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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 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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Shark Week promo: There's a reason it's not called Seal Week -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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Discovery doesn’t kick off its 26th annual Shark Week until Aug. 4, but we have your first look at the promo now. We think you can tell from the picture where this is headed… READ FULL STORY

Best of 2012 (Behind the Scenes): A 'Shark Week' cameraman tells all

This year marked the 25th anniversary of Discovery’s Shark Week. In a two-part interview originally published over the summer, Emmy-winning wildlife cameraman and apex predator expert Andy Casagrande, who’s worked on 13 Shark Week specials, told us how he’s able to free-dive with great whites, what we should do if we find ourselves swimming with a curious one (swim toward it?!), why he was once chased to the surface by a 10-footer, and how he managed to capture “The Impossible Shot.” For more stories behind this year’s top TV and movie moments, click here for EW.com’s Best of 2012: Behind the Scenes coverage.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: You’re known for getting outside the cage with great whites so you can capture angles TV audiences haven’t seen a million times before. How do you tell if sharks, in general, aren’t in the mood to be filmed?
ANDY CASAGRANDE: The smaller sharks will arch their back, drop their fins, and swim in weird postures. If you don’t have experience with sharks, you might not read those signs. They’ll get close to you, dart away, and then come back — mock charges where they’re essentially trying to scare you or let you know, hey, I’m pissed off, and if you keep swimming at me with your camera, I’m gonna bite you or whatever I can bite. It’s relatively obvious. Great whites are easy. They’re built like pit bulls on steroids. They can bend their fins here and there, but their way of showing they’re angry is they open and close their mouth. So they just show you the jaws sign. They swim right at you and gape. READ FULL STORY

Shark Week: Inside the greatest shot of all time

Last night, Discovery counted down its top 25 ‘Best Bites,’ or camera shots, of all time. No. 1 on that list: The aerial view of a great white’s Polaris breach in South Africa dubbed “The Impossible Shot” in a special that kicked off this year’s 25th anniversary Shark Week last Sunday. This shot was more than just cool: It offers a possible theory as to why roughly 50 percent of seals are believed to escape that kind of ambush attack — they’re the lucky ones who see the flash of a shark’s white chin beneath them before the great white breaks the surface. To score the shot, a team of veteran Shark Week filmmakers mounted a $300,000 Phantom camera on a helium balloon that was towed high in the sky off the back of their boat and lined up with a decoy seal being towed on the surface. Watch a clip below.

We asked cameraman Andy Casagrande, a veteran of 13 Shark Week specials and one of the leaders of that team, to take us inside the shot and tell us what is left to film if the impossible has been captured.  READ FULL STORY

Shark Week: The story cameramen don't like to tell but you want to hear

Tonight, Discovery counts down Shark Week’s 25 Best Bites (10 p.m. ET), and Emmy-winning wildlife cameraman and apex predator expert Andy Casagrande, who’s worked on 13 Shark Week specials, will have been involved in at least two of them. Here, he tells us how he’s able to free-dive with great whites, what we should do if we find ourselves swimming with a curious one (swim toward it?!), and the story of why he was once chased to the surface by a 10-footer.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: You’re known for getting outside the cage with great whites so you can capture angles TV audiences haven’t seen a million times before. How do you tell if sharks, in general, aren’t in the mood to be filmed?
ANDY CASAGRANDE: The smaller sharks will arch their back, drop their fins, and swim in weird postures. If you don’t have experience with sharks, you might not read those signs. They’ll get close to you, dart away, and then come back — mock charges where they’re essentially trying to scare you or let you know, hey, I’m pissed off, and if you keep swimming at me with your camera, I’m gonna bite you or whatever I can bite. It’s relatively obvious. Great whites are easy. They’re built like pit bulls on steroids. They can bend their fins here and there, but their way of showing they’re angry is they open and close their mouth. So they just show you the jaws sign. They swim right at you and gape. READ FULL STORY

Shark Week 2012 continues with MythBusters' Jawsome Shark Special -- EXCLUSIVE CLIP

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Discovery’s 25th anniversary Shark Week continues tonight with the premiere of two new specials: In 9 p.m.’s Sharkzilla, a team of engineers and paleontologists build a model of a prehistoric 52-foot Megalodon, and MythBusters‘ Kari Byron, Grant Imahara, and Tori Belleci feed it things to chomp on. In 10 p.m.’s MythBusters’ Jawsome Shark Special, Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman count down their top 25 shark myths of all time — which includes new myths along with their previously tested. Watch an exclusive clip of that show’s opening below. READ FULL STORY

Shark Week begins with more 'Air Jaws' and one 'Impossible Shot' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Tonight marks the start of Shark Week’s 25th Anniversary, and Discovery wastes no time giving viewers what they want — the breaching great whites off South Africa’s Seal Island. The behavior was first shot in 2001, but Shark Week 2012 seeks two new angles: In Air Jaws Apocalypse (9 p.m. ET), filmmaker Jeff Kurr lies on a “seal sled” that tows a decoy seal 15 feet behind him in order to film an attack by 14-foot great white/badass Colossus at surface level. (You might recall in Ultimate Air Jaws, shark expect/photographer Chris Fallows used the sled, but he only shot with a still camera.) In Shark Week’s Impossible Shot, which follows at 10 p.m. ET, a team of cameramen attempt to somehow film the first-ever bird’s-eye view of a great white’s Polaris breach. If they succeed, we’ll be looking down at the shark’s jaws as it launches itself out of the water. Watch an exclusive clip below. Good luck, guys… READ FULL STORY

