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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.)


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


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.


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.

Watch the intense clip from Sunday night’s episode below: READ FULL STORY

'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.


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.

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?”

'Naked and Afraid' ratings: Surprise! Dudes love the stripped-down survival show

Discovery Channel’s Naked and Afraid was a ratings winner Sunday night, according to Nielsen figures, coming in second, with 3.62 million viewers overall and 1.6 million viewers in the 18-49 age group, and first among men.

Each week in the survival reality series, a man and a woman attempt to survive the wilderness sans food, water, and clothing. This latest iteration of the survival show edged out an overly clothed and accessorized Keeping Up With the Kardashians (2.83 million viewers), a legally embattled Real Housewives of New Jersey (2.48 million viewers), and the Will-iverse known as The Newsroom (1.8 million viewers). Naked and Afraid was only topped by HBO’s True Blood coming in at 4.36 million viewers.

In particular, the au naturel reality show performed well among male viewers, as it was the No. 1 ad-supported program in the 25-54 category and the 18-49 category on Sunday. After all, there’s nothing like kicking back on God’s rest day with a cold brewski, a comfy couch, and some naked people going NC-17 fishing. Or at least until Sunday Night Football returns.

'Swamp Nudity': Check out a clip of Sunday's new 'Naked and Afraid' -- EXCLUSIVE!

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

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