Kuala Lumpur, 22 August, 2016 – A+E Networks, Asia’s leading factual entertainment channel, HISTORY® (Astro CH 555 and HD CH 575) launches a brand new HISTORY™ Asia Original Production, CELEBRITY CAR WARS on29August 2016. This reality series features six of Asia’s biggest stars, including former Miss Malaysia Universe Andrea Fonseka as a contestant, together with five other celebrities from the region who face off in a series of highly entertaining driving challenges! Famed professional racing driver Alex Yoong from Malaysia also appears as a guest expert.
Apart from Fonseka, other celebrities putting pedal to the metal are radio DJ and TV host PK Piyawat Kempetch (Thailand), actor/host Allan Wu (Singapore), former international model and TV personality Joey Mead King (Philippines), radio DJ and media personality KC Montero (Philippines), and TV host Marc Nelson (Philippines). Their egos are on the line for the ultimate bragging rights of winning the inaugural CELEBRITY CARS WARS title.
Hosted by Bobby Tonelli (Singapore), viewers will get to see the celebrities being coached by racecar professionals through a variety of stunts designed to test their skill and patience behind the wheel. The adrenaline-filled series will be peppered with history takeaways, geeky information for driving-junkies, and top tips for the everyday motorist.
CELEBRITY CAR WARS fills a unique gap in the automotive television space. The hour-long series with 8 episodes follows the success of HISTORY Asia’s other original productions including Photo Face-Off, which is currently in its third season, and Ride N’ Seek, now in its fourth season.
“The programme’s high octane energy and antics is a good match with our 80-years young Caltex brand. It also provides the perfect platform to showcase what our new and improved Caltex with Techron fuels can do,” says sponsor and General Manager of Sales & Marketing Support at Caltex, Carlos Rey C. Castaños.
CELEBRITY CAR WARSis presented by Caltex, in association with Garmin Corporation.
HISTORY™ ASIA CELEBRATES MALAYSIA’S 59thNATIONAL INDEPENDENCE WITH THE LAUNCH OF NEW ASIAN ORIGINAL PRODUCTIONS
A series of Malaysian-inspired original productions and brand new programmes to be featured this season!
Kuala Lumpur, 22 August 2016 – HISTORY™ Asia, A+E Networks Asia’s leading factual channel, joins in the national celebration of Malaysia’s 59thindependence. The programming initiative aligns with the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia’s vision to inspire nationalism among Malaysians. Brand new HISTORY™ Asia Original Productions, featuring Malaysian-produced specials, will premiere on HISTORY™, Astro CH 555 and HD CH 575 from 29th August.
The month’s celebration will be ignited with the premiere of HISTORY Asia’s two one-hour specials, plus a special 2-part historical documentary, all produced in Malaysia. First, ‘10 Things We Love About Malaysians’, hosted by comedian Douglas Lim, explores the funny, unique side of Malaysians. The following week, ‘Road to Nationhood’ will take viewers through the formation of Malaysia, featuring previously-unseen footage and untold stories of political and economic struggles from statesmen like founding father Tunku Abdul Rahman, Lee Kuan Yew, Tun Abdul Razak and Tun Tan Siew Sin. Lastly, the nostalgic ‘Every Street Tells a Story’ is hosted by Umapagan Ampikaipakan, who goes in search of the stories behind popular street names in Kuala Lumpur. Premiering on 28thAugust,4th September and 11th September respectively, at 10pm, these programmes form part of HISTORY™ Asia’s broader range of Negara-ku Specials.
Also premiering are three series from HISTORY™ Asia Original Productions. On 29th August at 9.30pm,Jaime Dempsey traverses through the Philippines on her motorbike as she discovers the country’s 7,107 islands in ‘Ride ‘N Seek with Jaime Dempsey: Quest for the Priestess’ Cloak’. This is followed at 10pm by‘Celebrity Car Wars’, a brand new, unique hour-long action reality series featuring six of Asia’s top celebrities who pit their driving and car skills against each other.Celebrity Car Wars features Malaysians Andrea Fonseka as a competitor and Alex Yoong as a mentor. Finally, coming up on 8thSeptember is the third season of Asia’s top reality photography show –‘Photo Face-Off’!
“With three original series and two specials launching in August and September, we have packed HISTORY™with a plethora of original, locally-produced content. We hope that our viewers may deepen their connection and understanding of our diverse continent, heritage and people through these engaging and entertaining series. We are equally excited to bring brand new Malaysian-made originals to the HISTORY™ audience in celebration of Negara-ku,” said Michele Schofield, Senior Vice President, Programming and Production, A+E Networks Asia.
Tune into HISTORY™ Asia and celebrate Malaysia’s 59th national independence day with specially-curated programmes every weeknight at 6pm, kicking off on 15th Auguston Astro CH 555 and HD CH 575!
Programme Highlights for National HISTORY™ Month
HISTORY™ Asia Original Productions (Premieres)
|29 August, Mondays 9.30pm||Ride ‘N Seek With Jaime Dempsey: Quest For The Priestess’ Cloak|
|29 August, Mondays 10pm||Celebrity Car Wars|
|8 September, Thursdays9pm||Photo Face-Off Season 3|
HISTORY™ Asia Negara-ku Specials (Premieres)
|28 August, Monday 10pm||10 Things We Love About Malaysians|
|4 September, Sunday 10pm & 11pm||Road to Nationhood|
|11 September, Sunday 10pm||Every Street Tells a Story|
|Weekday Specials, 6pm onwards, 15 August – 16 September|
|Mondays||Wk 1 – 10 Things You Don’t Know About Malaysia
Wk 2 – Hidden Cities: Malaysia
Wk 3 – Hidden Cities: Sarawak
Wk 4 – 10 Things We Love About Malaysians
Wk 5 – Every Street Tells A Story
|Tuesdays||Wk 1 –Siti Nurhaliza
Wk 2 – Sudirman Arshad
Wk 3 and 4 – Countdown To A Coronation
Wk 5 – Heart Of Taiko
|Wednesdays||Wk 1 to 3 – Time Capsule Malaysia
Wk 4 – Rising Sun Over Malaya
Wk 5 – The Malayan Emergency
|Thursdays||Wk 1 – Special Forces: Malaysia GGK
Wk 2 – VAT 69: Malaysia’s Very Able Troopers
Wk 3 – Helicopter Heroes
Wk 4 – Blade Runners: Codename Operation Gonzales
Wk 5 – Lost Over France: Malaysia’s Unsung Hero
|Fridays||Wk 1 – Malaysia Revisited: In Style & Building Greener
Wk 2 – Hidden Cities Extreme: West Malaysia;
Malaysia Revisited: The Rice Way
Wk 3, 4 and 5 – Ride N’ Seek Malaysia