A&E adds 10 new series to lineup, goes to Dallas with 'Storage Wars' spinoff
A&E is in the business of hoarding — or at least capturing it on video — so it makes sense that the network is stockpiling its lineup. Eleven series will return and 10 new ones will be added to the lineup by the end of the year, the network announced Wednesday .
With “Storage Wars” averaging an impressive 2.8 million viewers, the network is hoping to benefit from viewers' fascination with repossessed storage units with the spinoff series “Storage Wars: Dallas.”
In addition, the network is picking up the new series “InLaws” (working title), “Ship Happens” (working title) and “Boar Hunters” (working title) are planned for 2011. A&E is also in development on more than 40 original series concepts, including projects from Ryan Murphy, Mark Burnett and Ryan Seacrest, among others .
And the miniseries “Coma,” a retelling of the bestselling novel by Robin Cook about a doctor who discovers that healthy patients are falling into comas on the operating table, is in the works for Memorial Day 2012; Ridley and Tony Scott will serve as executive producers.
Returning series include “Hoarders,” ”Dog the Bounty Hunter,” Storage Wars” and “Glades.”
More on the full list of series is after the jump ...
New nonfiction series:
“InLaws”: A look at married couples and their overbearing in-laws. Each episode features a spouse caught between his or her parents and the person he or she married.
“Ship Happens” explores the cutthroat world of competitive shippers: people who transport odd-sized packages (airplanes, herds of goats, homes etc.) in big trucks.
“Boar Hunters” centers on the Campbell clan and their hog-hunting business in Texas.
“Storage Wars: Dallas”: more storage units and buyers … only in Dallas.
“Hands On” features a small group of contestants competing for a grand prize -- a car, a boat, groceries for a year, a business franchise etc. -- with a simple premise: You must keep your hand on the prize for as long as possible without losing contact.
“Family Bonding” gives a whole new meaning to quality time by handcuffing together two family members in crisis for 48 hours so each may gain a new perspective on the other's life.
“Profilers” follows a select group of elite former profilers as they help local law enforcement solve cases in real time.
“Cajun Blue” is a docu-series chronicling those in the Terrebonne Parish Sheriff's Office, which covers 2,000 square miles of Louisiana swampland, as they investigate thousands of violent crimes every year in the eerie bayou.
“Duckmen” follows members of the Robertson family, which runs a multimillion-dollar sporting empire, employing half of their hometown and manufacturing duck calls and decoys while remaining true to their roots by living off the land.
In “Model Apartment,” producer Ryan Murphy (“Glee,” Nip/Tuck”) takes viewers inside the world of six models living together for a fly-on-the-wall look at how they live, work and play.
Drama series development:
In “Big Mike,” Greg Grunberg (“Heroes,” “Alias”) stars as a plus-sized detective in a world where plus-sized is a minus, San Diego.
“Longmire,” which is based on “The Walt Longmire Mystery Novels” by Craig Johnson, stars Robert Taylor (Agent Jones in “The Matrix”) as Longmire, the charismatic, dedicated and unflappable sheriff of Wyoming's Absaroka County. Widowed only a year, he hides his pain behind a brave face, an unassuming grin and dry wit. With the help of a young, attractive female officer, Longmire becomes inspired once again about his job and is committed to run for reelection because he knows what everyone else in his community knows: He’s the only man who can get the job done.
Photo: The men of "Storage Wars." Credit. A&E