or


[03/28/11 - 01:28 PM]
Discovery Channel Commissions Two New Shows Highlighting American Sub-Cultures in Appalachia and Alaska
"Moonshiners" and "Mountain Men of Alaska" will both debut this summer.

[via press release from Discovery]

DISCOVERY CHANNEL COMMISSIONS TWO NEW SHOWS HIGHLIGHTING AMERICAN SUB-CULTURES IN APPALACHIA AND ALASKA

(Silver Spring, Md.) - From Appalachia to Alaska, the sub-cultures that exist in the United States are what make it so unique. Discovery Channel has commissioned MOONSHINERS (wt) and MOUNTAIN MEN OF ALASKA (wt), giving viewers a peak into two of these worlds. Both series will premiere this summer.

MOONSHINERS (wt), produced by Magilla Entertainment, follows a diverse group of people living in Appalachia who carry on a 200 year-old tradition passed down from their forefathers: making moonshine. While this practice is surprisingly alive and well in this region, it's not always legal. MOONSHINERS (wt) tells the story of those who brew their shine - whether in the woods behind their house using camouflaged equipment or legally in their garages for local distribution - and the local authorities who try to keep them honest. The series show what life is like in the Appalachian Mountain region, a close-knit society where survival depends on resourcefulness and endurance. From hunting bear and raccoon to catching frogs and catfish, theirs is a world forgotten by modern conveniences.

MOUNTAIN MEN OF ALASKA (wt), produced by Discovery Studios, introduces viewers to the Kilcher family and their community outside Homer, Alaska. The Kilchers, lead by patriarch Atz Kilcher (singer Jewel's father), have lived on their homestead for three generations. These men and women of the wild live off the land, spending their summers gardening, hunting and fishing for food to get them through the harsh Alaskan winters. Most live completely off the grid, with no running water and no electricity - and are proud of it. The series also features homesteaders who live near the Kilchers, including "Brother Roadkill" who is not above eating animals lying dead on the side of the road.

Exploring the lives of people making their own way is not new to Discovery. In late 2010 the network launched GOLD RUSH: ALASKA, a series following a group of men who risked it all to mine for gold in Alaska. They built their own camp on a claim spent months trying to dig gold out of the ground. The show quickly found a following and became cable's #1 program on Friday nights (1). Discovery also saw success with FLYING WILD ALASKA, a series following the unconventional Tweto family based in remote Unalakleet, population: 752, who battle unforgiving Alaskan weather and terrain to transport life's necessities to one of the most remote and extreme regions of America. The first episode was Discovery's highest rated new series premiere of all time (2).

(1) Gold Rush: Alaska: Cable's #1 program (no exclusions) in February 2011 on Friday nights, for Households, Persons 2+, Persons and Men 25-54 and Persons and Men 18-49 delivery. On Fridays in February 2011, Gold Rush was the #1 program in ALL of TELEVISION among Men 18-49 (2.34 HH / 1.66 P25-54 AA%).

(2) Flying Wild Alaska: The January 14, 2011 series premiere was the highest-rated new series premiere of all time on Discovery for Households and Adults 18+ and the #2 program (excluding sports) in ad-supported cable among M25-54 delivery on Friday nights (1.48 HH / 0.88 P25-54 AA%).

About Discovery Channel

Discovery Channel is dedicated to creating the highest quality non-fiction content that informs and entertains its consumers about the world in all its wonder, diversity and amazement. The network, which is distributed to 100.8 million U.S. homes, can be seen in over 180 countries, offering a signature mix of compelling, high-end production values and vivid cinematography across genres including, science and technology, exploration, adventure, history and in-depth, behind-the-scenes glimpses at the people, places and organizations that shape and share our world. For more information, please visit www.discovery.com.

About Discovery Communications

Discovery Communications (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) is the world's number one nonfiction media company reaching more than 1.5 billion cumulative subscribers in over 180 countries. Discovery empowers people to explore their world and satisfy their curiosity through 100-plus worldwide networks, led by Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Science Channel, Investigation Discovery, Planet Green and HD Theater, as well as leading consumer and educational products and services, and a diversified portfolio of digital media services including HowStuffWorks.com. For more information, please visit www.discoverycommunications.com.





