it has another new TWC-produced series, the upcoming Kevin Costner drama “Yellowstone,” due to debut in June.

However, the network has since cut ties with the production house altogether, scrubbing Harvey Weinstein and TWC from the credits of both shows.

Paramount Network president Kevin Kay has previously suggested that a reconstituted TWC could regain its onscreen credit over time — but that presupposed that either show would actually be renewed.

Amazon Studios also had two high-profile projects in the works with Weinstein at the time of the initial scandal — an untitled drama from David O. Russell with Robert De Niro and Julianne Moore attached to star, as well as “The Romanoffs” from “Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner.

The Russell project, which had been given a two-season order, was scrapped entirely in October (earning TWC a $2 million lawsuit from the show’s producers), while Amazon took over full control of “The Romanoffs,” which will hit the streaming service later this year without any involvement from TWC.

The Weinstein Company also still has a credit on the MTV adaptation of the horror franchise “Scream.” Though it’s been well over a year since the series last aired, the network does have a third season of the series that has yet to be scheduled.

Produced by TWC’s genre label Dimension TV in conjunction with Queen Latifah’s Flaver Unit Entertainment, the entire six-episode season has been shot and will air regardless of TWC’s future.

Oh, and if you were wondering about the TWC-produced VH1 reality series “Mob Wives,” yeah, that show sleeps with the fishes.

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Travis Pastrana to Re-Create Evel Knievel Stunts in Live History Channel Event

History Channel will air a three-hour event featuring motorsports icon Travis Pastrana attempting to re-create the stunts of Evel Knievel on live television.

Pastrana will ride a modern-day replica of the bike Knievel used, attempting three jumps: over 50 cars,  over 14 full size buses, and over the Caesars Palace fountain – the jump that resulted in a near-fatal crash for Knievel.

“Evel Live” will air Sunday, July 8 as part of the network’s annual “Car Week” programming block, and will also feature live interviews with Knievel and Pastrana family members, archival footage of the history behind Knievel’s many daring jumps, as well as expert analysis.

Also Read: ‘Being Evel’ Producer Johnny Knoxville on Why Evel Knievel Was a ‘Living Superhero’ (Video)

The network also unveiled plans on Wednesday for “History 100,” a slate of 100 original documentaries focusing on historical events of the last 100 years. The first batch of eight films include a one-on-one interview between Werner Herzog and Mikhail Gorbachev, a look back at “Operation Eagle Claw” to end the Iran hostage crisis, and the story of the Mercury 13, the very first female would-be  astronauts.

“The only way to understand today is to see it in the context of yesterday and History is committed to scouring the past for the most gripping, fascinating stories,” said Eli Lehrer, Executive Vice President of Programming, History. “Our dynamic and diverse array of award-winning storytellers will bring the history of the past 100 years to life through the fresh voices and perspectives in these groundbreaking documentaries.”

See the slate of “History 100” documentaries and Car Week programming below:

Also Read: Evel Knievel Snake River Canyon Jump Site Sparks Bidding War for TV Projects

“Meeting Gorbachev” (working title)
Acclaimed director Werner Herzog meets Mikhail Gorbachev for a series of exclusive one-on-one interviews with the man who ended the cold war. Using Gorbachev’s personal archives as well as interviews with key political players from the last 30 years, this will be a deeply humanizing portrait of an enigmatic man who’s still viewed as a traitor by many Russians.

“Meeting Gorbachev” is produced by Spring Films and Werner Herzog Film. Directed by Werner Herzog and André Singer. Produced by Lucki Stipetic and Svetlana Palmer. Richard Melman is the executive producer. Molly Thompson is executive producer for HISTORY. “Meeting Gorbachev” is a HISTORY Films production in association with A&E IndieFilms.

