TCA: Discovery Renews 'Curiosity'


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Los Angeles -- Discovery Channel will bring back a second season of its documentary series Curiosity this October, one of several network announcements from Discovery Communications-owned services made during the company's Television Critics Association presentation here Thursday.
The sophomore season of Discovery Channel's Curiosity will explore popular and provocative questions surrounding plane crashes, mummification, the Bermuda Triangle, and Yellowstone Park, said network officials.

--TLC will explore the lives of Amish men and women in a new documentary series Breaking Amish, debuting Sept. 9. The nine-episode series will provide a look inside the lives of young men and women who leave their Amish/Mennonite community behind to pursue a new life in New York City, said network officials.

--The Military Channel will offer the best moments of veteran news commentator Tom Brokaw's career in a new series The Brokaw Files. The series, which debuts Oct. 16, will feature Brokaw's memorable stories with fresh perspectives from the iconic NBC News anchor, said network officials. "[Brokaw's] passionate about history, from world events to chronicling the stories of ‘The Greatest Generation,'" said Ed Hersh, senior vice president of Content Strategy for the Military Channel in a statement.

--Investigation Discovery will launch two new series in the mystery/crime genre. I Survived Evil, hosted by

Charisma Carpenter (Buffy The Vampire Slayer) will feature stories of victims who fought back against their attackers, while Deadly Affairs, starring Susan Lucci (All My Children), will tell tales of love gone terribly wrong.

The network later this month will launch a new afternoon programming block dubbed "Days Of Our Knives," in which famous soap stars will introduce a weekly block of crime/drama-themed programming, said network officials.

--Animal Planet will return its top-performing series Finding Bigfoot in November with 11 new episodes and two specials.

--Science has greenlit a new, 10-episode season of its reality series Through The Wormhole With Morgan Freeman, which will premiere in summer 2013, said network officials.

--OWN will launch several new series including Iyanla, Fix My Life, in which inspirational speaker Iyanla Vanzant inspires others to change their lives for the better; Life With LaToya, which follows the life of one of the famed Jackson family siblings; The Customer Is Always Right, in which customers help to turn around national brands; and Neighborvention, in which families in crisis open their doors to their neighbors for help with subjects such as strained relationships, out of control teens and financial struggles.