Outdoor Channel will start 2011 with a bevy of new programming, launching 19 new series, including a quartet acquired from ESPN, during the first quarter. Network officials said the network would also bow new episodes on 50 of its returning shows.
"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 Outdoor Channel COO Tom Hornish in announcing the upcoming schedule. "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.' "
As part of its new series rollout, Outdoor Channel will improve its fishing lineup with the debuts of four acquired shows that previously aired on ESPN, 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 other ESPN series joining Outdoor Channel's tackle box: The Saltwater Series, Spanish Fly and Zona's Awesome Fishing Show.
The network is also casting a new line into the water with Ultimate Match Fishing and The Fish Fishburne Show. Further stocking its roster: Fishing University, Wild on the Fly presented by Grizzly Hackle and Ford's Fishing Frontiers, featuring the legendary 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," noted Hornish.
Outdoor is also premiering several new hunting, shooting and adventure serie, notably Bass Pro Shops AWA Whitetail Pro Series presented by GhostBlind, a deer hunting competition that culminates in the crowning of the AWA World Champion.
Also new to the network's first-quarter schedule: 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, showcasing Matt Duff and Jessie Abbate as they explore the behind-the-scenes aspects of the shooting world.