“Desert One” (working title)
From two time Academy Award winning director Barbara Kopple, comes the incredible story of Operation Eagle Claw: the attempted Delta Force mission to end the Iran Hostage Crisis. On November 4, 1979, hundreds of Iranian students took up arms and took the American Embassy by storm, and the subsequent attempt to end the hostage stand-off would result in the death of eight American soldiers (while re-shaping how our Special Forces operate), and contribute to the electoral victory of Ronald Reagan over Jimmy Carter. Recounted in context of the broader crisis, “Desert One” will be a nuanced examination of the mission and its considerable legacy both at home and abroad.

“Desert One” is produced by Cabin Creek Films. Zachary Behr is executive producer for HISTORY.

“Rocket Women” (working title)
From Emmy nominated producer Jane Root, comes the incredible story of the very first would-be women astronauts, the Mercury 13. At the height of the US/Soviet space race, NASA’s Randy Lovelace embarked on a secret experiment: he recruited over 20 women to undergo NASA’s radical physical exam – the toughest in the world at the time. When many of the women passed, with some even outperforming the men, it opened up a whole new chapter in America’s space story and ignited an early public debate on gender equality.

“Rocket Women” is produced by Nutopia. Jane Root serves as executive producer for Nutopia. Zachary Behr is executive producer for HISTORY.

“Game on: The Improbable and Shocking Story of the Video Game Business” (working title)
This is the untold story of the personal battles that gave rise to the $100 billion video game industry. Brought to life by Academy Award winning director Daniel Junge, this film is a tale of brilliant innovations, colossal failures, and ego-driven rivalries on a massive scale. It is a 50-year-long, multi-generation epic featuring corporate coups, industrial espionage, secret burial grounds and the promise of unimaginable riches being just one cartridge away.

“Game on: The Improbable and Shocking Story of the Video Game Business” is produced by Efran Films and Stone Cottage Media. Daniel Junge serves as director. Morgan Hertzan and Shawn Efran are executive producers. Zachary Behr is executive producer for HISTORY.

“Watergate”
From Academy Award winning director Charles Ferguson, comes the full story of the conspiracy led by President Richard Nixon and his White House staff and how they were brought to justice. New interviews with journalists, senior Nixon administration officials, members of congress, and prosecutors – combined with archival footage and newly sourced information from the Nixon White House tapes – will bring a fresh perspective on this complex story.

“Watergate” is produced by Representational Pictures. Charles Ferguson is director and producer, Krista Parris is producer for Representational Pictures. Michael Stiller and Molly Thompson are executive producers for History. “Watergate” is a History Films production in association with A&E IndieFilms.

“Where is Angel?” (working title)
From Left/Right, the award-winning producers of The Circus, this documentary will take viewers inside Air Force One on one of the most fateful days in U.S. history – 9/11. From this unique vantage point, viewers will experience the struggles of our nation’s leaders, and members of the civilian and military chain of command, as they grapple with the unforeseen nature and extent of the deadly attack.

“Where is Angel?” is produced by Left/Right. Ken Druckerman and Banks Tarver are executive producers for Left/Right. Kristen Burns, Jim Pasquarella and Zachary Behr are executive producers for History.

“Cola Wars” (working title)
From Herzog & Company, the Emmy Award-winning producers of Gettysburg, The History of Comedy and the acclaimed Decades Series – The Sixties, The Seventies, The Eighties – this film will explore how two of the most powerful companies in the world – Coca Cola and Pepsi – have used advertising campaigns, publicity stunts, and other cutthroat tactics in an incalculably expensive bid to each be the top purveyor of beverages to consumers. It is a story that speaks volumes about who we are as a people, shedding an illuminating–and not always flattering–light on why and how we make the decisions we do.

“Cola Wars” is produced by Herzog and Company. Mark Herzog and Christopher G. Cowen are executive producers for Herzog, with executive producers Robert Edwards and Ferne Pearlstein. Zachary Behr is executive producer for History.

“Axis of Addicts” (working title)
At the outset of World War II, the Nazis harbored a secret. In spite of their talk of racial, spiritual and physical purity – they were an Axis of drug addicts. It wasn’t just those in the trenches on drugs, Hitler and his High Command were chasing a state of supreme human function via uppers, downers and everything in between. This documentary will explore the origin, impact and lasting effects of the state-sponsored drug use that helped build – and eventually burn – the Third Reich. New sources of information, including never-before-seen historical records, reveal the extent of the Nazi party’s reliance on drugs to power their war effort.

