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History orders new 'Trucking,' 'Pickers' and 'Madhouse' reality series


By Christopher Rocchio, 10/01/2009 

History has ordered three new reality series that will continue to follow people who take their professions and passions to the extreme.

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The network -- formerly known as the History Channel -- has ordered a truck-driving series called Extreme Trucking, a NASCAR-themed reality series dubbed Madhouse, and a series about antique and collectable hunters, The Hollywood Reporter reported Tuesday.

Extreme Trucking will follow big rigs as they navigate hazardous highways around the world and is being produced by Ice Road Truckers and Deadliest Catch creator Thom Beers.  The series is currently slated to debut next summer.

"There's an endless supply of dangerous roads, and they're in places where they're highly unregulated," History president Nancy Dubuc told The Reporter.

Madhouse -- which the network previously began developing this summer -- focuses on the rivalry at a North Carolina NASCAR track, where local families race to continue a 61-year feuding tradition, according to The Reporter.

The network ordered 13 episodes of the reality series, which is produced by Triage Entertainment.  It is slated to debut early next year.

The tentatively-titled American Pickers will explore the world of antique and collectable hunters who travel the country looking for rare finds. 

History ordered 10 episodes of the series, which is produced by Cineflix.  It is expected to premiere in January.

"It's a really funny show that follows two friends who have known each other since the eighth grade (as) they look for lost national treasures," Dubuc told The Reporter.

In addition to the three aforementioned reality series, History also ordered Sliced -- a new series from Powderhouse Prods. in which objects are cut in half to reveal their inner workings.

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