Shark Week 25th anniversary lineup -- EXCLUSIVE

Cable’s longest-running ritual, Discovery’s Shark Week, will celebrate its 25th anniversary beginning Aug. 12. A host has not yet been announced, but EW has the first look at this year’s eight new specials. And they are…

Air Jaws Apocalypse, premiering Aug. 12 at 9 p.m. ET: First of all, love the title. How else do you top Ultimate Air Jaws? Shark expert Chris Fallows and natural history producer Jeff Kurr return to Seal Island, South Africa and the 14-foot great white named Colossus. “And what they discover in this yearlong filming expedition,” according to the synopsis, “is a true scientific breakthrough: dozens of great whites clustered in shallow water, feeding on smaller sharks and rays — with Colossus dominating the grounds and nearly eating the camera.” (Note: That is a decoy seal in the photo. We asked. Feel better?) READ FULL STORY

Shark Week: Inside tonight's special with Andy Samberg

Tonight, Discovery’s 24th annual Shark Week continues with Chief Shark Officer Andy Samberg hosting Shark City, which takes a Meerkat Manor approach to introducing viewers to the individual personalities found in a group of Caribbean reef sharks who enjoy communal living and have been named by the folks at Stuart’s Cove. (Sample: Big Momma). Samberg shot wraparounds for the hour at multiple locations with sharks. “The pitch was that I would get to fly to the Bahamas and literally swim with sharks, and I was thinking there’s no way I would ever have the balls to do that on my own, so I went for it,” Samberg says.

Producers started him off slow: “He flies in from the set of something else, gets off a plane, we put him on a boat, and he’s taken to this little island in the middle of nowhere, put into a bathing suit, and sits down at a desk in the water with sharks swimming around his legs,” says executive producer Deirdre Gurney. She insists Samberg tipping his chair backwards and blindly falling into the sharks was his idea. “I had to just kind of ignore it,” he says of his fear. “I went into Braveheart mode.”  READ FULL STORY

Shark Week: Inside the best attack reenactments ever!

There was a warning at the start of Discovery’s Tuesday night Shark Week premiere Killer Sharks saying some viewers might find reenactments of the horrific attacks that terrorized the coastal town of Durban, South Africa over the holiday season of 1957 disturbing. Disturbing and awesome! “We went there,” executive producer Deirdre Gurney laughs to EW. Her company, Gurney Productions, has done a lot of reenactment shows for Discovery and Animal Planet, and multiple Shark Week productions (include tonight’s How Sharks Hunt with Cody and Dave of Dual Survivor and Thursday’s Shark City with Andy Samberg), so this was the culmination of all they’ve learned. What does filming arguably the most graphic reenactments seen in 24 years of Shark Week entail? Here are a few key ingredients:

• A lot of morning trips to the butcher shop. “We have a producer who’s amazing with the meat. They go to the butcher shop in the morning, and they know the cut that they like. It’s a sirloin. And they ask the butcher to cut it frozen so they can get super thin slices. They lay that over the part of the limb that we bury in the sand, and then juice it up with blood and a couple chunks of chicken, which makes, like, the chunky meat,” Gurney says. “We definitely should have shot behind-the-scenes for this one because the crew was just so passionate about it, and I think it’s definitely noticeable. And our wonderful actors who would lay there with meat on them, especially the little girl who was like 11 (pictured) — we chopped the poor little girl’s arm off.”  READ FULL STORY

Shark Week: Inside Sunday's 'Great White Invasion' -- and the most nerve-wracking two minutes in 24 years?

Discovery kicks off its 24th annual Shark Week on Sunday, July 31, with the all-new special Great White Invasion (9 p.m. ET). It’s a fascinating examination of why great white sharks are swimming closer to shore in Southern California, Australia, and South Africa, and who’s really at risk — us or them. (Spoiler: It’s them.) Jeff Kurr, a filmmaker who’s been a part of Shark Week since 1991, noticed the phenomenon while shooting last year’s Ultimate Air Jaws special with wildlife photographer Chris Fallows. In Great White Invasion, Fallows wants to show people that great whites won’t always just attack for no reason. It leads to two of the most mind-blowing minutes in Shark Week history. READ FULL STORY

Discovery goes Gaga with first Shark Week promo -- EXCLUSIVE

Discovery’s 24th annual Shark Week kicks off July 31, but the marketing machine gears up tonight when the first promo hits primetime. We’ve got your exclusive first look. Using Lady Gaga’s “Teeth” is inspired. As is flashing a quick glimpse of this year’s frightened host, Chief Shark Officer Andy Samberg (pictured). Check out the clip below:  READ FULL STORY

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