“Axis of Addicts” is produced by World of Wonder. Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato, Tom Campbell and Jason Sklaver are executive producers for World of Wonder. Melinda Toporoff is executive producer for History.

CAR WEEK

“Speed Demons” (working title)
Executive produced by Dale Earnhardt Jr., this two-hour special highlights the innovative, fearless and larger-than-life renegades who devoted their lives to pursuing the world’s most perilous speed records – and breaking them. Featuring interviews with fanatical “speed demons,” the show chronicles the history of speed through the eyes of those most passionate about it. The program will also follow the inimitable Ed Shadle, a speed record holder, as he makes a pulse-pounding attempt to set the first speed record in 20 years. “Speed Demons” is produced by Pilgrim Media Group. Craig Piligian and Sam Korkis are executive producers for Pilgrim Media Group. Jim Pasquarella is executive producer for History.

“Hot Rods & Muscle Cars” (working title)
This two-hour special tells the story of the rise, fall and resurrection of the hot rod culture in America, born underground by mavericks who loved speed, power and engineering. Highlighting the most iconic, pavement-shredding muscle cars in history – the outlaw cars that broke all the rules – the program will feature the rebels who built them, the renegades who drove them and the indelible imprint they left on American culture. “Hot Rods & Muscle Cars” is produced by Pilgrim Media Group. Craig Piligian and Sam Korkis are executive producers for Pilgrim Media Group. Jim Pasquarella is executive producer for History.

“Truck Wars” (working title)
Since their inception at the turn of the last century, pickup trucks have continued to develop, with manufacturing titans such as Ford, Dodge and Chevrolet competing to build the best of the best. In an hour long special, automotive experts, designers and historians weigh in on the most influential trucks of the past 120 years, covering everything from early Fords based on the Model T and wartime 4×4 Jeeps, to the 1950s luxury Chevy Cameo and the more recent, truly hardcore, high-powered desert truck, the Ford Raptor. This adrenaline-filled special will explore how these heavy-duty vehicles developed, defined off-roading and forever altered the automotive landscape in America. “Truck Wars” is produced by Pilgrim Media Group. Bert Klasey is executive producer for History.

“Hot Wheels” (working title)
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of one of the most popular toys in the world – Hot Wheels – this special will tell the history of this iconic toy’s journey and the brand’s multi-generational influence on car culture and design. “Hot Wheels” is produced by BoBCat. Jeff Conroy, Thom Beers and Sarah Bernard are executive producers for BoBCat. John Verhoff is executive producer for History.

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History Channel will air a three-hour event featuring motorsports icon Travis Pastrana attempting to re-create the stunts of Evel Knievel on live television.

Pastrana will ride a modern-day replica of the bike Knievel used, attempting three jumps: over 50 cars,  over 14 full size buses, and over the Caesars Palace fountain – the jump that resulted in a near-fatal crash for Knievel.

“Evel Live” will air Sunday, July 8 as part of the network’s annual “Car Week” programming block, and will also feature live interviews with Knievel and Pastrana family members, archival footage of the history behind Knievel’s many daring jumps, as well as expert analysis.

The network also unveiled plans on Wednesday for “History 100,” a slate of 100 original documentaries focusing on historical events of the last 100 years. The first batch of eight films include a one-on-one interview between Werner Herzog and Mikhail Gorbachev, a look back at “Operation Eagle Claw” to end the Iran hostage crisis, and the story of the Mercury 13, the very first female would-be  astronauts.

“The only way to understand today is to see it in the context of yesterday and History is committed to scouring the past for the most gripping, fascinating stories,” said Eli Lehrer, Executive Vice President of Programming, History. “Our dynamic and diverse array of award-winning storytellers will bring the history of the past 100 years to life through the fresh voices and perspectives in these groundbreaking documentaries.”

