Versus Sets Four Originals


After OLN morphs into Versus in September, the Comcast Corp.-owned network will be stocked with a quintet of new original series come fourth quarter.

The Barbeque Championship Series (working title) will follow the world’s top pitmen as they grill for $100,000 in prize money -- the most in ‘que history -- and look to curry favor with a bevy of judges and celebrities.

The Huntley Way (working title) follows the hunting and fishing adventures of friends actor Huntley Ritter and outdoors veteran guide and outfitter Ronnie Hall, while Off the Hook navigates the world of captain James Maratta and his Brooklyn buddies as they travel the world in search of the next fishing hot spot.

Shark Hunters: East vs. West will put a primetime perspective on a Mako-shark-fishing tournament series in which 10 teams, five from each coast, compete for the all-tackle world record and $1 million in prizes.

Developed with the sports editors of USA Today, Soul of a Champion aspires to define the qualities and intangibles and that set champions apart, beyond their athletic talents.

As family, friends, coaches and teammates weigh in, viewers at home can endure the “Soul of a Champion Challenge,” a new test prepared by top sports doctors and psychologists to measure these traits and determine if they have what it takes to become a champion.

“These new original series highlight the stories of innate competitiveness that is key to our programming,” OLN senior vice president of programming and production Marc Fein said in a prepared statement. “Our rapidly expanding lineup of first-rate original series continues to highlight the competitive world and the inherent drama of the competitive experience.”