or


[04/04/13 - 08:45 AM]
Discovery Channel Unveils 2013-14 Upfront Slate
"Gold Rush," "Deadliest Catch," "Fast N' Loud," "Moonshiners," "Amish Mafia," "Jungle Gold," "Bering Sea Gold" are among the return class.

[via press release from Discovery]

DISCOVERY CHANNEL UNVEILS 2013-14 UPFRONT SLATE

First-Ever Scripted Mini-Series, Live Events, Bold New Programming and Returning Favorites Highlight Discovery Channel in 2013-2014

(New York, NY) - Powered by #1 shows and breakout new hits, Discovery Channel, with 13 series and specials that were #1 in their respective time periods, landed in cable's Top 10 in 2012 among both total viewers P2+ and P25-54 in Prime Time. With more series averaging more than one million viewers than any other cable network last year, Discovery continued its ratings victories into 2013 as January became the network's best month ever among total viewers P2+ and Persons 25-54, delivery, and 1Q13 was the network's best first quarter ever among M18+ and M25-54.

Building on its record breaking momentum, Discovery presents its 2013-2014 Upfront slate highlighted by major live events such as WALLENDA LIVE, significant history and natural history programs HIDDEN KINGDOM and SURVIVAL, bold new series such as BIG BRAIN THEORY: PURE GENIUS and favorite returning series that include DEADLIEST CATCH, GOLD RUSH, AMISH MAFIA, and MOONSHINERS. Awe-inspiring adventures to daring destinations coupled with unprecedented access and a range of compelling characters continues into 2014 as Discovery readies its first-ever scripted mini-series, KLONDIKE, featuring Academy Award nominee Tim Roth, Tim Blake Nelson, Abbie Cornish, Richard Madden, Augustus Prew, Ian Hart and Johnnie Simons.

"I am excited by our Upfront programming slate that includes our first ever scripted mini-series and bold live specials", said Eileen O'Neill, Group President Discovery and TLC Networks. "The past year has been filled with provocative and compelling characters, landmark live programming and storytelling ranging from epic to everyday. The best is yet to come."

The highlights of Discovery Channel's 2013-14 Upfront schedule include the following:

SCRIPTED MINI-SERIES

KLONDIKE - Discovery Channel's first ever scripted mini-series, based on Charlotte Gray's book Gold Diggers: Striking It Rich in the Klondike. KLONDIKE brings to life the tale about six strangers and their collective fight for survival and wealth in a small, frontier town in the remote Klondike. KLONDIKE is a co-production between Discovery, Entertainment One Television (eOne) and Nomadic Pictures in association with Scott Free Television.

LIVE SPECIALS

WALLENDA LIVE - This special will be one of the most daring and captivating live events in history. Nik Wallenda, known as "The King of the High Wire", will traverse the majestic Grand Canyon without using a harness. Wallenda will tightrope walk, untethered, higher than he's ever attempted before at 1,500 feet above the Little Colorado River, a height greater than the Empire State Building.

FAST N' LIVE - FAST N' LOUD's Richard Rawlings and Aaron Kaufman put their building skills to the test on last year's CHOPPER LIVE: THE BUILD OFF, and now the runners up are stepping up, grabbing the reigns and taking over the live build off!! FAST 'N LIVE will pit build teams against each other in the ultimate high stakes live build off. Some of America's junkiest cars will be restored into classic rides and fans will once again have the opportunity to vote for their favorite team.

NATURAL HISTORY SPECIALS/SERIES

SHARK WEEK - This is cable's longest running programming event and everyone's favorite summertime ritual. Every year the sharks return to Discovery Channel, slashing through a sea of competition to rack up new ratings successes. Grab your scuba gear and climb into the cage, because it's time for Great Whites, Hammerheads, Whale Sharks and more! This consistent audience pleaser never fails to deliver as it reveals remarkable new insights into these magnificent and elusive creatures.

HIDDEN KINGDOM - There are entire worlds out there that you've never seen before; worlds where an extraordinary yet unlikely cast of characters face epic life and death struggles every day. This series reveals the astonishing lives of the tiny animal superheroes in our world we may overlook. In the hidden kingdom, they reign supreme as they are more resourceful, more courageous and even more deadly than the larger animals we know so well. Enter the Hidden Kingdom and you'll discover a land beyond your imagination. Where a crack in the mud is a canyon and a puddle is as vast as an ocean.

PENGUINS: SPY IN THE HUDDLE - From the makers of WINGED PLANET and POLAR BEAR: SPY ON THE ICE comes an innovative look at one of the world's most beloved birds. The team spent nearly a year in the close company of three penguin species, deploying fifty spy cameras in order to capture the true character and struggles of nature's most devoted parents. The spy cameras are disguised as rocks, eggs and even penguins themselves - providing an unprecedented glimpse at these lovable and charismatic birds.