See the slate of “History 100” documentaries and Car Week programming below:

“Meeting Gorbachev” (working title)
Acclaimed director Werner Herzog meets Mikhail Gorbachev for a series of exclusive one-on-one interviews with the man who ended the cold war. Using Gorbachev’s personal archives as well as interviews with key political players from the last 30 years, this will be a deeply humanizing portrait of an enigmatic man who’s still viewed as a traitor by many Russians.

“Meeting Gorbachev” is produced by Spring Films and Werner Herzog Film. Directed by Werner Herzog and André Singer. Produced by Lucki Stipetic and Svetlana Palmer. Richard Melman is the executive producer. Molly Thompson is executive producer for HISTORY. “Meeting Gorbachev” is a HISTORY Films production in association with A&E IndieFilms.

“Desert One” (working title)
From two time Academy Award winning director Barbara Kopple, comes the incredible story of Operation Eagle Claw: the attempted Delta Force mission to end the Iran Hostage Crisis. On November 4, 1979, hundreds of Iranian students took up arms and took the American Embassy by storm, and the subsequent attempt to end the hostage stand-off would result in the death of eight American soldiers (while re-shaping how our Special Forces operate), and contribute to the electoral victory of Ronald Reagan over Jimmy Carter. Recounted in context of the broader crisis, “Desert One” will be a nuanced examination of the mission and its considerable legacy both at home and abroad.

“Desert One” is produced by Cabin Creek Films. Zachary Behr is executive producer for HISTORY.

“Rocket Women” (working title)
From Emmy nominated producer Jane Root, comes the incredible story of the very first would-be women astronauts, the Mercury 13. At the height of the US/Soviet space race, NASA’s Randy Lovelace embarked on a secret experiment: he recruited over 20 women to undergo NASA’s radical physical exam – the toughest in the world at the time. When many of the women passed, with some even outperforming the men, it opened up a whole new chapter in America’s space story and ignited an early public debate on gender equality.

“Rocket Women” is produced by Nutopia. Jane Root serves as executive producer for Nutopia. Zachary Behr is executive producer for HISTORY.

“Game on: The Improbable and Shocking Story of the Video Game Business” (working title)
This is the untold story of the personal battles that gave rise to the $100 billion video game industry. Brought to life by Academy Award winning director Daniel Junge, this film is a tale of brilliant innovations, colossal failures, and ego-driven rivalries on a massive scale. It is a 50-year-long, multi-generation epic featuring corporate coups, industrial espionage, secret burial grounds and the promise of unimaginable riches being just one cartridge away.

“Game on: The Improbable and Shocking Story of the Video Game Business” is produced by Efran Films and Stone Cottage Media. Daniel Junge serves as director. Morgan Hertzan and Shawn Efran are executive producers. Zachary Behr is executive producer for HISTORY.

“Watergate”
From Academy Award winning director Charles Ferguson, comes the full story of the conspiracy led by President Richard Nixon and his White House staff and how they were brought to justice. New interviews with journalists, senior Nixon administration officials, members of congress, and prosecutors – combined with archival footage and newly sourced information from the Nixon White House tapes – will bring a fresh perspective on this complex story.

“Watergate” is produced by Representational Pictures. Charles Ferguson is director and producer, Krista Parris is producer for Representational Pictures. Michael Stiller and Molly Thompson are executive producers for History. “Watergate” is a History Films production in association with A&E IndieFilms.

“Where is Angel?” (working title)
From Left/Right, the award-winning producers of The Circus, this documentary will take viewers inside Air Force One on one of the most fateful days in U.S. history – 9/11. From this unique vantage point, viewers will experience the struggles of our nation’s leaders, and members of the civilian and military chain of command, as they grapple with the unforeseen nature and extent of the deadly attack.

“Where is Angel?” is produced by Left/Right. Ken Druckerman and Banks Tarver are executive producers for Left/Right. Kristen Burns, Jim Pasquarella and Zachary Behr are executive producers for History.

