Lock n’ Load with R. Lee Ermey Reality TV Series Overview (2009)


Introduction

Lock n’ Load with R. Lee Ermey is a reality television series about the development of military weaponry throughout the centuries. Hosted by actor and former US Marine drill instructor R. Lee Ermey, its one season originally aired on the History Channel in 2009.

Outline

In a typical episode, Ermey focused on one specific type of weapon or weapon system, presenting key advancements in its technology and demonstrating their use with the help of experts. In a holdover from his duties hosting Mail Call on the History Channel, he frequently added humor in the form of light-hearted drill instructor haranguing aimed at the viewer. He also displayed an eagerness to try out the episode’s relevant weapons against a wide range of targets, particularly watermelons (“they taste better after being shot with a machine gun”), as well as glass bottles.

The series was produced by Simon J. Heath, who also developed the concept.

The pilot episode first aired in December 2008. This rated well and was followed by a series in 2009. The show premiered on 26 July 2009 and only ran for one season and ended up getting cancelled in November 2009.

Lock n’ Load with R. Lee Ermey Series

Production & Filming Details

  • Presenter(s):
    • R. Lee Ermey
  • Director(s):
    • French Horwitz … (6 episodes, 2009).
    • Rick Wilkinson … (2 episodes, 2009).
  • Producer(s):
    • Simon J. Heath … supervising producer / development producer / senior producer: post production / senior post producer (13 episodes, 2009).
    • Shannon Kemp … field associate producer (13 episodes, 2009).
    • Bill Rogin … executive producer (13 episodes, 2009).
    • French Horwitz … producer (6 episodes, 2009).
    • Tom Kramer … producer / field producer (4 episodes, 2009).
    • Richard Mackenzie … senior producer: field production / senior post producer (4 episodes, 2009).
    • John Tessier … co-executive producer (4 episodes, 2009).
    • Jake Klim … associate producer (2 episodes, 2009).
    • David Starkey … supervising post producer (2 episodes, 2009).
    • Heather Weyrick … associate producer (2 episodes, 2009).
    • Rick Wilkinson … producer (2 episodes, 2009).
    • Peter Leybourne … post producer (1 episode, 2009).
    • Brian Richardson … producer (1 episode, 2009).
    • Justin Schneider … post producer (1 episode, 2009).
    • Matt Scully … post producer (1 episode, 2009).
  • Writer(s):
  • Music:
    • Larry Hopkins … (13 episodes, 2009).
  • Cinematography:
    • Matt Bronger … (3 episodes, 2009).
    • David Scott Ikegami … (3 episodes, 2009).
    • Andrew Parke … (1 episode, 2009).
  • Editor(s):
    • Michael Drake … (3 episodes, 2009).
    • Nick Foley-Jones … (3 episodes, 2009).
    • Lawrie Humphry … (3 episodes, 2009).
    • Robin Crago … (2 episodes, 2009).
    • Bob Burns … (1 episode, 2009).
    • Simon Day … (1 episode, 2009).
    • Joel Page … (1 episode, 2009).
  • Production:
    • Beyond Productions.
  • Distributor(s):
    • History Channel (2009) (US) (TV).
  • Release Date: 26 July 2009 to 13 November 2009.
  • Rating: Unknown.
  • Running Time: 60 minutes (per episode).
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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