TCA: TLC Sets Haggard Special


Discovery Communications-owned TLC will go inside the life of controversial Evangelist Ted Haggard in a new special scheduled for Jan. 16.

The one-hour special, Scandalous, follows Haggard and his family as they look to launch a new ministry in Colorado Springs - the same town he was exiled from five years ago after the once powerful pastor was caught having a sexual encounter with a male prostitute.
In other Discovery Communications news, Discovery Channel will launch a Chicago-based spinoff of its popular reality series Cash Cab this summer.
The new series will be hosted by comedian Beth Melewski and will follow a similar format to the New York-based, Emmy Award-winning series. The original Ben Bailey-hosted Cash Cab will continue in Spring 2011 with new episodes, according to Discovery officials.
"We are excited to launch Cash Cab in a city that has such a strong identity and sense of place," said Clark Bunting, president and general manager of Discovery Channel. "Beth brings an authenticity and great comedic heritage to the series."
Later this month, the network will a new reality series, Kidnap & Rescue, which explores the people who risk their lives to rescue innocent victims taken both within our boarders and internationally.
The 10-episode series tells stories through cinematic recreations real-life kidnappings, the rescue planning and recoveries, as well as the outcomes - both successful and tragic, according to network officials.
In February, Discovery Channel will debut an eight part reality series that will place nine Americans in a test of survival in a remote area of Venezuela.
The series, Out Of The Wild, will follow the Americans as they use very few supplies to find their way out of a remote corner of Venezuela's southern frontier and back to civilization, said network officials.