“Cola Wars” (working title)
From Herzog & Company, the Emmy Award-winning producers of Gettysburg, The History of Comedy and the acclaimed Decades Series – The Sixties, The Seventies, The Eighties – this film will explore how two of the most powerful companies in the world – Coca Cola and Pepsi – have used advertising campaigns, publicity stunts, and other cutthroat tactics in an incalculably expensive bid to each be the top purveyor of beverages to consumers. It is a story that speaks volumes about who we are as a people, shedding an illuminating–and not always flattering–light on why and how we make the decisions we do.

“Cola Wars” is produced by Herzog and Company. Mark Herzog and Christopher G. Cowen are executive producers for Herzog, with executive producers Robert Edwards and Ferne Pearlstein. Zachary Behr is executive producer for History.

“Axis of Addicts” (working title)
At the outset of World War II, the Nazis harbored a secret. In spite of their talk of racial, spiritual and physical purity – they were an Axis of drug addicts. It wasn’t just those in the trenches on drugs, Hitler and his High Command were chasing a state of supreme human function via uppers, downers and everything in between. This documentary will explore the origin, impact and lasting effects of the state-sponsored drug use that helped build – and eventually burn – the Third Reich. New sources of information, including never-before-seen historical records, reveal the extent of the Nazi party’s reliance on drugs to power their war effort.

“Axis of Addicts” is produced by World of Wonder. Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato, Tom Campbell and Jason Sklaver are executive producers for World of Wonder. Melinda Toporoff is executive producer for History.

CAR WEEK

“Speed Demons” (working title)
Executive produced by Dale Earnhardt Jr., this two-hour special highlights the innovative, fearless and larger-than-life renegades who devoted their lives to pursuing the world’s most perilous speed records – and breaking them. Featuring interviews with fanatical “speed demons,” the show chronicles the history of speed through the eyes of those most passionate about it. The program will also follow the inimitable Ed Shadle, a speed record holder, as he makes a pulse-pounding attempt to set the first speed record in 20 years. “Speed Demons” is produced by Pilgrim Media Group. Craig Piligian and Sam Korkis are executive producers for Pilgrim Media Group. Jim Pasquarella is executive producer for History.

“Hot Rods & Muscle Cars” (working title)
This two-hour special tells the story of the rise, fall and resurrection of the hot rod culture in America, born underground by mavericks who loved speed, power and engineering. Highlighting the most iconic, pavement-shredding muscle cars in history – the outlaw cars that broke all the rules – the program will feature the rebels who built them, the renegades who drove them and the indelible imprint they left on American culture. “Hot Rods & Muscle Cars” is produced by Pilgrim Media Group. Craig Piligian and Sam Korkis are executive producers for Pilgrim Media Group. Jim Pasquarella is executive producer for History.

“Truck Wars” (working title)
Since their inception at the turn of the last century, pickup trucks have continued to develop, with manufacturing titans such as Ford, Dodge and Chevrolet competing to build the best of the best. In an hour long special, automotive experts, designers and historians weigh in on the most influential trucks of the past 120 years, covering everything from early Fords based on the Model T and wartime 4×4 Jeeps, to the 1950s luxury Chevy Cameo and the more recent, truly hardcore, high-powered desert truck, the Ford Raptor. This adrenaline-filled special will explore how these heavy-duty vehicles developed, defined off-roading and forever altered the automotive landscape in America. “Truck Wars” is produced by Pilgrim Media Group. Bert Klasey is executive producer for History.

“Hot Wheels” (working title)
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of one of the most popular toys in the world – Hot Wheels – this special will tell the history of this iconic toy’s journey and the brand’s multi-generational influence on car culture and design. “Hot Wheels” is produced by BoBCat. Jeff Conroy, Thom Beers and Sarah Bernard are executive producers for BoBCat. John Verhoff is executive producer for History.

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‘Vikings’ Season 5 Trailer Teases Blood, Beards, and Betrayal — Watch

If you’re missing Westeros, Season 5 of “Vikings” promises all the blood, guts, and glory to fill the void and get you hooked.

