Cable Networks Set January Premieres

BBC America, Sundance Channel, Travel Channel Add New Shows

Sundance Channel, Travel Channel and BBC America have slated January starts for new shows.

On Tuesday, Jan. 22, at 10 p.m., BBC America will debut Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan. The eight-episode hour long travel-adventure series follows the Lord of the Rings actor (below) as he explores the remote corners of the globe in search of some the most badass animals in the world, per the network. Those include army ants in the rainforests of Ecuador, a giant venomous centipede in caves of Venezuela and a deadly thick-tailed scorpion in deserts of Namibia.

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That same night (Jan. 22) at 9 and 9:30 p.m., Travel Channel launches into Edge of America, which embraces and celebrates the weird and the wonderful varieties of entertainment that have developed around regionally unique and historic activities such as the calf testicle festivals in Oklahoma and the lobster boat races in Maine, per the network. The show features etertainment reporter Geoff Edgers (pictured above), in 13 half-hour episodes. The first two episodes will air back to back.

And Sundance Channel said it’s co-produced and will premiere two new installments of the chilling crime documentary The Staircase, by Oscar-winning director Jean-Xavier de Lestrade. Starting Monday, Jan. 7, at 10 p.m., Sundance  will re-air the original eight-part Peabody Award-winning series. After the first eight installments, Sundance will debut two new hour-long episodes entitled The Staircase: Last Chance, exploring new developments in the life of author Michael Peterson, whose sensational murder trial made headlines across the country, the network said. The new episodes air on March 4 and March 11.