Outdoor Channel Revives ‘PINKS: All Out’
Outdoor Channel tonight (Monday, March 7) premieres the first of four new episodes of PINKS: All Out, the amateur drag-race competition series that aired for several years (and more than 100 episodes) on Speed Channel before Fox Sports converted the network to FS1 in 2013.
The new PINKS: All Out will air at 8:30 p.m. on four consecutive Mondays, Outdoor said. The theory is the same core audience that watches hunting shows will respond to a program about people who like to fix up and race their own cars.
It’s part of the same bid to win new viewers that led Outdoor’s owners to buy rights to the first six seasons of Duck Dynasty, the A&E reality series that starts, with season two, on Outdoor Channel tonight (7 p.m.).
After series host Rich Christensen obtained the rights to PINKS: All Out, the predecessor series PINKS and another drag-race series, Pass Time, from Fox, he secured a berth on Outdoor Channel for new P:AO episodes in talks with Jim Liberatore, the former Speed president who is now CEO of Outdoor Sportsman Group Networks.
Christenson and executive producer Brian Bossone produced the four new episodes during a week of racing at Rockingham Speedway in North Carolina last July, Bossone told Multichannel News.
Bossone and Mitch Petrie, vice president of programming at Outdoor Sportsman Group Networks, said if the four episodes perform well, the series might get a full return on Outdoor Channel.
Nearly 500 drivers and cars competed at Rockingham, despite rainy conditions, and generated some fine TV, according to Bossone.
He said racetracks are eager for the show to be revived and fans have responded enthusiastically since word got out several months ago that P:AO was coming back.
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Kent has been a journalist, writer and editor at Multichannel News since 1994 and with Broadcasting+Cable since 2010. He is a good point of contact for anything editorial at the publications and for Nexttv.com. Before joining Multichannel News he had been a newspaper reporter with publications including The Washington Times, The Poughkeepsie (N.Y.) Journal and North County News.