A&E has unveiled its January 2018 primetime lineup which will include the premieres of Waco: Madman or Messiah, Undercover High, and Rooster & Butch. The network’s schedule also includes the return of 60 Days In and Intervention.
“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 Elaine Frontain Bryant, Executive Vice President and Head of Programming, A&E Network.
60 Days In will return with 12 new episodes on January 1st and 4th at 9pm ET/PT before moving to Thursdays on January 11th. 11-time Emmy Award nominee Intervention‘s new nine episode season premieres on January 2nd at 9pm ET/PT. Undercover High debuts on January 9th at 10pm ET/PT and Rooster & Butch‘s 10 episode first season begins on January 10th at 10pm ET/PT.
Waco: Madman or Messiah featuring nine surviving Branch Davidians will air on January 28th and 29th at 9pm ET/PT.
60 Days In
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.
A&E Network will premiere a special new season of the Emmy(R) 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.
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.
Rooster & Butch
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.
Waco: Madman or Messiah
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.