John Noble to explore fringe research in freaky new Science Channel show -- EXCLUSIVE


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How perfect is this: Science Channel is teaming with Fringe star John Noble to host a show about, yup, real-life bizarre experiments.

In Dark Matters, Noble explores the most unusual scientific research ever conducted — including head transplantation studies, actual zombie investigations (!) and attempts to cross-breed humans and those damn dirty apes (trailer below).

“The stories we share in Dark Matters are as outlandish as a great sci-fi script or as disturbing as a classic horror tale — the only difference is that they’re all true,” Noble said. “The series offers a glimpse into the dark side of science, as well as human nature.”

The show will use reenactments and CGI to tell the true stories of sometimes ethically challenged experiments throughout history.

Dark Matters offers a fascinating insight into moments of scientific history where individuals went to extreme measures to achieve a breakthrough,” said Debbie Adler Myers, general manager and executive vp of Science. “It’s impossible to turn away from these true stories that you always assumed were just outlandish urban legends. This is real science — just the dark side of it, featuring brilliant minds who eventually took a dramatic turn. John Noble is the perfect tour guide to escort viewers through this sordid world of research gone horribly wrong, but in some cases, led us the technology and science that we enjoy today.”

Dark Matters has an initial series order of six episodes and debuts Aug. 31 at 10 p.m.

And, hello, here’s a preview:

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  • samara

    John Noble hosting a show like this, is quite literally, the greatest thing since sliced bread.

    Hell, I’m almost more excited for this than I am for Fringe!

    • Good Luck Charlie

      Appointment television

      • Chadwick

        Methinks he knows the show will be cancelled after this year and he wants to get the next gig lined-up so he can keep his Canadian green card and stay in North Amerika close to the industry, the acting and lucrative dollar.

  • M

    Does anyone else find it odd that he’s still using his fake American accent for this?

    • Pants

      They’re going for that connection to his character in Fringe, so not really.

  • swthompson

    Why not?

  • Ruby

    That’s awesome!

  • Nic.

    First thing I’m doing when I get home tonight is finding out how to get the Science Channel!



  • Kris

    This is like Leonard Nimoy hosting IN SEARCH OF in the 70s! I am psyched!!!

    • orville

      Loved that show when I was a kid!

      • Bigmouth

        Me, too!

  • Kate

    Another reason why I get annoyed that the Science Channel appears like it is suppose to be there, but I am not authorized apparently (I really wanted to catch up on Idiot Abroad after my sister told me about it, but alas). This should be excellence.

  • dALTnielle

    That’s not John Noble, that’s clearly Walternate talking about his experiments conducted in our Universe :))) He’s still a scientist, but with a bigger laboratory LOL

  • Javadude54

    Sounds interesting. I will be there to observe it.

  • Sarah

    Oh yeah! I already love Morgan Freeman hosting Through the Wormhole but this? Fringe is my absolute favorite show right now and I adore John’s portrayal of Walter. SWEET!

    • MDS

      Through the Wormhole FTW! I will definetly give this new show a shot.

  • Shiny

    Can Noble please wear turtlenecks like Nimoy did in “In Search Of…”? Love it; now if they’d only bring back Unsolved Mysteries, with Nimoy as host…!

    • jk

      Unsolved Mysteries was hosted by Robert Stack. But I think we’d all be on board for the return of Rescue 911 with William Shatner.

  • trish

    First Karl Pilkington as “An Idiot Abroad,” now this?! You rock, Science Channel!

  • Winstom12

    Too bad they didn’t ask Josh since he is doing absolutely nothing right now while his costars are still working on the show.

    • Dicazi

      Jackson has a full-season contract. And with the producers having to cut the budget even more, I doubt that they’d pay him for not appearing.

  • 3reddogs

    I’m in.

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