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
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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.
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
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
‘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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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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Each week, Discovery Channel’s new survival of the nudest show gets more and more addicting. Last week we saw our first emergency medical evacuation, and in a previous episode the show’s executive producer Steve Rankin endured a gory on-screen foot injury—complete with visible bone and rotting skin—after a nasty poisonous snakebite. Will the upcoming wilderness victims Ky and Billy come out alive, and injury and sickness-free?
Australian beauty Ky, 39, is a professional stuntwoman with a survival skill-learning hobby. This tough chick will come in handy if the duo needs to wrestle an alligator. And on this show, it just might come to that.
Hopefully Billy’s career as an outdoor author includes extensive writing and research about surviving the chilly, wet swamplands. Claiming he is proficient in primitive weapons and hunting, food collection and wildlife threats are obstacles that this Georgia native should be able tackle. But what is this 39-year-old’s biggest fear going into the challenge? Being naked. “I’m not scared, I’m absolutely terrified,” he says.
Naked and Afraid is an hour-long reality show that airs Sunday nights at 10 ET on Discovery. Each week, a man and a woman meet as strangers in a new wilderness location, and must strip down and brave the environment with no clothes, materials, medicine, or food for 21 days.
Watch an exclusive clip of Sunday’s new episode below. DISCLAIMER: There will be butts. READ FULL STORY
“I’m a bit of a badass, I guess,” says Puma Cabra, 38, Naked and Afraid’s next male contestant. He better be. The Nevada native and his female partner-in-”grime,” 30-year-old Julie Wright from Washington, will be tossed buck naked into the unrelenting jungles of Sabah, Borneo.
Puma doesn’t seem too afraid of the dangers that the jungle will certainly offer up. Self-identified as an “expert outdoorsman” and “maverick,” he credits a scary seven-day snowboarding misadventure that left him trapped and food-less in the backcountry as the moment he decided to learn the necessary survival skills.
Wilderness teacher Julie seems equally as confident in conquering the wild. The 6’4″ free-spirited woman is anxious to be
mooned marooned with her counterpart saying, “I can’t wait to actually get to meet this guy. Hopefully he’s tall. Hopefully he knows how to hunt and trap.”
The pair will be Discovery Channel’s fifth team to endure the dangers of the new reality program. Naked and Afraid is a weekly hour-long show that redefines the concept of “survival of the fittest.” With no clothing, tools, or first aid, a male and a female contestant brave a new wilderness location each week as total strangers, totally resource-less, and totally nude. If the couple survives 21 days of sickness, starvation, and deadly wildlife, they win… nothing, except the title of “Badass for Life.”
Watch an exclusive clip of Puma and Julie’s first naked encounter below. Fair warning, they are naked, and as such, there is nakedness: READ FULL STORY
Give a man a fish, feed him for a day. Teach a man and woman to fish — naked — and they’ll be well-fed for 21 days while stranded in Tanzania.
In this exclusive clip of the Discovery Channel’s Naked & Afraid, which premiered Sunday night, Kellie and EJ go fishing for their supper. EJ’s method appears to be spearing the fish with a not-so-sharp, three-pronged stick, while Kellie attracts the fish with her … womanly wiles. See the muddy, catfish-y fun for yourself:
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Discovery Channel says it will honor three veteran storm chasers who died in Oklahoma with a special airing this week.
The program, Mile Wide Tornado: Storm Chasers Tribute, will feature scenes of Tim Samaras, his son Paul and Carl Young from the former series Storm Chasers. It airs at 10 p.m. ET Wednesday.
The men spent years capturing and sharing storm videos with TV viewers and weather researchers. They died Friday when a tornado with winds of up to 165 mph turned on them in the Oklahoma City area. The storm and flooding claimed more than a dozen other lives.
Mile Wide Tornado originally aired Sunday and focuses on the May 20 tornado that devastated a wide swatch of Oklahoma. Discovery says it has been updated with Storm Chasers footage of the researchers.
Apparently, Red Bull really does give you wings.
Daredevil Felix Baumgartner, 43, set a new skydiving record today by successfully — and safely — jumping from a helium balloon 24 miles (about 128,000 feet) above the planet. The mission, which was sponsored by energy drink company Red Bull, was live-streamed from Roswell, N.M.
Baumgartner wasn’t just hoping to break a 52 year old skydiving record with his plummet. He also intended to break the speed of sound during his descent, though it’s not yet clear if he managed to do so.
In total, the stuntman was in free-fall for about four minutes and 22 seconds.
The previous skydiving record was set by US Air Force Col Joe Kittinger, who jumped from 102,800 feet in 1960.
UPDATE: It’s official. Baumgartner managed to break the sound barrier, at one point hitting Mach 1.24. Not bad for a Sunday, huh?
Watch video of the historic jump below: READ FULL STORY
Want to feel weak–and also really really grateful you’re indoors?
EW can exclusively report that Discovery Channel has a new show, Bering Sea Gold: Under the Ice, from the creators of Deadliest Catch. The programs explores a new kind of gold rush going on in Nome, Alaska. But unlike the gold rush of the 1800s—where everyone headed west—this rush for riches is heading underground. Namely, miners are setting their sights on the gold under four feet of solid ice on the Bering Sea floor.
“The American Dream is very much alive, though, as you can see on Bering Sea Gold: Under the Ice, people are finding it in the most unlikely and challenging places,” Nancy Daniels, Executive Vice President, Production and Development for Discovery Channel, said in a press release. ”Cutting a hole through four feet thick ice and diving to the bottom of the Bering Sea, these modern-day gold miners show their determination and grit, and the depths they will go to earn a living.”
Check out an exclusive preview of the new Thom Beers series below: READ FULL STORY
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