The Toughest Crew. The Toughest Wrecks. The Toughest Weather: Discovery’s Original Canadian Hit Series HIGHWAY THRU HELL Returns September 13
– Viewers invited to play catch-up with HIGHWAY THRU HELL special recap in advance of Season 5 premiere, Sept. 6 –
– Sneak peek of spin-off HEAVY RESCUE: 401 debuts during HIGHWAY THRU HELL’s fifth season on Discovery –
– Earlier seasons now streaming on the Discovery GO app, Discovery.ca, and CraveTV –
– Toyota returns as exclusive series sponsor for Season 5 –
TORONTO (August 8, 2016) – The heroes of the highway are back as they fight to keep some of the most economically important, travelled, and inhospitable trucking routes in North America open during Season 5 of HIGHWAY THRU HELL. A Top 3 series on Discovery and Top 10 series on all of entertainment specialty television in Canada last season, the original Canadian hit series returns for its milestone fifth edition, premiering Tuesday, Sept. 13 at 10 p.m. ET/ PT on Discovery.
The 13-episode season follows the men of Jamie Davis Heavy Rescue as Davis faces the biggest changes and challenges in his life: downsizing his Alberta operation as a result of the economic downturn and returning to his B.C. mountain base roots. But before Season 5 gets underway, viewers can get primed with a special HIGHWAY THRU HELL episode, recapping the previous four seasons and featuring scenes from the new season on Tuesday, Sept. 6 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on Discovery.
Subscribers can access live streaming of HIGHWAY THRU HELL through the Discovery GO app, catch up on Seasons 2-4 on demand on the Discovery GO app and Discovery.ca, and Season 1 on CraveTV.
During the fifth season of Discovery’s HIGHWAY THRU HELL, viewers are treated to an exclusive first look at the all-new original Canadian series HEAVY RESCUE: 401. Also produced by Great Pacific TV and coming Winter 2017, HEAVY RESCUE: 401 focuses on the unique challenges and intensity of heavy rescue along Ontario’s 400 series of highways. Details of the sneak peek and complete winter season schedule will be announced at a later date.
Toyota makes its return as the exclusive series sponsor, featuring the full-size Tundra pickup for Season 5 of HIGHWAY THRU HELL.
“We are thrilled that HIGHWAY THRU HELL is back for what we’re confident is its strongest season yet, as we promise to deliver the series’ most extraordinary wrecks, along with the biting drama that has always been its hallmark,” said Ken MacDonald, Vice-President and General Manager, Discovery. “During Season 4, HIGHWAY consistently won its timeslot, helping make Discovery the country’s #1 entertainment specialty network. It was the unfailing consistency of HIGHWAY’s growth and success that prompted us to franchise our key series as we hit the country’s busiest highway for HEAVY RESCUE: 401 in Winter 2017.”
Each one-hour episode features Jamie’s legendary heavy rescue team and his competitors Mission Towing and Quiring Towing, all working to keep the roads open in perilous working conditions. This season, Scott Bird, the veteran operator who worked for Jamie three winters ago, returns to lead the team in Hope, B.C. Scott may be one of the best in the business, but he has little patience for anything less than perfection. And the last time he worked for Jamie, it didn’t end well. Now Jamie is counting on Scott to “play nice” and help him rebuild.
Up on “The Smasher”, the notorious steep and snowy section of “The Coq” highway, Quiring Towing’s Al Quiring and Gord Boyd are back to rescue truckers in deep trouble. And in the Fraser Valley, Mission Towing’s Jordie Duperon continues to build on the success of his family’s 60-year tow business. After four years away, Jordie’s younger brother Nik returns to the Mission team and the siblings are set to take on some of their toughest wrecks yet to prove to their Grandpa Wally that they’re ready to own the family business.
Ready to face the pounding snow and ice on the Coquihalla Highway, and the twisted roads and hazards of the narrow Canyon Highway in Hope, three family tow businesses in B.C. take on some of the most spectacular heavy rescues and backroad recoveries ever tackled for Season 5. From a semi dangling off a 300-foot bridge and vehicles in raging rivers, to massive dump truck rollovers and a logging truck 700 feet down a mountain cliff, the crews are ready to tackle any disaster this season…because closure is not an option!
HIGHWAY THRU HELL is produced by Great Pacific TV in association with Discovery Canada. Executive Producer is Mark Miller. The series producer is Neil Thomas. For Discovery, Bruce Glawson is Executive Producer. Ken MacDonald is Vice-President and General Manager, Discovery. Tracey Pearce is President, Distribution and Pay, Bell Media.