SURVIVAL - A natural history landmark series with a new experiential approach and distinct visual style. Structured as a serial, for the first time we will follow a cast of star animal characters from episode to episode as they struggle to overcome the challenges of life. The result is the most complete picture ever created of the epic fight to survive.

NEW SERIES

BIG BRAIN THEORY: PURE GENIUS - Who will become America's next great innovator? Discovery is looking for the next great technological mind that could change the future. While there are countless shows searching for the next great singer, dancer and chef, there is nothing quite like this on television. Each week, seemingly impossible engineering challenges are solved by the 10 contestants. Actor, producer, and civil servant Kal Penn serves as host.

BACKYARD OIL - In this high stakes comical rollercoaster ride through the world of wildcat oil drilling, the right equipment, the perfect location and a hint of good luck is the key to making millions - if you know where to sink that drill bit. The series follows the fortunes of the most boot-strappin' oil men in all of Appalachia as they help others find that sweet, sweet crude. Oil sells for close to $100 a barrel, and there's a modern day oil boom hitting Kentucky as people race to enlist the services of the BACKYARD OIL men to make them millions. Most think they have oil, few find it, and it's up to this motley crew to fight until the bid is won and the next great monster oil well is drilled.

CUTTER OIL (WT) - A small family run oil company competes against the big corporations in a race for black gold in the heart of Ohio. It's a fiercely competitive dirty business. When rigs break and land is swiped from underneath them, hundreds of thousands of dollars can be lost in an instant. The Cutter's will be running on blood, sweat, tears and pure instinct in an all-out struggle to keep the business and this family together.

THE HUNTSMEN - Men across the world work jobs in the most extreme terrains while dealing with brutal conditions, unforgiving weather and aggressive wildlife. When predators come too close to camp, these workers have one group they can turn to in their desire to keep everyone involved safe -- The Huntsmen. These modern day mountain men, elite outdoorsmen and survivalists, will take on any job, working in the deserts, jungles and highest mountains to do all they can to keep human/animal interactions at a minimum.

NAKED AND AFRAID - In Discovery's new survival series, a new pair of strangers each episode will find themselves stranded in some of the world's harshest environments with no food, no water, no tools... and no clothes. As their extreme survival skills are put to the test for 21 days, each couple must battle the elements, each other, and their own inner weakness to triumph over the terrain and their predicament.

NAKED CASTAWAY - Ed Stafford, the first person ever to walk the length of the Amazon River, undertakes an extreme physical and mental survival challenge as he lands naked and alone on the desert island of Olorua near Fiji. He has only his brain, bare hands and a camera to keep him alive. He'll take no food, water, clothes, knives or tools, so from the moment he arrives he's on a race to stay alive. As a man can only last three days without water and three weeks without food, Ed will attempt to survive on the island for 60 days.

ROCK RAIDERS - In the gem world, "Texas" Don Kogen is a legend. Don and his crew travel the secluded corners of the world on the hunt for the rarest and most expensive stones known to man, for the chance to make (or lose) millions of dollars all the while trying to stay one step ahead of his competition.

RETURNING SERIES

DEADLIEST CATCH - It's mutiny on the Bering Sea. While the veteran Captains of the iconic crabbing fleet prep for another dramatic danger packed season, the young guns on board seek opportunity to make a name for themselves. Breaking onto the scene this year are two new boats: the Saga with former Rambling Rose Skipper Elliot Neese at the helm, and the Cape Caution, run by former Kodiak Captain Wild Bill Wichrowski. On the Northwestern, deck boss Edgar Hansen's ongoing desire to run the boat causes Sig to set him straight. Every ship in the fleet is looking to make a comeback in the king crab season, but it won't be easy for any of them.

GOLD RUSH - Friday night's number one show for men in all of television features down-on-their-luck men in the face of an economic meltdown who risk everything to strike it rich mining for gold. Inspired by his father Jack, Todd Hoffman leads his crew of miners hoping that all of their hard work results in a major payday. They make mistakes, learn lessons along the way, overcome enormous obstacles, and do their best to persevere on their rocky road to success. Other crew leaders include "Dakota" Fred Hurt and 18 year old gold mining veteran Parker Schnabel.

FAST N' LOUD - These guys cruise for the classics. Meet self-described "petrol-sexual" motorhead Richard Rawlings and mechanical prodigy Aaron Kaufman as they search far-flung corners of the country for forgotten and derelict classic cars to restore to tip top shape at their Gas Monkey Garage. Heaps of rust are transformed into gleaming road warriors and sold to the top bidder.

