A&E NETWORK UNVEILS ROBUST JANUARY 2018 LINEUP SHOWCASING THE LEADER IN NONFICTION PROGRAMMING’S UNIQUE BRAND OF BRAVE STORYTELLING INCLUDING THE DEBUT OF ‘UNDERCOVER HIGH,’ ‘WACO: MADMAN OR MESSIAH,’ ‘ROOSTER & BUTCH’; AND THE RETURN OF ’60 DAYS IN’ AND ‘INTERVENTION’
NETWORK HITS EIGHT CONSECUTIVE MONTHS OF GROWTH – BECOMING THE FASTEST GROWING CABLE NET – UP 54% IN PRIME
NEW YORK, NY, December 5, 2017 – After wrapping up eight consecutive months of growth in November on the back of the network’s unparalleled slate of brave storytelling, A&E is expanding its signature slate with new and re-energized returning original series set to air January 2018, it was announced today by Elaine Frontain Bryant, Executive Vice President and Head of Programming, A&E Network.
The compelling January lineup builds upon A&E’s Emmy-winning franchises including “Intervention,” “Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath,” and “Born This Way.” January on A&E will feature non-fiction series that blaze a trail, provoke emotion and start a conversation. From the storytellers behind the groundbreaking series “60 Days In” comes A&E’s most daring new series to date. “Undercover High,” is a radical new docu-series following adults who return to high school for an inside look at what it’s like to be an American teen today. “60 Days In” also returns to Atlanta with a new set of participants including one who extends his stay and one who turns the program on its head after blowing their cover. New revelations into the Waco siege and the torrid world of its infamous cult leader David Koresh are featured in the two-part documentary special “Waco: Madman or Messiah.” A special serialized season of the Emmy® Award-winning series “Intervention” focuses on an area in the wealthy Atlanta suburbs of Georgia suffering at the hands of the opioid crisis. Finally, self-made multi-millionaires Mike “Rooster” McConaughey and Butch Gilliam, believers in the American dream, pursue ambitious entrepreneurs to spread their wealth in the new docu-series “Rooster & Butch.”
“A&E continues to deliver impactful programs, rich with in-depth brave storytelling that tap into the cultural zeitgeist. These new projects serve as perfect companions to our current slate and showcase our continued investment in the quality programming that resonates with our loyal audience,” said Frontain Bryant.
For the past eight months, A&E has seen continuous prime growth in the key adults 25-54 demo (+54% in November 2017) with the success of non-fiction programing series like “Live PD,” “60 Days In,” “Leah Remini Scientology and the Aftermath,” and “Elizabeth Smart: Autobiography.” A&E is the fastest growing cable net with adults 25-54 in prime and ranks as a top ten cable network within key demos as of November 2017.
60 Days In – 12x60min – Premieres January 1 at 9pm ET/PT
A&E Network’s hit series “60 Days In” returns to Atlanta’s Fulton County Jail with a two-hour premiere kicking off the explosive new season in one of the most dangerous facilities in the country. Nine participants go undercover, posing as inmates, for a deeper understanding of the criminal justice system and to help evoke change within the facility. This season, one of the participants goes “full inmate,” blowing their cover and turning the entire program on its head. Faced with rampant drug problems, a powerful gang population and the constant threat of violence, innocent participants plunge deeper into the dangerous world of incarceration. “60 Days In” will premiere at 9pm on January 1st and 4th. Subsequent episodes of “60 Days In” will air on Thursdays at 10pm beginning January 11th.
“60 Days In” is produced by Lucky 8 TV for A&E Network. Executive producers for Lucky 8 are Gregory Henry, Kimberly Woodard, Jeff Grogan and Kelly McClurkin. Executive producers for A&E Network are Elaine Frontain Bryant, Shelly Tatro, Brad Holcman and Molly Ebinger.
