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Jousting, anyone? History Channel announces new slate at upfronts.

May 3, 2011 | 12:58 pm

New series about jousting, inventions and statistics will highlight the History Channel's new lineup, executives for the cable network announced Tuesday at their upfront presentation.

The new slate will include "Full Metal Jousting," featuring a "maverick group of fighters" competing for top honors in jousting competitions. "Invention USA'" will focus on tech and science experts Riechart Von Wolfshield and Garrett Lisi who travel around the country, visiting with amateur inventors who have developed what they hope is the next big thing. Another new series, "United Stats of America," will utilize raw data from various sources and visualize "these surprising facts about who we are in a surprising new way."

Previously announced series include "American Restoration," in which business owner Rick Dale restores customers' old items and turns them into collectibles, and "Around the World in 80 Ways," in which hosts Robert "Boston Rob" Mariano ("The Amazing Race") and Dennis Anderson, creator of the monster truck Grave Digger, race around the world using various modes of transportation, and "How the States Got Their Shapes," about the boundaries of the various states.

-- Greg Braxton

 

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