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Discovery Channel announces Shark Week premieres, teases glow-in-the-dark sharks -- EXCLUSIVE

Discovery Channel has revealed the dates and early line-up for its wildly (get it? GET IT?) popular Shark Week, the network’s almost 30-year-old annual summertime event.

Shark Week 2014 will kick off on Discovery Sunday, August 10, and will continue all week long with new programming during primetime followed each night by the hourlong special Shark After Dark, airing live at 11 p.m., featuring shark experts and celebrity guests (last year’s included Tara Reid and Dominic Monaghan) breaking down the evening’s events. READ FULL STORY

Discovery to make Everest avalanche documentary from scrapped live jump footage

Discovery’s ambitious Everest adventure will still result in a special that will air on the network.

After scrapping plans Sunday  to air Joby Ogwyn leaping from the summit in a wing-suit, the cable network has decided to create a documentary about last week’s avalanche tragedy instead.

NBC News’ Peacock Production was set to produce the special and was already filming Ogwyn at Everest base camp when the avalanche struck, killing at least 13 people and injuring more. Several of those killed were Sherpas hired by producers for the special. The cable network confirmed Deadline’s report that the network will air a one or two-hour special using its footage from the mountain. Discovery intends for the special to honor the Sherpas who lost their lives, as well encourage donations to a charity fund.

Discovery's 'Everest Jump Live' gets late-night talk show -- EXCLUSIVE

Most of us will never get to Everest Base Camp in our lifetime, but if you’ve ever wondered what it would be like…Discovery Channel’s got you covered. The cable network announced Friday it will be broadcasting a segment of late-night, live programs titled Everest: Live From Base Camp, beginning Monday, May 5, at 11 p.m. ET (weather permitting, of course — this is Everest.)

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Discovery's next live tight-rope walk: The Windy City skyline

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For their next live stunt, Discovery and famed wire-walker Nik Wallenda will traverse the Chicago skyline — that’s right, The Windy City.

The “King of the High Wire” will attempt to cross the Chicago skyline, untethered, this fall. Discovery made the announcement at its upfront presentation Thursday. No other details were immediately available. Last year, Wallenda’s Skywire Live crossing of the Grand Canyon delivered more than 10 million viewers.

“I am excited about Discovery’s Upfront programming slate with even bigger live events, including our follow up to Skywire Live,” said Eileen O’Neill, Group President, Discovery Networks. “The past year has been filled with history making live events, landmark original programming, scripted programs, compelling characters and amazing storytelling. Our next year will be epic.” READ FULL STORY

Science and Discovery Channels partner for Google Lunar XPRIZE competition

If all goes well with the Google Lunar XPRIZE competition, we’ll be seeing an unmanned spacecraft land on the moon before the end of 2015 — and we’ll be seeing it on Discovery Channel and Science Channel,  the two networks partnering together to air the process of getting that craft on the moon from start to finish.

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Discovery Channel reveals 'Survival Live,' it's like a real-life 'Hunger Games'

Discovery Channel is putting on a real life Hunger Games. At least that’s what the network’s new show, Survival Live (WT) sounds like to me — without the killing, of course. Eight contestants will compete for 42 days in the wilderness on what the network is billing as the first-ever live broadcast survival show. READ FULL STORY

Naked reality contestant bites off lizard's head -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

This Sunday’s episode of the Discovery Channel’s survival reality show Naked and Afraid will find one contestant in a self-described epic battle with a lizard he intends on eating in order to survive.

“I’ve already burnt more calories than I’m gonna get from eating the guy, but I don’t like this lizard,” Jeff says as he works tirelessly to dig the lizard out of its hiding spot in the harsh Madagascar heat. When Jeff finally wriggles the lizard free, he is so excited that he bites its head off right then and there.

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'Klondike': Richard Madden on that ending

Spoiler alert! If you haven’t watched the final installment of Discovery’s three-part gold-rush miniseries Klondike, stop reading  now. Star Richard Madden chatted about the ending — from its surprising potty humor to the nightmares it gave him. READ FULL STORY

'Klondike': Richard Madden talks icy shoot (plus, see his dad's cameo!)

