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After averaging 2.65 million viewers a week during its first season on Discovery Channel last fall, Jungle Gold is back, having started Season 2 on Aug. 11 (now airing on Sundays). The series chronicles the continuing efforts of former real-estate dealers George Wright and Scott Lomu as they mine for gold in Ghana in an attempt to pay off the over $1 million debt they face in the wake of the real-estate crash. This season, Scott and George have family money on the line — in the form of an investment from Scott’s father-in-law — and a new colleague, Dave … Continue reading
After 26 years, you might think Discovery Channel has little new to offer during its popular annual Shark Week programming event, but the programmers and scientists — and the sharks — continue to surprise. For Shark Week 2013, beginning Aug. 4, the network says it is including the most premiere hours in the history of the Shark Week franchise, including 11 new specials that explore everything from the prehistoric megalodon shark, to “voodoo sharks” that turn up in the bayous of Louisiana, to another installment in the popular Air Jaws series, to real shark attack footage captured by eyewitnesses, and … Continue reading
The three crew leaders from Discovery Channel’s Gold Rush series will be featured in a limited summer series called Gold Rush South America, the network announced today. RELATED: GOLD RUSH SEASON 4 PREMIERE DATE In Gold Rush South America, premiering Aug. 2 at 9pm ET/PT, Gold Rush crew leaders Todd Hoffman, Dakota Fred and Parker Schnabel take their operations to find new, gold-rich ground in preparation for Gold Rush Season 4, which Discovery says will premiere in the fall. The spinoff series follows the miners from the jungles of South America, to the mountains of Alaska, to the Klondike. From … Continue reading
After how dominant the ratings and viewership for Skywire Live With Nik Wallenda proved to be last Sunday, Discovery Channel would naturally be looking for any way they could to further capitalize on interest in wire-walker Nik Wallenda’s successful walk across a portion of the Grand Canyon, which enthralled viewers and had social media buzzing. They have found it with Skywire: Nik Talks the Walk, a new special premiering Sunday, June 30, at 8pm ET/PT on Discovery. In Skywire: Nik Talks the Walk, Nik Wallenda will watch his historic walk from start to finish for the first time and provide … Continue reading
“My great-grandfather said, ‘Life is on the wire, and everything else is just waiting,’” Nik Wallenda tells me in our interview. Nik Wallenda, who has been walking on wires since the age of 2 — following in the 200-year, multi-generation tradition of his famed family — recounts his great-grandfather’s saying when he is asked why he does what he does. And what he does is thrill audiences with incredible feats of high wire walking, including a year ago when he walked across Niagara Falls on a wire. RELATED: NIK WALLENDA WATCHES AND ANALYZES HIS WALK IN NEW DISCOVERY SPECIAL “It’s … Continue reading
Naked Castaway on Discovery Channel continues, as the 60 day countdown for explorer Ed Stafford, whose challenge to stay alive on an uninhabited island with no clothes, no food, no water and no survival tools, picks up with the second episode on Sunday, April 21 at 10pm ET/PT. Stafford is an ex-British Army captain who holds the honor of being the only person to walk the entire length of the Amazon River. Living for 60 days on the remote Pacific island of Olorua, located 200 miles from Fiji, is a massive challenge most people would never think of attempting, let … Continue reading
Almost certainly, it was conceived by a former Boy Scout — it’s the ultimate circumstance in which to “be prepared.” With devastating events in recent years like Hurricane Sandy, the tidal wave and nuclear disaster in Japan, the earthquakes in Haiti and Indonesia, it shouldn’t surprise anyone that the so-called “doomsday” scenario has been a subject of a little more than just speculation. Discovery Channel looks at the United States government’s contingency plan for if and when such a disaster occurs in America’s Doomsday Plan, premiering Sunday, Nov. 4 at 10pm ET/PT. “I don’t want to have a major event … Continue reading