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'MythBusters' Sends Cannonball Through Home -- By Mistake!

by Chris Harnick, posted Dec 7th 2011 11:15AM
Mythbusters CannonballThe producers of 'Mythbusters' apparently never learned not to play ball near the house. When testing out a stunt in Dublin, California, a cannonball struck a home, leaving holes in the walls after "a few unfortunate bounces," as the local sheriff's department spokesman explained.

According to MSNBC, a projectile from an Alameda County firing range missed its target and hit a home, going through one wall and exiting through another.

There were no injuries and no word on what exactly the 'MythBusters' experiment included.

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Discovery Greenlights 'Weed Wars'

by Chris Harnick, posted Jul 20th 2011 1:00PM
MarijuanaFirst the Catholic Church, and now marijuana -- Discovery sure is taking its new programming slate in some interesting directions. The network has announced 'Weed Wars,' a new reality show about a medical marijuana dispensary.

According to Entertainment Weekly, the show follows Steve DeAngelo, a pot reform activist and owner of Oakland's Harborside Health Center. The center serves 80,000 clients.

"'Weed Wars' fearlessly pulls back the curtain on a once illegal and still controversial world," Nancy Daniels, executive vice president at Discovery Channel, told EW. "Like 'Gold Rush' or 'Deadliest Catch,' these are guys pursuing their own version of the American Dream."

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Tightrope Walker Nik Wallenda Previews 'Life On a Wire' on 'Today' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jun 22nd 2011 12:45PM
Nik Wallenda of 'Life On the Wire' on NBCIf you recognize Nik Wallenda's last name from somewhere, it's because he's the seventh generation of the family of circus performers known as the Flying Wallendas. Wednesday on 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM on NBC), Wallenda talked about making his own mark with his high wire act, which is featured on the new Discovery Channel show, 'Life On a Wire.'

Wallenda performs some breathtaking stunts, like a high wire walk of more than 2,000 feet and riding a bicycle across the wire. On the show, Wallenda wears a camera for all of his stunts.

"That's one of the exciting things about 'Life On a Wire' is that the viewers actually get to see what I'm seeing," he said, "which is a new thing. No one's ever been able to actually see the angles."

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'Gold Rush Alaska' - Season 1 Finale Recap

by Dr. Ryan Vaughan, PhD (no, seriously), posted Feb 19th 2011 11:30AM
'Gold Rush Alaska' Season one finale['Gold Rush Alaska' - 'Never Say Die']

Well, it all comes down to this. A bunch of dudes on a misguided adventure exploring a glory hole for its hidden nuggets. The season has had it's share of highs and lows, but always managed to somehow justify itself through each character's earnest naïveté. One man's adventure is most every other man's stupid delusion of grandeur, and however you feel about the trials of the Hoffmans and their band of merry miners, the show sends a conflicted message about the American dream and our quest to obtain it.

The entire endeavor is couched as the pursuit of the American dream by people down on their luck with their backs against the wall between a rock and a hard place living on a prayer, but their execution of that dream is the most idiotic, misinformed, and harebrained scheme since Ponzi himself. The implication is that, by the transitive property, the American dream is a sham perpetrated by the media to sell Budweiser. The only way out of that logic is to stumble upon a mountain of gold halfway to China.

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Top Five Death-Wish Shows on the Discovery Channel

by Jane Boursaw, posted Apr 10th 2010 9:00AM
Deadliest Catch, crab fishingDiscovery Channel unveiled its lineup for the 2010-11 season this week, and it looks like more stellar programming for the real-life stories network. You can read more about it here, but two that caught my eye are 'Engineering the Impossible,' where a team of specialists search for clues about how some of the world's most fantastic structures were built; and 'The Rising: Rebuilding Ground Zero.' a documentary executive produced by Steven Spielberg.

This made me think about some of my favorite shows on the Discovery Channel, and I realized that they usually involve people in ridiculously disgusting or deadly situations. I think of these as the "real" reality shows, rather than the manufactured reality shows like 'Survivor' and 'The Amazing Race.'

