Four Series To Join REELZ Fall Primetime Lineup

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'Celebrity Close Calls' Reality Series Premieres Tuesday, September 30; 'Jean-Claude Van Damme: Behind Closed Doors' Reality Series Premieres Thursday, October 2; 'Gangsters: America's Most Evil' Documentary Series and 'Full Throttle Saloon' Reality Series Premiere Friday, October 3

REELZCHANNEL today announced that four acquired series will join its fall 2014 primetime lineup. Kicking things off on Tuesday, September 30 is "Celebrity Close Calls" with first-hand accounts from movie stars and celebrities who experienced life or death situations. On Thursday, October 2 international movie star Jean-Claude Van Damme’s reality series "Jean-Claude Van Damme: Behind Closed Doors" is a candid, warts-and-all look at the famous martial artist’s personal life. Then, on Friday, October 3 "Gangsters: America’s Most Evil" tells the tales behind some of the most hardened criminals ever caught while the wild reality series "Full Throttle Saloon" reveals the debauchery at the world’s largest biker bar in Sturgis, South Dakota. Series descriptions and air times are listed below.

  • "Celebrity Close Calls" – Tuesday, September 30 with two back-to-back episodes starting at 9pm ET/ 6pm PT*

For many, fame is a dream—critical acclaim, privilege, wealth and a world of adoring fans. But in a split second everything can disappear. In this series, celebrities’ exclusive firsthand accounts accompanied by cinematic reenactments illustrate the moments they were confronted with true danger. Featuring Ice-T, Jewel, Gary Busey, Brett Michaels and more, these true stories could easily have been tragic endings to phenomenal lives—except for one thing: every one of them lived to tell the tale. "Celebrity Close Calls" is produced by Jarrett Creative Group. *After its September 30 premiere night "Celebrity Close Calls" will air Tuesdays on REELZ at 10pm ET/ 7PT.

  • "Jean-Claude Van Damme: Behind Closed Doors" – Thursday, October 2 at 11pm ET/ 8pm PT

Jean-Claude Van Damme aka 'The Muscles from Brussels' is a massive box office star with roles in movies including "Bloodsport", "Universal Soldier" and "The Expendables 2". In "Jean-Claude Van Damme: Behind Closed Doors" his private life is exposed for the first time as he allows cameras access behind the scenes at his home and when he’s at work on set. Van Damme and his family reveal the man behind the movie legend who works and parties hard. We discover a sensitive but complex character who is strong enough to take on the world but who also regrets his rock 'n' roll lifestyle and desperately misses his family when he is away filming. This is an intimate portrait of an international movie star as you've never seen him before. "Jean-Claude Van Damme: Behind Closed Doors" will air Thursdays on REELZ at 11pm ET/ 8pm PT.

  • "Gangsters: America’s Most Evil" - Friday, October 3 with two back-to-back episodes starting at 9pm ET/ 6pm PT*

"Gangsters: America’s Most Evil" is a cinematic documentary series that explores the rise and fall of some of the most nefarious and notorious criminals brought to justice by the United States government. From thugs to lethal beauties, outlaws to kingpins, each episode profiles these gangsters and reveals their sinister motives, transgressions and the circumstances that eventually led to their downfall. "Gangsters: America’s Most Evil" is produced by Asylum Entertainment. *After its October 3 premiere night "Gangsters: America’s Most Evil" will air Fridays on REELZ at 10pm ET/ 7PT.

  • "Full Throttle Saloon" – Friday, October 3 with two back-to-back episodes starting at 11pm ET/ 8pm PT

This is one show that’s born to be wild! Every year the Full Throttle Saloon is only open for ten days in August when bikers from all over the world descend on the black hills of South Dakota for the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally to ride, revel and partake in the rally’s legendary debauchery. For bar owner Michael Ballard the profits are huge, but the reality is intense. From managing a full staff of bartenders and dancing girls to hosting big name concerts and burlesque shows, keeping it together is more than most people could handle. "Full Throttle Saloon" is produced by A. Smith & Co. Productions. "Full Throttle Saloon" will air Fridays on REELZ at 11pm ET/ 8pm PT.

About REELZCHANNEL—Hollywood Happens Here™
REELZ is a leading independent cable and satellite general entertainment network, connecting its viewers across America with the magic, wonder and excitement of Hollywood wherever it happens. The network is home to cutting-edge reality programs, compelling television events, miniseries, movies and series featuring big stories and big stars. Programming ranges from the critically-acclaimed and award-winning "The Kennedys" to "Hollywood Hillbillies", "Steven Seagal: Lawman", "Beverly Hills Pawn", "OK! TV", "Hollywood Scandals" and much more that connects directly to the world of entertainment. REELZ also showcases top movie and entertainment experts Leonard Maltin and Richard Roeper who provide specific on-air recommendations for movies viewers can watch at home.

REELZ reaches 70 million homes on DIRECTV channel 238, Dish Network channel 299, Verizon FiOS TV channel 233, AT&T U-verse channels 799/1799HD and cable systems nationwide. Find REELZ in your area by entering your zip code at REELZ is a High-Definition network and if a cable or satellite provider doesn’t carry it that way, we encourage viewers to call and ask for REELZ in HD. Owned by Hubbard Media Group, REELZ is headquartered in Albuquerque, NM with national ad sales based out of New York City with offices in Boston and Chicago.

For more information, please contact the REELZ Media Line
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