AMISH MAFIA - Untrusting of outside law enforcement, some Amish in Lancaster County, PA have for many years regularly turned to a small organized group of men for protection and justice. This series provides the first-ever look at the small and tightly-knit group of men who protect and maintain peace and order within the Amish community in Lancaster. Lebanon Levi is the Amish insider who holds the power and serves as protector of the community at a price. He exists above the law and occupies the role of police, judge and jury. Levi's team engages in a life outside of Amish and non-Amish community codes as he quietly exerts his influence and control.

MOONSHINERS -White Lightning, Bathtub Gin, Mountain Dew, or just plain Moonshine - it has many names - but what remains true is it's made in secret and it's illegal. A Moonshiner can make more than $100,000 a year, tax free, but they have a reputation for being iniquitous and corrupt. This hit series follows those who take serious precautions to remain safe as they practice the art of making moonshine, and the law enforcement tasked with capturing them.

JUNGLE GOLD - Determined gold miners from around the world seek their fortunes in the dangerous and gold-rich jungles of Ghana, Africa's second largest gold producing country. With little money and everything on the line, rookie American gold miners George Wright and Scott Lomu beg and borrow anything they can to succeed after losing it all in the 2008 U.S. real estate crash. After securing a loan from an investor, the pressure is on from the very start to find gold to pay back this loan, as well as their other debts. Against stacked odds, their stakes have never been higher.

BERING SEA GOLD - Nome, Alaska: Every summer, as the glacial ice melts around this frozen and isolated port, a handful of fortune seekers hunt for gold in the most unlikely of places: the bottom of the Bering Sea. Meet the salty and eccentric characters who spend hours on the rocky, frigid ocean floor, hunting gold from custom built, sometimes barely seaworthy rigs. From the desperate to the diabolical, the Nome gold fleet takes on all comers, the brutal Bering Sea does the rest.

MYTHBUSTERS - Quirky special effects experts Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage, with Kari Byron, Grant Imahara and Tory Belleci, continue their mad scientific quest to discover the truth behind popular myths and urban legends. This mentally tantalizing series, entering its 10th season, takes on the myths and uses modern-day science to show what's real and what's fiction.

CURIOSITY - From the visionary mind of Discovery's iconic founder John Hendricks comes an unprecedented special series that brings the 'I wonder?' moment to television with a unique array of provocative subjects. From the science of what happens during a plane crash to the first ever footage of the Giant Squid, this series provides answers to questions that have long been left unanswered

DUAL SURVIVAL - Meet the Odd Couple of Survival, Cody Lundin and Joe Teti, two trained and expert survivalists who enter the most forbidding terrains in the world where they must overcome all obstacles in order to survive using intuitive tactics and finely tuned skills. Finding food, water and shelter are nothing compared to their toughest challenge of all: getting along with one another.

ALASKA: THE LAST FRONTIER - Welcome to the Kilcher family and their isolated community outside Homer, Alaska. Over 80 years ago, Yule Kilcher fled Switzerland in search of a free and simple life. He found that life outside of Homer, Alaska where three generations of the Kilcher family still live today. The Kilcher family resides on their homestead consisting of over 640 acres of Alaskan wilderness. This "simple life," however, is far from simple. Living off the grid without running water, they must hunt, gather, garden and raise livestock in order to provide enough food to ensure their family's survival.

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 100.4 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: DISAD, DISBD, DISCK) is the world's number one nonfiction media company, reaching more than 1.5 billion cumulative subscribers in over 170 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, Planet Green, Investigation Discovery 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.





  [april 2013]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
 


· ALASKA: THE LAST FRONTIER (DISCOVERY)
· AMISH MAFIA (DISCOVERY)
· BACKYARD OIL (DISCOVERY)
· BERING SEA GOLD (DISCOVERY)
· BIG BRAIN THEORY, THE: PURE GENIUS (DISCOVERY)
· BLOOD & OIL (DISCOVERY)
· CURIOSITY (DISCOVERY)
· DEADLIEST CATCH (DISCOVERY)
· DUAL SURVIVAL (DISCOVERY)
· FAST N' LOUD (DISCOVERY)
· GOLD RUSH (DISCOVERY)
· JUNGLE GOLD (DISCOVERY)
· KLONDIKE (DISCOVERY)
· LAST HUNTSMEN, THE (DISCOVERY)
· MOONSHINERS (DISCOVERY)
· MYTHBUSTERS (DISCOVERY)
· NAKED & AFRAID (DISCOVERY)
· NAKED CASTAWAY (DISCOVERY)
· ROCK RAIDERS (DISCOVERY)





[05/04/16 - 06:53 AM]
Crackle's Critically-Acclaimed First Scripted Original Drama Series "The Art of More" Now in Production on Sophomore Season in Montreal
Returning to Crackle in Q4 2016, season two will dive deeper into the glamorous and surprisingly cutthroat world of premium auction houses in New York City with more twists and complex stories.