Intervention – 9x60min – Premieres January 2 at 9pm ET/PT
A&E Network will premiere a special new season of the Emmy® Award-winning and critically-acclaimed docuseries “Intervention.” For the first time in series history, this season will follow interconnected stories of addicts and their families suffering at the hands of the national opioid crisis. Living in a cluster of communities within the affluent Atlanta suburbs known as the “Heroin Triangle,” the families chronicled highlight the desperate need for support and help during this national drug emergency. Each episode focuses on the journey of those plagued by their opioid addictions and their families who are left to pick up the pieces, as well as the city officials who are on the ground fighting as they attempt to intervene and save the lives of those affected while helping to heal the community. Veteran interventionists Candy Finnigan, Ken Seeley, and Donna Chavous partner with interventionist and Georgia native, Heather Hayes, as well as new team member, Michael Gonzales as they face the biggest challenge of their careers and attempt to help these victims of addiction.
“Intervention” has been nominated for 11 Primetime Emmy Awards and won for Outstanding Reality Program in 2009. “Intervention” is produced for A&E by GRB Entertainment. Executive producers for GRB Entertainment are Gary R. Benz and Tom Greenhut. Executive producers for A&E Network are Elaine Frontain Bryant, Shelly Tatro and Brad Holcman.
Undercover High – 11x60min – Premieres January 9 at 10pm ET/PT
“Undercover High” is a gripping new docuseries that follows seven young adults, ranging in age from 21 to 26, who embed themselves for a semester in Topeka, Kansas’ Highland Park High School. The participants pose as typical students – attending classes and making friends for an inside look at what it’s like to be a teenager today. Each with personal motivations driving them to help enact positive change, the participants, unaware of each other, arrive on campus where only the school administrators and select members of the community know their true identities and the reason for their semester-long stay. From bullying and the pervasiveness of social media to the struggle to excel in the classroom and navigate evolving social standards, participants discover the challenges and complexities, both new and familiar, facing today’s teens. “Undercover High: After School,” a special one-hour conversation with participants and experts will immediately follow the premiere at 11pm ET/PT to discuss the topics raised within the episode and provide insight into the season to come.
“Undercover High” is produced for A&E Network by Lucky 8 TV, via its subsidiary Learning Tree Productions. Executive producers for Lucky 8 are Gregory Henry, Kimberly Woodard, Jeff Grogan, Kelly McClurkin, Charlie Marquardt and Amy Goodman Kass. Executive producers for A&E Network are Elaine Frontain Bryant, Shelly Tatro, Brad Holcman and Molly Ebinger.
Rooster & Butch – 10x60min – Premieres January 10 at 10pm ET/PT
Everything’s bigger in Texas! Self-made millionaires, Mike “Rooster” McConaughey and Butch Gilliam, believe in the American Dream and are looking for ambitious entrepreneurs to spread their wealth. Along with their buddy, Gil Prather, these larger-than-life personalities have been wheelin’ and dealin’ for years and are eager to find the biggest and boldest investment opportunity. Living life by the “Golden Rule,” Rooster and Butch are eager to help other folks get a leg up the same way others helped them along the way. A pretty balance sheet will only get you so far in West Texas – these good old boys will only throw their money down after they’ve tested the true measure of an entrepreneur’s character. Integrity first; idea second.
“Rooster and Butch” is produced for A&E by The Company with executive producers Charlie Ebersol, Mike Lanigan, Tony Testa and Jason C. Henry. Elaine Frontain Bryant, Amy Savitsky, and Devon Graham-Hammonds are Executive Producers for A&E
Waco: Madman or Messiah – 2x120min – Premieres January 28 and 29 at 9pm ET/PT
Few had ever heard of the Branch Davidians and their leader David Koresh until the events of February 28, 1993 when a raid by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms on their center close to Waco, Texas, left four agents and six of the religious sect dead. It led to a 51-day stand-off with the FBI, the longest in US law-enforcement history, ending in a tragic fire which killed an additional 76 members of the Branch Davidian community including 22 children. Who was David Koresh and why were many Branch Davidians prepared to die for him? Was he a con man or an anointed messenger of God sent to warn his followers of the imminent end of the world? With Koresh’s own voice taken from many previously never-before-seen FBI negotiation tapes, nine Branch Davidians will now tell their emotional story from the inside.
“Waco: Madman or Messiah” is produced by Raw TV for A&E. Executive producer for Raw TV is Mark Lewis, supervising producer is Simon Mills and Felicity Morris will serve as producer. Christopher Spencer serves as director. Executive Producers for A&E are Elaine Frontain Bryant, Shelly Tatro and Brad Abramson.