Gear Dogs (Discovery)

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Gear Dogs (Discovery) – Premieres 4th September 

Car restoration goings on that follows Nate Boyer who owns the Kultured Custom garage as he opens up a community garage called the Dog House where folks can rent out space and work on their cars.

While bringing in folks to works on their motors, Nate offers them a deal where he will help them renovate their cars with the plan to sell the finished vehicle, splitting the profits. If the person agrees they confirm a percentage split and then they do the usual car renovation gubbins.

The show is an easy way to burn through 45 minutes and guys in it are a bit reminiscent to Douche Larouche members in Sacred Steel Bikes.

4.6/10

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American Made Inventors (Discovery)

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American Made Inventors (Discovery) –  Premieres 2nd September

Millionaire inventor Dave Yonce and his business partners Jason Shackelford and Billy Crimmins open up their development facility for budding inventors who need help in refining and releasing their ideas. After the budding inventors get their idea past Jason, they then present it to Dave, where if he likes it he then helps them out in making their product affordable and sellable.

After refining the prototypes and discussing the business plans, Dave and the team decide whether they want to go forward with funding the product or to pass on the opportunity. The show is like a mix between Dragons Den/Shark Tank and Blue Collar Backers, and is a watchable enough way to burn 45 minutes.

4.9/10

Garage Rehab (Discovery Channel)

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Garage Rehab (Discovery Channel) – Premieres 30th August

The mechanics answer to Kitchen Nightmares, Richard Rawlings the owner of Gas Monkey garage, where he heads off to a struggling garage and helps them by investing in the company and renovating their shop.

Like Kitchen Nightmares the owner initially admits everything is wrong and they need help, but as soon as the changes are being put into place gets cold feet. After a brief pep talk they get back on board and are sent away for 4 days while Rawlings team finish off the renovations. On the day of the reveal there is much mechanic style oooohing and ahhhhing, then that’s it. Not a word to whether it helped them turn their business around, it just ends.

For a show that says that they’re trying to turn a business around it’s more of a property renovation show with car lifts.

2.9/10

Darkness (Discovery)

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Darkness (Discovery) – Premieres 2nd August

Survival competition vaguely in the style of Naked and Afraid, three individuals are given basic survival items and enter a cave system at staggered intervals. The three then have to find each other, and when together, have to find the exit all within a 6 day time limit. All with the added stipulation that they can’t use any lighting in the pitch black caves.

Like Naked and Afraid and other such survival shows the contestants can bring along one additional item with their set pack to help them with the challenge. Along with showing the three perform the task, the programme shows their backstory and to why they decided to do the challenge, as well as interviews with army personal who have actually done similar as part of their training explaining what the three could be expected to go through.

As a survival competition it isn’t as watchable as something like Alone, nor is it as good as a military based training challenge like The Selection: Special Operations Experiment. That said, it still does a job.

5.3/10

Manhunt: Unabomber (Discovery)

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Manhunt: Unabomber (Discovery) – Premieres 1st August

Drama based on the FBIs hunt and capture of the Unabomber in the mid-90s, where it follows freshly graduated criminal profiler Jim Fitzgerald who is recruited by the task force to produce the definitive profile of the Unabomber to help with his capture.

After a spate of bombings after a 6 year break, the FBI team are no nearer in finding who is behind them and Fitzgerald discovers that the current profile they are working from is almost incorrect in every aspect. After creating a new report the team leaders instantly disregard the insights until Fitzgerald is proved correct as the Unabomber releases his manifesto.

The show splits between the FBI hunt, and fast forwards a couple of years to just before the trial, where the Unabomber requests a meeting with Fitzgerald who has since lived a reclusive life since solving the case.

For an opening episode it sets everything up nicely, and is well worth a watch.

6.7/10

Epic Mancave Builds (Discovery)

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Epic Mancave Builds (Discovery) – Premieres 7th June

Renovation show where Brandon Ruff and his misfit team of employees go around the country where they are contracted to convert various spaces into custom built mancaves that are based on the owners interests.

After having a consultation with the client, Brandon is given a short deadline for the renovation to be completed. The show then follows Brandon as he develops the plan on what to do, while also making sure most of what is needed is made at the company warehouse before it’s shipped out to the location for the final build.

Along with the usual DIY/renovation show goings on, the show also has a fair bit of the team joking about with each each as they get the job done. It’s a bit like a property show version of Sacred Steel Bikes.

3.2/10

Devil’s Canyon (Discovery)

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Devil’s Canyon (Discovery) – Premieres 6th June

A mix between Curse Of The Frozen Gold and Alone, three gold prospectors set off to separate sites in the challenging terrain of Devil’s Canyon in British Colombia for 6 weeks, as they try to find a bountiful amount of gold.

Like Alone, the three film their own footage as they search the areas they believe large amounts of gold will be found. Where along with their hunt for riches they also have to survive in an area known for bear attacks, and that has limited food resources.

As a mix between a treasure hunting and survival show it makes it stand out from other similar programmes that normally descend in focusing on the backstory of the area and mythical curses to set up any of the drama. It’s an entertaining piece of TV.

6.0/10