Discovery’s first scripted miniseries Klondike, starring Game of Thrones‘ Richard Madden, begins Jan. 20 at 9 p.m. ET (and continues through Jan. 22). The stories of making the gold-rush drama, which costars Abbie Cornish, Sam Shepard, Tim Blake Nelson, and Tim Roth, are as fascinating as the tale that unfolds onscreen. When Madden, who plays real-life prospector Bill Haskell — a man who learns that nature and human nature are equally dangerous in remote locales — stopped by Entertainment Weekly Radio recently, he chatted about filming some of his most harrowing scenes. Listen to an excerpt below in which he describes really digging a costar out of a fake avalanche, going hypothermic after getting tossed around in Class IV river rapids, and hearing the “boom” of ice shifting (which sounds particularly great in his Scottish accent) while filming on a frozen lake. Then, read on for more about those key scenes — and to see a photo of Madden’s father’s cameo.


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Richard Madden on his lack of 'Klondike' headwear (and having a friend who owns a replica Iron Throne) -- LISTEN!

Game of Thrones‘ Richard Madden is nothing if not a good sport. When the actor, who stars in Discovery’s three-night gold-rush miniseries Klondike (premiering Jan. 20 at 9 p.m. ET), stopped by Entertainment Weekly Radio this week, we asked him to play a game of “Hot/Cold” and guess: 1.) How many minutes the Klondike costume department dared to cover his curls and put his character — smart-turned-brooding prospector Bill Haskell — in a hat.* 2.) How many replica Iron Thrones HBO had really sold as of April 2013, when a female Thrones fans posted an ad online searching for a Robb Stark lookalike to do some sexual roleplaying in the one she claimed to have acquired.

Listen to a clip below. Madden also chats about recording the audio commentary for GoT‘s Red Wedding episode (the season 3 DVD is out next month), so spoiler alert! READ FULL STORY

Discovery to air Robert Reford-produced series 'The West'

Get ready to learn how the west was won.

Discovery has announced that it is set to air a new series, The West, which “will provide unprecedented access into the wilderness, frontier lawlessness, and bloodshed of the 40 years between the end of the American Civil War and after the turn of the 20th Century,” according to the release. The show will feature the famous stories and characters — such as Jesse James, Crazy Horse and Buffalo Bill — at the center of this “violent, blood-soaked period in American history.”

The West, premiering in 2014, will be produced for Discovery by Robert Redford and Laura Michalchyshyn’s Sundance Productions, who recently produced Discovery channel’s Emmy-nominated documentary All The President’s Men Revisited. READ FULL STORY

Discovery Channel to get unwrapped with 'Naked and Afraid' special -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

‘Tis the season to… jump around naked?

It would seem that way for Discovery Channel and the beginning of Unwrapped Week with a two-couple, two-hour special of Naked and Afraid. The series, which debuted back in June, puts two strangers, a man and a woman, out in the wilderness, alone and naked and trying to survive for 21 days. The special airing Sunday at 8 p.m. ET will feature two couples baring it all together.

Check out this exclusive clip of one of the couples meeting for the first time in the forest — and let’s just say, things start out just as awkward as you imagine.
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Discovery Channel hammered for 'Megalodon' shark special

A Discovery Channel special that speculated about whether a giant prehistoric shark could still exist today has drawn a passionate response from viewers — both good and bad.

The program, Megalodon: The Monster Shark Lives, opened Discovery’s annual Shark Week this weekend. With an estimated 4.8 million viewers, it had the largest audience of any show in the 26 years that Discovery has made Shark Week a part of its summer programming.

Yet it drew a heated response online from viewers who said airing a “mockumentary” that talks seriously about the existence of a creature known only from its fossils compromises the network’s reputation.

Discovery, for its part, defended the fake documentary. “With a whole week of Shark Week programming ahead of us, we wanted to explore the possibilities of Megalodon,” Shark Week executive producer Michael Sorensen said in a statement. “It’s one of the most debated shark discussions of all time, can Megalodon exist today? It’s Ultimate Shark Week fantasy. The stories have been out there for years and with 95 percent of the ocean unexplored, who really knows?”
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