Ok, we'll take Bear Grylls out of the equation, because, clearly, there's no need for him to be dropped into the wilderness and have to drink his own pee. But the others on my list are just awesome people doing death-wish jobs no one else wants to do. Follow me after the jump to see who made my top five list.

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Discovery Channel Announces 2010-2011 Season

by Sharon Knolle, posted Apr 8th 2010 3:29PM
Discovery Channel unveiled a lineup of new specials and series for its 2010-11 season today, including new series 'Worst Case Scenario' and 'Construction Intervention,' and miniseries from Steven Spielberg, Disney and NASA, according to the Hollywood Reporter

Discovery introduces 'Worst Case Scenario,' based on the popular series of books and starring 'Man vs. Wild's' Bear Grylls,and 'Construction Intervention,' featuring New York City construction guru Charlie Frattini and his crew as they tackle real-life property improvement nightmares.

The specials include the miniseries 'Human Planet,' which will explore eight different natural environments and the people who live in them, and 'Earth from Space,' which shows Earth as a living organism, as viewed from space. Discovery is producing in conjunction with NASA.

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New 'Deadliest Catch' Promo Features Captain Phil Harris

by Chris Jordan, posted Apr 6th 2010 6:00PM
The upcoming sixth season of 'Deadliest Catch,' which premieres Tue., April 13 at 9PM ET, looks to be a bittersweet affair.

A new promo features deceased Captain Phil Harris and close-ups of the rugged features of crew members from the crabbing boats of Dutch Harbor, Alaska. The spot is filmed in sepia tones while Eddie Vedder's reflective ballad, 'Rise,' plays in the background.

This will be the last season with Harris. The tough-as-nails fishing boat captain of Cornelia Marie suffered a massive stroke Jan. 29 while in port off-loading at St. Paul Island, Alaska and died.

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Glenn Beck Explains His 'Antichrist' Comment, We Explain the Rest of It

by Danny Gallagher, posted Mar 26th 2010 1:04PM
One of the weirder entertainment feuds, one even weirder than the famed Nipsey Russell-Herve Villechaize knife fight of 1976, has emerged in our midst.

A few days ago, Oscar winning director James Cameron got extra chatty with a Hollywood Reporter, er, reporter and let loose on anti-global warming zealots and Glenn Beck (and no, that last sentence wasn't meant to be redundant). It got so heated and ridiculous that it made me wish 'Celebrity Deathmatch' was still on the air and not in the claymation format.

Beck, of course, heard the comment in which Cameron claimed Beck had once referred to him as the "Antichrist". Beck dove into his archives, found the rather un-Christian reference he made towards the 'Avatar' director and post a full response to Mr. Cameron on his Wednesday show.

Of course, that's not the whole story.

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Get Ready to Experience 'Life' on the Discovery Channel

by Chris Harnick, posted Mar 19th 2010 4:30PM
LifeTake the voice of one of the world's most iconic women, Oprah Winfrey, add extraordinary wildlife visuals from the makers of 'Planet Earth' and what do you get? Discovery Channel's newest surefire hit documentary, 'Life.'

The nature series premieres March 21 from 8-10PM ET across seven Discovery Communications properties: Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Investigation Discovery, Science Channel, Discovery Health Channel and Planet Green. Subsequent episodes will air only on the Discovery Channel from 8-10PM ET until April 18.

'Life' comes from a partnership between the BBC and Discovery, much like the other hit nature documentary 'Planet Earth.'

More, including videos, after the jump

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Bear Grylls Hosting 'Worst Case Scenario' Revival

by Danny Gallagher, posted Mar 15th 2010 8:32PM
The 'Man vs. Wild' host's career just got a little wilder.

Discovery announced that Bear Grylls will host six episode of a new survival show called 'Worst Case Scenario,' based on the popular line of books published by Quirk Books.

The show will put Grylls in a series of heightened and dangerous situations to teach viewers how to survive them or at least walk away with most of your limbs still intact.

This isn't the first time the book series has gotten the TV treatment. TBS turned the book series into a reality information show that only lasted two seasons and featured a fresh-faced Mike Rowe before he found infamy as the host of Discovery's 'Dirty Jobs'.

