9:00am PT by Kimberly Nordyke
Discovery Family Channel Orders New Series 'Secrets of America's Favorite Places' (Exclusive)
Discovery Family Channel is revealing the little-known stories about iconic U.S. landmarks in a new series titled Secrets of America's Favorite Places.
The network has ordered eight episodes of the project, which is set to debut Sunday, July 3, at 6 p.m. ET/PT, kicking off the day before the Fourth of July with a Statue of Liberty-themed installment.
Subsequent episodes will revolve around Alcatraz, the Golden Gate Bridge, Hollywood Boulevard, New York's Central Park and Grand Central Terminal, the Lincoln Memorial and Mount Rushmore.
The series will feature interviews and commentary from historians, U.S. National Park Service members, conspiracy theorists, artists and pop culture experts. Encores will at 11 p.m. Tuesdays.
Secrets of America's Favorite Places is produced by Indigo Films for Discovery Family Channel. For Indigo Films, David M. Frank is the executive producer and Paul Sauer is the series producer.
Watch an exclusive clip from the premiere, above. A full list of episodes, with the network's descriptions, is below.
· Statue of Liberty (6 p.m., Sunday, July 3)
Did you know that the conventional wisdom that the statue was a gift from the French government is incorrect? Just how damaged was Lady Liberty by the first terrorist attack on America during World War I? Meet a man who spent decades of his life climbing to the top of the statue to maintain it. And get a rare look at how the Coast Guard keeps a constant watchful eye over Lady Liberty.
· Lincoln’s Washington (6 p.m., Sunday, July 10)
Are there secret messages contained at the Lincoln Memorial? You’ll be shocked to know that Abraham Lincoln often traveled around Washington, D.C., alone — without a security detail. Visit an often-overlooked Washington, D.C., cottage where Lincoln spent nearly a quarter of his presidency. And would you believe almost 50 years before the Lincoln Memorial was built on the National Mall, a little-known controversial statue served as the nation’s landmark to honor Lincoln?
· Mount Rushmore (6 p.m., Sunday, July 17)
What did it take to carve the four presidents' heads — 60 feet tall each — into solid granite? Who decided which presidents would be immortalized? As massive as the presidents are on Mount Rushmore, there’s an even bigger mountain carving of Native American warrior Crazy Horse underway just a few miles away.
· Alcatraz (6 p.m., Sunday, July 24)
What was it really like to do hard time in America’s most notorious prison? One of the last surviving former Alcatraz inmates gives his first-ever TV interview and shatters many myths surrounding the famous prison. Meet a U.S. Marshal who is still investigating the Great Escape of 1962, during which three inmates vanished from the island and were never seen again.
· Golden Gate Bridge (6 p.m., Sunday, July 31)
The Golden Gate Bridge is the most photographed and most famous bridge in the world. Its “International Orange” color is iconic, but few know the color was chosen by a strange fluke. The bridge has endured earthquakes with grace, but it almost collapsed on its 50th anniversary when 500,000 people partied on the span to celebrate. Did you know there’s evidence that the Japanese navy came very close to destroying the Golden Gate Bridge during World War II?
· Grand Central Terminal (6 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 7)
No train station has more tracks and platforms than New York City’s Grand Central Terminal. Get rare access behind Grand Central’s 14-foot-diameter clock — with a face that is the world’s largest piece of Tiffany glass. Why did Nazi spies try to gain access to Grand Central’s basement during World War II? And is it true there’s a secret train track for use by U.S. Presidents only?
· Hollywood Boulevard (6 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 14)
Acclaimed film critic and Hollywood historian Leonard Maltin lends his expertise and commentary to uncovering the secrets behind Hollywood Boulevard. For the first time ever, the complete manufacturing of a Walk of Fame star is filmed from beginning to end. Explore the secrets and mysteries of the most famous movie theater in the world — Grauman’s Chinese Theater, where movie stars are immortalized in the courtyard’s concrete. What secret message is the iconic Capitol Records building flashing to the world with its blinking rooftop beacon? And why is the Hollywood sign almost guarded like Fort Knox?
· Central Park (6 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 21)
Central Park spans 843 acres, forming an oasis of green tranquility in the city that never sleeps. But how much of Central Park is made by nature and how much is engineered by man? Why are some parts of the park so secret that even city officials don’t know how to reach them? What do the codes mean on each of the park’s lamp posts? Learn the little-known story of how an entire village vanished from the park. And is it true that Central Park is home to more species of birds than almost anywhere else?
Secrets of America's Favorite Places joins Discovery Family Channel's mix of original series, family-friendly movies and programming from Discovery's nonfiction library and Hasbro Studios' franchises including My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, Littlest Pet Shop and Transformers Rescue Bots.