History Channel’s hottest competition series–literally–is coming back to the network on Tuesday, beginning with a special “Forged in Fire” champions edition, to kick off the new season. Additionally, blacksmithing enthusiasts will have a new series to keep things hot, “Milwaukee Blacksmith.”
The Season Three Premiere of “Forged in Fire” features former champions Matthew Parkinson (Season One), Burt Foster (Season Two), Ben Abbott (Season Two) and Salem Straub (Season Two) competing in an unprecedented head-to-head battle. Hosted by weapons expert and US Army and Air Force veteran Wil Willis, the new season continues to feature more world-class bladesmiths creating history’s most iconic edged weapons.
Each “Forged in Fire” episode features four new master competitors, putting their skills and reputations on the line, trying to avoid elimination and win the $10,000 prize. The Season Three panel of experts includes returning judges J. Neilson, Doug Marcaida and David Baker, plus newcomer, master bladesmith Jason Knight.
On the all-new series “Milwaukee Blacksmith,” Kent Knapp and his children make their living in the 5,000 year-old craft of blacksmithing. Behind the power of his hundred year-old screw press, and 135 year-old anvil, Kent built his business from the ground up. These expert craftsmen forge everything from bank vaults to bike frames and any large steel piece you can dream up. Kent has made it his mission to pass the trade down to his children, but to carry the business into the future they will have to learn to work together as a team.
“Forged in Fire” is produced for HISTORY by Outpost Entertainment, a Leftfield Entertainment company. Jodi Flynn, David George, Shawn Witt and Simon Thomas are executive producers for Outpost Entertainment. Tim Healy and Jim Pasquarella are executive producers for HISTORY.
“Milwaukee Blacksmith” is produced for HISTORY by NorthSouth Productions. Charlie DeBevoise and Mark Hickman are executive producers for NorthSouth Productions. Jim Pasquarella is executive producer for HISTORY.
See “Forged in Fire” make its Season Three debut on History Channel on Tuesday, August 23, at 9 p.m. ET/PT. “Milwaukee Blacksmith” follows with back-to-back episodes at 10 p.m. ET/PT and 10:30 p.m. ET/PT.