Rodeos, aliens highlight History’s winter sked

The Shaw Media channel is adding four new shows, and bringing back hits American Pickers and Ice Pilots NWT.

It may once have specialized in war documentaries and Jack Ryan movies, but History continues to spice up its prime-time offering this winter with four new shows dabbling in rodeos, truckers, aliens and, incongruously, museums.

Starting Tuesday, Jan. 4 at 8 p.m., the channel will debut the quintessentially Western Canadian reality show Rodeo: Life on the Circuit, an eight-part original Canadian series. The hour-long show will follow 14 rodeo professionals as they negotiate the professional circuit and risk their lives in the ring.

Spun off of the popular Ice Road Truckers series, IRT: Deadliest Roads features popular personalities from IRT and puts their skills to the test in a variety of extreme driving conditions. A 10-part series, IRT: Deadliest Roads starts Wednesday, Jan. 5 at 9 p.m. Both Rodeo and IRT will be promoted with animated online ad units across Shaw Media sites.

The channel takes a walk on the weird side with the Canadian premiere of Ancient Aliens, starting Thursday, Jan. 6 at 8 p.m. The documentary-style show will examine theories on extraterrestrial life and the evidence that supports its existence.

And, finally, Canadians with an eye for culture can catch Museum Secrets on Thursday nights at 10 p.m. starting Jan. 6. A six-part series, Museum Secrets takes viewers behind the scenes at great museums around the world, such as New York City’s MoMA, the Louvre in Paris and the Vatican. The show will be accompanied by a microsite,

Returning to the channel are American Pickers (Tuesdays at 10 p.m., starting Jan. 4), Ice Pilots NWT (Wednesdays at 8 p.m. starting Jan. 5) and Greatest Tank Battles (Mondays at 8 p.m. starting Jan. 17). Ice Pilots NWT – which debuted last November with almost 500,000 viewers on its first episode – will be promoted with an animated bug, including sound, driving viewers to the show’s mobile ‘quiz companion’ microsite and its website.