  [march 2011]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
  


· ALASKA: THE LAST FRONTIER (DISCOVERY)
· FLYING WILD ALASKA (DISCOVERY)
· GOLD RUSH (DISCOVERY)
· MOONSHINERS (DISCOVERY)





[02/21/17 - 05:04 PM]
Video: "Marvel's Iron Fist" - "I Am Danny" Featurette
All 13 episodes of "Marvel's Iron Fist" will premiere exclusively on Netflix on March 17.

[02/21/17 - 02:30 PM]
Demi Moore to Join "Empire" in a Recurring Role
Moore will play a take-charge nurse with a mysterious past, who will become ever more treacherously entangled with the Lyon family.

[02/21/17 - 02:02 PM]
VH1's Hit Series "Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta" Set to Return for Season 6 on Monday, March 6 at 8 PM ET/PT
The series returns for its sixth season with several new additions and returning series vets.

[02/21/17 - 01:16 PM]
Keith Cox Named President, Development and Production of Paramount Network and TV Land
Cox will oversee the strategic development and production of all series for both TV Land and the newly-announced Paramount Network which will feature distinctive, high-quality scripted and non-scripted original programming.

[02/21/17 - 12:50 PM]
NBC Renews Iconic Drama "Days of Our Lives" for 52nd Season
"We feel so privileged to be able to continue the remarkable legacy of 'Days of our Lives,'" said Jennifer Salke.

[02/21/17 - 12:33 PM]
Showtime(R) Announces Premiere Date for "Dark Net" Season Two
The series chronicles the ways in which the Internet has pervaded our communities, relationships and minds, and exposes the dangers of an unregulated, unsupervised digital frontier.

[02/21/17 - 11:56 AM]
Live Broadcast of Science Channel's "MythBusters: The Search" Finale on Saturday, February 25 at 9PM ET to Reveal New MythBusters
The finale, featuring host and Nerdist science editor Kyle Hill, will originate from Jersey City's Liberty Science Center.

[02/21/17 - 11:22 AM]
Iwan Rheon Set for Key Role in "Marvel's Inhumans" Series for ABC
In the series, Maximus is a clever and charming Inhuman that is fiercely devoted to the people of Attilan, especially his brother, the King - although he harbors an intense desire to wear the crown himself.

[02/21/17 - 11:00 AM]
HBO Confirms Documentary "Rock and a Hard Place" Will Debut March 27
The film looks at incarcerated young people who are granted a second chance: the opportunity to trade an extensive prison sentence for a fresh start by completing the famed Miami-Dade County Corrections & Rehabilitation Boot Camp.

[02/21/17 - 10:46 AM]
Hulu Teams with J.J. Abrams, Stephen King and Warner Bros. Television for New Hulu Original Series "Castle Rock," Set in the Stephen King Universe
A teaser trailer for "Castle Rock" has been viewed more than one million times since it was released on Friday.

[02/21/17 - 10:17 AM]
Video: Nickelodeon's "The Fairly Odd Phantom" Animated Short Features Butch Hartman's Characters All Together for First Time
The original animated short features an ensemble cast of characters from the Nickelodeon animated series created by Butch Hartman: "The Fairly OddParents," "Danny Phantom," "T.U.F.F Puppy" and the brand-new "Bunsen is a Beast."

[02/21/17 - 10:15 AM]
"The Mick" Renewed for a Second Season on FOX
"From the earliest stages of development, all of us at FOX had enormous faith in 'The Mick,' and it hasn't disappointed," said David Madden.

[02/21/17 - 10:13 AM]
"Jerrod Carmichael: 8," Featuring the Comedy Star in His Second HBO Special, Debuts March 11
Taped in December before a live audience at historic Masonic Hall in New York City, the show features his subversive, thought-provoking take on cultural norms.

[02/21/17 - 10:12 AM]
"Cries from Syria," An Unforgettable Account of the Five-Year Syrian Civil War from the Inside, Debuts March 13 on HBO
This harrowing film tells the story of a people who, despite great suffering, have never lost hope for a better tomorrow.

[02/21/17 - 09:57 AM]
WGN America Presents "Breaking Free," A Documentary Special On The Underground Railroad Ahead of the Season Two Premiere of Its Critically Acclaimed Scripted Series "Underground" Premiering March 8
Viewers will get a chance to see the making of "Underground" season two and hear from cast, crew and civil rights leaders on why this story deserves to be told today.