A look at some upcoming shows genre programmers are highlighting in the fourth quarter.
◆ Ultimate Match Fishing Presented by Sta-Bill: This single-elimination tournament pits 12 pro bass anglers against each other - in the same boat. Tom Mann Jr., Brian Thrift, Bradley Roy and Scott Suggs are among those trying to hook the Ultimate Match Fishing crown and $50K.
◆ Hot Rods & Reels: In this special, (Nov. 19 and 26) NASCAR drivers Darrell Waltrip, Clint Bower, Ryan Newman, Dave Blaney, Richard Childress and 2010 Daytona 500 winner Jamie McMurray team with everyday anglers to net the biggest fish at charity tourneys.
◆ Outside Today: Hosts Ethan Zohn and Julia Dimon, along with the editors at Outside magazine, serve up a variety of features, interviews, weather conditions and equipment news with seven new onehour installments, beginning in November.
◆ Mountainfilm Festival in Telluride: Hosts Lynsey Dyer and David LaHuta provide access to festival directors and stars. The network will air 16 new 90-minute segments, featuring fi lms and interviews, in November.
◆ Beau Knows Outdoors: Beau Turner, the son of CNN founder and philanthropist Ted Turner, hosts a program focusing not only on world-class hunting and fishing, but land conservation and management issues as he oversees Turner Enterprises' more than 2 million acres.
◆ The Bear Whisperer: Three years in production, Blaine Anthony, starting in the spring season, takes viewers through an entire year of bear education, conservation and hunting, focusing on calling, spot and stalk among other techniques. The network has ordered 13 installments.
◆ City Limits Fishing: Professional angler Mike Iaconelli, who spends 200 days annually on the water for this series, faces a challenge. He must catch a limit of fish within a limited amount of time - entirely within the boundaries of some of the nation's top cities.
◆ Gun It with Benny Spies: Where many genre shows follow hunts on elite ranches and preserves, Spies takes a different route, traveling the country in his 1973 Winnebago and hunting with friends, family, strangers and just about anyone who enjoys the outdoors.
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◆ Hookin' Up With Mariko Izumi: With her rod, reel and bikini, the host returns for her fourth campaign, starting with a three-part episode where she experiences what Alaska has to offer in the water - shrimping, crabbing, salmon fishing - and off-shore.
◆ Professional Tarpon Tournament Series: Hosted by Joe Mercurio, this competition series provides beautiful vistas where world-class fishermen get to showcase their talents in Boca Grande Pass.