New Half Hour Series Celebrates the American Spirit of Ingenuity and Encourages Young People to Use Their Imaginations and Pursue Careers in Science and Technology


CBS announced today that the new series “The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation” is joining the three-hour Saturday morning block “The CBS Dream Team, It’s Epic!,” which returns for its second season Saturday, Sept. 27 (9:00-12:00 ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Hosted by Mo Rocca, CBS’ “Sunday Morning” correspondent, the show will tell the fascinating stories behind the historic innovators of the past and the forward-looking visionaries of today, and the extraordinary talents and dedication required to bring their inventions to life.

“We are extremely proud of our Saturday Morning line-up and thrilled to add a fresh, new, inventive show to the mix of our family friendly weekend programming,” said Angelica McDaniel, Senior Vice President, CBS Daytime. “In partnership with Litton and The Henry Ford, ‘Innovation Nation’ is the perfect complement to our strong schedule, sharing the same mission to inspire and educate young people and their families.”

“It has always been our vision at The Henry Ford to become a national force for fueling the spirit of American innovation and inspire those inventors, innovators and makers of tomorrow,” said Patricia Mooradian, President of The Henry Ford. “With THE HENRY FORD’S INNOVATION NATION and our partnership with CBS and Litton Entertainment, we will now be able to share the stories of perseverance, passion and ingenuity that we tell on our campus every day to audiences across the country.”

Mo Rocca began his career in TV as a writer and producer for the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning PBS series “Wishbone.” He went on to write for other children’s series, including “Pepper Ann” and “The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss,” a pre-school series combining the whimsy of Seuss characters with the magic of Jim Henson puppetry. Mo is the host and creator of the Emmy Award-nominated “My Grandmother’s Ravioli” on the Cooking Channel. His work on “CBS Sunday Morning” covers a range of topics, from the presidency of Millard Fillmore to a profile of hockey great Bobby Orr. Also, Rocca is a frequent panelist on NPR’s weekly quiz show “Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me!” and he spent four seasons as a correspondent on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” and four seasons as a correspondent on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.”

THE HENRY FORD’S INNOVATION NATION exemplifies Litton’s core mission of ‘co-viewing,’ a television show that will inspire young people to open their eyes and minds to becoming innovators in their own communities,” commented Dave Morgan, President and CEO of Litton Entertainment.

Following is “The CBS Dream Team, It’s Epic!” Saturday morning lineup for the 2014-2015 season. The block is FCC educational/informational compliant, targeted to 13-16 year olds and appealing to all viewers.  The schedule’s day and time may differ market-to-market.  (Check local listings).


Animal trainer Brandon McMillan is swooping into animal shelters across the U.S., rescuing hard-to-love, out-of-control, untrained and unadoptable dogs.  Then, back at Brandon’s training facility known as the Lucky Dog Ranch, he goes to work on the seemingly impossible task of turning the frightened pooches into perfect pets.  In the end, a lucky family will adopt an even luckier dog, making each episode an adoption story that warms the heart.


Chronicling the adventures of Dr. Chris Brown, DR. CHRIS PET VET allows viewers a unique insight into the life of one of the world’s busiest vets and the animals he devotes his days to caring for and treating.  For those animals that require specialist services, Dr. Chris calls on his good friend and colleague Dr. Lisa Chimes, who works at a small animal specialist hospital.  Each episode delivers a carefully crafted mix of human and animal interest stories, and features a variety of animals that undergo elective procedures as part of long-term treatments involving the most intricate and technologically advanced surgery.


INNOVATION NATION, hosted by Mo Rocca of CBS’ “Sunday Morning,” will be a weekly celebration of the inventor’s spirit – from historic scientific pioneers throughout past centuries to the forward-looking visionaries of today.  Each episode tells the dramatic stories behind the world’s greatest inventions – and the perseverance, passion and price required to bring them to life.  Featuring the “what if it never happened,” “the innovation by accident” and a strong focus on “junior geniuses” who are changing the face of technology, this series will appeal to young viewers and their families.


Hosted by Evette Rios, families submit their favorite high-calorie, family-style recipes, and two chefs face off in a head-to-head competition to give the recipes a low-calorie twist.  After making each rehabbed recipe in their own kitchen, the family chooses their new favorite.  This recipe makeover challenge promotes using healthy, wholesome ingredients and shows healthy food choices can have positive effects on quality of life.


ALL IN, hosted by Laila Ali, scours the globe to track down the world’s most compelling stories,

profiling inspirational people, groundbreaking achievements and extraordinary lifestyles.  Whether through sports, culture, travel or adventure, ALL IN steps off the beaten track into uncharted territory inspiring audiences to go all in on their dreams.


Celebrating athletes and fans who reach out in their communities to make life better for so many, GAME CHANGERS, hosted by “Entertainment Tonight’s” Kevin Frazier, highlights professional athletes who use their public image to make positive changes in the lives of fans in need. Young reporters go out in the field to file their stories and bring back journalistic gold to the GAME CHANGERS studios to culminate in heartfelt reflection and insight from the host.  Whether on or off the field, GAME CHANGERS takes an inspirational look at how sports positively impacts individuals and the communities they serve.


About Litton Entertainment

Litton Entertainment is the preeminent independent producer and distributor in the U.S. television industry creating and distributing quality programming for over twenty years. Litton’s Weekend Adventure, produced by Litton Studios, is the first program block of its kind airing Saturdays on ABC stations nationwide. Litton’s Weekend Adventure features all original E/I series including Jack Hanna’s Wild Countdown, Emmy® winning Ocean Mysteries with Jeff Corwin, Emmy® winning Born to Explore with Richard Wiese, and Emmy® nominated Sea Rescue.  Litton Entertainment provides CBS Network with six original programs for Saturday mornings called CBS Dream Team, It’s Epic!, including Emmy® nominated Lucky Dog, The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation hosted by Mo Rocca, All in With Laila Ali, and Emmy® nominated Game Changers with Kevin Frazier. Litton recently announced the new block of programming for The CW, One Magnificent Morning. This new block launches October 4, 2014. Litton’s news division, Litton News Source, distributes Consumer Reports TV and The Consumer Alert News Network.  For more information about Litton Entertainment, visit

About The Henry Ford

The Henry Ford in Dearborn, Michigan is an internationally-recognized cultural destination that brings the past forward by immersing visitors in the stories of ingenuity, resourcefulness and innovation that helped shape America. A national historic landmark with an unparalleled collection of artifacts from 300 years of American history, The Henry Ford is a force for sparking curiosity and inspiring tomorrow’s innovators. More than 1.6 million visitors annually experience its five attractions: Henry Ford Museum, Greenfield Village, The Ford Rouge Factory Tour, The Benson Ford Research Center and The Henry Ford IMAX Theatre. A continually expanding array of content available online provides anytime, anywhere access. The Henry Ford is also home to Henry Ford Academy, a public charter high school which educates 485 students a year on the institution’s campus. For more information please visit our website