Fall 2013 Lifestyle: New fall shows on Food Network, Travel, DIY & more

Here’s a preview of some of the Fall 2013 new lifestyle programming options that include new fall shows on Food Network, Travel, DIY and more. (All times Eastern/Pacific unless noted.)

Fall 2013 new lifestyle shows
Surviving Evil
(pictured above)
Investigation Discovery
Premieres:
Aug. 28
Airs:
Wednesdays at 10pm
What’s It All About?
This 10-episode series features survivors of horrific crimes — including the series’ host, Buffy the Vampire Slayer star Charisma Carpenter, who, along with two friends, was attacked by a serial rapist in 1991 — recounting their stories with the help of news clips and re-creations. “The fact that Charisma has personally lived through the tragic nightmare of being attacked and, thankfully, is willing to share her ordeal with our viewers, makes her the perfect host for Surviving Evil,” says Henry Schleiff, president and general manager of Investigation Discovery. “In addition to being a face that her loyal Buffy fans will recognize, Charisma adds an important layer of depth and perspective to this series that only a survivor truly could.”

DigFellas
Travel Channel
Premieres:
Sept. 4
Airs:
Wednesdays at 8pm
What’s It All About?
Using their expertise and deep historical knowledge, relic hunters Bill Ladd and Howard Hewitt embark on a quest to unearth and preserve our nation’s past. Passion over profit is the motivating factor behind their digs, where everything they find is reviewed by historical experts to authenticate.

Rachael vs. Guy Kids Cook-Off
Food Network
Premieres:
Sept. 8
Airs:
Sundays at 8pm
What’s It All About?
Rachael Ray and Guy Fieri are back together in yet another series, this one involving kids. The duo will mentor and guide their young contestants as they show America that you don’t need a driver’s license to be an amazing cook.

The Million Second Quiz
NBC
Premieres:
Sept. 9
Airs:
Sept. 9-19 at 8pm (does not air on Sunday), two-hour finale on Sept. 19
What’s It All About?
This 24/7 competition series will have contestants testing the limits of their knowledge and endurance as they battle against each other in intense trivia bouts for 12 days straight for a chance to win $10 million in cash. The show is airing live from a gigantic hourglass-shaped structure in the heart of Manhattan, which also serves as the contestants’ living quarters. Viewers will be able to play along at home in real time.

Too Young to Marry?
Oxygen
Premieres:
Sept. 11
Airs:
Wednesdays at 10pm
What’s It All About?
This heartfelt four-episode series follows teens on their way to the altar who ask, “Why wouldn’t you want to marry your first love?” The tension is high as parents threaten to disown them, and friends and siblings accuse them of making the biggest mistake of their lives.

Thieves, Inc.
Food Network
Premieres:
Sept. 11
Airs:
Wednesdays at 10:30pm
What’s It All About?
Believe it or not, grocery stores are at the top of the list when it comes to the $25 million worth of goods stolen from retailers each day. Funny and fearless, security experts Scott McDonald and Connie Ribble can steal a store blind, so they help store owners identify the flaws in their security systems.

Master Chef Junior is one of many new fall 2013 lifestyle series

MasterChef Junior (pictured above)
FOX
Premieres:
Sept. 27
Airs:
Fridays at 8pm
What’s It All About?
Twenty-four kids ages 8 to 13 demonstrate their culinary smarts and passion for food in the “junior” version of FOX’s successful foodie series MasterChef. Gordon Ramsay, Joe Bastianich and Graham Elliot serve as judges and the format is quite similar what fans are familiar with. “It’s the exact same format — the same judges and really the same tone,” Elliot tells us. “We wanted to make sure we didn’t dumb it down. The only big difference is when they leave it’s not like they are quote-unquote ‘eliminated’ — instead they go two at a time so nobody feels like they are the loser.”

Man, Cheetah, Wild
Discovery Channel
Premieres:
Oct. 3 at 9pm
What’s It All About?
Maverick filmmaker and one-time game ranger Kim Wolhuter connects with wild predators in his native Zimbabwe. This two-hour program follows Kim as he walks along with one cheetah family and captures incredible footage of their secret world.

Preachers of L.A.
Oxygen
Premieres:
Oct. 9 at 10pm
What’s It All About?
Cameras document the lives of six world-renowned pastors from Southern California, giving a revealing look at their work with their parishioners, as well as the sometimes provocative lives they lead away from the pulpit. These men are considered rock stars within their communities as they try to lead others to their own truth and self-discovery. Pastors include Bishop Noel Jones, Deitrick Haddon, Bishop Clarence McClendon, Pastor Wayne Chaney, Bishop Ron Gibson and Pastor Jay Haizlip.

Vanilla Ice Goes Amish debuts in October

Vanilla Ice Goes Amish (pictured above)
DIY
Premieres:
Oct. 12
Airs:
Saturdays at 10pm
What’s It All About?
’90s pop icon and do-it-yourselfer Vanilla Ice learns from the greatest craftsmen in the world. He is on a quest to learn the lost art-of-hand craftsmanship and will imbed himself with a traditional Amish family in Holmes County, Ohio, to arrive at his goal. Along the way, he meets a group of young Amish men and women who teach him the traditions, practices and trades that have made the Amish one of the most mysterious — and misunderstood groups in the world. With no music and no power tools, they tackle construction projects ranging from kitchen additions to an old-school barn-raising.

Gem Hunt
Travel Channel
Premieres:
Oct. 16
Airs:
Wednesdays at 10pm
What’s It All About?
It’s the real story behind Blood Diamond. Well, kind of. Veteran gem dealer Ron LeBlanc, geologist Bernie Gaboury and jewelry maven Diane Robinson travel the globe in search of gemstones they can make a fortune on. The series captures the intrigue, jeopardy and rewards of the business, as a stone purchased for $4,000, if cut flawlessly, can go for a quarter of a million dollars once it hits the market.

Best Funeral Ever is one of the new Fall 2013 lifestyle series

Best Funeral Ever (pictured above)
TLC
Premieres:
Oct. 23
Airs:
Wednesdays at 10pm
What’s It All About?
For some families, the party still goes on even after you die. TLC turns the cameras back on the Dallas-based Golden Gate Funeral Home (a special on them originally aired in January), where John Beckwith Jr. and his staff organize some of the most eccentric ceremonies in the country. These “home-going celebrations” prove to be as unique as the people who are planning them.

Jobs That Bite!
Nat Geo Wild
Premieres:
November
What’s It All About?
This fun new series benefits from the amiable personality of host Jeremy Brandt, a newbie who takes on various animal-related jobs to show viewers just how challenging they can be. From milking goats, shrimp fishing and feeding chimps to taking a lion’s temperature rectally, Brandt maintains his laid-back approach and sense of humor, all while lending a fascinating look into the many animal jobs out there (you may be surprised at just how many different ones there are). This looks like a winning addition to Nat Geo Wild’s collection of family-friendly wildlife programs.

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