It's a shame that so many promising channels have devolved into stupid, cheaply produced "reality tv". I remember when A & E was really good, with profiles about writers and cool dance performances. Now they run Magnum PI reruns and interviews with soap opera stars.
There is so much "real history" that is truly interesting and important, but many people don't know anything about. Like the history of US intervention in Latin America, the history of the different religions in the world, the story behind the different everyday objects we use, the history of different languages, African history, Chinese history, Russian history, Middle East history, the history of capitalism and communism, women's history, gay history, history of science, you name it.
History explains why things are the way they are. You can't make sense of the world without it. You are living in an eternal present, where life seems to be a series of random occurences. My students love learning the "why" behind current events. And there are hundreds of underemployed historians working retail and driving shuttle buses at the airport who would love to put together such programs. Sigh.