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'Cash Cab' iPhone App Review

by Brad Trechak, posted Feb 15th 2010 8:03AM
Cash CabA little while ago, we mentioned that 'Cash Cab' was being released as an app for the iPhone. I couldn't resist picking it up and writing a quickie review, mostly because I was once a contestant on the show. Honest.

The game itself is pretty cool, particularly if you like trivia. It simulates riding to various NYC touristy locations (Empire State Building, South Street Seaport, etc.) while being asked questions. This is different than the live show which uses bars and restaurants.

Sadly, the game does not offer cool 3D graphics of Ben Bailey. It does, however, ask various trivia questions while simulating a cab ride. There is a map showing your current location and length of time to your destination, so there is a time limit. Like it's live counterpart, the game also allows a shout out and to phone a friend, but the friend has to be selected from one of the built-in friends within the game.

There is a free version of the game available in the iTunes App Store if you want to try before you buy. Due to my personal connection, I decided to splurge the $2.99. My only regret in my experience playing both the live game and the one for the iPhone is that I forgot to tip the cab driver for a great journey.

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TV Special in the Works for 'Deadliest Catch' Captain Phil Harris

by Chris Jordan, posted Feb 11th 2010 1:45PM
The Captain is gone -- but he won't be forgotten.

Capt. Phil Harris, the tough-as-nails fishing boat captain of Cornelia Marie on the series 'Deadliest Catch,' will be the subject of an upcoming Discover Channel special, according to Variety.

Harris, 53, suffered a massive stroke Jan. 29 while in port off-loading at St. Paul Island, Alaska and died Tuesday.

According to the report, no official deal has been made; however, both the channel and executive producer Thom Beers have confirmed that a special is likely, at the very least.

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Phil Harris, the Captain from 'Deadliest Catch,' Passes Away

by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 10th 2010 11:02AM
phil_harris_deadliest_catchThere's nothing more shocking than real reality. Death is real. Steve Irwin dying on the job, for instance, was a huge shock. Here's another dose of harsh reality. The star of Discovery Channel's 'Deadliest Catch,' Phil Harris, has died from a stroke. He had been at work on January 29, loading a catch like usual, when he suffered the stroke. After being flown to Anchorage for treatment, he succumbed despite having shown some improvement.

In a statement on the Discovery Channel web site, his grown children, Jake and Josh, explained, "It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to our dad -- Captain Phil Harris. Dad has always been a fighter and continued to be until the end. For us and the crew, he was someone who never backed down."

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TLC Puts the Brakes on 'American Chopper'

by Danny Gallagher, posted Feb 8th 2010 6:29PM
The family reality show that would never say die just died.

TLC has officially canceled the long-running 'American Chopper', which has been on the air since 2003 when it first found footing on the Discovery Channel. The show's final episode will air on Thursday.

Say what you will about the series running past its prime, but both the show and its subjects have been through a hell of a lot of mayhem. The shop played host to a ton of thick, rich drama, capping with the final season in which Paul Jr. leaves the shop on very heated terms and eventually led to Paul Sr. suing his son for a $1 million in back company stock.

If you're curious to know how things will wrap up, check out a preview of the final episode at Turbo.Discovery.com.

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Hawking channels Sagan with new space series

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Jan 23rd 2010 2:30PM
Professor Stephen Hawking has more letters after his name to forge his own alphabet. And, now he has his own television series heading our way from Discovery.

According to a release from the network, Hawking (Ph.D., CH, CBE, FRS, FRSA...See what I mean?) is the centerpiece of Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking -- will explore the major questions confronting modern science and physics. How did our universe begin? Could alien life be found on distant planets? Does our galaxy have a life expectancy? Hawking will lead an audience in a layman friendly exploration of those questions in the four part series.

It's Hawking taking up the mantle of the late astronomer Carl Sagan and his 1980 PBS series, Cosmos. The above video looks back affectionately on that show with a little music remix. In the original show, Sagan would explain the seemingly unexplainable every week.

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