"American Underworld" (Discovery Channel) is a reality series hosted by journalist Mark Allen Johnson, whose been chased, blindfolded and threatened with his life. He's negotiated with meth cookers, arms dealers and gangsters. He puts everything on the line to pursue stories most wouldn't dare. In the series, Johnson enters some of the most extreme, violent and hard-to-access subcultures in the country — from drug manufacturers to the sex trade — to tell the stories of an underground world that could be right next door.

Using unorthodox methods, Johnson uses a mix of brains and bravado to gain access to highly secretive worlds. Securing the trust of his subjects alone can be a deadly business, often requiring months of negotiations. Pointing a video camera at them truly puts his life at risk. Entering these worlds — sometimes blindfolded and separated from his crew — Johnson brings back some of the most raw and compelling footage on television.

"American Underworld" is produced for Discovery Channel by The Incubator, where Lisa Andreae is executive producer. For Discovery Channel, Cameo Wallace is executive producer.


Network: Discovery Channel
Genre: Reality
Runtime: 60 mins.
Premiere Date: September 19, 2011
Seasons: 1
Production Company: The Incubator

'American Underworld': Journalist Risks His Life — Premiering Monday, September 19, the new Discovery Channel series features Mark Allen Johnson being chased, blindfolded and threatened with his life to get the real on meth cookers, arms dealers and gangsters. Read more...

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