The History Channel drama series “Vikings” returns with an epic two-hour season premiere on Nov. 29, and the recently released trailers prove that Season 5 is not meant for the meek.

The striking new artwork features a handful of the show’s main characters, including Katheryn Winnick as Lagertha and Alex Høgh Anderson as Ivar the Boneless. The poster, which raises the question, “Who will rise?” alludes to the alliances and betrayals these characters will endure throughout the season.

There won’t be a shortage of angry stares and bloody fight scenes following the shocking death of Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel) in Season 4. As the saga continues, the series will live on through Ragnar’s sons as they avenge their father’s death. A deadly power struggle seems to be building between the show’s main players which could very well lead to a massive showdown. Additionally, Jonathan Rhys Meyers will join the cast as Bishop Heahmund, a warrior hellbent on defending his faith and his king along with former WWE champ Adam “Edge” Copeland as Ketill Flatnose.

For those of us missing Westeros, the upcoming 20-episode split season of “Vikings” may just be the remarkably violent, politically complicated, and action packed historical drama with the chops to fill the void. But instead of dragons, try a horde of bearded men fighting for loyalty and power.

Check out the gripping trailers below:

“Vikings” kicks off its fifth season on Wednesday, Nov. 29 at 9 p.m. ET on History.

Bill Clinton Impeachment Drama ‘The Breach’ Gets History Channel Greenlight

History has ordered a six-episode scripted drama series based on the impeachment of former President Bill Clinton.

“The Breach: Inside the Impeachment of Bill Clinton” will be executive produced by R.J. Cutler, producer of the Academy Award-nominated documentary “The War Room” about Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign. He also recently worked on the CMT drama “Nashville.”

Casting is currently underway.

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The story, based on Peter Baker’s best-selling non-fiction book “The Breach: Inside the Impeachment and Trial of William Jefferson Clinton,” will take a deep dive into the scandal that took shape in the late 1990s.

Eli Lehrer, EVP of programming at History, said viewers will get a look at the political back-and-forth among Republicans, Democrats, the President’s advisers, the White House, Congress and all the other players.

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“Featuring an array of well-known modern political figures, ‘The Breach’ will bring audiences behind the scenes of an event that changed Washington forever — the first impeachment of an elected president in American history,” Lehrer said in a statement.

Both Lehrer and Cutler stated how the after effects of the scandal and impeachment still impact the government today.

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“It’s the origin tale of how our Government was broken and has never really healed,” Cutler said in a statement. “It’s also a thrilling tale of personal and professional ambition, of enormous hubris in the name of acquiring power, and of personal foibles, all of which nearly brought down a presidency.”

The series is from FremantleMedia North America in association with A+E Studios.

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History has ordered a six-episode scripted drama series based on the impeachment of former President Bill Clinton.

“The Breach: Inside the Impeachment of Bill Clinton” will be executive produced by R.J. Cutler, producer of the Academy Award-nominated documentary “The War Room” about Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign. He also recently worked on the CMT drama “Nashville.”

Casting is currently underway.

The story, based on Peter Baker’s best-selling non-fiction book “The Breach: Inside the Impeachment and Trial of William Jefferson Clinton,” will take a deep dive into the scandal that took shape in the late 1990s.

Eli Lehrer, EVP of programming at History, said viewers will get a look at the political back-and-forth among Republicans, Democrats, the President’s advisers, the White House, Congress and all the other players.

“Featuring an array of well-known modern political figures, ‘The Breach’ will bring audiences behind the scenes of an event that changed Washington forever — the first impeachment of an elected president in American history,” Lehrer said in a statement.

Both Lehrer and Cutler stated how the after effects of the scandal and impeachment still impact the government today.

“It’s the origin tale of how our Government was broken and has never really healed,” Cutler said in a statement. “It’s also a thrilling tale of personal and professional ambition, of enormous hubris in the name of acquiring power, and of personal foibles, all of which nearly brought down a presidency.”

The series is from FremantleMedia North America in association with A+E Studios.

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