[05/04/16 - 06:00 AM]
Craig Ferguson and Hollywood Stars Come Together to Have Fun and Change Lives in NBC's Second Annual "Red Nose Day Special" May 26
Coming together for the FUN-raising special will be Ellen DeGeneres, Jack Black, Paul Rudd, Julianne Moore, Liam Neeson, Sarah Silverman, Tracy Morgan, Key & Peele, Anna Kendrick, Seth Rogen, Zac Efron and Ellie Kemper.

[05/04/16 - 06:00 AM]
Legendary Music Superstar Celine Dion to Receive Icon Award at the "2016 Billboard Music Awards" on ABC
Dion will also take to the stage for a special rendition of Queen's "The Show Must Go On" after she accepts one of the most prestigious Billboard awards an artist can receive.

[05/04/16 - 05:06 AM]
Video: New Top Gear Trailer Brings on the "Summer"
"Top Gear" makes its eagerly anticipated return with an all-new season premiering in May on BBC America.

[05/04/16 - 05:00 AM]
Hulu Goes Bigger and Bolder at 2016 Upfront Presentation
The streaming service has picked up critically acclaimed drama series "The Path" for a second season, as well as comedy series "The Mindy Project" for season five.

[05/03/16 - 10:36 AM]
Molly Ringwald, Meredith Vieira, Amy Sedaris, John Hodgman, and "Hamilton" Cast Members Guest Star in Season Two of Bravo Media's "Odd Mom Out"
They'll join the previously announced Drew Barrymore and Blythe Danner.

[05/03/16 - 10:31 AM]
AXS TV to Premiere Nine Acclaimed Music Documentaries in Its All-New "Reel to Real" Series
"Reel to Real" is hosted by popular TV and radio personality Eddie Trunk, who will be on hand to introduce every premiere, providing insights and facts about the production, the artists, the inspirations and the impact of each doc.

[05/03/16 - 10:01 AM]
TBS's "Search Party" Adds Rosie Perez, Ron Livingston, Christine Taylor & Parker Posey in Recurring Roles
In addition, Brandon Micheal Hall has been named a series regular.

[05/03/16 - 09:07 AM]
Vice Media and ESPN Enter Production and Distribution Deal Across Digital, Mobile, and TV
Select films from ESPN's renowned documentary series "30 for 30" will air on Viceland, the new cable network from Vice.

[05/03/16 - 08:45 AM]
Monday's Broadcast Ratings: "The Voice" Extends NBC's Demo Win Streak
The Peacock has taken home the adults 18-49 crown for seven consecutive Mondays.

[05/03/16 - 08:29 AM]
Acclaimed Italian Crime Series "Gomorrah" Premieres August 24 on SundanceTV
As previously announced, the network has acquired seasons one and two from The Weinstein Company, each season featuring 12 one-hour episodes.

[05/03/16 - 07:22 AM]
Bravo Media Debuts New Series "Below Deck Mediterranean" Launching Activations in New York City and Across Digital Platforms
The network kicks off the new installment of the hit series with a premiere day stunt in New York City, as well as with a "Below Deck Mediterranean" Lens on Snapchat.

[05/03/16 - 07:17 AM]
Surging VH1 Greenlights Weekly Topical Show with Pop Culture Maven and Social Media Powerhouse Amber Rose Slated to Premiere This Summer
Rose will conduct candid interviews with celebrity friends and lead provocative, entertaining and humorous conversations with guests about pop culture, motherhood, relationships, friendships, race, and entrepreneurship.

[05/03/16 - 06:00 AM]
Amazon Prime Video Adds the Latest Series from The Weinstein Company and Oscar and Emmy-Winner Julian Fellowes, "Julian Fellowes Presents Doctor Thorne," to Its Original Series Lineup
The series stars Tom Hollander as Doctor Thorne, Ian McShane as Sir Roger Scatcherd, and Alison Brie as Miss Martha Dunstable.

[05/02/16 - 11:53 AM]
Freeform's "That's So Throwback" Programming Event Begins May 2
Laugh along with Lizzie McGuire as she competes with Kate, flash forward to the future with Raven Baxter, live a double life with Hannah Montana, and help Kim Possible save the world.