History Reveals a New Programming Slate


Hoping to continue its strong ratings run of late, The History Channel last week announced a textbook full of new series and specials set to premiere through early 2005.

The A&E Television Networks-owned service last week also confirmed the return of series Mail Call, Modern Marvels, Tactical to Practical and Deep Sea Detectives.

The announcements come amid a ratings revival for the nine-year-old channel. Through March 21, the network’s first-quarter ratings were up 11% from a 0.9 to a 1.0, according to an ABC Cable Networks Group analysis of Nielsen Media Research data.

“Clearly, the unique ability of The History Channel to look at today through the lens of yesterday hits a powerful chord with viewers,” said executive vice president and general manager Dan Davids.

New shows headed to the service include: Wild West Tech, a 10-part series hosted by Keith Carradine that looks at the technology of the American frontier; Investigating History, which challenges accepted facts about history’s most intriguing topics through DNA and other scientific techniques; and The Tech Effect, which will look at one critical point in time each week and delve into the story of how the technology, history and people combined to make the moment.

Also on History’s schedule for the 2004-05 season are Command Decisions, a 15-episode interactive series that will challenge viewers to put themselves in the position of actual decisionmakers at key historical turning points; Decisive Battles, which will use cutting-edge computer-gaming technology to recreate the conflicts that shaped the ancient world; and Digging for the Truth, which promises a fresh look at the world’s greatest ancient mysteries.