Discovery launching new 'MG: Motor City' revival of 'Monster Garage'
By Christopher Rocchio, 06/01/2009
Discovery Channel announced it has ordered MG: Motor City, a revival of the network's Monster Garage reality series that will be set in Detroit, MI.
MG: Motor City will follow a similar format to the original Monster Garage, as a team of motorcycle designers and builders are given seven days and $3,000 to turn average vehicles into "outrageous contraptions of fantasy and function," according to the network.
The revival's premiere -- which is currently slated to air this fall -- will follow the team as they transform a Model T into a street-legal drag racer, also known as a "Gasser."
"Showcasing creativity, determination and ingenuity under pressure is what Discovery does best and this series is no exception," said Discovery Channel president John Ford. "Taking the show to the birthplace of the automotive industry makes perfect sense and we can't wait to see what amazing dream machines the team constructs."
Thom Beers of Original Productions developed and produced the original Monster Garage, and he's also behind the wheel for the show's upcoming revival.
"It's a terrific opportunity for our series to hire local workers and showcase the talented people of Detroit who have made the Motor City a nationwide automotive legend," said Beers.
Monster Garage premiered in 2002 on Discovery Channel and aired five seasons before broadcasting its finale in June 2006. It starred Jesse James, who transformed a variety of vehicles at his West Coast Choppers shop in Long Beach, CA.
In October 2007, James signed a two-year talent and production deal with Spike TV. Last month the network premiered Jesse James is a Dead Man, a new reality series that follows the motorcycle-loving outlaw as he takes on different death-defying challenges.