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Posted Tuesday 4/17/18 at 7:01PM EDT
BattleBots announces premiere dates on Discovery and Science channels
The revived robot series returns on May 11 on Discovery Channel and May 16 on Science Channel, with commentators Chris Rose and Kenny Florian, sideline reporter Jessica Chobot and ring announcer Faruq Tauheed.
Posted Thursday 4/12/18 at 10:36PM EDT
Paul Teutul Sr. reacts to the American Chopper meme: "Did I know what a meme was? Absolutely not"
It was Teutul's girlfriend's daughter who made him aware that he became a Twitter sensation over the past two weeks. "I'm not real savvy with much on a telephone," he tells Vice, "but it's kind of funny because somebody mentioned that twice, and it went over my head, and I never even came back to ask what it was, because I'm not so savvy with social media so I didn't even really kind of care what it was. So no. Did I know what a meme was? Absolutely not. Now I do." He adds that the argument that the meme is depicting was originally "horrifying. "And now it's flipped, and people keep coming up to me, and they keep sending me different ones," he says. "I didn't get it, and now, so many people are coming up to me, and so I'm more involved in looking at it now, and the more I look at it, the funnier it is." ALSO: American Chopper meme meets A-ha's "Take On Me."
Posted Tuesday 4/10/18 at 7:15PM EDT
Discovery Channel announces Undercover Billionaire and a John Walsh Investigation Discovery series
Undercover Billionaire will find out if an anonymous self-made mogul can create a million-dollar company in just 90 days, while Pursuit with John Walsh is a real-time investigative series starring the former America's Most Wanted host.
Posted Tuesday 4/10/18 at 7:15PM EDT
Discovery Channel drops a Shaquille O'Neal promo to announce Shark Week's premiere
This year's eight-day Shark Week kicks off on July 22.
Posted Tuesday 4/10/18 at 1:35PM EDT
Adam Savage goes from MythBusters to MythBusters Jr.
The former MythBusters star has agreed to host a Science Channel spinoff of his famous series featuring six of the nation’s most scientifically savvy kids.
Posted Monday 4/09/18 at 11:33PM EDT
Discovery Channel to put a spotlight on the world's most dangerous jobs
On Hard to Kill, former Green Beret Tim Kennedy will tackle the most dangerous jobs, including scaling 1500 feet to the top of a TV Mast Tower.
Posted Friday 4/06/18 at 10:24PM EDT
The American Chopper meme, explained
The Paul Teutul Sr. vs. Paul Teutul Jr. meme went viral on Twitter this week. "What elevates the American Chopper meme from simply amusing to officially Good on the Internet is the meta journey that followed its emergence," says Heather Schwedel. "Very soon after Senior and Junior and their extremely expressive argument entered the collective consciousness, people started having all sorts of discussion about the meme and what it meant … using the form of the meme itself. And so we celebrate the idea that, for anything you have to say about the American Chopper meme, you can say it with the American Chopper meme."
Posted Friday 4/06/18 at 2:28PM EDT
Discovery Channel will examine Why We Hate in docuseries from Steven Spielberg and Alex Gibney
The Oscar-winning movie director and Oscar-winning documentarian are teaming up on a six-part docuseries that will investigate the human capacity for hatred, drawing on research from psychology, neuroscience, sociology and history. “Getting to the root of the human condition is something I find not only fascinating, but absolutely necessary in understanding who we are,” Spielberg tells Variety. “With the team in place, we delve into historical and modern-day stories of hate, traveling around the globe to uncover its mystery in others and in ourselves. If we understand why we act the way we do, we can change the way we act. That is what we are uniquely capable of as human beings.” Gibney adds: “This is not a series that simply documents something that’s happening, it’s an inquiry — an attempt to understand why we hate, through the science, and through a sense of common humanity."
Posted Thursday 4/05/18 at 1:50PM EDT
BBC admits a scene from Human Planet was faked
The 2011 British documentary series that the BBC co-produced with Discovery included a scene of the Korowai people of Papua New Guinea constructing treehouses high in the jungle canopy. That scene, it turns out, was staged by the tribal people “for the benefit of overseas programme makers," the BBC now says. Human Planet aired in six parts on Discovery Channel in 2011. The revelation came from a new BBC2 documentary on the making of the series. “The BBC has reviewed a sequence in Human Planet depicting this and found that the portrayal of the tribe moving into the treehouse as a real home is not accurate," the BBC said in a statement.
Posted Thursday 4/05/18 at 1:50PM EDT
Discovery Channel will capture a large family as they live off the grid
The reality show with the tentative title Book of Hines will follow former intelligence officer Brett Hines, his wife Wendy and their six kids as they attempt to live beyond the reach of modern society. The reality show bares some resemblance to the 2016 film Captain Fantastic, directed by Silicon Valley's Matt Ross and starring Viggo Mortensen.
Posted Monday 3/26/18 at 9:56AM EDT
Were Donald Trump and Stormy Daniels allegedly watching Shark Week's Ocean of Fear: Worst Shark Attack Ever?
Slate's Matthew Dessem combed through TV listings from the 2007 Shark Week and compared it with the Daniels' recounting of her Shark Week Trump anecdote -- both on 60 Minutes and in an interview with In Touch Weekly -- to determine what the pair might have been allegedly watching in a Beverly Hills Hotel bungalow. "Here’s part of the TV listings grid for Sunday, July 29, 2007, as published in the Los Angeles Times," Dessem writes. "Slate’s crack investigative team has highlighted an entry of particular interest. That’s right, from 9:00 to 11:00 P.M. that Sunday, the Discovery Channel kicked off Shark Week with the premiere of a documentary called Ocean of Fear: Worst Shark Attack Ever (VCR+ code 715368). The film told the story of the sinking of the USS Indianapolis, the ship whose fate Robert Shaw so memorably recounted in Jaws. That has to be the show Daniels is describing. Written and directed by Richard Bedser, Ocean of Fear: Worst Shark Attack Ever used a mix of reenactments and interviews and, for Jaws-related reasons, was narrated by Richard Dreyfus."
Posted Wednesday 3/14/18 at 6:35PM EDT
The Simpsons boss on Stephen Hawking: "One thing about him that is maybe not as well known, he had a tremendous sense of humor"
"He would tell jokes when he came to our table reads, which he did several times," says showrunner Al Jean. "What we would do is send him the script and then he would record it through his machine," Jean adds. "So it was his voice, his special audio program. He did come to studio when he was in America, but he didn't ever go to the record." ALSO: Discovery and Science channels to re-air their Stephen Hawking specials.
Posted Wednesday 2/07/18 at 2:44PM EST
BattleBots is getting another revival, this time on Discovery and Science Channel
The Robot Combat Sports matches will be revived this spring, thanks to Discovery and Science Channel. BattleBots originally aired on Comedy Central from 2000 to 2002 and was revived on ABC from 2015 to 2016.
Posted Tuesday 2/06/18 at 11:36PM EST
Discovery Channel orders wildlife conservation film The Red List
The two-hour film, from BBC’s Natural History Unit, will follow wildlife conservationists from around the world as they compile The Red List, the most comprehensive record of the state of the world’s wildlife that has ever been created.
Posted Thursday 2/01/18 at 2:23PM EST
Johnny Galecki to host science prank show SciJinks
The Discovery and Science Channel series will allow The Big Bang Theory star to help test out science, from chemistry to physics, on unsuspecting people.