Nik Wallenda returns to the wire in “Skyscraper Live”

Nik Wallenda returns to the wire in "Skyscraper Live"

After making around 13 million television viewers’ hearts stop during last year’s gripping wire-walk across a portion of the Grand Canyon, Nik Wallenda is ready to have audiences wracking their nerves again. “I love challenging myself,” Wallenda tells us in an interview. That is obvious when one hears about his latest wire-walking attempt, which will be covered in the live Discovery Channel special Skyscraper Live With Nik Wallenda. As the title indicates, Wallenda will be engaging in a two-part walk between notable Chicago buildings (the second part of which will find him blindfolded). The first part of the crossing will … Continue reading

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Discovery Channel’s Alaskan Bush People is not canceled. Why?

Alaskan Bush People

Update: So the Bush People will be back for Season 2 beginning Jan. 2. This should be interesting… NEW! Read the recap of Alaskan Bush People Season 2 premiere episode “Breaking Free”! There were a lot of things about Discovery Channel’s unscripted series Alaskan Bush People that didn’t pass the smell test. Now there’s more foul air surrounding the Brown family, and it’s very likely we’ve seen the last of them on TV. ALSO SEE: What Happened to Discovery Channel’s Alaskan Bush People? Alaskan Bush People Season 1 Recaps: Episode 1 | Episode 2 | Episode 3 | Episode 4 … Continue reading

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Recap of Tethered episode 3, blame the gators

Tethered episode 3

In our recap of Discovery’s survival series Tethered episode 3, titled “Bayou Breakdown,” we go to Louisiana’s alligator filled bayou where we meet Rob Greenfield and Kevin Dutoit. We learn Rob biked 2,000 miles to Louisiana— barefoot — before even starting the journey. We figure Kevin probably flew first class. Rob’s first to arrive at the destination. Rob took one look at Kevin in his preppy-boy attire (yes, he had a sweater neatly tied around his neck) and knew he was in trouble. Kevin took one look at Rob and felt relief. Kevin, however, reassures Rob that he’s not a … Continue reading

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Gold Rush’s Top 7 Miners: Christo Doyle picks his dream team

Gold Rush's Freddy Dodge takes the No. 1 spot on the Top 7 Gold Rush miners

Who are Gold Rush’s Top 7 miners — or more like, executive producer Christo Doyle’s dream team? As much as he didn’t want to answer that question, Doyle put together his fantasy team below. In addition to his ranking, we dish with Doyle on the realities of filming the series, as well as the drama involved in following these guys. But first things first, Christo Doyle gives no false pretense when it comes to his and the network’s relationship with these miners featured in Discovery’s top-rated series (airing Fridays at 9pm ET/PT). “We have absolutely no control of these gold … Continue reading

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Preview: Gold Rush Season 5 promises “most gold ever”

Gold Rush Season 5 features Tony Beets

Get ready pay-dirt fans as Gold Rush Season 5 kicks off in full throttle with new miners, new machinery and some seriously intense new story lines. Gold Rush Season 5 premieres Friday, Oct. 16 at 9pm ET/PT on Discovery. Last season’s winner Parker Schnabel is upping his ante and he’s looking to double his take from last season, with an unprecedented goal of 2,000 ounces. That’s more than $2.5 million! Not sure if that’s even realistic, but you go boy! The now-humbled Todd Hoffman is desperate to get back in the game after a ridiculously low yield of gold last … Continue reading

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“Surrounded by Bears” recap of Tethered episode 2

recap of Tethered episode 2

Discovery’s new survival series Tethered (Sundays at 10pm ET/PT), follows two strangers — usually polar opposites — who are bound together by a 6-foot tether. The two first meet in the wilderness and are then forced to work together to reach their rescue point. In our recap of Tethered episode 2, titled “Surrounded by Bears,” we go to Kodiak Archipelago, Alaska, where we meet Henry and Laura. While these two don’t have the egos of last week’s Willow and Keith, they prove to be equally as exciting to watch. Meet “Henry Lomeli” Age: 47 Resides: Chico, California Occupation: Wildlife biologist … Continue reading

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Recap of Tethered episode 1, interviews with Keith and Willow

Keith from Tethered Episode 1

Tonight marked the premiere episode of Discovery’s new survival series Tethered (Sundays at 10pm ET/PT), which follows two strangers — who are complete polar opposites — vying to get to an extraction point while bound together by a 6 foot tether. In our recap of Tethered episode 1, titled “My Way or the Highway,” we meet (and later talk to) Keith and Willow, both delightfully entertaining men who end up learning a lot about themselves in their grueling journey. Meet “Keith” Age: 43 Resides: Utah Occupation: Navy vet who served 8 tours in Iraq Starting attitude: Hardheaded, biased, no warm … Continue reading

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When Reality TV … isn’t

When Reality TV ... isn't.

After surviving food poisoning, starvation and freezing in the Indian mountains for 21 days, Phaedra Brothers never though the biggest challenge she’d face on Naked and Afraid would come when she got home. To call Phaedra Brothers a survivor is an understatement. “My parents were very interested in any lifestyle that was different form the norm,” she revealed to me in a phone interview that was so engrossing we spoke for nearly an hour. “As a child I was raised in environments where there was no running water, no electricity, no modern conveniences and we lived out of tents most … Continue reading

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Preview: Discovery’s Tethered gives a new twist to the survival genre

Discovery's Tethered featuring Keith and Willow

It’s one thing to be naked and afraid with a complete stranger. It’s another thing to be clothed and afraid — but tethered — to that complete stranger. That’s the gist of  Discovery’s Tethered, their latest 1-hour survival series making it’s premiere tonight (Sundays at 10pm ET/PT). The adventure series is an amusing and insightful character story, as well as physical and emotional challenge, on whose got what it takes to work together, no matter what your personal differences are. Two people from completely different walks of life are dropped at some environmentally challenging locale where they meet and then … Continue reading

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Naked and Afraid Brazil Recap: Season 3, Episode 10

Naked and Afraid Brazil

ooooh, Naked and Afraid Brazil!!! When I think of Brazil, I think of rainforests. But tonight’s Naked and Afraid ventures to an ecosystem that I had no idea existed. Let’s dive right into the Season 3 finale, and meet this week’s survivalists. Matt Strutzel 24 years old from Portland, Oregon Occupation: Blacksmith, Primitive skills instructor Survival Skills: Plant identification, fire making, shelter building, tracking, and traps. Matt developed a passion for the outdoors at a young age. As a teenager, he adopted a vegan diet and honed his primitive camping skills while camping near the Florida Everglades with an environmental … Continue reading

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